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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  
1-media-cdn.foolz.us
 
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  
 
2013-09-11 08:53:05 AM  
2media.nowpublic.net
 
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.


www.blogcdn.com
 
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:

i280.photobucket.com
 
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.
 
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