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Old 09-11-06, 07:46 AM   #1
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9-11 Five Years Later

This morning is bringing back lots of memories for me, as all the media outlets seem to be replaying their tapes of that fateful morning. I remember driving to work and hearing all the events at the World Trade Center unfold. The rest of the day was just me and my boss sitting in our office listening to the radio and watching the TV coverage. I left early the office early and picked up my son and just went home to be with my family. Feeling very sad and melancholy this morning as I sit in my office and reflect.My thoughtsand prayers still go out to all those affected by this tragedy.

Where were you and what are your memories?
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I was in my apartment and I had joined a chatroom and somebody told me that britian's condolences were with me. And i didnt quite get why and then they said somebody had bombed the wtc and then i found out a plane had crashed. I had a tv and I had cable but i never turned it on. I had to borrow a proper cable connector from one of my nheighbors so i could get my tv on. And i remember watching it there. When I went to work later that afternoon everybody was watchiung it on tv at work.

Alot of lives that were needless changed forever.
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I was driving... what I cant get out of my mind ( of course after all the lost and suffering and hate) was seing my friend sitting on the sea wall, her look.. her stares into the ocean.. the look in her yes as if something had died even thought she was alive.
She still has the same look to this day, an athlete , a beautiful loving woman.
She is alive but something is dead inside of her.
ps( she was one of the fights attendants sceduled to be on that plane out of Boston, she changed her schedule early that morning after one of her co-worker asked her to do so as a favor so she could be with her family, on her daughter's bday- she of course died )
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I didn't have a TV when it happened. I have one now, but I don't have cable and don't get anything via antenna except PBS.

I gotta say, I'm not going to miss staring at "specials" and coverage of the incident all day.
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I was driving... what I cant get out of my mind ( of course after all the lost and suffering and hate) was seing my friend sitting on the sea wall, her look.. her stares into the ocean.. the look in her yes as if something had died even thought she was alive.
She still has the same look to this day, an athlete , a beautiful loving woman.
She is alive but something is dead inside of her.
ps( she was one of the fights attendants sceduled to be on that plane out of Boston, she changed her schedule early that morning after one of her co-worker asked her to do so as a favor so she could be with her family, on her daughter's bday- she of course died )
Heh. While that is very sad, your friend should remember that in the grand scheme of things all thing work out. If she wasn't on that plane she was not meant to be on that plane. That means that there is something much bigger and much more important that she is supposed to be doing with her life.
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I was working. I was trying to get on the internet and it was all jammed up. I remember my boss saying he was having issues too. Then one of my co-workers called me to tell me what was going on. We turned the tv on at work. It was HORRIBLE. My heart aches for all those people. My work ended up letting us all go home early and I remember getting to the parking garage and my car was the only one left there. It was very weird.
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I had just arrived at work in NJ from NYC where I live when someone mentioned a plane had crashed into the Twin Towers. We couldn't get any info so we figured it was just a small single engine plane. Then another person said another plane hit the Towers so then we knew it was an attack. None of the news service websites could be reached cuz they were all clogged and we couldn't get any NY TV stations cuz the broadcast antenna was on the Towers. We ended up watching the news on a Spanish channel and were quickly saddened, disgusted, concerned and filled w/ questions about what was happening and how our fellow co-workers and family were that worked in and near the WTC. The big boss came by and told us all to go home and be with our families. Better said than done since there was no way back to NYC. All the bridges and tunnels were closed so those of us living in NY couldn't get back and had to stay in NJ for the night.

The next day I drove back and it was surreal. Tons of traffic getting to the GW Bridge, but once we were in Manhattan, we could see the smoke coming from the site even that far north. There was hardly any traffic and every so often we'd see busloads of emergency workers being shuttled back and forth. It was like being at a funeral w/ the whole city. Everyone was in shock and trying to make sense of it all. The look on people's faces was the look of shock. Everyone walking around in a kind of daze, trying to take it all in.

A couple months later, I was riding on the Hudson Greenway coming back from ground zero and saw a makeshift bulletin board w/ notices looking for people that worked in the Towers. It had become memorial shrine and just looking at all the people that were missing just made me sad. These notices were put up all around the city immediately after 9/11.

I still have photos of the Twin Towers and I look at them once in a while and remember all the fun I had there. Wednesdays during the summer there'd be jazz bands playing in the plaza and people sitting around eating their lunch and listening to music. Most of my office could be found there from 12-2 on Wednesdays. When I was younger, I'd hang around the plaza riding my bike and jumping the small sets of stairs leading out to Church St. The WTC was also the starting point for the MS ride and afterwards we'd get our massages and lunch and eat in the plaza. All that's gone now.
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I was at work. I work at the computer, and had my headphones on to avoid distraction while I write code.

I kinda heard a "buzzing" of people in the area, but didn't really pay any attention. I couldn't hear what was being said, but "felt" that something was going on. I just figured it was none of my business and kept working.

About 1/2 hour later I got up to stretch a bit and was going to say something to the lady in the cube next to me, but she wasn't there. So I went down the row and EVERYBODY in my area was gone. That was WEIRD.....I started wondering if the "buzzing" was a fire drill or something and I missed out because of my headphones.

I started walking down the hall very cautiosly trying to see if anything looked amiss. When I got to the junction with the main hall in the building, I noticed some people in the cafeteria (where they have a few TVs usually tuned to CNN). And EVERYBODY in the building was jammed into that cafeteria watching the TVs. That's when I asked somebody what it was and it was explained to me.

I watched for a little bit and then left to go back to my desk. I couldn't really stand to watch it. I barely watched it on the news when it happened because it upset me so bad. I never saw the 2nd plane strike; I never saw the people jumping, etc.... I'm not sure, to this day I want to see it.
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I was a probie, when this happened, working that night, wondering what the hell was coming next. Listening to all the names on tv, its so sad. Please take a moment to remember. One of the things that hurt the most, was after a few months, everyone had flags on thier cars. Then as the months progressed, I would see less and less of them on cars, and more of them on the ground. THATS CRAP. The flag should NEVER TOUCH THE GROUND. If it does, you must destroy it. It kills me that people forget what the meaning of our flag is, and how to treat it with respect. Please don't forget what happened to the civilains, rescue workers, passengers, and employees of the pentagon. And don't forget what is still happening to the rescue workers, who are being denied compensation by Bloomberg, for injuries that happened on 9-11-01. Take pride in our great nation, because I truly believe americans are a careing, loveing people, who for our entire history, the people of our nation, have opened our doors to other countries people, to give opportunity to those who may not have had it. Our country has made mistakes, but our people are what define the character of this great nation.......
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I was in Ft Lauderdale FL on a business trip. I had flown down the 10th and was supposed to come back the 12th. The building I was working in housed the local IRS offices, so it was evacuated when the whole mess hit. I spent the rest of my day in the hotel room glued to the TV.

My wife had flown out to St. Louis to visit her brother. So it was a bit odd that we were both stranded away from home.

I was on the phone with a coworker, who was working that day in DC, down on the mall, when the plane hit the pentagon. It was amazing how loud it was over the phone.

I finally made it home 5 days later. Took a 24 hour Greyhound bus ride. It was so weird. The bus was full of people like me, ones who never really used the bus for transportation and were just dazed and tired and just wanted to get home.

I sat next to a Brooklyn Cop on the bus ride home. He had lost members of his unit. He had been on his first vacation in 10 years at Disney world. His boss had told him he had to get back asap and the bus was the only way he could find a way home.

I am fortunate I guess that I didn't know anyone personally affected by the tragedies. My heart still goes out to everyone who lost someone in this horrible act.

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I was still driving a truck then. I was in Manhattan on Times Square, delivering.
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The one thing I remember clearly was how strongly the urge to go home was. Even if there was nothing I could do, I HAD to get home. I remember the news telling us not to go to the Javits Center to volunteer unless we were steel or iron workers. Lots of people were showing up to help, but they needed people trained in search and rescue, steel and iron workers, etc.

After 9/11, I spoke w/ friends and family that had been in the WTC or near by and the things they experienced and witnessed were horrifying.
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hey jyossarian - same situation basically. i live in NY and work in NJ. i was on a PATH train out of the world trade center on my way to work when the first plane hit.


i work in the tallest building in Newark so we had an unobstructed view of the two towers. i saw them both collapse and will never forget it for the rest of my life.

to my surprise i was able to take a PATH train back into the city(!) to penn station in the late afternoon. from there i took the Q train to my apartment. i couldn't believe that the trains were running at all, since everyone else i knew was basically stuck where they were.
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I had a weird vibe about a month before it happened. I skipped out on a bunch of things I had planned and went to the top and watched the sunset; didn't know why.

Month later I was in my old apt on 7th and 1st Ave. My gf at the time called me to see if I was all right which is when I turned on the TV. Went up to the roof (I could see the towers from there) as the second plane hit. Very dazed. People were walking up 1st Ave covered in white ash. A line started from Houston up to 14th street to give blood to the Red Cross. Thousands of pints of blood were collected only to be thrown out because they weren't cared for properly (hate the RC).

Later that night I grabbed a few friends and visited my parents out on LI for the week. I was in an area that they requested all businesses to close and anyone living there to bring some mail with them and leave the city if possible. On the train was a guy and his bike - both covered in ash. He rode to work when it happened; wound up going to a bar that happened to be open nearby and drank the day. Was smoking a joint on the train and passed it around.

My cousin was on his way to work on the HVAC system at the WTC when his truck broke down. He's cursing on the side of the road as the tow truck starts connecting and over the radio they announce it.

My other cousin and his then fiance worked in the towers. My cousin got transferred to midtown the day before and his fiance was walking in as the plane hit, turned around, and ran out.

I took a Java programming class that ended a few weeks before. Half the people in that class worked above where the planes hit and perished.

I remember my first thought was that it was OBL and no one knew who I was talking about. About two days before he killed one of his deputies who happened to be a CIA spy - just had a feeling something was going to happen.
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Woke up hungover at about 11am after downing a 5th of jim beam the night before having found out my Dad had died on sept 10th. Went to mailbox outside to check my mail, I was off work indefinitely(had already taken care of that), my neighbor Karen asked me if I had seen the TV, I said "nope", she dragged me in her apartment to show me what was going on. I went back upstairs and tried to figure out what to do next, then get a phone call, my sister tells me my cousin was in one of the towers and hasnt been heard from since reporting he was above the plane strike and couldnt get out. He was never heard from again, based on video and photos we think he jumped. Since then I have made it my business to find out every detail of what happened as much as I can, I have about 12Gb of files in my various PC's related to 9/11, and I dont believe much of what the offficial story is as it stands these days, maybe be crazy, maybe not, but there are massive amounts of unanswered questions I would like answers to.
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I was at work when my wife called and told me about the first plane. Our thoughts were that it was a small single engine plane. When she called and told me about the second plane we knew it was an act of terrorism.

The rest of that morning was a blur. I remember receiving calls from another Naval facility asking about 2 people traveling here for a meeting. I remember going to where the meeting was being held to see if they were there and to have them call home. I remember the relief I felt when they finally showed up. They turned around and drove the rental back to PA.

They locked down the base. Nobody in or out for a couple hours, then they sent us home and told us not to come in until we were notified. No work the next day. On the 13th I got dropped off at the gate. It was a good thing because all vehicles were being searched. Security was very tight.

I remember the pain I felt knowing the flights originated in Boston and many of the terrorist flew there from Portland Maine.

I remember people in the Guard and Reserve from my office being called up for active duty and being gone for months.

I will never forget...
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I was living in Sacramento and I was in my dorm. It was the second of third week of my first semester of college. I saw the coverage and thought WTF?! I watched the news for a while then found out classes were canceled. That's about the time the dorms became a live version of Animal House and I took off for the day with my roommate.
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I was a 15 year old moron in a science class. I remember that we couldn't get the cable connection working so I crammed a paper clip into the port on the back of the tv and we watched NBC. I can recall that many people that day were scared and went home, and I just wondered how Bush was going to use the attacks to make money for his corporate buddys. I didn't have my eyes glued on the TV like most people after an hour or so, rather I got bored and started reading magazines. I was at the time a much more unsympathetic jackass than I am now.
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i was getting ready for work.... turned on the TV after getting out of the shower..... i had just flown back from NY the day before.... i called my boss freaking out.... she didn't even know what was going on as she didn't have the tv on..... i didn't go in to work til about 3 hours later when i thought it was "safe"....

i have a large 4 piece mirror of the NYC skyline... (full wall size) and yes... it includes the twin towers..... it's sad to see it.....
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I had just arrived at work in NJ from NYC where I live when someone mentioned a plane had crashed into the Twin Towers. We couldn't get any info so we figured it was just a small single engine plane. Then another person said another plane hit the Towers so then we knew it was an attack. None of the news service websites could be reached cuz they were all clogged and we couldn't get any NY TV stations cuz the broadcast antenna was on the Towers. We ended up watching the news on a Spanish channel and were quickly saddened, disgusted, concerned and filled w/ questions about what was happening and how our fellow co-workers and family were that worked in and near the WTC. The big boss came by and told us all to go home and be with our families. Better said than done since there was no way back to NYC. All the bridges and tunnels were closed so those of us living in NY couldn't get back and had to stay in NJ for the night.

The next day I drove back and it was surreal. Tons of traffic getting to the GW Bridge, but once we were in Manhattan, we could see the smoke coming from the site even that far north. There was hardly any traffic and every so often we'd see busloads of emergency workers being shuttled back and forth. It was like being at a funeral w/ the whole city. Everyone was in shock and trying to make sense of it all. The look on people's faces was the look of shock. Everyone walking around in a kind of daze, trying to take it all in.

A couple months later, I was riding on the Hudson Greenway coming back from ground zero and saw a makeshift bulletin board w/ notices looking for people that worked in the Towers. It had become memorial shrine and just looking at all the people that were missing just made me sad. These notices were put up all around the city immediately after 9/11.

I still have photos of the Twin Towers and I look at them once in a while and remember all the fun I had there. Wednesdays during the summer there'd be jazz bands playing in the plaza and people sitting around eating their lunch and listening to music. Most of my office could be found there from 12-2 on Wednesdays. When I was younger, I'd hang around the plaza riding my bike and jumping the small sets of stairs leading out to Church St. The WTC was also the starting point for the MS ride and afterwards we'd get our massages and lunch and eat in the plaza. All that's gone now.
Wow, what a story. See I don't even know how the people there like yourself dealt with all of this. How horrible to be living so close to this. When your so far away from it all (living in Colorado) and never been to New York I couldn't even begin to imagine the saddness New York most have felt.

I do hope to visit one day.
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I'll never forget it. And I can't believe its been 5 five years. I happend to be sick that day, so I called into work...there I was sitting in front of the TV watching one of the morning news channels...(which I usually don't do) and everything happened on the TV right in front of me...was quite chilling.

















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Wow, what a story. See I don't even know how the people there like yourself dealt with all of this. How horrible to be living so close to this. When your so far away from it all (living in Colorado) and never been to New York I couldn't even begin to imagine the saddness New York most have felt.

I do hope to visit one day.
It's strange, but mixed in w/ all the emotion was a strong resolve that everyone felt that this wouldn't get us down. First things first: help the living, search for survivors, bury the dead, clean up and re-build. It was inspiring to see total strangers just help each other out. Plus there was this attitude like, Yeah, we got hit, but we're still standing. If that's the best you got, you ain't got nothin' cuz we're still here and now we're pissed.
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I'll never forget it. And I can't believe its been 5 five years. I happend to be sick that day, so I called into work...there I was sitting in front of the TV watching one of the morning news channels...(which I usually don't do) and everything happened on the TV right in front of me...was quite chilling.

















Never forget.
Definititely images to remmeber. Definitely many people both alive and dead that shouldn't be forgotten either.
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Old 09-11-06, 12:27 PM   #24
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I was in the shower, getting ready for class at UTD. My dad came and knocked on the door, said that a plane had just flown into the World Trade Center. It was such an unbelievable thought that I honestly thought it was a joke at first. Sadly, it was far far too real. I stayed glued to the first TV I came to in the house, the small one in the kitchen. I couldn't believe what was happening, even on that small screen the images were so overwelming. I had to leave for class shortly after the first tower fell. Listened to coverage on the way to class in my truck. My father was an airline captain for 20+ years, a pilot for probably over 30 at the time. In the months following, as all the new restrictions came in, I got to listen to him rant about most of them and how they did little to actually make anything safer.
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It's over, let it rest. By allowing this to continue to permeate our memories, validates the actions of the hostiles that day. We've let them win.

Let those who we've lost there live on in our hearts, but lets let them rest in peace.
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