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at my desk, first job after college, a few months out of school. secretary runs in and says a plane just hit a world trade center tower. we were all standing around the TV watching when they were speculating what happened and the second plane hit.
At a McDonalds in Fountain Hills AZ. Waiting for my business partner. I had heard on the radio a plane hit the first tower and wondered...how in the hell does some fool crash into a skyscraper....as I pulled in they just reported a 2nd crash...needless to say I walked inside and eyes were glued to the tv....the rest of the day is a blur.
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on my way to work and heard about the 1st plane hitting the tower. morning radio and they'd been joking around so the host had to preface it by saying, "this isn't a joke, need to make sure everyone knows this isn't a bit," before going on. this was right when it happened and they still thought it was a cessna/small plane. we didn't have any tvs at that job, so i was emailing back and forth w/ my neighbor who worked at a trading desk w/ a hundred tvs everywhere and she gave me the play by play all morning, which i then relayed to the rest of my office. you couldn't get on cnn, or any other news site, because they were all just overloaded. we finally gave up on work and all went home around lunch.
i remember the 2 worst things about that week to me:
1) the images of the people jumping to their death. that just crushes me.
2) the interview w/ the ceo of cantor fitzgerald who wasn't in the tower because he took his kid to school that day, and was the only person alive from that office. his guilt and sadness was unbelievable.
f*. just thinking about that day/week is making me feel sad again.
Same for me. I was a senior in high school and the first plane hit right before I left the house to go to school. I assumed it was an accident.
By the time I got to school we had figured out it wasn't. I just left school and went back home.
Still remember everything very distinctly about that day.
Was initially a typical work day for myself. I was up and getting ready for work and saw everything on the news. I'm a west coaster so by the time the 2nd and 3rd planes hit, it was still pretty early here in AZ. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and I still sit in awe and shock when I see replays of the footage.
Time to nut up or shut up
I was in Chicago. I worked a block from the Sears (now Willis) Tower, a block from the Chicago Transit Authority station and a block from the mercantile exchange. We were evacuated from our building 10 minutes after the 2nd plane hit a building and were able to get home after they shut down the other side of the highway and both sides were people leaving the city.
I was in 10th grade sociology. Teacher next door came in and told us to turn on the tv. Everyone was glued to the TV from then on. We did no work in class that day or the rest of the week. Remember going home after school, and waking my mom up and telling her about it. She worked 3rd's and hadn't heard anything about it. I still remember the look of anguish that was on her face, when I told her. We watched the news that night for hours. Can't believe it's been 11 years.
Keep Calm & Stoops On..
Same way for me. I remember everything but time. It's strange now, but everything just seemed to stand still. There was no focusing on anything else.
One thing that stood out to me then and we've all heard over and over since, was how gorgeous that day was. The stark contrast between the beauty of the day and that black smoke is haunting even now.
I didn't lose control of my emotions though until Peter Jennings lost his composure on air. No idea why, it just hit me and I couldn't hold back the tears.
Like Roger mentioned, even now the footage still evokes a deep sadness and again, there's no fighting back the tears.
My Freshman year of college getting ready to head to Economics class (only class on Tuesdays). Class ended up being cancelled that day. Went to work at Wal-Mart later that day and no one (employees or customers) could take their eyes off the televisions in the Electronics dept. Bad idea to have news on the TV's that day. Nothing got done. Quietest day ever at Wal-Mart despite it being fairly busy.
I was in second grade. I remember my teacher being upset that whole day, which really confused me because she was always happy. Of course she didn't tell us because we were only in second grade. About half of my class got checked out by their parents throughout the day and that was when I knew something happened. When I got home my mom sat my brother, sister, and I down and explained to us what happend. That whole day is still crystal clear to me and I will never forget September 11, 2001.
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middle school class for gifted students... on the computer
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Walking up these hills you have no choice but to be fast!
Just looking at some pictures from 9/11. Some of the hand written notes from loved ones to the dead are just so so sad. Hard to imagine losing someone to something like that. Just horrible.
I was 21 & at work. I was actually listening to Howard Stern on the radio. (In those days he was on regular radio) He was calling it as it happened. I remember thinking when the first plane hit
I thought what a terrible accident. Then minutes later when the second one hit, I thought to myself this is no accident & realized we we're under attack. I told my boss I was going home & went home & watched in sobering horror glued to the tv. I for on will never forget the images of people jumping out of the towers & the horror & destruction of that day. Not one of us had ever dreamed let alone imagined something like this unfolding on American soil.
The thing ill always remember is people jumping out of that building
They would rather die like that then burn alive
Imagine having to make that choice
Yeh that is seriously fvcked. Must have been all types of hell in those towers to make many stable people jump out of building to certain death.
I mean you'd think these people would at least have some false hope of being saved, but evidently it was so unbearable people just had to get out even if it meant death.
I was building a Ryans Steakhouse in Tuscaloosa Alabama, heard a bunch of yelling and ran into the job trailer to see the news. Life has not been the same since.
My ex-husband's cousin died in the attack and his aunt died about six months later (it was her only child and she literally lost her will to live) It was heartbreaking to watch.
Working at a Data Center in LA... they locked us down and wouldn't let us leave for security reasons. Pretty crazy, chics were flip'n out talking about having to get to their kids and stuff. After a few hours they finally let us bolt but I remember not knowing what the hell was going on until I listened to the radio in the drive home.
Some heartfelt and appropriately sad posts on this thread and quite a few I am ashamed came from young supposedly smart Americans. 5000+ people died and millions affected and we want to be cute.
That's unbelievable. I was in 8th grade English class. We watched the coverage for awhile and then all went home.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
telling myself it's not as hard as it seems - Led Zeppelin
I have a cousin who had a meeting in one of the towers (dont remember which) that morning, but was late.. thankfully.
Freshman year of college. Classes were cancelled after noon. I stayed in my room and watched everything unfold on TV. I didn't leave once because I didn't want to miss anything.
Walking back from the shower at my dorm in MSU, a guy I never talked to before and never talked to after saw me and told me I had to see what was on TV. The second plane hit seconds later. I'll never forget how our President didn't cancel classes because "it doesn't effect us". It was nice that the class I had that morning the proffessor was kind of an expert on Afghanastan and was dead on with his thoughts on what happened.
"As far as the downvotes. It's a gnat biting an lion"
-- A member of tRCMB Justice League, taking the internet WAY WAY too seriously.
I was in ninth grade about to go to peer leadership instead we had an emergency meeting. I thought the first few minutes of the meeting was a sick joke. Remembered taking a biology quiz that day and as soon as it was done we could watch the news. I Christmas tree'd the quiz like most of my class.
At home watching it happen on Fox News. Saw the 2nd plane hit. Had gotten off work a couple of hours earlier and happened to still be awake. Needless to say, I stayed awake all day watching the coverage and all night because I had to work. Long day but never really got tired. Tough yet surreal day and night. Will never forget it. Still amazed by the whole thing from every different facet. The looks on people's faces when the huge cloud of dust cleared somewhat, the greatness of the police and firemen that did their job like it was just a normal day, the comments and emotions of every news analyst and the common people, the incredible scene when the buildings fell and how incredible it was that those buildings could just crumble the way they did and the thoughts I had in my head about what kind of human being and what kind of fanaticism it would take to make those humans board planes, take them over and fly them directly into buildings.
I have other thoughts about the men that were on those planes but in the spirit of keeping the board civil and without a heated, emotional discussion, I'll keep them to myself. The event and the people involved on both sides are great for educational purposes as to human behavior and emotions. It's fascinating to me.
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