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9-11, Where were you 5 years ago?

Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:55 PM
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listening to the radio. it took awhile for the idiot morning crew to realize something important had happened. (this was traveling in Tampa Florida). they just kept on with their inane banter. the woman on the show kept pooh poohing the report, wanted to bring on the "really important" guest, somebody from the humane society with a dog or cat availble for adoption.

i remember not being able to believe it, and have still not watched any video of the towers being hit or collapsing. after five years i still cannot come to terms with it.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 04:58 PM
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question for 00, why is it shallow to have been going to an exercise class? it isn't shallow to be living your life, is it? would it make us better people, or feel better if we were doing our weekly stint at the soup kitchen during the time the terrorists struck?
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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I was at my daughters' elementary school to help with picture day. We live in an area with many families, including us, that work for oil companies. Several families from foreign countries checked their children out. It was scary for everyone. I remember thinking school was the safest place to be. That evening we could hear and see the jets flying inland to patrol from Ellington AFB. The noise was startling and reassuring at the same time. God bless America.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 05:53 PM
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Living right north of Travis AFB we had lots of jets overhead for several days. Although I knew why they were in the sky the noise would make me jump. Neighbors gathered every evening to talk about what had happened, how we felt, what the future would hold. The planes from Travis AFB practiced take off and landings all through the night. My daughter and SIL could not sleep as they live right on the edge of Travis AFB. We couldn't get away from the tragedy although we were on the west coast. Not complaining but being right next to Travis AFB really reminded us 24/7 that our country was in a new era.

On the 1st anniversary of 911 our small city had a parade and a program at our downtown park. Travis AFB base flew overhead. A very emotional remembrance of what had happened.

And when the AF personnel were sent to Iraq, ah, the young families in the stores, loading up on supplies to hold them over while the husband would be in Iraq. Little ones clinging to their daddy's hand, young military wives with red eyes. And once in awhile it was a young mother who was in the Air Force who would be shipped out. The schools my grandsons went to with all the AF children made them realize how war can be so devasting to those left behind. So many students that could hardly make it through the school day.

A day that none of us will ever forget. God bless those that died and their loved ones that will mourn them forever. God bless all the people that did whatever they could to help out, true heroes. And God bless those heroes that now have health problems.

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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 06:09 PM
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The documentary last night on CBS was indeed very powerful. I think that for the rest of our lives, as with the assasination of JFK (for those old enough to have remembered or been around) we will always remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news. I was at work and a co-worker had a small tv in his office and everyone was hovering over his desk watching the horror unfold.
The other thing I will always remember is that, perhaps for the only time in my lifetime, for a very brief time there were no Democrats, Republicans, Liberals or Conservatives. Only Americans.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 06:35 PM
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On the 56th floor of a building in Chicago's Loop watching it all play out (I was at work early). We got a call not too long after from the mayor's office telling us our building was being evacuated, we got the hell out of there as quick as we could. My coworker's husband was CPD and was told to 'go home and get his riot gear', since I lived in the same neighborhood, he picked us both up and he took me home as we lived in the same neighborhood. The outbound lanes of traffic were opened at 10am in the morning and the trains all ran at capacity. I came home to quite a few messages on my machine of friends and family making sure that I had left the LOOP.

I haven't had much desire to watch any of the coverage and have many times lamented what this disaster has wrought for us as a nation, the implications of which are still being felt every day.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 06:42 PM
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That morning, I was right here @ Fodors. There was a post about The Twin Towers. That's how I found out about 9/11. I turned on the TV, while dialing my Mom's phone number. My Mom was in front of her TV. We both watched in numbed disbelief & we wept.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 06:44 PM
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I'm on the west coast, so I got up at 6 am showered and made coffee turning on the TV just before 6:30. Wow, it was hard to comprehend what was happening.
Old Sep 11th, 2006, 06:46 PM
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9/11 occurred during my senior year in college. I went to school about 75 miles outside NYC, and I have many friends from the tri-state area who have families working in lower Manhattan. I was up earlier than normal (for a senior) because I had a job interview that morning. At the time, I was living with 10 of my sorority sisters in an off-campus house. As I was getting dressed for my interview, one of my roommates ran into my room, hysterically crying, and told me to turn on the tv. Her boyfriend was at his office at Goldman, a few blocks from the WTC, and had seen the first plane hit. We immediately woke up the rest of the house.

I remember the hardest part was calling my parents in Chicago. It was an hour earlier, and I knew that they probably hadn't put the TV on yet. My mom answered the phone and could immediately tell that something was wrong by my voice. I told her to turn on the tv, and then got off the phone so I could start checking in on friends and their families.

Our neighbor who lived next to our off campus house lost his father that day. I sat with several other friends while they anxiously awaited news from family members. My college shut down for the rest of the week. We didn't leave the house for two days lest we miss something on CNN. Many of us in my senior class had just finished internships in lower Manhatan two weeks before. The "what if" was just too unbearable to contemplate.

I work across the street now at the World Financial Center. This morning was overwhelming, as I walked past the site to get to my office. The bagpipes, crowds of families with the background of all the tourists clamoring for pictures was so incongruous and heart-wrenching. My heart goes out to everyone who lost friends and families during the attacks. I think about your loss every day.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 06:59 PM
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I was by my husband hospital bed as he was being prepped for surgery. I stood there and saw the second plane hit the other WTC building and felt like I was watching a Hollywood special effects movie. It took a moment or two to realize I had actually seen a plane fly into one of the WTC towers.

It's a day I'll never forget.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 07:41 PM
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We watched a bit of the 9/11 show last night. DH did not want to watch anything about the events today, not even the news. I watched a few minutes of the show tonight, until the USS Cole bit. That was sort of the last straw for what I could take today.

The day the Cole was hit, my husband was deployed over there, but on another ship. Our son broke his arm the day before, so had surgery. We had just gotten home from the hospital in the middle of the night when DH called. He was in meetings elsewhere when the Cole was hit, so he was flown back to his ship and they left port. He called before the phone lines were cut and I will never forget his words "my part of the world is unraveling. I can't tell you what is going on, but watch CNN. I don't know when I will talk to you again". That was it. CNN wasn't even reporting it for several more hours. Between our sons surgery and that phone call, I was wiped out. Thankfully he was ok though, so I had no complaints.

Maybe in a while I will be able to watch the shows. I don't know why, but I do have an interest in them. We all grieve differently, so maybe this is just my way. Who knows just yet.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 08:13 PM
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I was in Baltimore for an HIV conference. I was up late the night before preparing for a talk that I had to give at the conference on 9/12. I was awakened on 9/11 by a phone call at about 11:30 am. It was my then boyfriend calling from Los Angeles to tell me that he wouldn't be able to come to come to Baltimore. He was supposed to fly out that morning to meet me in Baltimore--we had planned to spend a few days in DC after my meeting was over. I was getting upset because I thought that he was late for his flight. I knew nothing of what was happening until he told me to turn on the TV. I was soooo blown away. Many people skipped the conference that day to watch the TV coverage. I myself cried all day. The Renaissance at the Inner harbor where I was staying was shorthanded that day. Many of their employees went home to pick up their kids because the schools in the area closed down due to the proximity to the Pentagon. It was a very somber day.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 08:51 PM
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Dh had just got up to take a shower before work. I was not working at the time because I was 8 months pregnant with twins, so I had started my maternity leave early. He got up, jumped in the shower, I turned the TV on after the 1st plane hit but before the 2nd. When the 2nd one hit, I flew into the bathroom and asked my DH what the heck was going on??????
I had a Dr.'s app. that day for another ultrasound. I went, and while I was waiting to go in the back, they told everyone to go home, they cancelled all their appointments that day due to "security". That was my first experience with living in a heightened security environment that I think we all now live each and every day.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 09:27 PM
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It was my second day of work at my new job out of college. Top floor of a high rise in downtown Los Angeles.

Needless to say, I didn't go to work that day, as people were generally discouraged from going into downtown LA and especially not going up into the high rises if not absolutely necessary.

Terrible, terrible day. My mom and brother in Chicago called me trying to explain what was happening and none of it registered until I turned on the TV.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 11:39 PM
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We were just rising to start our day here in the SF Bay area and having extensive work done on our house. One of the workmen said "Something terrible has happened in New York". We turned on the TV and were stunned. I really did think we were at war. My next thought went to SO's cousin who worked in the WTC and had survived the first bombing years ago. We eventually found him as he called his wife on his cell phone and she called the California relatives. I tried to see clients that day and a few cancelled feeling their "issues" were inconsequential compared to this disaster. Later in the afternoon I tried to think where I could go. I ventured to "The Cheeseboard" which is a Berkeley institution feeling I could find out something or feel more connected to folks. All that I found was a sign announcing a vigil later that evening. Somehow, that was comforting.

In the aftermath of that day, many of my clients felt connected to life and community more than they had in years.(I treat a great deal of PTSD). The collective fear of the unknown and the horror of it all seemed more the norm than not.

Two days earlier we had flown out of Dulles for SFO. Our carry-ons were pulled and dusted for explosives. I remember thinking "how over the top" but was comforted by the extensiveness of security.

We are Sunday NY Times subscribers but subscribed to the daily edition for months after 9/11 and religiously read the stories of the people who perished.

For weeks after 9/11 I received e mails askiang me to pray for a man I had gone to High School with (as I had also gone to Jr High and HS with his wife). For many weeks he was "missing" and then he was "dead". I remembered him as a gangly teen ager and the point at which he and his wife started dating. I thought it must be like this for all the lives lost...brief kalidescopic moments of memory and then the want to locate people in time and tragic circumstance. It never did seem to be reconciled. It probably never will be.

We "lit" an electric candle here last evening and kept it in our front window. I just turned it out upon coming home.

And here it is 5 years later..I also work as a nurse in NICU(in addition to my therapy practice). One of the babies I cared for this pm was born in the early hours of today. Her grandmother hopped a plane out of Denver so as to be here by this evening. I remarked to the baby's parents about the "drive" of a grandmother who would hop a plan on 9/11 rather than wait until 9/12. Life does go on, thankfully.

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Old Sep 12th, 2006, 03:34 AM
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i was at our old house in byfield, ma. isabella had just started 4th grade at school after being home schooled, parker was starting 1st grade at the new charter school i had founded with a group of friends in newburyport. the tv had been in the basement for years while isabella struggled with becoming a reader. parker was not yet a reader so we had no plans to bring it back up.

i was on the phone with a friend who's three tv's were on all over the house. her son was home sick and he came running up to tell her that a plane crashed into a building on tv. she thought it might be a movie or a cartoon. he convinced her she had to see this, and when she got it on, she described to me what she was watching. horrified, i ran across the street to a neighbors and spent the morning with my mouth agape and my heart in my throat as i watched tv.

our tv came up from the basement that afternoon. isabella was sent to a private reading tutor who spent 9 months bringing her 2 grade levels above where she needed to be in reading. it involved 8 hours of work a week with her on my part, but i did it happily in exchange for having the tv.
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Old Sep 12th, 2006, 03:48 AM
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I was at work in Atlanta, not believing what I was seeing online..I could not believe the towers were going down...I called a friend who was vacationing in Mexico who had recently moved to NYC to tell him what was happening, and yesterday he sent me a message he was jogging in NYC and was looking at all the shining lights and thinking of that call I had to make to him...I hope the lights were brilliant...
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