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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-09-11 07:56:38 AM  
At work where we had a giant TV by the standards of the era, or a guest room class TV by today's standards.
2017-09-11 07:59:28 AM  
Getting ready for work.
2017-09-11 08:07:53 AM  
Catholic grade school. They had an assembly in the church and then we were sent home early. Watched it on TV after we got home.
2017-09-11 08:10:53 AM  
College.  Went to my car after morning classes (I commuted) to kill some time.  It was 10, maybe 11 in the morning.  Turned the radio on.  Within a few minutes I decided I should probably go home.
2017-09-11 08:11:39 AM  

ManateeGag: Getting ready for work.

Same here.  I was just about to walk out the door, watching the the aftermath of the first plane hitting the tower on our local NBC affiliate when they showed the infamous shot of the second plane hitting.  Once in the car and at work I couldn't get enough news and updates.  The company eventually sent everyone home for the day.  What's weird is that I still miss the politeness that everyone showed for the week following the attack.
2017-09-11 08:12:18 AM  
NYNEX building, Boston, MA, USA.

/Steaming mad when they closed the office and forced us to vacate
2017-09-11 08:17:25 AM  
I was at work. Just another ordinary work day until my boss stepped into my cubicle and told me that a plane had hit the WTC in NYC. Actually, I don't remember whether he told me it was one or two planes. I tried to get some news from the CNN website, but everything was jammed up. My boss said I could go home, which I did. I watched CNN for the rest of the day. 

Here's what the CNN website looked like on 9/11/2001:
CNN 2001
2017-09-11 08:27:44 AM  
I was at home making coffee when my husband called me from work and told me to turn the television on to a news channel. Sat horrified and watched from that point on for weeks and weeks.

It was strange because I'd stopped watching the news for a while before then because it affected my mood too much, but after 9/11 I developed the irrational fear that if I didn't have the TV on and the news in the background, something terrible would happen again.

I eventually got so wound up over watching the non-stop coverage of the attack and the anthrax attack and the plane crash (which was unrelated but seemed to be part of everything going wrong in the world), that my husband had to make me stop and turn off the news and keep it off. Finally put an end to the downward spiral for me and ever since then, I don't watch the news regularly, just check out Fark and Daily Show.

It was the closest I've ever come to depressive obsession and I'm glad my husband stepped in and stopped it in its tracks.
2017-09-11 08:28:33 AM  
University of Maryland Baltimore gym.  Girlfriend at the time worked across the river from the Pentagon.  I remember people being scared shiatless that we didn't know how many planes would be falling from the sky or where.
2017-09-11 08:30:12 AM  
Skipped school to go golfing. The first plane hit when I was on the 14th hole.

I have not seen that many people glued to a TV before or since.
2017-09-11 08:31:32 AM  
In the parking garage setting timers.
2017-09-11 08:34:12 AM  
In my 11th grade American history class, another teacher walked in and told us that a plane had hit the wtc. My teacher assumed she meant a little plane with an inexperienced pilot so she didn't even turn on the tv. I get to my next class and the rest of the day was just watching the towers go down with other horrified 16 year olds.
2017-09-11 08:35:34 AM  
Painting party with in-laws on their garage. It was just one of those beautiful, perfect Fall days. Took a break and there it was on the news - no towers. Everybody came in to stare at the screen.

Pissed me off enough that I just went for a walk and soon passed a Casey's station selling gas for more than $5 per gallon. I was seriously considering going back in to the military, Casey's was thinking about how to get rich.

Same as it ever was...
2017-09-11 08:36:08 AM  
I was in 7th grade. Was mostly unaware of the event until I got home to find my mother (who was working that day but her boss let the office go home early) waiting for me with a hug.

I followed the coverage most of the night and was on the phone with my best friend discussing it (before either of us had cell phones, so I was tying up the landline)

the next day, we got a bit more info of what was happening at school on 9/11. One teacher had to leave for a bit because she was crying, another brought a tv in and every class that day was just spent watching coverage and discussing what was happening. Some were totally oblivious.

it was the day after 9/11 that I realized we'll never be told of a nuclear attack until 24hrs after the East Coast is leveled and irradiated.

I've since become a bitter and pessimistic person when it comes to what we've become in the aftermath. Especially the instant-hero worship of any uniform, military or civilian.
2017-09-11 08:36:16 AM  
Right where I am now. Small company about 60 miles outside NYC. The draftsman listened to the radio and they had an early report that a small plane hit the WTC. We talked about how a B-25 had hit the Empire State Building during WWII. A little later it became clear that something was happening, our internet went to a crawl - early days. One guy ran home and got an old TV. We raided the electronics lab and built an antenna in the parking lot. We just left the TV on and all day you catch clips when you walked by.

I found a red cross blood drive and drove to it. Took me ten minutes to find a parking spot and there was a three to four hour wait. They strongly hinted that we didn't need to give that day.

It was about a month before my daughter's third birthday her favorite video at the time was the animated Disney Jungle Book. She never watched it again. There is a scene where King Louis brings down some ruins. "bad men bring down building." We tried but didn't do a good job of shielding her.
2017-09-11 08:37:55 AM  
It was a Tuesday morning, and I was in my second day of a week-long training session for my new job with a company based in New York. The instructor came back from our morning break looking like she had seen a ghost. She told us what was happening. None of us knew exactly where in NYC the company was located. We weren't sure there was even a job to be training for. We all left by lunch, and I went home and got drunk and watched CNN.
2017-09-11 08:38:29 AM  
Teaching HS school.  I turned on the TV briefly after the first plane hit, then turned it off and kept teaching.  Good thing too, since some of my students would have seen relatives perish in the collapse.

We were dismissed early from school.  Some said we were also a target; the twin towers, the pentagon, the capitol...and our high school
2017-09-11 08:39:29 AM  
Computer Assisted Drafting class, so I was able to watch it all unfold online via CNN and Yahoo.
2017-09-11 08:39:42 AM  
At work on a Federal campus outside DC. When the Pentagon got hit, the upper management (Bush Administration) got afraid that it was a widespread attack and we might be next. The evacuation of the facility they ordered was chaotic, to say the least.

Then I went home and followed the FARK thread to stay up on the news as it unfolded.
2017-09-11 08:39:55 AM  

Some Bass Playing Guy: Here's what the CNN website looked like on 9/11/2001:
CNN 2001

One link on that page (link) is interesting. Read what the initial reactions and statements were and compare/contrast to the direction we soon took off running. Makes you wonder.
2017-09-11 08:41:44 AM  
getting ready for work in Phoenix, watched 2nd plane hit on the morning news, still went to work but i worked for a major financial company at the time they told us not to bother anyone on the East Coast that day. My building was in a major flight path for Phoenix Airport and it was odd not seeing/hearing planes fly overhead after they grounded all flights.
2017-09-11 08:44:21 AM  
In my office, trying to connect to the TYCO conference call.  I was supposed to attend the meeting in person, at the WTC, but my credit card was maxed out and I could not afford plane and accommodation in NYC.  End of CSB.
2017-09-11 08:44:30 AM  

Hooker with a Penis: My building was in a major flight path for Phoenix Airport and it was odd not seeing/hearing planes fly overhead after they grounded all flights.

Even in rural nowhere this was noticed.  It was a gorgeous day on most of the East coast and it continued to be clear skies for at least the next few days.  Despite being in rural nowhere we're under some pretty busy flight corridors.  Lots of contrails to be seen any given day, lots of beacon lights any given night.  Completely empty skies except for the odd military aircraft here and there was beyond surreal.
2017-09-11 08:44:46 AM  

TheHighlandHowler: HS school.

2017-09-11 08:45:35 AM  
I was a junior in high school. At 16 years old I had the wherewithal to realize that our nation would be entering war soon and that me and my classmates would be the ones fighting. The towers that fell was scary, seeing my able bodied classmates and realizing that we would be called upon shook me to my core.

Ultimately a few joined the Marines, I never did. All served in Iraq and came back healthy save a couple of traumatic events. Looking back, it wasn't as bad as I had thought.

It was a confusing feeling. That day I wanted to sign up for the military yet I cried to my mom that they would be bringing back the draft.
2017-09-11 08:46:55 AM  

Hooker with a Penis: getting ready for work in Phoenix, watched 2nd plane hit on the morning news, still went to work but i worked for a major financial company at the time they told us not to bother anyone on the East Coast that day. My building was in a major flight path for Phoenix Airport and it was odd not seeing/hearing planes fly overhead after they grounded all flights.

I tried to go to the gym at our local military base and turned around at the foxholes with machine guns at the main gate. T'was an energetic day. Several of my office chair air force friends ended up on the flight line with rifles that week.
2017-09-11 08:49:42 AM  
Virginia Commonwealth University. I recall staring at a display of it in a large area. For some reason I was wearing a backpack full of books, and I know for a fact I didn't do that very often.

My father was at the Pentagon and would have been in the ring that got hit. His team was put in training in a different area that day. They were doing the renovation work and the side that got hit was where the renovation had been done. They estimated that without that renovation, the whole building would have been demolished.
2017-09-11 08:52:13 AM  
At work.

When I got home, I smoked a whole bunch of weed.
2017-09-11 08:52:25 AM  

edmo: Some Bass Playing Guy: Here's what the CNN website looked like on 9/11/2001:
CNN 2001

One link on that page (link) is interesting. Read what the initial reactions and statements were and compare/contrast to the direction we soon took off running. Makes you wonder.

I wonder why the US's malicious and dishonest attack on Afghanistan is still claimed to have been justified even after all the other deceit and viciousness has been exposed.
2017-09-11 08:52:49 AM  
Work.  Had a Mt. Bike chat room running in the background.  Someone said an idiot pilot hit one of the towers.  When the second plane hit, I gathered the rest of our office in our conference room to watch events unfold on TV.  After the second tower came down, I left, met a friend and went on a 4 hr. mt. bike ride in the woods.  Not a lot of talking, we both kind of knew that the world, as we knew it, would never be the same.  Still friends with that guy.  We talk about it every 3 or 4 years over a beer.
2017-09-11 08:52:57 AM  

grokca: In the parking garage setting timers.

I knew there would be someone.

Fark never disappoints.
2017-09-11 08:53:58 AM  
On a crowded R train passing beneath the WTC. Without Internet access in our 34th Street office (those were the days!), it was nearly a half hour before we learned (via radio) what was going on. As we evacuated our building, a (false) rumor spread that another airplane was in the area, and the Empire State Building, directly across the street, was the next target.

Oddly enough, one thing I remember about that day was the very good steak salad I had at an uptown restaurant. Knowing I wouldn't get home to Brooklyn any time soon, I wandered in the opposite direction just to keep in motion. Surprised to see restaurants and bars open for business. Life goes on.

With most vehicle traffic barred, Manhattan was very peaceful below 14th Street for weeks afterward. Only the walls covered with missing-people posters, which I half-expected to become a permanent feature, identified the area as a war zone. I only went close enough to see the "potato chip" once, from about five blocks away.
2017-09-11 08:54:35 AM  
I turned off NPR about 08:30 AM and got busy playing Age of Empires 2, My friend called me about 10:30 and told me to turn on the television.  What a horrible day.
2017-09-11 08:55:22 AM  
Driving to college. Sat in the truck and listened to Elliot in the Morning as they talked about it. Went into class and was thinking "none of these people know what's going on" Cell phones weren't very popularly used at the time at data xfer.

We went to the next class and everyone knew then. Lots of misinformation. They sent everyone home then. I thought it was odder to shuffle everyone onto the highway than stay at the college.
2017-09-11 08:55:46 AM  
Home with my sick 9 YO son. Had the news on when they broke away from the local to cover the WTC hit. We watched that all day, I remember like it happened yesterday.
2017-09-11 08:56:50 AM  
In my dorm room.  For some reason I woke up early and decided to watch the news just as CNN cut in to the first plane crash.  Sat there in stunned silence as the dumb talking heads went on and on about could this be an accident... then the second plane.... and more jabber about accidents.  Jebus are they dumb.
2017-09-11 08:57:16 AM  
I had just graduated college but was still working at the bookstore there.  My friend called me and asked if I was watching the news. I said no and asked why. She said, panicked, "Because we're under attack!"

I walked out to the TV in the lobby area and everyone was glued to the set.  No work done that day, no sales, nothing but horror.
2017-09-11 08:57:33 AM  

Had afternoon classes. Didn't wake up until all the excitement was over.

I remember that slashdot had working coverage when the major network's sites were all completely hosed.

It was a good day for akamai, in retrospect.
2017-09-11 08:57:41 AM  
In class at college. Nothing was mentioned in class so I don't think anyone knew until afterwards. I remember heading back to my dorm once it ended and overhearing someone say the towers were gone. Didn't think much of it at the time until I got back to the dorm and saw a huge crowd in the commons room. Didn't immediately go in because I really needed to go the bathroom. Went up to my room, used it, turned on my comp and learned what happened. Went downstairs to watch with everyone else and spent several hours there.
2017-09-11 08:57:57 AM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Catholic grade school. They had an assembly in the church and then we were sent home early. Watched it on TV after we got home.

I was in 8th grade at my Catholic school. I was walking into Social Studies when I saw the TV. Our class was going to have a mock legislative session as we were learning about the Ohio government. I thought that they went all out for the production values of this lesson.

 I missed the first hits but I remember seeing one of the towers collapse. They only told the junior high kids and kept those in K-6 in the dark. We didn't have outdoor recess and there was a prayer session in the afternoon. I remember my pastor talking how we shouldn't blame a people and that Catholics aren't clean in their history.
2017-09-11 08:59:46 AM  
Just stepped off a flight from San Francisco to Heathrow, collected the bags and was walking through the arrivals hall in time to see the second plane go in live on a TV screen.  Once I'd picked my jaw up off the floor, I drove straight home and hugged my 10-year old grandson for about five minutes and told him how much I loved him.
2017-09-11 09:00:08 AM  
Sitting on a Navy ship pier side in San Diego
2017-09-11 09:00:21 AM  
I college in NE Ohio. I wasn't feeling well and was about to call my prof to cancel a project meeting we had. I turned on Howard Stern to listen to while debating how to word my cancellation. As his antenna was on the Empire State Building, his show was uninterrupted. It was interesting to hear him go from silly to rage to depressed repeatedly during the show.

Turns out we saw flight 93 on its way to PA but did not realize it until about a month later as tapes were getting released.
2017-09-11 09:00:30 AM  
I was working for a national dining and entertainment company at the time. One of my techs came into the tech room and said he heard on "Howard Stern" that a plane had hit one of the towers.
We went out, got some of the TVs on, and watched as the second plane hit.
We sent most of the staff home and opened with a skeleton crew, mostly managers. We had some customers, most of them sitting at the bar watching the news coverage. The game room was eerily quiet that day.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-09-11 09:01:50 AM  
If you want to get literal, I was sitting in a cubicle probably trying to figure out how to get bits from point A to points B, C, and D without using too much network bandwidth. Coworker came in to tell us what happened and went home to calm down his family because a relative worked in WTC.
2017-09-11 09:02:32 AM  
Walked into 7th grade math class and the teacher was watching it. Originally thought it was some small prop plane or something that flew into it and didn't quite understand until the second plane. Teachers were told to turn off the TVs and the principal gave a video announcement that afternoon.
2017-09-11 09:02:44 AM  
I was in Singapore from early August to September 7th on a business trip. The last week of my trip, I emailed my boss if I could take Monday, September 10th off as my personal Labor Day holiday since the previous Monday I worked in Singapore.

My first day back at my North Carolina office was September 11th. I was there much earlier than normal since I was still jet lagging like crazy. Once I heard the second plane hit the towers, my jet lag went away. I had co-workers that were still in Singapore. They had a hard time getting back to the USA.
2017-09-11 09:02:47 AM  
Working as a travel agent in Boston... when I arrived at South Station, I was wondering why so many people were out on the street as it was past 9 and it usually wasn't that busy at that time.  Downtown Crossing was jammed too. Ihad my headphones on so I  didn't hear anything until I  got to the office and found out what happened. Our agency put a few people on those flights and a few people knew some of the AA cabin crew. Awful few hours fielding calls from parents of kids abroad and folks stranded in other places until the office was closed for the day. With all air traffic grounded there really wasn't anything for us to do, so the sent us home.
2017-09-11 09:04:02 AM  
I remember some fool on fark.com profoundly stating that he could see Logan Airport from his office.
2017-09-11 09:05:03 AM  
Was teaching a class for MSDN certification.  Heard about the attacks from friends in an Everquest IRC channel, then jumped on Fark to catch up (yeah I've been here way too long).  After the second plane hit, I dismissed my class.

Later that day, the ATM ate my bank card.  When I called customer support, they blamed it on the terrorist attacks (seriously).  That night, we raided Yelinak.  Funny what we remember from that day.
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