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I was going to post this yesterday, but was never able to make it on JM...so I'll do it today.
Where were you 7 years ago yesterday? September 11, 2001
I had been exercising and had it on The Weather Channel, before anything happened. After exercising, I got in the shower and when I got out I was hearing things on the tv that didn't sound like TWC, so went to investigate. I thought someone had changed my tv to CNN, and then saw what had happened. I'm sitting on the couch, naked with my hair wrapped up in a towel, watching in shock and dismay what had happened.
I had just gotten to work before the 1st plane hit the WTC. There weren't any TVs, and the internet sites were crashing from too many users, so we all gathered around radios and listened in complete shock as the 2nd plane hit the other tower. Shortly afterwards we would hear the fighter jets taking off from Andrew's Airforce Base and the noise made many of us scream. I work for a county gov't, and we stayed open, but the taller buildings were closed as a precautionary measure since we are close to DC. Many of my co-workers had family, friends, and neighbors who worked at the Pentagon. I remember that when they shut down the skies, it was so eerily quiet, and no one was on the roads either - you could feel the shock in the air and everyone just wanted to be home with their loved ones. It was so scary, and all still seems so clear even though it's been 7 years.
I was at school early to study for a test...people were coming in saying thing like have you heard what happen...so we when to the nearby tv. The news were not sure what was going on...had to go to class...came out of class...news where showing the two bulidings falling. I could not believe what I was hearing and seeing on the news. We had a classmate who father was working in the Pentagon...after we heard that a plane has hit it...she try to call her dad and would not get thru...we were all trying to keep her from falling apart. It was so hard..felt so helpless try to help her find out if her dad was okay. He was fine the plane hit the opposite site of where his office was. It so sad and I just can't believe that it was 7 years ago...it's seems like it was just yesterday. To all the families, heros, loss ones...they are in my t&p.
I was playing a RPG game on the internet and people started writing stuff in the chat room about something happening in NY and telling us all to put our TVs on. I put the TV on and watched in disbelief what was happening. As I was watching, the 2nd plane hit and I saw it happen live on TV. I couldn't believe what I was watching. I didn't even realize it, but I guess I screamed because my (then) brother in law came running out of his bedroom half asleep and wanted to know why I was crying. I just pointed to the TV and he looked at it and woke in a matter of seconds. We just watched and couldn't believe it. Then while I was getting ready for work, the 3rd plane went into the Pentagon. That just did it for me. I was a wreck. I went into work and on the way there is when the plane went down in PA. Everyone at work was just so quiet and stuff. Customers that were coming in were giving us updates and the TV was on CNN the whole day in the breakroom. People were crying all day long. We were actually very worried at work because we had a former coworker that had gotten a job at WTC and we didn't know where he was. No one could get a hold of him. He finally called two days later to say that he was okay. He was evacuated and had to walk across the bridge with the other thousands of people. It was a day that I will never forget, no matter how old I get.
I so wanted to run right down to the Red Cross after work and the next couple of days to donate, but I couldn't because of my anemia. But all I wanted to do was do something. Most sporting events were canceled that weekend, but we still had our local car race. It was a special night with fun events instead of the usual races. Our 50/50 jackpot is usually around 2500 or so. So I emailed the owner of the track and suggested that instead of giving half to the winner and half to the points fund, we donate the points fund half to the Red Cross Relief Fund that they had started. We eneded up with over $3000 in the pot before they drew. I was so happy that they did that. I felt like I had done something.
I hope that I never have to experience that again. Everyone involved is always in my T&P.....
I was working in an electronics store with about 30 TV's. We switched as many as we could to different channels and watched everything over and over again. It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced in my life. My cousin was in NY on business and we waited all day by the phone waiting to hear that he was ok.
When I first heard the news, I was getting ready for work. At that time little information was available and I just thought that a small plane (like a cessna) had hit the tower (like when one hit the White House a few years earlier). It wasn't until after I got to work when the reality of it all came to light. At that time I was working retail. All of the office towers downtown were closed, and most people came shopping (as they were told not to go home yet). We ended up having a record breaking sales day - So very sad considering what had happened.
My friend had just moved to Manhattan a few weeks earlier. I spend a couple of hours trying to reach her that night. Thank goodness she was okay.
I had just gotten to work and was getting things out of drawers to start working on a project when our security specialist stuck her head in and said "A plane just flew into the World Trade Center!" I remember thinking...."what kind of idiot flies their lear jet (a small plane) into something like that?" I walked down to her office and we listened to the radio and then we heard that a plane had hit the Pentagon. That was when we knew it wasn't just an accident. We finally remembered that we had a TV in the office and we wheeled that out to watch in horror as we saw the flames and wreckage in the first tower. I had to run to my office to answer phones since our receptionist hadn't come in yet, and I was crying on the phone to my co-worker that the TV was showing people jumping out of the windows from above the crash site. They were jumping to their deaths!! I got back to the TV and saw the second plane hit the tower. I just couldn't believe I was seeing it happen. I felt sick and frightened because my DH had flown out from Dayton to St. Louis and then was on his way to Seattle that morning. I had no idea where he was and couldn't get a hold of him because we don't own cell phones! I was frantic until the reports came in about where the flights had originated. The first tower fell, then the second one, and there was the report about Flight 93 in PA going down....it was surreal. I finally got a phone call from my husband who was stuck in St. Louis and he asked me to call his boss to let them know where he was (she had already called me) and that he was OK. Shortly before that, my boss told us to go home, but once my DH called me there was no way I was leaving him stranded in St. Louis. I went home, changed and headed out to pick him up -- a 5 hour drive -- and it was eerie passing the exits and seeing the looooong lines at the gas stations. It was a horrible day that I will never forget, and I hope my DD will never have to experience that in her lifetime!