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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...
 
2013-09-11 01:34:07 PM  
6th Grade gym. Assistant principal said something had happened, just no details. I got secondhand details from a classmate who had seen the second plane hit. When I reached language arts, the teacher had the TV on (I could see smoke on the screen), but quickly turned it off. I asked what happened and she told me about the planes in the WTC and Pentagon, as well as a car bombing at the State Department (which, of course hadn't happened). I wanted to make sure that my Dad was alright, as his office was a block from the Sears Tower and no one knew if there would be more attacks. When I finally reached my Mom at home, she informed me that he was on the train home early. That night we all sat down and watched Dan Rather covering the day's events, and got to watch all the footage for the first time.

I had been watching CNN Headline News religiously back in 1998 (I was 8, and the news was unfortunately almost all Lewinsky related (I thought subpoenas were something dirty)), so when I heard about this, I was saying that Osama bin Laden was responsible. Hard to believe, but I had heard about him from the coverage of the East African embassy bombings and he was the only terrorist I knew of who really hated the US.
 
2013-09-11 01:40:12 PM  
Working a temp job as a file clerk at the Savannah River Site, this little government installation that used to make nuclear bombs & still had all sorts of radioactive goodies stashed away in areas I wasn't allowed to look at too hard.  For some reason they decided to evacuate the site a couple hours later.

/In the span of that couple hours the private security firm there went from a few guys standing in guard shacks with holstered pistols, to people everywhere toting assault rifles & manning .50 cals mounted on APCs.
//Traffic was horrendous getting off the facility.  Nobody honked.
 
2013-09-11 01:42:10 PM  

bentley57: I was sitting exactly where I'm sitting right now.
/at work


Did you finish that TPS report yet that you were working on in 2001?
 
2013-09-11 01:45:57 PM  

CokeBear: bentley57: I was sitting exactly where I'm sitting right now.
/at work

Did you finish that TPS report yet that you were working on in 2001?


sad thing is hes probably making the exact same or less 12 years later.
 
2013-09-11 01:48:21 PM  
One part to add on to my story at the top days afterwards there was a local website in DC that dealt with the happinings in local radio and TV. People on there were screaming bloody murder about the EAS not being used. By the time people realized what was happening it was too late to use and everyone knew what was happening.
 
2013-09-11 01:52:15 PM  
You're damn right I remember where I was.

North Tower. Top floor.

I heard the crash and saw the flames. I looked at my watch. I knew I would be late to my daily appointment. There was little time to spare after seeing the South tower go down. I knew what I had to do.

I ran over to the shipping area and wrapped myself in bubble wrap. They called me crazy, but there was no way I was going to miss it. I checked my watch again; 8 minutes have passed. It was going to be a close call. I went to the conference room and round-housed a white board from the stand. They tried to stop me but I wasn't hearing it, not today. Not today. Another three minutes down and I only had 15 more to spare.  I had to time this perfectly or I wouldn't make it. I had the guys counting on me and I couldn't let them down. Another round house and I take out the window. "Jump? Hah. Henderson, you know I never miss it". They all stood there, frozen, looking at me until we felt the shake. The building was going to crumble. This was the moment I was waiting for. 10 minutes left and it's now or never. "Catch you on the flip side, guys". I back flipped out of the window and threw the white board under my feet. Through acts of amazing athleticism I rode the tower to the bottom like a god damn wave. I knew my appointments were worth it. I wouldn't let anyone down today. I was going to make it. 7 minutes to go when the rubble starts to settle and I set my feet on solid ground. "And the gold metal goes to...". The IOC still hasn't gotten back to me about building luge, they were never one for vision. I took off like a bat out of hell, my strong muscular legs pumping with the force of a locomotive. I wasn't going to let them down, I wasn't. 3 minutes left and I knew I could do it. I see my destination a block away. They know nothing can stop me from getting there. I blast through the doors, pick up the pen and sign in. 1 minute left. I didn't have time to grab my bag, but it doesn't matter. I just take my shirt off anyway to let everyone bear witness to my Adonis-like physique. I sit down on the bench and tell Jim, "Give me 200 pounds". I knew I wouldn't let them down. Not these guns, not today. It only took my amazing will power and 26 minutes.
 
2013-09-11 01:53:53 PM  
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2013-09-11 01:57:25 PM  
Sorry. Wrong thread.
 
2013-09-11 02:01:54 PM  
*unhappily drops ThatDarkFellow off the Brooklyn Bridge*
 
2013-09-11 02:02:27 PM  
Was at work in a skyscraper in downtown Boston. We heard the news and followed the story as the second plane hit... at 10 am, the boss closed the office. As the network admin, I grabbed the previous nights backup tapes and ran for the subway.

I have NEVER seen a greater mass of humanity trying to get out of town... Luckily, I knew where the last car stopped and managed to get on the next train out of town..Was packed like sardines...

for the next month I'd look up at the skies when entering the building...
 
2013-09-11 02:03:01 PM  
Senior year of college, no classes or work that day. Stumbled into my living room around 9 am (Pacific) and flipped on the TV. Took several minutes to figure out just what the hell was going on, and I watched the coverage for a couple hours until it got too repetitive with no new news so I decided to go ahead with my plans for the day-- a haircut and shopping. The ladies at the salon had heard about it but had no TV so clients were filling them in on the info we'd heard so far. And the mall was closed (I think there was some problem with credit card processing? Memory's a bit hazy.) I remember being very glad to be in a small town where I was reasonably sure terrorists wouldn't strike next.

Also just want to say I appreciate these threads each year, and actually came to Fark first thing today (at work) to look for it.
 
2013-09-11 02:03:19 PM  
Sadam Hussein was watching Al Jazeera thinking "phew, thank heavens this takes their focus off me!"
 
2013-09-11 02:06:09 PM  

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


Uncle B.S., where were you on December 7th, 1941?
 
2013-09-11 02:10:07 PM  
Balls deep in your mom.
 
2013-09-11 02:12:10 PM  
That morning, I picked up my Mom to take her to a medical appointment.  She had television on, but wasn't paying any attention to it -- she was already in the first stages of Alzheimer's.  I heard something about New York, but didn't have the time catch the details.  Something abouta plane hitting a skyscraper in New York.

At the doctor's office, a couple sitting nearby in the waiting room were talking among themselves, but they were quiet and -- again -- I didn't catch much in the way details.  But they were talking about some kind of terrorist attack.

After I got my Mom home, I immediately went to a professional conference.  Oddly enough, nobody at the meetings I attended said anything about what was happening.  At a break, I paused in front of a television set to watch one of the towers crumble.  I still don't know if I saw it actually happen or just saw a video replay.

I was oddly isolated that morning.
 
2013-09-11 02:12:42 PM  
Freshmen year of college. Our TV was auto-set as an alarm clock and turned on as coverage of the first tower was starting up. We both got up and awake just as the second plane hit.
 
2013-09-11 02:18:52 PM  

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.


Yes, but it's hugely creepy that we're having them twelve years later. 'Never forget' works for things we actually need to remember. Do we really need a reminder that terrorists exist and occasionally succeed? Not if you read world news.
 
2013-09-11 02:26:14 PM  
Twelve years later and *still* no one has gone after those responsible:

oi44.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-11 02:26:52 PM  

TheManofPA: Our TV was auto-set as an alarm clock


That feature is not available on enough electronics.
 
2013-09-11 02:54:00 PM  
I was a few days into my first year of high school. I didn't really hear anything until around 10:30 when I had lunch. Apparently there was an announcement over the PA system, but I didn't hear it due to the fact that our gym for some odd reason didn't have speakers for it (nor did they have clocks that were right either) and the three classes made big deal about it, so I had no idea what was going. My high school was also the last school in the district to get cable installed in their classrooms, but yet my sister saw everything as it happened, because the middle school got cable first. I was heading over to the table that I sat at with friends who were a year ahead of me and remember one of the vice principals (the one who a year or two later would have a hard time getting out of the back of a cop car after a transformer blew up in our school) walked passed me asking if anyone's parents worked in the World Trade Center. I heard that and thought that it had gotten hit again like it did in 1993. As I sat down at the table, one of the girls who was a regular at out table kept saying how horrible it was that a plane hit the WTC. At the time, I remember  thinking that it was just a small plane and everything was going to be fine. However my thoughts changed when my next period teacher appolgized in advance if her phone rang, because of the fact that she was expecting a phone call from one of her kids. Shortly after that, I was told that I was going home because of the fact that my mother was freaking out. I remember how eerie it was walking around outside the next three days when there were no planes flying around.
 
2013-09-11 03:03:54 PM  
I was eating breakfast waiting for a friend to head to class.  I was watching TV when it was announced the first tower was hit.  Didn't think anything of it until I got to school.  A girl had a radio and was providing updates.  The second tower and then the Pentagon.  The collective gasps grew louder after each update.  An ROTC officer came in and took some kid out of class.  I was thinking to myself, "You're going to war, son."
 
2013-09-11 03:04:30 PM  
I was in high school French class. The teacher often came in late, so two of my friends and I were taking advantage of her absence to smoke a joint one of them had brought. We still had it out when she ran in the room, and we knew something was amiss when she didn't even notice.

It was a very weird day.

Everyone went home early, because everyone was just going to be talking about that the rest of the day anyway. Spent a lot of time here on Fark, having just discovered it a few days prior, and it's worth noting that it was actually the best source for news online for a while that day.
 
2013-09-11 03:06:07 PM  

Xenomech: Twelve years later and *still* no one has gone after those responsible:

[oi44.tinypic.com image 720x372]


The Saudi's? I know.
 
2013-09-11 03:07:33 PM  

drivingsouth: 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.


My boyfriend's last contract job was with one of their subsidiaries, Cantor Gaming. The name sounded familiar but I didn't make the connection until 9/11 of the year he worked there when he mentioned a bunch of the bosses being out of the office to mark (or whatever the opposite of "celebrate" is) losing so many coworkers on that date. As someone on the west coast who was relatively unaffected, I can't even imagine...
 
2013-09-11 03:15:35 PM  
I just got into work at a Coast Guard facility and was headed to my desk when I saw a bunch of people looking at the little TV in the cafeteria.  I joined the crowd just as the second plane hit.
 
2013-09-11 03:17:50 PM  
I was reading Fark.

/lurked a long time before creating account
//had to as someone posted something that was wrong
 
2013-09-11 03:21:16 PM  

Semantic Warrior: 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.


Eh, a few history nerds like me will remember it as a significant day:  Just like December 7th, 1941.  Of course, will those history nerds remember that WWII date by then or will it be something about the UN combating Charlie Chaplin's army?
 
2013-09-11 03:52:55 PM  

I should be in the kitchen: Senior year of college, no classes or work that day. Stumbled into my living room around 9 am (Pacific) and flipped on the TV. Took several minutes to figure out just what the hell was going on, and I watched the coverage for a couple hours until it got too repetitive with no new news so I decided to go ahead with my plans for the day-- a haircut and shopping. The ladies at the salon had heard about it but had no TV so clients were filling them in on the info we'd heard so far. And the mall was closed (I think there was some problem with credit card processing? Memory's a bit hazy.) I remember being very glad to be in a small town where I was reasonably sure terrorists wouldn't strike next.

Also just want to say I appreciate these threads each year, and actually came to Fark first thing today (at work) to look for it.


The only FARK "events" I look out for are the Halloween scary story threads and the occasional shiatty Christmas gift thread.
 
2013-09-11 03:56:03 PM  
Woke up, and through my barely-conscious daze heard something on the radio about all planes being grounded until further notice. Thought, "Oh fark, something bad must have happened." Got up, walked into the living room, turned on the TV, was just in time to watch the second plane hitting (probably on video -- I was too shocked to note the local time).

My legs went right out from under me and I spent the next few minutes staring blankly at the TV saying "no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no."

/My fiancé is flying back to Heathrow tonight, and I can't help feeling just a little bit nervous even though I know I'm being ridiculous.
 
2013-09-11 03:57:11 PM  

borland502: Semantic Warrior: 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.

Eh, a few history nerds like me will remember it as a significant day:  Just like December 7th, 1941.  Of course, will those history nerds remember that WWII date by then or will it be something about the UN combating Charlie Chaplin's army?


Like Never Forget? April 19, 1775? April 12, 1861? February 15, 1898? September 16, 1920? December 7, 1941? August 4, 1964? etc...
 
2013-09-11 04:03:44 PM  
Sitting exactly where I am right now, but facing 180 degrees in the other direction.  Damn it feels good to be a gangster.
 
2013-09-11 04:04:25 PM  

MmmCrime: 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.




Yes I do remember La Paz! I was sad to hear it closed. You had to go behind it to get in there, in the alley way next to the parking garage. What took its place?
 
2013-09-11 04:11:16 PM  
In New Haven, CT, getting cleaned up and ready to head to Intermediate Chinese.
 
2013-09-11 04:15:55 PM  

George Babbitt: Like Never Forget? April 19, 1775? April 12, 1861? February 15, 1898? September 16, 1920? December 7, 1941? August 4, 1964? etc...


Dunno, I've already forgotten.
 
2013-09-11 04:17:25 PM  

Astorix: MmmCrime: 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.

Yes I do remember La Paz! I was sad to hear it closed. You had to go behind it to get in there, in the alley way next to the parking garage. What took its place?


Actually it didn't close, it moved. my final year there before college was it's final year. It moved to beside Carroll Creek, on Market St. Outdoor seating, elevator, big kitchen, the works. It's real nice. But, in its' place is now an Italian joint called Mistero.
 
2013-09-11 04:20:12 PM  
Fez, Morocco.
Wandering through the Medina with my family & a guide.  Saw images of one of the towers billowing smoke.  Seriously though it was some action flick I'd never seen.  No Arabic & minimal French meant I couldn't really ask what was going on.  At lunch, we were told some of it.  Picked up a lot more at the end of the day.  Trying to listen to news in French was painful - just too fast.  Most of the info we got was from the papers the next morning.  Reading French can be done at one's own pace.
Folks were seriously sympathetic everywhere we went.  (Spent the rest of the week in Morocco & the next week in Tunisia.)
I was seriously pissed at Luftansa.  Their damned Teutonic efficiency made them the first foreign carrier allowed to fly into the states.  They were cleared the day before my flight from Frankfurt.  I could have been stuck in Frankfurt, dammit!
 
2013-09-11 04:36:33 PM  
Reading to some school kids in Florida. After I got the call, I figured a fighter escort would keep me safe to fly back to Washington. I figured I'd let the FBI handle it -- seemed to be a criminal matter and it seemed that my job was to keep people calm and channel national compassion toward the victims. But then I got a secure call from my paranoid coworker who was hiding in his own bunker beneath Washington.  He said I wasn't safe anywhere, that even the AF couldn't protect me, that terrorists could be everywhere by the thousands and that we would have to tap every phone and collect every email in America to be sure who was safe. He said we would have to attack the world, starting that day, just to be sure, and that no one was our friend. So I changed my plans.
 
2013-09-11 04:38:32 PM  
I had a 10.30 class, Critical Theory, so my alarm went off sometime around 9 my time to news radio. I woke up with the realization something was very wrong in the world because the news radio voice was struggling to say anything and there was an awful lot of silence. I ran downstairs and turned on the TV to CBC Newsworld and got the live feed a minute or two before the second plane hit. Went to class and experienced one of the most amazing lectures ever, went to the lab to check Fark, found out the towers were collapsing and said fark it and skipped the rest of the day's classes to be with my girlfriend. We went out to the Statue Park on the U of S and smoked a bone with Dylan and Tom and all spent the afternoon hanging out in the sunshine. By 3 our time all the planes were grounded and it was a really beautiful afternoon. Spent the evening watching the news and fell asleep with Melanie in my arms. Everything went sideways after that...

fark you 9/11.
 
2013-09-11 04:44:21 PM  
Well, Esquire Magazine made the anniversary a bit awkward.

www.breitbart.com

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/09/11/Esquire-Bungles-9-11-F al ling-Man-Photo
 
2013-09-11 04:51:13 PM  

Daeva: CokeBear: bentley57: I was sitting exactly where I'm sitting right now.
/at work

Did you finish that TPS report yet that you were working on in 2001?

sad thing is hes probably making the exact same or less 12 years later.


Pretty much, yes.

Thanks for noticin'.
 
2013-09-11 04:57:25 PM  
It was around 1AM here in NZ when I first heard; I was going to the bathroom and my parents were frantic about something. Only in the morning did the true horror strike me. I'll never forget 9/11.
 
2013-09-11 05:00:08 PM  
I'd just woke up (in L.A.) to the news on the radio that one tower was hit.  Turned on TV to see 2nd tower hit. Spent the rest of the morning trying to contact my dad, who was traveling that day. Found out he was traveling to a meeting at the Pentagon, then heard that Pentagon was hit.  Had an eternal 2 hours before I heard that dad was not in Pentagon when it was hit. Finally got to speak with him about 3pm (pacific time).  He was a defense executive, had a high security clearance.  He said that they knew the attack was bin Laden and that they already had proof.

Enough can't be said about the heroes on flight 93.  Had Flight 93 hit its intended target, the US Capitol building, without warning as did the other flights into the WTC and Pentagon, at minimum a 3rd of congress would have died in the building.  Without a quorum, congress would have been adjourned, and the country would have then been run solely by George Bush, by executive order, until the panic had subsided and new elections held.
 
2013-09-11 05:07:17 PM  
My junk was being fondled by a muscular angry looking woman with a buzz cut. Luckily these days I no longer have to pay for that.
 
2013-09-11 05:20:06 PM  

Xenomech: Twelve years later and *still* no one has gone after those responsible:

[oi44.tinypic.com image of Congress building 720x372]


This.


FWIW, I was at work. Well, OK, when the planes hit the buildings, I was at home getting ready for work. Then I got to work and shortly thereafter the buildings collapsed. Then shortly after that, the higher-ups just closed our offices and told people to go home. Nobody was gonna get anything done after that anyway (this is Dallas, BTW). I spent most of the rest of the day watching TV news and marveling at how very worthless most of the people in charge of disseminating information to the masses really are.
 
2013-09-11 05:20:55 PM  
Watching my coworkers scurry like rats out of the building, because apparently they thought Dallas was next on the list.
 
2013-09-11 05:24:01 PM  
I was asleep and was a night owl at the time, so I had just gone to bed at about 4am. My phone started to repeatedly ring around 7am PDT, which was annoying the hell out of me. I finally picked up the phone around 730am and didn't recognize the voice on the other end as my friend KC's. He fairly screamed at me that the WTC had been hit by a plane. I asked who it was, and then put him on hold while I went into my living room to turn on the TV. As the picture came up one of the towers was going down. I calmly told him I had to go and call my mother who was living in NY and who's route to work went right passed the towers. Took 3 hrs before I heard from her. I had never heard terror in her voice before that day, and never after that, not even when she was dying of cancer. It was very surreal as I grew up in NY, had a friend who worked in the Towers during HS on one of those work one week / school one week type of programs, so I spent a lot of time there and had spent a week in the Millenium Hilton the previous year, with the view of the Towers out of my bedroom window. I don't think I slept well the rest of the week.
 
2013-09-11 05:37:04 PM  

ThatDarkFellow: You're damn right I remember where I was.

North Tower. Top floor.

I heard the crash and saw the flames. I looked at my watch. I knew I would be late to my daily appointment. There was little time to spare after seeing the South tower go down. I knew what I had to do.

I ran over to the shipping area and wrapped myself in bubble wrap. They called me crazy, but there was no way I was going to miss it. I checked my watch again; 8 minutes have passed. It was going to be a close call. I went to the conference room and round-housed a white board from the stand. They tried to stop me but I wasn't hearing it, not today. Not today. Another three minutes down and I only had 15 more to spare.  I had to time this perfectly or I wouldn't make it. I had the guys counting on me and I couldn't let them down. Another round house and I take out the window. "Jump? Hah. Henderson, you know I never miss it". They all stood there, frozen, looking at me until we felt the shake. The building was going to crumble. This was the moment I was waiting for. 10 minutes left and it's now or never. "Catch you on the flip side, guys". I back flipped out of the window and threw the white board under my feet. Through acts of amazing athleticism I rode the tower to the bottom like a god damn wave. I knew my appointments were worth it. I wouldn't let anyone down today. I was going to make it. 7 minutes to go when the rubble starts to settle and I set my feet on solid ground. "And the gold metal goes to...". The IOC still hasn't gotten back to me about building luge, they were never one for vision. I took off like a bat out of hell, my strong muscular legs pumping with the force of a locomotive. I wasn't going to let them down, I wasn't. 3 minutes left and I knew I could do it. I see my destination a block away. They know nothing can stop me from getting there. I blast through the doors, pick up the pen and sign in. 1 minute left. I didn't have time to grab my bag, but it doesn't matter. I just take my ...


God dammit.

media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-11 05:41:57 PM  
I woke up to the news on the radio. I had a little chuckle at the way the announcer said it, I thought some retard crashed his cessna into the tower.  Had breakfast, went to work.  The internet was REALLY slow, and when I finally got onto a site, there was mention of a second large plane hitting the end tower.
My boss called 10 minutes later saying that he wasn't coming in.  We wheeled a TV into the break room to watch the news, and all huddled around it.

I got nearly all my useful news from Fark that day, since all the news sites were overloaded.  Before that I was a pretty infrequent visitor.

I got laid off a few hours later (unrelated, the company was circling the drain, but it made a bad day even worse.).
 
2013-09-11 06:08:22 PM  
My wife told me that the World Trade center was on fire while I was getting ready for work. By the time I saw CNN, I was looking at a burning tower. I kept thinking, "but weren't there two towers?" Then they re-ran the video of the collapse of the first tower, and the horror sank in. Moments later, the second tower collapsed.

I worked for a major bank based in NYC then. I said, "I'd better get to work," knowing that all hell would be broken loose in the finance world for the rest of the day.

On the way to work, I heard the full story on the radio, on every station. I also heard more patriotic songs played that day than at any other time in my life, before or since. Everyone kept comparing it to Pearl Harbor.

The next day I found out a co-worker in NJ from a previous job had been on UA flight 93.


// Much has changed in the short time since then. Far too much.
 
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