Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering Peter Paul Apollo

Peter Paul Apollo was only 26 years old on that fateful day of September 11, 2001 when terrorists flew an airplane into the World Trade Center where he worked as a securities trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of Tower One.  

Peter was born September 23, 1974 in Tinton Falls, NJ, the only son of Peter Apollo Jr and his wife Cecile. He graduated high school at the Red Bank Catholic High School where he was on the football team and also graduated at the University of North Carolina, class of 96 with a degree of Bachelor of Science In Business Administration, Marketing and Management.  His Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers described him as a positive, caring, and sincere person who was always willing to lend a hand when needed and he always wanted to help them make good choices.   
Peter is also survived by two sisters, Lisa and Denise, who he cherished very much.

He loved the beach, skiing, fishing, and sports.  He made the football team in high school but was too small to play and only got a few chances on the field but he showed up to every practice and every game.  He told his mother "You have to think big and dream big" and he did.  That dedication followed him into his career at Cantor Fitzgerald where he was known as the first to show up in the morning and the last to leave in the evening, even having his lunches at his desk.  

Peter was engaged to be married in November of  2001 to his fiance Debbie Johnson and they planned to buy a house in Colts Neck and start a family.  My heart goes out to her and the rest of his family as I can't imagine losing the love of my life.   To have to wonder what if every single day.  This brings tears to my eyes as I write this tribute.

They say Peter was huddled in a corner with fellow employees on the 104th floor of Tower One, trapped as smoke billowed up the  stairway and there was no escape.  They say the voices stopped before the tower ever collapsed and I hope that's true.  
It is my hope that these lives were not lost in vain as we try, every year, over and over to come to terms with this tragedy that has affected all of us, America and the rest of the world. 
There is a scholarship fund set up in his name at the Red Bank Catholic High School in NJ that helps with college tuition for one football player every year. 

Red Bank Catholic High School
RBC Peter Apollo Scholarship Fund
Attn: Gail Casey Slevin
Director of Alumni
112 Broad St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701-1706

Father we entrust our brother Peter to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.  Father Michael Lezzi

 I pray for peace and love for all.  Never forget 9/11.

This tribute has been written as part of the 2996 Project at 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Couple a things

First, I have decided to begin an exercise routine.  I wish I had a bike because I love to bike ride. So I will have to just exercise in my room.  I have some Shape magazines and I'll find a routine in on of those that I like and I can handle to start out with. And I might start walking the track at the high school where I work.  Can't walk my neighborhood because there are way too many stray dogs running the streets.  Plus I can do the stairs there too.  I've already cut back on sugars and snacks.

Next, I am reading Stephen King's new book 11/22/63.  That book is absolutely goliath and it sat on my shelf for approximately three months because I was intimidated by it's size.  But I have started it and now I cannot put it down.  It is so good.  It's about a man who finds a portal to the past and is planning to try and stop the assassination of JFK.  That's all I'm gonna say about that except that I'm hooked line and sinker.  Ha!  I just copied this excerpt of my journal to Facebook. :)  Cause I'm cool like that.

That is all.  I got nothin else.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Football, Isaac, and a Family Reunion

Jacob has decided to stick it out with football.  With a lot of prodding.  I think he is really starting to enjoy it though we have had some bad weather this week here in central FL and he had to practice in the rain.  I am also concerned about his schedule at school.  They gave him advanced band and he has never taken band before.  So yeah.  I probably should call the school and let them know he needs a schedule change before he fails. He has an eye doctor appt at the end of the month.  The physician said he is 100 in his left eye and 20 in his right?  

In other news, I'm so sick and tired of hearing about the RNC here in Tampa that I hope Isaac blows the top off. (But not actually hurt anyone if possible)  :)

My first two weeks back to work at the high school are almost over.  It has been busy and frustrating to say the least but I have almost made it and feeling good about it.  

Last weekend I did a small family reunion for my cousin and her kids at the park as they haven't seen each other in over 6 years.  It was really nice to get them all together and see them happy.  I helped my cousin raise her kids and I feel like they are mine too.  They have grown!

My cousin is the blond in the very center.  These are all her kids and grandkids except my son in the back who snuck in the picture without me noticing. lol  He has a little kids on his shoulder.  Some of these babies are just meeting each other for the first time.  It was really sweet.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Headache all day.  Not sure if It's allergies or the lack of caffeine. I over analyze everything.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


My son had his first football practice today.  He walked off the field after an hour and a half and refuses to go back.  I'll make him stick it out for as long as I can though.  He needs to give it a chance before he quits.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Little Red Roost: The Alice Dress

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Patio chair cushions I made for a friend.  There are 6 in all.  I made $100!  That's Tommy Bahama fabric.  Ooh la la.  And I just figured out mobile Blogger!  Go me.