QOTD 9/8/11

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QOTD 9/8/11

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard about the plane crashing into the WTC on 9/11?

I was walking through the reception area of my old office. My receptionist said to me "a plane just crashed into the WTC. They think the pilot was drunk or something". I went back to my office and I didn't think much more about it until my secretary told me that another plane had crashed into the 2nd tower. Then, we all crowded into my dad's office 12 attorneys and 8 secretaries. My dad was the only one in the place who had a t.v. It was a small, portable tv. We had no cable in the office so it had lines and fuzz. Even with all of those people, it was so quiet it was eerie. I guess we were all stunned.

We heard on the news that local courts were closing. I had a hearing that afternoon. I called the court in advance to make sure the court was still open. The judge's bailiff was so rude. "This is X county. We are not going to close because of some plane crash in NYC". Later, that bailiff apologized to me. I guess he didn't realize what was going on.

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I was in Algebra class in my senior year of HS. I remember the teacher telling us to put our books away that something happened in NY. We turned on the TV and watched as the second plane crashed into the WTC. They then dismissed classes for the rest of the day, although many students stayed at school just watching the news.

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I was on my way to take the ex-husband to the base, he had drill that weekend. We heard it on the radio in the car. I went home and turned on the TV to find out the 2nd plane had struck. I was just in shock and scared because I was then home alone all weekend!

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I was in my lab at the university and my advisor, who’s a prankster, called from home and told everyone in the lab that a plane had just crashed in the World Trade Center. We didn’t believe him at all. Then we finally turned on the radio and heard about the second plane.

Then we shrugged and went back to work.

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I was working for Purdue at the time and was in my office with my two co-workers/friends. My friend, Angela's, husband called to tell us that a plane crashed into the WTC. We turned on the tv and saw the second one hit....and were glued to the tv all day.

Classes at Purdue were canceled. We just watched in horror all day long.

We had to cancel a few days of our work simply bc my job was to have students telephone alumni and ask for money. We couldn't fathom phoning people anytime that entire week given the circumstances.

I still cannot wrap my head around it and it gives me the chills to watch it and re-live it. I just cannot understand the gross hatred that these people feel for us, our way of life, our country. It seems so sick and scary that there isn't just one person out there imagining how to commit these atrocities-- but that there are organized networks of people who hate hate hate us. Scary. Then I get all political and try to imagine how war could possibly help the situation. *sigh* If anything, I think they just hate us more.

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9/11 was a tragedy of immense proportions. But, there are some amazing things that came out of it. Never again will I mistake an athlete or movie star for heroes. My heroes are everyday people - firefighters, police officers, those aboard the flight that crashed in PA, the spouses of those lost who are raising their children alone. Also, there was this wonderful story about the people in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, who hosted the world that day. Planes from all over the world were grounded in Gander and there were no hotels. The people of Gander opened their home to strangers including Americans who had lost loved ones. It was a special on NBC and it's a book.

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"Pammi41125" wrote:

9/11 was a tragedy of immense proportions. But, there are some amazing things that came out of it. Never again will I mistake an athlete or movie star for heroes. My heroes are everyday people - firefighters, police officers, those aboard the flight that crashed in PA, the spouses of those lost who are raising their children alone. Also, there was this wonderful story about the people in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, who hosted the world that day. Planes from all over the world were grounded in Gander and there were no hotels. The people of Gander opened their home to strangers including Americans who had lost loved ones. It was a special on NBC and it's a book.

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Agreed!!

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Rebecca - reading your post about being in high school on 9/11 makes me feel very old! Biggrin

I was working at a hospital in Boston and one of the guys I worked with walked by and told me he had heard it on the radio. I remember not being able to get on any news websites because everyone was online. I will say it was a pretty scary time to be living in a big city!

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"lauriem822" wrote:

Rebecca - reading your post about being in high school on 9/11 makes me feel very old! Biggrin

Lol me too!!

I was getting Sierra breakfast and I turned on the TV, both planes had already hit I think(being 3 hrs. behind here on the West Coast) but I watched on and off for a while. I went to work that night as scheduled.

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"lauriem822" wrote:

Rebecca - reading your post about being in high school on 9/11 makes me feel very old! Biggrin

LOL, me too!

I was at work at the blood drive getting ready to give blood. They had the radio on the speakers in the room and we were all SHOCKED to hear about the first plane, but just assumed it was an accident. When we heard about the second one, the lady was actually in the middle of putting the needle in my arm and we were all so shocked that we both moved. She actually hit a nerve and my arm was numb for days! But what better time to be giving blood?

Later that day my ex-boyfriend (had only been broken up for like a few weeks and we were still trying to be friends) called and said he had to go help in NYC since he was in the reserves. I was an UTTER mess.

That was a day I will NEVER forget. Since our work does a lot of military stuff, we were put on HIGH alert, we were frisked going into and out of the plant, and montored VERY closely. During WWII, our plant actually had a cover that went over it to make it look like houses from the sky, and there was talk about doing that again so that we weren't noticable from the sky.

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I second the comment on feeling old! Wink

I was in teacher's college in Vancouver (Canada), and my sister called me and woke me up a little before my alarm was supposed to go off and told me that a plane had hit the tower. I turned on the news and watched the second one hit. The shock, the sickness, the horror... I had to go to class that morning, but in all my classes we just talked about what had happened and what it meant for us, the US, the world.... awful.

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I also was in High School. It was my senior year and I was getting ready at home, I didn't have to go to school until 10ish(I think) I remember turning on the tv but not really paying any attention because I had to get ready. but once I got to school I found out what was going on.