All of the shots on TV of New York commuters hoping to hop a ferry across the Hudson--the blackout knocked out PATH train service--reminds me of Dorothy Julian. As Ron Feemster wrote in Inc. Life in June 2002, Julian is the only woman to run a tugboat company in New York harbor. As you can imagine, she worked overtime on and after September 11th.

Yesterday may have been a different story for Julian however. As Feemster wrote, Julian is one of those business owners who take a phone call from anyone, anytime, anywhere. With reports that cell phone service was spotty throughout the New York region yesterday, one wonders how folks like Julian who live and die by Nextel managed to cope.