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What were you doing on Sept 11, 2001?

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#1 larrybud



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:11 AM

It's amazing that it's been 16 years.    Time definitely goes faster the older you get (as a side note, I saw a show in which people were tested to their perception of amount of time passed, and the older you were, the faster you perceived the same amount of time, so it's actually a thing!).  

The world was different back then for sure.  No smart phones, internet still in its infancy.  

I'm sure many of you were personally touched by 9/11, but luckily I was not.  That morning I was at work listening to a local radio morning show (Drew and Mike on WRIF 101.1) at my desk when they started to report on an "accident" at the WTC.  As I tried to get on the internet for more info, the sites I was trying to get to were hammered, and many times you couldn't even pull up a page to get any kind of info.  The radio show gave play by play for me that morning.  I didn't see any images until much later that day.

As reports of a "single engine Cessna accident" turned into "multiple jets and terrorist attacks", I was trying to fathom what those 20, 30, 80 flights up in the WTC could be going through, as I see and look through my 5th floor window in a Detroit suburb.  Some fairly tall buildings in the corridor where I worked, but nothing was quite like the WTC of course.

I still try to absorb as much as I can each year and am a bit dismayed as people around me certainly don't seem to care as much as they once used to.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

I'm on the west coast so I was driving to work listening to AM talk radio like I always do.  Was hearing  him say something about the WTC building being on fire but daydreaming bout playing golf.  Then he said "now the whole building has come down!"  I was saying to myself what the heck is going on? Is this a joke? Is this satire? Cuz if it is it's not really all that funny.  If that building came down then LOTS of people are dead.  

Airplanes flying into the buildings?  WTH?????  So confused and got to work very troubled.  Didn't have a tv at work but some of the people I work with didn't have a clue what happened either.  At lunch I went to Best Buy to watch tv and then was stunned what really happened.  Devastated for all those people.  I felt sick and wanted to go home.  It still guts me to this day whenever I think about it.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:17 AM

Feels weird that today's weather here in the DC area is identical to 9/11. Beautiful.

I was visiting customers listening to Howard Stern. He said a plane crashed into the world trade center. It was thought to be a small plane.

Then a friend of mine from  DC police called and said all officers were being called in. He told me they were told it's a terrorist attack and to stay away from the city.

Then my dad called and said his building was evacuated. They do govt defense contracting. Radio stations were saying all the major bridges crossing the Potomac river might be closed. That would have Crippled this area.

We had military jets flying everywhere. And low. It was the most surreal day. Still get
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:59 AM

I lived pretty close and had a view of the towers as they burned and fell. I recall when they fell, I lost it and I picked up an ottoman and threw it against my window and it bounced off. I had just witnessed thousands being churned to ash and buried alive. Nobody knew what would  happen next. I saw thousands if people walking like zombies up Broadway, just walking, walking uptown. City was locked down, nowhere to go.

The entire lower Manhattan smelled like burned death for weeks.

Oh, and I remember going to a place to get lunch the next day with some friends and there was a girl at the table next to us. She said, "I just want to leave and go somewhere and make art". And some people did leave NYC.

But we came back stronger than ever.

Still, miss those towers, though.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:09 PM

I was in 5th grade - had no idea what was going on.

My teacher instructed us all to "pull out a notebook and write down everything you're hearing on the radio."

I'm guessing she wanted us to reread it someday when we better comprehended what had happened.

I still have that notebook, and it sends chills down your spine to reread it all and imagine what was going on.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:59 PM

I was 23, working as a residential plumber on an addition in NJ... homeowner came running out and told us all what was going on so he put the TV on for us...  my boss was somewhat of a "workaholic" and after spending only a few minutes watching he demanded I get back to work.  I obviously did eventually but looking back I realize what a dick that guy could be.  

Had some friends working in a high rise right across the river at the time, they'll never forget the awfulness they witnessed that day.  Friend from high school lost his father in one of those buildings...  was just an awful day and realizing now how much he world has changed since then is sad for many reasons.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:41 PM

I was writing a paper for a college class in social discourse.  For some reason I turned on CNN that day as some background noise and saw the coverage from the first moment.  I remember seeing the infamous shot of the man who jumped from one of towers and the camera followed him all the way down.  Still one of the most gut wrenching things I have ever seen in my life.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:16 PM

I grew up in Manhattan on 3rd st and remember watching them being constructed. It was amazing. When they went down it was like a part of my childhood memory was ripped out. I had just moved to California in a new job for the Federal Govt, got out of the shower, and watched Tom Brokaw describe an accident with the N tower. As I sat and dressed, I watched the second plane hit the S tower. I had to sit down on the floor. After a minute or so I realized it was deliberate. I was stunned and knew a turning point had been reached. When I got to work everyone was scrambling and mobilizing for instant deployment.

BTW larrybud, I started a '911 we must never forget' thread 1 (2?) years ago and so many people responded with 'who cares' replies I flamed out and got suspended and the thread was moved to cold storage, so be wary....that response was unreal. Maybe we deserve to be terrorized...
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:30 PM

I woke up at 11am that day because I was up late almost every night after football practice. Didn't believe it was real for like the first 5-10 minutes when I turned on the TV. I only found out about it a couple hours after it happened

Had to go to school that day, it's all anyone could talk about as you could imagine
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:51 PM

I was in 11th grade History when we heard the news of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. Then I was in Spanish 2 when we heard of the second plane and the Pentagon.

The rest of that day was just... eerie. I remember calling home at Lunch about my Dad, as I knew he worked near D.C. Thankfully, though he worked close, he wasn't as close as I thought. I ended up playing cards with a buddy during English because the teachers and fellow classmates  were all just watching the events unfold. Band class was just a ghost scene. Nothing really done, except talking and watching the aftermath.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:02 PM

A friend called about 9:30 am and told me to turn on the TV.  I was in for breakfast and wondered what all the fuss was about.  He said just turn on the TV and you will see.  I kept asking him to tell me figuring it was some sort of prank that he was playing.  He just kept saying turn on the TV.  So I did.  I can't recall if that was the moment that the first tower went down, but I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  It had to be a hoax!

I don't think I left the TV for 3 hours that morning.  I had seen Desert Storm live, yet this was completely different.  It was like watching Pearl Harbour on live feed and it just kept getting worse and worse...  I was 43 at the time.  My wife was at work and had no idea what was happening.  The kids were in school.  I don't remember what they were told.  I was completely stunned and left wondering just what the heck had happened!  I imagine my father felt the same way with the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour...
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:34 AM

I was in the air.  At the time worked on 33rd St, between 9th and 10th (horrible location btw).  Was taking a one day business trip from NYC to DC with three colleagues.  We took off from LGA probably 5-10 min before the first tower was hit.  No one on my plane (including me) saw or knew anything.  It was your typical commuter flight with everyone's nose planted in front of their computer or a paper.  As we were approaching DC, i found it strange that I didn't see any planes around us but I could see a ton on the tarmac.  Apparently we landed right after the Pentagon attack, still completely unaware of what was going on.  Looking to the front of the plane while taxiing to the gate, I noticed a flight attendant pick up a phone, get a shocked expression and then put the phone back down.

As we got off the plane we saw hoards of people crowded around TVs in the terminal.  We were trying to figure out what was going on and then heard about a plane hitting the North Tower.  We got our rental car and headed to our meeting, listening to the radio on the way.  We hadn't seen any video by then so the radio info sounded very confusing and all over the place.  When they said the south tower collapsed I still couldn't imagine that could happen.

We got to our meeting place and the company we were meeting with had evacuated the building except for a handful of people including the ones we were meeting with.  The morons there still tried to put on the meeting and go through their presentation as we are all checking out the video online and trying to get through to our families.  We told them that we needed to use their landlines to call family and then get the hell out of there.

We immediately got hotel rooms and then finally got to absorb what had happened that day.  It was surreal to say the least.  The next morning we drove back to NYC, I think it took over 7 hours or something.  One of my other colleagues was on a plane to LA that morning.  They landed in St. Louis and he rented a car and drove back.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:37 PM

I was brushing my teeth getting ready to open the golf shop in AZ then I had the next week off to see a college buddy who had moved to west palm beach. Peter Jennings was talking about that single Cessna accident when plane #2 went into the wtc live on tv. I just about swallowed my toothbrush.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:14 PM

I was in college at the time.  Living with my parents still in New Jersey.  We could see the plumes of smoke from our house.  I woke up around 10-11 o'clock when it was happening.  I think I was studying and doing papers until 1 or 2 am. When I woke up my mom was cooking in the kitchen and my dad was watching the news.  Went to class later that day and it was a bit eery.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:48 PM

Most people know the iconic pictures of the towers taken from afar. But anyone from NYC or has visited the towers remembers what they looked like from the street as you walked by.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:51 PM

I was doing my military service and we were camping that week, some shooting practice with our cannons and rifles. The attacks happened around 4 PM our time but the first time we heard about it was after 10 PM in the evening briefing when the lieutenant told us there had been an attack . After that we tuned in to civilian radio channels to hear more about it. It took us almost a week before we returned to the military base and actually saw the first images and video footage of it all.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:43 PM

I dropped my three year old son off at pre school and then went to play nine holes.   While I was at the course someone came out and told me a plane crashed into the Twin Towers.   Stepped into the clubhouse and saw the TV.  

I don't really remember much after that other than I raced to pick up my son and get him home.  That whole day is a blur.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:34 AM

On my way to my US History class my Soph year of college. I came out and my roommates had the tv on the news instead of sportscenter which was weird. Watched for a few minutes, went to class for about 30 min then school dismissed everyone for the day. I spent the rest of the day on the couch with my roommates watching coverage.

They say every generation has an event where you will remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you found out. This was my generation's. Im sure the older generations will remember as well. My mom told me she remembers every detail from when she found out Kennedy was assassinated.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:46 PM

Work for the government and had an 11:00 flight to Saudi Arabia...needless to say I didn't get on the plane


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:21 PM

a sophomore in high school @ went in early to take a test i missed the previous day in history class. my baseball coach who's room was next door came in and told my teacher to turn on the TV. we saw the 2nd plane hit the tower a few mins later. we were all in shock. the TV was on in all my classes all day. we basically did nothing all day but watch the TV in shock. we all saw the buildings fall. around noon, some parents started picking up their kids i guess out of the fear of not knowing what the heck was going to happen next. my last class was economics and our teacher would go to NY almost annually in December break with a group of students as a field trip and learn some things about the NY economy (I would go in 2003) and he had a photo he took from 2000 atop the one of the world trade centers and sitting on a bench looking straight up at the towers - it was an awesome photo (he had quite a few inside and outside of the towers). he was pretty distraught.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:42 PM

In college living at home... working at golf course in PA.  Had no class and was playing 36 holes by myself that day.  No cell phone for me back then.  Found it odd that no one way playing in the afternoon.  Got done second 18 around 2... hit some balls.. went home and turned on the tv... will never forget that feeling in my stomach when I saw what happened.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:59 PM

At work for my dotcom.  Crazy customer support lady started talking about planes hitting buildings and we didn't believe her for a bit.  Ended up running to the store and buying a TV for folks to watch, then sat in my car with a buddy smoking cigarettes and listening to the radio broadcast for a long time.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:25 PM

I had just got off a plane in Tampa (from Atlanta) and saw footage of the first tower with a smoking hole in it.  My thought was a small plane...

While waiting to get the rental car, the second tower was hit.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 02:44 PM

Was just rolling out of bed in college- waking up to Howard Stern and thought he was joking at first.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:58 PM

View PostKapp, on 15 September 2017 - 02:44 PM, said:

Was just rolling out of bed in college- waking up to Howard Stern and thought he was joking at first.

Pretty similar. Hungover, over slept crappy warehouse job, got up about noon. Saw happenings on tv and thought "why is there a movie on on a tuesday afternoon?". Didnt have cable so when I changed the channel and saw it was the exact same thing I wondered "WTF?". Went outside to check the mail and saw jets circling over head at high rates of speed (i lived near an AFB). Thats when it hit me that we were under some sort of attack and s*** was getting real.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:36 PM

View PostKapp, on 15 September 2017 - 02:44 PM, said:

Was just rolling out of bed in college- waking up to Howard Stern and thought he was joking at first.

That would be a pretty typical Stern 'joke'. He's a real funny guy.
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:21 AM

I got in the car to go to work. Listening to big boys neighborhood and that's all they were talking about. Got to work, no one did anything except sit around the TVs in dead silence. After the second plane, we shut everything down.
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:36 AM

I was in Navy boot camp on our 1-1 day. That meant we completed our processing days (which take a week) and we were on the first day of our first week. Our RDCs gathered us all around and told us what happened and told us to prepare for war. We were all scared sh*tless.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 01:55 PM

I was at the SCCA Autocross National Championships in Topeka KS at Forbes Field. I remember hearing about it and everyone that had radios tuning into news and radio (no one had tvs in their cars, maybe some campers).

It was insane. We halted racing because we were on Air National Guard property and were told to get off. Not an easy task with 1000 people, trailers, race cars, etc... We ended up having a one day and done championship.

I remember just being back in my hotel room, my wife in Colorado at the time with her cousin, literally not many people to hang out with, nor did I want to, truth be told.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:02 PM

Ironically, I was at home doing my paperwork and giving blood for a life insurance policy, the nurse came to the house around 8:30 am IIRC. I had a meeting with a customer about 45 minutes away so I was getting ready to head out after that, TV on in the background. Heard the first plane hit, assumed just one of those things, some kind of pilot error. Then as I'm watching the report, I see the 2nd plane hit the tower in the background. It's stunning. I tear myself from the TV and get in the car to drive to the meeting and see tons of Emergency vehicles on the highway. When I get to the office where my meeting is supposed to be, the woman I have the appointment with just says "I can't deal with this" and goes back into her office. I head back home. After that I had a couple of days that I couldn't tear myself away from the TV, it was obsessive. I drove north on the NJ Turnpike past Newark Airport and it was so strange to see no planes. I live somewhat near McGuire AFB and the sound of the military planes over my house became very apparent.

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