Living for the Moment
Gabriela S. Waisman loved to pamper herself. Weekends were reserved for manicures and pedicures, trips to the hair salon, movies or museums. With an infectious laugh, a childlike sense of humor and a penchant for spontaneous trips, she believed in living for the moment.
Should someone suggest that a trip might be too costly, she would respond, "You never know when you're going to be gone," said Janet Perez, a longtime friend.
Her zest for life carried over into her work at Sybase, an enterprise software company. At 33 and living in Queens, she had recently been promoted to operations manager and had volunteered to help set up a trade show at the World Trade Center.
On the Friday before the attack she stopped by the downtown office of Andrea Treble, her sister, to give her some pictures. As they parted, her sister remembered her not so much walking as dancing down Broadway, like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever." "I said, 'Gaby, what are you doing?' " Ms. Treble said. "She just walked on laughing."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 19, 2001.