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2009-09-11 11:12:17 AM
I was standing on the observation deck holding my backpack and having my picture taken.

I wonder what ever happened to that photo?
 
2009-09-11 11:12:36 AM
My dad woke me up by saying, "World War 3 just started".

What a world.
 
2009-09-11 11:12:47 AM
littleray42: From the last page of posts:

"This act upon us could cause us to become a facist state and cause us to abuse our power."

A prophet?


Fascist? Not yet. Abuse of power? Depends on who's doing the judging.

/Not a troll
//Just putting my 2 cents in
///May every single soul lost that day rest in peace
 
2009-09-11 11:12:57 AM
I read the first two threads last night. I'll read the rest after work. Fark did some good that day. I wasn't here then, but I wish I knew about Fark then.
 
2009-09-11 11:13:32 AM
Action Replay Nick: Those threads marked the day I first started lurking. Fark was pretty much the only website that was up. We didn't actually wheel out a TV in my office until just be fore the second tower collapse, so up until then, the threads were literally my only source of information.

Same here, there were no TVs allowed in my office, and the internet news sites updated so slowly that Fark was the only place to go to find updates.
 
2009-09-11 11:13:38 AM
I was in spanish class in high school when the teacher came in and said in a very nonchalant manner "A plane just crashed into the Empire State Building. I'm sure a lot of people are dead. Here are your quizzes"

My next class was social studies to which the teacher opened up with "Life as you know it just changed"
 
2009-09-11 11:13:43 AM
kvinesknows: I remember one guy coming in to work and saying ... something just hit one of the towers in new york or something. And then us using the really crappy internet with really crappy pictures that made no sense especially when they started talking about the towers collapsing and just showing these huge clouds of grey. And then our boss actually having the assholeness to say get back to work we need to get that software release out. To which I pointed out to him that our American clients might not be so happy to see that we were more concerned about getting a software release out then anything else. Considering we had more then a few clients in the building.


I also then remember going home at night (I live near an airport) and being totally striken by how quiet it was for the next 3 days with no planes going anywhere.


That may have been the weirdest part of the next week for me. No planes overhead. Its funny what you never notice when its there all he time and then miss once its gone, isnt it?
 
2009-09-11 11:14:02 AM
I had been out of college and looking for work while living at my mother's place. My sister woke me up after the first plane hit and I saw the footage on tv of the hole and thinking that it couldn't be a private plane like what they seemed to be implying it was. They were talking further and I then watched the second plane plow into the other tower and by then I was thinking that my only career option at that point would involve wearing camo and firing a gun.

Just then, the phone rang, thought it was my mother, instead it was an HR person for the company I am currently employed at calling me in for my first interview. The lady asked me to come in that Thursday and we discussed that, I then asked her if she knew what was going on, she didn't. Told her to turn on the tv or radio to any station, long pause "Oh fark!" was her only response. Another pause after that and I said "So, uh, Thursday then?"

One of the most surreal moments of my life.
 
2009-09-11 11:14:46 AM
downstairs: Could it be possible that 8 years later, some people can also find humor in the tragedy? Or is that not allowed?

Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?
 
2009-09-11 11:15:23 AM
I'll never forget. I was watching nonstop coverage, and my roommate came in and said, "This is our generation's version of 'Where were you when JFK was shot.'" I said, "Wait a friggin second....JFK was shot?" My life has never been the same.
 
2009-09-11 11:15:48 AM
borg: I was watching coverage from Paddy's Pub in Bali... Saw an upset Aussie punch another Aussie in the face who had made a rude comment. He said something like my sister works in that building you *%^$%!^

But I thought it was always sunny in Philadelphia?
 
2009-09-11 11:16:52 AM
Tatsuma: Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?

I take it you get offended by Hogan's Heroes, MASH, Inglourious Basterds, and so on and so on?
 
2009-09-11 11:17:07 AM
Oh, and my obligatory 911 story: was working my last day at a high profile Vegas casino and we all were afraid we would be targeted next.
 
2009-09-11 11:17:18 AM
WTFDYW: littleray42

You caught that too huh?


There are a lot of other examples in the thread, but that one seemed to leap off the screen.
 
2009-09-11 11:18:07 AM
we got them!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmudiyah_killings
 
2009-09-11 11:18:11 AM
God, I still can't forget that day either. I was almost 13, just heading back from an uncle's funeral not two days before. My parents turned on the radio about 20 minutes before the second plane hit. We all thought "well, this is just a extremely bad joke." But, as soon as that second plane hit, wasn't one any more...

I think we were in a Buffalo Wild Wings in KC when the first tower fell.

Totally farked up day. Had another uncle who was almost on one of those flights.
 
2009-09-11 11:18:18 AM
That was my second day back at work after having surgery for severe reflux. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE in my office were glued to any tv they could find. My department was huddled around a little 7 inch black and white tv. I remember turning to a co-worker and saying something to the effect of "I hope they hurry and get those people out of the building, because I think it's going to fall soon". Not even a minute later, the South Tower fell. I wish I hadn't said that aloud, because for a few minutes, I could swear I jinxed everyone's life in that building. Ten minutes after the second tower fell, we were told to go home. This may sound crass, but 9/11 caused the best traffic Atlanta has ever seen. Everyone was being kind to each other and even though everyone in the city was heading home at the same time, traffic flowed smoothly. (yeah, I know how that came across). I got home and thought I would smoke a bowl while watching the coverage. Four hours later, my bowl was packed and unsmoked and I was still in my work clothes. Six hours later, bowl was still unsmoked, I had finally changed, and my wife was laying in my arms on the couch crying non stop while we were trying to comprehend just what had transpired.
Tonight, I will watch the 9/11 documentary like I do every year, and have a toast to all the brave firefighters who bravely charged into not one, but TWO burning buildings. I doff my cap to all of you brave men.

/rambling post is rambling, much like I was that day
 
2009-09-11 11:18:20 AM
Knucklepopper, moops:
I never thought I'd get a legit laugh out of this topic. But I just did. Congrats.

/cant believe i havent seen those before
 
2009-09-11 11:18:38 AM
In the wake of this tragedy those two towers seem to be a metaphor for this entire country. At least those who died that day won't get a chance to see the clusterfark that this country is quickly becoming. Those that died on the 11th died free. I'm not sure that I will be able to say the same.

/My heartfelt condolences go out to all the families that have been touched by this horrific event.
 
2009-09-11 11:18:58 AM
You know I remember thinking "What happens next?"
As I watched the second plane hit. As the weeks went on and no new attacks happened I concluded that the terrorists 'prolly didn't expect to be able to pull it off and had no plans for follow up attacks. I am glad that it turned out that while they might have excellent tactics they have no grasp of strategy.
 
2009-09-11 11:19:23 AM
Tatsuma: downstairs: Could it be possible that 8 years later, some people can also find humor in the tragedy? Or is that not allowed?

Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?


Unclench, Tats. Some folks laugh in order to avoid crying.
 
2009-09-11 11:19:55 AM
Tatsuma: I remember that day like it was yesterday...hey, first year of college, give me a break.

it was my freshman year too. I was getting out of the shower and getting ready for my pencil drawing class when my suitemate came over into my room.
Him: "Hey man, did you hear?"
Me: "Hear what?"
Him: "Two planes just hit the World Trade Center."
Me: *thinking*... "TWO planes? Was it deliberate?" *continues getting ready for drawing class*

Needless to say, class was canceled that day. I spent the whole day glued to the television. It took forever to find a local news station that wasn't farked up andhad reliable information.
 
2009-09-11 11:20:49 AM
GoNDSioux: littleray42: From the last page of posts:

"This act upon us could cause us to become a facist state and cause us to abuse our power."

A prophet?

Fascist? Not yet. Abuse of power? Depends on who's doing the judging.

/Not a troll
//Just putting my 2 cents in
///May every single soul lost that day rest in peace


No, I think you're right, it depends on who's judging. I think the prophetic nature of the statement goes more to the current perception. While most people were wildly typing 'DEATH TO BIN LANDIN' This guy was able to look 8 years down the road to a time when the pain was behind us, the motivation removed, and the war, confusingly, not really accomplished much.
 
2009-09-11 11:21:14 AM
OmegaStauf 2001-09-11 07:29:27 PM
This act upon us could cause us to become a facist state and cause us to abuse our power.
 
2009-09-11 11:21:17 AM
I was in Montana driving to work, and I turned on the radio and learned about it then. I couldn't make out quite what was going on, but when I got to work, all my co-workers and bosses were clustered around the TV and I saw the second tower get hit, then the first tower fell. I called my wife after about 5 minutes of shock and told her to turn on the TV, she responded that she'd just been called by her mother who had told her the same thing.

I watched the TV for about an hour, then cancelled my appointments for the day. I tried to finish up some paperwork and carry on, but my heart wasn't in it. Once I got home, I held my 2 month old infant son and wondered what kind of world we had bought him into.
 
2009-09-11 11:21:21 AM
downstairs: I take it you get offended by Hogan's Heroes, MASH, Inglourious Basterds, and so on and so on?

Do you not see the difference between fiction and reality?

Jormungandr: You know I remember thinking "What happens next?"

That too. I had a hard time believing there would be no follow-up. Thank G-d I was wrong.
 
2009-09-11 11:21:32 AM
I remember coming home for lunch that day from school and flipping on the tv. Every station was covering this, and for the first time in my life I cared about the news.

I remember how ludicrous I thought my parents were for making me go back to school instead of watching the coverage; luckily my English teacher brought a tv into the classroom.

I guess it's the Kennedy assassination of our day, meaning we all know where we were when we heard the news.
 
2009-09-11 11:21:43 AM
... Get over it already....
 
2009-09-11 11:21:55 AM
Jormungandr: You know I remember thinking "What happens next?"
As I watched the second plane hit. As the weeks went on and no new attacks happened I concluded that the terrorists 'prolly didn't expect to be able to pull it off and had no plans for follow up attacks. I am glad that it turned out that while they might have excellent tactics they have no grasp of strategy.


No kidding. One of the higher ups were probably thinking "It...it actually worked? Well,what do we do know?"
 
2009-09-11 11:22:06 AM
I still think one of the planes was destined for Chicago. If I were a terrorist SOB, that's what I'd do. WTC hit, next up, Sears Tower in Chi-town...
 
2009-09-11 11:22:57 AM
TsukasaK: Unclench, Tats. Some folks laugh in order to avoid crying.

If that's what it was, instead of "lol im edgy" type of humour, I'd roll along with it.
 
2009-09-11 11:22:57 AM
fernandez: Jormungandr: You know I remember thinking "What happens next?"
As I watched the second plane hit. As the weeks went on and no new attacks happened I concluded that the terrorists 'prolly didn't expect to be able to pull it off and had no plans for follow up attacks. I am glad that it turned out that while they might have excellent tactics they have no grasp of strategy.

No kidding. One of the higher ups were probably thinking "It...it actually worked? Well,what do we do now?"


Why yes, I am fully awake, why do you ask?
 
2009-09-11 11:23:56 AM
The day before I was at the airport with my camera trying to catch some photographs of people saying goodbye and meeting loved ones as they arrived.

Never be able to go into the gate area again unless you have a ticket.
 
2009-09-11 11:24:39 AM
TsukasaK: Unclench, Tats. Some folks laugh in order to avoid crying.

Actually, its more along the lines of poking fun at people who saw a tragedy on TV and are blowing it way out of emotional proportion 8 years later.

3,000 people died. Do you guys also gush like this on the anniversary of Katrina? Pearl Harbor? D-Day? You must be an emotional wreck!
 
2009-09-11 11:24:42 AM
I was asleep and my alarm goes off and instead of music on the radio it is DJs blathering about the trade center. That a plane had hit it.

I think it is like a Cessna type plane like the one that had hit the white house a few years earlier and hit snooze and minutes later my phone rings and it is one of my friends calling.

I answered it with "Someone better be dead!"
She asked if I'd heard what was going on and I said "Yeah world trade center, plane bye." and went back to sleep.

I didn't realize the enormity of the situation until an hour later when I was in my car headed to work and the radio was only talking about the WTC and how it was gone.

That is when it sunk in. That the towers were gone entirely.

Spent the rest of the day at work reading Fark threads trying to see what happened because CNN.com was trashed. We wheeled a TV in and watched the coverage all day and then that night I have everyone from work over to my apartment to watch the presidential broadcast.

Was just a crazy messed up day.
 
2009-09-11 11:24:45 AM
Tatsuma: Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?

Fark account number: 146681
Account created: 2004-03-20 08:47:11

You've been here long enough to know better.
 
2009-09-11 11:24:49 AM
I remember it pretty clearly. I was in high school and had off first period that day. I was talking with some friends in the cafeteria when we heard about the WTC. Some kids made jokes, but then someone ran in and said the Pentagon had been hit, and I was scared. That was when I knew it was terrorism. I rushed to the band room (closest room I knew had a TV, and watched until my next class. At that point, Administration wasn't saying anything, so we went to German, and convinced my Teacher to put on the TV. And that's when we saw the towers collapse. Everyone freaked out. It spread throughout the school, and finally the Principal announced what happened. Parents started showing up and taking kids home, no one was going to class, and many of us just piled into our biggest rooms and watched what was happening. It was probably the first day I didn't really feel like a kid.
 
2009-09-11 11:24:49 AM
I had just started school at New College of Florida in Sarasota so I woke up early that morning to protest Bush at the elementary school in which he read "My Pet Goat". We had no idea anything had happened until we left the sleepy diner we ate breakfast at afterward and someone's mom called, freaking out because she knew the president was in town and Air Force One was parked less than half a mile away from our dorms.

It was utterly surreal.

On another note, living in Canada now I just explained last week to a couple of Canadian kids who weren't clear on why 9/11 was "such a big deal". It was odd that they couldn't understand the severity of it but they were like 2 years old when it happened. So weird to think that there are so many kids growing up in a totally post-9/11 world.
 
2009-09-11 11:25:14 AM
I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
 
2009-09-11 11:25:25 AM
I was in Basic Training, sitting in Combat Arms Training at Lackland AFB TX. The Instructor was talking about the different parts of the M-16 and another Security Forces member comes and whispers something in the instructers ear. The guy goes "No sh*t" then keeps going about forty minutes later the previous SF sergeant comes back runs back to the vault and carts out a bunch of m-16's. They finally tell us what's going on and send us back to the dorms, barracks for non AF people and turn on the TV. The TI starts making up stuff about how we will be fighting in a trench in 6 weeks. There were 20 planes in the air still and F-16 were order to shoot them down.
 
2009-09-11 11:26:05 AM
downstairs: Pearl Harbor?

What did people do on December 7, 1949?
 
2009-09-11 11:26:45 AM
I was so young. One of my teachers was from NYC. We spent the day talking to her and comforting her.

I hope I never have to see something like that again in my lifetime.

My gramma lived through both Pearl Harbor and 9/11- I do not want to imagine another attack of such magnitude happening here.
 
2009-09-11 11:26:48 AM
Tatsuma: Do you not see the difference between fiction and reality?

Yeah- the Hulk Hogan thing is fiction. He didn't knock down the towers. The actual towers being knocked down 8 years ago is reality. That really happened.

The Hogan thing: pretty funny.

The reality: not that funny.

People who have no business taking 9/11 very seriously, but do: also funny
 
2009-09-11 11:26:55 AM
Tsar_Bomba1: Never be able to go into the gate area again unless you have a ticket.

That blows. I never got to experience the joys banging a woman in the lounge restroom minutes before her flight leaves.
 
2009-09-11 11:26:57 AM
Tatsuma: Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?

Apparently you seem to think so, yes:

Tatsuma: Ok, let's ignore the retards.

Required viewing on 9/11:

Jon Stewart's speech (for dirty non-Americans, google it you can get it on websites that violate copyright)

and

Late Show with David Letterman
 
2009-09-11 11:27:27 AM
I was in Egypt. The scene on the streets was relatively hushed due to government security agents breaking up groups and posing with reporters but inside the shops and markets it had the atmosphere of the world's biggest block party, as if they won the World Cup.
 
2009-09-11 11:27:37 AM
Tatsuma: downstairs: Could it be possible that 8 years later, some people can also find humor in the tragedy? Or is that not allowed?

Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?


Oh get down off your farking high horse for just one microsecond of your entire Fark career. I was in NY on 9/11, I watched the towers fall with my own eyes. However, since I am an emotionally stable adult, I can see the humor in Hulk Hogan elbow dropping the towers, without losing perspective on what a tragedy that day was.
 
2009-09-11 11:27:48 AM
fudgefactor7: I still think one of the planes was destined for Chicago. If I were a terrorist SOB, that's what I'd do. WTC hit, next up, Sears Tower in Chi-town...

Whatcha talkn' bout Willis?
Link (new window)
 
2009-09-11 11:27:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNNTcHq5Tzk

This is the 26 minute video filmed from an apartment close to the towers. Its so surreal listening to the camera woman speculate about what's going on. Its like you're there for the first time again but this time you know what's happening. She has footage before the other plane hit, so you're just watching with the sick anticipation because you know what's coming and you consider all the consequences that it brought.
 
2009-09-11 11:27:59 AM
I was in my last year of college, and working nearly full-time at a local news/talk radio station. It was Tuesday, one of my days off, so I was getting ready to run some stuff over to campus (if I remember correctly, a paper I owed a professor, and some student government bill). Was in the shower when the news started coming. By the time I got to campus, approximately half an hour later, things were going nuts.

The University's president sent a campus-wide e-mail telling us to go about our business, because giving it attention would essentially legitimize the acts. I remember thinking that there were a lot of students on campus from Northern Virginia, who likely had parents who worked in the Pentagon (as my dad did when we lived up there).

Talked to some friends on campus, dropped off my stuff, and tried to get to work. Got stopped by state police at the MMBT. Showed my press credentials, and was allowed through.

Spent most of the afternoon at the station coordinating things in the newsroom. Chaotic, to say the least. Went home late afternoon, tried to sleep for a few hours (exercise in futility), then drove back to work at around 8p. Worked until probably 10a the next day, including my longest continuous stretch on the air in my entire career (I think a bit over two hours with only breaks fro network news).

Craziness.

/University Pres changed his mind pretty quickly
//And, yes, a student's mom was killed at the Pentagon
 
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