CaliforniaMama Sunday Sep 11 08:52 AM
September 11, 2011 Day of Remembrance
CaliforniaMama Sunday Sep 11 09:04 AM
Where were you when you found out about the attack on the World Trade Center?
Gravdigr Sunday Sep 11 06:54 PM
from B.C., yes the comic strip
Innocent to poisoned faith,
So did the veil lift,
Heroes of a decade past,
Through the rubble sift,
Errant pain and toxic hate,
Worthy of a rift,
Instead unite in Freedom's pride,
Grateful for the gift.
Gravdigr Sunday Sep 11 07:06 PM
I was awakened by my best friend (now dead 4-5yrs) poking his head in my bedroom window, literally, telling me to "Wake yer ass up, open the door and turn on the TV. The shit done hit the fan." And for the next eight hours or so we watched, together, me and Rusty, and the rest of the world.
classicman Sunday Sep 11 11:13 PM
I was in a Gannett owned newspaper meeting. When it first happened all the monitors went to coverage of it from what seemed like a 100 different sources. I stayed till the first tower fell. The sales manager said "we can sell a special edition about this." I looked at him and walked away. Then I went and picked up my children from school and took them home.
infinite monkey Monday Sep 12 08:33 AM
I was sleeping until the last minute before I went in for the lunch shift at the Country Club. My ex came up and turned on the TV in the bedroom and said "you're not going to f***ing believe this." I was groggy and nothing was registering, and the only thought in my head and the only word that came out of my mouth was "Why?"
Spexxvet Monday Sep 12 08:54 AM
I was at work, a staff member's husband called, and she spread the word. I thought a private plane had accidentally flown into the tower. The husband brought in a tv, after the second tower was hit. We watched off and on throughout the day. I was amazed at how many people were able to evacuate. They said that on any given day there were 50,000 people in each tower. When they collapsed, I figured they may have been half full - 25k in each tower were dead. My cousin was on the 40th floor, got out, made his way home to Cherry Hill NJ, and was back in Manhattan that night with the national guard.
glatt Monday Sep 12 09:01 AM
Coign Monday Sep 12 11:04 AM
I was working at my old job, an Internet Service Provider, where I was an engineer. (I connected local points of presence in cities back to the main office for service.)
sexobon Monday Sep 12 11:15 AM
I immediately sent messages, FLASH precedence, to key Members of Congress and to the President recommending that all foreign blood donations be quarantined. Not only was the chain of custody in other countries and during transit unreliable, our routine blood screening procedures of the time were not geared for detecting engineered pathogens; or, genetically altered blood. Deliberate contamination could have been introduced anywhere along the line to make its way into our medical system as a follow-up/second wave attack. It would have been extremely demoralizing if our blood supplies became suspect.
The next day, public news reports about foreign blood donations ceased and I didn't see anything in the news about any such donations being received here let alone being incorporated into our medical system and dispensed anywhere in this country. No news was good news since it turned out that foreign blood donations weren't needed anyway and it would have been a shame to take the risk unnecessarily.
Uryoces Monday Sep 12 10:50 PM
Quiet Day at Microsoft
I heard it on the radio on the drive into work. I thought that traffic was especially light that morning. I got in to the call center and was greeted with deafening silence; not a single call was coming in. Not one call came in that day. We all watched news feeds and walked around like zombies. I called my parents and told them I loved them. I remember wanting to convert large parts of the middle east to planes of glass, but I knew that was just a bad knee-jerk reaction to it all. I've gone back to church since then and the more important question I ask is "How do we reach them?"
jimhelm Tuesday Sep 13 12:01 AM
I was on vacation in oc md. Hotel room tv. Saw it from the beginning. Saw the second plane hit and knew it was no accident.
CaliforniaMama Tuesday Sep 13 09:30 AM
Part of the "evidence" is that a plane carrying as much fuel as that plane carried would have created a huge fireball, yet there are items, such as an open book, shown in the damaged section that isn't even "singed."
Someone is going through an awful lot of work to "fool" the American people, which ever side that falls on.
grynch Tuesday Sep 13 09:44 AM
Mrs. G and I were celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary and enjoying a pleasant drive along the north coast of s.w. England ( work on that one ) when a news alert came on the BBC saying there would be a special bulletin shortly... we both figured that the Queen Mum had finally popped her clogs but when the bulletin did come on a min. or two later I nearly drove off the road ( I was from Boston where two of the planes originated from )
CzinZumerzet Wednesday Sep 14 05:39 AM
Sitting in comfort at home watching training videos, evaluating and reviewing, and when one of them ended and I was rewinding the TV picture popped up showing the first tower burning and within a couple of minutes the second plane flew into the second tower.
classicman Wednesday Sep 14 11:26 AM
Sorry to hear of that Caz.
CzinZumerzet Wednesday Sep 14 04:13 PM
So sad for his fiance and his family, and friends and colleagues. I remember him tap dancing! Such a funny and bright young man and ultimately hugely courageous, but when there are anniversaries or similar I find it impossible to hold in my mind the numbers - the enormity - the sheer scale of loss and suffering and I focus on him and it is then I grasp the awful pointlessness of it all.