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(CNN)   Remembering 9/11. Let's share our stories of where we were when we heard the news   ( divider line
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2013-09-11 11:57:25 AM  
Dear Drew,

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

2013-09-11 11:59:48 AM  

Daffydil: Dear Drew,

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


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.
2013-09-11 12:08:58 PM  
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.

I was in Kansas that day too. I remember it being an exceptional clear day. I walked outside and looked up, and saw about 6 circular contrails left by planes that were ordered out of the sky and returning to MCI. Wish I would have had my camera that day. It was freakishly ominous.
2013-09-11 12:09:08 PM  
we as a country REALLY need to get over this shiat, stop putting our losses at a pedestal while being blissfully ignorant of the hundred if not thousands of times more innocent lives we have both taken and ruined, they got us once.... good for them, we have gotten them a  million times over, and most of them had nothing to do with it!!! can we PLEASE put our dick collectively back in our pants?
2013-09-11 12:12:18 PM  
I was in bed, asleep,  when my mom called and told me that planes had hit the WTC. I thought she was crazy: I remember telling my girlfriend that if it were a real attack, the target would have been the Pentagon.
2013-09-11 12:14:25 PM  

Daffydil: Dear Drew,

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


2013-09-11 12:14:48 PM  

Daeva: can we PLEASE put our dick collectively back in our pants?

wearing pants is unamerican.
2013-09-11 12:15:26 PM  
Who cares, today I'm golfing, biatches....
2013-09-11 12:17:20 PM  

FarkingReading: On my couch and my jaw dropped at the sheer horror.

We are talking about Miley twerking, right? Try to forget. Never remember. ou t-stupid-bull,216/
2013-09-11 12:17:21 PM  
Are we really going to keep doing this every year?
2013-09-11 12:18:01 PM  

Daffydil: 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.

Cause its not like your autoflagellation ritual could have any effect upon us if we just left you to it here in this democracy we are sharing with you.
2013-09-11 12:19:55 PM  
I was living with my brother in Canada, and had gotten up early that day to head to work. Although I never turned on the television in the mornings, I was usually too rushed, that day I did. Saw the North Tower on fire and the news graphics and thought to myself; "What is this... some crappy earthquake/disaster in New York movie?". Took a few seconds to realize what was actually going on, and then the second plane came in and struck the South Tower. I ran to my brother's room and screamed at him to get up, the World Trade Center is under attack. He rolled over and grumbled at me, he told me later he thought I was playing a joke on him, and I yelled back "[Brothername], now!". I guess it was how my voice sounded, because he woke right up and looked at me in shock/disbelief, seeing the look on my face, and he knew I wasn't joking. We rushed back upstairs to the television and just watched as things unfolded. After a few minutes we remembered my mother, and I went to the phone and called her. I really can't remember what I said, other than a steady stream of panicked information. She wasn't near a television, so my brother spent the day feeding her updates. I called my then fiancée and told her what was going on, and told her not to head into Indianapolis that day. I headed to work, and kept in touch with my brother and fiancée throughout the day. I was on the phone with my brother when he told me that the South Tower had collapsed. I couldn't believe this, I knew that the towers were designed to take a hit from a 707, and I tried to clarify that he had to mean a piece had collapsed, and as he was telling me that the whole tower had collapsed he stared to yell that the second tower was collapsing right now. I left work, came home, and spent the rest of the day wondering what the hell was going to happen, and especially how this was going to disrupt my immigration to the US, which I'd started in July. It took a lot of extra time, but I eventually was approved and flew down to my home here in Indiana... on September 11, 2002.
2013-09-11 12:20:03 PM  

Andrew Wiggin: Daeva: can we PLEASE put our dick collectively back in our pants?

wearing pants is unamerican.

i like you, on the ball with the exact expected response in record time, only you went with the wearing pants angle actually making it cooler.
2013-09-11 12:22:13 PM  

Jairzinho: 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


Forget it, he's rolling.
2013-09-11 12:22:17 PM  
At work. I live in Arlington, VA, about a mile from the Pentagon. At the time I had a job with an organization in Rockville, MD. I had an early shift, so I was at my desk by 7am. We had an all-day Board meeting scheduled for that day, with attendees coming from throughout the greater DC area. I became aware that something wasn't right was when someone came down the hall outside my office saying planes had hit the WTC and the Pentagon. Then I got an email from my brother suggesting my husband and I flee to NC to escape the apocolyptic horror. I logged onto, scanned the headlines, turned on WTOP, then called my husband at home. He worked the night shift at a network news organization and was sound asleep. I woke him & told him that life as we knew it was ending; and that he could expect to be called in to work any minute. By that time he could hear the sirens screaming as area first responders streamed toward the Pentagon.

The rest of the day was surreal. The Board members and staff did nothing but eat the sandwiches provided for the planned meeting, watch TV and check the web for updates. Many Board members were getting panicked calls on their cellphones. Some had flown in from out of town and were now trapped. My husband was summoned to work shortly after I called him. However, all public transit was suspended, area roads were closed, panic traffic clogged every road, and our house was inside the security perimeter. He had to bike to work...rode right past the western face of Pentagon, where firefighters were still trying to effect rescues and extinguish the fire. He got a faceful of smoke and said he could smell flesh burning. He worked nonstop after that...I didn't see him again for 2 days.

By mid-afternoon, my boss told us all to go home, and not to bother coming in the next day. But I couldn't get home...too much traffic, roads around the house still closed. So I went to the pool to swim laps. I was completely numb...swam laps like a zombie, then came back to my car and switched the radio back on only to hear the reports of bodies falling from the WTC, and about Flight 93. I went to pieces right there in the car...screaming, crying etc. After I calmed down a little I headed for home but still couldn't get there...the Beltway was eerily empty but the GW Parkway, Columbia Pike, Georgetown Pike were all still closed.

I eventually made it to my house via surface streets...muct have taken about 2 hours. When I got out of the car, I could smell the smoke from the still-burning Pentagon. Sirens were still screaming all around me. When I went into the house, I hesitated before turning on the TV...didn't think I could take any more. Then I reconsidered that history was being made and turned on the set only to see clip after clip of people plunging off the WTC. I freaked out so badly I had to lie down on the floor and hyperventilate into a paper bag to keep from throwing up/passing out.

The next morning, I went to my doctor, told my horror story and ended up getting my very first antidepressant prescription.
2013-09-11 12:22:50 PM  

debug: Are we really going to keep doing this every year?

as stated many times up thread.  you are not forced to participate.  There are several other threads for you to enjoy.
2013-09-11 12:26:17 PM  
About to go to 7th grade, woke up and saw what happened. Got into school before it went into lockdown. Played with my Game Boy only to turn it off, realizing history was made for the worse.
2013-09-11 12:32:34 PM  
Sitting in the guidence conslors office being told my dad was probably alive and why he might be dead.
2013-09-11 12:33:14 PM  
My brother got home from his graveyard shift, and woke me because he said the one of the WTC towers was "on fire"

I watched the news, wondering what was going on, and saw the smoking tower.  Eventually they came to the "conclusion" it was a accident with a plane collision.

Then I watched the second plane hit.

I'm on the west coast in Canada, but at that moment, I was sure I knew what those at Pearl Harbor were feeling when the first bombs started falling.  By the time the Pentagon was hit, I realized that this was going to go so far out of control that unless there was a clear target of revenge, America would go stomping around the planet in a blind rage.

Little did I know that a few opportunistic bastards would use this event to further their own goals of greed and power.
2013-09-11 12:41:12 PM  
I was in bed. The ex woke me up to tell me about it, including that nobody could get any work done after that so they'd sent everybody home.

My first reaction was something like "So the chickens came home to roost. Yankee doodle doo."

The most memorable exact quote of the day was from some dweeb who crossposted a rant to several Usenet groups bearing the headline "DEATH TO ALL ISLAMICS." And also on Usenet that day this chick I usually argued with went on about how the Bush regime would no doubt use that as an excuse to pass an Enabling Act and to drag us into war with a Muslim country country or two: it was one time I had to hope she was full of shiat though I suspected she wasn't.

Then later (the next day?) while driving to the Liquor Barn I had to pass a 9/11 Memorial in a field, into which  a humongous limpdick pickup was turning with a teenage boy in the bed waving a humongous Confederate battle flag. (Oh how "ironic.")

Golly. Won't you people ever get over it?
2013-09-11 12:42:06 PM  

Dev Null: I was reading fark comments because none of the news sites were responding. D- TRADE-CENTER-PENTAGON-Our-link-to-CNN-works-thanks-Metafilter-We-have- news-pics-in-comments-section-if-you-have-any-post-it-there

Crazy way to get news.

I found Fark because it was the only thing working on the internet.  Glad someone posted the link.  I read it every year.   Thank you.
2013-09-11 12:42:21 PM  
I was living on long island about 20 miles west of manhattan. I was asleep when the first plane hit and my alarm went off at 9am and I awoke to howard stern going on about a fire at the WTC. I thought it was some sort of bit. Then my phone started going off and that's when I found out what happened because friends and family were calling to see if I was Ok. At the time my firm had a branch office on the 33rd floor of tower 1 and I would be there a couple of times a month. I went outside and looked west and just saw the cloud billowing up.

The next day I took the LIE as west and just parked and stared at lower manhattan as if I had to see it with my own eyes to make it real.

/thank goodness the 10 folks in that office made it out ok.
//seems like there was a funeral procession every day for a couple of months. Just farking sad.
2013-09-11 12:45:41 PM  

Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

End of democracy in Chile and a good day for Scots at Stirling Bridge.
2013-09-11 12:50:21 PM  
Mme.Mersault 2001-09-11 09:24:35 AM

Seeing that comment in the original 9/11 thread always makes my blood turn cold.
2013-09-11 12:51:59 PM  

Cleffer: Mme.Mersault 2001-09-11 09:24:35 AM

Seeing that comment in the original 9/11 thread always makes my blood turn cold.

Why? Do you think Mme.Mersault is Osama's wife or something?
2013-09-11 12:52:13 PM  
I was sitting exactly where I'm sitting right now.
/at work
2013-09-11 12:53:45 PM  

ManateeGag: debug: Are we really going to keep doing this every year?

as stated many times up thread.  you are not forced to participate.  There are several other threads for you to enjoy.

So then the answer is "yes".  Why didn't you just say that.
2013-09-11 12:56:00 PM  
I was in bed with my then-girlfriend getting laid.  We fell asleep and woke up around 4pm PST to hear the news.  That was the last time we had sex.  Stupid farking terrorists.
2013-09-11 12:57:01 PM  
I was at school, leaving computer basics class and getting into my car to go to the mall for a nice A&W burger and root beer.  Fired up the car... it was on 97.3 out of Albany, GA (and at that time it was a rock station), and I heard Katie Couric on the Today show.  Odd.  Flipped over to B 100... no country music, but whoever was hosting the CBS morning show that week.  Something about the World Trade Center... why are they talking about something that happened eight years ago, I wondered.  And then I heard it was an attack, and I called my mom, and she told me the etowers were gone, the Pentagon had been attacked... I hung up and ran back into the classroom since I knew it had internet access and I didn't know where the main computer lab was.  The computer there was sluggish, but I'd just installed DSL at my house and figured 1.5 Mbps was better than T1, and plus I didn't want to be in a pretty sizeable city in case some idiot decided to blow something up, so I left for the reest ofthe day and headed home.  Mind you I lived 35 miles away, but speed limits weren't being enforced at that time and I went 65 in a 45 zone (and STILL losing ground to other traffic), then 95 in a 65 zone right past a cop who decided he'd best better head into the city instead of stopping somebody fleeing the city.  (Ironically I'd just sent in payment on a speeding ticket that was due on 9/11, and then later that month my dad would be rushed to the hospital and I'd once again get away with going 95 on that stretch of road.)  Got home and started watching CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox as those were basically the only channels broadcasting across a 70-channel cable system with multiple simulcasts.  I also got online and my brand-new 1.5 Mbps DSL was moving just slightly faster than the 56Krapper speeds I was accustomed to, but at least the modem wasn't crashing.  And then I stumbled across a site with the guy throwing up whatever links worked, and I read through all the comments trying to get as much information as I could since every other site was slower than molasses or crashing and his seemed to work.  Yes of course I'm talking about here, and to this day I'm not sure how I came across this place and how I then promptly forgot about it for five years afterwards.

I was numb.  I was wondering what was next, whether ICBMs were gonna be flying all over the place, etc.  Can't even remember what time I fell asleep, but Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw were still broadcasting.
2013-09-11 01:01:49 PM  
Just read the thread from 2001. Some odd vibes from this post, especially the time it was posted:
2013-09-11 01:03:14 PM  
I was hungover, because the night before my full time job suspended me because I told them that I wasnt going to babysit anymore people they sent me that were idiots. Turned into a shouting match and I got 3 days unpaid vacation. I went to my folks house drank myself to a stupor passed out and around 10ish dad woke me up and told me what happend. I ended up calling my part time job at a radio station and they asked me to come in eventhough at the time I was running the board overnight. God it sucked ass, spent the day just helping out finding news trying to figure out what was real or BS, there was so much stuff just to wade through. We just played news all day until my shift, which was the first to play music afterwards. That was a long night the phone calls ran the gambit of people scared and crying to angry to jsut disbelief. The one question I got the most was "What are we going to do?!?" All I could think was "Why are you asking me?" Worst thing was the girl I was dating at the time her family was visiting NYC at the time and she was freaked out since the cell towers were still jammed up and no calls getting through. She wanted to drive up to see them eventhough the bridges and tunnels were closed and the island was on lockdown. Worst time for an argument. Stayed at work for 2 days.
2013-09-11 01:04:22 PM  
Damn, can't post the image. Anyway, post is below (posted at: 9:33am, 9/11/2001)

"I can see the towers from my office building. The pictures don't do it justice. Smoke--thick black smoke--is billowing from the top floors of both buildings. The news says hundreds of people have run out and are flooding lower Manhattan. I work above Penn Station, and my entire office is around the TV in the reception area.

The entire top sixth of each tower is engulfed in smoke. It looks like each plane may have taken out 20 floors in each tower. People above that will be trapped. They're unlikely to collapse, since they're built pretty strong. I pray to God for whoever's still in there."
2013-09-11 01:06:51 PM  
I still have a piece of the plane that hit WTC 1. People were tripping over it so I put it in my pocket.
2013-09-11 01:10:40 PM  

Daeva: we as a country REALLY need to get over this shiat, stop putting our losses at a pedestal while being blissfully ignorant of the hundred if not thousands of times more innocent lives we have both taken and ruined, they got us once.... good for them, we have gotten them a  million times over, and most of them had nothing to do with it!!! can we PLEASE put our dick collectively back in our pants?

You mean like this?
2013-09-11 01:10:54 PM  
I was at home when I got the phone call to go look at the TV.  Saw plane hit (instant replay) went to work, and went on Fark till the boss sent me home for blubbering at my desk incessantly.
2013-09-11 01:11:50 PM  
I golfed 9 holes with my 10 year old son last night. He kicked my ass. He hadn't even been born when this happened.

To all of you farkers who lost someone on that day -- man, my thoughts go out to you. This day sucks every year, and I hope you're able to spend time with people who can give you some comfort or make you smile.
2013-09-11 01:13:29 PM  

Slaxl: Cleffer: Mme.Mersault 2001-09-11 09:24:35 AM

Seeing that comment in the original 9/11 thread always makes my blood turn cold.

Why? Do you think Mme.Mersault is Osama's wife or something?

No.  And not that it was a far fetched guess or anything.  I guess that it was just so simple....So right.  It just spelled it out.
2013-09-11 01:17:14 PM  

I, for one, am extremely impressed that this country has managed to keep that from happening again.

Probably by chance. The way we've kept all those comets from smashing Salt Lake City.
2013-09-11 01:17:39 PM  
poor catchow :(
2013-09-11 01:19:20 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Logan Airport

Thread over.
2013-09-11 01:19:30 PM  
Identifying my birth mother's body at the morgue.

No lie.

I was just walking out when I overheard a couple of the attendants talking about how the second tower had been hit. Which led me to ask them "When was the first tower struck?

I then drove home and was glued to Fark all day (having only discovered it the week prior).

/I lurked for 9 years prior to making an account.
2013-09-11 01:20:38 PM  
I got up at 6:00am that morning because I had to drop my dad off for a flight at Logan Airport in Boston. His flight was at 7:30am. I wasn't sure where he was going on his business trip.

I get to work and was having breakfast and reading  I was the first in my office to see the news of something going on in New York with the tower. After that things became frantic. When word got out that it was a flight out of Logan in Boston that had been hijacked, and that it departed around the same time my dad's was supposed to go, I got pretty nervous.

We didn't hear from him until about 5pm that night. He finally got through to us on the phone from Columbus, Ohio. He was in the air when the pilot got the news of the hijacked planes and crashes, and they got redirected to Ohio. He ended up finding one of the last rental cars in the area, and took turns driving back to Boston with 4 other strangers from his flight.
2013-09-11 01:20:45 PM
2013-09-11 01:23:18 PM  
Every year for the rest of my life I will say I was awake in bed. Got news on radio. Turned TV on in time to see second plane hit.
2013-09-11 01:27:15 PM  

Sinbox: I then drove home and was glued to Fark all day (having only discovered it the week prior) while drinking myself into a blind stupor and (somehow) making burial plans and taking "sorry to hear about..." calls (when I didn't feel like pulling the phone out of the wall jack)..

/more accurate.


2013-09-11 01:32:16 PM  

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


/no beer for you
2013-09-11 01:32:27 PM  
In the bathroom at work.  Wife texted me asking "WTF is going on"...

She expects me to have all the answers...
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