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Smokeyone
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Maryville Tn
Member since Jul 2016
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Where were you and what were you doing.
I was at home with the TV on as background noise. It was an off day for me and I wasn’t paying attention. The national news interrupted the show and was talking about the plane hitting the 1st tower and how a plane had hit the Empire State Building before. Then the second plane hit and the tone just changed. The idea that this tragedy went from a news story to a planned attack. All planes were grounded, fighters were scrambled to intercept all planes not answering, no one could verify Air Force One was safe. The pentagon was hit. Stories of a plane going down in Pennsylvania and lost/unresponsive planes were coming in. I checked in with work and a couple other folks. I Personally lost nobody but over the year ran into a couple with stories of friends or family that were there.

No politics or conspiracy theory stuff. Just share your story.


LSUROXS
LA-Monroe Fan
Texas
Member since Sep 2006
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re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was working in Beaumont, TX in a Federal Prison when the first plane hit. I was able to get to a TV to see on the screen the second plane hit. My first comment was "where is the FBI? Where is the CIA? Why didn't we know this was coming?"

Of course we realize years later that the Clinton administration had gutted those agencies leaving us vulnerable.


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coolpapaboze
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Parts Unknown
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re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was in DC, staying at a hotel on the river, across from the Pentagon. Weirdest week of my life. Military vehicles on the streets, the mall, Smithsonian, restaurants, all empty. Didn't know when they'd open the airports again and I was living in CA at the time. I figured I'd rent a car and drive, so as soon as I could rent a car I started driving west. Got to Indianapolis and then they opened the airports and I flew back to CA.


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olemc999
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re: Where were you and what were you doing.
Junior in high school. Was going to my second block class which was shop. Our shop teacher put on the tv and we all sat there and watched in complete silence. Then the pentagon got hit and my shop teacher looks at us and says “some country is about to get its arse whooped”.


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Gaspergou202
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Metairie, LA
Member since Jun 2016
12089 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
Was dropping the kids off at school, listening to the radio talking about the “accident”. Pulling away, and second crash was announced. Said the F word, and prayed for my country on the way to work.


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Pisco
Alabama Fan
Western Kentucky
Member since Dec 2019
1041 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was 20 years old still asleep in bed. My grandma came to the house and told me what happened. When I turned on the tv, both towers had already collapsed. I just sat in front of the tv the rest of the day.

The thought of joining the Army did go through my head. The recruiting stations in Paducah were lined around the corner, so I didn’t go. A few of my friends went and some came back from Iraq with PTSD symptoms. It was a tough day.


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Zarkinletch416
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Deep in the Heart of Texas
Member since Jan 2020
1356 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
......I was in my car driving to work. Arrived at work. Everyone was glued to the television. Seemed surreal. Like a really really bad disaster or terror movie.

Then I learned later that day muslims attending a local university in my hometown were giving each other high-fives.

This post was edited on 9/11 at 10:44 am


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Mellow Drama
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Member since Aug 2020
261 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was waiting for a taxi to pick me up at my apartment and take me to the Baton Rouge airport, as I was supposed to travel on business.

The cab company called to cancel, saying: "somebody bombed the world trade center or whatever." I rescheduled my flight; the Delta help desk sounded panicked but gave me what I wanted.

I drove to my office, not thinking to turn on the radio news. I still didn't grasp that any pisspot raghead terrorist would dare do anything large scale against us. Nothing sank in until I saw my office mates big-eyed with shock and horror.


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AggieHank86
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Texas
Member since Sep 2013
21621 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I had just gotten out of the hospital from an injury I sustained on the ranch, and I was rolling around the house in a wheelchair ... with one of the news channels playing in the background.

I saw it unfold from the VERY first reports, when most were asserting that eyewitness accounts are unreliable, that it simply could NOT have involved a jetliner, and that the first plane had probably just been a small private craft. It was surreal watching the facts develop in real time.

Because I was home, I sort of became the info clearinghouse for about a dozen people who were not in a position to be watching events unfold real-time. I spent most of the day on the phone with people who were calling me for updates.
This post was edited on 9/11 at 11:36 am


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dakarx
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Member since Sep 2018
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re: Where were you and what were you doing.
Teleworking, basically crawled out of bed grabbed a cup of coffee for an early conference call with folks on the east coast (hammering system design spec's for a big project). Didn't even have the TV on... then the report of the strike hit and someone on the call mentioned it...... Being fresh out of the service it wasn't really game on until the Pentagon was hit...


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papasmurf1269
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Hells Pass
Member since Apr 2005
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re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was at work in BR. I was shocked to say the least. Even listening to the radio I started to cry when they reported people jumping from the buildings. It was a long depressing day


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Badface
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Member since May 2020
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re: Where were you and what were you doing.
In D.C., I was late to work that day.... drove past the Pentagon at about 9:10 am and sat down at my desk on Constitution Ave. At 9:37, our building shook, and we saw the smoke. We were told to go home...I walked back to Arlington, VA to my apartment because the streets were jammed.



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McLemore
Member since Dec 2003
24727 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
My friend and I had driven from his house in Seattle, to Cabo. We had just made it back to our friends' house in San Diego late the night before. It's crazy because we had no real schedule coming back through the Baja and could very well have been stuck in Mexico had we been off just a few hours.

I was asleep on the floor and my mom called and said to turn on TV. I know everyone says they saw this and that plane crash live but unless I'm just totally off, I turned it on to see one of them live.

I also know for a fact I was having one of my bizarre plane crash dreams. But I have those often. The most vivid memory is driving to L.A. that day and the streets and highways being empty. We were stuck in L.A. for a few days. Very surreal.

Eta: the other vivid memory is, I had just been in NYC before flying to Seattle, and I tried to call a bunch of friends there and of course got dead lines.

Another thing that sticks in my mind--
I think it was JerseyTiger who has pics of cars at a WTC parking lot weeks, maybe months later. People who'd parked and gone to work. Eeesh.
This post was edited on 9/11 at 10:56 am


Stealth Matrix
UNO Fan
Member since Aug 2019
1540 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was in an English class at high school, taking a test. Didn't learn about it until after both NY planes and the Pentagon plane hit. The principal came on to announce it on the PA. I don't believe we finished the test.


LSU_30A
Member since Jan 2019
1994 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was a junior in high school and had free period first that morning and was driving to school. As I was about to get out of my truck in the school parking lot it came on the radio so I walked into the locker room where all the coaches were huddled around the TV in the weight room. Crazy day.


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ConservativeBamaFan
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa Alabama
Member since Nov 2013
627 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
In Jackson Ms. worked for Phone Company at a Trade Show. We just started having large projectors for presentations. One of the Vendors connects a TV and everyone stood and watched in disbelief. The guys beside me were strangers but we soon were friends To this day we are close and see each other for our hunting fishing or ballgame.


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WillyLoman
LSU Fan
On Island Time
Member since Dec 2007
1464 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was at a breakfast meeting for work in Gonzales. Someone made an announcement at the end of the meeting that a plane had hit the WTC but we didn't know it was a major airliner nor did we hear about the second plane.

I turned my cell phone on and had around 5 voicemails from my now ex-wife. She was at the airport in NOLA picking up a work colleague who had just flown in from Ohio. I called her back and told her to get away from the airport. Her work colleague went to the rental car spot, found some other people from Ohio and they all rented a car and drove home!

Surreal day.


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C-Bear
LSU Fan
A Texas Tiger
Member since May 2005
595 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was at home with our 18 month old son. My husband was in BR for work and called to tell me. As I changed the channel from from a kids tv show to the news, the second plane was hitting. Tears rolled down my face, yet my blood was boiling because I knew it was no accident. All the while, our son was happily playing with his toys.


ClampClampington
Nebraska Fan
Nebraska
Member since Jun 2017
3051 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
3rd grade. Just got dropped off at school. Rumors started spreading, but none of us kids really understood what had happened. Teacher brought in the tv on the cart. We watched news for a bit. Early release from school. Walked home and Air Force One flew over my head (only plane in the air that afternoon) when Bush left the WH for Offutt.


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Nurbis
USA Fan
Member since May 2020
187 posts

re: Where were you and what were you doing.
I was working. I remember my manager came in about an hour late as usual and asked if we heard about a plane hitting the WTC. We turned on a radio and started listening.
I remember I watched a show earlier that week about a plane flying into the Empire State Building because of fog and I assumed it was something like that. Then the second plane hit and everything changed from there. We did not have any TVs at work so I did not actually see what was happening until I got home later that day.


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