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2012-09-10 09:17:45 AM
I was in the university center on my way to Chemistry II. I was walking past and a building exploded. I paused and watched for the remainder of the 4 minutes before class. I huffed it over to chemistry to see my teacher sobbing. She let us go and I spent the rest of the day watching on TV and the internet.

On 9/11/2006 my wife and I lost our first born son, Toby. That was very hard, because the day now has a much more sorrowful meaning to us.

12/7/2010 we lost our third born, Lucy. The two days America has been attacked are now days that my wife and I have lost children.

:(
 
2012-09-10 09:18:28 AM
Even within FIVE years from now, if people still define the internet as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube then we are doing it very, very wrong.
 
2012-09-10 09:20:54 AM
Truthfully, on the day of, I didn't think to look online at all. I was thoroughly glued to CNN, first scared to hear that more attacks would continue going westward across the US, and then after the towers fell, just desperate to get any information about what was happening downtown (see CSS below). It was only the day after, when I went to the office to try to distract myself, that I just wound up reading CNN, BBC, etc., hitting refresh like a crack-addicted monkey looking for still more news. When I got tired of that, I finally ended up driving down to one of the scenic lookouts on the Palisades Parkway, hanging out with a bunch of other folks and watching smoke waft into the air from the holes where the towers used to be.

CSS: My sister used to work across the street (north side) of WTC7, so after the second plane hit, I called to see if she was okay. She told me that they were being asked to move to the north side of her building, so she would have to call me back later. Later didn't come until about 5:30 in the afternoon, after she and a few coworkers ran/walked to a colleague's apartment in midtown and were finally able to get a phone call out to my brother-in-law to say she (and my unborn nephew) was safe. The day, bad as it was, at least ended well for us to go through personally. I still feel great empathy and sympathy for those who weren't so lucky.
 
2012-09-10 09:24:54 AM
You don't have to tell me... I was there! And I had just upgraded to DSL the month before. A lot of good that did me since sites were loading SLOWER than the 56Krapper speeds I'd just upgraded from. However, I stumbled across some website with a guy posting links that actually worked. What was it called?

/and you can get off my digital lawn
 
2012-09-10 09:25:19 AM

thisispete: http://www.fark.com/comments/45086/


I remember my cable had gone out that day. Had it on cbs and when it came back on, the second plane hitting was the first thing i saw.

Hard to believe its been so long...
 
2012-09-10 09:27:24 AM
I was at work. Those not on direct deposit were told that they wouldn't be receiving their paychecks "until further notice." We learned about the attacks from the food truck driver about three hours later.

Later at Dennys after work I got so upset at the media. The constant replaying of the planes and the towers collapsing with the voiceovers were classic brainwashing. The only reason to do that was to whip people up into allowing otherwise unacceptable shiat to happen.

And that is exactly what happened.

\got all my news from Bob & Tom back in the day
\\so I was on the Fark audio feed
 
2012-09-10 09:30:08 AM

priapic_abandon: I'm still upset at Spain..


Funny you mention that, because one of the first thoughts i had about the 9/11 attacks that day was that they could be used as an excuse to go to war with whoever the government decided was the enemy, much like the Maine/Spain.. (I'm not implying conspiracy or anything, just stating the obvious.)
 
2012-09-10 09:38:30 AM
USS Maine, Gulf of Tonkin, Second Gulf War, ad nauseum.
 
2012-09-10 09:39:09 AM
Lee Greenwood ruined patriotism for Americans.
 
2012-09-10 09:39:40 AM
I remember watching the whole thing online. Never had any problems with websites crashing or running slow but I guess I could get all dramatic about it and say that I was all rip-roaring down the hallway trying to get my information like motherfarker and PRONTO. I was tripping over chairs and pushing down old ladies trying to find a TV or SOMETHING so I could stick my stupid fat farking face inside of it watch the towers GO BOOM!!! I was SOOOOO pissed when the computer in the back office only had a 28k modem hooked up to it but all the farking phone lines were busy because everyone in the whole city was calling 911 even though I live in farking YAKIMA!!! WAT!? So I said screw that noise and, got in my car, and raced down to the local bar and pub internet cafe they had down the street where they served Starbucks coffee (back when they had the original mermaid logo remember?) SOOOOO long ago... Anyways, I broke inside that place and said TURN ON THE TV GODDAMMIT!!!! and everybody FREAKED. I was holding the hands of some hot women inside the bar and they were crying and we didn't know what the hell we were going to do we were under ATTACK!!!! I thought the world was going to cave in motherfarking half.

Holy shiat.

Never been so scared in my life.

God bless Facebook. We NEVER have to go through THAT shiat again.
 
2012-09-10 09:40:15 AM
I was 50/50 between FARK and IRC. Fortunately, it was stileproject irc channels, so I had all sorts of views to read!
 
2012-09-10 09:40:21 AM
One of these days, I'm to write a book about what happened here in Las Vegas after 9/11.

The casino moguls acted like it was us who were attacked instead of New York. The executives took advantage of 9/11 as a reason to fire tens of thousands of employees so they could claim massive bonuses for bringing in their departments under budget. Then the MGM grand went and embarrassed the fark out of every Las Vegan by donating a paltry million dollars to the 9/11 fund, and then asking for half of it back to help the employees it had let go.

I knew people who lost everything and committed suicide. There was this pit boss who managed to get a manager's job at a Jack-in-the-Box, and when they finally started rehiring, refused to go back because in his words, "There's more integrity in this one little burger shack than all of the gambling joints on the Strip."
 
2012-09-10 09:40:41 AM

BolloxReader: I was at work. Those not on direct deposit were told that they wouldn't be receiving their paychecks "until further notice." We learned about the attacks from the food truck driver about three hours later.


Im really curious what you do for a living, where the Weeners to a terror attack is HOLD ALL THE PAYCHECKS!!!!11!1!! we'll them about the attacks in a few hours, just make sure none of those farks get paid for time they've worked.
 
2012-09-10 09:42:33 AM
In 1999, I knew something like this was coming, but as to the when and how, I did not know. The scope off the attack was a lot bigger than I thought it would be, though.
 
2012-09-10 09:44:24 AM
Shouldn't we be calling it "Islamist Victory Day"?
 
2012-09-10 09:44:39 AM
On 9/11, I was working around the corner from the White House, and there were so many rumors going around about car bombs, planes headed for the Capitol, etc.

11 years later, I'm working in the Pentagon...on the E Ring, about 100 feet from where the plane hit. I can see the 9/11 memorial on my way into the building every morning. It's a little strange sometimes.
 
2012-09-10 09:45:17 AM
First I read about it, was when the first plane had just crashed into the tower. I just got back from Toronto, sat down at the computer and was browsing fark. There was a "newsflash" regarding a possible plane strike and people were going on about it. And then the second plane hit and the talk changed. It was a horrible and sad day all rolled into one. The day my 3rd son was born (and who died 3 months later) and the day the world changed because some crazy inbred towel wearing f*ckers decided they wanted to start a war because. Just, f*cking because.

.
..
....
Don't mind me. I've had a sh*tty morning already.
 
2012-09-10 09:46:32 AM
We also reacted exactly the way bin Laden wanted us to react, after the attack, and still to this day.
 
2012-09-10 09:51:48 AM

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


Why do you hate freedom, as it applies to marketers, demogogues and spin doctors?

/leave Britney alone!
//too soon is forever.
 
2012-09-10 09:53:35 AM

hoho19: I was in the university center on my way to Chemistry II. I was walking past and a building exploded. I paused and watched for the remainder of the 4 minutes before class. I huffed it over to chemistry to see my teacher sobbing. She let us go and I spent the rest of the day watching on TV and the internet.

On 9/11/2006 my wife and I lost our first born son, Toby. That was very hard, because the day now has a much more sorrowful meaning to us.

12/7/2010 we lost our third born, Lucy. The two days America has been attacked are now days that my wife and I have lost children.

:(


So sorry to hear of your losses. My cat had kittens on sept 11, 2002 and one was stillborn. I always thought there was something very eerie about that, but you've got me beat

/hugs
 
2012-09-10 09:54:35 AM

thisispete: [i48.tinypic.com image 850x81]

http://www.fark.com/comments/45086/


Drew was so nice back then

"move the discussion to the new thread please"

"let's save bandwidth please"

"you guys, please..."
 
2012-09-10 09:57:09 AM
I think 9/11 will be my generation's (senior in high school at the time) "I remember where I was that day" moment. It's been 11 years; however, it was such a huge event and turning point in American history, you can't expect people to just consider it a footnote.
 
2012-09-10 09:59:29 AM
Hah, what a bullshiat slideshow. It should be titled, "what online news would have looked like if they were prepared for the traffic."

I spent 9/11 getting news updates from Slashdot and other web forums.

/And then finally realizing that I should call my freaked out parents, because I actually flew out early that morning from LaGuardia to San Francisco and I didn't have a phone number in California.
 
2012-09-10 10:02:04 AM
I was active on the Landover Baptist message boards at the time. That was the only time on Landover Baptist, when I've actually seen the fundie role play completely break down. People were providing as much information as they could, posting their personal phone numbers and email addresses so that people in areas where all the communication lines were backed up could use them as intermediaries to contact their loved ones to let them know they were OK, and generally being great human beings to each other. I remember one of the people on the message boards posting, nearly hysterical, because they were close enough to the towers to see the people jumping.
 
2012-09-10 10:03:49 AM

way south: He didn't make us do anything we weren't already planning.


http://articles.cnn.com/1998-12-16/politics/1998_12_16_transcripts_cl i nton_1_saddam-hussein-unscom-iraq-strike?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS

To quote Bill Clinton, December 16, 1998

Earlier today, I ordered Americas armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraqs nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.

Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.

Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.
 
2012-09-10 10:12:41 AM
I was in grade 12 at the time and there was no news broken to us about the attacks until about 10am. Remember, there were no smartphones with crazy notification apps or anything like that. The rest of the day was spent glued to whatever TV or radio we could come across. In one class, we had a great discussion about what this would possibly mean for the US and us up here in Canada. Sadly, most of us correctly concluded that some form of war would be inevitable.

Also, my birthday was the next day. That was a shiatty birthday.
 
2012-09-10 10:13:27 AM
Frankly I'm glad that ther wasn't Facebook orTwitter back then. As screwed up as they can be now, can you imagine what kind of massive-mechanised-Mongolian-clusterfarks that they would have been?
 
2012-09-10 10:14:47 AM

Jake Havechek: In 1999, I knew something like this was coming, but as to the when and how, I did not know. The scope off the attack was a lot bigger than I thought it would be, though.


That's pretty cryptic and broad. What made you think this? Assuming it was the bombing of the USS Cole?
 
2012-09-10 10:16:41 AM

dopekitty74: hoho19: I was in the university center on my way to Chemistry II. I was walking past and a building exploded. I paused and watched for the remainder of the 4 minutes before class. I huffed it over to chemistry to see my teacher sobbing. She let us go and I spent the rest of the day watching on TV and the internet.

On 9/11/2006 my wife and I lost our first born son, Toby. That was very hard, because the day now has a much more sorrowful meaning to us.

12/7/2010 we lost our third born, Lucy. The two days America has been attacked are now days that my wife and I have lost children.

:(

So sorry to hear of your losses. My cat had kittens on sept 11, 2002 and one was stillborn. I always thought there was something very eerie about that, but you've got me beat

/hugs


We are working on turning it into a positive experience. Approximately 1% of all births are stillborn which is one stillborn birth every 20 minutes. In most cases, 40%, the cause of the stillbirth is unknown. For us we had a checkup the week before and were given a thumbs up, but maybe a day or two after that checkup was when the baby declined. We did not know until a week and a half later. There also is a lot of shame and guilt regarding still born children. A lot of women believe that it was their fault, they ate the wrong thing, they did the wrong thing, I sometimes blame myself for not having my wife go to the hospital the minute the contractions started, but sadly it wasn't my fault or hers. The baby probably died several days before that and it was the body's natural response to push the baby out. My wife and I would like to eventually speak to groups about our experiences and how shame and guilt shaped our lives afterwards. The measure of a strong person is the how they deal with a situation that can destroy them. We want to turn our tragedies into weapons to help others combat grief and shame so that they can also find strength and hope in the darkness of a situation like that.
 
2012-09-10 10:17:38 AM
Is it just me, or does anyone else go into intentional information blackout on Sept 11? I remember it happening, I don't need to be reminded.
 
2012-09-10 10:18:27 AM
September 11, 2001 was my parent's 25th wedding anniversary. I was a sophomore in highschool and was finishing up the summer that I had my first job. My older brother, sister, and I were going to take them out to dinner that night. When I got home from school my mom said forget it. We ate dinner in front of the TV that night.
 
2012-09-10 10:19:39 AM
The day the cable news ticker was born. Constant updates about how there was nothing new to report rolling across the bottom of your screen.
 
2012-09-10 10:22:13 AM

Ball of Confusion: BigLuca: juvandy: There was a Pollyanna-ish naïveté to not only the media but the average American's view of the world and America's place in it.

Everything was still full of wonder and excitement.

Everything that happened afterwards has been a complete reversal of the very cultural fabric that makes up this country. The America we lived in prior to 9/11 no longer exists. The date marks the moment we stopped looking upward and instead we turned our gaze inward and became fearful of the world around us.

Man, isn't that the truth. It's been all downhill since.

I've always been amazed at how well Osama's plan worked. Kill a couple thousand people and we bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life. Well, that is hyperbole, but not by much, it's certainly headed in that direction.

Rock & roll's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.


Wait. Are you talking about the day the music died? I remember that day.
 
2012-09-10 10:24:20 AM

ToeKnee666: The day the cable news ticker was born. Constant updates about how there was nothing new to report rolling across the bottom of your screen.


0.tqn.com
 
2012-09-10 10:25:04 AM
I miss that internet.
 
2012-09-10 10:26:56 AM
I had the TV on CNN, while reading on Fark. Didn't have an account then. Still had dial-up. When I got up that morning, had no idea anything had happened until a friend on LiveJournal posted, "Are we being attacked?".

11 years later, still only have 6Mbps DSL in this area. :-(
 
2012-09-10 10:27:42 AM

Confabulat: I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.


So ... you didn't bother registering until 2004?
 
2012-09-10 10:28:17 AM
I remember wondering how the Gov. knew that Bin Laden was responsible so quickly, and being angry about all the price gouging that day.
 
2012-09-10 10:31:42 AM
My (now ex) husband and I spent all day passing the phone back and forth, trying to get a hold of our mothers. Mine was flying in from Vegas that morning and his was flying in from Chicago. My son was 7 months old and cried all day long because I couldn't stop crying, and it was freaking awful. The gas stations all had lines around the block, everyone rushed the grocery stores...it was weird.

Turned out, both of our mothers were smart and had rented cars before they were all gone and drove until they could manage to charge their phones and get through to us. It was the next day before I heard from my mom, and two more before we heard from his. I realized what day it was yesterday and it hit me, as long as my son has been alive, we've been at war. WTF?
 
2012-09-10 10:32:28 AM

Bedstead Polisher: Perhaps you weren't listening when they said "NEVER FORGET".


A: Knock-knock.

B: Who is it?

A: 9/11.

B:9/11 who?

A: I thought you said you'd never forget.
 
2012-09-10 10:32:43 AM

BigLuca: I've always been amazed at how well Osama's plan worked. Kill a couple thousand people and we bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life. Well, that is hyperbole, but not by much, it's certainly headed in that direction.


Seriously. Those 19 guys are like the most successful people who have ever tried to destroy a world superpower, in proportion to their numbers. I imagine them with their 72 virgins laughing their asses off, while Hitler and Stalin are like, "Seriously? That's all it took? 19 casualties, and a couple boxcutters?"

The saddest part is that what they did isn't the reason it was an effective attack. Our response is what gave it significance long-term.
 
2012-09-10 10:34:48 AM
I remember working at a Ferrari repair shop/race team. I just graduated high school earlier that summer and decided to take a year off before starting college.

We heard about it on Bob and Tom and I was sent out to the race transporter to pull the tv out of the drivers lounge and hook it up in the shop. When I got it hooked up we saw the second plane.

Being only 18 and not having any affiliation with anything NY, I just stood and watched replays of the explosions in awe (I was always a pyro). Meanwhile the guys at the shop amazingly all knew someone in the city so they were freaking out. Once the first tower went down, our boss sent everyone home.

I stopped at McD's to pick up some food on the way home and amazingly at that point no one in the place had heard anything about the attacks.

I got my food and I went home to smoke a shiat-ton of weed and watch CNN.
 
2012-09-10 10:36:23 AM

myrrh: Confabulat: I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.

So ... you didn't bother registering until 2004?


I lurked here for years before I decided to register for the exact same damn reason. I didn't like the idea of having to wait a full day before I could log in.
 
2012-09-10 10:44:13 AM

Spartacus Finch: I will never forget the phone call that woke me up that morning. My de facto had left me on 2/11 and I'd been drunk and dirty in
every dive bar in San Francisco since. When the phone rang, I figured I was late for work, again. I wasn't expecting my rather reserved best friend to be yelling at me to "turn on my farkin TV". When I finally made out what he was yelling I asked what channel. Knew shiat was going down when he yelled back "it doesn't farking matter". My first image, when the screen flickered to life, was the second plane crashing into the second building.

About 10 days later I got another call that woke me up. I remember answering and joking " not another building?". Nope, one of my best friends, who I was meant to be out with that night to deal with recent separation, had been killed in a car accident.

fark, that was a great month.


Your de facto left you? Dive bars in San Fran?

Sounds like butt pirating.
 
2012-09-10 10:46:28 AM

JuddyBuddy77: I had a roommate in college, when 9/11 happened. Never thought I would see him cry, but when you have everybody come by and knock on your door and say, "Don't go anywhere, you're a suspect!"....Only because he's Muslim.


If I had been the guy's roommate, I think I might have started punching people who said that.
 
2012-09-10 10:47:01 AM
I was in the Pentagon, wondering why the ceiling had relocated to my lap.

/CSB
 
2012-09-10 10:47:03 AM

PanicMan: Is it just me, or does anyone else go into intentional information blackout on Sept 11? I remember it happening, I don't need to be reminded.


Right there with you. It's been 11 years, but I still remember it vividly. Frantically trying to find out if friends made it out before the towers fell, trying to get a hold of my mother who was supposed to fly on AA from Boston to LA later that day, and then getting the calls later that evening and over the next few days that friends/family did not make it out in time. And this is a feeling shared by thousands or maybe millions of other people in NYC.

For all the people that tell others to get over it and how it's been 11 years: fark you.

Seriously. fark you. You weren't there. Chances are, you didn't lose anyone. There are a lot of us that did and we're reminded of it every year with shiathead troll comments and the same sensitivity you give to a kid who scraped his knee.
 
2012-09-10 10:47:27 AM
I couldn't get much online at work - BBC only website that would load. No access to TV (probably a blessing) so info was pretty sketchy. Then I discovered Fark and things got really sketchy
 
2012-09-10 10:49:59 AM

Confabulat: I know exactly what online news looked like on 9/11 cause I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.

It changed a lot of lives, 9/11.


Same here. Because of Fark, I was able to inform the ENTIRE high school of the events as they were transpiring.
 
2012-09-10 10:50:18 AM

dahmers love zombie: I just wish we'd focused on the (nominally) correct target.


We did focus on the correct target. It became apparent that Osama was going to be a pursuit of years rather than weeks, so they pulled out the Clinton battle plan against Iraq. Iraq was the most ahead in terms of a nuke and they'd be willing to sell one to terrorists.

What we didn't know is the Muslims would band together to save the nuke tech. All of Iraq's supplies went across the boarder to Iran and their program jumped decades in a single year.

Invading Iraq strengthened Iran and probably Lebanon, but caused Libya to give up their nukes and later fall, caused Egypt to fall and is in the process of causing Syria to fall. If public support hadn't disappeared thanks to the communist media, North Korea would probably have fallen by now.
 
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