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Where were you when...

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 72

Yeah, this is a sept 11th entry, but not mourning or anything like that (you can find that everywhere else), more of a new culture thing.

Our parents had "where were you when JFK was shot?" or "where were you Neil Armstrong made his fateful leap for mankind?"

So where were you when you found out about the trade centers?Yeah, this is a sept 11th entry, but not mourning or anything like that (you can find that everywhere else), more of a new culture thing.

Our parents had "where were you when JFK was shot?" or "where were you Neil Armstrong made his fateful leap for mankind?"

So where were you when you found out about the trade centers?

(No need to get super-long-winded about the whole day, just what was going on in life and where you doing anything rememberable at the time)?


We were pregnant!!! (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930492)

My wife, the night before, took a pregnancy test to find out she was pregnant (that'd be Joey). It was late so I waited till the morning to tell my mom. I turned on the news and watched the second plane hit in live time.
Dad was on a plane from NJ to home.

So that day was quite a tangle of mixed emotions (btw - my dad actually knew my wife was pregnant and told my sister-in-law a week beforehand... kinda wierd, but my dad has always been able to know stuff like that).

Another 'culture memory' I have would be the cincinnati class-5 tornado that happened like 5 years ago. Just remembering waking up and hearing the news (left the TV on) and the helicopter traffic guy saying "Now that the sun is rising, we can get our first look at the debris."

Re:We were pregnant!!! (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930654)

Oddly, last night my wife was pannicked that she would go into labor and that the baby would have a "9-11" birthday. I tend to think that with time it will fade. People born on December 9th don't feel any stigma these days, do they? Of course there isn't a name for 9-11 other than 9-11, which might cause it to linger longer in the public's consceince.

Re:We were pregnant!!! (1)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931237)

Here's some weird (but explainable things) about yesterday.

Yesterday morning, I get into work at the normal time (around 7:30am). I work on the 11th floor. In my building (17 floors) the two floors that have the most people early on are the 9th and 11th floor.

Suddenly, gas starts filling up the 9th and 11th floors. We all leave, because it reeks even though nobody has called for an evacuation.

Turns out natural gas company was flushing a line right into our air intake. Dumbasses. They called and told the building management company, who neglected to give anybody advance notice. When the HR team got in (8:00+, on the 13th or 14th floor) they send an email out at 9am.

It was amazing how everybody was so nervous about it though. Just because it was 9/11 and it was the 9th and 11th floors.

(BTW, the reason why the 9th and 11th floors filled up is because our A/C kicks on earlier to accomodate the early risers and thus it sucked up all the gas first)

For the JE Topic:
I was asleep 9/11/01 when it all went down. My mom called and told me to watch the news. I spent the next week buying every newspaper for my kids to see when I finally have them.

The thing that sticks in my head is this guy who went up on a bridge with a huge sign reading "Nuke Islam" and all of the anti-Islamic sentiments in the area. I had a really good chess buddy at the time who was Lebanese.

I spent the day worrying about him and the other Arabs.

Re:We were pregnant!!! (1)

ceejayoz (567949) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936853)

Funny story about the Cincinnati tornado - my family had a membership to the Trihealth Pavilion, which does free consultations to work out an exercise plan for members.

For about six months, Dad and I had avoided getting ours, and were catching hell from Mum about it. So, she finally just booked us in for a Saturday appointment.

Friday evening, the tornado hit and tore the roof off the building and basically vacuumed all the papers and whatnot out the top. Our appointment was included in that, apparently.

We took it as a sign, and Mum never bothered us about it again. :-p

As for Sept 11... I woke up, opened up MSNBC.com and noticed that their news flash thing said that a small plane had hit the WTC. I turned on the TV, thought something along the lines of "that looks like it was bigger than a small plane" - and then saw the second one come right in.

Woke up most of the people on my floor with the "HOLY SHIT!!!" exclamation.

What a crazy, fucked up day that was. I felt like it was some disaster movie... some of the video looked too special effects-y to be real.

I had lab at 8:30 am (1)

Some Woman (250267) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930502)

When somebody came into lab, they casually mentioned that a plane had hit the WTC. I thought it was some personal single engine plane that got lost or had engine trouble- silly person I thought.

When I came out of lab at 12:30 it seemed that there was something really big going on, and I was the last to know.

Then my afternoon P-chem lab was canceled. Then I read my online newsources to figure out what the heck was going on.

At my computer (1)

MarkusQ (450076) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930588)

I had been up too late the night before putting bugs in a program and typos in a paper I was writting. I decided to sneak up on them with a big mug of coffee and beat them into submission. As part of my personal P.O.S.T. I started going through my messages. One was from my wife, telling me to check the news...

-- MarkusQ

In bed. (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930598)

The ending strains of Train's "Drops of Jupiter" were playing out and I heard the guy on the radio (KFOG) say something to the effect of "Well, we're not quite sure how to say this, but it appears that the United States is under attack..." That's pretty much all I remember before I turned the TV on. This was about 6.30 Pacific, so 9.30 Eastern.

Oh yeah.... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931871)

And my dad, being a United Airlines pilot, was over the Atlantic, headed from San Francisco to Sydney.

Re:Oh yeah.... (1)

dubiousdave (618128) | more than 10 years ago | (#6933934)

Weird. When I flew SFO to Sydney, we went over the Pacific. I guess UA does things differently. *duck*

Re:Oh yeah.... (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#6934350)


I should never live that down.

ddave is correct. SFO direct to Sydney is typically (if not always) flown over the Pacific Ocean, located just off (and mostly responsible for) the West coast of both North and South America. You can also find it directly East of Japan, the Phillipines, and somewhere northeast of Australia.

Thanks ddave. Thanks for pointing out my obvious error. I must have been thinking of MonTemplar or Tet or someone as I wrote. :)

at holidays in greece (1)

Make (95577) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930623)

we just returned from a boat trip to an island. one of our women shouted "america is being attacked" all over.. we switched on the radio, and we heard the news. nothing was clear yet, the journalists "heard" of a plane and maybe a bomb in new york.. pentagon being attacked.. well you know the rest :)

Surreal Day (1)

Foochar (129133) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930655)

I still remember just how surreal that day was for me. I had started the day installing something at a company location about half an hour from my office. I went to ask someone if there was anything else I needed to check before I left, and saw a group of people staring at the big screen TV in the facility's lobby. I started watching and listening to the talking heads and about that time the 2nd plane crashed into the 2nd tower. Before I left the third plane crashed into the Pentagon. This facility is only about an 10 minutes from Fort Detrick (where the Army's infectious disease research group is located) and I can remember making a comment to the other people around me that they should definetly not try to go anywhere close to Fort Detrick that day.

I think the half hour drive back to my office was probably the strangest part of the entire drive, listening to NPR and hearing them when the first tower fell.

I can remember getting NO work at all done that day. Not no work, like 30 minute of surfing, 30 minutes of paper shuffling, but NO work like being plastered to the internet and radio the entire day. I remember how there were only a few news sources that managed to stay up that day, like slashdot and washingtonpost.

I can remember getting a call from one of friends who was at work and had heard bits and pieces. Just enough to want more details that he couldn't get ahold of, mainly to make sure that everything was okay in Baltimore where his girlfriend was going to school. He knew that there was a world trade center (only like 20 stories) in Baltimore too and was a little worried because of this.

I'd say that it is actually the first point in time day that I can recall. Challenger is right on the fringe of my memory. I have a lot of friends who can remember chalenger, but I can't clearly recall that day. I can however remember where I was when I heard about Columbia, and I think that one is going to stick with me for quite some time as welll.

Up early for a change (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930669)

We were headed to a La Leche League meeting, and I had volunteered to bring snacks, so I had to stop by the grocery to pick up some fruit on the way.

It was just by coincidence that I *happened* to be listening to the radio that day, instead of the CD player, and heard the report. My first instinct was "War of the Worlds" cynicism. I remember being really pissed, because the person was just talking about smoke and fire, and not saying where it was or what had happened, and in 25 minutes they never did mention what *kind* of plane it was...

When I pulled into the parking lot at the church where the meeting was held, I called Hubby. They knew about it at work, and were all over the Internet finding out about it. I was in serious denial that it might be a terrorist attack, and when someone came in to the meeting late and reported the Pentagon crash, I refused to believe it until I heard it from a more "authoritative" source.

It was after noon when I got home and could watch all of the horrible the news, and my bubble of denial burst. I was just thankful to have my baby there to hold.


I was recording (1)

Jellybob (597204) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930681)

When I found out, I was sat in a friends bedroom, with a ducktaped vocal mic setup, chilling while they recorded an album, and played with effects settings.

About halfway through, someone else came round to record, and mentioned it, so we all ran downstairs to watch the TV, and saw the second plane hit.

Where was I? (1)

Treebeard the Ent (638978) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930695)

I was in the Health & Saftey department of the chemical company [thermoset.com] that I used to work at. I was getting some specs on a program that I was writing to keep track of safety information of our products.

The guys that work in that office listen to the Bob and Tom Show [bobandtom.com], which I normally refrain from listening to because I find them vial and disgusting. Bob and Tom came on the radio and said something about a plane crashing into a building in NY. They weren't sure what building it was. I didn't pay much attention to it. Then one of our QC guys came in and asked if we had heard about it. We then stopped talking and started listening. Just then, the second plane hit. I said at that point that there was no way it was an accident. We decided to end the meeting and we all began listening to the radio all morning and watching the TV when we had a chance.

One memory I will always carry with me will be the grounding of all flights. It was strange that for the next few days there were no plane streaks in the skies. It was calming and soothing. I remember how clear the sky was that morning. I also remember how clear the skies were with out planes in them.

I was on the phone with my mom (1)

Liora (565268) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930700)

She was in the hospital, and she was watching television. She told me to turn it on, and we both saw the 2nd plane hit live.

I was ironing (1)

DaytonCIM (100144) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930759)

My wife came in and turned the TV to CNN and I saw the first tower burning. The news said that a plane had hit the tower only a few minutes previous.

I thought "what a terrible accident..." And then I saw the second plane hit. At first I thought it was a replay of the first... but no. Then, I thought what the hell is wrong with the air traffic controllers in NY...

Then a cold chill hit me and my wife as we both realised that this was not an accident. And there were 50,000 people living and working in the area.

Working from home (1)

blinder (153117) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930771)

The job I had at the time, I worked from home, and I had just come down from a shower and had the TV on to CNBC, it was about 8:35 a.m. and I was watching David Faber doing his report, then after a few minutes, they cut to a helicopter cam real quick and Faber mentioned something like "it appears one of the WTC towers is on fire"

I think, and this is just my opinion, that Sept 11 2001 eclipses November 23rd 1963 pretty significantly.

Re:Working from home (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931942)

I think, and this is just my opinion, that Sept 11 2001 eclipses November 23rd 1963 pretty significantly.

I wouldn't say eclipses, but that it signalled the end of a different kind of innocence. I wasn't alive in '63, but I can only imagine the disarray that people felt. But it was different than this one.

Re:Working from home (1)

blinder (153117) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932508)

Yeah, I see what you are saying... I still had 10 more years before the world was cursed with my birth... but I was talking to my dad a few days ago, and we got on this subject... and his feeling is that Sept 11 is more significant than Nov 23 1963 (and trust me, my dad was a huge Kennedy supporter) in that as much shock and horror as there was surrounding the assisnation, there wasn't the intense personal connection to the event as there was for 9/11.

But really, there are so many parrallels here, in 1963, the country was just emerging from the 1950's and the post war boom and all of the innocence that came with that, just like in 2001... comming off the 1990's, very similiar.

I tend think of 9/11 as more of a wake-up call than anything else (in the context of a historical event -- putting aside human feelings of tragedy and loss). It showed us that yeah, the world is still (if not more) a dangerous place and that there are groups of people who are focused on killing as many of us as they can.

For that simple reason, and for that sudden realization that this is more "personal" than it is "business" (as I like to think of the Cold War) 9/11's significance, in my estimation, is greater for that reason. But, that is really just speculation on my part. Only History will know for sure.

But you know what? This all very insignificant, this whole discussion when put into this context [slashdot.org] is just pretty meaningless I suppose.

Re:Working from home (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 10 years ago | (#6933771)

Not to sound callous, because I was as pissed and emotionally distraught as I've been either in a long time or ever that day, but I'm wondering if it's got that "personal" connection because you're on the East Coast? I'm not sure that us out West feel that. I mean, I've been to NYC and have a pic looking up between the towers, but 2 years on...Sure, it's significant. Yes, it's a watershed event in human history. I'm trying not to belittle it, and it can't be. I've almost gone to tears a couple times this morning. But in a way, I feel Kennedy as more significant because he's a well-known person. I mean, for all the media coverage, it almost seems like the Pentagon was never hit. My point grows ever dimmer....

Perhaps I'm being a subjective twit.

And, regarding slothdog's child (and your mother), yes. It renders many things pointless and meaningless.

Re:Working from home (1)

subgeek (263292) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942291)

this is the difference to me. kennedy was one significantly known person killed while president of the US. 911 was thousands of everyman killed while going about their business. i think people connect with 911 differently than kennedy's death because most people don't worry about being the victim of a political assassination, but (at least now) people do think they could be a victim of a terrorist attack aimed at anyone of a particular nationality.

Unemployed (1)

dthable (163749) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930816)

Just lost my job as a consultant due to a down turn in the local markets. I was sitting on the couch, eating breakfast and watching CNN. I was formulating a job search plan when I watched the live feed of the second plane hitting the towers.

I don't think I'm getting any interviews today.

I spent the rest of the day in my apartment watching TV. Things didn't really hit home until I drove around the city later that evening.

I was working.... (1)

Surak (18578) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930911)

I was working at GM's Warren Technical Center in Warren, MI. (Hmmm..World Trade Center == WTC, Warren Technical Center == WTC...coincidence? I think not!)

I hit the Internet and set about my morning scan of the CNN headlines. Only CNN was like Slashdotted. My first reaction was, okay, what? Did Slashdot run an article on CNN announcement of the release of Duke Nukem Forever or what? Then my dad calls and was like, "A plane crashed into the WTC! Go find a TV."

I hit CNN again and managed to harness the power of GM's backbone connection to the Internet and saw the first pictures at CNN's website.

I'm like...huh? Was somebody on crack or what? That's when it hit me: a whole lot of people would have had to have been on crack. This was an airliner. Normal, established flight paths wouldn't take you anywhere NEAR the WTC. Traffic control would have been screaming at that plane had it gotten that far off course. This was no error.

I started announcing the fact to other people I worked with, and some were on their cell phones getting calls from family.

A bunch of us ran down to the break room in Engineering North where there was a TV always tuned to CNN. It was packed to the gill as we all huddled around the TV.

And there it was ... over and over and over. Then I saw the second plane hit live. Shortly afterward, the buildings fell. There WAS no WTC.

Wow. I couldn't have even IMAGINED that. It was almost like watching a sci-fi movie, except -- it was *REAL*.

The annoucement came from on-high that the Tech Center was closed, everyone should go home to their families. So we all left.

I cried that day. And then I got pissed off. And then I cried some more.

The morning commute (1)

Keith Russell (4440) | more than 10 years ago | (#6930951)

I was leaving the house. I don't watch TV as part of my morning ritual, and I didn't have the radio on that day, so I didn't find out about the first plane until I said goodbye to my mom. I was in the car for the other tower, the Pentagon, and a call from a New York-born friend best summed up with the phrase "This is f***ed up." I got to work just as reports of a plane crash near Pittsburgh started coming in.

Recruiting (1)

KMAPSRULE (639889) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931087)

for HR at the Local College Job Fair, as there is a Large percentage of NYC kids at this college all of a sudden cell phones started going crazy and then all the Company representatives at the fair were told to leave Campus, and they basically locked the College down. We had no clue what was going on till we got back to work and were able to watch the TV in the lobby that is always on CNN. Typically enough a few weeks later hiring was frozen and they laid a bunch of people off. Also strange the First airline ride of my life was 2 days after the flight ban was lifted and I havent stopped racking up the FF Miles and being amazed at how stupid people and security personnel at airports are since .

I was at work when the news broke (1)

MonTemplar (174120) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931111)

One of our customers is based in the Docklands area in the centre of London, and called to say that they were being evacuated from their offices due to a security alert in the area. Oh, and something about an attack on the world trade centre.

Was just about able to get through to the BBC News website to get a brief headline (we were still stuck with ISDN at the time, ADSL was installed at Christmas that year).

When I reached the train station, the trains were disrupted due to the same security alert grounding everything at the main London stations. Whilst waiting for Dad to meet me, I saw the news coverage on a TV screen in the nearby taxi office, and the first (for me) pictures of the plane crashes and subsequent collapse of one, then both towers.


Heading to work... (1)

Pirogoeth (662083) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931154)

...turning onto Delaney Road from 173. I was listening to ESPN radio and they had just gotten back from a commercial and Greenberg mentioned that a plane had apparantly crashed into one of the towers. I called my wift to have her turn on the TV.

They came back on after the top of the hour after the second plane hit and struggled to proceed. Soon they switched over to ABC news.

Didn't get a whole lot done at work that day. Most of it was spent listening to a radio, and reloading /. and BBC as they seemed to be the only sites that were holding up.

Woke up, turned on TV, saw plane hit tower... (1)

Jack William Bell (84469) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931177)

...spent rest of day trying to understand.

I answered your question in more detail in my /. journal [slashdot.org] and in the essay linked there that I wrote the day after the attack [nasw.org].

Re:Woke up, turned on TV, saw plane hit tower... (1)

Tet (2721) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931526)

in the essay linked there that I wrote the day after the attack.

I don't mean any disrespect, but it saddens me when I see things like this. The world didn't change on that day. Not a single bit. Perhaps the only real change was that the American public finally got it into their heads that terrorism was real, and that it wasn't pleasant. The rest of the world had been living with it for years (here in the UK, much of it being funded by American money).

Re:Woke up, turned on TV, saw plane hit tower... (1)

Jack William Bell (84469) | more than 10 years ago | (#6934286)

I didn't say *the* world changed. I said *my* world changed. I went from being reasonably optimistic about the future to the other pole of thought that day. And every time I think about it my response is reinforced.

My world is now a different one than it was. I guess yours didn't need any adjustment to deal with crap like that.

Working (sort of) (1)

Abm0raz (668337) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931323)

I was trying to get my partner (in a then owned private tech-support business) to get out the door. We were supposed to be at a client site by 9am and he was like, "Dude, a plane just crashed into the WTC." I replied, "well, the airports are on the other side of the river and the approach is over the buildings, something probably mal... HOLY SHIT!" as we watched the second one hit.

"Guess not."


ps. that was the beginning of the end for us. We were profitable our first 2 months in business, then we had 3 losing months in a row and folded when he stole all the money in the bank account cause he got himself into too much debt. Legal action is pending.

*Addendum* (1)

Abm0raz (668337) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931508)

We did make it to the job site (a small motorcycle dealership) and were finalizing the network we had installed for them so their computers and registers could talk with their parts database machine. Then we heard about the PA flight. Originally they said it hit in Pittsburgh. I'm from the are originally, but decided not to panic and call all my freinds/realtives etc. I figured, "It's like a lightning strike. There are several MILLION people in the greater Pittsburgh area, what are the chances." Then the report came in that it wasn't Pittsburgh, but an hour east of there. Near Somerset/Johnstown, PA. Then I panicked. That's where I actually grew up. Almost sll my relatives from both sides of my family are from the area. It turns out that the plane crashed (in Shanksville) so close to my grandparents' house, that the explosion rumbled their house and broke many items that fell off of shelves. My dad and 2 uncles (volunteer firemen) were part of the first response team that hit the crash site.


Sleeping (1)

aridhol (112307) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931341)

My radio alarm went off about 10 minutes after the first plane hit. The radio announcer said something like "Due to the tragedy, our normal radio schedule has been cancelled". I was still in the half-awake daze, so I was thinking, what kind of media promotion is this?

Then they said what happened. I think the first words out of my mouth were something like "Holy shit!", then I was on the phone, calling my then-fiancee in Winnipeg. I figured that her lab whould probably be a high-rated target (she works with...interesting...viruses), even though I don't think they had anything "good" yet - just because I knew their freezers were empty, doesn't mean the attackers knew.

I think I was lucky. Nobody I know was killed, and my one family member that was there (a fairly distant cousin) escaped more-or-less unharmed. My wife's best friend's uncle was on an impact floor. I guess the consolation there is that he didn't see it coming.

More into the modern world, it's nice to see that the US Homeland Security "how-scared-should-you-be" meter is only at yellow. Has it ever been below yellow since it was instituted? That thing is a stupid idea. If I were planning an attack, I'd use that chart as my attack signal. "As soon as it drops below <threshold level>, we'll attack". Maybe that's why they always keep it above centre.

Sitting at work (1)

Tet (2721) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931431)

As a startup company, we were just about to launch. Our launch project manager came up to the IT area and told us that a plane had hit the WTC. A few minutes later we heard about the second plane. No one got much work done for the rest of the day. Sat watching the news web sites (mostly Slashdot and Sky News, since they were the only ones that were still available most of the time). Left work early, 'coz I was working next to a prime target in the centre of London, and thought it wise, just in case...

Re:Sitting at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6934266)

working next to a prime target in the centre of London

It's center not centre you dumb ass.

When will you Londoners learn how to spell?

On a maths-class (1)

wheany (460585) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931827)

I got an SMS message from a friend that said a plane had hit WTC. Some time later another friend called (it was between classes) and asked if i had heard the news. I was like "Oh that accident where a plane hit the WTC? Yeah, freaky, but the news is like SO 15 minutes ago."

Then he said that at least one other plane had hit the other tower, and people are saying that possibly 2 more had also hit the towers. Then I think I (loudly) said something to the effect of "WTF? Okay, that's no accident" and relayed the news to other people in the class at the time.

Then it was time to fire up my laptop and try to get some info off the internet. That was pretty futile, since everyone else in the world with an internet connection was probably trying to do the same. Anyway, I managed to download a small picture of the smoking towers, and everyone gathered around the laptop.

After school, I went to my friend's place followed the events on BBC World.

Me? (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 10 years ago | (#6931923)

I had a class that morning, I was in transit to school when the first plane hit. I came out of class and had to walk past the student lounge/cafeteria/thingy (most if not all of you know what I'm talking about) and they had a big screen TV. Tons of students where crowded around it, and I did this hopping up trying to see what was going on thing. I asked someone what was going on, and they told me the WTC had been hit by two planes... it struck me as exactly like that scene from Starship Troopers... bunch of young kids staring forward at impending war...

I went to my parents and spent the day with my mom. Found out later that all of my classes were cancelled. Then I spent a few days being very angry, one of the three times I've ever been truly mad...

grad school (1)

heliocentric (74613) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932072)

It was a Tuesday and I had a large assignment due that evening at 6PM so I got up early and planned to turn off all communications devices (IRC, AIM, phone, cell, email, TV, etc...) and bust on through some LaTeX to get it typed up (and honestly to figure out some of the last one as I was mostly stumped yet). I had done all of those things, but apparently I sill had my AIM account open on the sparc and I got this huge long non stop series of IMs from my friend Rich insisting that I check out what was going on on TV.

I waited around to finish typing up the one solution and I went out to the living room to check things out. I figured a 5 minute break wouldn't hurt me.

I then found myself feverishly typging away on the wifi laptop trying to keep up with both important things. Until around 3 when the prof emailed out that class was canceled and I just put down the assignment and focused in.

I still kept working on that last problem on the whiteboard when there would be a lul or when inspiration would hit.

Bed (1)

orange_6 (320700) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932081)

I was laying in bed when my mom called, and said "Turn on the TV" before she finished the last part of the sentence I heard my roommate yell "Holy shit!" and the rest of the day was spent glued to the TV.

What really irked me was that many of the art professors here assigned students to design "memorials" the very next day. Very tacky, IMO.

So there I was, ... (1)

Red Warrior (637634) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932424)

I was running a little late (as I often do in the dreaded AM). I was sitting in my still new (to me) truck in my carport. I was waiting for it to warm up & had turned on the radio. This was right before the second plane hit. I listend in disbelief. Then I thought "War of the Worlds", though I was surprised, because the station in question doesn't go in for those kind of gimmicks. I changed stations. Same news. Changed again. Same.
Drove to work, called my boss in the guard to see if I was no longer a civilian. Loaded CNN, FOX, and /. obsessively. (/. had the best/timeliest info btw) Alternated between that and going to a conference room to watch TV footage. Went home. Watched FOX.

Cyrano VR summed it up best


At work in a company that had other offices there (1)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932562)

we found out because the news spread by phone and then radios were brought out, and i went online to check the news. They said that a plane had crashed into a building. Sure enough, one had. And then another. We were all in shock and Boston shut down by noon, the T stopped taking fares and police were urging people to run, not walk, to the trains to get home. I got home by 11:00 AM. And the police had officers in every station and checking the tracks all along the train lines just in case. And i went home and my roomie got home and we pulled the couch out into a bed and lay on it watching the news

halfway through, when they were still talking 4,600 possibly dead, she turned to me and said in a hushed tone (and i will never forget her words as long as i live, because they summed it up for me) i can't even imagine four thousand, six hundred jellybeans...

My brother had to sleep in his office right down the street. Everyone i know donated something- blood, money, went to volunteer, whatever we had to give. My then brother-in-law was never so glad to have foregone his morning passage through the lobby where he usually met his friends- or so glad that he'd left the office where they all worked. Most of them survived. It wasn't till the next day that my brother was accounted for. And i have a photo of him standing on the roof of his office building in front of the area.

It was my last day at that office, i was a temp.

it wasn't the first thing that galvanised my generation, just the first that we had to worry about what would happen next. If your ask anyone my age about the challenger explosion- kids across the country were watching, because they were sending a teacher into space. O is for O-ring was a painful lesson, too...

On my way.. (1)

MagnetarJones (447059) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932622)

To White Plaines, NY. I was listening to the Howard Stern show on the Radio.

I actually continued to listen to Howard who stayed on the air till 1pm (or so) he covered everything and even broke away to other news feeds for a while.

As I crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge I looked South and saw the smoke plume from the WTC area.

I was in and out of the office in 20mins. and headed back home...

Never Forget - 343/3,016

Re:On my way.. (1)

KingAdrock (115014) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932875)

I was also listening to Stern that morning. I had just come back to my home office from getting my morning coffee. Stern said that a plane had hit the WTC. I immediately went into my bedroom and turned on MSNBC.

I stood there watching for a few minutes. I remember they were patching into WNBC's feed for commentary when the second plane hit. I remember seeing the plane in the background and wondering what it was. When it hit, the reporter only saw the explosion and had no idea it was a second plane.

I called my parents to make make sure neither was out of town or possibly on a flight. Then I continued to watch the TV in horror for the rest of the day (or week as it may have been). I was living in Rochester at this point, but now have lived in New York for the last fifteen months or so. There is a strange feeling just beeing here on 9/11.

In bed waking up, listening to the news on my (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | more than 10 years ago | (#6932723)

alarm clock. Thought it was a dream at first, and then heard it again on the radio and went out and turned on the TV. Got to see and hear the first one, then saw the second one crash in live on TV. Then we just drove to work/school and wondered what was going on...

At work in Melbourne, Florida (1)

jeepliberty (624159) | more than 10 years ago | (#6933011)

I was at work in Melbourne, Florida, still aglow over the activities of the previous weekend. I had attended the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF) and met many actors, writers and film industry wanna-be's.

At the Friday's Fright Night showings, I shared a table with Matt Berck [3boysproductions.com] who happen to star in the the MIFF's finale Saturday night. He played at NYC music bootlegger. In real life he was an aspiring actor living in the city. He was looking for his big break so he could quit his day job waiting tables.

He gave me a copy of the CD soundtrack. The artwork included a downtown map of Manhattan with scavenger hunt instructions for a prize that I cannot remember.

That Tuesday morning, I was listening to John Boy and Bill's BigShow on WHTQ-Orlando when the news bulletins interrupted their normal southern comedy program.

I wondered if Matt was near ground zero. I studied the artwork and tried to put myself on the streets of New York.

It wasn't until a year later, at the 2002 MIFF, that I found out that Matt was not in the area and survived 9/11.

The 2003 MIFF starts tonight. The official website is here [3boysproductions.com]. I combined several pdfs and html pages to provide a text listing of this weekend's film here [graftacs.com]. There is an animated one titled "Times Square" which will be present tonight. Check my Slashdot journal [slashdot.org] for additional pictures and movie critiques.

I was at home (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 10 years ago | (#6933397)

getting ready to go to a job fair in downtown Atlanta.

I never watch tv in the morning, but I turned it on.

Then about 5 minutes later, a friend called telling me to turn on the tv.

I spent the next 14 hours watching the tube.


I was on IRC (1)

SiliconJesus (1407) | more than 10 years ago | (#6933600)

When I first found out. I ran to the other room and turned on the TV. When I saw the towers take the hit, I was shocked but better than when I found out that the Pentagon got hit. That day, my wife was going into downtown DC for a client meeting for work. Turns out she was about half a mile from the Pentagon when it got hit. I tried calling her, but obviously didn't get through. I called her office and got ahold of her boss, who said that the girl she was driving with called in and they were coming back to the office. That was a nerve racking day for me. I was home (it was my day off) and did nothing but watch TV all day. Servers in our datacenter were linked to servers in the Twin Towers, and the VPN's just fell off the map.

Two years later, and I don't think we're any more ready to handle a terrorist attack than we were then. True, it would take an idiot to hijack another plane at this point (I think most passengers would do like the people of the flight that crashed in PA), but there are other methods of terrorism. Beefed up security in airports was too much of a reactionary strike. The new security needs to be in the other mass transportations, such as Metro / Subway (DC has bomb detectors in theirs now), busses and other means of getting a bomb on a known route and leaving it there while you walk away.

LEM (1)

http (589131) | more than 10 years ago | (#6933858)

i was about to start reading lowendmac.com, and instead of their daily dose of things mac related, i saw an announcement saying a plane had flown into WTC, so no mac news right now. dan's not one to pull an april fools on any day but 0104, so i checked [a] cbc (which was inaccessible) [b] bbc (also inaccessible) [c] google (which was accessible, so i knew my connection hadn't died, and remember when there was no google news?) and [d] slashdot. knowing how fast fiction can spread in the internet, i turned on the tv for the first time in a year, and thus began my intenser hatred of network news.

I was at home in Pacifica (1)

EggMan2000 (308859) | more than 10 years ago | (#6934417)

I shared this tiny little house on Pacifica, CA with my wife and dog my first year in the Bay Area from Texas. I woke up kind of late, and was getting in the shower, when my wife said that a plane had hit the WTC. I assumed it was a small plane, and got in the shower. I turned on NPR, and immedietly realized that this was a big deal. I had barely gotten wet, when I hopped out of the shower to watch CNN with my wife. At that moment we saw he second plane hit.

I was terrified. Especially as the reports started to come in that there were more missing planes. I decided not to go to work that day, and kept busy flipping between TV channels.

I was... (1)

robi2106 (464558) | more than 10 years ago | (#6935901)

Livign at home with my folks, but working full time at my current company (under a different contract). My dad called us from Florida while visiting his Mom. He informed us of the event. I went to work and by the time I got there, everything had fallen down.

Spent most of the day reading bbc.co.uk and listening to npr streaming coverage.


I was at work... (1)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 10 years ago | (#6938542)

Trying to figure out why all of a sudden our WAN connection was CRAWLING. Then someone called and told us. We brought a TV from the conference room to the computer room. Crazy day. Our AS400 operator thought they were going to attack the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge. (She's old and kind of cooky.)

At home watching tv... (1)

arb (452787) | more than 10 years ago | (#6939637)

I'm not sure what it was, I think it was a tennis match or somesuch. During an ad break I flipped through the channels and saw a news break on Channel Ten. We have three commercial, free-to-air networks here (7, 9 and Ten) and two 'public' networks (ABC and SBS). It would have been about 11pm, and I was ready to go to bed, but the image on the Ten news break was compelling - the WTC towers with smoke billowing from one of them. The report said there was some sort of explosion and they crossed to a CNN broadcast for more details. I remember looking at the close-up shots of the side of the building and thinking that the 'hole' in the side was strangely plane-shaped. Then the reports started suggesting that a 'light' plane had crashed into the building, but I kept thinking the hole was much bigger than a light plane would make...

Wanting to see if the others networks had any more/different information, I started flicking channels again, but strangely none of the others had so much as a news flash. I stuck with the Ten coverage for a little while and saw the second plane hit live. Scared the fuck out of me, and I live on the other side of the planet!

After the second plane, the other stations quickly cut into live feeds from various news sources - CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. It was strange - even though our networks each have (mostly exclusive) deals with US networks, they seemed to be jumping between each others' feeds at various times. At one stage, three of the five stations were showing CNN feeds, then later two might be showing NBC, two would have ABC, etc. It was a bizarre feeling flicking channels and seeing exactly the same coverage and reporters on each channel.

My mind was all over the place. I had handed in my resignation just over a week earlier, intending to set up my own little consulting business. When I saw what was happening, one part of me was wondering if I had made the right move, and maybe I should retract the resignation. I guessed (correctly it turns out) that the slight recovery our local IT industry was experiencing would be totalled wiped out in the aftermath. Luckily I landed a pretty good contract with a former client (who I am still with) so things didn't turn out as bad as they might have for me. 8-/

Another though I had was for a good friend of mine who I was working with. He is from NY and still has family there, including a brother in the NYPD. I couldn't help wondering if his brother was one of the officers in the area, or if he would be called in. When the building collapsed and reports of fire fighters and police being lost came in, I was very worried for him. The next morning at work I spoke with my friend and he didn't seem overly worried. He said he had called his mother and she told him that his brother was not on duty, but had been called in but she hadn't heard from him for a couple of hours. It was about three days later that we heard anything from him - he was okay and had been mostly directing traffic and helping out on the out-skirts of the area. I was probably more worried for my friend's brother than he was!

I stayed up watching the various feeds on tv until the wee hours of the morning and managed to get a couple of hours sleep before getting to work the next morning. I only had a small tv (34cm) and last night one of the news programs replayed footage of the second plane hitting - it was the first time I had seen it on a big screen tv and it brought back lots of memories...

I remember estimating how many people would have been trapped in the floors above the impact sites. I knew that they would have had no hope of getting down alive, and watched with morbid fascination as the building burned then eventually collapsed. I couldn't not watch. I was numb watching it all unfold.

I remember how scared I was when I saw the look on President Bush's face when he was told - all emotion drained from his face and he had that blank stare that sent shills down my spine. I knew then that no matter what else happened, he would do everything in his power to track down those responsible and make them pay. That look said "Whoever you are, I'll teach you to fuck with the good ol' US of A". It was a unreal setting - he was sitting with a bunch of school children, reading to them. I also worried that the retaliation could get out of hand very easily...

I avoided buying newspapers for the next couple of weeks. I did not need to be reminded of the images, and that is one major event I would rather not keep archival copies of.

a stranger in a strange land. (1)

intermodal (534361) | more than 10 years ago | (#6940589)

6 days before, I had flown to texas. 5 days before, I drove north and met my now-inlaws and began to live in their house. I found out walking through the living room and seeing it on the TV my now-father in law was watching. I thought it'd be interesting to watch the engineering feat of repairs over the next couple years. Guess that one's not going to happen, eh?

at work (1)

subgeek (263292) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942197)

i spent most of the day loading slashdot because other news sites were all overloaded. i couldn't do much work that day or the next couple days, but i showed up.
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