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  1. #13
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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01



    I was at work when a couple people came upstairs from the cafeteria where 3 TVs played, telling us that the WTC was on fire. A group of people went downstairs just in time to see the second plane hit.

    Several people fell to their knees in shock when the first tower came down. Then came news of the Pentagon. Needless to say, work was over for the day at that point.

    Execs in nortern NJ were screaming at our security people to get helicopters to get them the hell out of there. What a day.


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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I have some interesting stories.

    My own (thankfully, uneventful): I was in tenth grade at the time. Second period, the principal called an emergency assembly. We all sat in a classroom with its walls collapsed because a synagogue was renting out our space and they needed an expanded sanctuary for for High Holiday services. Our principal also happened to be our teacher for second and third period, so for the hour-and-a-half following the announcement we all just sat in his office and watched it unfold on TV. After third period ended, we had one more period of class before they called school and sent us home. After making sure all New York family was safe, I sat in front of the TV for the rest of the day.

    My brother: Rides the New York subway twice daily immediately beneath the WTC. Stood on the Brooklyn Bridge and watched the skyline crumble with his own eyes.

    My stepbrother: Was in New York on business. Stood inside the WTC towers the day prior. After his flight back to Los Angeles was cancelled, he was offered a ticket on United flight 93. He declined the offer.


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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was at school just starting the 2nd week of my GCSE year, first we knew of it was someone got a text during afternoon registration from his older brother saying a plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York, because it was so random and out of the blue most of us laughed it off and didn't believe it. It wasn't until we walked past an electrical store on the way to the train station on the way home that we all realised it had happened and just how serious it was.

    The memory that sticks out for me that day other than the news coverage is the number of people in my town who went to church to pray, nothing organised just the churches were there and people just went to pray and contemplate, it was such on odd eerie day, don't think I or anyone will ever forget it.




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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was in college and was on my way to class (went to Towson), and had just got on the Beltway when I heard Lopez on KML giving the report of the first plane hitting. Thought at first they were talking about the WTC in Baltimore and that it was just an accident. Traffic was horrendous and it took forever to get to Towson, so I heard it all unfolding on the radio when the second plane hit. Got to school and went to my first class. People didn't know much, but when I got to my second class, people were saying the towers collapsed and the Pentagon was hit. They closed school right after that.

    Listening to the replay right now of the Howard Stern show from 9/11/01.




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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was a junior at Tulane. I was on my way to class when I saw the TV, one of my roomates left it on. I saw the towers fall and then went to class (in disbelief) which was then cancelled halfway through. Spent the rest of the day in front of the TV.




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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I woke up around 9am, just after the second plane hit. When it was reported, I misunderstood and thought two planes had collided INTO the WTC, but then I heard about the Pentagon. I think I just walked around kind've numb, I wasn't sure what was going on. I know I had the TV on when we saw the towers fall, and everyone in my dorm were going around, consoling each other.

    I'm a staunch Democrat and I'm quite ready to move on to a new president, but for that day, I didn't care who was in office or what was the politics behind us. We banded together as a country, and that was amazing. I still mourn on every Sep 11, because I'm terrified that we're going to destroy each other over religion, which should be left to each person's own beliefs, and that we have to live in a world where monsters will do this to innocent people.
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    I was in Atlantic City for a convention. I woke up and put on the Today show shortly after the first plane hit. At that time they still felt it was a small plane. The guy that owned the company I was working for had a Cessna, and he was supposed to be flying down that morning from Connecticut. My first thought was that it was him, then I watched in shock as the second plane hit. My boss was late getting to his plane that day and ended up grounded. I continued to watch the news until noon when I had to work the convention. It was impossible to do business that week.

    One of the things that stunned me was the fact that the casinos didn't miss a beat. Nothing stops gaming. I was in the restroom, and some blowhard New Yorker was loudmouthing about how he lost a sister and a cousin in the towers. I was like, "right, and it didn't pull you from the tables". That's such a terrible thing to BS about.

    On my way home I always take Route 40 instead of the AC expressway. It brought a tear to my eye to see all of those little towns with an American flag on every telephone poll. The whole thing was surreal, and the tragedy didn't really hit me until that ride home. I was so cutoff from the outside world in a casino all week.




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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    i was driving to work listening to WNST. when they said the first plane hit, i immediately thought we were under attack. anyone that has been there knows there is no way a plane just hits the tower. i arrived to work and ran to the break room and saw the 2nd plane hit. just stood in shock until the buildings collapsed. can't really explain the feeling, it was crazy seeing it unfold. more so because i had been there and lived in New York for a couple of months. if i had not seen those buildings so many times, it would still hit hard, but i do not think i would have had the same feeling.




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    I was working on a Congressional committee staff at the time. When I arrived at my office in the Rayburn House Office Building, directly across Independence Ave. from the Capitol, the first plane had just hit moments earlier, and the second had not yet hit. When the second one hit, and it was clear this was no accident, and especially after the Pentagon was hit, my colleagues and I felt an enveloping sense of dread. We could see the Pentagon smoke from our window. We kept hearing on the news about explosions, fires, bombs, etc., on the Mall, at the State Department and elsewhere nearby that turned out not to be true but gave us a feeling of a wave of attacks coming our way. We wondered if there was still another plane in the sky, headed toward another target near us. It was a very tense, confusing atmosphere. We evacuated our building soon after the 1st tower collapsed. What is normally a 10-minute drive home took nearly an hour. When I heard later about the plane crash in Pennsylvania, it was very chilling to think that plane might have been headed toward the Capitol, less than a block from where I was sitting.

    It was surreal to go back to work the next day on the Hill but I felt a sense of duty to not be intimidated. I remember the sense of dread continuing as we all waited and expected additional attacks with each passing day. If you'd told me then that there would be no additional attacks in the next five years, I would've been incredulous. I'm extremely grateful that that's been the case.




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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    Approaching 395 on my way to work, when the planes hit the towers. Then got to work, and heard about the Pentagon, and went into a frenzy, becuase my baby sister had just moved to DC, and I couldn't get in touch with her.




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    I was in a meeting at a Government building. Someone interrupted the meeting, whispered the news to one person in the room and that person realyed the story to the rest of the room. People looked around at each other in horror, and then the moderator of the meeting...continued where she had left off. I thought I was going to go nuts. I was worried for family, friends, fellow Americans, etc. They did, BTW, let us out early.

    The first thing I did when I got home was to rummage through the shed and put up an American flag.
    She had me at "Hell, NO!"




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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was off work that day and slept in. I woke up around 0900 and was watching the replay of Sportscenter. Then went to sign on the computer when I saw a picture of the WTC on fire. I went downstairs and immediately watched for the rest of the day. When the first tower went down, I ran to the basement and pulled out an old US Flag. I rigged it to a metal pole and with all the rage I had in me, I slammed the pole into the ground and yelled out "Knock this Flag down you Fu@% assholes". I have since put up a permanent Flag pole in my front yard.




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