Post by UrbaneVirtuoso on Sept 12, 2015 13:37:41 GMT -5
Well, having been the 11th of September, I doubt there's a person in this world who doesn't remember what happened in America fourteen years ago. I just want to take the time to ask where any of you were when it happened and how it affected you.
From what jumbled pieces I have, I've been in elementary school. Being about eleven years old, our class was simply minding our own in the everyday, mundane atmosphere. I think it was some time before lunch hour when things went out of whack.
Then, a voice sounded the intercom and mandated all classes be shut down. Many students had no clue, but the more you looked upon staff, they had this bereaved look -- almost motionless in a sense. They didn't hide it well if you paid close attention.
When I got home, my parents were similarly distressed, but they did their best to put their face on for me. I remember the smouldering second tower, right after the first fell. Everything's blank afterwards, but it's fair to imagine I was whisked away.
It's pretty surreal, right down to when one finally discovers they caught Bin Laden. What a feeling that was, so any thoughts to share?
Post by ChloeB42 (Alexcalibur42) on Sept 12, 2015 17:32:50 GMT -5
I was in school, 9 at the time, don't remember anything about that day though.
The thing about 9/11 is that it's near impossible to separate it from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which is a very bitter topic that I'd rather not rant about here. So I'll end with saying that 9/11 was a tragedy,but to me most of it was a blur to me when I was younger.
Letting them know only they see my illusion would be the nice thing to do. Nice. But...no.
I was at elementary school, don't remember which grade. It was a normal day, no early dismissal or anything. My dad was waiting for me at my bus stop which was weird since I usually just walked home after I got off the bus, he told me he got sent home from work early because of the attack. I lived in New Jersey at that time so we were far enough away to be safe. My parents didn't let me watch the news for a while.
Post by Pegasus Actual on Sept 13, 2015 6:29:54 GMT -5
Was sleeping on a friend's couch, my housing wasn't quite squared away for the school year yet. Got woken up by friend's ROTC roommate yelling "WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!!!", turned on the TV. Skipped my class (Discrete Math, it's possible I would have skipped that shit regardless), and watched news coverage all day. When I saw all the F16s from the local Air National Guard base flying CAP, I remember thinking that it was a bit silly and that there was zero chance that an accompanying attack was going to hit northeastern Minnesota.
7/11 was a part-time job, also stolen from the internet. I want that slogan on a T-shirt.
It was about lunchtime when I plugged into the world and discovered what happened. I was pretty much in disbelief all day and I couldn't go far from a television; my domestic and geopolitical innocence was stolen that day.
Waking up for class in college, and this was a late class: English Lit at 1 pm. So I'm waking up at around noon west coast time. College! Awesome. Anyway my roommate walks up to me as I am brushing my teeth and says "Osama blew up the world trade center!" and I remember saying something like "yeah right you're crazy" or something. Because that was, obviously, an insane thing to hear in the mind of a naive, pre 9/11 reality. I distinctly remember him arguing no, this was in fact true because his mom told him. Which I remember being funny because, well, we were in college and my buddy was saying something was true because his mom told him? Gimme a break.
We agreed to go downstairs and turn on the TV to figure this out. I was very confident my roommate, or I guess his mom, was completely bonkers. On the west coast we were waking up late so everything had already happened hours ago. So we tuned into CNN. There were both the towers on CNN with smoke billowing out of one tower after the first plane hit (a recording, unbeknownst to me) and I triumphantly told my buddy "see everything's fine man you're mom's crazy." I had no idea the smoke was caused by a plane, even. Then on the recording the second plane hits... and then the towers go down, one by one. And then nothing was really the same ever again after that.
Post by blackbarney on Dec 31, 2015 13:58:57 GMT -5
People were striking at work so we were told to stay home. I was installing a new DVD player and when I turned it on to test it out, the news was on showing the towers on fire. I thought there was a DVD in the player and it was some disaster movie. Once I realized what was happening, I went out for breakfast with my girlfriend at the time. Which was a mistake since everyone was going crazy thinking the world was ending. So I went to a university campus and spent the next few hours sitting in the grass