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Old 09.09.2011, 15:50
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I spent that evening in the theatre in Krakow, Poland, waching a five-hour adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Karamazov Brothers. It was very late when I got home and switched on the TV and saw what had happened.
The play was still reverberating in my head, all the quotes and famous lines, the Grand Inquisitor Parable, the problem of evil...
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

At home and learning for my organic chemistry test.

I didn't anticipate that the attacks would change the world though.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was working at school when I decided to have my coffee/lunch break. I went to the little cafe across the street.

The tv's were always on in there and we had had a very uneasy summer in Portugal with a lot of fires so at first didn't make much of the tv.

When I walked in I looked at the tv where I saw an image of lot of flames and smoke, and just thought another fire.

As I settled into a chair and started to actually listen to what was happening on the tv I fell completely in shock!!!

I was so upset. I called my parents to tell them what was happening and to turn on the tv.

I also spent the rest of the day trying to get in touch with my family in NY. None of them lived in NYC but my brother worked there and I was worried sick.

Finally got in touch with him and was relieved to know he was alright.

It was an emotional day. And yes I will never forget!!!
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I was making lunch at home in London when my girlfriend, who was working in a TV transmission suite at the time, phoned and told me to turn on the TV as apparently there had been an awful accident in NYC and there was smoke billowing out of one of the twin towers.
I turned on the news and 2 mins later saw the 2nd plane hit live & quite literally could not process what i was watching.

My lunch was still half prepared in the same place hours later.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

Sitting in a students' dorm in Tel Aviv doing webdesign for a professor at home. My roomate came in, asking why the hell I was still sitting here. When he told me, I thought "Uh, what a ..." and didn't find the right word. Spent the rest of the day in font of TV, in the bomb shelter (aka student's internet room) and doing the psychologist for american exchange students. Some days later, I found the word I was missing: chuzpe.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was living in Vancouver, Canada, and so 3 hours behind NYC. My alarm went off for me to go to work at the local university athletics dept, and as I am a notorious snooze button hitter, it took a couple times for the alarm to go off before I noticed something was up. Only instead of listening to what they were saying, I got kind of ticked that there was so much talk on the radio that morning. Needless to say, once my brain woke up enough to actually hear the words "a second plane has hit the World Trade Center", that got me out of bed to go turn on the tv. Then I got my husband up. We sat and stared at the screen for what seemed like an eternity before going to work, where the entire university was at a standstill with everyone finding the closest tv to watch or hill to sit and stare out at nothing from.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was in junior Highschool in Mexico, when a teacher came to us and told the news, I remember it was english class because at begining i tought my english was getting worse; i understand that a plane had crashed a building at that didnt make sense at all.

when i got home i was surprise of the whole thing, and was glued to the tv watching the news
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Old 09.09.2011, 16:56
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

In Aix-en-Provence France for business, just about to pull into the hotel parking lot when my (French) colleague told me 2 plans had crashed in NY and I should check out the news.

Got into my room and turned on CNN to a site of the Pentagon and thought my colleague must have been mistaken. Only to then find out what had happened. Then called my parents who were visiting my sister in CA to wake them up and tell them to turn on the TV. I was on the phone with my mom when the first tower came down- that was a horrible feeling seeing that happen and not knowing how many people were in there and in total shock that it would come down at all.

I then contemplated contacting one of my best friends from grad school whose wife worked, part time, in the WTC. Finally wrote him an e-mail and found out his wife stayed home that day. I kept calling my husband back in Germany who was at work to give him updates that I got from the TV as all internet sites were basically locked and overloaded and they couldn't find out anything new. Surreal.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was working in one of the top floors of the ECB (European Central Bank) in Frankfurt. Wasn't a pleasant experience and quite a few of us nervously looked out the windows wondering what would come next.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was in NYC living on West 90th street. I had just gotten out of the shower to go to work when a collegue called me after the first tower was hit and told me not to come to work. I watched the rest on TV. That was a hell of a day. Lost friends who worked at the World Finance Center on the train. Found out my fiance was cheating on me the same day because when it happened he was where he should have not have been (with her) and got stuck downtown while I repeated called him to make sure he was alright.

But on the flip side, it changed the face of NYC for the better I think. I got to know my neighbors as we held vigils and helped each other look for loved ones because transport and communication was cut off. The city went from being known as cold and unfriendly to everyone helping each other out.

I will never forget that day. Worst of my life.
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Old 09.09.2011, 17:25
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

In London - heard it on the radio in a charity shop. We went home to watch the news on tv. Was staying with my brother and his family who were relocating to NY the following month. In the end they did not go. My sis in law had a friend who worked in the windows of the world restaurant. That morning she called in sick (she had in fact over slept) but normally she would have been on her shift when the towers went down.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was in Time Square NYC. When it happened. We saw the first plane very low. We didnt make a big deal of it bc its NYC. The real action was the 2nd plane. Thats when we realized we were in trouble.
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Old 09.09.2011, 17:44
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I was driving to work and my mother called to tell me there had been some sort of accident of a plane hitting the WTC. She was working at ERAU (aeronautical uni, including a flight dept) at the time so they were all quite glued to the "accident."

I'm not a cell-phone person, can't remember why I happened to have one (hers) with me that day. It was very surreal altogether.

I worked at a LensCrafters in a mall (in Florida) at the time, we had to stay open, the whole mall did, we had a TV/VCR though which we had to play training tapes. I remember moving it all around to try to find best reception so we could see what was going on. Despite having to be open, the only people who came into our store that day were employees of other stores wanting to come snatch a few minutes viewing for updates on our TV.


We had different sort of experience from it. Being in Florida, there are plenty of folks with friends and family in the NY area (popular retiring spot) so we had the worry and fear from everyone about folks "back home." I have family in New Jersey, including my father who worked at a school in a city that was near enough that many of his students had parents who worked in various "powerful" positions in NYC. I was worried about my father.

What was different for me though was this:
We also though had to contend with the FBI coming to our store to question one of the guys who worked with us who happens to be Muslim, who happens to be Egyptian and who also happens to have been learning to fly at the time. I remember being angry and upset with the treatment that the gentleman in question was getting, just because.


We were glued to the TV at work all that day, until finally the folks who ran things at the mall figured out they truly were not going to make any money that day, after which time, we all went home to be glued to our own TVs.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was in Washington, DC. My boss's assistant phoned me from her office in Annapolis and said, "turn on the TV -- a plane just hit the World Trade Center".

"nuh uh" I said.

"yes," she said.

Then we speculated about what kind of plane it was... maybe a Cesna? Surely it wasn't a passenger plane. It was just so strange.
Then I turned on the TV and a couple of minutes passed...

'HOLY SHIT!!!!!'

The second plane hit. We knew then that it wasn't an accident. Neither of us wanted to say what we knew it was though.

At that point the rest of the day just seemed to be confusing. People were coming back into the office from their assignments and one of our guys called in to say that he just heard on the radio that "they've attacked the Pentagon."

Now it was just getting a little too real and a little too close to home. Now we were starting to panic. When's the next one coming? where is it coming? Will it hit us? We wanted to leave but they wouldn't release us. A couple of more hours passed and we were finally released.

Getting home was a nightmare. I'd rather forget that sense of being trapped and wondering if I'd ever get home, but yet so thankful to be alive.

And for the next days, weeks, months... just always glued to CNN watching the same loops over and over and over and over and over and over ad nauseum still not really understanding that it had all happened; still coming to terms with it all, and still wondering who I might have known that was killed or injured, all the while knowing that NOTHING would ever be the same again.

What I wouldn't give to return to September 10, 2001 to appreciate the innocence and the freedom of that day one more time.
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What I wouldn't give to return to September 10, 2001 to appreciate the innocence and the freedom of that day one more time.
We were naive back then, weren't we? I, too, long for the trust and not so much fear-mongering from pre-9/11...

I also remember not being able to think about anything else and needing to talk to SOMEONE about it, and no one from the customer (in France) that we were visiting said anything to me about it, or talked about it. They were more worried about their yield from their chips that day and how our machine was coming along for acceptance (understandably so, but still, it was a day to change the world). That I felt was WEIRD!
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still wondering who I might have known that was killed or injured, all the while knowing that NOTHING would ever be the same again.
I actually found out only yesterday from my high school alumni notifications that one of the people on Flight 93 was a gal I'd gone to school with named Christine Snyder. She graduated with my older sis, the year before me. Ever since I found out I have been wondering if I had any classes with her.

I find myself feeling more than a little guilty - and then feeling it's a bit self-indulgent to feel guilty - that all this time I didn't know. They have erected a memorial for her at our school. If I ever make it back to Hawaii, I'll stop by and lay some flowers.
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It was about the end of my work day, maybe 1 hour still remaining. One of my colleagues told he had heard on the radio that WTC in New York had been hit by an airplane. Our response was along the lines - so what's the big deal? I guess we even made some jokes about it, as we did not realize the scale of this event and we did not have internet access in our work stations due to security restrictions. We did not bother turning on our radios.

I think I went home, went out to pub without TV and only later in the evening found out that both towers had collapsed. I could not believe it, I had forgotten about the plane incident already.
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I was working north of Lima at a Naval base where I was doing my social service year...the nurses were watching TV and I saw right when the second plane hit the South tower (I think it was???)
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I was on IRC, in EST, having a cup of coffee while scanning my inbox and planning a number of system audits that day when one of the guys in NYC said that he just saw a plane hit the WTC out his window (he was a network jock for a wall st firm back then). We were all, like, WTF, no way that could happen. After that, someone piped up that a plane had been reported to have hit the pentagon, at which point we all figured that these were connected and deliberate. By the time I turned on CNN, I was just in time to watch the second WTC tower get plowed into. I sat glued to CNN for the rest of the morning and didn't even go into work that day as it was just too overwhelming. I was familiar with two of the folks on the Boston flights.

Funny how memory can play tricks with us. The plane hit the Pentagon about 30 mins after the second Twin Tower was hit.

Even when we think we remember things with 100% accuracy, we actually don't. Sure I'm guilty of this all the time too.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was spending an afternoon in town with my brother and a friend, we'd met up to celebrate as it was my 21st birthday.

At the time, my brother had a news alert SMS service on his phone and we had a running joke about what whoever provided the service considered to be 'news' (there was a lot of sport stuff, for example). So his phone beeped, and I made a joke about 'Oh, what is it now, some really important news like football?' He checked his messages, and said something like 'Actually this sounds really serious, a plane's crashed into the world trade centre in New York.' We thought it was an accident.

Got home and found my mum and an another friend of ours glued to the TV. The second plane had just hit.

What I remember clearest is my friend's little girl. She must have been about 2. While the adults were staring at the television in horror, she was fascinated by the man in the back garden trimming my parents' leylandii. I remember wishing I was her age when things like this just passed you by.

And from the aftermath, I remember the realisation that from now on my birthday was going to be famous for all the wrong reasons...

What I also remember is going back to university a few weeks later. We were in a seminar when a plane went overhead. We all stopped, flinched, and looked up. No-one said anything, but I guess we were all wondering how long it would be before we stopped doing that.
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