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2013-09-11 09:00:22 AM  
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.
2013-09-11 09:02:06 AM  

Mrs.Sharpier: MmmCrime: I was in Latin class, senior year of high school. 3 weeks later I was standing in the rubble. Helped to build decontamination showers on site for the first responders. Truly one of the best experiences of my life. Only spent a week there, but have incredible stories about the people i met and places we went.

Do you have lung cancer now?

Nope. I spent my time being an errand boy, running and getting tools, fuel and other things for the crew that was doing the building.We were located diagonal from the site, as in our block touched the WTC site at its corner. Wind never really brought the dust our way, but we had masks just in case.
2013-09-11 09:02:24 AM  
Surfing porn on the internet. My GF called me from work and told me of some plane crash in NYC and said I should turn on the news, I thought to myself, "who the fark cares about some plane crash" and continued my porn surfing. I didn't find out what happened until hours later when I got a call from work and told not to report for duty because the base had been locked down.
2013-09-11 09:02:40 AM  
Knock knock
Who's there?
9/11 who?
You said you'd Never Forget :-(
2013-09-11 09:03:25 AM  
Then let's pick at this old scab some more...
2013-09-11 09:03:52 AM  
Sitting in traffic on the NJ Turnpike western spur just past the mixing bowl looking at the first tower smoking.  Had flipped the radio to AM to hear that they thought it was a small plane.  Saw a couple of news helo's heading that way and then in the corner of my eye saw a jetliner where it shouldn't be going way faster than it should have been.  I watched it fly right into the second tower.
2013-09-11 09:04:11 AM  
I know FARK was the only news source I could get to load.
2013-09-11 09:04:22 AM  
Ausbro here , I was at home playing Unreal Tournament.

suddenly it was happening ~

game ruined
2013-09-11 09:05:33 AM  
This shiat still chokes me up.

I was working in Springfield, Va., as a copy chief at Xxxx Xxxxx Publishing Co.
I was late arriving for work, but had I looked up during my drive in I would have seen the jet that hit the Pentagon fly overhead, over the mixing bowl and up 395. By then the second plan had hit 2 WTC and I heard people on the car radio saying it was a terrorist attack.

The most extraordinary thing was in the days that followed, after all air traffic was grounded, it was so quiet in the Metro D.C. area. You could only hear the occasional Air Force fighter jet flying combat air patrols but you could never see them, up there, some where.

In mid-October I went up to NY and visited the site. Parked in Brooklyn and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. The most striking thing, for which I was unprepared, was the smell that permeated the city. The smell of scorched steel, metal and metallic, and burned god knows what. Across the river, in the blocks surrounding the former tower sites, there was this thick gray ashy residue, like volcanic ash, two inches deep all over the roofs, awnings, and window sills along Broadway.

It was easily six months before I didn't think of this every day and get a huge lump in my throat.
2013-09-11 09:06:17 AM  
I was asleep.  My boss called and said work was cancelled for the day.  I turned on the TV to see the first tower fall.  I thought to myself "We are going to overreact, we're going to start a war, we are going to take the wrong lesson from this and the media will misreport facts for a week or two."  Then I went back to sleep.
2013-09-11 09:06:31 AM  
Hard to believe it has been 40 years.  Never forget.

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2013-09-11 09:07:00 AM  

Wind Chimes: 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.

Did you eat everyone's burgers?
2013-09-11 09:07:03 AM  
I was teaching VB6 and .NET beta classes at ATA in Louisville.  The news came across first in my Everquest IRC channel from a guildmate in NYC ("I think a plane just hit a building").  I went to Fark for updates because that was the only site that was loading.  Dismissed class early.  We killed Yelinak that night.
2013-09-11 09:10:01 AM  
Space Camp in Huntsville, crowded around a small black-and-white security monitor.
2013-09-11 09:10:39 AM  
I was there. It was awful. My only regret is dropping my video camera when WTC 2 fell. I had footage of the first responders arriving. shiat's gone now.

I just took this picture of Ladder 54 out my office window a few seconds ago. They lost 15 men.

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2013-09-11 09:10:42 AM  
Senior year of high school, advanced technologies class. The principal walked into the room and asked my teacher to turn the TV on. Every class that day was spent glued to the TV. We watched as the second plane hit the tower and then, later, both towers fall live on TV, crazy day.
2013-09-11 09:13:17 AM  

kokomo61: I was at my company's office around the corner from the White House (1717 H Street). We were having our weekly facilities meeting, and talking about.......disaster recovery, when the first plane hit the tower. First thought was that it was a fluke, an errant private plane, pilot heart attack, etc. Went out into the lobby to check CNN just in time to see the 2nd plane hit the tower. One of the reactions I got to observe was the managing consulting shouting down the finance director, telling her that anybody who left the building would get charged for vacation leave.

By the time we cleared the building in the afternoon, I drove by the Pentagon, and you could still see smoke rising, and see F-16's circling overhead. The rest of the day was a blur, with most of it spent glued to the TV and jumping around on the Internet to try and get better news.

Later, we found out a family friend was killed in the Pentagon attack - he left behind an 18-month old son, and his pregnant wife. Later, the story took an extremely sad turn:


A few years down the road, I took a job in the Pentagon, and my office was right off of Corridor 5, in the E-Ring....about 100 feet from where AA#77 hit the building. The 9/11 memorial was just a few yards outside my office.

Jesus Christ, that's one of the saddest things I've ever read.
2013-09-11 09:13:22 AM  
We all know where Hulk Hogan was...

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2013-09-11 09:15:00 AM  
I was at home getting ready for work.  I live in Weehawken NJ and at the time was 1 block from the palisade on Blvd East.  I went down there after the first plane hit.  Watched the second plane slam in and watched that tower fall.  Then I went home and watched the second tower fall on TV.  Fark was great that day.  News was hard to get but there was a lot of good information on the various threads.

It was the worst day of my life I believe.
2013-09-11 09:15:16 AM  
I was on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  At 8:46am we were on the boardwalk watching the ocean and the cloudless blue sky.

We then went out to the nearby outlet mall, and were in Harry & David buying Moose Much when we first saw the pictures on CNN.  Fortunately, we were close enough to pick up WCBS Newsradio 88 in the car, and heard the live report of the collapse of the South Tower.

The rest of that week was kinda foggy.
2013-09-11 09:16:12 AM  
Did a GIS for 'happy 9/11'. Some interesting images there.
2013-09-11 09:21:03 AM  
September 11th is Brian Depalma's birthday.
Happy birthday, Brian!

// loved 'Passion'
2013-09-11 09:21:34 AM  
In my office negotiating a menu with our food services provider. His partner was in the background nattering about New York. Finally the guy I was talking to said, "You better get to a TV."

45 Minutes later standing in front of the TV with every officer from the Brigade Group we agreed it had all just changed.

The Funky Western Civilization was a little less Funky.
2013-09-11 09:23:32 AM  
10th grade English class.

The day after I moved to Mississippi. Weird times.
2013-09-11 09:23:59 AM  
Instead of sharing our stories of where we were when we heard the news, let's share what we have done about it.
2013-09-11 09:26:01 AM  
I was lurking in the Fark Forums.
2013-09-11 09:28:03 AM  

KingKauff: Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb'shiat record

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2013-09-11 09:29:08 AM  

ColSanders: KingKauff: Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb'shiat record

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That man was robbed of his legacy by hypocrites who never got caught.
2013-09-11 09:29:22 AM  
Doing Subbys mum in an exquisite fashion.
2013-09-11 09:29:25 AM  

megarian: The day after I moved to Mississippi.

lose a bet?
2013-09-11 09:30:58 AM  
Second day of training in Nova Scotia for a job headquartered in NYC. The trainer came back from morning break as white as a ghost and told us what had happened. It wasn't until mid-afternoon that we found out that everyone was OK and we still had jobs. Drank many beers after training was over with the rest of the class watching everything unfold at the local watering hole.
2013-09-11 09:32:20 AM  

ferretman: Red Dot is where I was standing when the first building fell:

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I was standing right behind you.

How did you get out when visibility went to zero? I blindly found my way to 160 Broadway and beat the basement door down with a fire extinguisher. Ended up exiting through the Subway tunnels. An emergency ladder a few blocks away.

Did you stay on the surface? It must have been rough that way.
2013-09-11 09:33:02 AM  
Some friends and I were walking by a display of televisions, and I was stunned at the footage of the plane hitting the first tower.  I was like, "Guys, look at the special effect in this movie!  Pretty realistic."  We didn't realize we were watching the news for several minutes until the next plane hit.  Just numbing.
2013-09-11 09:34:01 AM  
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2013-09-11 09:34:16 AM  

neversubmit: Instead of sharing our stories of where we were when we heard the news, let's share what we have done about it.

Well, let's see.  I advocated strongly for the creation of the Patriot Act to protect Americans from terrorism. Whenever someone criticized it I pointed out that it has the word "Patriot" right in the name so you know it's good.  I also demanded the creation of a Department of Homeland Security to protect the homeland.  I really wanted to call it the Department of Fatherland Security, but people said it was too sexist.  I thought the TSA was definitely needed to protect us from terror because the old system could not be adjusted to prevent another 9/11 and since there hasn't been another 9/11 then clearly the TSA has worked.

Finally, I strongly advocated regime change in the Middle East to depose anyone in the Axis of Evil capable of conspiring with al-Qaeda to get us again.  I chose Saddam Hussein because I'm pretty sure guys like him and Osama bin Laden are in cahoots.  They look a lot alike.  When anyone opposed this plan, I made sure it came to fruition by reminding them of 9/11 over and over.  "Do you remember what that day felt like" I'd say.  "I'd like you to say you love Saddam to the first responders!" was another good one.  9/11 gave us so much.  You can't fail to exploit a tragedy.
2013-09-11 09:34:22 AM  
I was in Georgia going through basic training.
2013-09-11 09:34:46 AM  
How about we let it go?
2013-09-11 09:34:48 AM  
I came back to my apartment from a gap in classes at PennState between 10am-12pm and my roommate's had the coverage on as soon as I walked in the door.

I was barely awake still from getting up for my 8am and 9am classes, but we started blasting Bombs Over Baghdad off our balcony.

Yeah we were assholes like that.
2013-09-11 09:34:58 AM  
On the way to work.  There were reports on the radio of a plane hitting the first tower.  But they didn't know what kind of plane and I didn't think much of it.  When I pulled into the garage, I had DC101 on (not sure why rarely listened to them) and Elliot is like "shut up, turn that tv up"  when the second plane hit and the full realization came in.  A bunch of us were in a confrence room and saw the tower collapse.

I worked in a financial place at the time and they let us all go home early.  Since the markets sayed closed for several days after that, we did not have much to do.  Filling out benefits claims later was depressing.

/In the building I am in now, the building management had made these little wooden angles that some one had hand painted the names and ages of all of the victoms, they had them in the grass around the building.

For some reason they kept them, There are big piles of them in storage tubs in the underground parking garage storage.  I stumbled upon them a few months ago.
2013-09-11 09:35:28 AM  

neversubmit: Instead of sharing our stories of where we were when we heard the news, let's share what we have done about it.

I 'liked' it on Facebook.
2013-09-11 09:38:26 AM  
I was just getting into my first German class in college, and for whatever reason, as I usually sit in the front, I sat in the back of the hall right near the door.  The professor introduced himself and said, as an afterthought, "And by the way, a plane just hit the World Trade Center, but we're not going to worry about that."  Being the news junkie I was, I slipped out and went back to where I lived just in time to see the second plane hit.  I couldn't get onto any websites whatsoever and instead logged onto an old-as-hell IRC channel I used to frequent that suddenly housed over 100 people.  We talked about everything and didn't move from our tvs for hours.

It was farking unreal.  I felt like I was just watching a movie.  It didn't hit me until the next day when I saw the firefighters digging through the rubble and saw people holding signs proclaiming them as heroes.
2013-09-11 09:38:37 AM  
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"What do you mean, I'm the only person who says 'Happy 9/11?'"
2013-09-11 09:38:46 AM  

ranev700: 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".

Same thing here... My friend next cube over used to keep a tv/radio on his desk. (mostly to listen to the radio). My wife called me at work and told me to put on a TV. We turned on his 6" TV and 10 of us watched most of it from there. After, what we thought, was the top of the south tower falling off I decided to go to Radio Shack to buy an antenna for the TV in the conference room upstairs. I remember standing in Radio Shack, in all of their 20 TV's on at once, watching the North tower collapse.. Me and the three employees stood there with our mouths open for at least a minute..
2013-09-11 09:38:49 AM  
I heard about it on the car radio while driving back to Arlanda airport to retrieve a forgotten computer and called my parents. My mother knew, they were watching CNN, and she seemed agitated in a positive way about it, despite being resolutely -almost racist- about arabs. I could never figure that one out.

My Significant Other was on a business trip, and called me to share the whole thing. Naturally, she had CNN in her hotel, and the cable at our home flatly refused to deliver what we were paying for. I felt very much alone that night, US Eastern Time plus six hours.
2013-09-11 09:40:21 AM  
Is that a fireworks holiday?
2013-09-11 09:40:43 AM  
I was in NYC several blocks from the WTC preparing to depress the plunger and begin the controlled demolition.
2013-09-11 09:40:56 AM  
At home.  But I had just spent 6 weeks working the outdoor concert series there five days a week from 10am-9pm
Had some friends there that day...
2013-09-11 09:41:34 AM  
You shouldn't forget, (I know I never will) but you don't have to bring it up every farking year like a woman holding a grudge.
2013-09-11 09:44:02 AM  
Let it go
2013-09-11 09:44:24 AM  
Van pooling to PDX. One of the dudes got a call from his wife that a plane hit the tower. She called back a few minutes later with more bad news.
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