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I felt like writing up a blurb about today / 2001. I realize that not… - Equiraptor's Journal
I felt like writing up a blurb about today / 2001. I realize that not everyone wants to be bothered with this fuss, so it's behind a cut.

Five years ago today, I woke up at 7-something to go to class. I had a chemistry lab, and September 11, 2001 was one of the "computer lab" days. This meant I had an hour lecture at 8:00am, followed by an hour computer session at some other time (in this case, 10:00am). I lived in an on-campus dorm, so I came back to the dorm room between the two sessions.

I got back around 9:00am central time and turned on the radio as I sat down in front of my (very new) computer. The radio was all talk, which annoyed me. I wasn't listening, I just wanted some nice background music. So I turned it off. Almost as soon as I had done that, the phone rang.

The phone never rang. Never. No one called us (my roommate and I). I answered, wondering what was up.

It was my mother. "Turn on the TV!" "Why?" I asked. "Something's happened to the World Trade Center!"

You see, my mother works in a basement. She has for as long as I can remember. They can't get radio or TV signals in there, and they weren't very good with computers at the time. Someone had come in later than my mother and said something was up, but didn't have many details.

So I turned on the TV. And I saw the towers. I talked with my mother about it for a little bit, but not very long. She then hung up.

I needed to pee. I needed to pee, but I didn't want to leave the TV. I gave up, opened the door, and took one look back just in time to see the second tower fall. I then went and peed.

It was only shortly after that that I needed to leave for the computer lab. I arrived in the hallway a few minutes early, as I always did, and started chatting with my classmates. Most of them had not been able to return to their homes and had been sitting in the hallway with little to no news. They had heard something was happening, but didn't know what. I told them what I knew.

My roommate returned from her morning bank of classes not long after I returned from that computer lab. Her uncle worked (works?) in the Pentagon. His office was in the section that was destroyed. Thankfully, he had gone to a meeting in another part of the building and was uninjured.

An ex-coworker of my mother's, who was a friend of both of us, worked in one of the Trade Center towers. He was on the 72nd floor, and it was his first week at that job. His boss, however, had been working there since the early 90s. She was there for the first bombing of the Trade Center. When the first plane hit, she told her group that it "felt wrong," that she was pretty sure something bad was happening, and everyone was to leave, immediately. If they shouldn't have left, she would take full responsibility. She is why that friend of mine is still alive today.
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xulong From: xulong Date: September 11th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was 17 at the time. I heard about what happened in CS. back then, I did not understand what was going on. it took well over three years for me to understand what had happened.

a few days after 9/11, I made some rather callous remarks to my father when he called me and talked to me about it.
mthiel From: mthiel Date: September 11th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had turned on the TV while I was getting ready for work, like normal. Since I usually watched the news anyway, I caught the scene right after the first collision. I pretty much stopped getting ready at that point, and just committed to staring at the news from that point on. It was a very surreal moment. I watched the whole event unfold, and didn't go to work until it was much later.

I don't think I was even able to talk about it for a day or two later.
rossa From: rossa Date: September 11th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was at work, on a jobsite, and they had a radio station on, unusual for me to like the music, and they cut the song off half way.
I said "This better be good, I liked that song."

yeah. it was.
dopplertx From: dopplertx Date: September 12th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't watch TV in the morning. My brother called from work, and I had just gotten out of the shower. "DUDE! Are you watching TV?"

"No, I'm about to leave for work."

"DUDE! One of the World Trade Center towers is on fire, and they think a plane hit it."

I turned on the TV and watched. After a few minutes, the second plane hit the second tower. 'Oh, no.... Fuck!,' I thought. Definitely a terrorist attack. I sat, glued to the TV, ever later for work, until after both towers had collapsed. At that point, I needed to be around people, so I grabbed my bicycle and headed toward work. When I got there, I found nearly the entire staff sitting in front of a TV that'd been set up in the largest room of the office. Most of them sat there all day long. I did not. I had too much work on my plate, and plus the coverage was *so* repetitive and speculative at the time.

I got really drunk that night at Draught House, as did most other patrons. I almost got my ass kicked for pointing out how America should have expected something like this, and why.
chrisj04 From: chrisj04 Date: September 12th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I was asleep at the time, but then again I live in the wrong hemisphere.

The first I saw of it was the morning news before I left for school, which was running it on repeat.
upaya From: upaya Date: September 12th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! I added you and Rumpus, be seeing you :)
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: September 12th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I watched for a while at cowhaus before heading to work later than usual. Got there to find a few people watching TV, though much of the company was working. But I suspect not a lot got done that day. (It'd be interesting for someone who still works there to look at CVS and Bugzilla activity for that day compared to others).

Oh, and thanks for sharing that you had to pee. :P
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