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2009-09-11 11:55:24 AM
nibls66: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11980142

Wow, that's awesome! Since I saw some weird stuff that day I haven't been able to shake that there was way more to the story than we've ever been told.
 
2009-09-11 11:55:42 AM
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


Thanks for posting these...I remember watching David Letterman when he came back on but I never saw the John Stewart footage(No cable at that time.). It's shocking to see two gentleman who we count on for laughs at their rawest, still in shock from the atrocity. When I was reading the 9/11 fark thread I came across a short comment from someone named Bigpeeler. "This day will (has) changed the course of history."...He was right.
 
2009-09-11 11:55:56 AM
macadamnut: theredsea1: God bless their families

bluorangefyre: Crazy day, and pray to God we never have another like it.

nothingyet: God bless anybody who helped on that day.


It's this kind of attitude that caused 9/11.


Compassion? Hope?

Or are you another person claiming that without religion the world would puppy dogs and unicorns. Guess what? If humans didn't have religion, we'd find another reason to hate our common man.
 
2009-09-11 11:56:12 AM
macadamnut: theredsea1: God bless their families

bluorangefyre: Crazy day, and pray to God we never have another like it.

nothingyet: God bless anybody who helped on that day.


It's this kind of attitude that caused 9/11.


you are pathetic. enjoy your miserable life.
 
2009-09-11 11:56:24 AM
It was my senior year of college. I was an RA in one of the Freshman/Transfers dorms. My first class wasn't until 11am, but I was up hours early for some reason.

I got out of bed and walked down the hallway to take a shower and was met by Brian, a non-trad student who was just finishing up his service requirement with the Marines. They let him go bit early so he could start in the fall Semester.

He flagged me down to tell me a passenger Jet had hit one of the towers. Not a minute later, we watched the second plane hit. It took a moment to realize it wasn't footage of the first plane.

Most of my students were standing in the halls, watching each others TVs. Those that weren't were standing, mouth agape at the TVs in the Lounges and in the Lobby.

We happened to have a blood drive on Campus that day. They were out of supplies by noon.

Before the end of the semester I lost almost a third of my students. Some were recalled, some were reservists, but a lot signed up that weekend. A few more didn't return after the holiday break.

By graduation we were holding memorials. I never heard about the others.
 
2009-09-11 11:56:33 AM
I was getting ready for work. I was 21, working in downtown Chicago as a financial planner. I turned on the TV and saw that the first tower had been hit...I watched the second tower get hit live. I called in to work to tell them I wasn't coming in today because I thought we were being attacked. None of the people that went in to work early had any idea what was going on. The receptionist brushed it off saying, "No we're not" in the most pretentious, arrogant, biatchy tone. She had no idea. I took my tie back off, sat it on the couch next to me and kept the TV on the rest of the day and into the night.
 
2009-09-11 11:56:37 AM
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


Reposted (w/links) for great justice
 
2009-09-11 11:56:46 AM
I remember where I was. I was coming out of the tunnel that connected the two campuses of my high school, and this kid, Ryan Kidd, actually, whom I didn't know very well and will probably never forget, just walked up to me and said, "Bad news. A plane just hit the World Trade Center." "Wow, that sucks." Then I went to chorus and sung. We didn't have a TV in there, so I didn't know the extent of what happened. I thought like, a small plane had accidentally hit one of the towers. It wasn't until I started walking to the next class that I knew something serious was up. People were running everywhere crying, talking frantically on their cell phones with nary a teacher trying to stop them. There was a line of cars at the entrance to the school picking kids up. I got to english class and there was a sub. "Where's Mr. Wojek? I just saw him earlier today." "His wife was in a meeting at the World Trade Center." Turned out she hadn't even gotten there, yet, thank God. I booked, and nobody tried to stop me.

I remember getting home to see my mom, who was supposed to be at work, glued to CNN with tears running down her face. So I sat and watched.
 
2009-09-11 11:57:01 AM
I was in midtown Manhattan and had just woken up when the first tower fell. I was half asleep and made some dumb joke about how it must have been those jealous bastards at the empire state building. I still regret it.
 
2009-09-11 11:57:26 AM
Opened my FARK account on 8-31-2001. Still remember following the events on FARK.
 
2009-09-11 11:57:27 AM
pd771: macadamnut: theredsea1: God bless their families

bluorangefyre: Crazy day, and pray to God we never have another like it.

nothingyet: God bless anybody who helped on that day.


It's this kind of attitude that caused 9/11.

Compassion? Hope?

Or are you another person claiming that without religion the world would puppy dogs and unicorns. Guess what? If humans didn't have religion, we'd find another reason to hate our common man.


colon_pow: macadamnut: theredsea1: God bless their families

bluorangefyre: Crazy day, and pray to God we never have another like it.

nothingyet: God bless anybody who helped on that day.


It's this kind of attitude that caused 9/11.

you are pathetic. enjoy your miserable life.


Like it or not...9/11 was a "Faith-Based Initiative"
 
2009-09-11 11:58:02 AM
I think I will post a few profiles of the victims, in order to give a face to this tragedy. First one hit close to home (I guess he didn't receive the memo to stay home)

3.bp.blogspot.com

FIVE FLOORS ABOVE, Shimmy Biegeleisen phoned his wife from his office at money-management firm Fiduciary Trust International Inc. "There's been an explosion next door," the 42-year-old vice president said. "Don't worry. I'm OK."

After a few minutes, Mr. Biegeleisen grabbed his black canvas bag, walked past a cluster of cubicles and headed toward the stairwell. But when he reached the doorway -- a step behind a project manager who worked for him -- he stopped, leaned his big body against the open metal door and rummaged through his bag. "Whatever you're looking for, it's not important," the manager told her boss. "Please come." She started down the stairs.

...

THE WORD "FIDUCIARY" filled the caller-ID panel on the kitchen phone in the Biegeleisen home in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Miriam Biegeleisen knew it was her husband calling again from his office. "I love you," he told her.

He hadn't made it to the stairs when the wings of the second jet ripped diagonally through the south tower just four floors below Mr. Biegeleisen's cubicle. Fire engulfed the tower's stairwells. Mr. Biegeleisen was trapped.

Mrs. Biegeleisen handed the phone to Dovid Langer, a friend who volunteered for an ambulance service and had run over when he heard that ambulances had been dispatched to the towers.

"Dovid," Mr. Biegeleisen told him, "take care of Miriam and take care of my children."
Mr. Langer connected Mr. Biegeleisen to Gary Gelbfish, a vascular surgeon and friend who was watching the towers burn on TV. "I'm having difficulty breathing," Mr. Biegeleisen told him. Black smoke was filling the room.

"You've got to do two things," the doctor said. "Stay low to the ground. And do you have a towel or a rag? Put water on it and put it over your mouth." Twin

Mr. Biegeleisen walked past three cubicles to the water cooler. He wet a towel and raised it to his mouth. Then he walked back to his desk and lay down on the slate blue carpet in his black suede shoes, black pants, oxford shirt and black felt yarmulke. Mr. Biegeleisen was a Chassid, a devoted follower of the Belzer Rebbe, the leader of a rabbinic dynasty that dates to 1815.

"Is there a sprinkler?" Dr. Gelbfish asked. Mr. Biegeleisen looked up but couldn't see through the smoke. He and the five colleagues trapped alongside him decided to try to get to the roof. Mr. Biegeleisen hung up the phone.

...

THE PHONE RANG in the Biegeleisen home. Again, "FIDUCIARY" flashed on the display. The intense heat had kept Shimmy Biegeleisen from reaching the roof. "We couldn't even go into the hallway," he said into the phone.

The Biegeleisen home was filling with worried friends and neighbors. Women clustered in the living room, trying to calm Mrs. Biegeleisen. Men paced in the kitchen, taking turns speaking to her husband. One phoned 911. They waited while Mr. Biegeleisen tried again to reach the roof.

He didn't make it. At 9:45, he phoned home again. "Promise me you'll look after Miriam," he told one of his friends. "Tell Miriam I love her." Lying on the floor beneath photographs of his five children that sat atop his filing cabinet, he now spoke of them and gave instructions for handling his finances.

Mr. Biegeleisen and his 19-year-old son Mordechai were supposed to travel in five days to Jerusalem to spend the Jewish new year with the Belzer Chassidim and meet with the Belzer Rebbe. Mr. Biegeleisen made the trip every few years at Rosh Hashanah. Most inspiring to him was the second night of the holiday, when the Rebbe read aloud the 24th Psalm.

Now, in a voice hoarse with smoke, Mr. Biegeleisen began to recite that psalm in Hebrew over the phone: "Of David a Psalm. The Lord's is the earth and its fullness ..."

The friend on the phone began to shake. He handed the phone to another friend, who urged Mr. Biegeleisen to break a window. "You can get some air and go to the roof," the friend said. Mr. Biegeleisen called out to a colleague. "Let's go! Let's break the window!" At 9:59, the two men hauled a filing cabinet to the window. "I'm looking out the window now," Mr. Biegeleisen said into the phone. Then he screamed: "Oh God!" The line went dead.

...

SHIMMY BIEGELEISEN'S FAMILY had almost finished mourning him when the phone rang. On the line was the Belzer Rebbe, Issachar Dov Rokeach, calling from Jerusalem.

Mr. Biegeleisen's wife, five children, parents, brother and sister scurried upstairs to a closed room. They encircled a phone and put it on speaker. The 53-year-old Rebbe spoke quietly in Yiddish. He asked for the men and boys, one by one, and recited to each the Hebrew verse traditionally spoken to mourners: "May the Omnipresent console you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

Finished, the Rebbe said, "There are no words." A dial tone reverberated in the room as the family echoed him, over and over: "There are no words. There are no words. There are no words." -
 
2009-09-11 11:58:04 AM
I'm in DC, so we heard about the madness in NYC before the Pentagon was hit.

First the landlines went down. Then cell phones. The only thing we had in the office to get updates was the TV that this one secretary had been written up for many many times (she tried in vain to watch soaps in her cube in the afternoon). Her vindication aside, as we were evacuated, one of the amazing things I'll remember is listening to Howard Stern's show on my 14-block walk home. It's hard to describe the show that morning without being trite or whatever, but it was something.

And of the many things I'll never forget is the Hummer with S2A missiles parked 20 feet outside of our apartment. The soldier's finger was a whisker away from launching heat. It was nuts.

/much respect to every and all
 
2009-09-11 11:59:09 AM
Red Shirt Blues: The two French brothers who were filming a documentary on the NYFD had part on that. When the firemen were in the lobby of one of the towers you kept hearing these loud bangs and the firemen looking around for the source. It was determined it was the sound of jumpers hitting the structure above them. Pretty chilling to say the least.

I won't watch that documentary again. Once really was enough.
 
2009-09-11 12:00:15 PM
I iz smurt mayne I tink trayjick evunt hapn in year 9/11 and me tink God blesseded us, America=fredum to kill evil mayne of muhamid.
 
2009-09-11 12:01:21 PM
From the original thread:


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.


Foresight, he haz it.
 
2009-09-11 12:01:24 PM
dstanley: Red Shirt Blues: The two French brothers who were filming a documentary on the NYFD had part on that. When the firemen were in the lobby of one of the towers you kept hearing these loud bangs and the firemen looking around for the source. It was determined it was the sound of jumpers hitting the structure above them. Pretty chilling to say the least.

I won't watch that documentary again. Once really was enough.


I haven't seen it in a few years. I dunno....being friday I may watch it with a bottle of Bushmills. Maybe not. I'll probably cry.
 
2009-09-11 12:01:39 PM
pd771: Compassion? Hope?

Again, that's Allah. You know, the merciful, the compassionate?
God is jealous.
 
2009-09-11 12:01:46 PM
nibls66: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11980142

I'll see that and raise you Penn & Teller

Link (new window)
 
2009-09-11 12:02:07 PM
tomo12144: Like it or not...9/11 was a "Faith-Based Initiative"

And the Holocaust and was a race-based initiative, and the Khmer Rouge was a Political-based initiative. Religion doesn't cause hate, humanity causes it.
 
2009-09-11 12:03:21 PM
Passive Aggressive Larry: Gave me the chills just reading those old comments as everything happened in real time.

I remember I was taking a test in high school when it happened, when in the middle of the test another teacher stepped into our classroom and whispered something to our teacher that none of us could hear. I'll never forget the look that came across his face before they both turned and left in a hurry. We figured someone close to our teacher had died, and went about finishing the test. About 20 minutes later, our teacher returned, looking more despondent than any person I have ever seen in my life. I remember the beginning of the sentence he spoke, "Listen, everybody... Something's happened in New York City...." just before the TV was turned on, and from then on I could only think of how I was standing beneath those two towers only 3 weeks prior, while on vacation visiting family in New York City. I was awed by their immense size, staring up at them from their base. As cliche as it might have been, I even snapped a photo looking upward that had a good shot of both towers almost bending towards the sky. I fell in love with that city when I went there, and seeing what happened to it that day is something I will never forget. Those images are permanently burned into my mind, as I am sure they are burned to all of yours. What a sad day.



Me too. I got maybe 20 or 30 comments in and just had to stop.

I live in BC, Canada (including on 9/11), andI remember coming downstairs the morning it happened to see that one of my parents had the TV on, but I didn't pay any attention to what was showing. When I got to school, every single TV was tuned in to CNN or one of the TV stations giving coverage. There were large clusters and crowds of people, everyone just staring silently at the screens in disbelief at what was happening.

My first class of the day was Social Studies, and my teacher brought a TV in to the classroom and we watched the coverage for a period of time, maybe like 45 minutes or something? Anyways he said something I'll never forget, and it was "Pay attention, you're watching history happen" or something to that effect.

/15 at the time, grade 10
 
2009-09-11 12:03:27 PM
Teddy Hopper: 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


whatever you do, don't search for "wtc yakety sax" on youtube.
 
2009-09-11 12:03:32 PM
You know what, Tatsuma? I generally don't care for you, but I do appreciate your link to Jon Stewart's speech. Something got in my eye watching that. Thanks.

The worst thing about that day was what George Farking W. Asshole Bush turned it into. We are still in Afghanistan with a total clusterf*ck on our hands because Bush decided Iraq was a more profittable place for him and his bosses to make a killing. Again, the U.S. left Afghanistan to it's own devices.

Lord, help us.

9/11 was the absolute worst day of my life. I even lit a farking cigarette in my office (in a smoke-free business center) without even thinking what I was doing. I saw the buildings collapse on the news before going to work. I was a zombie that day, so they say.
 
2009-09-11 12:03:53 PM
pd771: tomo12144: Like it or not...9/11 was a "Faith-Based Initiative"

And the Holocaust and was a race-based initiative, and the Khmer Rouge was a Political-based initiative. Religion doesn't cause hate, humanity causes it.


I really want to disagree with you and rebutt your statement with a well thought out logical argument. I can't. you're right.
 
2009-09-11 12:03:58 PM
Tatsuma: Knucklepopper:

moops:

Hurray, /b/tards! Just what Fark needed, more retardation!


Hurray! Fun police! Just what Fark needed, more "get off my lawn!"


/lighten up
 
2009-09-11 12:04:19 PM
Klippoklondike: I heard about it on the radio on my way to University. It was on the Bob and Tom show so I didn't realize it was real for a few minutes. Then classes were canceled just a couple hours after I got to school and I spent the rest of the day trying to find news on the net but it was farking nearly impossible to find servors that weren't down (except porn sites. They had the most up to date information iirc.) I remember the day very clearly.

Also, it was my brothers birthday. He now celebrates it on the 10th.



My brother's birthday as well...
 
2009-09-11 12:04:23 PM
Tatsuma: 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.


Meh. For events of this magnitude, you have to kind of go for the outrageous/shock value to make it funny at all. Aside from that angle, you have no way in hell of knowing what there motivations were. And it's pretty common for people to respond to tragedies with totally inappropriate humor. Can't hurt to give the benefit of the doubt. What they posted really wasn't that bad.

Unlike, say, this. (WARNING: NSFTatsumas)
 
2009-09-11 12:04:41 PM
I remember I was driving to class when this happened...I listened to the radio the whole way, and I remember as I got to campus, several students were shouting across the parking lot, telling other students what happened. I got to Math class, and for the whole class we listened to the radio as they discussed the events. It was such a clear, beautiful september morning that day, too...
 
2009-09-11 12:05:06 PM
I was at work at a crappy job when it happened. They didn't let us get on the internet to check any news. They told us just to keep working. So glad I'm not there anymore.

I *still* can't watch the footage of the planes hitting the towers without crying.
 
2009-09-11 12:05:09 PM
From the original thread:

Corporate Mofo: I can see the towers from my office building. The pictures don't do it justice. Smoke--thick black smoke--is billowing from the top floors of both buildings. The news says hundreds of people have run out and are flooding lower Manhattan. I work above Penn Station, and my entire office is around the TV in the reception area.

The entire top sixth of each tower is engulfed in smoke. It looks like each plane may have taken out 20 floors in each tower. People above that will be trapped. They're unlikely to collapse, since they're built pretty strong. I pray to God for whoever's still in there.


FAIL (unfortunately)
 
2009-09-11 12:05:52 PM
I was a Senior in High School. My mom called me on my cell in between classes and told me that someone flew a plane into the Twin Towers. We were there a little over a year ago on vacation, so she thought I'd want to know. I went down to our cafeteria to see it on TV. I had sat down for only a minute and we all saw the 2nd plane hit. Everyone in the cafeteria gasped and then it was silent... a few "Oh my god..."'s here and there.

I ended up sitting in the cafeteria all day until about 2PM EST, when they closed teh school. The reason our school was being closed down was because all air traffic was being diverted to Canada. Being from outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, we're the most likely place for aircraft coming across the Atlantic to the US to divert to. My high school also had a very large gymnasium, about 3 regular gymnasium's put together.

The reason our school was being closed down and students dismissed was because the Red Cross was using our gymnasium to house stranded passengers until flights were no longer grounded.

A few of my friends stay to help the Red Cross set up cots, etc. One of my teachers volunteered to offer his translation services, as he can speak about 6 different languages. Many families in my community billeted stranded passengers from all over the world, Germany, the US, England, etc. One English couple was on their way home because they were supposed to get married. Instead of waiting until they got home, they got married in one of our local churches.

Our school was shut down for about a week until all the stranded passengers had left.

When we got back into school, my teacher (the one who volunteered), told us some stories about the first 2 nights.

The passengers were all bussed to our school throught the evening. My teacher was using his translation skills to tell people what was going on. He told us about one older Iranian man he translated English to Farsi for thought that while he was inflight, war had broken out between Iran and the US and that he was now in the US and taken as a prisoner of war or hostage.

It was really difficult trying to explain what happened to some people, so they just turned on the TV and showed people the news. Although many people didn't understand what the newscast was saying, they understood the pictures of the planes hitting the towers and the towers falling.
 
2009-09-11 12:06:05 PM
RockIsDead: I was standing on the observation deck holding my backpack and having my picture taken.

I wonder what ever happened to that photo?


I LOL. Felt guilty and then LOL again.
 
2009-09-11 12:06:24 PM
TheNyquilKid: The start of the thread says so much about farkers.

"isn't mae east in one of the trade centers?"

"mae east == One of the core internet 'hubs'"

"OK, you guys are now my sole source for info on this - all European traffic goes through mae east and now I can't get squat out of the US.."

"MAE East is not in NYC, it's in the D.C. area (Vienna? VA I believe, definitely NoVA though). The NYC Sprint NAP, which is pretty major, might be in that area though. Not sure where it goes through. Depending on how things route that might cause some strange shiat to happen."


I like the "One of my co-workers sister works near there!"

It reminded me of the woman in the office I worked at in FLORIDA who insisted we evacuate because "There is an airforce base just 10 miles from here!"


Why do some people need to make everything about themselves?
 
2009-09-11 12:06:25 PM
I had decided not to go to school that day, I was 'sick'.

Watched everything unfold from the second tower being hit, to everything that followed.

Where has time gone? Have we anything to show for our actions since that day?
 
2009-09-11 12:06:31 PM
MONSTERTRUCK: I was a zombie that day, so they say.


On the drive home from work, I remember seeing everyone driving just a little bit slower, and nobody was being aggressive with lane changes, etc.
 
2009-09-11 12:06:53 PM
I haven't gone through all the postings yet, but here is the *must have* link for 9-11

http://www.archive.org/details/sept_11_tv_archive

News coverage from TV networks as things progressed.
 
2009-09-11 12:08:41 PM
I was working at a law firm in Minneapolis and setting up for the "State of the Firm" address between all of the offices. I couldn't get through to our New York office, and I was getting pissed off because they were typically pretty piss-poor about getting the video conference units set up. My wife kept calling and calling and calling, and I finally answered her call and she told me that a plane had hit the trade center. My first thought was , oh ok, that explains it.... Hell, if it rained to much in Manhattan the ISDN lines would go down.... All of the Senior Partners for the firm were in a closed door meeting in Minneapolis at the time, and they had a strict no cell policy during those meetings. When they got out, they were pissed off at me that the rest of the firm wasn't up on the video conference yet.

Long story short, we got a TV going to turn on the news, and then caught up to what was happening... Several of the partners were from NY, and had flown to MSP that morning for the meeting. One of them had a place downtown within blocks of ground zero, and to watch him watch this unfold and not get in touch with his family was one of the hardest things I've ever seen.
 
2009-09-11 12:08:45 PM
que.guero: From the original thread:

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.


You called it buddy...

"whoa..."
zulfiqar.typepad.com

never noticed that before. very prohetic.
 
2009-09-11 12:09:45 PM
moops: "wtc yakety sax"

I'm snickering at just the title.
 
2009-09-11 12:09:52 PM
Who was it that said they "had a view of Logan airport that day"? Sorry, can't resist bringing out an old meme.

I was driving in to school... coming off an exit ramp, almost to campus, when our college radio station said something about a plane hitting the world trade center and I thought they meant a cessna or something.

I parked and went to the computer lab where I worked and my coworker Brenda just looked at me with horror in her eyes and asked me if I'd heard about the tower. The second one was being flown into as we were speaking. We didn't know it yet. CNN.com was still up.

Things are fuzzy after that. I went to the other computer lab, to keep track of what was going on and to find my then-boyfriend. I was on a list serve for a student group and there was alumni that had a business in Brooklyn with a full view on webcam streamed out. I got a hold of my mom just to check in, and then started trying my dad's cell. Took forever to get a hold of him. Everything was jammed. He was in the Boston airport that morning, waiting for a different flight. He ended up driving home. Classes got canceled and people wandered, huddled, hugged, and cried.

My school lost 17 alumni, I believe. The one I knew was a very outgoing gregarious guy who had managed the college radio station a couple years before - the same radio station where I first heard the news.
 
2009-09-11 12:10:49 PM
z_gringo: That is definitely worth re-reading every year.

You hit it right on!
 
2009-09-11 12:11:52 PM
mks113: I haven't gone through all the postings yet, but here is the *must have* link for 9-11

http://www.archive.org/details/sept_11_tv_archive

News coverage from TV networks as things progressed.


I'm watching the summary video, and it's eerie as hell to watch the today show start off with nothing wrong.
 
2009-09-11 12:12:04 PM
I was onboard HMCS Charlottetown(Canadian Navy)in Halifax, NS. I walked into the eating area and the TV was showing the first tower on fire. I went back to my office, spoke to my boss and went back to watch. When the second plan hit, I said to the guys there, "We will be back in the Persian Gulf within a month". Some folks said no way because we had just return from a 6 month deployment over there, 2 months ago. We left Halifax for the Persian Gulf 36 days later.
 
2009-09-11 12:12:09 PM
I was getting ready to take my daughter to the bus stop. I had the local TV news on, and shortly before I left they broke in with the story. I am (and was) a network engineer for a big telecom company; at the time, I was dedicated to one large account whose HQ was in 2 WTC. I was a team leader of about 5 engineers, so before I left for the bus stop, I sent a page out to the team: "A plane has crashed into one of the WTC towers; I don't know which one. Be prepared in case we need to take action." I'm still thinking accident, at this point.

I decided to drive to the bus stop (even though it's a couple of blocks away) so I could listen to the radio. My daughter and I were standing at the stop when the news came over the radio about the second plane. Like (I'm assuming) pretty much everyone else, I no longer suspected accident.

After the bus picked my daughter up, I rushed back home and sent another page out to my team; we all joined a conference bridge, along with other folks assigned to the account (sales folks, service manager, you name it). The customer in question had probably 40+ routers of ours there and over 70 circuits. I logged into one of the routers in our data center and started pings to about half a dozen routers in 2WTC. All continued to respond.

I turned on CNN (I work from home) and watched. I couldn't concentrate on anything else. We all stayed on the phone, hoping for word from the many people we knew there. (I took annual trips out there and had made several friends.) I don't really have the vocabulary to describe what it felt like; I don't have proper context. Is horrinumbed a word?

As I'm watching, I see 2WTC collapse. And in my shell prompts with the continuous pings, I see:

!.......................

That was the most horrifying thing I've ever seen on a PC screen.
 
2009-09-11 12:14:02 PM
cheer: As I'm watching, I see 2WTC collapse. And in my shell prompts with the continuous pings, I see:

!.......................

That was the most horrifying thing I've ever seen on a PC screen.


Good Lord.
 
2009-09-11 12:14:31 PM
Alight, sorry for the trolling above, but I have an honest question for the group:

Was everyone really taken by surprise that day?

I was sleeping in, my gf called and told me what happened, it looked like terrorists by then, and we were both totally non-plussed, if not exactly unphased.
Bush Inc. had spent the first months in office just looking around for someplace to launch an armed conflict, talking trash into all sorts of dangerous places around the world, so this just seemed like the obvious next phase.
 
2009-09-11 12:15:12 PM
alright
 
2009-09-11 12:15:17 PM
I'll keep the the victims of this tradgedy always in my heart. Now with that out of the way, You've all gained a ton of weight since then.And stop hatin on Tatsuma (probably trolling anyway)
 
2009-09-11 12:15:38 PM
wow...I seemed to have gotten some dust in my eyes as I read that..
 
2009-09-11 12:16:00 PM
I was in my morning CAD II class in highschool. It was all normal and then someone turned on the tv with in a few minutes I watched second plane hit.
 
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