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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:

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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:

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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.
 
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.
 
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