With 9/11 fast approaching...

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    Aug 26, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Can u still remember where u were when u first heard about it.

    I was in high school in a marketing class. 2nd period, as usual I was still half asleep and then a teacher came up to speak with my marketing teacher. After he came back in he was like "a plane flew into the world trade center" so. We turned on the tv and the class watched in amazement. It was shocking and exciting at the same time. Nobody knew who was doing this or why it was happening. Eventually an announcement came over the loudspeaker instructing teachers to turn off the TVs. Then In 4th period they sent us all home.

    I remember driving home and Howard stern was still on the radio so I listened to him talk about what was going on.
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    Aug 26, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    I was on a Manhattan-bound train barrelling towards a station that no passenger was sure still existed.
  • TristanLane

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    Aug 26, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    I was in school. They made an announcement over the loud speaker. Parents were pulling everyone out from school like crazy. We could even see smoke in the sky from WTC. It was so sad.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Aug 28, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    i was at school when i found out about it. this year i have a football game that night so i am going to play me butt off for the two friends i lost to honor them.
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 28, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    I remember I was at work, and a co-worker was listening to the radio. "Oh, a plane hit the WTC."

    I was thinking: no big deal. Something like that happened to the Empire State Building one time.

    "No, this is a commercial jetliner."

    Ok, so somebody really fucked up. Crazy. So we hauled out a small tv to see what happened. Wow...bad.

    Then the OTHER plane hit and we knew it was an attack. Oh shit.

    So that was something to think about for the entire rest of the day: we're at war with somebody. Of course I'm still at work, because even if they'd nuked NYC I'd still have to pay rent.

    Anyway, I'm living in Atlanta. And it's really, really weird to see NO planes in the sky over Atlanta on the drive home.

    After work I went to kung-fu. If they'd blown up Georgia Tech four miles away, Shr-fu would still hold class.

    And we all move on.

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    Aug 28, 2010 12:54 AM GMT
    i was in school at the time, in woodshop class when we first found out.

    oh and this year, my cousin is getting married on 9/11. i find it stupid to do, but i guess its cheaper that way?
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    Driving down Collins Avenue in Miami, and it came on the radio.
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    Like it happened this morning.
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    OMG, that was a scary day,,but i still had to go to work, so i walked through central park...I can still see the look of pain and fright on everyones face....I hate reliving that day and plan on getting out of town for a few days...
  • Webster666

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    Aug 28, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    I was at the Safeway, getting groceries, and I couldn't help but notice that there was an unusually large number of people in the store, on a Tuesday morning.

    When I got to the check out, the cashier told me the news.
    And, that's why there were so many people in the store: hoarding food, in SAN FRANCISCO, for heavens sake.
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    I watched it happening on TV at my apartment in Chicago. Mesmerized. At some point I went outside. People were all milling about dazed, in shock. It was seriously weird, surreal.
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
    i was in my middle school history class. an announcement came over the PA. i didn't even know what the WTC was, and I thought it was a small plane so I thought, oh well....poor pilot must've died on impact.

    then they told teachers NOT to turn the TV on.... i thought that was strange. in my next class, there was a girl super upset. the teacher asked what was wrong, and she said she knew someone in the WTC. I thought...what a silly girl, they're fine, it was just a little plane, it's not like anyone really got hurt.

    then i got home from school and turned on the TV, and realized the seriousness of the situation. EVERY.....SINGLE.....CHANNEL..... Needless to say, I then knew what the WTC center was, and that it was not a small plane with a sole fatality.

    I remember it like it was yesterday. and I live in san antonio, texas. the days following, i was amazed by the sheer number of american flags in front of people's homes. the red white and blue blanketed what seemed like the whole city and country. now that was surreal.
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    I was serving in the Middle East. I was on the internet and saw the story on the BBC website. I then went into the dining hall, where there was a big widescreen TV. There were about 200 people in there. Every time they showed the planes going into the towers, there was a huge gasp. I remember someone saying, "This means war".
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    I was at the office when a client called and mentioned the news (including the false rumor that a bomb had gone off at the State Department). We turned on the TV and watched in silent horror.

    I mentioned to my co-workers that this had to be the work of OBL ("who?" "terrorists based in Afghanistan").
    I was on the next flight out of the country.

    Didn't think of hoarding anything, but then again, my 3-gallon jug of water (the entirety of my Y2K stash) was still pretty fresh. (:
    [And, I'll admit, the house is usually so well stocked with food that we could go weeks without buying any.]
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    Aug 28, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    My (then) husband and I were still asleep, in Los Angeles. The phone rang and it was my Mom, the first thing she said was "Paris is burning...I mean New York - turn on your TV". Mom was older, and a young woman during World War II, and a bit more than just dramatic, and VERY Southern. So we stumbled out of bed and went into the living room and sat horrified in silence as they showed the video of the second plane. We didn't speak for the entire next three hours, not a word. We just sat on the sofa and held each other.

    Finally we had to turn it off it was too horrible to watch any more of it. We then noticed that deafening silence around us. Our balcony doors were open - and faced west toward CBS/Farmers Market and Fairfax village, and we'd always see planes in the sky over LAX off in the distance, but this morning it was absolutely still. Not even more than a couple of cars up the block on Beverly Blvd.

    We got dressed and walked a few blocks to have breakfast at a local restaurant. They seated us outside, and everyone was solemn and very still, barely eating or drinking coffee, not much conversation and all of it in hushed tones. Then some imbecile on a cel-phone came around the corner yacking and talking smack about how "somebody needs to option this now, right now, before anybody else gets to those families" and it was such a ghoulish moment of pure L.A. industry crap that finally somebody at a neighboring table got up and walked over to this asshole and took his phone away from him and closed it, set it down in front of him, and EVERYBODY in the place stared at him and smiled. The guy got up, left, and didn't say a word.

    On the walk back the sky became very overcast, more so than usual, and when we got upstairs we heard the sound of jets overhead, obviously fairly low, just above the cloud cover, and we both just stared at each other and stood frozen...it was horrifying and strange and unreal. We had only recently left our apartment in NY to move to Los Angeles, just three years prior, and we'd been back to visit friends earlier that summer. A very disjointed, haunting day that finished with us finally taking a deep breath and calling some friends.

    My ex's last job had been as a manager and coffee barista in a shop in WTC2, and he had the badge hanging on our bedroom mirror. I saw it dangling there later that afternoon and thought "Thank God. Thank God."
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    Aug 28, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    I was listening to Howard Stern when they broke the news on his show. I turned on the tv an watched in amazement.
  • Kev67

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    Aug 28, 2010 6:37 AM GMT
    In SF it was early and I was in bed. My roommate, who was a longtime AIDS survivor on quite a lot of heavy pain meds at the time ran into the bedroom and said "Wake up wake up, America is being attacked! A plane hit the World Trade Center!" At first I wasn't sure if it was his pain meds talking, but we went into the living room and watched the towers collapse on TV. Unbelievable.

    A while later I called the office and asked if anybody had come in, if we were supposed to come into work. A few people were there so I figured I'd go in, not sure what else to be doing. I'd never seen downtown San Francisco do deserted - not even on a Sunday. The few people out on the street were all in a daze, myself included. All the businesses closed with signs on their doors. Really surreal. Ugh.
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    Aug 29, 2010 1:03 PM GMT
    The 9/11 Commission Report is extremely well written and makes compelling reading.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 29, 2010 1:34 PM GMT
    I think I did a thread on "where were you" regarding 9/11 a couple of years ago. How can you not remember?

    It was a surreal day. I was in Toronto, staying with a friend overnight. I had spent the previous weekend with a good friend of mine from Rochester, NY and he had driven me to TO on Monday evening.

    We woke up and my friend's Toyota Land cruiser had been ripped off from his driveway at the time, I remember. I took the subway downtown. I wanted to go shopping and found out about the pentagon and the 2nd plane at that time. Everybody was in sort of a stupor after that. I remember my Dad was after me about giving him daily updates. Some things never change..LOL

    . With the airports shut down, I had to take the train to Windsor and finally got a plane through the Detroit airport. How odd it all was. I was finally home by the following Sunday.

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    Aug 29, 2010 1:36 PM GMT
    I posted something about my experiences that day but it appears to have been removed. There wasn't anything other than what happened and what I saw.

    I'm baffled. Are postings just removed for whatever reason? Shouldn't there be some notification?
  • camofchris

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    Aug 29, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    Lying on my back with my legs slightly elevated . . . . at the dentist office, getting my teeth cleaned (perverts). My mind races, as it always does at the dentest. I was focussed on anything but what he was doing, and overheard conversations in another room (a bunch of "oh my gawds", etc.). I asked what was going on, and that's when they told me a plane slammed into one of the towers.

    As I was driving to my place of work, I called my partner who was a logistics expert (read: truck driver) at the time to get his take. Conspiracy thereist that he was, he didn't think it was an accident.

    By time I made it to the office, the second plane and struck and video of people jumping to their deaths came across the tele.

    It was a bad, bad nightmare. It's probably one of the most emotional days I've ever experienced (saying a lot for a relatively non-emotional guy).

    What's said is the same people who performed this single act, have the same amount of drive to do it again.

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    Aug 29, 2010 3:07 PM GMT
    One of my best friends and I were eating breakfast in the dining hall. We were both watching the news. We can both be blonds/really dense.

    I stirred my eggs and grits together and looked at Mike and said, "Dude, that plane sure is flying low."

    He looked up at the screen and said, "You are right. That could be really dangerous."

    We continued eating, and went to class. In the middle of class, is when the news spread that the plane had hit the tower. It was so crazy and weird.
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    Aug 29, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    It was terrible day. I couldn't forget it
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    Aug 29, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    20 bucks says Glenn Beck Plans his next speech on 9/11 at the site 'on accident' and calls it divine ordinance or something divine.

    But I was in Belgium at the time, 10 years old. I'd just come back from school and saw it on the news. I called my Mom because I figured this was important (she was down the street). I felt bad though, really bad.
    The next day at school all the other kids in my class (this was a non-American school) said they were sorry it had happened to us.
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    Aug 29, 2010 3:33 PM GMT