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  1. #16
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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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    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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  4. #19

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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.




  6. #21

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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.




  8. #23

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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.




  10. #25

    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    When I got back to my cube, I watched events unfold on the internet and I also joined in on the ongoing discussion on the RN2 board that existed at the time. I wonder if that thread is still around somewhere in cyberspace?
    She had me at "Hell, NO!"




  11. #26

    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    If you have a flag, please consider flying it for 24hrs in remembrance
    I was at work that day, but left early. I went home, took my flag out of the closet, put it up in the front yard, and have flown one every day since then. I've replaced it a couple of times, but there has been an American flag flying at my house since 9/11/2001.
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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was working as a homecare nurse arranging my day. They kids were all in school and I was doing my paper work. I was watching the Today show and saw the first tower on fire and actually saw the second plane hit. My husband was getting his oil changed I remember saying the first one could be an accident the second one was not.
    I left to see my patients and all the radios were just news, cell phones did not work. I heard on the radio that there was unconfirmed report that a plane went down around Camp David, as the crow flies I'm 25 miles from there, as it turns out it was wrong. I could not work after that and turned around and went home. I was driving past my kids school and they were armed SWAT guys on the roof and went home and lost it. My husband could ont get to his office in Balto so he came home. We picked up 2 of the kids and watched the rest on tv. I remember how strange it was not to have planes in the air and how strange it was when planes started flying again
    I could not turn it off, could not sleep and was a mess for a while afterwards. One of the nurses in my company lost a brother in the towers.




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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was at work in Annapolis Junction which is right across from NSA on I-295. We watched the news in our command center. We got notice that our business park needed to evacuate since NSA would be a prime target for terrorism. It was gridlock getting out and back home. I was glued to the TV the rest of the day and night as events unfolded. However to this day I can't bring myself to watch these 9/11 movies or watch the planes hitting the towers again. I'm just not ready for it.

    Today I listened to Howard Sterns replay from his 9/11/01 show. It gave me goosebumps as he covered what was going on that day and hearing him and others on the show be shcoked and dismayed by what they were seeing on tv. I know alot of people dislike Stern and all but for that day his covering of 9/11 was serious and heart-felt.
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    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was sitting as a poll-watcher at the Annapolis Library all day. We couldn't have a TV there so I had to run out and get snippets on the radio.

    My Mom was running for City Council for the second time. She won but we were too devastated to do much celebrating.




  15. #30

    Re: Where were you on 9/11/01

    I was at home, on the PC listening to music, not the news, so I had no idea what was happening. After the second plane hit, my wife called me from work to tell me about it. Like everyone else, I was stunned -- my first comment was, "TWO planes hit the World Trade Center? So, that can't be an accident, right?" As ignorant as that sounds now, that was my first reaction, because I wanted to think it was an accident, but knowing it happened twice made that an impossibililty.

    I went downstairs to watch CNN and MSNBC, and heard a breaking report that "something" happened at the Pentagon. It was a surprisingly long time before that "something" was explained. Then I saw, live, the first tower come down. I had to turn the TV off after that.

    I retreated back to the Internet and logged on to a usenet newsgroup about Bob Dylan, and was greeted with a series of e-mail messages from shocked Dylan fans from other countries, expressing their sympathy and offering their condolences and support. It was touching but reminded me that this was an event from which you really couldn't escape.




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