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2013-09-11 06:09:32 AM  
I was on vacation in Amsterdam. I was sitting in the Hill Street Blues coffeehouse watching BBC on TV. I sat there for hours watching the thing unfold.

I was scheduled to fly back home to New Orleans on 9/12. I didn't make it home until the 18th.
 
2013-09-11 06:28:42 AM  
Sitting in a plane at Logan Airport about to go to San Jose. They took us off and rebooked for the following day.
 
2013-09-11 06:44:59 AM  
Eighth Ave. at 15th street on the 12th floor.


/good times
 
2013-09-11 07:16:37 AM  
What happened on 9/11?
 
2013-09-11 07:19:24 AM  

Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?


That's Spiro Agnew's birthday.
 
2013-09-11 07:39:05 AM  

Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?


Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island. It's been all downhill since then.
 
2013-09-11 07:50:30 AM  
Here on Fark.
 
2013-09-11 08:01:42 AM  
I don't know exactly where I was when I heard the News but I was happy to know it was now hip to be square.
 
2013-09-11 08:04:51 AM  
Asleep on a couch in TN before work.
 
2013-09-11 08:18:27 AM  
Driving home on the Glenn Jackson bridge.
 
2013-09-11 08:19:17 AM  
Do we really need to do this every year?
 
2013-09-11 08:19:18 AM  
In my apartment.  My Mom called me to tell me to turn on the TV, and I took the rest of the day to watch what was happening.
 
2013-09-11 08:19:51 AM  
In U.S. history class in high school.

Seems fitting.
 
2013-09-11 08:19:57 AM  
Flew back from Europe the day before.
 
2013-09-11 08:20:40 AM  

Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?


Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb'shiat record
 
2013-09-11 08:20:44 AM  
10th grade pre-calc
 
2013-09-11 08:20:55 AM  
Here at this desk. Client told me he saw it out the window on the phone.
I turned on the TV and work halted for a bit, someone cried, and I realized we, as a nation were doomed to ourselves.
It's really sad when we can't stick to our sine qua non.
 
2013-09-11 08:21:02 AM  
Sitting at my computer at home trying to get on cnn.com and wondering why none of the news sites were responding. Turned on the TV to see them replaying the first crash followed by the second one coming in.
 
2013-09-11 08:21:04 AM  
I was skipping class and playing Counter Strike in my dorm room. People in the game started freaking out and told us to turn on the TV. I skipped the rest of my classes that day as well.
 
2013-09-11 08:21:37 AM  
In Brussels having just returned from Waterloo.  Took the first flight back to the US on the 15th.
 
2013-09-11 08:22:29 AM  
Who else is going to be playing Jenga today?
 
2013-09-11 08:22:47 AM  
I was at work, and a coworker told me that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  I thought he meant a small propeller-type plane, so I said "Oh." and kept working.
 
2013-09-11 08:22:49 AM  
About an hour after the towers got hit, the idiot landscaper ran over the cable box for half of the apartment complex. No tv, no phone, no internet. Had to drive to the grocery store to find out my neighborhood wasn't actually being invaded. Felt dumb afterwards though.
 
2013-09-11 08:22:54 AM  
I was in the small biz chatroom over @ Yahoo. We were there talking and terrorizing MLMers and
Prepaid Legal hucksters and someone came in and yelled "A plane just crashed into the WTC!"

I have never seen a chatroom clear out so fast in my life.

I didn't see the 2nd plane hit, but I saw the side of one of the towers shear off and I just hit my knees.

When I heard about the plane hitting the Pentagon, I got very scared because my dad frequently
worked in DC, fixing time clocks and such at a lot of the government buildings (Pentagon included).
I couldn't get a hold of him OR my mom (who worked next door to the NSA building at the time) for
hours.

I *finally* got through to my dad's work and they told me that he wasn't even scheduled to be in DC
that day, which turned out to be false. They just told me that so I wouldn't flip out. He *was* in DC
that day, a couple of blocks from the Pentagon. It took him over 6 hours to get out of DC that day.
 
2013-09-11 08:23:57 AM  
Watching the whole thing unfol on a tiny tv in my boss' office. The second plane hit and she told us to get back to work.
 
2013-09-11 08:24:29 AM  
The hull of a oil tanker.
 
2013-09-11 08:24:53 AM  
I was playing minesweeper on my shiatty second hand desktop before heading to class. I had no Internet connection and I left the TV off that morning, so I only found out when my roommate yelled, "dude, have you seen this--some guys hijacked planes and they're flying them into buildings!"

I walked into the living room just as the first tower was falling.

I should note that my birthday is 9.10, and I had Ron Dayne on my fantasy team (the giants played Monday Night Football the night before) so I was severely hung over that morning.

That was a crappy day.
 
2013-09-11 08:24:54 AM  
On watch - prepping the boat for a limited availability.  We all got ordered to Crew's Mess, saw the second plane hit, and then things got hectic.  Spent the rest of the day arming EVERYONE, and putting the boat back together to get back to sea - hopefully to go shoot at someone.
 
2013-09-11 08:25:38 AM  

pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?


Sorry to take you away from your busy schedule of fapping to lesbian nun bondage porn. If it is too much of an inconvenience, you could try, oh I don't know, skipping the whole thread? Last time I looked, participation in these threads was not mandatory.
 
2013-09-11 08:25:59 AM  
I had just turned on the pitiful 6" b&w tv I had at work. The first tower was on fire and as I watched, the second plane hit. The reception was so bad that my first thought was, "Someone at the network should get fired for running such a cheesy graphic. Probably some footage from a movie".
 
2013-09-11 08:26:18 AM  
It was a Tuesday morning. I was at work. I was spending that night at my brother's house because we were leaving for a 4-day golf trip early Wednesday morning to Ocean City, MD. Our wives apparently assumed we wouldn't go after the attacks occurred, but the whole trip was paid for. Of course we went.  I had dinner with my wife, spent a couple hours at my sister's apartment in Philly, then went over my brother's and we left at 6 the next morning.

That was a very weird 4-day golf trip.
 
2013-09-11 08:26:34 AM  
In the car, driving home from school with my mom.

Radio news presenter recounted the news as if she was reading items from a list without her brain processing what she was actually saying, so it was in a sing-song voice about how airplanes were crashed into 2 buildings in new york and that one of them had fallen down.

/.....wait, what?
 
2013-09-11 08:26:38 AM  
Fort Jackson, SC.  Literally being handed my BDU jacket and pants.  The civilians working behind the counter handing out the supplies were listening to a radio and we heard reports that "the pentagon" got bombed.
It wasn't until later on that we heard about the WTC, and only because a guy in my in-processing platoon failed his 1 mi pre-basic training run and had to go to "fat cap" needed a battle buddy to talk to the in-processing company's first sergeant (while the rest of our platoon were having their class pictures taken) that I even was able to see television footage of the WTC, and this was about 3 days after it occurred.
Rather than have a motivating effect once we got to real training (this was Relaxin' Jackson after all) it seemed more like our drill sergeants' hands were tied, and they had to practically green-light everyone, regardless of how inept or incapable of not letting their M-16A's barrel be directed at a drill sergeant's head while fully loaded and set on 3-round burst... I think my own "this shiat is serious now" attitude would have held longer had I not noticed how frustrated and powerless our drill sergeants were.
/medically discharged, left training unit the day they went to Victory Forge - preexisting condition.
 
2013-09-11 08:26:46 AM  

Dinki: pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?

Sorry to take you away from your busy schedule of fapping to lesbian nun bondage porn. If it is too much of an inconvenience, you could try, oh I don't know, skipping the whole thread? Last time I looked, participation in these threads was not mandatory.


And I've just found something to do today to give myself a happy 9/11.
 
2013-09-11 08:27:18 AM  
I saw it on the news... and then went about my day like a normal person.  If the rest of the country hadn't panicked and thrown away all reason, maybe we wouldn't still be at war more than a decade later.
 
2013-09-11 08:27:56 AM  
walked into 8th grade math class after the first had hit and the TV was on, we watched the entire class period and then the teachers were told to turn off the TVs; the principal would make an announcement at 2.
 
2013-09-11 08:28:08 AM  
I was getting ready for a job interview with New York State.  I got out of the shower and turned the TV on and saw the one tower smoking, and the Today Show anchors talking about how there was an accident, when all of a sudden the second plane hit the other tower.  Watched it live, and my stomach fell right then, because there is no way that two aircraft in what my aviation buddies call "severe VFR conditions" would do that accidentally.

My interview was at 1:00pm, and I called at around 10:00am, and they said "Don't come down, we're closing at noon".
 
2013-09-11 08:28:27 AM  
Second day of classes at URI my junior year. Needless to say, I didn't go. Spent all day transfixed.

Also Discovered a website that had links to backdoors and updates, as all the news sites were getting hammered. Plus the people there were very cool, and made a very sad day a little less awful.

Thank you Fark.com
 
2013-09-11 08:28:59 AM  
I was playing violin in Orchestra class in high school.  I've always wondered since then if I was playing music at the moment the attacks were happening.  Kind of surreal.
 
2013-09-11 08:29:13 AM  
Bad subby.

I was at work.  After they showed the 2nd plane hit, I went home. And cried because I knew they were coming down.
 
2013-09-11 08:29:42 AM  
Given that we now wish people a happy Memorial/Armistice day, and that it's an excuse to sell cars...

... I honestly think within a few decades, people will say the subby's headline ironically. Perhaps even have 9/11 car sales.
 
2013-09-11 08:30:05 AM  
Since you'll be hearing this exact kinda stuff all day long and late into the evening, I'll pass.

/you're welcome
 
2013-09-11 08:30:17 AM  
Then our vice principal came in and said "planes have hit the trade center".  I live in NJ so I thought we just got bombed by someone and was scared out of my mind.
 
2013-09-11 08:30:21 AM  

Dinki: pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?

Sorry to take you away from your busy schedule of fapping to lesbian nun bondage porn. If it is too much of an inconvenience, you could try, oh I don't know, skipping the whole thread? Last time I looked, participation in these threads was not mandatory.


Guess that's a yes then.
 
2013-09-11 08:30:21 AM  
Some of y'all are kinda creepy.
 
2013-09-11 08:30:36 AM  
That's pretty vague subby are you talking about the American version of Sept. 11th or what most of the rest of the world uses, November 9th.

Plus the Julian calendar (and the revised Gregorian version) has been in use since 46 BC meaning they are 2,059 possible 9/11's
 
2013-09-11 08:30:51 AM  
Too soon, subby.
 
2013-09-11 08:30:55 AM  
I have always been a little surprised by the clarity with which I can remember the details of where I was and what I was doing that morning.

I was in my car on the way to work.

I lived in California at the time, and I also worked right at the top of the tallest building in downtown San Diego--not the kind of place you wanted to be working on that morning.

I was driving south on I-15 and had just come up out of the Temecula Valley over the hill into Fallbrook. I was driving a rental car because my car was in the shop. I was wearing a dark-blue polo shirt with the word "Ireland" embroidered on it--a gift from my then-wife's aunt from her trip to Europe. And blue jeans. I turned on the radio just before the south tower fell. I wasn't sure what to do, so I kept going to the office. By the time I got there, people were already streaming out of the building, which had been closed as a security precaution.

It took me three hours to get home through the traffic.
 
2013-09-11 08:30:59 AM  
I was asleep when my brother called and told me the news.  He was supposed to be flying to our dad's that day.  He turned on the news, saw what had happened, and thought, "Well, looks like I'm not flying anywhere today," turned off the tv and went back to bed.  Unfortunately he didn't call our dad, and all poor dad knew during those first chaotic hours was that planes were randomly flying into buildings and the ground, on a day his son was supposed to be flying to see him.  When Dad finally got hold of me and I assured him Bro was okay, he said, "Tell your brother I love him, and I'm gonna kill him for not calling me."
 
2013-09-11 08:31:38 AM  
I worked in the Capitol Complex of my state that day, and I had been selected to get lunch for everyone.  (We had no TVs or radios in the section that I worked in, so while there were rumors that something had gone awry, no one really had an idea of what was going on).  My co-workers had selected McDonald's for the lunch run, so I took up orders and money and went to get the food.  My trip was without incident; however, when I arrived, no one was there.  A manager walked down the hallway and said "Didn't you hear?  We've been evacuated!  Someone has attacked the WTC and the Pentagon!"

I stood there, with all that food in hand, in shock.  I went back to my car and the police had blocked off local traffic to no one but state employees evacuating.  I had to press my state ID badge on the window of my car to get by to the interstate.  I fled to my then-boyfriend's house in a rural area of the state where I finally got to sit down and watch the news.  It was frightening.
 
2013-09-11 08:31:51 AM  
Leaving gym class and heading to Spanish II.
 
2013-09-11 08:31:52 AM  

Felgraf: Given that we now wish people a happy Memorial/Armistice day, and that it's an excuse to sell cars...

... I honestly think within a few decades, people will say the subby's headline ironically. Perhaps even have 9/11 car sales.


It'll be "Happy Patriots' Day", and 9/11 will just be two numbers, like 11/11.
 
gja
2013-09-11 08:32:22 AM  
Dear subtard,
On behalf of myself and all those I had to attend memorial services for, please go f*ck yourself.
It will always be "too soon" for me and the many friends, families and colleagues who lost their loved ones.

Sincerely,
GJA
 
2013-09-11 08:32:30 AM  
Really though, I was right here on Fark, on my 56 K dialup modem, unemployed and IMing with the girl (which was weirdly new for us at the time). Like a lot of people I probably thought about signing up that day but eh, all that waiting period.

Then the next day I drove to Disney World and went to the Aloha place, where all the Hawaiian girls say ALLLLOOOOOHHHHAAAAA!!!

There were like 6 of us in the park. it was pretty nice. And lots of dessert.
 
2013-09-11 08:32:35 AM  
At work running a large distribution operation.  We heard the first reports on radio, turned on the TV in the conference room about the time of plane 2 and then watched the Pentagon and PA.

It was a diverse workforce and about 1/3 were Muslims, even had one guy named  Mohammed Omar working for us.  Had to have a meeting about 1:00 and remind everyone that we had worked together for several years, let's not do anything stupid.  We ran a light shift that day
 
2013-09-11 08:32:37 AM  
On my couch and my jaw dropped at the sheer horror.

We are talking about Miley twerking, right? Try to forget. Never remember.
 
2013-09-11 08:32:40 AM  

Felgraf: Given that we now wish people a happy Memorial/Armistice day, and that it's an excuse to sell cars...

... I honestly think within a few decades, people will say the subby's headline ironically. Perhaps even have 9/11 car sales.


We do? I don't think I have ever heard a person say "Happy Memorial Day" .... that's the sad day when Scouts put flags on all the grave sites, it's depressing.
 
2013-09-11 08:32:48 AM  
I was in 8th grade at the time and the superintendent put the entire district on media lockdown. All teachers had to cover the TVs in the building and were not allowed to talk about what happened with any student. The media blackout stayed in place for about three weeks at the school. I lived in a rural area with no TV and only dialup internet, so I didn't see still pictures until about a week or so after. My first time seeing a video of what happened was in late October.
 
2013-09-11 08:32:48 AM  
In the lab building up sample parts. One of the techs walked by at 9:30 and mentioned a plane had hit the WTC. We got out a portable radio and heard it was two planes and then listened describing the towers collapsing. Also heard about the plane hitting the Pentagon and then something about fourth and fifth planes. Didn't get a lot of work done that day.
 
2013-09-11 08:33:31 AM  
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2013-09-11 08:33:42 AM  
On 9/11, I had a view of Logan Airport from my office window.  Never forget.
 
2013-09-11 08:33:54 AM  
I was at work. My  mom called and said that a plane hit the WTC. I said "On purpose?" Those of us working headed to the nurses' lounge and turned on the TV, I saw the second plane hit.

I had a friend working as a flight attendant out of NYC and a friend working in DC. I got ahold of the friend in DC rather quickly, the flight attendant wasn't so easy to get ahold of. After multiple phone calls I finally left a voice mail that said "If you're alive and not answering your phone, I'm going to kill you." He finally called the next day, safe. He was in NYC airspace when the planes hit, so everything was rather hectic. I was still ready to kill him. He had previously worked for USAir and had recently changed jobs, and I could not remember what airline he worked for.

CSB, my dad and I went to Turfway Park on the Saturday after 9/11. It's right across from the Covington/Cincinnati airport. I'd never noticed the noise of the planes before until then... it was so eerily quiet without all the takeoffs/landings.
/end CSB
 
2013-09-11 08:33:58 AM  
Ran by the a skyline view of the city around 15 minutes after the first plane hit. There was one woman standing there looking very concerned, I had no idea why--it's early for suburban New Jersey's soccer moms to be staring out at the view. I jogged home to my mom's house in Ridgewood, and my phone was ringing off the hook. I remember turning on the tv the image of the first tower being hit, the second was hit mere seconds later. I spent the day in disbelief about what I was seeing--and sadly it was 20 or so days until I could drink legally.
 
2013-09-11 08:34:08 AM  
Hey guys, remember that time someone threw a rock at us so we dropped boulders on two different locations for a bunch of years and then still couldn't start to let go?  That was good times.
 
2013-09-11 08:34:12 AM  
My 20-month-old daughter had pooped so much that I had to take her outside and hose her down.  That was a common occurrence.  I then went inside and turned on the TV a few minutes after the first plane had hit.

/she was later diagnosed with ulcerative colitis
 
2013-09-11 08:34:14 AM  
Sixth grade. We watched on TV for a while. The teacher hastily turned the TV off when people started jumping.
 
2013-09-11 08:34:49 AM  
I was sitting in Geography class in a catholic high school. The principle came on to tell us that a plane hit the first tower and we had a moment of silence. the teacher then started teaching geography again. We watched the news in the following class and then were sent home early.
 
2013-09-11 08:34:56 AM  
To the question, I was getting ready for school, and turned on the TV, the first thing I see, a plane hitting a building. First thought that came in mind, which movie is that, before realizing the graphics are not movie quality.
 
2013-09-11 08:35:18 AM  

Sneakytoes: My 20-month-old daughter had pooped so much that I had to take her outside and hose her down.  That was a common occurrence.  I then went inside and turned on the TV a few minutes after the first plane had hit.

/she was later diagnosed with ulcerative colitis


Thanks, Debbie Downer.
 
2013-09-11 08:35:33 AM  
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2013-09-11 08:36:17 AM  
I was in my fraternity house, just woke up slightly hungover a little before 9, no class that morning due to the school's annual Founders' Day freshman assembly.  Was contemplating taking a leak when one of my friends ran down the hall screaming to turn on the TV.
 
2013-09-11 08:36:44 AM  

FarkingReading: We are talking about Miley twerking, right?


too soon

*sobs*
 
2013-09-11 08:36:53 AM  
Downloading classic porn and watching cable TV at home.
 
2013-09-11 08:37:36 AM  
Serving in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. I had just sat down to eat breakfast and looked up at the tv in the mess hall to see a plane fly into the second tower.
 
2013-09-11 08:37:54 AM  
Of course the real reason we celebrate 9/11 is the Mountain Meadow Massacre where the Mormonists slaughtered the men and women of a wagon train in Utah and then stole the children to brainwash them into Mormonism.
 
2013-09-11 08:38:16 AM  
Day off of work and checking fantasy football scores. Turned on PC and saw story about first plane. Turned on TV to see the 2nd plane hit.
 
2013-09-11 08:38:23 AM  
Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?
 
2013-09-11 08:38:27 AM  

sentex: Here on Fark.


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2013-09-11 08:38:51 AM  
Actually, other than the speed of my internet connection and I suppose a different cat, NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

I won't let the damn terrorists win.
 
2013-09-11 08:39:50 AM  
I was at work at Burger King.  I remember watching live when the first tower fell and the news anchor saying that part of the building "sloughed off" before realizing it collapsed completely.
 
2013-09-11 08:39:50 AM  
Dreaming of how long it would take for liberty to be cloths hangered out of the country.
 
2013-09-11 08:40:04 AM  

GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?


It was a pretty huge Day of Infamy for my parents, and they were both born in the 30s.
 
2013-09-11 08:40:10 AM  

Publikwerks: Also Discovered a website that had links to backdoors and updates, as all the news sites were getting hammered. Plus the people there were very cool, and made a very sad day a little less awful.

Thank you Fark.com


Same here.  Except I was on my way to aerodynamics that morning.

Mrs.Sharpier: who the fark says "Happy 9/11"?


Also, this.
 
2013-09-11 08:40:28 AM  

Rapmaster2000: On 9/11, I had a view of Logan Airport from my office window.  Never forget.


I always appreciate the classics.
 
2013-09-11 08:40:33 AM  
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/hawt
 
2013-09-11 08:40:43 AM  
 
2013-09-11 08:41:12 AM  
I had needed to insure and register a car to get to a job I'd just been hired for, so my friend was nice enough to let me use his car that morning. I dropped him off at work and drove around a bit, until the insurance company was open, then went in. His car had a CD player so I'd been listening to music cranked up the whole time. The general atmosphere in the insurance company was weird, and I couldn't figure it out.

     My agent asked me something like "what do you think about these terrorists blowing everybody up?" I told her I didn't really care much, as there had been a couple suicide bombings in recent days that had largely failed, taking only the bomber with them (to my recollection). Needless to say, she had the most shocked look on her face, and proceeded to explain to me what had happened, that terrorists had flown planes into both towers, I finished up with the insurance (since it was already almost done and I really had just found out, they started the paperwork and I had no idea). By the time I got in the car and hurried to pick up my buddy that loaned me the car and turned up the radio the dj was announcing that the first tower was falling. I got ahold of my buddy and went home as they had closed the state offices (including the dmv) and went home to put on the news. I woke up my brother, he was pissed that I woke him up early, but I told him "you need to wake up, the most important thing you'll ever hear is on the news". We just sat and watched tv all day.
 
2013-09-11 08:41:15 AM  
Twelfth grade English class. The cheerleading coach ran from classroom to classroom telling teachers to turn on their televisions.
 
2013-09-11 08:41:15 AM  
Freshman year of college in linear algebra class I realized something was wrong when only 3 people showed up, myself included.  Walked across campus to a friend's dorm, and there were 5 people glued to the TV.  I walk in and said something like "what's up guys, the weirdest thing happened in my class".  Then they proceeded to point at the TV and fill me in on what had happened so far.  The 2nd tower had already been hit...watched the TV for a couple hours, then went home and tried to get in touch with my buddy whose Dad worked at the pentagon.  Luckily, he was okay.

/Nothing happy about 9/11 subby
 
2013-09-11 08:41:27 AM  

GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?


Pretty sure until August 14, 1945. Once we had decisively defeated those that had perpetrated the act. The problem now is we don't have an enemy state to beat into submission.
 
2013-09-11 08:42:19 AM  
I was on Fark trying to find fun and bizarre stories but only found news about terrorists. Damn terrorists ruined my fun.
 
2013-09-11 08:42:39 AM  
Sitting in my cubicle, listening to a co-worker talking to someone from Cantor Fitzgerald on the phone......then the line goes dead.

good times.
 
2013-09-11 08:42:44 AM  
Waiting on a phone call for travel arrangements to be a contestant on the US version of The Weakest Link. I had already gotten past all of the preliminary testing and casting. Once the production schedule got back on track, I kept getting postponed and the show was cancelled not long after.

My brother, my boss and 3 co-workers were out-of state and scheduled to fly that day. Many frantic phone calls to locate people. Spent the next 48 hours glued to whatever media I could get my hands on. Yahoo was streaming NYPD police radio.
 
2013-09-11 08:42:55 AM  
In my office, five miles south of the Pentagon, really glad I didn't have a meeting there that day.
 
2013-09-11 08:43:00 AM  
Consoling my friend whose father worked in the towers.  As fate would have it, he had slept in that day and was just fine.
 
2013-09-11 08:43:06 AM  

Mrs.Sharpier: Felgraf: Given that we now wish people a happy Memorial/Armistice day, and that it's an excuse to sell cars...

... I honestly think within a few decades, people will say the subby's headline ironically. Perhaps even have 9/11 car sales.

We do? I don't think I have ever heard a person say "Happy Memorial Day" .... that's the sad day when Scouts put flags on all the grave sites, it's depressing.


https://www.google.com/search?q=happy+memorial+day&safe=off&client=f ir efox-a&hs=rt5&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=shop&source=lnms&sa=X &ei=YmQwUp2hD4Tm8QT734HoCA&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAw&biw=1148&bih=479  are just some examples of 'happy memorial day' products. (.. Yes. It's screwed up.)

And I am fairly certain I have heard radio hosts/etc wishing people have a "Happy memorial day".

And it is *absolutely* treated as a day to have SALES SALES SALES, *deep voice* THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEEKEEENNNDD.

(I *AGREE* that that's farked up, though.)
 
2013-09-11 08:43:53 AM  
9/11 sucked.  So did everything that has happened since because of it.
 
2013-09-11 08:44:28 AM  
I was at work.  My wife was 3 months pregnant and stayed at home.  She saw it and called me.  I spent the rest of the morning on slashdot, since I didn't know about fark at the time.

Was there a fark thread for it?
 
2013-09-11 08:44:38 AM  
Coworker listening to Howard Stern told the rest of us.  Turned on TV coverage and saw the second plane hit.  Nevar forgetted.
 
2013-09-11 08:44:48 AM  

Dinki: The problem now is we don't have an enemy state to beat into submission.


Sure we do.  It's just that we keep re-electing them instead.
 
2013-09-11 08:44:56 AM  
I was in college, didn't graduate until 2002.  I didn't have any morning classes on the 11th, so I slept in.  I rolled out of bed about 10:30 or so Central time and called Verizon about some billing issue with my land line.  I think I made a few other calls before waking my computer to look around online a bit.  Spent most of the rest of the day in front of the TV.
 
2013-09-11 08:45:00 AM  
I was at work, but the story was 9/12. I worked in  a 3 person office, and we had planned for weeks to shut down on the 12th so we could go to the lake and spend the day playing with my boss' new jetskis. He decided that since we wouldn't be getting any work done, that we should go anyway. That was a bizarre day.
 
2013-09-11 08:45:06 AM  
Getting ready to go to work at the Fed bldg in KC. I called my boss and he said that they were doing a "voluntary evacuation" and it was up to me if I wanted to come in and work at one of the few tall bldhs we hav here.
 
2013-09-11 08:45:09 AM  
Sitting at desk of the flag factory, I came out of my office and told everyone there working they'd be working doubles from here on out until further notice. Man, those kids weren't hapy.
 
2013-09-11 08:45:28 AM  
I was drunk. Turned TV on, turned TV off.
 
2013-09-11 08:45:38 AM  

sprag: I was at work.  My wife was 3 months pregnant and stayed at home.  She saw it and called me.  I spent the rest of the morning on slashdot, since I didn't know about fark at the time.

Was there a fark thread for it?


Aye, it was pretty instrumental in helping get data out to folks, finding back ways to news sites that were getting slammed, and the like.

There  were *several* fark threads for it, I think.
 
2013-09-11 08:45:55 AM  
I was making costumes for a remount of The Music Man.  Boy did they production ever have a lot of American Flags on stage when it mounted a few weeks later.  Then a lot of my friends got laid off from their theatre jobs and the world was scary.
 
2013-09-11 08:46:37 AM  

GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?


Ask George Takei
 
2013-09-11 08:46:46 AM  
Where was I?  When the first plane hit, I was in my truck on the way to a clients office, was hearing about it on the radio.  I got there and told the office people and their manager what happened, and the manager took us into a room used by the park district for entertaining kids, and turned on the TV.  We all got there just in time to see the second plane hit.  We sat there and watched the TV coverage, and after a while the manager and I went outside.  The park district office was less than a mile from O'Hare airport.  The silence was almost painful to hear, as the lack of the ever present bass rumble.......just wasn't there.

2 days later my wife went in for stomach surgery, and the TV was still just showing all the replays over and over.  That just made my time in the waiting room that much worse as I couldn't loose myself in a mindless TV show.
 
2013-09-11 08:47:00 AM  
Would you have preferred Merry 9/11?

/not subby

Maybe this will cheer you up.

I Like to Watch

I put my hand in my pocket
What do I feel
One hundred and ten stories
Of concrete and steel
I like to watch

That plane-shaped hole
Really gets me hot
But the big ball of fire
Is the money shot
I like to watch

I like to watch
The plane going in
I like to watch
The flame shooting out
People dive into the street
While I play with my meat
My steel melted
And my tower's coming down

The New York skyline
Will never be the same
But the guys who flew those planes
Had farking amazing aim
I like to watch

There must have been a reason
But I don't understand
Why they hit the Pentagon
Instead of Disneyland
I like to watch

I like to watch
The plane going in
I like to watch
The flame shooting out
It's raining broken glass
While I sit on my ass
My steel melted
And my tower's coming down

I'd almost had enough
Of watching planes explode
Until they showed it in reverse
And I had to shoot my load
I like to watch

Now my hand's all sticky
And I can't find a rag
I guess I'll have to use
The American flag
I like to watch
 
2013-09-11 08:47:07 AM  
Also, is this the thread where desperate narcissists tell their negligibly tangential stories about how they were almost impacted by 9/11 in their compulsive need to make the story about themselves?  I love that part.
 
2013-09-11 08:47:39 AM  
I worked in a comedy club at the time. Tuesdays were amateur night. For some stupid reason we stayed open. One of our amateurs wanted to get out early so he told this joke (this was the actual Tuesday, 9/11/01):

"I wonder what it was like on those planes this morning. 'This is your captain speaking. If you look to your left there's a lovely view of the Statue of Liberty. If you look to your right, there's Stacy making some copies."

Room cleared faster than you could blink.
 
2013-09-11 08:47:45 AM  
I was sitting at the office in Baton Rouge, when someone said, "I'm trying to get on AOL News.  I've heard something about a small plane hitting one of the Twin Towers, but I can't get on any news sites to find information."  Me being the IT guy at the office, I went googling for different news sites.  They were all down due to traffic, so I went to the conference room and turned on the TV and plugged in an OTA antenna to get the local ABC news affiliate.  They were showing a live feed.  The president of the company came in to find out why crowds of people were in the conference room, saw the feed, then went back to his office and returned a moment later with a bottle of Jack Daniels which we passed around the room.  No work was done that day, and not because of the alcohol.

Not-so-CSB:
A coworker from the New Jersey office was coming to our office that day -- he took off from the airport at the same time as one of the planes that hit the WTC, on the same carrier with a similar flight number... We didn't know for sure he wasn't on that plane until he managed to get a call through from Atlanta about four hours after his flight was diverted.  Our office managed to get him on a train to New Orleans.  When I picked him up at the station at 10:30 PM, his first words were, "I need alcohol."  I took him to the nearest bar, where he proceeded to put away 8 shots of whiskey and I-don't-know-how-many beers.  I took him to the hotel we stayed at that night, which, freakily enough, ended up being at the World Trade Center in New Orleans.  When we realized that, we both checked in and then met back at the bar for more drinks. That was not a good day.  :-(
/Not-so-CSB
 
2013-09-11 08:48:06 AM  
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2013-09-11 08:48:10 AM  
Odd thing about that day I remember is I sat here all day reading Fark threads and watching TV and it never occurred to me to smoke a bowl until like 5 PM.

Fark was something that day, though. Ha, 56 K Modem!
 
2013-09-11 08:48:13 AM  

GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?


Uhhh...pretty sure it is ongoing.  I know I see stories about it every year, and take a few momemts to ponder history and how events unfolded, even though my father wasn't even born yet.
 
2013-09-11 08:48:16 AM  
Fencing class. Didn't hear anything of it in the gym, but I remember that even the air itself felt different when class was over. It felt tense and heavy.

Then I found out why.

Classes the rest of the day were cancelled, and I spent the rest of the day with the girl who eventually became Mrs. Zik-Zak, both of us incredulous as to what happened.
 
2013-09-11 08:48:41 AM  
I was coming back from a high school band rehearsal and the guy that lived in the dorm room next to mine told me to turn on CNN.  I got the tv on and woke up my roommate just in time to see the second plane hit.  To this day, I'm still not sure whether we really saw it live or replays right after it happened.  Everything was so chaotic, and the whole thing was so unthinkable that I had a hard time catching up with what was going on.  After that, we watched cnn in the dorm all day, and I followed the thread here at fark.
 
2013-09-11 08:49:48 AM  
I was in college and sick that morning with a cold. I decided not to go to my first class, but kept wondering why the radio wasn't playing music (or douchey morning DJs) every my alarm went off.

Then I walked into the living room and asked what everyone was watching.

/holy shiat
 
2013-09-11 08:49:52 AM  
Just headed down to get a coffee and a smoke.
Guy passed me in the hallway and told me.
I figured it was like the bomber that flew into the Empire State Bldg years ago.
In the next few hours I found out I was wrong.
"Why are planes flying around Manhattan anyways?"
"Like that one, what the hell are..."
"Oh, shiat."
 
2013-09-11 08:50:00 AM  

pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?


It seems like we must.

If the memories of these horrifying events are too painful for you, I'm sorry for your pain, and suggest you avoid all forms of media today.

If however, you feel that we need not mention or discuss the thousands murdered that day or honor their memories, because you are "sick of hearing about it every year", I hope you die in a fire.
 
2013-09-11 08:50:26 AM  

theknuckler_33: It was a Tuesday morning. I was at work. I was spending that night at my brother's house because we were leaving for a 4-day golf trip early Wednesday morning to Ocean City, MD. Our wives apparently assumed we wouldn't go after the attacks occurred, but the whole trip was paid for. Of course we went.  I had dinner with my wife, spent a couple hours at my sister's apartment in Philly, then went over my brother's and we left at 6 the next morning.

That was a very weird 4-day golf trip.





We lived in Frederick, MD at the time. We were preparing books for the SPX convention in Bethesda (which got cancelled) one was at the printers and called me to turn on the TV after the first plane hit, I had the TV on to watch the second plane hit. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

We had the TV on all day, heard about the Pentagon being hit, knew government workers who worked there.

As I typed this they had the moment of silence on the news today and they are now reading out the names.

And calling it "happy 9/11" is really f*cking flippant. F*ck you, subhuman, f*ck you.
 
2013-09-11 08:50:54 AM  
I work for a company that makes software used to create special effects for film.

I got to work that morning without listening to the radio or talking to anyone. When the elevator doors opened, I saw almost everybody who worked there crowded around a large screen TV -- just then the second plane went into the tower. I thought it was a show reel from one of our customers -- my first reaction was "wow -- that was good! Is this from ILM?"

Looking at the expressions on the faces of my friends and colleagues, I realized it was not a clip from an upcoming movie.

My first thought on realizing it was real was "The American reaction to this will kill way more innocent people than died today, and we'll all be dealing with the repercussions of their reaction for the rest of our lives." America has not let me down -- that prediction is the most true and reliable prognostication I've ever made.

/100% true story...
//second thought -- the economy is going to go straight into the shiatter because of this. Hope I still have a job in 3 years.
 
2013-09-11 08:51:08 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Uhhh...pretty sure it is ongoing. I know I see stories about it every year, and take a few momemts to ponder history and how events unfolded, even though my father wasn't even born yet.


There's a big difference between appropriately acknowledging a "day of infamy", and what we still do about 9/11.  Maybe I'm a bit desensitized to the whole thing, but I was really getting tired of glittery, crying eagles.
 
2013-09-11 08:51:29 AM  
I was at my company's office around the corner from the White House (1717 H Street). We were having our weekly facilities meeting, and talking about.......disaster recovery, when the first plane hit the tower. First thought was that it was a fluke, an errant private plane, pilot heart attack, etc. Went out into the lobby to check CNN just in time to see the 2nd plane hit the tower. One of the reactions I got to observe was the managing consulting shouting down the finance director, telling her that anybody who left the building would get charged for vacation leave.

By the time we cleared the building in the afternoon, I drove by the Pentagon, and you could still see smoke rising, and see F-16's circling overhead. The rest of the day was a blur, with most of it spent glued to the TV and jumping around on the Internet to try and get better news.

Later, we found out a family friend was killed in the Pentagon attack - he left behind an 18-month old son, and his pregnant wife. Later, the story took an extremely sad turn:

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/kptaylor.htm

A few years down the road, I took a job in the Pentagon, and my office was right off of Corridor 5, in the E-Ring....about 100 feet from where AA#77 hit the building. The 9/11 memorial was just a few yards outside my office.
 
2013-09-11 08:51:45 AM  
I was in Latin class, senior year of high school. 3 weeks later I was standing in the rubble. Helped to build decontamination showers on site for the first responders. Truly one of the best experiences of my life. Only spent a week there, but have incredible stories about the people i met and places we went.
 
2013-09-11 08:51:59 AM  
i was giving the hottest black woman i ever met a 'massage'. we both assumed the pilots were drunk at first.
 
2013-09-11 08:52:12 AM  

Felgraf: sprag: I was at work.  My wife was 3 months pregnant and stayed at home.  She saw it and called me.  I spent the rest of the morning on slashdot, since I didn't know about fark at the time.

Was there a fark thread for it?

Aye, it was pretty instrumental in helping get data out to folks, finding back ways to news sites that were getting slammed, and the like.

There  were *several* fark threads for it, I think.


Many many threads, with backdoors into cnn and other news sites(like using robots.cnn.com) to get in when the front door was getting crushed).
 
2013-09-11 08:52:18 AM  
 
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2013-09-11 08:54:07 AM  
I was in my 8th grade geography classes. When we found out about the first plane. Then we watched the second one hit. The part I'll never forget is watching my geography teacher standing there silently with tears streaming down her face.
 
2013-09-11 08:54:43 AM  

WI241TH: walked into 8th grade math class after the first had hit and the TV was on, we watched the entire class period and then the teachers were told to turn off the TVs; the principal would make an announcement at 2.


I was in math class too, only 11th grade math class. We tuned in about the time people were jumping from buildings and then the second plane hit and watched for the rest of the class. I remember it looking so strange that the skies were empty. I also have to admit I was a stupid youth eager to get a taste of war, since the last tv war I remembered at that time was the Iran-Iraq one. I regret that we went into Afghanistan/Iraq, I know some people consider Afghanistan the just war but I disagree.

It wasn't a country that hit us after all, It was a terrorist group. Yes the Taliban were bad to the Afghans but they weren't involved with 9/11 and those who were left the country. Which is why I honestly consider Afghanistan as stupid as Iraq, because going to war with a very vague mission in mind and no clear plan is stupidity. Yet, that's what we did. Thus the open-ended "war on terror" begun and we're still fighting it with many more people who died during 9/11 having died as a result.

So its no wonder that the American people are skeptical of even "very small strikes" in Syria.
 
2013-09-11 08:55:00 AM  
I was stationed in Singapore at the time.
 
2013-09-11 08:55:21 AM  

Dinki: pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?

Sorry to take you away from your busy schedule of fapping to lesbian nun bondage porn. If it is too much of an inconvenience, you could try, oh I don't know, skipping the whole thread? Last time I looked, participation in these threads was not mandatory.


But cynicism is cool and edgy - why wouldn't you want to do it?

/it reeks of neckbeard and fedora sweat
 
2013-09-11 08:55:52 AM  

Rapmaster2000: On 9/11, I had a view of Logan Airport from my office window.  Never forget.


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2013-09-11 08:55:52 AM  
Heading in to Eglin AFB for my 10-6 shift. Got to the base about 9:45. Hadn't turned on the TV that morning, and was just listening to a CD in the car. Wondering why the gate was so crazy.
 
2013-09-11 08:56:10 AM  
Q: What's the biggest difference between 9/11 and the Oklahoma City Bombing?

 A: Foreigners once again prove they can do it better and more efficiently.
 
2013-09-11 08:56:39 AM  

imapirate: . 'This is your captain speaking. If you look to your left there's a lovely view of the Statue of Liberty. If you look to your right, there's Stacy making some copies."


Sadly that is actually pretty funny

I miss Stacy
 
2013-09-11 08:57:06 AM  
I think the greeting for 9/11 should be "Happy 5/2"
 
2013-09-11 08:57:42 AM  
Merrill Lynch Canada, Toronto ON.
Nervously watching the skies.
They evac's the Building before noon, so me and my buds met at a bar to mark the day.
Yikes that was scary.
 
2013-09-11 08:58:25 AM  
I was on Fark.
 
2013-09-11 08:58:37 AM  

MmmCrime: I was in Latin class, senior year of high school. 3 weeks later I was standing in the rubble. Helped to build decontamination showers on site for the first responders. Truly one of the best experiences of my life. Only spent a week there, but have incredible stories about the people i met and places we went.


Do you have lung cancer now?
 
2013-09-11 08:58:39 AM  
Knock knock.
Who's there?
9/11.
9/11 who?
You said you'd never forget!
 
2013-09-11 08:58:52 AM  
What's the difference between 9/11 and a cow?

You can't milk a cow for 12 years.
 
2013-09-11 08:58:58 AM  
It was the second week of classes my freshman year of college, and I had strep throat.  I was getting swabbed at the doctor's office, he left, and I was alone for 15 minutes.  He came back, clearly shaken, and said he had to reswab my throat because he got distracted.  I was unimpressed and asked what happened, and he said "a plane flew into the World Trade Center."


I thought he meant a Cessna or something, so I was confused about his distractedness.   so I left with my strep diagnosis and my antibiotics, walking through campus it was completely deserted. Eerie. I went to my first biology lab but it was empty. I didnt know, but classes had been cancelled. My professor found me wandering the halls and asked if I was okay. I didn't understand what she meant, so she told me to go back to my dorm and turn on the tv, there's been a terrorist attack

I still had no concept of what this meant. I was only 18; I was 11 when the WTC was bombed the first time.

Walking to my dorm, I saw smoke rising over the Potomac river from where the pentagon got hit. I guess that's when shiat got real, but I didn't really start freaking out until I saw the coverage on cnn.

 
2013-09-11 08:59:08 AM  

Astorix: theknuckler_33: It was a Tuesday morning. I was at work. I was spending that night at my brother's house because we were leaving for a 4-day golf trip early Wednesday morning to Ocean City, MD. Our wives apparently assumed we wouldn't go after the attacks occurred, but the whole trip was paid for. Of course we went.  I had dinner with my wife, spent a couple hours at my sister's apartment in Philly, then went over my brother's and we left at 6 the next morning.

That was a very weird 4-day golf trip.

We lived in Frederick, MD at the time. We were preparing books for the SPX convention in Bethesda (which got cancelled) one was at the printers and called me to turn on the TV after the first plane hit, I had the TV on to watch the second plane hit. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

We had the TV on all day, heard about the Pentagon being hit, knew government workers who worked there.

As I typed this they had the moment of silence on the news today and they are now reading out the names.

And calling it "happy 9/11" is really f*cking flippant. F*ck you, subhuman, f*ck you.


I was born and raised in Frederick, still live in Frederick County. If you remember a restaurant called La Paz, I had to go wash dishes that night. There was no one in the restaurant. We just sat out in the bar area hanging out and talking about it.
 
2013-09-11 08:59:25 AM  
I was in Trois-Rivières, Québec doing consultant work for a large cable-tv provider. That morning all the employees were convened to a company meeting downtown, so there were only two of us in the building. When things started happening, the other consultant came to get me.

I will never forget the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as the two of us just stood there, alone in a roomful of TVs with the live broadcasts of the events. And how sick turned to great sadness when it became clear that this had not been an accident, but a deliberate act. On that day, all the West stood with our American friends. On that day, we were all Americans.
 
2013-09-11 08:59:32 AM  
Red Dot is where I was standing when the first building fell:

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2013-09-11 08:59:45 AM  
Boston, MA.   Couldn't figure out why the home internets weren't working; found out why when I walked to campus to teach, and found everybody crying.  The staff graded exams in silence as we watched the news, then I walked over to Copley to stare at the hotel.  (And then, of course, I rented "The Siege" and pondered when the next attack might be.)

My folks were on vacation in France at the time, and about to come home; they've always said how much it meant that everybody in Europe was so supportive and sensitive.
 
2013-09-11 09:00:15 AM  
We had a couple of TVs at work, so that all we did that day...watch the news. About noon or so the boss came in and said there was a show that needed some equipment in TN the next day, someone was going to have to drive it up there. The guy that volunteered to take it said he was doing it to get from the TV. So he drove 3 hours, dropped off the lights and drove 3 hours right back.

The next day he told me it was the worst decision he had ever made. The van had a shiatty radio so all he had to listen to was news...nobody was playing music or anything. 6 hours by himself just thinking about terrorism while driving. Not good.
 
2013-09-11 09:00:22 AM  
Slept in a little bit, I was off that day, wife had to work and when she woke up I did. I went to the bathroom, she turned on the TV. I hear a "Whoa." followed by a, "honey, something is happening."

I go back into the bedroom and put my glasses on. The first tower was on fire, huge gash, Still remember the exchange.

Her: They're saying a plane hit it.
Me: That plane must've lost all control, it's a clear day, they had to have seen that huge building. It wasn't like encased in fog or anything.
H: Freak accident.
M: Yeah, wow, that sucks. (pause) I wonder if they were trying to circle back to JFK and lost...

(second tower is hit, pause, I look at my wife.)

M: We're under attack.
H: How?
M: Two's cannot be an accident.
 
2013-09-11 09:02:06 AM  

Mrs.Sharpier: MmmCrime: I was in Latin class, senior year of high school. 3 weeks later I was standing in the rubble. Helped to build decontamination showers on site for the first responders. Truly one of the best experiences of my life. Only spent a week there, but have incredible stories about the people i met and places we went.

Do you have lung cancer now?


Nope. I spent my time being an errand boy, running and getting tools, fuel and other things for the crew that was doing the building.We were located diagonal from the site, as in our block touched the WTC site at its corner. Wind never really brought the dust our way, but we had masks just in case.
 
2013-09-11 09:02:24 AM  
Surfing porn on the internet. My GF called me from work and told me of some plane crash in NYC and said I should turn on the news, I thought to myself, "who the fark cares about some plane crash" and continued my porn surfing. I didn't find out what happened until hours later when I got a call from work and told not to report for duty because the base had been locked down.
 
2013-09-11 09:02:40 AM  
Knock knock
Who's there?
9/11
9/11 who?
You said you'd Never Forget :-(
 
2013-09-11 09:03:25 AM  
Then let's pick at this old scab some more...
 
2013-09-11 09:03:52 AM  
Sitting in traffic on the NJ Turnpike western spur just past the mixing bowl looking at the first tower smoking.  Had flipped the radio to AM to hear that they thought it was a small plane.  Saw a couple of news helo's heading that way and then in the corner of my eye saw a jetliner where it shouldn't be going way faster than it should have been.  I watched it fly right into the second tower.
 
2013-09-11 09:04:11 AM  
I know FARK was the only news source I could get to load.
 
2013-09-11 09:04:22 AM  
Ausbro here , I was at home playing Unreal Tournament.

suddenly it was happening ~

game ruined
 
2013-09-11 09:05:33 AM  
This shiat still chokes me up.

I was working in Springfield, Va., as a copy chief at Xxxx Xxxxx Publishing Co.
I was late arriving for work, but had I looked up during my drive in I would have seen the jet that hit the Pentagon fly overhead, over the mixing bowl and up 395. By then the second plan had hit 2 WTC and I heard people on the car radio saying it was a terrorist attack.

The most extraordinary thing was in the days that followed, after all air traffic was grounded, it was so quiet in the Metro D.C. area. You could only hear the occasional Air Force fighter jet flying combat air patrols but you could never see them, up there, some where.

In mid-October I went up to NY and visited the site. Parked in Brooklyn and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. The most striking thing, for which I was unprepared, was the smell that permeated the city. The smell of scorched steel, metal and metallic, and burned god knows what. Across the river, in the blocks surrounding the former tower sites, there was this thick gray ashy residue, like volcanic ash, two inches deep all over the roofs, awnings, and window sills along Broadway.

It was easily six months before I didn't think of this every day and get a huge lump in my throat.
 
2013-09-11 09:06:17 AM  
I was asleep.  My boss called and said work was cancelled for the day.  I turned on the TV to see the first tower fall.  I thought to myself "We are going to overreact, we're going to start a war, we are going to take the wrong lesson from this and the media will misreport facts for a week or two."  Then I went back to sleep.
 
2013-09-11 09:06:31 AM  
Hard to believe it has been 40 years.  Never forget.

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2013-09-11 09:07:00 AM  

Wind Chimes: I worked in the Capitol Complex of my state that day, and I had been selected to get lunch for everyone.  (We had no TVs or radios in the section that I worked in, so while there were rumors that something had gone awry, no one really had an idea of what was going on).  My co-workers had selected McDonald's for the lunch run, so I took up orders and money and went to get the food.  My trip was without incident; however, when I arrived, no one was there.  A manager walked down the hallway and said "Didn't you hear?  We've been evacuated!  Someone has attacked the WTC and the Pentagon!"

I stood there, with all that food in hand, in shock.  I went back to my car and the police had blocked off local traffic to no one but state employees evacuating.  I had to press my state ID badge on the window of my car to get by to the interstate.  I fled to my then-boyfriend's house in a rural area of the state where I finally got to sit down and watch the news.  It was frightening.


Did you eat everyone's burgers?
 
2013-09-11 09:07:03 AM  
I was teaching VB6 and .NET beta classes at ATA in Louisville.  The news came across first in my Everquest IRC channel from a guildmate in NYC ("I think a plane just hit a building").  I went to Fark for updates because that was the only site that was loading.  Dismissed class early.  We killed Yelinak that night.
 
2013-09-11 09:10:01 AM  
Space Camp in Huntsville, crowded around a small black-and-white security monitor.
 
2013-09-11 09:10:39 AM  
I was there. It was awful. My only regret is dropping my video camera when WTC 2 fell. I had footage of the first responders arriving. shiat's gone now.

I just took this picture of Ladder 54 out my office window a few seconds ago. They lost 15 men.

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2013-09-11 09:10:42 AM  
Senior year of high school, advanced technologies class. The principal walked into the room and asked my teacher to turn the TV on. Every class that day was spent glued to the TV. We watched as the second plane hit the tower and then, later, both towers fall live on TV, crazy day.
 
2013-09-11 09:13:17 AM  

kokomo61: I was at my company's office around the corner from the White House (1717 H Street). We were having our weekly facilities meeting, and talking about.......disaster recovery, when the first plane hit the tower. First thought was that it was a fluke, an errant private plane, pilot heart attack, etc. Went out into the lobby to check CNN just in time to see the 2nd plane hit the tower. One of the reactions I got to observe was the managing consulting shouting down the finance director, telling her that anybody who left the building would get charged for vacation leave.

By the time we cleared the building in the afternoon, I drove by the Pentagon, and you could still see smoke rising, and see F-16's circling overhead. The rest of the day was a blur, with most of it spent glued to the TV and jumping around on the Internet to try and get better news.

Later, we found out a family friend was killed in the Pentagon attack - he left behind an 18-month old son, and his pregnant wife. Later, the story took an extremely sad turn:

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/kptaylor.htm

A few years down the road, I took a job in the Pentagon, and my office was right off of Corridor 5, in the E-Ring....about 100 feet from where AA#77 hit the building. The 9/11 memorial was just a few yards outside my office.


Jesus Christ, that's one of the saddest things I've ever read.
 
2013-09-11 09:13:22 AM  
We all know where Hulk Hogan was...

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2013-09-11 09:15:00 AM  
I was at home getting ready for work.  I live in Weehawken NJ and at the time was 1 block from the palisade on Blvd East.  I went down there after the first plane hit.  Watched the second plane slam in and watched that tower fall.  Then I went home and watched the second tower fall on TV.  Fark was great that day.  News was hard to get but there was a lot of good information on the various threads.

It was the worst day of my life I believe.
 
2013-09-11 09:15:16 AM  
I was on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  At 8:46am we were on the boardwalk watching the ocean and the cloudless blue sky.

We then went out to the nearby outlet mall, and were in Harry & David buying Moose Much when we first saw the pictures on CNN.  Fortunately, we were close enough to pick up WCBS Newsradio 88 in the car, and heard the live report of the collapse of the South Tower.

The rest of that week was kinda foggy.
 
2013-09-11 09:16:12 AM  
Did a GIS for 'happy 9/11'. Some interesting images there.
 
2013-09-11 09:21:03 AM  
September 11th is Brian Depalma's birthday.
Happy birthday, Brian!

// loved 'Passion'
 
2013-09-11 09:21:34 AM  
In my office negotiating a menu with our food services provider. His partner was in the background nattering about New York. Finally the guy I was talking to said, "You better get to a TV."

45 Minutes later standing in front of the TV with every officer from the Brigade Group we agreed it had all just changed.

The Funky Western Civilization was a little less Funky.
 
2013-09-11 09:23:32 AM  
10th grade English class.

The day after I moved to Mississippi. Weird times.
 
2013-09-11 09:23:59 AM  
Instead of sharing our stories of where we were when we heard the news, let's share what we have done about it.
 
2013-09-11 09:26:01 AM  
I was lurking in the Fark Forums.
 
2013-09-11 09:28:03 AM  

KingKauff: Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb'shiat record


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2013-09-11 09:29:08 AM  

ColSanders: KingKauff: Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb'shiat record

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That man was robbed of his legacy by hypocrites who never got caught.
 
2013-09-11 09:29:22 AM  
Doing Subbys mum in an exquisite fashion.
 
2013-09-11 09:29:25 AM  

megarian: The day after I moved to Mississippi.


lose a bet?
 
2013-09-11 09:30:58 AM  
Second day of training in Nova Scotia for a job headquartered in NYC. The trainer came back from morning break as white as a ghost and told us what had happened. It wasn't until mid-afternoon that we found out that everyone was OK and we still had jobs. Drank many beers after training was over with the rest of the class watching everything unfold at the local watering hole.
 
2013-09-11 09:32:20 AM  

ferretman: Red Dot is where I was standing when the first building fell:

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I was standing right behind you.

How did you get out when visibility went to zero? I blindly found my way to 160 Broadway and beat the basement door down with a fire extinguisher. Ended up exiting through the Subway tunnels. An emergency ladder a few blocks away.

Did you stay on the surface? It must have been rough that way.
 
2013-09-11 09:33:02 AM  
Some friends and I were walking by a display of televisions, and I was stunned at the footage of the plane hitting the first tower.  I was like, "Guys, look at the special effect in this movie!  Pretty realistic."  We didn't realize we were watching the news for several minutes until the next plane hit.  Just numbing.
 
2013-09-11 09:34:01 AM  
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2013-09-11 09:34:16 AM  

neversubmit: Instead of sharing our stories of where we were when we heard the news, let's share what we have done about it.


Well, let's see.  I advocated strongly for the creation of the Patriot Act to protect Americans from terrorism. Whenever someone criticized it I pointed out that it has the word "Patriot" right in the name so you know it's good.  I also demanded the creation of a Department of Homeland Security to protect the homeland.  I really wanted to call it the Department of Fatherland Security, but people said it was too sexist.  I thought the TSA was definitely needed to protect us from terror because the old system could not be adjusted to prevent another 9/11 and since there hasn't been another 9/11 then clearly the TSA has worked.

Finally, I strongly advocated regime change in the Middle East to depose anyone in the Axis of Evil capable of conspiring with al-Qaeda to get us again.  I chose Saddam Hussein because I'm pretty sure guys like him and Osama bin Laden are in cahoots.  They look a lot alike.  When anyone opposed this plan, I made sure it came to fruition by reminding them of 9/11 over and over.  "Do you remember what that day felt like" I'd say.  "I'd like you to say you love Saddam to the first responders!" was another good one.  9/11 gave us so much.  You can't fail to exploit a tragedy.
 
2013-09-11 09:34:22 AM  
I was in Georgia going through basic training.
 
2013-09-11 09:34:46 AM  
How about we let it go?
 
2013-09-11 09:34:48 AM  
I came back to my apartment from a gap in classes at PennState between 10am-12pm and my roommate's had the coverage on as soon as I walked in the door.

I was barely awake still from getting up for my 8am and 9am classes, but we started blasting Bombs Over Baghdad off our balcony.

Yeah we were assholes like that.
 
2013-09-11 09:34:58 AM  
On the way to work.  There were reports on the radio of a plane hitting the first tower.  But they didn't know what kind of plane and I didn't think much of it.  When I pulled into the garage, I had DC101 on (not sure why rarely listened to them) and Elliot is like "shut up, turn that tv up"  when the second plane hit and the full realization came in.  A bunch of us were in a confrence room and saw the tower collapse.

I worked in a financial place at the time and they let us all go home early.  Since the markets sayed closed for several days after that, we did not have much to do.  Filling out benefits claims later was depressing.

/In the building I am in now, the building management had made these little wooden angles that some one had hand painted the names and ages of all of the victoms, they had them in the grass around the building.

For some reason they kept them, There are big piles of them in storage tubs in the underground parking garage storage.  I stumbled upon them a few months ago.
 
2013-09-11 09:35:28 AM  

neversubmit: Instead of sharing our stories of where we were when we heard the news, let's share what we have done about it.


I 'liked' it on Facebook.
 
2013-09-11 09:38:26 AM  
I was just getting into my first German class in college, and for whatever reason, as I usually sit in the front, I sat in the back of the hall right near the door.  The professor introduced himself and said, as an afterthought, "And by the way, a plane just hit the World Trade Center, but we're not going to worry about that."  Being the news junkie I was, I slipped out and went back to where I lived just in time to see the second plane hit.  I couldn't get onto any websites whatsoever and instead logged onto an old-as-hell IRC channel I used to frequent that suddenly housed over 100 people.  We talked about everything and didn't move from our tvs for hours.

It was farking unreal.  I felt like I was just watching a movie.  It didn't hit me until the next day when I saw the firefighters digging through the rubble and saw people holding signs proclaiming them as heroes.
 
2013-09-11 09:38:37 AM  
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"What do you mean, I'm the only person who says 'Happy 9/11?'"
 
2013-09-11 09:38:46 AM  

ranev700: I had just turned on the pitiful 6" b&w tv I had at work. The first tower was on fire and as I watched, the second plane hit. The reception was so bad that my first thought was, "Someone at the network should get fired for running such a cheesy graphic. Probably some footage from a movie".


Same thing here... My friend next cube over used to keep a tv/radio on his desk. (mostly to listen to the radio). My wife called me at work and told me to put on a TV. We turned on his 6" TV and 10 of us watched most of it from there. After, what we thought, was the top of the south tower falling off I decided to go to Radio Shack to buy an antenna for the TV in the conference room upstairs. I remember standing in Radio Shack, in all of their 20 TV's on at once, watching the North tower collapse.. Me and the three employees stood there with our mouths open for at least a minute..
 
2013-09-11 09:38:49 AM  
I heard about it on the car radio while driving back to Arlanda airport to retrieve a forgotten computer and called my parents. My mother knew, they were watching CNN, and she seemed agitated in a positive way about it, despite being resolutely -almost racist- about arabs. I could never figure that one out.

My Significant Other was on a business trip, and called me to share the whole thing. Naturally, she had CNN in her hotel, and the cable at our home flatly refused to deliver what we were paying for. I felt very much alone that night, US Eastern Time plus six hours.
 
2013-09-11 09:40:21 AM  
Is that a fireworks holiday?
 
2013-09-11 09:40:43 AM  
I was in NYC several blocks from the WTC preparing to depress the plunger and begin the controlled demolition.
 
2013-09-11 09:40:56 AM  
At home.  But I had just spent 6 weeks working the outdoor concert series there five days a week from 10am-9pm
Had some friends there that day...
 
2013-09-11 09:41:34 AM  
You shouldn't forget, (I know I never will) but you don't have to bring it up every farking year like a woman holding a grudge.
 
2013-09-11 09:44:02 AM  
Let it go
 
2013-09-11 09:44:24 AM  
Van pooling to PDX. One of the dudes got a call from his wife that a plane hit the tower. She called back a few minutes later with more bad news.
 
2013-09-11 09:46:54 AM  
I was working in the maintenance department of of a property management company in Richmond, VA. I fielded calls from folks asking if they should evacuate their 5 story building. Up to you I said.

Then I had to deal with a crappy business owner contracted for facilities work in the CapOne buildings. No paper towels in the bathrooms, because his crew sucked... He told me "The country's at war, I'm going home to be with my family." His contact was cancelled at the end of the month. Because in this world, shiat still occurs and you still should wash your hands. The world still keeps going. We were all in shock and I went home early where my sister in law was glued to CNN and eating all of my food.

In 1996 my husband died on September 6th.

So I didn't like September at all.

My father died 5 days after the towers fell on 09/16/01.

Then I really didn't like September at all.

In 2006 my daughter was born at 4:02am on September 11th.

Happy 9/11? Hmm... it may be happy for some, and not so happy for others. YMMV
 
2013-09-11 09:47:16 AM  

imapirate: Watching the whole thing unfol on a tiny tv in my boss' office. The second plane hit and she told us to get back to work.


Yeah, my boss kept working like nothing was happening.
 
2013-09-11 09:48:20 AM  
I was in the air at the time, in flight training in a small airplane (far out in the upper midwest).  When we were on our way back and talking to ATC they were VERY agitated and telling us to land immediately (which we were doing anyway), and they wouldn't tell us what was going on.  I found out about it when we walked back into our lobby and it was on the TV.  I didn't fly again for a couple of weeks due to the flight restrictions.
 
2013-09-11 09:48:50 AM  
I was in front of my computer, eating hot pockets, having been up all night playing Everquest.  Wasn't planning on going to class that day anyways.
 
2013-09-11 09:50:34 AM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: imapirate: Watching the whole thing unfol on a tiny tv in my boss' office. The second plane hit and she told us to get back to work.

Yeah, my boss kept working like nothing was happening.


By any chance do you two work for a Saudi?
 
2013-09-11 09:51:22 AM  
We were in grad school, and I was sitting in a meeting.  A very boring meeting.  A professor poked her head in and said something like "did you hear the news?  A plane hit the World Trade Center."  Then she added, "but don't worry, they're saying it's only a small plane and that everyone's okay."

The thought stuck in my head for the rest of the meeting, which lasted another few hours.  We started before the attacks, so no one knew what was happening.

Imagine my surprise when I got home and turned on the news.

\remember where I was standing when I heard about OKC bombing
\\and the Columbia disaster
 
2013-09-11 09:51:36 AM  
And, for the record, we had it on on TVs a floor down from my job, and while people went downstairs to cry and watch in some morbid fashion, I stayed at my cubicle listening to this, which had just come out that day:

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Never forget
 
2013-09-11 09:51:54 AM  

Andrew Wiggin: megarian: The day after I moved to Mississippi.

lose a bet?


Pretty much.
 
2013-09-11 09:52:38 AM  
Happy subby? My 15 year old daughter's first memory is watching her father cry when he finally made it home that day. The only 'happy' thing about that day is that most of us came home that day - eventually.
 
2013-09-11 09:53:20 AM  
Walked into work and my buddy walked over to tell me a plane hit the world trade center.  I bounced back and forth between Fark and our TV room the entire day.
We had co-workers in Manhattan calling me asking wtf was going on.  Some dumb lady that worked for us stunned me with one reaction- she complained how she will be stuck in NYC unable to fly home.
I heard fighter jets flying over my house that night.  Very weird.
 
2013-09-11 09:54:44 AM  
i was just days from turning 16, sophomore in high school, i remember we had a class ring information thing going in the gym and i passed by one of the tv's in the hallway where i saw the first tower on fire and "plane hit WTC", i really didn't have any more information than that so i went on to the gym thinking "oh it's just a cesna or something"

after the class ring thing i went back to biology class when the teacher basically said "we're not having class", turned the tv on right as the second plane hit the South Tower... everybody just sat there stunned for an hour in complete silence, i've never experienced anything like that since then...

my third class was a web design class, and that's where i found fark.com and also when the towers fell, i just remember everybody going through the motions of going from class to class talking about what was happening, only my german language teacher wanted us to focus on class learning

this is back before kids had cell phones so nobody really spoke to their parents until they got home

what a week that was, i'll always remember that tuesday being super beautiful weather wise
 
2013-09-11 09:54:46 AM  
I was in my office and my wife called me when the first building was hit.  There weren't any TVs available, so my only source of news was the internet which quickly became 'Fark was my only source of news' since people were posting links from smaller sites and people like corporate mofo who lived in NY were taking pictures and posting them for us to see.

9/11 is what hooked me on fark and I don't think a day has gone by that I don't look at fark to see what's happening in the world.

/it's surreal going back and reading all the posts and incorrect information from that day in the threads.  Utter chaos.
 
2013-09-11 09:54:46 AM  
Getting ready to leave for my 9:30 accounting class when one of my roommates mentioned it.  I thought it was just a small private plane or something that had hit it rather than a commercial airliner.  After class I came back to the room and was looking for more info when I came across Fark for the first time.

/for the past couple of years 911 Truthers have become more annoying than 911 Never Forgetters
 
2013-09-11 09:55:11 AM  
This is going to get a little CSB:

I was getting ready for work heard a "plane hit the world trade center" and I thought it was some putz in a prop plane.  My bedroom had a good view of the towers, as it was a clear day, but all I saw was some smoke.  I had no idea what it was until I was on the way to work.  I was listening to the radio and one of the hosts from a different time slot called in and was giving an eye witness account (he had an apartment with a good view of the towers) and in the middle of a sentence, he started screaming about a plane hitting the other tower.  it was crazy how he went from a calm description to "HOLY SHIAT!" in a second.

Work was pretty much ground to a halt and I was maybe there for 2 hours, then I went to my brother's house, watched some cable new channel (CNN I think).

Tuesdays were typically Magic Draft at the my game shop, and for whatever reason, I called to confirm it was canceled and he said no.  The comic shop owner was the first person to tell me that "That's what they want us to do.  If we cancel, we let them win."   There were only 4 of us there and we had a good time and just a few hours talking about the attack.

pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?


you are free to participate in another thread. no one has a gun to your head.
 
2013-09-11 09:55:59 AM  
Woke up to the news while in Idaho, visiting for my wife's grandfather's funeral. It was horrible--being in Idaho, I mean. Everyone there was sure that the army base near Boise would be the terrorists' next target. Good times.
 
2013-09-11 09:56:42 AM  
September- yer 11th, 2001. BASE jumping in NYC.

Bobby and I had been scoping out these tall buildings in the city for weeks, setting up our jump. The day dawned clear, cold and bright. We took the stairs to avoid attention. Must have been more than a hundred floors. Took us almost an hour to hike it to the roof. Slipped the lock on the door, and scaled the suicide fence. This was it! We were ready to go. Bobby steps around to the other side of the roof just as the screech of a nearby landing jet splits the morning. Suddenly... earthquake! I'm thinking to myself, "An earthquake in NYC?!? Well, stranger things have happened." I look around for Bobby, but i think he was smoking a doob of some nasty dank around the other side of the building. Dumb bastard was never any good at getting the seeds out. The smoke was thick, and horrible-smelling. I yelled, "Bobby, your weed sucks! I'm outta here!" and leaped over the side. Ran into a few other jumpers on the way down, but the rushing air must have blurred my vision, because I swear it looked like they didn't even have any parachutes on or nothing. Pulled my cord and floated to a nice running exit about a block and a half from the building. Bobby must have not been far behind me because a bunch of people were pointing at the sky and talking amongst their selves. I didn't wait to see. Packed up my chute on the run and hit the subway north. Got back home in Poughkeepsie and turned on the TV with the volume off. News was on. Damned if Bobby's burning roach hadn't set the top third of the building on fire! Tired and stoned, I passed out and slept clear until the next day.
 
2013-09-11 09:56:45 AM  
9/14 story: Since US airspace had been closed, my little vacation was delayed 2 days. STL had been choked w/ would-be passengers when they announced all flights scheduled after noon were cancelled. They didn't know how to manage the mammoth crowd. I was one of the last people out of the terminal; all the workers were headed home.
Boarding my TWA flight, I paused to give the plane's fuselage a smacking kiss. Taking a seat, I was about to hear one of the best short speeches ever, from the pilot. TWA was in the midst of a sale to American and perhaps his job was in doubt...
We were sincerely thanked for our courage to climb aboard. He advised: "If you see anyone, ANYONE displaying the sort of behavior we've all heard about on the news, you have my permission to begin throwing loose objects at that person. You may throw books, laptops, ice from your drink, even take off your shoes and throw them. Bombard that person. I will steer the plane to the nearest airport and we'll let the authorities handle it from there." The whole plane broke into applause and cheers.
 
2013-09-11 09:57:39 AM  
I was hung over and out of work.  My wife called me from work and woke me up stating a plane flew into the WTC.  I glanced at the TV, said what a terrible accident, and went back to bed.  About 45 minutes later she calls back (in a panic) and says a 2nd plane hit.  Quickest I got over a hangover in my life.
 
2013-09-11 09:57:52 AM  
Having many fun naked times with my eventual wife to be on a beach in the South of France (no, really).  It was a pain in the ass to make it home.
 
2013-09-11 09:58:01 AM  
Asleep in my dorm room, sophomore year of college. My suite-mate knocks on my door. I wake up and open it. He says, "The Twin Towers are gone".

One of the more confusing statements to hear while your brain is still trying to turn itself on.
 
2013-09-11 10:00:26 AM  
Slaxl: Spiro

And Mickey Hart's!! :D
 
2013-09-11 10:01:51 AM  
Was coming in from 2nd period PE in my freshman year of high school. Walked into my coaches office and watched as the towers burned. Do not remember if the 2nd plane had hit or just hit as I recall seeing it do so. But it could of been a replay. Third period English, I watched the towers fall.
 
2013-09-11 10:02:53 AM  
I got into work a little late.  I had just bought a giant TV (well, for those days - 55" projection) and as I walked the block from our parking garage to our office one of my employees drove up to the front of the building, screamed something unintelligible, and ran inside.  Naturally I ran too.

When I got upstairs everyone was crowded around the only radio in our small office.  We heard the second plane hit on the radio news.

After that, we sent everyone home - and most of them came to my house, to watch the carnage on the big screen.

//CSB: Broke up with a girl I was dating not long after that for multiple reasons, one of which was her quote "That whole World Trade Center thing kind of makes me sad".
 
2013-09-11 10:03:20 AM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: ferretman: Red Dot is where I was standing when the first building fell:

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I was standing right behind you.

How did you get out when visibility went to zero? I blindly found my way to 160 Broadway and beat the basement door down with a fire extinguisher. Ended up exiting through the Subway tunnels. An emergency ladder a few blocks away.

Did you stay on the surface? It must have been rough that way.


I turned and was able to run around the corner and ran into the first building....avoiding the cloud for the most part.
 
2013-09-11 10:03:34 AM  
Working on a natural gas storage well in BFE southern Indiana.  All we had was the crew truck radio.  The first images I saw were in a little country store where we were getting lunch on an old black and white tv.  It was of people jumping to their deaths to escape the fires.

Those images will always be with me.
 
2013-09-11 10:04:03 AM  
As traumatic as those event were for many of us (I was at the Pentagon and left more than one hour before the plane hit but had to drive back and see all the destruction first hand /csb), it's been already 12 farking years.

For how many years did we commemorate other tragic events the way we do 9/11? For instance, Pearl Harbor, as bad as it was, is remembered in a more humble and discrete way. I think we are past the point to just honor those who die that day in a more subtle and humble way, and stop all the jingoism and uber-patriotism that we see every 9/11 as it had happened yesterday. We mourn and we don't forget but we do move on.
 
2013-09-11 10:04:23 AM  
First of all, I'm surprised at all the outrage at subby. I took the headline as grim sarcasm, and the fact that subby is then inviting people to engaged in a reflective experience doesn't make it feel callous or mean-spirited to me.

Also, I'm equally surprised at the "this thread again?" comments. It may have been 12 years, but it's the kind of emotional experience that makes an imprint for life, and there's something valuable in occasionally turning to each other and exclaiming "holy crap, can you believe when that happened?"

My story. I had just graduated college and started an internship in San Francisco, living 3,000 miles from home. It was all over when I woke up and tried to access CNN. I was terrified seeing the images and remember feeling like I was really growing up - for the first time, I wasn't part of a family or an educational institution to mediate the impact of this event. My parents were stuck in Europe and I couldn't get a hold of them for days. It was surreal. My roommate came home from work and we just consoled each other all day. i freaked out at the sound of fire engines for weeks.
 
2013-09-11 10:04:46 AM  
I was driving down a road that usually has steady traffic, but there was none. I was alone on the road. I remember thinking, holy shiat, I could weave between all three lanes if I wanted because no one is here to care. This is weird. Then I turned on the radio, to a station known for it's tasteless radio pranks. (They'd recently been in a bit of hot water for messing with the banks) The second plane had crashed but the towers were still standing. I thought, not funny at all, guys. I like a good prank, but this is not cool at all. Then I switched stations. Two planes, I thought, what are the odds? ( No coffee yet) Then they mentioned the Pentagon...

It sucked that I had nowhere to go but home with my two year old. I wanted to go somewhere and be with people, and there was nowhere to go. Every public place closed down.
 
2013-09-11 10:05:10 AM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: ferretman: Red Dot is where I was standing when the first building fell:

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I was standing right behind you.

How did you get out when visibility went to zero? I blindly found my way to 160 Broadway and beat the basement door down with a fire extinguisher. Ended up exiting through the Subway tunnels. An emergency ladder a few blocks away.

Did you stay on the surface? It must have been rough that way.


I ended up walking up to the GWB (196th st?)....it took a long time and I stopped at almost every bar along the way to chug a beer.
 
2013-09-11 10:05:23 AM  
Has this thread really gone this long without mention of Benghazi?

NEVAR FORGIT!
 
2013-09-11 10:06:09 AM  
I was lurking the Fark page from Computer science class in high school.

All the Farkers predicting the gov't using it as an excuse to invade people were correct.
 
2013-09-11 10:06:12 AM  

imapirate: I worked in a comedy club at the time. Tuesdays were amateur night. For some stupid reason we stayed open. One of our amateurs wanted to get out early so he told this joke (this was the actual Tuesday, 9/11/01):

"I wonder what it was like on those planes this morning. 'This is your captain speaking. If you look to your left there's a lovely view of the Statue of Liberty. If you look to your right, there's Stacy making some copies."

Room cleared faster than you could blink.


I would really like to know who that comedian was, would I recognize their name?

/bet it was Stanhope
//was it Stanhope?
 
2013-09-11 10:07:55 AM  

fatalvenom: CigaretteSmokingMan: imapirate: Watching the whole thing unfol on a tiny tv in my boss' office. The second plane hit and she told us to get back to work.

Yeah, my boss kept working like nothing was happening.

By any chance do you two work for a Saudi?


Nope. Just a cold heartless asshole.
 
2013-09-11 10:08:09 AM  

EyeballKid: And, for the record, we had it on on TVs a floor down from my job, and while people went downstairs to cry and watch in some morbid fashion, I stayed at my cubicle listening to this, which had just come out that day:

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Never forget


This is making my morning.
 
2013-09-11 10:10:44 AM  
The American police have said they will never forget 9/11. Pretty hard too, I would think, considering it's your phone number.
 
2013-09-11 10:11:07 AM  
Was in school for my AFSC training as a satcom tech at Ft. Gordon, GA.  Someone walked in the classroom and said, "A plane just hit the Pentagon".  We all pulled out our cellphones (that we were definitely not supposed to have while in uniform), confirmed the news, then looked around the room and let out a collective, "Ah, fark."  Everyone's planned assignments went from missile telemetry at Edwards or satellite tracking at Peterson to "You're going to a combat comm base, and you're going to combat base, and YOU'RE going to a combat comm base!  You're ALL going to combat comm bases!  Hurray!"
 
2013-09-11 10:11:36 AM  
I was so intently listening to the radio I missed my exit driving to work ran out of gas.
 
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2013-09-11 10:11:50 AM  

CarnySaur: I was at work, and a coworker told me that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  I thought he meant a small propeller-type plane, so I said "Oh." and kept working.


Similar to mine. I had just gotten in to the office and everyone was standing around a computer. Someone told me that the plane (which, like you, I assumed was a small plane) hit. I think I said something flippant and he repeated it, making clear that this was serious. A few minutes later, they shut down our Cambridge, MA, high-rise office building and sent everyone home. I took a cab instead of the T, just in case, and watched the rest of the events unfold from my living room. I think I got there just as or after the first building collapsed.
 
2013-09-11 10:13:10 AM  
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2013-09-11 10:13:51 AM  
"Happy?"

I was on my way to work in a skyscraper in Seattle.  I remember a sense of disbelief.  I went to work anyway.  Many people skedaddled home because "yo, tall building."  This seemed illogical to me, so I continued to work.  The main office officially cut everyone loose by noon, so it was just me and a couple of attorneys left,  We had billable hours to put in, ya know.

Funny/shiatty postscript: the main office freakin' docked the whole day's pay for all the hourly employees who left before getting the official go-ahead.

It was some time before I could wrap my head around the enormity of the whole thing.
 
2013-09-11 10:14:28 AM  

Whistling Kitty Chaser: I was in Georgia going through basic training.


I was an instructor, teaching basic trainees at Ft. Benning, GA.
 
2013-09-11 10:17:09 AM  
Casey Anthony:

Cute, as an encore, feel free to go play in traffic.
 
2013-09-11 10:17:41 AM  
It doesn't matter what I was doing, but as I watch my students in class this morning I realize how insignificant it is to most of them. They don't think about it, or really remember it (most of them were 3-4 years old at the time), and to them it's a day where they show lots of sad people on TV and the occasional replay of video of the towers or the Pentagon, or the field in PA. We live in rural Iowa, and most of these kids have never met people from other cultures or non-Christian religious backgrounds, so I hope that their perception of people of different colors and religions hasn't been forever tainted because of something that happened when they were small.
 
2013-09-11 10:18:22 AM  

Gonz: Whistling Kitty Chaser: I was in Georgia going through basic training.

I was an instructor, teaching basic trainees at Ft. Benning, GA.


Had a buddy in basic there. He said his instructors sat the entire group down to watch TV all day, and said, "This will probably be the start of something you will finish."
 
2013-09-11 10:18:38 AM  
I was dancing next to my white van in a parking lot in New Jersey.
 
2013-09-11 10:20:31 AM  

MmmCrime: Gonz: Whistling Kitty Chaser: I was in Georgia going through basic training.

I was an instructor, teaching basic trainees at Ft. Benning, GA.

Had a buddy in basic there. He said his instructors sat the entire group down to watch TV all day, and said, "This will probably be the start of something you will finish."


Well, they were half right, anyway.
 
2013-09-11 10:21:01 AM  

bsteiny: It doesn't matter what I was doing, but as I watch my students in class this morning I realize how insignificant it is to most of them. They don't think about it, or really remember it (most of them were 3-4 years old at the time), and to them it's a day where they show lots of sad people on TV and the occasional replay of video of the towers or the Pentagon, or the field in PA. We live in rural Iowa, and most of these kids have never met people from other cultures or non-Christian religious backgrounds, so I hope that their perception of people of different colors and religions hasn't been forever tainted because of something that happened when they were small.


Yep, one of our admins at our college asked for a moment of silence.  I heard a large number of students in the hallways talking on their phones or joking around.
 
2013-09-11 10:22:23 AM  
I was living in Boston, just out of college a year, and working at the (Boston) World Trade Center.

I was riding the shuttle bus from South Station to my building, reading the Metro or the Globe or something, half-paying attention to the news on the bus radio. I heard a frantic on-scene reporter talking about "buildings shaking, glass breaking" and thought "Huh... Musta been an earthquake in San Francisco this morning or something..."

And then I heard the in-studio host come back on the mic and say "...and that's the scene at the World Trade Center this morning." Still half-paying attention, thinking it was local news, I'm all "Zuh?" And look out the bus window at the Boston World Trade Center, my building, wondering what the hell's going on. I quickly pieced together what was going on, got off the bus and ran in the building, up to my office to see if people had heard.

Of course, they had the news on the large television in the conference room, and everyone was gathered around in stunned silence. I walked in RIGHT when the second plane hit, and everybody quickly realized this was no accident.

My mind racing, thinking of all my friends who live and work in downtown Manhattan (I'm a SUNY alum), I sat there with everyone else, watching, stunned. Then the first tower collapsed. Something strange happened in my head at that point, and I really have no clear memory of the next hour or so, except for a few key moments. I eventually got through on the crushed phone circuits to my then-girlfriend (now wife) who was in grad school in Upstate NY. I got a frantic call from my sister, who used to live in NYC, telling me to stay the hell out of the subways (non-issue, those were shut down too).

Then a very sweet girl I worked with gave me and a few other coworkers a ride home. And so we sat in the absolute worst gridlock traffic downtown Boston had ever seen. And yet, it was eerily calm. Everybody listening to the radio, all sorts of strange reports coming from all over the place, white house on fire, bombs going off in streets.

I finally got home to Brookline. Walked over to the liquor store on the next block (owned by a very sweet Persian family that was very upset over the day's events). Bought a bottle of vodka or gin, can't remember which. Sat down in front of CNN and just proceeded to drink. I felt it was the only thing to do.
 
2013-09-11 10:23:19 AM  
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2013-09-11 10:23:40 AM  
I was in World Financial Center 3 getting some work done ahead of a meeting on the 40th floor of tower 1 when a guy named Chris asked if I heard something.
 
2013-09-11 10:24:39 AM  
I remember what I want to forget and forget what I want to remember.  This day I will never forget.  I had two friends in the wrong place at the wrong time that Tuesday.  Just trying to make a living.  Sad and mad.
 
2013-09-11 10:28:12 AM  

Gonz: Whistling Kitty Chaser: I was in Georgia going through basic training.

I was an instructor, teaching basic trainees at Ft. Benning, GA.


Nice. Drill instructor or cadre?
 
2013-09-11 10:32:03 AM  
National holiday?
IS IT?
 
2013-09-11 10:33:15 AM  

Confabulat: Actually, other than the speed of my internet connection and I suppose a different cat, NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

I won't let the damn terrorists win.


I hope you at least changed your underpants since then.
 
2013-09-11 10:34:38 AM  
As I was walking into work, I cut through the ER as always and glanced up at the tv screen in the waiting room and thought "Oh look, some building somewhere is on fire" and headed on down to my office.  It wasn't until I brought up Yahoo news that I realized what was actually going on.
 
2013-09-11 10:37:16 AM  
I was getting ready to drive to a college class when I heard something on the radio, and I turned on the TV and watched the second plane hit the towers.

I had pretty bad PTSD at the time and that shiat FREAKED ME THE HELL OUT. For a long time. I kept bursting into tears the entire day, for no reason really. Also, I had to go to Wal-Mart that day, and when I went in the store, it was almost empty and kind of hushed, except for the TVs that had the news coverage on them. Everyone was standing around looking kind of mournful.
 
2013-09-11 10:40:27 AM  
I was on Fark at work that morning and some people left because they said their life might be in danger just to get out of work.
 
2013-09-11 10:40:52 AM  

fatalvenom: CigaretteSmokingMan: imapirate: Watching the whole thing unfol on a tiny tv in my boss' office. The second plane hit and she told us to get back to work.

Yeah, my boss kept working like nothing was happening.

By any chance do you two work for a Saudi?


After they figured out who did it, we got a "keep working or the terrorists have won" email from our boss.
 
2013-09-11 10:42:11 AM  

Whistling Kitty Chaser: Gonz: Whistling Kitty Chaser: I was in Georgia going through basic training.

I was an instructor, teaching basic trainees at Ft. Benning, GA.

Nice. Drill instructor or cadre?


Cadre. Easiest job I ever had.
 
2013-09-11 10:48:08 AM  

HAMMERTOE: September- yer 11th, 2001. BASE jumping in NYC.

Bobby and I had been scoping out these tall buildings in the city for weeks, setting up our jump. The day dawned clear, cold and bright. We took the stairs to avoid attention. Must have been more than a hundred floors. Took us almost an hour to hike it to the roof. Slipped the lock on the door, and scaled the suicide fence. This was it! We were ready to go. Bobby steps around to the other side of the roof just as the screech of a nearby landing jet splits the morning. Suddenly... earthquake! I'm thinking to myself, "An earthquake in NYC?!? Well, stranger things have happened." I look around for Bobby, but i think he was smoking a doob of some nasty dank around the other side of the building. Dumb bastard was never any good at getting the seeds out. The smoke was thick, and horrible-smelling. I yelled, "Bobby, your weed sucks! I'm outta here!" and leaped over the side. Ran into a few other jumpers on the way down, but the rushing air must have blurred my vision, because I swear it looked like they didn't even have any parachutes on or nothing. Pulled my cord and floated to a nice running exit about a block and a half from the building. Bobby must have not been far behind me because a bunch of people were pointing at the sky and talking amongst their selves. I didn't wait to see. Packed up my chute on the run and hit the subway north. Got back home in Poughkeepsie and turned on the TV with the volume off. News was on. Damned if Bobby's burning roach hadn't set the top third of the building on fire! Tired and stoned, I passed out and slept clear until the next day.



You win teh internets today, sir.
 
2013-09-11 10:55:43 AM  

Crewmannumber6: imapirate: I worked in a comedy club at the time. Tuesdays were amateur night. For some stupid reason we stayed open. One of our amateurs wanted to get out early so he told this joke (this was the actual Tuesday, 9/11/01):

"I wonder what it was like on those planes this morning. 'This is your captain speaking. If you look to your left there's a lovely view of the Statue of Liberty. If you look to your right, there's Stacy making some copies."

Room cleared faster than you could blink.

I would really like to know who that comedian was, would I recognize their name?

/bet it was Stanhope
//was it Stanhope?


Stanhope would have done something like that....but he says "amateur night".

I guess he out did Gilbert Gottfried on the 'Too soon?'  line.
 
2013-09-11 10:56:07 AM  

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2013-09-11 11:02:08 AM  
What's with the reading of the names every year of those killed in the attacks? Will this ever stop? As a child I remember the names of Pearl Harbor victims read --- oh wait, that never happened. Are these names read now because we have 24/7 news and we've become a self-absorbed people, a nation enamored of long goodbyes, drawn-out memorial services and general navel-gazing.

And MSNBC, STOP showing the coverage as it happened non-stop on that day. They replay it like it's the annual showing of 'The Wizard of Oz.' Talk about dropping a house on someone...
 
2013-09-11 11:03:41 AM  
Overslept that day, was running late for work (central time zone).  Radio said a plane
flew into the WTC.  Turned on the tv to see it, and saw the 2nd plane fly into it.
Oh, gasoline was $1.69 per gallon on that day.
 
2013-09-11 11:05:52 AM  
Also the day I discovered fark. Sitting at work, it was the best updates of the day
 
2013-09-11 11:07:20 AM  
It's my birthday.  My hubby was bound and determined to not let it spoil our plans for dinner.  Employees at the movie theatre across from the restaurant were all outside, as a bomb threat had been called in.  I remember seeing them but still walking by them on the way inside the restaurant, not thinking of any danger had that happened.  It was surreal.
 
2013-09-11 11:08:57 AM  
Dropping off my son at the babysitter's house. She was watching the news. I thought it might be an accident since it was only the first plane, but she knew immediately what was going on. Her husband had just gotten out of the Navy, and she knew we were going to war. As I was driving to work after that, I heard about the second plane on the radio. We spent the day pretending to work while we were glued to the radio.
 
2013-09-11 11:09:20 AM  
Signed up for a website called Fark on the evening of Sept 10, 2001.

Then, the very next morning, things got explody.

Still flinch when I sign into a new online community.
 
2013-09-11 11:15:21 AM  
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2013-09-11 11:17:03 AM  

CTZanderman: Hey guys, remember that time someone threw a rock at us so we dropped boulders on two different locations for a bunch of years and then still couldn't start to let go?  That was good times.


IN MY HOME! IN MY BEDROOM! Where my wife sleeps... and my children play with their toys.
 
2013-09-11 11:18:47 AM  
I was at work in TN. MSNBC called us and I built 3 servers to create live streams for online footage pulled from their satellite feeds. Rough ass day :(
 
2013-09-11 11:19:53 AM  

GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?


Have you at least seen pictures of Hiroshima?
 
2013-09-11 11:20:13 AM  

Badmoodman: What's with the reading of the names every year of those killed in the attacks? Will this ever stop? As a child I remember the names of Pearl Harbor victims read --- oh wait, that never happened.


THIS!
 
2013-09-11 11:21:10 AM  
In my college dorm at NYU. I woke up with the alarm on "radio" and heard something about the WTC being on fire. I assumed it was about the 1993 bombing and turned it off. Then I started to hear screaming in the hallway; it was my sorority sisters freaking out (many of whom had boyfriends interning at WTC).... and.... I just don't want to talk about it any more.

Something that I'd like people to remember is not just the victims and the sacrifices of the first responders, but the people of NYC and America. It was an oddly beautiful day that day and I'd like people to also appreciate it as such. NYers would take flyers of missing people they didn't know and make copies and post them on their own accord; they hugged crying strangers, went to schools to walk children home whose parents couldn't get them, they went to parks and drew memorials, they opened their homes to people who couldn't get home, gave out water and food and slippers to people walking back north from the WTC.... it is those things I want to remember. How we reacted as a city was amazing and makes me so proud to be a New Yorker.
 
2013-09-11 11:22:40 AM  

Dheiner: CTZanderman: Hey guys, remember that time someone threw a rock at us so we dropped boulders on two different locations for a bunch of years and then still couldn't start to let go?  That was good times.

IN MY HOME! IN MY BEDROOM! Where my wife sleeps... and my children play with their toys.


I want you to help me take my revenge.
 
2013-09-11 11:22:47 AM  
Same place I was every other time I'm asked this question; at home, watching TV.  My mom called me from her office, telling me to switch to NBC, and I did just in time to see the 2nd plane careen into one of the buildings.  I screamed louder than I'd ever screamed before, I think.  I called my boyfriend and told him he needed to get in touch with his family, as he's from Manhattan, and for the rest of the day the two us switched off calling, texting, and e-mailing people we knew lived there.  Thankfully everyone got back in touch with us and they were fine.
 
2013-09-11 11:23:51 AM  
To all of you not in the towers, or who did not lose someone in the towers or who did not have a nightmare commute home that day I have this reaction to your stories:

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2013-09-11 11:26:50 AM  

Dheiner: GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?

Have you at least seen pictures of Hiroshima?


I know, sick farking Germans
 
2013-09-11 11:31:56 AM  

Flash_NYC: To all of you not in the towers, or who did not lose someone in the towers or who did not have a nightmare commute home that day I have this reaction to your stories:

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz z zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzz


I feel the same way.  I'm not in New York.  I wasn't in New York.  So, I just don't care what happened to the people of New York.  It's not like this tragedy was large enough to affect the entire nation or anything.
 
2013-09-11 11:32:32 AM  
Lollipop165:
Something that I'd like people to remember is not just the victims and the sacrifices of the first responders, but the people of NYC and America. It was an oddly beautiful day that day and I'd like people to also appreciate it as such. NYers would take flyers of missing people they didn't know and make copies and post them on their own accord; they hugged crying strangers, went to schools to walk children home whose parents couldn't get them, they went to parks and drew memorials, they opened their homes to people who couldn't get home, gave out water and food and slippers to people walking back north from the WTC.... it is those things I want to remember. How we reacted as a city was amazing and makes me so proud to be a New Yorker.

Amen
 
2013-09-11 11:32:39 AM  
I was in bed blissfully sleeping off a night at the bar when I was rudely awoken by the phone and told to turn the tv on just in time to see the second plane hit.  Still mad to this day that I didn't get to go back to sleep.
 
2013-09-11 11:34:14 AM  
How about we stop wallowing?
 
2013-09-11 11:36:42 AM  
Was my first day working at the call center that supported AIG many phone calls asking what to do.  Then no calls at all, It was very surreal. Alot of people working there started crying.
 
2013-09-11 11:36:45 AM  

Flash_NYC: To all of you not in the towers, or who did not lose someone in the towers or who did not have a nightmare commute home that day I have this reaction to your stories:

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz z zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzz


Though our stories are not that interesting. They still show insight in how much the event changed our days or lives. This was the first major world event I ever witness that I can remember the significances of. I was alive during the fall of the Berlin Wall but I was only 3. September 11 does have an impact on me just like the assassination of JFK did on my mother and father who know exactly where they were when that event happened and Pearl Harbor did on my Grandfather and Grandmother.
 
2013-09-11 11:37:15 AM  
I was hung over in bed trying to sleep it off until I had my first class. My roommates woke me up and told me a plane had crashed into the WTC, and I told them to fark off and stop screwing with me and went back to sleep.
When I woke up again a short time later and found out they were not, in fact, farking with me, I proceeded to freak out because my father was supposed to be at WTC filing paperwork to finally retire from the NYPD. After being convinced not to leave town to try drive back to NYC and when I finally got through on the phone lines to find out that my parents' ferry into the city had been stopped as it was leaving when the first tower fell. Unfortunately, I also learned that my uncle had been a responder for the FDNY and he was currently missing, as the North building had collapsed on Ladder Company 6 (We were lucky, as I found out later: He ended up getting out safely).
My friends and I then proceeded to get very drunk and hold a "Vigil" by the Hudson river. While doing this, we saw what looked like a shooting star falling in a straight line downward towards the horizon and, being drunk, we freaked out again.

That is my 9/11 story.

/ Following this, my father refused to quit the NYPD, opting to join an anti-terrorism division instead of retiring
 
2013-09-11 11:38:14 AM  
I had just wrapped up my morning show at the rock station in Elizabethtown, KY.  As Etown is quite near Ft Knox, early on we were a little extra nervous.
 
2013-09-11 11:39:22 AM  
I was preparing to go to school (grade 10) in Calgary when I heard what was happening. At the time, I had a CD player that contained a radio, instead of listening to CDs as I usually did on the ride to school, I listened to various frantic reports as to what was going on. My first class of the day was Grade 10 Science (Mix of physics, chem and bio), and my teacher let me continue listening to the radio. News reports were so frantic, towers collapsed during that class
 
2013-09-11 11:39:26 AM  
Was working at a hospital about 75 miles north of NYC. Some asshat called in a bomb threat because Security made him move his car out of the ER parking lot and he was pissed. Had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks, but yeah, we needed that chaos on top of everything else.
 
2013-09-11 11:40:16 AM  
Just got off a plane in Chicago (from Boston). Called my wife who told me one of the planes was flight 11....the plane I originally was going to be on....dun dun...duuuunnnnnn.

Yes really.
 
2013-09-11 11:41:27 AM  

Vodka Zombie: I feel the same way. I'm not in New York. I wasn't in New York. So, I just don't care what happened to the people of New York. It's not like this tragedy was large enough to affect the entire nation or anything.


I see the point you're trying to make, but read your post again and find the irony in it. I highlighted the clues for you.

/greetings from DC
 
kth
2013-09-11 11:43:57 AM  

Bobby_and_The_Gorilla: Slept in a little bit, I was off that day, wife had to work and when she woke up I did. I went to the bathroom, she turned on the TV. I hear a "Whoa." followed by a, "honey, something is happening."

I go back into the bedroom and put my glasses on. The first tower was on fire, huge gash, Still remember the exchange.

Her: They're saying a plane hit it.
Me: That plane must've lost all control, it's a clear day, they had to have seen that huge building. It wasn't like encased in fog or anything.
H: Freak accident.
M: Yeah, wow, that sucks. (pause) I wonder if they were trying to circle back to JFK and lost...

(second tower is hit, pause, I look at my wife.)

M: We're under attack.
H: How?
M: Two's cannot be an accident.


That's pretty much me.  Watched for a while, then had to go into work. Called my parents who were panicking that my BIL's commute goes right by the pentagon, so we both called my sister. Eventually she got through to my phone, he didn't go to work.  I was in Kansas, so I felt okay sitting on the top floor of the tallest building in the area watching the planes line up to land at the airport.

My dad talked me into leaving and going to their house because my mother was melting down that I was in a tall building (and i was the only child who was in town and could leave work), so I went to their house to watch the news.
 
2013-09-11 11:46:32 AM  
House had been flooded by TS Allison (I'm from Houston) and family was in a hotel room for a few days while the hardwood floors were being refinished.  I'd just dropped my dad off at his work and gotten back to the hotel to see both buildings burning.
 
2013-09-11 11:50:00 AM  
Heard about it on the TV while I was making breakfast. Ate the breakfast and then drove in to work. Spent the rest of the day doing my job at my desk, with occasional breaks to look into the meeting room where most of the others in the office were watching CNN. I figured, correctly, that there would be plenty of time later to catch up on anything important which had happened that day.
 
2013-09-11 11:50:05 AM  
At work in downtown Houston when it happened, but out the door after the second plane hit.  We evacuated as tenants of the second tallest building in downtown.  Nobody had any clue as to who was doing it, why or where it might happen next and so any place at all seemed plausible.  Spent the day watching TV with my wife and assuring her it wouldn't have happened to me.  I had cancelled a NYC trip like two days prior and would have been working with a major finance company who had offices in the WTC.  Found out weeks later I would have been on Wall St. anyway, not in one of the towers.
 
2013-09-11 11:51:31 AM  
Laying in bed hungover smoking weed.  Couldn't believe what I saw.  Stayed there until Friday when I couldn't stand any more, so I rented "The Dish", which restored my belief that humans are worthwhile sometimes.
 
2013-09-11 11:52:00 AM  
I was the head IT person at a smallish commuter airline. I got to work that morning and everybody was "OMG a plane crashed into the WTC". In the airline industry, plane crashes are horrible news, no matter what company's plane it is.  A bunch of us gathered around the television in the lobby by the executives offices to watch the news. When we saw the second plane hit, we knew our industry had been changed forever. The bastards were using us as weapons! The shock, outrage, sadness, and helplessness was overwhelming. We worried for our own pilots, planes, and customers, and then suddenly there were no planes in the air. Period. I can't fully describe how creepy/wrong/bad it feels to work for an airline and know that every single plane in the nation has been grounded. Between that and the destruction and loss of life, it was probably the most surreal day of my life.
 
2013-09-11 11:52:26 AM  

pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?


No, you don't.  That's the wonderful thing about Fark.  You get to pick and choose which threads you'd like to participate in.
 
2013-09-11 11:54:39 AM  
I remember where I was when I heard the news.
I had just finished breaking in my newest Thai ladyboy in the Lovenasium when my sex-butler, Lance Hardthrust, informed me while bringing me usual lunch of absinthe and opium.
 
2013-09-11 11:55:41 AM  

Jairzinho: Vodka Zombie: I feel the same way. I'm not in New York. I wasn't in New York. So, I just don't care what happened to the people of New York. It's not like this tragedy was large enough to affect the entire nation or anything.

I see the point you're trying to make, but read your post again and find the irony in it. I highlighted the clues for you.

/greetings from DC


True.  We DO tend to overlook DC and Pennsylvania for some reason, don't we?

I wonder if that's because the media focused (and continues to focus) SO MUCH on the towers that the other sites just sort of seem almost unrelated.

I bet if you asked anyone what happened on 9-11, they would tell you that terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center towers and feel that's a complete answer.

Anyway, your stories still don't count to Flash_NYC since you didn't have a NYC commute to contend with.
 
2013-09-11 11:56:46 AM  

IronOcelot: I remember where I was when I heard the news.
I had just finished breaking in my newest Thai ladyboy in the Lovenasium when my sex-butler, Lance Hardthrust, informed me while bringing me usual lunch of absinthe and opium.


We found Rush Limbaugh's Fark handle!
 
2013-09-11 11:57:25 AM  
Dear Drew,

We could at least use a 'dumb' button on Fark.

Sincerely
 
2013-09-11 11:59:48 AM  

Daffydil: Dear Drew,

We could at least use a 'dumb' button on Fark.

Sincerely


that would be the most pressed button on any website anywhere.
 
2013-09-11 12:04:23 PM  
Flew out of Philadelphia heading to the UK.  Heard about it when I landed and was picked up at the airport.  Once I reached the office I was told that I must call back home to let folks know I was okay.  My luggage never made the plane and was still in Philly.  Stayed in Leeds until U.S. airspace re-opened.  Returned to Philly and went to retrieve my luggage and they informed me that they sent it to Leeds on the first plane after the airspace opened.  I was in contact with them during the closure and made it abundantly clear that I'd pick up the luggage in Philly but I guess they couldn't comprehend that.  Got my luggage 2 days after I returned.  On the plus side, the plane was only 10% occupied on the way back.  Kind of eerie though.
 
2013-09-11 12:05:34 PM  

yves0010: Flash_NYC: To all of you not in the towers, or who did not lose someone in the towers or who did not have a nightmare commute home that day I have this reaction to your stories:

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Though our stories are not that interesting. They still show insight in how much the event changed our days or lives. This was the first major world event I ever witness that I can remember the significances of. I was alive during the fall of the Berlin Wall but I was only 3. September 11 does have an impact on me just like the assassination of JFK did on my mother and father who know exactly where they were when that event happened and Pearl Harbor did on my Grandfather and Grandmother.


A couple of CSBs from my week at the site post attack:

When we first arrived in NYC, a coworker who was previously on site brought me out to the rubble right as they were clearing a piece of framing. Saw my first dettached body parts. That sticks in your mind. It also stands out that I arrived at 1:30 AM, and the site was illuminated like it was daylight. This was three weeks after the attack.

We went to the hotel in the financial district (closest we could find) and they had messed up our room order. The coworker was trying to figure it out since, again, he had been there all week, and a guy walked out of the bar who coworker had met and talked to the night before. Nice italian gentleman, mid 30's. When he heard of the room problem, he offered a room that was in his name but he knew wouldn't be used. He kept saying, "I keep it handy for my boss, but its ok, he won't need it." he kept it really cryptic about his boss. We thanked him profusely, and his reaction was, "You're here to help the city, it's me who should be thanking you." I'm tearing up thinking about the sincerity in his voice.

Next day was first full day on site, and because we wanted as long a workday as possible we ate as close to site as we could. American Red Cross or some other organization had setup a cafeteria at the St. Johns University student union i think, about 3 blocks away, within the containment zone so badges were needed to access. While standing in line for some food, guys would walk up to you with their construction helmets and ask you to sign your name and hometown. They'd ask where you came from, explained where they were from, and thanked you for volunteering. This happened over and over again.

Final day before leaving, was sitting in the back of the bar mentioned in the first paragraph. A gentleman came in who was forlorn and bought a beer. Asked if everything was ok, said he had just been to his 3rd or 4th funeral (can't recall which, but it was more than 2). My boss apologized for his loss and offered to buy him a beer. The guy asked what we were there for, so we explained we were building decontamination showers on site. He then took out his ID card and said he was on the 40th floor of the tower which was hit second. Said as soon as they looked up and out the window to see the one tower burning, they immediately started running down the stairs. On his way down, felt his building rocked by the second plane. Said as he was getting closer to the bottom floors, he was being passed by firefighters climbing the stairs into the tower which would fall shortly thereafter. Said he had only gotten a couple blocks away when the towers started falling.

Looking back as a 29 year old, I wish my 17 year old self would've asked more questions, talked to more people, and thanked more people. It was an incredible time to be helping in NYC, both for the good stories and the bad.
 
2013-09-11 12:06:40 PM  
Mom called and told me to put on the TV. Watched for a few hours and headed into work--flower shop. It was quite wierd delivering balloons and flowers that day. Normally I look up at the balloons to make sure they don't rub against anything. That day, the sky kept catching my eye. Rough day. Native NYer.