Where Were You / What Were You Doing?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by iGary, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House

    I hate these kind of threads, but I thought it might be interesting to see where people were, what they remember, and what their first reactions were.

    I was working at a new job for a British cmpany and just arrived at work in Baltimore when the receptionist came in and said a plane had hit the WTC. My first impression was *Oh, OK, some sightseeing Cessna or something hit the tower*

    Then she said another one hit and we all knew what was up. Everyone left work, but I stayed. Rob had trouble getting home on Metro in DC (we weren't living in sin at the time).

    The spookiest thing was working at the end ofthe takeoff runway at BWI and having it suddenly fall silent for a week.

    I left on the first Virgin Atlantic flight for London a week later. Getting through security and onto the plane took 4 hours. :eek: Guess I am kind of apathetic about the whole thing these days. Don't know why. :eek:
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I was home sick with the flu in Santa Barbara, taking the morning off from work. My wife was in Denver for a business trip, and got stranded there for a couple of extra days.

    I called in to work to see if I was needed, and a coworker asked if I had seen the news. I hadn't, and immediately rushed off somewhere with a TV to watch it unfolding. The closest place was a bar where I would watch sports, and I remember people sitting there crying and talking and just sitting stunned (like I was).

    I guess I was a bit late to the scene, since both towers had fallen by the time I got there. Anyways, I'll remember this one like I do the Challenger explosion, I think. For a long time.
  3. Kernow macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2005
    I had got back from a 3 month holiday in the states a couple of days before, and I was preparing to start my new job a few days later. I was getting ready to go into London shopping when my mum gave me call and told me to turn on the TV as the World Trade Centre was on fire. I didn't get into town that day - I just sat in front of the TV absolutely gobsmacked at what was happening.

    My first reaction was shock - I had been up the towers only a few days before and I had probably seen and met people who were now trapped in the buildings. I was also concerned for a friend who worked in a sandwich shop not far from the site. Luckily she was not working that day.
  4. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    It was a couple of days before a friend's birthday and I was at work. I had a huge headache so decided to pop out to try to get some air and while I was out I popped in to a card shop. I heard a news report on the radio and a couple of people in the shop commented on it, but I wasn't really paying that much attention and the full-scale of the tragedy wasn't apparent until a few minutes later. When I got back to the office people were gathered around a tiny TV in reception watching the breaking news... Back upstairs everyone was talking about it and reading the news reports on the web in absolute horror. Then of course there was worry about the City of London (i.e. the financial district) being a target so we were sent home from work early.
  5. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    I slept in because I wasn't feeling well and then the first thing I saw on TV was a burning building and then -- just then -- the second plane crashed right before my eyes on TV. :eek:
  6. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I was working at home and took a late lunch. I clicked on the BBC news site and it was down (it was about 10 minutes after the plane hit I realised later). I was surprised but just had lunch and went back to work. Got a text about 30 minutes later to ask if I was OK since people were concerned London might be a target.

    Turned on TV just before the first tower fell. Still seems inconceivable when you see the footage now..

    Was in NYC in Jan 2002 and went down to Ground Zero to pay my respects. It was just after the viewing platform was put in place. I didn't do that - I didn't know anyone who had died there and it seemed a little too morbid otherwise.
  7. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I was in bed, late at night on the 11th (most of the news and stuff came in on September 12th here) in my bed at the college I was living in in my first year at Uni. We watched some of it on my next door neighbour's TV then went down to the communal TV room and watched it on the big screen. We had CNN there and it was on 24 hours a day for the next few weeks.
  8. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I had just finished watching something on TV and had left it on for the news - this was around 11pm. Towards the end of the bulletin, they had a news flash and switched to one of the american news networks of live coverage of it all. I think I ended up going to bed around 3-4am. Everyone was shocked at school the next day.
  9. iGary thread starter Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Does anyone remember the entire Internet being locked up like a rusty wheel?

    Not being able to get on just about any news site was eery.
  10. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    This sounds really bad, but I was sat in my dressing gown playing Civ 2 since work was hard to come by that year and I had nothing else to do that day. I remember I was playing as Japan and at war with America, and had just bombed New York with my airforce and taken the city. I then went into the living room to make a cup of tea, flicking the TV on as the kettle boiled. This was after both planes had hit the WTC. They were showing it live on BBC1 and commenting on people throwing themselves out of the windows, which was bad enough, but as we all know there was worse to come. When the first tower collapsed I was in complete shock and when the second one followed suit it actually became difficult to breathe. Ian rang me from work to ask whether I was watching it. He was also in a bit of a state. He didn't have access to a TV and was listening over the radio.

    Needless to say when I finally returned to the computer a couple of hours later I didn't bother saving the game. I actually felt guilty that I had been attacking New York, even though that New York was on some imaginary continent on a game world and just shared the same name as the real place. I also felt guilty that I was sat wasting my time on computer games and not making the most of life when so many others had just lost theirs (they were saying it could be 10,000 dead at that point). It must have been nearly five in the afternoon when I finally pulled myself together and got dressed.
  11. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Was the same down here, like the whole system had gone down. abc.net.au/news was unreachable for two or three days.
  12. zwida macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2001
    I was on jury duty at city hall in Manhattan, a few blocks from the WTC site. At first, when the first plane hit, they announced that there had been an airplane crash nearby and that we were going to stay put until they had a better sense of what was going on. After about five minutes of that, people started getting REALLY antsy and the judge finally let us go. (The trial was still in process, but the people must have settled or something, because we never got called back to finish).

    I was standing on the city hall steps when the second plane hit. That moment of realization was one of the scariest moments of my life. I tried to call my wife repeatedly from my mobile and finally got through. She was at Kennedy Airport waiting to board a flight to Germany. They hadn't officially cancelled her flight yet, but she decided not to stick around in any case. We decided to meet at home and, since the subways still seemed to be running, I walked/ran up and over to Canal and hopped on the A train. I was on my home on the train when the towers fell; my wife was in a cab and got the whole thing on the radio.

    After calling our families to let them know we were OK, we spent the rest of the day kind of wandering around our neighborhood and sitting in the park in kind of a daze.

    My office is on Wall Street a few blocks from the WTC site. I wonder how it will be getting to work today.
  13. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Ever since, if I've tried to get the BBC news site and can't, it flashes across my brain that something extraordinarily bad might have happened.
  14. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    Yup, I was at work at the time. Someone in the office got a call when the 1st plane hit the tower. After that we were all trying to watch online, but getting around was difficult at best.
  15. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

    Mac Rules

    Jul 15, 2006
    I remember it, I was in a Grapahic lesson in secondary school, when the failed rockstar/bearded caretaker burst into the room and dnnounced to the entire class that the World Trade Centres and Pentagon had been destroyed..
    He exagerated about the Pentago obviously...

    Everyone in the class was stood in shock, then everybody asked what was the world trade centres and pentagon, these are 14/15 years olds :eek:
    Anyways, I had to explain to them what they were, and then people started to realise what was going on...

    Obviously when I got home, my family already had Sky news on, apparently my mum watched on the news whent the 2nd plane hit...

    Sad day...

  16. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Yep. I was a graduate student in English at the time. I had to tutor students in the writing center all morning, and I had classes until 9:00 p.m.; there was no TV there, so I didn't ever watch it live. The internet was completely locked up, so all the news I got came from word of mouth -- some people in a nearby office had a radio. When I got home, my wife and kids were completely sick of watching it, so I never saw any TV news coverage on September 11. I think it was a few days later that I finally saw the footage of the buildings collapsing. By then it had all been prettified, so I never got to see the truly horrifying stuff, people jumping out of windows, etc.

    The hardest part of that day was talking on the phone with my wife during a 5-minute break from tutoring, trying to figure out what to say to our 3rd- and 4th graders about all this.

    I just asked them about what they remembered this morning (obviously now in 8th and 9th grade), and they were pretty matter-of-fact about it. It obviously had a huge impact on their lives, but they don't really remember a pre-9/11 world.
  17. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    My wife had been diagnosed with a recurrence of her cancer just a few weeks before 9/11. After consulting with her doctors here at home, we decided to fly up to New York to consult with a leading head & neck cancer specialist there.

    On the morning of 9/11, we were doing some last-minute packing so that we could get on the road to the airport. My mother called and asked if we were OK. I told her that we were, and that we were about to leave for the airport. Then she asked me if we'd had the television on (we hadn't), and told me that weren't going to be flying to New York that day.

    One week later, we drove from Alabama to New York. We parked our car at a friend's house in Mt. Kisco and took the train into the city. The place where we were staying was downtown, near 1st. Ave and 17th St. and it was a very eerie feeling being there. All of the shop windows were plastered with photocopied flyers picturing missing people. That's the image that always come to mind, for me, when I think back on that time -- all of pictures of missing people.
  18. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    I was at work, which at the time was Morgan Stanley - it was a bad day.
  19. Lau Guest

    I was working at a cinema, and we had no internet access, so the first we heard of it was a message on the walkie talkies from projection, who had a TV up there so they could watch Neighbours or Richard & Judy while films spooled out onto the floor or were shown upside down. :rolleyes: We kept getting updates from them, but it seemed really surreal, and it wasn't until much later on that I was able to go up to projection and watch a bit of the news. There were wild rumours of planes over the Atlantic heading for London, and I was slightly worried about my dad and friends in London.

    It seemed hugely unreal, I think partly because I'd never been to New York and so had little idea of the scale of the towers. It hit me more when I visited in 2004 and saw how big the buildings were around the site, and having seen the pictures of the towers and how much taller they were than the surrounding buildings, I just couldn't believe how awful it must have been to be caught up in it, and the magnitude of them falling.

    It was my friend/flatmate's 21st birthday that day, and that evening we watched a bit more of the news on our illegal telly, and then tried to go out and enjoy ourselves for his sake, but it was too much of a weird day to really do that, and so mainly sat around in a pub. I felt sorry for my friend.

    I remember thinking that things weren't going to be the same afterwards.
  20. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    i was at work, cos in the UK it was 13:46, and remember someone shouting across the office that twin towers had been hit.

    my heart sunk, as i have many memories of that place and trying to get onto the bbc news site (or any other, for that matter) was a pain, as the servers were just flooded..

    the company stopped any access to the internet, and had updates only on our intranet, but of course, there is the mobile phone and wap (for what good it was back then!)

    i have 2 friends who didn't make it into the city that day, but i was worried for them..

    was quite tragic. I will be remembering this all again in about 15 mins time, as other office workers around here just plead ignorance and carry on their daily chit chat :mad:
  21. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    I had 'volunteered' to work in an off-license (liquor store) that was the only one in the area not held up by armed robbers in the last month. It was 'due'. If you marked them on a map it formed a circle and this place i was at completed the circle. So I was on my own crapping myself waiting for someone to stuff a gun in my face. Then I heard the news :( I wasnt bothered about my situation anymore. I was glued to a crappy radio with a weak signal, so I had to construct a makeshift aerial out of paperclips. I finished it when the second plane hit. I wont ever forget it...

    ...it had 10 paperclips!
  22. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    N'Albany, Indiana
    I was at school. Around the time the first plane hit the towers, rumors started to swell. No one had access to the news right then and the teachers were clueless as well. I started to joke with some girl next to me about how I read this Clive Cussler book about how terrorists shipped nukes by transporting cars from Japan that were loaded with them. Thought it was funny. But then the school principle came in right then and told us that one of the towers were struck. I felt like ****. He told us he didn't want to post the news over the intercom because he didn't want to frighten the younger elementry school kids (All grade private school). He decided to let them find out through their parents which I thought was very wise.

    We later got to watch the news just as the next plane struck. Lots of parents picked up their kids that day. Like our school was a target...
  23. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    I had just come out of a study group heading for a Maths class, we walked through the student shopping centre and I saw on big displays replays of the first one hitting the trade centre, moments later they showed the second one. The RAU student centre is usually a extremely load place, that day it was dead silent and people were glued to the TV's. I went to the maths class and told some friends, they though I was making a joke, they actually laughed at me.... lecturer then told us all about it, few of us knew, the rest had no clue... we still had to sit through 2 and a half hours of algebra though...
  24. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    I was on my way to a conference in Indianapolis with a coworker. We were trying to piece everything together from what we heard on the radio. We got to the hotel in time to see the second tower fall. We didn't get much done at that conference. The keynote speaker never made it and we were all too stunned.
  25. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i was just leaving my 8a.m. class and on my way back to my dorm room, when one of my buddies who listened to his radio back and for from classes said something happened. i think he said that they thought someone had bombed the pentagon i think, we basically ran back to our rooms. 9am on a college campus means its dead. no one on my floor was up yet, and i basically woke 'em all up after turning on the TV. classes were cancelled for the most part and the tone was errie for the following week or so.

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