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9.11.2008

Edit: Where Were You?

Got a couple of comments coming in below regarding where you were when you first heard of what was happening on 9/11. Pretty good stuff. I'll allocate this post to those comments only. Edit: I lived out at the lake at the time and had a 30 minute drive into work. I had The Ticket on (big surprise) and they were talking, casually, about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. For about five minutes I thought they were talking about the building off Stemmons Freeway in Dallas that has "World Trade Center" on it. When I was about three miles from work the boys on The Ticket were completely enthralled with the television coverage of the burning building and were describing the scene when the second plane hit. There was confusion as they tried to comprehend what the just saw, and then I remember host George Dunham say, "This has just turned into a military operation." My first terrified thought was truly, "Get those military fighter jets in the air. Now."

77 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was at work. I'm still there.

I didn't understand what a coworker was telling me when it first happened. I turned the news on and heard the reports and sat in stunned confusion for awhile. It was just so unbelievable at the time.

Anonymous said...

I had my bathroom radio on and was shaving when I heard the news about the first plane. I assumed it was a small single engine plane. The pilot was probably drunk. No big deal!

I went into my living room a few minutes later out of a small sense of curiosity to see if the TV anchors were reporting it......and then WHAM......the second plane hit.

Then I knew this was some serious stuff!

Brandy said...

I was sitting in the Dodge Dealership in Jacksonville, NC waiting for my truck to be ready after an oil change. It was on TV and it totally freaked me out.

A few minutes later, my husband called my cell phone and said that he'd not be able to come home until things had been 'cleared up' - that the base (He was an active duty Marine at the time) was on lock down and no one could enter or leave.

I remember sitting there watching after the first plane hit but before the second one hit and I was just in shock. Then, when the second plane came on the screen, all of us in the waiting room were trying to see what kind of plane it was. We couldn't believe it was actually a passenger jet...

Very vivid memories.

Anonymous said...

I was on a tread mill @ Fit & Wise watching the TV and had to ask someone if this was a movie or was it real. The man looked at me like I was stupid.

Anonymous said...

I was sitting on the couch working on my resume when the first one hit, remember calling my mom and telling her. The days following were eerily silent with no planes in the air.

Anonymous said...

I was at work and heard it on the radio, so we found a TV and we all just sat there in disblief. Very unbelievable at the time, sad and proud of the ones who stood up to the attackers. A VERY wide range of emotions for the USA.

Remote Controller said...

I was asleep in bed from working on night shift. I got a call from my dad to turn on the TV when I saw the news and the first thing I thought of was the "War of the Worlds" scam from 50 years ago, but then it started to sink in. I didn't stop watching the tv for 48 hours straight.

Anonymous said...

I was cuddling with Wordkyle.

Anonymous said...

On a treadmill listening to the radio....when they said a plane I assumed a small prop airplane....didn't soak it for quite a while....

Anonymous said...

I posted earlier, but I will add more...

I was working in the City Center towers in downtown Fort Worth. As I pulled into the garage, they were mentioning that a plane had hit the tower, but they were saying that it was a Cessna. We went in the office and some had already turned the TV on. We were watching just as the second plane hit.

I remember the feeling that day. We stayed at work, although we really never did any work. We stayed tuned to the radio and on the internet to get the latest news.

I also remember how eerie it was to look up in the sky and not see a single airplane. Living in this area, you are used to seeing planes all the time coming in and out of DFW.

I also remember watching the reports about the attack for several days. After about two days, though, I needed a break from it. I went home that night and watched "Blazing Saddles." It felt good, although maybe a little guilty, to finally be able to laugh.

Anonymous said...

I was at home ~ and had just turned the channel. It was just right after the first plane had hit....at that time the news posts weren't even sure what was going on. Then, I sat and watched in disbelief as the 2nd plane hit. I woke up a sleeping teenager and pulled him into the living room to watch as well. Then, I did the craziest thing. I went to Walmart and stocked up on groceries. I thought we were definately going to be immediately at war and wanted to make sure that I had food at home for the family. Then I just sat in front of the tv for days and days. And yes, the silence in the sky was just plain "weird".

Anonymous said...

I was playing my Banjo when a friend called asking if I knew a plane had hit the trade center and I thought it was a small plane in bad weather.

I turned on the TV just before the second one hit and sat there in utter disbelief not understanding what was happening.

Anonymous said...

It was my first week back to work after giving birth to my much planned and anticipated first child. Strangely enough my thoughts were something akin to "The Day After" movie and feeling so selfish to have brought this perfect human into the world of possible destruction. The eerie silence also affected me...and no SPORTS....

Starr said...

That morning a positive pregnancy test confirmed I was going to be a mom for the first time. I was overjoyed. Half an hour later the attacks started. I was terrified.

Silicone Alley said...

I was a senior and high school and late to my first period class as always. I was so worried about getting past the tardy station to get to my classroom. Once in there, the TV was on and there was complete silence in the room. The first plane has already hit and later we saw the second one. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

Anonymous said...

I was in Coach Larry Fair's Government class at Bridgeport High School...The first plane hit and all the teachers were gathered in the hallway talking, then the second plane hit... his eyes got to be the size of baseballs as he stared at the TV and silence filled the classroom.
The class didn't understand very well what was going on...it took everyone, including me, a while to realize the effect it was going to have on all of us.
We watched the news on the classroom TVs throughout the day, some students and teachers were both crying.

Anonymous said...

I was attending my 2nd day at ITT-Tech in Arlington. Between classes some of my classmates were at computers and heard about it and came back to class talking about it. Our WHOLE class went to the computer room and watched the news on the internet. Shortly after that they released the students to go home so on my way back to Burleson it was all over the radio and so i heard that a 2nd plane hit the towers and by the time i made it to my Aunts in Burleson it was all over the news. my poor grandma and aunt were crying while watching it on TV as they replayed the planes hitting the towers. it was a sad day and ill never forget it.

Anonymous said...

folks had better wake up...this is not over, these people will not be deterred, and their hatred of america is worse than ever..they are brainwashed from birth into this mentality of hate..it's as much a part of their religion as jesus is to christians...beware more changes are coming..BE PREPARED..!!

Anonymous said...

Katie Couric has to be the single stupidest TWIT I have ever heard in my life.

Anonymous said...

I was at work in the Medical Arts building on 8th and Rosedale in Fort Worth when someone called and said,"Turn on the tv, a plane just flew into a building in New York." The first thing I thought of was the times buildings had been struck by aircraft before such as the Empire State Building in the 40s being struck by a bomber and thought, "How can that be possible with todays instruments AND- it's broad daylight?" I then saw the second plane strike the north tower as soon as the tv was turned on.




Later, when I heard all aircraft under US ground control had been grounded I took everyone up onto the roof to allow them to see a sky for the first time in their lives that didn't have a single aircraft and hope that would be the last opportunity for same we'd ever have.




It was literally the bluest blue I've ever seen.




September 11 2004 I received orders to deploy to Iraq.


Please don't argue with me about whether or not Iraq had anything to do with 9-11. That war would not have happened if it weren't for 9-11 so it kinda doesn't matter, does it? They are intertwined whether we like it or not and regardless of what we think about the war.

I was an old guy (mid forties) and although I'd been in the military years before, I was never in a war. God, it was agony. Everything was hard. Just standing somewhere geared up was misery. You know how in Texas the pavement melts? Imagine it's 130 degrees and you are carrying 60-80 extra pounds and standing on that same pavement for 8 or 10 OR 16 hours- miserable.

I made it nearly the whole deployment without killing anyone. After an ambush we had to clear some nearby buildings. I came within 30 yards of an insurgent, before he could bring his weapon up I shot him 3 times. The first thing that went through my mind? He look surprised before he fell so I thought, "What did you think was going to happen, fool?" Then I thought, "What a thing to think!?" And then,"Wow,"I didn't even hear my weapon fire-weird."

I still remember the smell of a friends perfume when she came crying into my office on 911 and the way the wind felt on the roof that day and the smell of the ungodly stench of some Godforsaken village where I found how it felt to kill after assuming I would finish my life without ever ending anothers.

It takes a while to recall any memories of my failed marriage but, I could, I believe relate every detail of those two days nearly to the minute.


I love you America and everyone in you- in spite of yourselves sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I remember I was at home and a friend called and said turn on the tv some serious sh_t is happening.I remember my reaction at the time "need more ammo and a couple of more firearms" went to cheaper than dirt purchased 2000 more rounds and an ak.Not without a fight.I hope when they find "bin hidin" they burn that monster with jet fuel!

Anonymous said...

I was at work. My mom called and said that a plane had hit the Trade Center. We have a TV here, but no reception. We finally found a channel that was showing it. Through the terrible fuzz on the TV, we stood there with our mouths wide open in total disbelief. You could have heard a pin drop. My heart was so heavy, that it made me physically ill. I left work early that day. I picked up my child and we sat on the couch and watched the news. I held on to him so tightly, and just cried and prayed. I was thanking God for what we had and asking Him to be with the families that had lost their lives. It turned out to be a turning point in my life. I have now learned not take anything for granted, because you never know when it will be gone. I thank God everyday, that He has given me one more day with the ones I love.

P.S. I even still remember what I was wearing that day!!

Anonymous said...

I was at work in my office and got a call from my wife. She said to turn on the radio. The best coverage was from the Howard Stern Show!

As I was listening, I remembering thinking that the death toll had to be in the 10-20 thousand range.

Anonymous said...

It was my birthday and in the middle of all the emotions, I remember feeling guilty that I was mad that "my" day had been ruined. Seven years later though it is still hard to accept "Happy Birthday" wishes on a day that is not supposed to be happy. Since then I have met others with that birthday and they agree that it is awkward. I'm just thankful that because brave men and women have taken the fight to their soil, no more attacks on U.S. soil and no other birthdays with sad footnotes.

Anonymous said...

I was in college and my classmates and I were stunned.

AMAZINGLY, our professors had a very dispassionate attitude about it and made us carry on with our classwork, tests and other business as usual:(

Anonymous said...

Wow...bringing up the mood a tad...I read Silicones post and at first I thought she said I was in High School and missed my period....had to re read....

Michael Gresham said...

Like you, I used to have about a 30-minute commute to work. And, like you, I remember listening to the Musers when the first and second planes struck. It was a very strange broadcast, and I think we were all kind of in shock. You could tell, even on the commute, everyone's ears were either glued to their radio or to their cell phone. Very eerie.

Anonymous said...

I was having my picture taken in front of the Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt.

Egyptiam military appeared, rushed us back to busses, followed us back to cruise ship with machine gun escort front and back.

Body searched at ship, still not knowing what had happened. When we got to parts of ship with TV's CNN was broadcasting the event.

Didn't make it home for 11 more days.

Anonymous said...

I was teaching. Principal came and told us what was going on because we did not have TV in our rooms. We did turn on a radio and heard then about the second plane hitting. Parents began to come pick up their children from school. No one knew if/where/when other attacks would occur and schools sure would have been a probable target. I was furious but very terrified. Helpless....
Hope no one has to ever feel that way again. We can never end the war on terror. Never!

Anonymous said...

20 seconds after the 2'nd plane hit katie couric said " oh my god is it possible that this might not be an accident"..? to which matt lauer responds " you know this may be deliberate" DUH..!!!

Anonymous said...

i was sitting in my single wide in newark watchin jerry springer when my cousin and late uncle bily joe came roarin up the drive hollerin' "get ur guns , cousin, cause the commies r comin!"
so i runned and got my assult rifle and started shootin anythin in the sky.
fake wise county citizen

Anonymous said...

I was in Chicago pushing for legislation that would give 14 million dollars to Tony Rezko to purchase government housing that would later have to be boarded up because he didn't do improvements on the apartments. He did help me get a house with adjacent property at a great rate though. Later that day, I went to Bill Ayers home and celebrated with him and his wife and listened to him rejoice about how he had blown up government buildings in the 70's. Before going home, I posted bills on telephone poles.

Anonymous said...

I was in the band hall between Jazz Band and Marching Band. We were having a fundraiser guy come talk to us. Mr. James found out on the internet told us what was going on. But since none of us liked/trusted him, we didn't think he was serious...

Ernie said...

9:01 nice banjo reference. I was listening wbap820 and they had a news report from NY and as the guy was decribing the first plane crash, calmly, he then saw the second plane hit. He paused in total confusion, then said this more than an accident. My heart sank, I had an idea what was going on...I went in to work late with my portable TV and a elderly man came in my shop, as I helped him I mentioned what I had heard/seen on TV. The elderly man did not know this was happening, he looked scared and confused and then aplogized to me for what had taken place in NY. It really hit me then, this man was upset and did not know what to do, nor did I.

Anonymous said...

What's the matter Skippy? You can't post my recollection of the day America's chickens came home to roost?

Anonymous said...

I would break 11:25s teeth out within 5 minutes of meeting him and there wouldn't be a got dang thing he could about it but stand there and bleed.

Haw Haw

Idiot

Anonymous said...

Laying in bed in Lubbock TX avoiding class.

Anonymous said...

At Matties getting my morning grease fix.

I miss me some Matties.

Eddie in Paradise said...

I worked 2nd shift at DFW Airport and I was working out in the yard before work. It was a beautiful, quiet day in Paradise, TX. I went in to take a break and my mother called and told me about it. It was very strange to go from a quiet, and peaceful moment to an almost unbelievable event. It was also like being in the twilight zone when I arrived for work at the airport and it was shut down - no aircraft in the sky and no aircraft noise on the ground. It was life as we knew it coming to an end.

Collectionsite said...

I was getting ready to go to work at American Airlines. When the first airplane hit I was out the door and on the way to work. When the second airplane hit I stopped at Northwest High School and took my child home. I was getting reports that we didn't know how many more airplanes were out their.

When I got to work a little time later I was assigned to the job of leading our ground crews to search EVERY airplane for ANYTHING.

Not good times ...

Anonymous said...

11:53, It's against the law to make threats against a presidential candidate.

Anonymous said...

I remember thinking:

"MY GOD, THIS IS SOMETHING OUT OF A TOM CLANCY NOVEL."

(something similar happened at the end of "Debt of Honor" published in 1994)

I KNEW instantly it was the work of Bin Laden.

Certain people around me feared a nuclear attack, but I knew that wouldn't happen.....the terrorists had already given us the best they had.

I was afraid more attacks would resume once the FAA allowed flights back in the air!

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Did you attend the prayer service at the court house in rememberance of 9/11? Oh wait, I forgot. Liberal weenies are opposed to religion being forced down their throats on government property.

Anonymous said...

11:53, Go inflate your tires and pledge allegiance to the United States. All 58 of them. And it wouldn't hurt for you to organize your community.

Anonymous said...

I was at work and one of the kids in our facility ran in the office and said, "Miss, you have to come see this!" They had the TV on and the administrator was standing with the boys (All of the tough gang bangers) watching the TV and all of those guys had tears and disbelief in their eyes. They as all of us were confused as to why this thing happened.

Every year to this day, I shed tears for the many innocent people that were killed on that tragic day.
I will never forget and hope and pray that for the ones that do not support our troops overseas will stop and think about this day and what happened in America. If it were not for our troops(all volunteer) we would be seeing this more often.

Anonymous said...

I was working at a prison in deep south Texas. A fight broke out in one of the 50-man dorms. I had assembled a team to go into the area to disperse chemical agents. As we were shutting down the inmate's televisions, one of the inmates saw the news. One by one, the inmates stopped what they were doing and sat in the floor in front of the televisions. Some prayed, some cried and some were too stupid to do either. There had been numerous problems in that dorm prior to 9-11, but up until the time I left that unit, which was about 5-months later, we never had another problem with those inmates.

Anonymous said...

only 4 people showed up for the 9-11 prayer on the square.

thanks for the story and heads up on it to get the word out WCM.

oh wait.....

you did nothing.

again.

GoneCrazy said...

I heard of the first plain hitting the towers from the baby sitter when I dropped my son off. I had that omg how horrible feeling. I was listening to the radio on my way to school when I heard of the second plain hitting. I couldnt believe what I heard. I was scared, but unsure of wat to do. I had to pull over to call my parents. They had just happen to trun on the new that morning and knew. She went and picked up my kiddo for me and I went to about half of one class before classes were cancled and the campus closed.

Denney Crane said...

The day after the 9/11 attack, how long did you think before the next attack took place

Less than a
week
month
6 months
1 year
3 years
5 years
10 years

Predicitions anyone? How long after we pull our troops out of Iraq before radical Jihadists attack us on US soil?
Less than
1 month
6 months
1 year
2 years
3 years
5 years
Never???

Anonymous said...

10:37 I'd take the late cousin billy joe and his band of rednecks any day over a weenie who is scared to do anything!I can see it now. "oh my their everwhere i think i've stained my undies"

Anonymous said...

I like everyone else was watching live news before the 2nd plane hit. I saw the instant it hit and a few seconds later I saw a very strange thing appear that I had never seen before. I saw a black sphere appear on the live shot just a few seconds after the 2nd plane hit..I wasn't sure what I had seen until recently I saw a show on history channel (monsterquest), this program was about these black spheres that have been investegated and photographed by scientists. I can't remember what they are called, but they do exist and the science community doesn't know exactly what they are either..I saw this with my own eyes but have never seen it rebroadcast or mentioned by anyone else..Does anybody know what these are called ?

Lupe Martinez said...

I was home in bed when it happened. My sister in law called and asked if I could babysit my nephew because there was an emergency at work. I said okay. She showed up and said I needed to be watching tv because the Twin Towers were hit. I wasn't sure what she meant and she was out the door before I could ask. I turned on the tv and was in shock. I watched all day and night. I cried, prayed and held my 1 year old nephew closer than ever...
-L

Anonymous said...

I just remembered what these black spheres are called..RODS..I saw this just as plain as day, no one has an explanation as to what they are, but they have been seen and documented for many years..I hope someone else saw this besides me..am I crazy..?

Anonymous said...

I just remember that 9/11 was a distraction that I needed.....BADLY!

Signed,

Gary Condit

Anonymous said...

i was getting a quickie with my mistress before going to work. was interupted when my wife called 3 times to ask me if i had heard it.

Anonymous said...

3:43 PM, I would answer your question in the affirmative! Wow, dude, you are out there.

Anonymous said...

Gary, That was funny. We forgot all about you and I bet you are so glad because your liberal weenie ass was about to be fried. Have you still got that deer in the headlights botox goofy look on your face?

Anonymous said...

447 that's what everybody says, that's ok i still love obama and yo mamma..!

Anonymous said...

"I saw this with my own eyes but have never seen it rebroadcast or mentioned by anyone else..Does anybody know what these are called ?"

-Goober orbs?

Anonymous said...

I was at Decatur High School and Coach Harris came down the hall saying a plane was headed for the Pentagon and that two others had just hit hte worldl trade center towers. Man I wished we would have had TV at that high school. All day, we just listened to the old-fashioned radio stations.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Taylor S.

Anonymous said...

I worked with a lady whose daughter worked in the towers. All day she tried to get in touch with her, and after much waiting and obvious terror- she was safe, but so many others were not. Still too too sad. Everytime I go to NYC I stand and stare at the huge void in Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

what's goober orbs?

Anonymous said...

MonsterQuest: Rods Video on AOL Video - An analysis of the mysterious rods suggests that they may be descendants of creatures from ancient times.
video.aol.com/video-detail/monsterquest-rods/946287694 Google ...monsterquest rods see for yourself, smartass..!

Anonymous said...

I was working in the middle school office calmly taking phone calls,reassuring moms and dads that their kids were alright while extremely freaking out in between calls.

Anonymous said...

I was with my lawyers future ex-girlfriend, everything was going great until that basturd called and screwed it all up...!

Anonymous said...

Flying Rods cannot be seen by the average person but have only been caught on camera. The show explores the possibility of what these flying objects might be. Some have called them the nickname Skyfish. I know what I saw, but I didn't until I saw this program..this is real, not bullshit !!!!

Anonymous said...

11:25 and 1:29, I'm assuming you are the same dipsh*t. From what your comments suggest about you, I'm thinking you need to get the hell out of this country! You are obviously not American blooded but are a terrorist yourself. Take a major HIKE, Jack!! We don't want you here...period!

Anonymous said...

I was in Newport Beach, Ca just waking up to head to work. My Dad called from Decatur, Texas to see where I was since I also had an apartment in Manhattan. I turned on the TV to see what was going on. I was so disoriented that when the second plane hit I thought for the longest that it was a rerun of video showing the original strike. I knew 2 people who died that day. When I get together with my NY friends we still always talk about that day. One friend spent most of that day in an underground bunker in Chinatown because they could not figure out what was happening. Definitiely the biggest day in the history of my life.

Anonymous said...

9:19, Obviously I hit a liberal weenie nerve. And that was exactly my intention.

Anonymous said...

new yorkers always try to act so tough, and so bad..they were running like a bunch of scared jack-off rabbits. scared to f'n death, so were most of the cops..hell you could see them running faster than the poor folks trying to escape the carnage..ONLY the FIREFIGHTERS were true heros, plus a very few others. i've always believed america's mayor was a double dumbass for not beginning a mass evacuation immediately upon the 1st crash. i believe we are in for more terrorist acts, so WHO WILL PROTECT US...??????

Anonymous said...

803 ONLY THE GOOD LORD AND SAM COLT.

Anonymous said...

We are in control.

Do not attempt to adjust your television.

Anonymous said...

11:09,(and 11:25 and 1:29) You hit the nerve of a very conservative, patriotic, American! Now take your hike!

Anonymous said...

The night before my 4 year asked daddy if Christ would live in her heart if she asked. i was in heaven the rest of that night until the next day when the news hit.
I was also listening to the Ticket. And of all things I was building wire harnesses for a 767working for Boeing Space and Defense.
I had an odd mixture of emotions: rage at the cowards and joy about my daughter...and praying that neither of the planes were ones I'd helped build.
I still feel rage today. Don't let the cowards here & terrists win.

Anonymous said...

We were in Virginia on vacation visiting places where our ancestors had lived during the Revolutionary War and thereafter. We were at Appamatox Courthouse where the American Civil War ended when the attacks happened. Ironic and very sobering moment as were the next few days. Of course, no flights home. We had a rent car. Drove to DFW where our car was parked. It was a very sad, somber and quiet road trip home.

Anonymous said...

Barry says,"My first terrified thought was truly, "Get those military fighter jets in the air. Now."

You are right man, sadly I've heard they didn't put everything in the air we had to PREVENT making people anxious. Can you believe that?

Every aircraft we owned that didn't look like an airliner should have been over every major city and making loops to outlying areas with any population density.

It should have been all over the news that combat air patrols were covering us- I saw coverage from New York with a solitary F16? flying at high altitude.

If they had done some variation of what I mentioned not only would everyone have felt safer, more importantly possibly, is we would remember the fact we felt safer not vulnerable at the time.

I worked in downtown Fort Worth and made several trips to the roof of my building with the facilities guy (literally spent at least two full hours up there)and never saw a single US military aircraft.