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2012-09-10 06:02:18 AM
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.
 
2012-09-10 06:26:02 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, although I was a lurker at that time.

But, no FB or Twatter? Oh my, those really were the Dark Ages.
 
2012-09-10 06:31:30 AM
www.johncell.net

Miss me?
 
2012-09-10 06:31:56 AM
Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.
 
2012-09-10 06:32:38 AM
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.

If we had only kept our focus and never stepped foot in Iraq, we might have restored ourselves. But now we are only the latest world power to succumb to paranoia and fear and withering support from our international allies. We're done.
 
2012-09-10 06:32:47 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.


I had DSL. It is fun, though, to remember how relatively civil Fark was then.
 
2012-09-10 06:34:45 AM

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


I think we have to wait for the wars to catch up and the site to be completely up and running. Otherwise 9/11 is still kind of relevant.
 
2012-09-10 06:36:49 AM
 
2012-09-10 06:38:48 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. Every other site pretty much crashed, while Fark had a few good backdoor links to up-to-the-minute news.
 
2012-09-10 06:43:12 AM
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.
 
2012-09-10 06:44:44 AM
I remember seeing the aftermath on TV. Senseless tragedy.
 
2012-09-10 06:49:33 AM
That was about the worst slideshow ever. Way too many ads.
 
2012-09-10 06:51:43 AM

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.
 
2012-09-10 06:57:01 AM
What online news looked like: uncluttered, no annoying flash ads, no stupid slideshows interspersed with popover ads, no tons of sluggish Javascript...

Yeah things have certainly improved.
 
2012-09-10 06:57:51 AM
That was the day I started lurking on Fark. Most of the news sites were crashing under the loads, fark was up and running, though.

I was at work, or probably would have turned on the TV.
 
2012-09-10 06:59:12 AM

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.
 
2012-09-10 07:00:12 AM

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.


1. Kill a couple thousand people.
2. bankrupt the country, give up freedom, trample the constitution and pretty much abandon the American way of life.
3. Profit (for the few).
 
2012-09-10 07:00:13 AM

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


Perhaps you weren't listening when they said "NEVER FORGET".
 
2012-09-10 07:00:17 AM

CluelessMoron: What online news looked like: uncluttered, no annoying flash ads, no stupid slideshows interspersed with popover ads, no tons of sluggish Javascript...

Yeah things have certainly improved.


This.

I was interrupted twice while clicking my way through their lumbering slideshow. bah!
 
2012-09-10 07:02:00 AM
There was no Twitter or Facebook, but there was LiveJournal.
 
2012-09-10 07:02:13 AM
Realy sad day for all of us, well except for Cheney.
 
2012-09-10 07:06:55 AM
I was in fark and listening Howard Stern. I think that's all I needed
 
2012-09-10 07:09:49 AM
http://deslide.clusterfake.net/?o=html_table&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.networ kworld.com%2Fslideshows%2F2011%2F090611-buzzblog-sept11.html%3Fts3
 
2012-09-10 07:10:23 AM
That is the day i discovered Fark.
 
2012-09-10 07:11:35 AM
That was the fifth day of my sophomore year of high school. Officially, school went on as normal, but lots of kids didn't show up and none of the teachers even tried to do lessons; they pulled out all of the old TVs on carts and we watched the news all day. There was an assembly at some point, but I can't remember any of what the principal said. It was a surreal and terrifying day.
 
2012-09-10 07:15:35 AM

FreakyBunny: That was about the worst slideshow ever. Way too many ads.


I had a cable modem then, I have one now. It was actually faster then, since I didn't have all the ads. Sites don't crash as much now, the ads do. The GM at the place I worked lost everything playing margins and went to live off grid in a little trailer out in the desert. I worked with a couple guys from Enron that wondered when they would be paid.

This should have the fail tag. Comparing online news and facebook now with what it was like 2001 with no facebook and ad free news, is like asking someone in 1932 to reminisce about how bad it was in 1921. What a downer. Hey, looking forward to the election and QE3/QE4 though.
 
2012-09-10 07:17:15 AM
So here we go with the anniversary coverage in real time, as it happened.

/It was the day my country began to manifest its batshiat insanity outwardly.
 
2012-09-10 07:17:24 AM
I remember the first I heard of it, was a dorm mate accusing me of having planned it.
 
2012-09-10 07:18:09 AM
It is also remarkable how irrelevant fark has become. It feels like a ghosttown here nowadays.
 
2012-09-10 07:19:04 AM

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.


He didn't make us do anything we weren't already planning.
The seeds of the credit crunch were already sewn, Saddam was still taking pot luck shots at our fighters, the political stage was soured after the 2000 election (but you could say that was in progress from the mid 90's) and the FBI/CIA/ATF/ETC had been wanting to make a massive power grab ever since the fallout of Waco and Oklahoma.

What Osama did was send us for a trot in Afghanistan which, all told, wasn't much of a distraction.
The nation building thing isn't exactly new to us.

The US has been in a tailspin ever since we gave up on Space exploration, Cheap energy, and the social changes happening between the sixties and eighties. With only the next big financial screw over to look forward to, the rides got to hit bottom sooner or later.

Osama could take as much credit for it as Carlos the Jackal, but in the end its all of our own doing.
Everyone's stopped dreaming and we are now only focused on how best to milk the system.
 
2012-09-10 07:21:39 AM
Osama won.

That's all.
 
2012-09-10 07:22:31 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: 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.


Well, as some wisecrack once said:

"9/11 was a test of moral strength -- which America failed."
 
2012-09-10 07:23:46 AM
I was at Logan Airport. The doors had just been closed and we were getting ready to leave the gate when they took us all off due to a security issue.
 
2012-09-10 07:23:58 AM
Started donating to the ACLU that day. Wish I could say it helped...
 
2012-09-10 07:34:06 AM
Everyone woke up to the threat of Muslim and the need to wipe that out to ensure peace. Everyone who isn't in the Democrat party anyway.
 
2012-09-10 07:35:03 AM

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


Remember this?

/It's been 17 years and they still talk about it...
//Someone needs to up the ante A LOT before 9/11 is dwarfed/
 
2012-09-10 07:35:27 AM

Seth'n'Spectrum: AverageAmericanGuy: 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.

Well, as some wisecrack once said:

"9/11 was a test of moral strength -- which America failed."


America failed that strength with the election of 2000.

Iraq would have happened even without 9/11, and it probably would have followed nearly the same
script.
 
2012-09-10 07:36:31 AM

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


Love it or leave you...you commie bastard.
 
2012-09-10 07:41:59 AM

enry: I was at Logan Airport. The doors had just been closed and we were getting ready to leave the gate when they took us all off due to a security issue.


So, you could definitely see the airport on 9/11?
 
2012-09-10 07:53:34 AM
I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

/CSB
 
2012-09-10 07:53:39 AM
The fact that there was no Facebook or Twitter or any smartphones back then has actually occurred to me several times.

The clips on YouTube of those terrified calls from the Twin Towers on 9/11 to 9-1-1 remain one of the most frightening and upsetting things I've ever heard. I don't know if I would have a heart for someone live-Tweeting the entire thing from the 102nd floor only to have it abruptly end.

/RIP
 
2012-09-10 07:55:30 AM

Rockstone: I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

/CSB


Here I am wearing the same pants.
 
2012-09-10 07:57:27 AM
I spent the day flipping between Fark and the Straight Dope message board. There were several Dopers whose lives and safety were in question. It was harrowing to read.

My husband spent his first day working the runways at BWI parking planes all day. It was a hell of an introduction to working at the airport. He said it looked like a used car lot.
 
2012-09-10 08:00:39 AM
Yay, let's complain about new technology. Yay.

I for one am shocked that internet coverage was different in 2001 than it is in 2012. Shocked and upset.
 
2012-09-10 08:02:06 AM

enry: I was at Logan Airport. The doors had just been closed and we were getting ready to leave the gate when they took us all off due to a security issue.


Hey man, I could SEE Logan airport from my office. I still have nightmares. Mostly of you meanies on Fark that made fun of me.

OK, it wasn't me
 
2012-09-10 08:02:56 AM

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

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


NEVAR!
 
2012-09-10 08:05:47 AM
Ah yes, that was the last time I had a good job, and only recently discovered Fark at the time because a friend of mine said Christopher Walken was going to be on SNL, again, -he heard about it on Fark. I said, what is Fark?

Seriously though, we have never had a bigger need for useless, constant news since then. And the scroll, hate the scroll.
 
2012-09-10 08:06:17 AM
I was on Fark that day.

Was Friendster around yet by that point?
 
2012-09-10 08:07:24 AM

Deep Contact: Realy sad day for all of us, well except for Cheney.


Look at the CNN page. McCain was beating the drumbeat for war even before the towers even collapsed..
 
2012-09-10 08:07:24 AM
I was right here... I lurked fark a little but 9/11 is what really hooked me. The link is bullshiat, all i was seeing of online news on 9/11 were error codes and server time outs. Fark was the only reliable place to get up to the minute news.

Ive been coming here way too damn long.
 
2012-09-10 08:10:59 AM
I got to watch it live and saw a lot of the stuff they never showed on the news. (shiat it was better not to see) By the time I got home the only thing I could get on the radio was the Howard Stern show. I did not have a tv then and I don't think it even occurred to me to go on my computer. I only listened to Stern while I took a shower and evacuated soon after. Watched it on tv at my girl friends the rest of that week.
 
2012-09-10 08:11:00 AM
Pretty sure I was here lurking on Fark. I don't really know though, that was a long time ago.
 
2012-09-10 08:12:13 AM
 
2012-09-10 08:12:27 AM
I'm still upset at Spain..


www.remezcla.com
 
2012-09-10 08:13:23 AM

Rockstone: I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

/CSB


I feel teh old.

I was an 18 year old freshmen in college. Now I am married and fat.
 
2012-09-10 08:14:29 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, but I lurked for a few more years. I wonder how many people registered that day?

I woke up on the couch that morning just before 10:00am after a coke and alcohol fueled all nighter with the TV on BBC America. Thought I was watching Dr. Who until I put my glasses on as saw the "live" banner. That was the day I gave up heavy duty partying. So yeah, 9/11 changed my life in more ways than one.
 
2012-09-10 08:14:57 AM

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


nein, we cannot move on.
 
2012-09-10 08:16:26 AM

LuckPusher: It is also remarkable how irrelevant fark has become. It feels like a ghosttown here nowadays.


Really, dude? The original 9/11 thread a few links up had less than 400 comments. These days you get more than that from a Cracked article.
 
2012-09-10 08:16:59 AM
Meh. I spent the day in front of a tv at a college campus house with 20 friends.

I spent the night trying to track down a friend and his family in New York.

1) contacted a random person and wound up helping her calm down. I hope her family came out ok, still. (lost the random misdial number)

2) My friend and his family were in the Bahamas that day. So, my worry was needless in their case.
 
2012-09-10 08:18:12 AM
I was sitting in 11th grade English. I was mesmerized by the explosion and collapse of the building, it was a beautiful disaster.

Then again my first memories of TV were that of being glued to Operation Desert Storm at 4-5ish years old. Then came OKC Bombing, Columbine, Kosovo War, 9/11, Shock and Awe, etc etc. I'm sure there were other events that filled the empty gaps, I was raised on explosions, war, and violence from Kindergarten - to my adult life
 
2012-09-10 08:18:34 AM
Interesting that most didn't mention Flight 97 that was taken down in
Shenksville.
 
2012-09-10 08:20:58 AM

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


Never!

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-10 08:22:47 AM
meh, if you think those websites were "primitive", you should have seen the internet during the soviet coup attempt or tiananmen square.

You could that the old guard soviets were losing control because we were still getting regular updates/troop movement information out over usenet. kremvax, where have you gone?

During the tiananmen square, folks on tv couldn't even explain what the internet was.
 
2012-09-10 08:27:47 AM
No Facebook or Twitter, but there was ICQ.

Spent most of the day on ICQ, Fark, and like someone mentioned above, Straight Dope Message Board.
 
2012-09-10 08:28:57 AM
Was doing an internship at Savannah River Nuclear Plant, in my very last quarter of school. Ho Lee Schiit, what a transformation that place underwent. I had only just discovered Fark, and didn't even have any idea about the comments linkies on the right. Thought the numbers on the right were the number of times the link was viewed. Consequently, although I read all about it here, I didn't get an alias until more than a year later.
 
2012-09-10 08:30:26 AM
Ok jerks, I want a TotalFark membership, but the only way to do that is though pay pal, and uh let's just say that pay pal has banned me for life, so...can any one help me out her? I can pay for myself, just need another avenue..
 
2012-09-10 08:30:53 AM

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


I found it quieter this year. The 9/11 anniversary snuck up on me. Am I the only one who thinks so?
 
2012-09-10 08:31:08 AM
I got almost all of my reporting on that day from my guildmates in Everquest. 12 of us had been sitting in Nagafen's Lair for almost 24 hours at that point and damned if we were going to give up that camp just because someone was flying planes into buildings.
 
2012-09-10 08:31:17 AM
//here. I mean here.
 
2012-09-10 08:33:33 AM
www.naderlibrary.com
 
2012-09-10 08:34:10 AM

Incorrigible Astronaut: LuckPusher: It is also remarkable how irrelevant fark has become. It feels like a ghosttown here nowadays.

Really, dude? The original 9/11 thread a few links up had less than 400 comments. These days you get more than that from a Cracked article.


Didn't they have to start a new thread on any given subject any time more than a few hundred comments were made, or the server would crash? (Note how almost all the comments stop 2 hours after the thread is started, presumably that was when the next headline was added)
 
2012-09-10 08:39:08 AM
Okay, I didn't mean Jerks, people just seem to listen if you kinda insult them, maybe I'm wrong. And to comment on this thread, 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. Didn't matter that he came over when he was 2, or that he felt the same way as everyone else that day.
 
2012-09-10 08:39:16 AM

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


11 years is still recent memory, especially considering that people still talk about events like Pearl Harbor when Dec. 7th rolls around. People will be talking about 9/11 for a long time.
 
2012-09-10 08:43:38 AM

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

11 years is still recent memory, especially considering that people still talk about events like Pearl Harbor when Dec. 7th rolls around. People will be talking about 9/11 for a long time.


For farkers who are in high school or college it must seem like ancient history. I still can't believe there are so many people who don't remember a time when America wasn't at war or what life was like when the average person couldn't name more than one terrorist group.
 
2012-09-10 08:43:58 AM

Tenatra: I was sitting in 11th grade English. I was mesmerized by the explosion and collapse of the building, it was a beautiful disaster.

Then again my first memories of TV were that of being glued to Operation Desert Storm at 4-5ish years old. Then came OKC Bombing, Columbine, Kosovo War, 9/11, Shock and Awe, etc etc. I'm sure there were other events that filled the empty gaps, I was raised on explosions, war, and violence from Kindergarten - to my adult life


You forgot Waco and O.J.!
 
2012-09-10 08:44:46 AM

Great_Milenko: Deep Contact: Realy sad day for all of us, well except for Cheney.

Look at the CNN page. McCain was beating the drumbeat for war even before the towers even collapsed..


To be fair, pretty much everyone was as soon as the second tower was hit and everyone realized that it wasn't some accident. I remember the general consensus was that there would be blood.
 
2012-09-10 08:44:47 AM

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

I found it quieter this year. The 9/11 anniversary snuck up on me. Am I the only one who thinks so?


I didn't remember it was coming up until someone posted something in Facebook.

---

FWIW, my 9/11 online news experience was mostly stuff like "site over capacity" for news sites. I was at my desk when my boss came in and told me that a plane (he may have said planes) crashed into the WTC. We didn't know it was an attack at that point. Once we found out it was terro attack, I called my wife to tell her and then went home to be with my son. I got the rest of my news from the TV news channels. Oh I also got gas for the car, because we didn't know what the hell was going to happen.
 
2012-09-10 08:44:50 AM
www.networkworld.com

Wow, I'd forgotten just how much Yahoo's home page was an utterly crap-filled mess back in the day...even on 9/11.
 
2012-09-10 08:45:36 AM
nothing? I promise I can lend as much snark as is needed.
 
2012-09-10 08:45:36 AM

JuddyBuddy77: Ok jerks, I want a TotalFark membership, but the only way to do that is though pay pal, and uh let's just say that pay pal has banned me for life, so...can any one help me out her? I can pay for myself, just need another avenue..


... because PayPal is Evil and has banned/closed accounts with huge portions of the polulation at some time or another, they had to change their system to allow you to make purchases without an account. When you go to pay for something with PayPal now and it asks you to log in, just glance around the page and you will see a link that allows you to pay as a guest or without an account. The page it brings you to allows you to pay with a credit card just like any other payment processing website.

/Ive gone through 4 paypal accounts in the last decade I think. Bunch of assholes.
 
2012-09-10 08:47:08 AM

Carth: I still can't believe there are so many people who don't remember a time when America wasn't at war


America not at war with someone? yeah right.
 
2012-09-10 08:48:17 AM

Carth: For farkers who are in high school or college it must seem like ancient history.


I would think. I was a college freshman in 1987 and we were a pretty annoying generation that didn't really have any major traumas to bind us, which is why we are such assholes today. But I digress. By the time I was 18, Reagan's shooting and Elvis's death were like things that I saw as a little kid.

Then I started smoking a lot of weed and discovered the Beatles and got all pissed off about John Lennon about a decade too late.

/ok, the shuttle kinda hurt still
 
2012-09-10 08:48:59 AM
If you could even get a site to load at all as they were all being bombarded with traffic. Some sites switched to a text only version and still had problems coping with all the traffic.
 
2012-09-10 08:50:07 AM

Carth: Some Bass Playing Guy: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

11 years is still recent memory, especially considering that people still talk about events like Pearl Harbor when Dec. 7th rolls around. People will be talking about 9/11 for a long time.

For farkers who are in high school or college it must seem like ancient history. I still can't believe there are so many people who don't remember a time when America wasn't at war or what life was like when the average person couldn't name more than one terrorist group.


I suspect that a few generations from now, events like Pearl Harbor will simply be historical footnotes because nobody who was there will still be alive and and many of the children of those people will be gone too. Except to people with a specific interest in WW II or history in general.

In any case, I think most would agree, that 11 years still qualifies as a recent event. Especially since things are a lot different post 9/11 than they were pre 9/11.
 
2012-09-10 08:53:20 AM
Fark. Fark never changes.
 
2012-09-10 08:53:32 AM
looked liked?
 
2012-09-10 08:53:42 AM
At 8:46am on 9/11/01 I was sitting on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach with my wife. We had rented
an apartment for the week and were enjoying a late summer vacation.

We then drive out to one of the outlet malls and went to Harry & David's to buy some moose much
for my inlaws (who would be visiting us later in the week), and saw the TV coverage. This would have
been around 9:30am.

Fortunately, we could get the NY newsradio stations and follow the sorry spectacle, and my wife was
frantically trying to contact her family on Staten Island (she has several relatives in the FDNY). It turned
out her one cousin was the only survivor from his unit because he was out on light duty due to a knee
injury.

Every year since then, at 8:46am, I listen to Jimmy Hendrix's version of THE STAR SPANGLED
BANNER, since it was the song that kept going through my head when I watched the footage on
the TV. That, and MIAMI 2017 by Billy Joel.
 
2012-09-10 08:57:09 AM
Our office was watching the Spanish version of CNN that day (all the other sites were too busy) with one Venezuelan coworker doing the translating for us.
Nothing like hearing three engineers say `The buildings will hold up' then watching in horror as the towers fell.

I hate thinking about that day and the sh*t-storm that followed.
 
2012-09-10 08:58:31 AM

Inigo: The Onion: "Holy farking shiat" Edition


Thanks for linking that. If I remember right, those came out a couple weeks afterwards. They were the first thing I read that got me laughing again.
 
2012-09-10 08:58:40 AM
I'm French, but I lived in Atlanta on 9/11. The atmosphere at work was surreal. I remember not being able to access any news site, except the French-language ones from time to times. All the American ones were effed-up. Some people thought about the possibilities of attacks on CNN and Coca-Cola. Otherwise people were quite composed, although there were a few calls for glass parking lots.
The stupidest reaction was from my stupid-as-fark Lebanese-Morrocan female boss, who argued loudly in the corridor to a Jewish colleague that America deserved it for their support of Israel.

Anyway, I actually discovered Fark one year after that, with the threads created for the first anniversary of the tragedy.
 
2012-09-10 09:00:09 AM

ourbigdumbmouth: I was in fark and listening Howard Stern. I think that's all I needed


This
 
2012-09-10 09:01:43 AM

Ball of Confusion: Rock & roll's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.


One of the best lines in the whole film. That, and Bo Hopkins telling Richard Dreyfuss, "You're like every other fella in this town, you got the same secret dream. You wanna be a Pharoah"

Only he says it, "FAY-roe."
 
2012-09-10 09:02:28 AM
I used to worry that the 9/11 anniversary would forever influence elections due to some kind of mass Pavlovian response to the imagery and emotion reappearing between the conventions and the debates every cycle, but beyond 2004 I don't think this has been very exploitable by anyone, not for lack of trying.
 
2012-09-10 09:02:33 AM

Some Bass Playing Guy:
I suspect that a few generations from now, events like Pearl Harbor will simply be historical footnotes because nobody who was there will still be alive and and many of the children of those people will be gone too. Except to people with a specific interest in WW II or history in general.

In any case, I think most would agree, that 11 years still qualifies as a recent event. Especially since things are a lot different post 9/11 than they were pre 9/11.


As soon as you have kids in highschool not wanting to learn about it, it becomes passe' because they are the next wave of adults, consumers, talking heads, politicians.

Just turn off all media tomorrow. Take a day off from the screens, and go about your business.
In fact, think about how much has changed for better or worse since then.
But don't relive it.
Be outraged. Be outraged that you lost 2 of your constitutional rights, and the ability to enjoy your hard won liberties.
Be outraged that we are involved in wars that have nothing to do with 9/11/01 but that 09/11/01 is cited as the reason for those wars.
Be outraged that the blood of innocent people is being spilled over a knee jerk reaction to an incident that should have been brushed off as the cost of doing business as a free country.

Or keep farking that chicken, America. It's a long, swirly way down, the way you're headed now.
 
2012-09-10 09:02:47 AM
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.
 
2012-09-10 09:04:53 AM
I was stationed in Germany so we went to the highest security level and started drawing weapons and preparing the vehicles to deploy for war, that was fun.
 
2012-09-10 09:05:44 AM

schief2:

Wow, I'd forgotten just how much Yahoo's home page was an utterly crap-filled mess back in the day...even on 9/11.


i46.tinypic.com

It's still a crap-filled mess
 
2012-09-10 09:09:41 AM

Deep Contact: [www.naderlibrary.com image 440x289]


was waiting for someone to post that
 
2012-09-10 09:14:29 AM

vudukungfu: Be outraged that the blood of innocent people is being spilled over a knee jerk reaction to an incident that should have been brushed off as the cost of doing business as a free country


Yeah, um, no. We'd never had anything of that magnitude happen here before. Hell, NOBODY had had a terrorist attack of that magnitude occur on a single day. Did we end up massively screwing the pooch with our overreaction? Yep. But saying "shrug it off" is probably a bit ignorant of mass psychology. If we'd done Afghanistan correctly, and ignored Iraq, we would have continued to have the support of the world community for far longer, and would have been able to put the troops in place to do it correctly. Yeah, land war in Asia and all that, but we were going to blow SOMEONE up. I just wish we'd focused on the (nominally) correct target.

I didn't join Fark until later that year. It almost instantly became my main source for news. I'm a different me now (on Fark and in real life), and it's odd how much of a role Fark still plays in my day-to-day knowledge of events. I CAN'T QUIT YOU, FARK!
 
2012-09-10 09:14:49 AM

Zeno-25: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

Never!


Man, I don't know how I feel about that picture. At first glance it seems insulting (and I'm not even one of those eagle tear nevar forget types) but sadly it rings true to me, or at least how I interpret it. Through all the fanfare and protocol that tomorrow will merit, sometimes things are lost in how things used to be.

I was 15 and in French class. It was a weird day for everyone.
 
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.
 
2012-09-10 10:50:28 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.


Actually, the infocrawl was well established prior to the 9/11 attacks; I remember the defining moment
for them being the Columbine attacks, but though their usage was generally confined to actual
breaking news/newsflash type stories.

9/11 is definitely what made them a permanent fixture, though.
 
2012-09-10 10:51:16 AM
I was at work and they wouldn't let us use the internet. I had to wait until lunch to go home and watch anything. I was also frantically trying to call my friend in NYC but the lines were busy (of course) so I called her mom instead. Said friend was fine. I just remember being really pissed that our work just made us act like nothing was wrong and keep working.
 
2012-09-10 10:51:41 AM

DjangoStonereaver: We then drive out to one of the outlet malls and went to Harry & David's to buy some moose much
for my inlaws...


What on earth is "moose much?"
 
2012-09-10 10:51:44 AM

Inigo: The Onion: "Holy farking shiat" Edition


This. List fails without The Onion, most reliable online media outlet of the era.
 
2012-09-10 10:52:20 AM

whenIsayGO: 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.



Aaannnddd...boom goes the funny. Get out the shovels and swabs for the truth.
 
2012-09-10 10:53:17 AM

bearcats1983: 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?


The Palestinian Uprising was one of the things that perked my ears up.
 
2012-09-10 10:55:06 AM

Alonjar: 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.


Many companies outsource their paycheck printing and delivery. The WTC was mostly financial businesses.

/If you couldn't figure that out, you shouldn't be voting. FYI.
 
2012-09-10 10:56:01 AM

Jake Havechek: bearcats1983: 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?

The Palestinian Uprising was one of the things that perked my ears up.


And the embassy bombings. Plus bin Laden seemed very assured with his threats, it didn't sound like the usual "Great Satan" harangue full of boasting and bluster.
 
2012-09-10 10:56:32 AM
Despite all the snark and armchair quarterbacking hindsight re: Iraq, the things I remember most about 9/11 are the amateur videos that slowly surfaced showing small slices of the horror of that day.

The one that gets me worst is the short video clip of the people being evacuated from tower 1 through the mezzanine. Panicked people everywhere being herded out of the building by firefighters through the 2 story lobby mezzanine...and hearing the bodies of jumpers hitting the roof just above having jumped 80 some stories above them.

Not many things bring tears to my eyes...but that one never fails for the sheer and utter awfulness of individual lonely deaths...and seeing the firefighters looking at one another knowing exactly what those loud impacts meant while most of the herded didn't seem to know.
 
2012-09-10 10:57:06 AM
I feel safer.
 
2012-09-10 10:57:27 AM

oldfarthenry: Nothing like hearing three engineers say `The buildings will hold up' then watching in horror as the towers fell.


Interesting, that. Lots of engineers thought the impacts were insufficient to bring the towers down.
 
2012-09-10 10:57:39 AM

myrrh: DjangoStonereaver: We then drive out to one of the outlet malls and went to Harry & David's to buy some moose much
for my inlaws...

What on earth is "moose much?"


Grrr. Damn fingers.....

"Moose Munch" is the stuff the Gods eat in between servings of ambrosia, and is unfortunately linked
in my mind to the 9/11 attacks.
 
2012-09-10 10:58:16 AM
Could it have been prevented beforehand? Who the hell knows. Could Pearl Harbor have been prevented? Hitler?
 
2012-09-10 10:58:47 AM

dahmers love zombie: vudukungfu: Be outraged that the blood of innocent people is being spilled over a knee jerk reaction to an incident that should have been brushed off as the cost of doing business as a free country

Yeah, um, no. We'd never had anything of that magnitude happen here before. Hell, NOBODY had had a terrorist attack of that magnitude occur on a single day. Did we end up massively screwing the pooch with our overreaction? Yep. But saying "shrug it off" is probably a bit ignorant of mass psychology. If we'd done Afghanistan correctly, and ignored Iraq, we would have continued to have the support of the world community for far longer, and would have been able to put the troops in place to do it correctly. Yeah, land war in Asia and all that, but we were going to blow SOMEONE up. I just wish we'd focused on the (nominally) correct target.

I didn't join Fark until later that year. It almost instantly became my main source for news. I'm a different me now (on Fark and in real life), and it's odd how much of a role Fark still plays in my day-to-day knowledge of events. I CAN'T QUIT YOU, FARK!


In a nutshell, this is why people think Americans are retarded.
 
2012-09-10 10:59:08 AM

RedVentrue: I remember wondering how the Gov. knew that Bin Laden was responsible so quickly, and being angry about all the price gouging that day.


Well it was his what 3rd or 4th try to take down the buildings. Too bad Clinton let him go when he was offered to be turned over to US custody.
 
2012-09-10 10:59:47 AM

Alonjar:
Im really curious what you do for a living, where the Weeners to a terror attack is HOLD ALL THE PAYCHECKS!!!!11!1!!.


Nice. Love that Fark filter.
 
2012-09-10 10:59:49 AM
Point of the FA: I'm still looking for it.
 
2012-09-10 11:00:49 AM
Too bad Clinton let him go when he was offered to be turned over to US custody

That's a motherfarking lie.

Meanwhile, he was found and killed on Obama's watch, while Bush just didn't give a shiat.
 
2012-09-10 11:02:32 AM

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

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


407? Wow.

I think slashdot's comments section reached into the thousands.

That was probably the last time slashdot was relevant.
 
2012-09-10 11:04:15 AM

WMittensRomney: dahmers love zombie: vudukungfu: Be outraged that the blood of innocent people is being spilled over a knee jerk reaction to an incident that should have been brushed off as the cost of doing business as a free country

Yeah, um, no. We'd never had anything of that magnitude happen here before. Hell, NOBODY had had a terrorist attack of that magnitude occur on a single day. Did we end up massively screwing the pooch with our overreaction? Yep. But saying "shrug it off" is probably a bit ignorant of mass psychology. If we'd done Afghanistan correctly, and ignored Iraq, we would have continued to have the support of the world community for far longer, and would have been able to put the troops in place to do it correctly. Yeah, land war in Asia and all that, but we were going to blow SOMEONE up. I just wish we'd focused on the (nominally) correct target.

I didn't join Fark until later that year. It almost instantly became my main source for news. I'm a different me now (on Fark and in real life), and it's odd how much of a role Fark still plays in my day-to-day knowledge of events. I CAN'T QUIT YOU, FARK!

In a nutshell, this is why people think Americans are retarded.


Indeed. I'll just leave this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_India_Flight_182

In terms of population ratios, it was almost precisely as deadly to Canada as 9/11 was to the U.S. and was about as badly handled in the aftermath.
 
2012-09-10 11:12:00 AM
it worked a lot better on my phone... i remember that much. mobile slideshows with ibm crap are BRUTAL
 
2012-09-10 11:14:46 AM

whenIsayGO: 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.


Yep. The ultimate Streisand Effect.
It took a chimpanzee president to go full retard.
 
2012-09-10 11:16:15 AM

Inigo: The Onion: "Holy farking shiat" Edition


American Life Turns Into Bad Jerry Bruckheimer Movie
SEPTEMBER 26, 2001 | ISSUE 37•34 | MORE NEWS

Not from the 11th, but yeah - The Onion summed up a lot that happened over the past few weeks better than any news agency.

Headlines like "U.S. Vows To Defeat Whoever It Is We're At War With".... "Massive Attack On Pentagon Page 14 News" etc.... really hit the spot.

"I always thought terrorists blowing shiat up would be cool," Martin continued. "Like, if the Pentagon was bombed, I figured they'd mobilize a special elite squadron of secret-agent ninjas, and half of them would be hot babes. How could I ever think that? This is actually happening, and it's just not cool at all."
 
2012-09-10 11:16:59 AM
The internet where I worked at the time slowed to a crawl. I couldn't wait to get home to the TV. The walk home was eerie because there were no jets in the air at all, although later you would hear the distinctive sound of fighter planes high up from time to time.
 
2012-09-10 11:17:39 AM

ToeKnee666: The day the cable news ticker was born.


No, it wasn't.
 
2012-09-10 11:19:11 AM

Jake Havechek: The internet where I worked at the time slowed to a crawl. I couldn't wait to get home to the TV. The walk home was eerie because there were no jets in the air at all, although later you would hear the distinctive sound of fighter planes high up from time to time.


Yup; they were doing CAPs over DC for weeks afterwards. Unnerving, to say the least.
 
2012-09-10 11:20:29 AM
Probably been mentioned up-thread, but most of the sites didn't look quite like that on 9/11, as they were forced to remove images and other extraneous items to serve pages without their servers bursting into flames.
 
2012-09-10 11:21:50 AM

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

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


What was this thread about again? I forgot.
 
2012-09-10 11:27:48 AM

Endive Wombat: Rockstone: I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

/CSB

I feel teh old.

I was an 18 year old freshmen in college. Now I am married and fat.



I too was an 18 year old freshman in college. Now I am married.
 
2012-09-10 11:29:45 AM

Starfly: Endive Wombat: Rockstone: I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

I was an 18 year old freshmen in college. Now I am married and fat.

I too was an 18 year old freshman in college. Now I am married.


You sound fat.
 
2012-09-10 11:30:14 AM
Ahhhh yes, it's THAT time of year again ! time to rip that scab off that has been trying to heal for so long, but no one will give it a frikkin rest. Yes people died, planes crashed, wars were started, move on people, move on and get over it already.
 
2012-09-10 11:31:02 AM

Jake Havechek: Could it have been prevented beforehand? Who the hell knows. Could Pearl Harbor have been prevented? Hitler?


Not sure about Pearl Harbor, but Hitler could have DEFINITELY been prevented. If WWI were to have been just left alone once it ended, Germany would have continued it's extremely liberalizing trend before the hyperinflation set in from Woodie Wilson's "grand scheming". The only factor that allowed for some wild eyed extremist like Hitler to come to power was the extreme monetary crash, which he used the Jews, incorrectly, as a scapegoat.

Thanks Uncle Woodie!!!! You gave us Hitler (ya idiot bastid!)
 
2012-09-10 11:31:32 AM
I remember wiring up a antenna using a length of cat5 in our tech support office to watch a tiny little TV set we had.

Still work there, but not in tech support.
 
2012-09-10 11:35:34 AM

soporific: 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. Every other site pretty much crashed, while Fark had a few good backdoor links to up-to-the-minute news.


Fark & BBC were the only sites I could get that morning. Everything else was being crushed solid. I was in training at a new job with about a dozen others and they were all crowded around my computer as we kept scrolling through the Fark comments.
 
2012-09-10 11:35:52 AM

Nick Nostril: 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, although I was a lurker at that time.

But, no FB or Twatter? Oh my, those really were the Dark Ages.


Brother
Actually I was in the same boat. I was a lurker until later during the decade. I was in the service at the time and working in an airfield in SanDiego. Though it was a fluke when seeing the first coverage on television. Woke up groggy, thought there was a fire at the WTC. Rode the bus to work, when I got there
somebody mentioned the second plane then it sunked in that it was intentional. Isn't this the first year the anniversary hits on a tuesday?
/Also remembered the Walken tag what happened to it?
 
2012-09-10 11:38:22 AM

brigid_fitch: we kept scrolling through the Fark comments.


fark YOU, OSAMA!!!!
 
2012-09-10 11:39:40 AM

I agree with you: Ahhhh yes, it's THAT time of year again ! time to rip that scab off that has been trying to heal for so long, but no one will give it a frikkin rest. Yes people died, planes crashed, wars were started, move on people, move on and get over it already.


Yes, but our whole New American Culture (tm), of being afraid of anything that appears foreign, eschewing every bit of Freedom our ancestors fought and died to secure us, having a hard-on for aggressive warfare/world police/grand chessboard/new great game, torture, extra-judicial killing and zero privacy is built on that one event. . .

You think they're going to let us move on from it? NOPE! Once we start to move on and heal from it, we might start questioning our completely insane response, and possibly start rolling back the Stasi-State.

The sad thing is that our own leaders are something of "unintended" (maybe) accomplices to the crime. The terrorists did the first part, and then our own government came in to make sure it terrorized us as much as possible, for as long as possible, and that our very way of life be ended forever to "keep us safe". The way to thwart a terrorist IS to forget what they've done. It's just like a serial killer who revels in the press after they're thrown in the slammer. You're giving them EXACTLY what they were hoping for.

Then again. .. BE AFRAID!!!! BAD GUYS UNDER EVERY ROCK!!
 
2012-09-10 11:40:16 AM
i had moved to spain on september 10.
i had no idea wtf was happening as i hardly spoke any spanish.

really awful. the outcry of support was really striking too. good thing we never squandered it - that would have been unwise
 
2012-09-10 11:40:20 AM

I agree with you: Ahhhh yes, it's THAT time of year again ! time to rip that scab off that has been trying to heal for so long, but no one will give it a frikkin rest. Yes people died, planes crashed, wars were started, move on people, move on and get over it already.


Uh-oh, folks, we got a lightning rod over here.
 
2012-09-10 11:41:45 AM

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

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

NEVAR!


PFFFFT, I remember the first time I heard that song I was hitting TAD orders for South Korea. I was station
in Atsugi when we where waiting for a "pound-jumper" to fly us to South Korea, They played a concert of this "artist" on the White House lawn broadcasted on the Pentagon channel. It was shiat then and is shiat now.
 
2012-09-10 11:42:55 AM
After about 9:00 AM EST... I think all my pages looked like this...

secure.niceridemn.org
 
2012-09-10 11:44:14 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?


Meh, I did the same thing. Reading Fark at work is enough of a time sink as it is. Joining in the conversation can eat up the better part of your day if you're not careful.

/Found Fark sometime in 1999/2000, after following a bored.com link.
//Didn't register until 2004
 
2012-09-10 11:47:38 AM

gobstopping: I agree with you: Ahhhh yes, it's THAT time of year again ! time to rip that scab off that has been trying to heal for so long, but no one will give it a frikkin rest. Yes people died, planes crashed, wars were started, move on people, move on and get over it already.

Yes, but our whole New American Culture (tm), of being afraid of anything that appears foreign, eschewing every bit of Freedom our ancestors fought and died to secure us, having a hard-on for aggressive warfare/world police/grand chessboard/new great game, torture, extra-judicial killing and zero privacy is built on that one event. . .

You think they're going to let us move on from it? NOPE! Once we start to move on and heal from it, we might start questioning our completely insane response, and possibly start rolling back the Stasi-State.

The sad thing is that our own leaders are something of "unintended" (maybe) accomplices to the crime. The terrorists did the first part, and then our own government came in to make sure it terrorized us as much as possible, for as long as possible, and that our very way of life be ended forever to "keep us safe". The way to thwart a terrorist IS to forget what they've done. It's just like a serial killer who revels in the press after they're thrown in the slammer. You're giving them EXACTLY what they were hoping for.

Then again. .. BE AFRAID!!!! BAD GUYS UNDER EVERY ROCK!!


You do realize you're part of what you're critiquing, right?
 
2012-09-10 11:48:46 AM

Lachwen: That was the fifth day of my sophomore year of high school. Officially, school went on as normal, but lots of kids didn't show up and none of the teachers even tried to do lessons; they pulled out all of the old TVs on carts and we watched the news all day. There was an assembly at some point, but I can't remember any of what the principal said. It was a surreal and terrifying day.


I was in college on the west coast. We only had a TV to watch the Simpsons over the air, but almost as soon as we were up someone's mom called to say we should turn on the news. We watched for an hour until we had a morning lecture. When we got there, the prof had a radio playing NPR and was telling students as they came in that if they had family in NY they should call home. Most everyone else slept in and so it was the first they'd heard of it. Some people just stayed in the lecture hall listening to the radio. We went back to the dorm to watch the TV coverage.

\Of course, that was back before everyone had portable pocket computers. Whenever I remember how hard it was to get in touch with someone or find something out before smartphones, I feel like I'm living in a science fiction future.
 
2012-09-10 11:53:43 AM
Mr.Tangent:
If you could even get a site to load at all as they were all being bombarded with traffic. Some sites switched to a text only version and still had problems coping with all the traffic.

This was my experience. We couldn't find out shiat at work due to all news sites being Slashdotted, we had to go find a radio to know what was happening.
 
2012-09-10 11:54:34 AM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Lachwen: That was the fifth day of my sophomore year of high school. Officially, school went on as normal, but lots of kids didn't show up and none of the teachers even tried to do lessons; they pulled out all of the old TVs on carts and we watched the news all day. There was an assembly at some point, but I can't remember any of what the principal said. It was a surreal and terrifying day.

I was in college on the west coast. We only had a TV to watch the Simpsons over the air, but almost as soon as we were up someone's mom called to say we should turn on the news. We watched for an hour until we had a morning lecture. When we got there, the prof had a radio playing NPR and was telling students as they came in that if they had family in NY they should call home. Most everyone else slept in and so it was the first they'd heard of it. Some people just stayed in the lecture hall listening to the radio. We went back to the dorm to watch the TV coverage.

\Of course, that was back before everyone had portable pocket computers. Whenever I remember how hard it was to get in touch with someone or find something out before smartphones, I feel like I'm living in a science fiction future.


We watch portable porn wherever we go, and we have sandwiches in a can, and push-up pasta. We are in the Jetsons my friend
 
2012-09-10 11:57:29 AM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Of course, that was back before everyone had portable pocket computers. Whenever I remember how hard it was to get in touch with someone or find something out before smartphones, I feel like I'm living in a science fiction future.


You were stupid back then and you are stupid now.
 
2012-09-10 12:00:32 PM

myrrh: oldfarthenry: Nothing like hearing three engineers say `The buildings will hold up' then watching in horror as the towers fell.

Interesting, that. Lots of engineers thought the impacts were insufficient to bring the towers down.


Why is that "interesting"? They were correct - the impacts were insufficient. The heat from the burning jet fuel, OTOH...
 
2012-09-10 12:02:59 PM

invictus2: Nick Nostril: 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, although I was a lurker at that time.

But, no FB or Twatter? Oh my, those really were the Dark Ages.

Brother
Actually I was in the same boat. I was a lurker until later during the decade. I was in the service at the time and working in an airfield in SanDiego. Though it was a fluke when seeing the first coverage on television. Woke up groggy, thought there was a fire at the WTC. Rode the bus to work, when I got there
somebody mentioned the second plane then it sunked in that it was intentional. Isn't this the first year the anniversary hits on a tuesday?
/Also remembered the Walken tag what happened to it?


Happened once before, a while ago, but I remember it.
 
2012-09-10 12:03:23 PM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: \Of course, that was back before everyone had portable pocket computers. Whenever I remember how hard it was to get in touch with someone or find something out before smartphones, I feel like I'm living in a science fiction future.


I had a portable pocket computer, it just wasn't connected to the internet 24/7, which is the big difference.
 
2012-09-10 12:04:50 PM

Master Batorium: Skirl Hutsenreiter: Of course, that was back before everyone had portable pocket computers. Whenever I remember how hard it was to get in touch with someone or find something out before smartphones, I feel like I'm living in a science fiction future.

You were stupid back then and you are stupid now.


and who dumped in your cheerios?
 
2012-09-10 12:05:21 PM

invictus2: We watch portable porn wherever we go, and we have sandwiches in a can, and push-up pasta. We are in the Jetsons my friend


I'm a farking cyborg.

Before 9/11 I was a sasquatch.

shiat.

Before 9/11 I lived in a hole dug out in the back behind this giant screen with all these flashing lights.
 
2012-09-10 12:06:54 PM
What a typical news website looked like on 9/11:

mvolo.com
 
2012-09-10 12:11:09 PM

OriginalGamer: What a typical news website looked like on 9/11:

[mvolo.com image 475x195]


Wow. That error message takes me back...
I haven't seen a machine using IE 6 (or was it IE 5?) in a long time.
 
2012-09-10 12:11:43 PM
Was in doing search and rescue from 9/13 on for ten days - didn't need the news. Mostly remember how much I hated having to keep in touch via AOL and the bills that incur when you have the only working cell phone when working with a whole squad of National Guard who really want to contact their loved ones. Surprisingly Sprint (of back in the day) waved the insanely large bill after I was out.
 
2012-09-10 12:21:00 PM

gobstopping:

Thanks Uncle Woodie!!!! You gave us Hitler (ya idiot bastid!)


Look how dumb you are....
 
2012-09-10 12:28:50 PM

gretzkyscores: myrrh: oldfarthenry: Nothing like hearing three engineers say `The buildings will hold up' then watching in horror as the towers fell.

Interesting, that. Lots of engineers thought the impacts were insufficient to bring the towers down.

Why is that "interesting"? They were correct - the impacts were insufficient. The heat from the burning jet fuel, OTOH...


I include the effects of jet fuel in the word "impacts." And if you can't figure out why that 's interesting, move along.
 
2012-09-10 12:37:47 PM

RedVentrue: ...and being angry about all the price gouging that day.


I remember they cancelled classes at the U of Michigan, but didn't really have a good way of telling folks yet. So thousands of students showed up to empty classes, then wandered over to the union / cafeterias / etc to check out the TVs because people still hadn't yet heard, or were in total denial that it could happen. I met up with a few friends and we decided to fill up on gas early before the prices went up so that we could try to ride out the next week of gouging. Then we went grocery shopping to get a few necessities before people panicked and emptied the shelves.
 
2012-09-10 12:43:44 PM
I was in college and my girlfriend at the time told me what happened. I told her it wouldn't be that big of a deal the U.S would find a country and bomb the shiat out of it and in a few years it would all be forgotten.


Well I was kind of right...
 
2012-09-10 12:48:39 PM
planes attacked the WTC?
for some reason i always thought i was hulk hogan
 
2012-09-10 12:48:40 PM

hoho19: 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.


been there, too. 11/8/1998. My wife never was the same. We adopted our son on 3/26/2002. Never looked back. good luck to you.
 
2012-09-10 12:57:47 PM

JimmyFartpants: I miss



So much this.  I can't stand the content of drudgereport.com, but I love the layout.  Even if he wrote is own articles... just links and a few pictures.  I know Fark has evolved a bit beyond that, but its essentially the same thing.  Links, text/images in the comments.
 
I'm not a luddite, I appreciate a lot of new technology- especially stuff going on with smart phones.  But damn, CNN, Fox, MSNBC are just un-usable nowadays.
 
2012-09-10 01:02:57 PM
I remember living near Chicago and for a few minutes being really afraid of what may be above me in the sky.
 
I'd actually think that if something like this happened nowadays, it would be much worse, with everyone able to post whatever they want, all over the place.  The signal to noise ratio would be horrible.
 
At least Fark, on that day, seemed to be relatively calm and most people were caveating rumors as "this is just a rumor I heard on the radio."
 
2012-09-10 01:06:31 PM
It was unique. It was a singularity that proved we never thought we could be attacked like that, but we were. I was shocked and dismayed and even offended that they hit us like that, but I was not surprised.
 
2012-09-10 01:13:03 PM
I was living on 14th Street at the time and all of my friends lived downtown. Thank god for the internet. We used AOL Chat to get in touch with everyone and make sleeping arrangements for our friends downtown who were displaced. We even found my then boyfriend's (now husband) mom via the internet. She worked in WTC, but her train was late. She got out of the subway, looked up, saw the plane flying in, and went straight to an "internet cafe" (remember those?) to email her boss and family to say she wouldn't be coming into work that day.

The phone lines (both cell and landline) were completely down (I'm assuming because of the buttload of calls). Thank god for the internet that day.

JuddyBuddy77: Okay, I didn't mean Jerks, people just seem to listen if you kinda insult them, maybe I'm wrong. And to comment on this thread, 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. Didn't matter that he came over when he was 2, or that he felt the same way as everyone else that day.


I was the same way to my Muslim (and middle eastern looking friends). Not that they were "suspects" but I was very concerned for their safety. Like 20 or so of us went over my friend's apartment on 11th Street that night I FORCED them to stay in the apartment and told them I'd go to the deli for them to get whatever they wanted but I wouldn't allow them out.

They were kinda pissed at me I think, but I was really concerned there would be riots or looting that night.
 
2012-09-10 01:23:28 PM
Wasn't there some documentary years later that implied several of the 19 terrorists indulged in fast food and escorts in the days/hours prior to 9/11?

Imagine being a hooker/escort and finding out your last john just brought down one of the towers. That has to be right up there with the security people who waved them through the checkpoints...

/Not Mohammed Atta, he hated the wimmins. As in "don't bury me within 10 feet of any".
//Was on my way to work that morning, listened to Stern for 2-3 hours. No Fark at work :-(
///Female co-worker began screaming that we need to invade Pakistan/Saudia Arabia/insert-Arab-nation-here and kill them all. One of our vendors in that day was Pakistani (awk. ward).
 
2012-09-10 01:26:11 PM
Guess I'll add mine. I was 17, had dropped out of high school instead of going my senior year. (good idea... NOT - got GED and went on to college anyways) Me and roomate were woke up by his older brother who heard it on the radio, and for some reason thought the Russians did it. Turned on the TV (didnt have cable, internet, or a job, should have been at school doing my senior year) and watched Peter Jennings for about 48 hours. Towers had already fell when I woke up. Just crazy and surreal day.
 
2012-09-10 01:31:55 PM
It would be interesting to look at archives if they had existed.

I remember my friend going on and on about how we had to bomb India into the stone age.
 
2012-09-10 01:34:55 PM
I got home late in the day and made my tribute page capturing the images of the day. it's still up http:\\www.johnnyaqua.com/wtc.html
 
2012-09-10 01:35:41 PM
I miss the Fark that was, that day.

/no trolls
//no unfunny people trying to be funny
///sigh
 
2012-09-10 01:41:08 PM

BMFPitt: It would be interesting to look at archives if they had existed.

I remember my friend going on and on about how we had to bomb India into the stone age.


That's extra funny because India has nukes
 
2012-09-10 01:51:04 PM
Funny, I remember that day like it was yesterday, I was a senior in high school and had a free period first thing in the morning so I slept in. My brother (also a Farker) who was a truck driver at the time was on his way to NYC he called home to tell my Dad about it. Dad woke me up and I sat downstairs with him and watched the second plane hit live.
 
2012-09-10 01:56:27 PM
My fav web designers saw this coming: Bud Uglly 
www.moogov.com 

/Click the airplane
 
2012-09-10 02:19:01 PM
Sigh. Even though I didn't have any friends or family perish in the attack, any time I watch video clips, read stories, or see pictures from that day, I weep like a child. I'm not sure why.
 
2012-09-10 02:32:25 PM
The destruction knocked out my phone and internet (west side of Manhattan), so I had nothing. It was so frustrating to try and reach people outside NYC to find out what was happening right in front of me. I remember walking the streets and pausing with groups of people around cars to listen to the radio. I even met a man in the street with a transistor radio, which I hadn't seen since I was a kid. Didn't even get to see a TV until late that night. The next day, the emails started pouring in, but I don't remember using any online news source at all.
 
2012-09-10 02:43:31 PM
my union was starting a strike that day.. by the end of the day. strike over. we settled.
 
2012-09-10 02:46:15 PM
Back then Yahoo was my IE start page. I woke up, walked by my desk, wiggled the mouse, and saw that exact screen cap. Will never forget it.
 
2012-09-10 02:46:30 PM

Laikabot: I just remember being really pissed that our work just made us act like nothing was wrong and keep working.


Probably not as much as the idiot bosses that had their people stay in the towers and surrounding plaza buildings working while PLANES were smashing into them and they were on FIRE.

Had I been one of those employees and was fortunate enough to be in an undamaged part of the buildings, especially the towers, when that crap was going on... the boss would have seen me finish my coffee, pack my lunchbox, and head for the elevator. Dock my pay for the day if you want. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that you do NOT stay in a building that's on fire and work.

I always wondered about that sh*t... the people who may have been trapped above the damage, those I can understand - they had no choice.
Everyone else should have been GONE from both buildings and the plaza by 9:30 (first plane hits @ 8:46... that's 44 minutes to get out. Why did anyone continue working? Why did anyone tell anyone else to continue working? YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE, GO HOME.

[puzzled_dog.jpg]
 
2012-09-10 03:03:24 PM
I had a fark account but didn't think to look here. I spent that day watching TV coverage with my 6 month old son. The next day or so I sewed a flag because ere were none to be found anywhere. I still have it, packed away somewhere.
 
2012-09-10 04:11:23 PM

rewind2846: Laikabot: I just remember being really pissed that our work just made us act like nothing was wrong and keep working.

Probably not as much as the idiot bosses that had their people stay in the towers and surrounding plaza buildings working while PLANES were smashing into them and they were on FIRE.

Had I been one of those employees and was fortunate enough to be in an undamaged part of the buildings, especially the towers, when that crap was going on... the boss would have seen me finish my coffee, pack my lunchbox, and head for the elevator. Dock my pay for the day if you want. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that you do NOT stay in a building that's on fire and work.

I always wondered about that sh*t... the people who may have been trapped above the damage, those I can understand - they had no choice.
Everyone else should have been GONE from both buildings and the plaza by 9:30 (first plane hits @ 8:46... that's 44 minutes to get out. Why did anyone continue working? Why did anyone tell anyone else to continue working? YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE, GO HOME.

[puzzled_dog.jpg]



Did that happen at either WTC building??
 
2012-09-10 04:38:13 PM
So fortunate social media wasn't around then.
 
2012-09-10 04:43:24 PM
What it looked like for me was a blank screen and a swirling hourglass. The sites were overloaded most of the day.
 
2012-09-10 05:37:43 PM

downstairs: rewind2846: Laikabot: I just remember being really pissed that our work just made us act like nothing was wrong and keep working.

Probably not as much as the idiot bosses that had their people stay in the towers and surrounding plaza buildings working while PLANES were smashing into them and they were on FIRE.

Had I been one of those employees and was fortunate enough to be in an undamaged part of the buildings, especially the towers, when that crap was going on... the boss would have seen me finish my coffee, pack my lunchbox, and head for the elevator. Dock my pay for the day if you want. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that you do NOT stay in a building that's on fire and work.

I always wondered about that sh*t... the people who may have been trapped above the damage, those I can understand - they had no choice.
Everyone else should have been GONE from both buildings and the plaza by 9:30 (first plane hits @ 8:46... that's 44 minutes to get out. Why did anyone continue working? Why did anyone tell anyone else to continue working? YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE, GO HOME.

[puzzled_dog.jpg]


Did that happen at either WTC building??


Yep. My cousin was in the 2nd tower hit. When the first plane hit, she evacuated to the street and was told by security to go back to her desk (probably to keep the streets uncluttered for emergency workers) Told security to go Fark themselves. She worked there during the '93 bombing. Her office was on a floor above the impact site, so her stubbornness saved her life that day.
 
2012-09-10 05:46:59 PM

bearcats1983: 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.


We are the same age.

I was in my senior year of high school. I went to a Jesuit school and was actually on a week-long retreat in rural Wisconsin (Kairos, for any other Jesuit kidds out there). I was one of the leaders. We woke up early that morning for silent meditation. When the first plane hit, one of the faculty advisers came in and grabbed the 4 other student leaders and I and brought us into another room. When he told us what happened, I remember we all started speculating about how and why. Most of us wanted to believe it was an accident or something, though that seemed far-fetched. A few minutes later, the retreat center administrator barged in and said that another plane had struck the other tower and the Pentagon had been hit as well.

We decided that, obviously, we had to share the news with the 30 other kids there. It was the first time in over 30 years that a Kairos had to be interrupted like that. There wasn't any televisions in the center but the administrator had one at his home a few miles away so he drove and got it.

Meanwhile, we had to break the news. When we told the other kids nobody believed it. There was always a lot of secrecy surrounding the retreat and people would always come back from it with this huge bond so I think most of the kids thought it was like a drill or exercise in the retreat. We had to wheel the tv in just to convince them otherwise. We watched the tv for the rest of the day and the retreat was effectively ruined.

It was so weird to come back home after that week. America had changed but we were sort of left behind and didn't have the opportunity to grieve or experience the event in the same way as everyone else. I remember watching the news that night and it really hit me what had happened

Being on that retreat for 9/11 was farking weird as hell.

I never saw the towers in person. I moved to New York in 2002 for college and have lived here for the last 10 years but the only New York I know is the post-9/11 version. I can even see the new "Freedom Tower" from my apartment

I've always been interested in people's 9/11 stories and living in New York has given me the opportunity to hear a ton of interesting ones. It's weird to think that if I was a year younger I would have been in the city that day and experienced it firsthand because my 9/11 was so strange and removed

//csb
 
2012-09-10 05:57:53 PM
I was a senior too. Most of the day is a blur past when a friend told me a second plane had hit, and I knew the world had changed forever.
The two things that will always hit me are the look on my sophomore history teacher's face when we finally saw it on TV (she brought her class to my AP Gov't teacher's room, we didn't have TV's in every class) and my Economics teacher's futile attempt to conduct class as usual. Pissed me off at the time, but maintaining normalcy was probly just her coping mechanism.
 
2012-09-10 06:00:36 PM

WMittensRomney: gobstopping: I agree with you: Ahhhh yes, it's THAT time of year again ! time to rip that scab off that has been trying to heal for so long, but no one will give it a frikkin rest. Yes people died, planes crashed, wars were started, move on people, move on and get over it already.

Yes, but our whole New American Culture (tm), of being afraid of anything that appears foreign, eschewing every bit of Freedom our ancestors fought and died to secure us, having a hard-on for aggressive warfare/world police/grand chessboard/new great game, torture, extra-judicial killing and zero privacy is built on that one event. . .

You think they're going to let us move on from it? NOPE! Once we start to move on and heal from it, we might start questioning our completely insane response, and possibly start rolling back the Stasi-State.

The sad thing is that our own leaders are something of "unintended" (maybe) accomplices to the crime. The terrorists did the first part, and then our own government came in to make sure it terrorized us as much as possible, for as long as possible, and that our very way of life be ended forever to "keep us safe". The way to thwart a terrorist IS to forget what they've done. It's just like a serial killer who revels in the press after they're thrown in the slammer. You're giving them EXACTLY what they were hoping for.

Then again. .. BE AFRAID!!!! BAD GUYS UNDER EVERY ROCK!!

You do realize you're part of what you're critiquing, right?


He's trying not to be. You shouldn't be either.
 
2012-09-10 06:08:07 PM

ThatGuyOverThere: RedVentrue: ...and being angry about all the price gouging that day.

I remember they cancelled classes at the U of Michigan, but didn't really have a good way of telling folks yet. So thousands of students showed up to empty classes, then wandered over to the union / cafeterias / etc to check out the TVs because people still hadn't yet heard, or were in total denial that it could happen. I met up with a few friends and we decided to fill up on gas early before the prices went up so that we could try to ride out the next week of gouging. Then we went grocery shopping to get a few necessities before people panicked and emptied the shelves.


Where I lived, gas prices increased at a rate of about $.50 per hour, starting at about $1.08 that morning. By closing gas was in the neighborhood of $7.00 a gallon
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2012-09-10 06:38:11 PM
I was a lurker until that day as well, as so many have said.

I was asleep when the first attacks hit, as I didn't go to work until 10am. My Mom called and told me to turn on the TV. I watched as the second plane hit. I numbly got in the shower and got in my car to get to work.

I lived very close to DC and worked in the suburbs, and I had no idea the city had been effectively evacuated. What usually took 30 minutes took over 2 hours, and since I worked for a large media firm at the time, I was told to leave because they had no idea who the next target might be. There was almost no one there. They told me to leave and go be with my family.

My parents lived nearby, so I drove to their place, after stopping for gas and waiting in a gas line (since it taken over two hours to get to work). I hadn't seen a gas line since 1976.

Everyone was panicked. I learned later that my sister, who worked near the Pentagon, had heard the explosion and saw the smoke billowing into the sky.

I also learned later that a former boss and friend had to walk for 6 hours to get home from DC to his suburb residence.

An acquaintance who worked at the Pentagon was late to work that day. His entire office was wiped out at a routine morning status meeting. Everyone he worked with was killed. It was unreal the guilt he felt.

I feel for everyone affected by that day, and I remember the original thread very well. I remember bigpeeler's "remember this face" post so early in the thread.

I am sorry for everyone who lost someone they loved.

That doesn't excuse the reasoning we were fed to storm the middle east, but for the troops, the lost, and their loved ones. Never forget.
 
2012-09-10 06:42:57 PM

RedVentrue: ThatGuyOverThere: RedVentrue: ...and being angry about all the price gouging that day.

I remember they cancelled classes at the U of Michigan, but didn't really have a good way of telling folks yet. So thousands of students showed up to empty classes, then wandered over to the union / cafeterias / etc to check out the TVs because people still hadn't yet heard, or were in total denial that it could happen. I met up with a few friends and we decided to fill up on gas early before the prices went up so that we could try to ride out the next week of gouging. Then we went grocery shopping to get a few necessities before people panicked and emptied the shelves.

Where I lived, gas prices increased at a rate of about $.50 per hour, starting at about $1.08 that morning. By closing gas was in the neighborhood of $7.00 a gallon


Thats what i though had lead to the higher gas prices.
 
2012-09-10 07:00:23 PM
I was playing the shiat out of some Counter-Strike.

/Didn't stop playing
//NYC Native.
///That game is a helluva drug.
 
2012-09-10 07:31:10 PM
9/11 never happened
 
2012-09-10 07:46:34 PM

Jake Havechek: Too bad Clinton let him go when he was offered to be turned over to US custody

That's a motherfarking lie.

Meanwhile, he was found and killed on Obama's watch, while Bush just didn't give a shiat.


He died in 2001, so who they killed is anybody's guess.
Link
 
2012-09-10 08:40:07 PM

DeadMouseTails: Yep. My cousin was in the 2nd tower hit. When the first plane hit, she evacuated to the street and was told by security to go back to her desk (probably to keep the streets uncluttered for emergency workers) Told security to go Fark themselves. She worked there during the '93 bombing. Her office was on a floor above the impact site, so her stubbornness saved her life that day.


I remember well the yearly fire drills we used to have at my office in midtown NYC in the mid-90s. SOP for a fire in any high-rise building at that time, as explained to us by the fire department folks who came to monitor our drills, was that the only floors to be evacuated were the two floors above and below any floor on fire. It was indeed meant to keep to a minimum the number of people that might be milling around on the street / getting in the way of firefighters arriving on scene. It's still not a bad idea if your building is on fire for any reason other than a terrorist attack.

/The first I heard about the '93 WTC attack came when I stopped at a newsstand on the street outside my office. The vendor said, "I hope you're not planning on taking the PATH home tonight..."
 
2012-09-10 08:51:14 PM

Lydia_C: DeadMouseTails: Yep. My cousin was in the 2nd tower hit. When the first plane hit, she evacuated to the street and was told by security to go back to her desk (probably to keep the streets uncluttered for emergency workers) Told security to go Fark themselves. She worked there during the '93 bombing. Her office was on a floor above the impact site, so her stubbornness saved her life that day.

I remember well the yearly fire drills we used to have at my office in midtown NYC in the mid-90s. SOP for a fire in any high-rise building at that time, as explained to us by the fire department folks who came to monitor our drills, was that the only floors to be evacuated were the two floors above and below any floor on fire. It was indeed meant to keep to a minimum the number of people that might be milling around on the street / getting in the way of firefighters arriving on scene. It's still not a bad idea if your building is on fire for any reason other than a terrorist attack.

/The first I heard about the '93 WTC attack came when I stopped at a newsstand on the street outside my office. The vendor said, "I hope you're not planning on taking the PATH home tonight..."


And that would have, and still does, make sense. No one knew what was coming and the primary concern was to have the streets cleared for fire trucks and ambulances. Of course, looking back now, hindsight being what it is, we know that was absolutely the wrong call and doomed people to die in the second tower. And possibly the first if they were told the same thing (2 floor above / 2 floors below).
 
2012-09-10 08:52:31 PM
There was a thread on Slashdot that a guy driving to work by the Pentagon took photos and posted them well before the mainstream media topok notice.

I watched the recent documentary on cable and the sound of jumpers hitting the roof/ground was very disturbing.
 
2012-09-10 10:32:28 PM

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.

:(


I can totally sympathize with you... on that day I was up feeding my still newborn, less then a month old, baby girl that I lost to SIDS a month later... and since then I've lost my wife less then a year ago today.

I can imagine the pain that day would bring up for you, especially since everyone talks about it every year, its just a constant reminder of what you've lost.
 
2012-09-10 11:19:06 PM

Bullseyed: 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.


I didn't know Dick Cheney was on fark.



/nice choice of handle too, Dick.
 
2012-09-11 01:05:55 AM
One of my strongest memories was of a kid calling ed the sock, and crying, because she was scared.

It was weird watching a sock with a cigar in it's mouth try, in all seriousness, to tell a teenager, that "everything was going to be ok"
 
2012-09-11 01:51:07 AM
I remember getting a phone call, waking me up (I'm on the West Coast), from a friend telling me that the WTC had been hit by planes. I didn't recognize his voice. I turned on my TV and as the picture was coming up, one of the Towers was going down. I immediately hung up with my friend and began the long task of trying to get through to my mother in Manhattan. It was almost 3 hours before she was able to get a call out to me. I was never able to get a call in to her. And another 6 hours of infrequent phone calls from her while she got out of Manhattan. She didn't work in the Towers, but not knowing what else was planned that day, I didn't breathe until she called me and said she was home.
 
2012-09-11 04:56:55 AM

Zeno-25: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

Never!

[i.imgur.com image 600x818]


Damn. I was hoping I'd be the Weeners that image this year when I put it in another 9/11 thread.
There's always 2013. I won't forget.


Oh, and the 9/11 coverage on Fark sold me on it. How did I learn of Fark? From Ultima Online, of course.
 
2012-09-11 05:08:13 AM

God-is-a-Taco:
Oh, and the 9/11 coverage on Fark sold me on it. How did I learn of Fark? From Ultima Online, of course.



Oh yeah, since everyone was telling their story:

I learned about first plane crash on radio on the way to alternative high school. We just watched news coverage all day and some discussions were had. I was a bit frantic and kept talking about Ragnarok and how this could start the last world war.
Man, was there anything I couldn't make awkward and uncomfortable back then?
 
2012-09-11 08:01:26 AM

Ball of Confusion:

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


www.movieactors.com

Context.
 
2012-09-11 09:58:42 AM

simrobert2001: RedVentrue: ThatGuyOverThere: RedVentrue: ...and being angry about all the price gouging that day.

I remember they cancelled classes at the U of Michigan, but didn't really have a good way of telling folks yet. So thousands of students showed up to empty classes, then wandered over to the union / cafeterias / etc to check out the TVs because people still hadn't yet heard, or were in total denial that it could happen. I met up with a few friends and we decided to fill up on gas early before the prices went up so that we could try to ride out the next week of gouging. Then we went grocery shopping to get a few necessities before people panicked and emptied the shelves.

Where I lived, gas prices increased at a rate of about $.50 per hour, starting at about $1.08 that morning. By closing gas was in the neighborhood of $7.00 a gallon

Thats what i though had lead to the higher gas prices.


Probably, but I got in early, so I didn't really get hit with anything. Also, Michigan has pretty good anti-gouging laws, so most places didn't try it. I was more concerned about the ACTUAL price going up (speculators might as well be gouging us all)
 
2012-09-11 12:06:52 PM

Starfly: 18 year


I was also a very naive 18 year old freshman in college, and now am married :P

I remember going down to the gas station to get some smokes just after the first plane hit, and nobody really knew what was going on. I don't think I've ever felt so "in a daze" in my whole life, as I did for about 4 hours that morning into the afternoon, just staring at the tv and not really comprehending what was going on.

My heart goes out to the family members of those who died. It's pretty sad that 19 people hijacking 3 planes could so drastically change America and what we once stand for. Nobody can ever guarantee your safety or security. To allow the government to take away essential rights (in the name of security) that generations of brave men and women have fought and died to protect, is about as unpatriotic as you can get.
 
2012-09-11 02:11:03 PM
 
2012-09-11 11:31:40 PM
Having sex with my X wIfe, wondered why the TV next door Apartment was turned up to eleven. Went back to sleep for an hour, woke up and saw the horror. We had been divorced about 2 weeks. But had been split up for about 6 months, was the last time we hung out.

So 9/11 and my X wife are like peanut butter and ladies ... too obscure?
 
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