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

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

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

Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

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

Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

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

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

Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was in my car on the way to work.

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

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

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

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