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11 years ago today I was 16 and and in math class. Where were you?
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Aethan
6 years, 1 month ago
I was driving to work, listening to Howard Stern. When they said "an airplane crashed into the World Trade Center", I imagined a little plane and thought, "Oh wow...what a terrible accident." Then I walked into work and found out what had happened...I will never forget the feeling of horror and realization.
biggerstaff
6 years, 1 month ago
I was in PE. WE got the radio on just in time to hear the second plane hit. I remember worrying about my aunt who lived in new york (turns out she lived on the other side of the city).
LupineAssassin
6 years, 1 month ago
I was on my way to work. Just before I opened the side entrance door, BA-BOOM! I heard the 2nd plane hit. I stood in silent terror for a solid minute.
Bat138
6 years, 1 month ago
I was a high school Sophomore, age 15, in my homeroom class when my homeroom teacher was called away, and she came back a few minutes later and in front of the class told us what happened.
TayFerret
6 years, 1 month ago
I was in math class too, actually. :O
Kirapac
6 years, 1 month ago
8th grade in social studies class
Moonlight555
6 years, 1 month ago
I was eight years old. Second grade. Got sent home early. I don't remember much about the day. My twin brother remembers more. I find that allot of the more traumatic parts of my life get blacked out from my memory. I do remember (I think...) being confused as to what was happening. Maybe it was a surreal feeling? I dunno. I was only eight...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvj6zdWLUuk

"Where were you (when the world stopped turning)?" -Alan Jackson
bahamutdragons
6 years, 1 month ago
19 and in a college Spanish class.  Incidently, I'm Canadian so although it's definitely a great tragedy, I have to admit that I still had some distance with it.
Bahlam
6 years, 1 month ago
I'd gotten back from Mephit with con crud and was sleeping in when things started.  I was woken up by a phone call from my father who was in Vegas and freaking out.  He started babbling about hoarding cash because they were going to shut down the ATMs and soldiers on rooftops.  He said 'they're blowing everything up,' said 'they' would take away the guns he had brought to Vegas with him, and similar crap.  The insane ramblings were a little unusual even for him.  Then my mother got on the phone and said there'd been a terrorist attack in NYC and it was still going on, which it was.  The two of them ended up stuck in Vegas for about a week during the post-9/11 madness.  I turned on the news and got online.  My ISP at the time was based in lower Manehattan and stayed up into the afternoon until their backup generators were choked by dust.  
Chucky
6 years, 1 month ago
I was 26 and getting ready for work. I turned on the TV to see 'breaking news' about a plane hitting the WTC. I thought, 'jeez, what a dumbass', then I saw the second one hit live. Seeing that it was a large airliner, I figured it was something more. The rest is history.
Shippo
6 years, 1 month ago
I was 14 and at home watching the news with my mother instead of being at High school. Very sad day :(
BillyRabbit
6 years, 1 month ago
I was some old-ass age, getting ready for work...got up and turned on the TV and was like "what??"  It was kinda surreal.
ElMatto
6 years, 1 month ago
I was walking to English class in High School. I believe school was canceled that day cause nobody could concentrate.
isthisagoodname
6 years, 1 month ago
7th grade, 12 years old. 2nd period, Home Ec. Generally I enjoyed the class, but that day I just couldn't get into what was being talked about. Instead I kept staring at the clocks on the ovens. I see the time, 8:46. I try bringing myself back to the topic being talked about, but still can't get into it, so I keep looking at the clock until about 9:02. Very creepy considering that I learned that those were the specific times the planes hit the towers.

By 3rd period, US History, we were told of the situation, but didn't get much more than "The Twin Towers in New York City have been attacked." With that much information, I visualized a helicopter shooting at the towers. Since there were no TVs we just had to go by what the teachers said. Didn't learn anything new for the next few periods, until about 8th period, when it was revealed to us that the towers had eventually collapsed. I didn't get to see it for myself until I got home that day.
okamifox
6 years, 1 month ago
I was with my mom at the time taking care of her when I heard the new s from my mom whole was watching tv. Like Aethan I thought it was just some freak accident and was going on about how unsafe flying was due to pilots who don't have a clue at what their doing when I seen the next plane crash and knew then that this wasn't some accident... this was actually happening...
Coyote
6 years, 1 month ago
This was during a time I was unemployed. I was sleeping late that morning and on a couch downstairs. I got a phone call from a friend, the kind of friend once he gets talking, you have to pry him off the phone - anyway, he said "what are you doing?" and I replied "I was sleeping" He said "turn on the TV" - Half  asleep I asked, "what channel?" He said "Any" and then "I got to go" and hung up.  I felt a sinking feeling that the world was changing that day before I even made it upstairs to turn on the TV - and my gut was right.
FoxWolfie
6 years, 1 month ago
My roommate and I had just arrived at our cable access station and were setting up for production of the Mr. Bear Today show. The manager of the station came in and said a plane had crashed into the World Trade center. We turned on one of the feedback monitors and saw the one smoking tower, and they were speculation about why it crashed and why the pilot seemed to turn into the building instead of away. We assumed it was just a horrible accident.  We made the choice to turn it off and produce our show instead.

It was probably three in the afternoon by the time we had cleaned up and put everything away so we could go home.  As we walked to the car, we noticed how unusually quiet everything was, how few people were on the streets, and the very low amount of traffic.  We didn't know anything about the FAA stopping all flights, or that the other tower was hit, or the pentagon, or that a fourth plane was brought down right here in my own state.  It was just a strange quiet.  We got home and turned on the TV, figuring that we'd see what happened on the evening new.  Instead it was one every channel right then.  At that point, it was too late to unsee and unknow what had happened.

I was too stunned to cry or react that day.  A few days later though, it came out.  Now, eleven years later, I still didn't make it through the day without tears in my eyes.  I can look at it and I'm ok when it is mentioned, but when the anniversaries happen, it just adds up, and doesn't go away.  One of my memories from that fall is how we had three months where almost all the violent programming had vanished from TV.  Instead, they were playing movies and other programs that hadn't been seen in a long time.  It's like it caused a temporary wave of good to sweep over the continent, but after the Christmas season was over, things quickly went back to normal in that area.  I thought about how sad it was that it took such an act of extreme violence and hatred, to stop us from seeking out the same in our entertainment.
pharwarner
6 years, 1 month ago
I was on IRC with two friends. One of whom was in Manhattan on business. They were due to go down to the area of the towers for work when they said that  a light plane had crashed into one of the WTC buildings so they'd better wait in the hotel. Thought I'd turn on the TV to see what was up, and saw the second plane go in 'live'.
Nethus
6 years, 1 month ago
I was sleeping in when my aunt came driving up like a bat outta hell. She woke me up and gathered everyone to the tv. I was confused watching the first tower smoking. I was just about to ask what happened when the second plane came into view and hit the other tower. I stood there in shock as they burned. Then the towers started to fall and so did I, roughly tumbling to the floor in shock.
ColeSutra
6 years, 1 month ago
I was 21, at work cleaning the university's gymnastics gym.  Sometime around 9 o'clock, one of my co-workers came in and said "terrorists just attacked the World Trade Center."  I spent the rest of the morning glued to a tv in one of the team locker rooms, heart in my throat.  

One story that still sticks with me..  One of our football players at the time lost their brother (or uncle..I forget exactly) on 9/11.  He was a fireman, and one of the first responders that died when the towers collapsed.  At the time of the attack, he was off duty and stuck in morning traffic.  He pulled his car over, got his gear out from the trunk of his car, and ran to his firehouse to do whatever he could to help--like so many other brave men and women.  They run a race re-tracing the route he took in honor of his selfless bravery and sacrifice.

The husband of the vet my family took our pets to at the time was on one of the two planes that were flown into the trade towers.
werewolfl
6 years, 1 month ago
i was at a workshop fixing an airplane when i heard about the first crash on the tv that we had.then we stopped working to see the rest of the events
Krechevskoy
6 years, 1 month ago
Not sure. =/
DMajorBoss
6 years, 1 month ago
I was also 16 and heading to my History class in high school.  I saw the first building on television, already with the crash and fire, and I thought we were watching a movie in History that day.  After a while, I realized that this was real and happening.  We pretty much watched the event until the next class period and, all day long, we simply...watched.  At one point, the offices tried to get everyone to retain their teaching schedule but, with what was happening, no one wanted to miss what was going on.
Fate
6 years, 1 month ago
Reading the thread in GBS. OP was "I heard a loud noise, the World Trade Center is on fire. Here's a picture." The third post down was "There's a band from my area called We Are The World Trade Center. They should perform their next show while on fire."

What's sad is that eleven years later, no one else seems to realize that the arguments about who did what don't matter.

The purpose of terrorism is to use fear to change the way a group of people behave.

And by that marking? Terrorists Win, baby.
ruink
6 years, 1 month ago
I was at home asleep, the day was cloudy and it was on the TV since 7 a.m.  they showed the damage and I sad to myself, "all those people who died, died in vain.  this was known about a whole yeah in advance, but nothing was done to prevent it." I then went back to sleep.  later that day, I stated these facts and it pissed off many people, but I didn't care.
Zarphus
6 years, 1 month ago
i was 16, i was in study hall. we turned on the TV ( that is often left on entertainment channels) just in time to see the second plane hit. at first we went "what movie is this?" until we realized it was indeed the news channel.
NB
NB
6 years, 1 month ago
Sitting in the library on a MUD, another player global'd the news but at first no one believed it. Five minutes later I was in class and the teacher announced it so we could have a moment of silence.
orwin
6 years, 1 month ago
I was at home, waking up turned the TV on in the morning to see the horrible tragedy unfold.  Went to work (not sure why I did, I worked in the tallest high rise in the area) and watched all the diverted planes come in from all around the world land at our airport...it was very eerie.  Later they evacuated the other office building next to us, and most of the businesses where I worked closed for the day.  (CSIS is in the other building)  Half the stores in the mall below were closed, including things like Disney Store.  They never let us go home early...yet everyone else in the building had left. (cable companies :P)  On the way home, they were stopping all the vehicles on the highway exit, saying it was a seat belt check but I'm sure they were looking for something else.

It was a very eerie day.   I'm on the west coast of Canada, so it even had a big effect here.
ZJamesCampbell
6 years, 1 month ago
Amazingly enough, I DO remember being in math class as well, when I was 14.
averageschmoe
6 years, 1 month ago
skipping math class ^_^
WeaselNip
6 years, 1 month ago
I was 27, sitting in my cubicle at work. When word about what happened got around, people either left work or were glued to their respective monitors, watching the internet for news and videos. I don't think any work got done that day.
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