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cavediverjc 09-11-2008 08:45 AM

What were you doing exactly 7 years ago today?
 
Well, it's the 7th anniversary of that ill-fated day in 2001. I know there's already a thread about it, but I didn't want to hijack it with this question......

What were you doing on that day? Everyone remembers, no one forgets.

I'll go first......I was underwater off the coast of Key Largo (home) diving the wreck of the Duane (a purposely sunk Coast Guard Cutter) about 120' deep. Just a fun dive, nothing technical, no penetration, no mapping. Just a fun dive with the girlfriend and some of our friends. None of us had to work that day so we thought we'd all go diving while the back-up captain drove the boat. We came up from our first dive and he told us what had happened. He was on the phone with his girlfriend and she was feeding him real-time data. We sat on the boat in a daze as he said the second tower had been hit and that the first tower had fallen. We moved inshore to do our follow-up dive on a 40' reef and everyone on the boat was just stunned. Some didn't do the follow-up dive. I did, and so did my GF and our friends. We basically just went through the motions on that dive. I remember though; I found a tiny pipehorse (related to a seahorse) on a seafan (coral) and distinctively remember thinking........"Well, we're going to war and this little pipehorse will never know any difference in his day to day life". It's weird how a major event will help you remember something as small as a random thought......

jpdocdave 09-11-2008 09:00 AM

i was at home, getting ready for work, got online. someone instant messaged me talking about it. my first reaction was why is everyone making such a big deal over a plane crash. man was i wrong.

jeeperman 09-11-2008 09:04 AM

I walked into a classroom at school to start my day, and it was on the TV. People were crying and frantically making cell phone calls. Was a really strange feeling. I turned and walked out as soon as the campus was shut down, and hit a gas station (just in case) on my way home to track down my parents. I just remember thinking that everything just changed in the US... First time in my life that I every really had that thought. It was very unsettling.

jeffsjk 09-11-2008 09:08 AM

I was at work. The boss came out and said for me to go home and pack.
I was in the national gaurd at the time and my employer knew I would
be leaving. Sure enough Sept 24th I was on a plane heading to Islamabad.

whitebuffalo 09-11-2008 10:01 AM

i was in college. when i got to my 2nd class of the morning everybody was talking about it (it hadnt happened yet when i first got to school). as a class we sang God Bless America and were dismissed early so we could watch the coverage. when i got into work, they had setup three TVs in the warehouse, 1 on each broadcast of news and we sat and watched it all day long......

kg4kpg 09-11-2008 10:08 AM

I had just gotten home from work at the Post Office and turned on the news before heading to bed. Made the rounds on the phone then watched most of the day. Cought it just after the second plane hit. Of course, then the anthrax thing happened and everything changed for us at the Post Office as well.

02Prove 09-11-2008 10:16 AM

I was at work on the receiving dock. I checked my email and got ready to do a little surfing on company time and saw the news story on my home page. There was little information on it at the time and all the story was is "Plane Hits World Trade Center". The hijacking wasn't being released on the news yet.

I looked at my boss who caught me on the computer and said "this is going to be bad." He blew me off and an hour later sent us all home.

skeeter 09-11-2008 10:24 AM

I had just gone to sleep when Amy woke me up and told me I had to see what was going on. stayed up all day watching the coverage and then had to drive again that night. It was really strange not seeing any planes in the sky.

ccain 09-11-2008 10:34 AM

Oh damn, I remember that morning vividly. The news on the radio in my truck on the way to work was about Michael Jordan coming out of retirement and Chandra Levy still being missing.

At the fateful moment the first plane hit, I was at my desk in the clinic of the 167th Medical Squadron. Master Sergeant Jones came over to my window and said "A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center". We went into the conference room and turned on the TV. MSG Jones, MSG Eshbaugh, SSG Snyder and I were watching.

At this point we all kinda just assumed it was a navigational error. As they aired the POV from the helicopter we watched in awe. When we saw the second plane hit we all instantly looked around at the others and silently knew this was gonna be very bad. Not 30 seconds later they placed the base on "Threatcon Charlie".

After a while of being locked up in the office watching the events unfold, I needed a smoke. I went out back to burn one. I noticed one of the Civil Engineers near the BX had driven his Gator over there and was painting some railing. He had a "Boombox" style radio in the back and had it turned up. Just as I lit up my cigarette I heard the news break that a plane had hit the Pentagon. Almost instantly the PA system blared that the base was now in "Threatcon Delta".

The phones started ringing off the hook. But when you went to dial out, all the circuits were busy. Cell phones were the same way. We didn't get out of the office that day until almost 10pm.

Unheroic Hero 09-11-2008 10:39 AM

I was in 7th grade. I was going to class(band, I think), and someone was in the hall telling everyone to go into the sanctuary(it was a Church school). They told us that two planes had crashed into the WTC. We stayed in there for the rest of that class period. Everyone was talking about it for the rest of the day.

4point 09-11-2008 10:45 AM

I was getting ready for work. When I saw what was happening I called all my employees and told them to "stay at home, there will be no work today". I sat in awe for a couple of days, it seemed as though the world had stopped. We were working on wireless towers at the time and we didn't get back to work for a week.

jeeptales 09-11-2008 11:09 AM

I'll never forget!
 
I was waiting to go into a meeting with Red McCombs to discuss some consulting I was doing for him. There was a big TV in the lobby I was waiting on the National News started covering the first plane. about 30 min after it happened.

Initially they were all (News) saying a small plane.

Then I dropped coffee in my lap when the second plane crashed into the second tower.

I left and called my wife at that moment I knew we we under attack.

All I would think of was that movie Red Dawn. It was another hour before the news media had any idea what was going on. I went picked up my daughter and brought her home.


Perhaps I'm too much of a survivalist
I watched the news on every TV in the house I loaded every gun and clip I had; pulled the plugs out of my shot guns and packed a few survival boxes. I had no Idea where I would have gone but I was not going to be caught with my pants down.

I want to Sam's and bought 10 cases of water and other stuff.

You can't even imagine the Anger I felt that day!

ChrisTX 09-11-2008 11:20 AM

I was working evening shift then, so I woke up kind of late. I got up around 10 to wash my car. It was really bright and sunny outside. I turned on the radio, and what should have been music was just news, which was odd, but I left it on. I started washing my car, and I wasn't paying too much attention, but then I started hearing what was going on. Then I went in and saw on TV what was really going on. At noon, I got a call from work and was ordered in to work early. I finished up my car and went in to work. I got there about an hour early.

Several of us stood around in the break room watching the TV for a while before going out on the road. I remember the lines at the gas pump. People were blocking roads waiting in lines to get gas. There is a big international airport where I used to work, and it was almost under a direct flight path. It was odd not seeing any planes at all in the sky. It was a weird day.

richp 09-11-2008 11:27 AM

I was troubleshooting a network problem with a tech support guy in the trade center from my noc in allentown. My general manager ran in and said the tower had just been rammed by a jetliner, the tech heard nothing, I told him what we knew and to get out and check it out from outside, he did and lived. Never met the guy, only talked to him on the phone as a random tech support, some of his co-workers followed him out to check it out, some didn't...

RatherBNarizona 09-11-2008 11:49 AM

I was getting ready for school and was at my table eating breakfast (2 pieces of toast and an OJ)
my older brother ran in the room and flicked on the news
I couldn't believe it, we all just stood there
then we saw the 2nd plane hit live.
I remember that whole day

4Jeepn 09-11-2008 11:58 AM

I was staying at my parents at the time, and came down from up stairs, it was my day off from work, noticed my Mom in the kitchen on the phone, Fox news was on talking about a plane that had hit the WTC. I sat down on the couch, and began to watch the events unfold. I think we all turned into New Yorkers that day. My cousins wife worked at the pentagon, had a meeting that would have taken place in the area the plane hit, but got a call around early in the am that the meeting was put off till the afternoon or next day, so no need for her to come in. A friend of my fathers was in one of the buildings next to the WTC and saw the 1st plane hit. It was a day I will never forget. It does not seem like it was 7 years ago.

kg4kpg 09-11-2008 12:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skeeter (Post 263340)
...It was really strange not seeing any planes in the sky.

As an aviation buff and sometimes flight student, that was very strange not hearing planes in the sky. No props, no jets or helicopters. No contrails. I don't remember how long that lasted.

tazmann910 09-11-2008 12:26 PM

I was out of work at the time and working at a local resturant to help make ends meet. I had worked and went night before (my b-day) and did not get home until 3:00 A.M. or so. So I was sleeping in late when I kept on hearing the house phone ring, but i just ignored it, after the 20th ring or so, I answered it and it was my wife telling me to turn on the TV. What I saw was the first tower crashing to the ground, and I thought to myself and told my wife, "I did not know they were taking down the WTC, I wonder why?" Then my wife corrected me and told me that 2 planes had crashed into the buildings.

At that point, my mood changed 20 different times from scared sh*tless, to angery, to sad, back to scared, etc...

I did not know what to do, my 3 month old daughter and 2 1/2 year old son were at daycare and my wife was at work. So I went to the resturant where I worked and met up with a friend of mine. At this resturant they put big pieces of paper on the table and a cup of crayons so you can draw and such.

I sat there all afternoon watching the different news reports writing down all the "facts" that they knew at the time. I also was writing down all the activities that were happening in Atlanta at the time. Things I was writing down was..20,000 suspected dead, 1000's of officers and firefighters suspected dead, county schools are closed, CNN center closed, etc.

I can remember that day like it was yesterday, I still watch the specials that they run on the History channel and such and to this day a tear or two comes out while watching all of the events of that day.

I have to say that was one day in history that changed my life.

This year I have been sitting with my now 9 year old son and watching the specials and programs about that day and explaining to him what happened that day.

We should never forget....period.

MOz 09-11-2008 12:36 PM

I was two weeks into my new job. I was standing outside with a few of my new colleagues and someone came out of the offices in hysterics and told us what happened.

We all retreated back to our offices and the plant let everyone out early. First thing I did was tell my wife to go to Walmart and stock up on nonperishable food, batteries and water.

After I left the plant, I went straight to Walmart, bought a new Winchester 12 gauge pump, 100 rounds of 00 buck shot, 100 rounds of 30-30 ammo, more batteries, more candles and first aid supplies.

4.0l sahara 09-11-2008 02:28 PM

I was in 4th grade

HkdOnJP 09-11-2008 02:50 PM

i was in middle school and i walked into my second class after already hearing rumors about it and by this time all the teachers had turned the tv's on... about ten minutes in the principle came over the intercom and told everyone to turn off the tv's which hey did and we were forced to go through the day with no information about it at all we were told everything will be okay it was accident i didnt know anything till i got home that is a day i will always remember its something that changed everyonmes life if it hadnt happened friends and family members may not be at war or even worse passed on everyones money situation would be different it would have made today very different i would have paid 4.30 for gas i dont think and for sure i wouldnt be typing this every single person in US would be living a different life. I know for sure i wouldnt have woke up and turned on the tv thinking wondering if they would repeat the attack in chicago or anywhere else this has made life very diffrent for evryone

sgnellett 09-11-2008 02:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 4.0l sahara (Post 263397)
I was in 4th grade

So, how is 8th grade treating you this year? :rofl::flipoff:

cavediverjc 09-11-2008 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HkdOnJP (Post 263403)
i was in middle school and i walked into my second class after already hearing rumors about it and by this time all the teachers had turned the tv's on... about ten minutes in the principle came over the intercom and told everyone to turn off the tv's which hey did and we were forced to go through the day with no information about it at all we were told everything will be okay it was accident i didnt know anything till i got home that is a day i will always remember its something that changed everyonmes life if it hadnt happened friends and family members may not be at war or even worse passed on everyones money situation would be different it would have made today very different i would have paid 4.30 for gas i dont think and for sure i wouldnt be typing this every single person in US would be living a different life. I know for sure i wouldnt have woke up and turned on the tv thinking wondering if they would repeat the attack in chicago or anywhere else this has made life very diffrent for evryone

That's the longest run-on sentence I think I've ever read!! :D

HkdOnJP 09-11-2008 03:04 PM

i said i was in middle school i never said i paid attention

Barrie 09-11-2008 03:14 PM

I was at work, and at morning break the boss came in and said he just heard on the radio in his company truck, that somebody just flew a plane intothe World Trade Center. I didn't get much done the rest of the day, rode around in my co, truck listening to the radio. Spent most of today watching History Channel.

4.0l sahara 09-11-2008 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sgnellett (Post 263405)
So, how is 8th grade treating you this year? :rofl::flipoff:

ha:flipoff:little difference from 8th grade to 11th grade.:flipoff::flipoff:

cavediverjc 09-11-2008 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HkdOnJP (Post 263411)
i said i was in middle school i never said i paid attention

Just playin' with ya..... :D

h8nagn 09-11-2008 03:32 PM

I was a recruiter for the Air Force, I received a call from my boss and was told to go to my home and not leave unless instructed. Sat there will all my recruiting friends in disbelief at was taking place; and anticpating a call to get shipped to somewhere sandy and hot!

sonofabeach 09-11-2008 03:39 PM

I had just gotten back home to Florida from a great time with friends at a Buffett show in Manassas,WV. I was still recovering from the trip in my bed when my brother called me and told me to turn on the news.
I remember sitting up all night watching the news.

tiny terror 09-11-2008 03:50 PM

I've sat all day searching my mind trying to remember that day. I thought for the longest time I did but what I remember are the weeks following and even those are just flashes like still pictures in my head.

It pains me to admit I don't remember anymore. I guess I'm one of the few who doesn't, but I've lost lots of memories over these past years.


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