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Topic: Where were you on 9/11?

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Volbrigade/oU

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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2020, 10:54:38 PM »
At work.  Shootin’ the shoot with my boss, in his office.  A female staff person came in and said a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers.  I remember thinking it must be a private plane or jet.

We checked our smart phones for the latest info…

Actually, there was a TV in the break room.  By now several staff had caught wind that something big was up, so there was a small group around the TV.  Can’t remember the timing of the second strike, if it was before or after turning on the TV… it was close to that time.

A year or so earlier, I accompanied my wife to Toronto for a convention involving her job.  It was a working vacation for us, on the company dime.

I slept in one morning while she went to a session.  Around 10, 10:30 am, the entire 30-story hotel shook like… I don’t know.  I’d never felt anything like it.  There was a simultaneous concussion of some kind of explosion.  It was if a BIG bomb had gone off.  I, as the expression goes, immediately sat “bolt upright”.  I could hear a tumult, voices, shouting, dismay…

Went to the window.  I’m on about the 10th, maybe 15th floor.  Across the street there was a perfect, building-shaped “box” of dense cloud.  Concrete dust.  In almost the exact same shape of the 10 or 15-story building that had been there, 10 seconds earlier.  I still remember the heads sticking out the window of my hotel, as mine was.  Looking at each other — “wtf???”

A controlled demolition.  There was a notice that it would occur, that had been slipped under our door.  My wife was in a hurry, and either didn’t notice it, or didn’t bother to read it.

Fast forward to 911.  We’re all sitting around watching.  Mesmerized. 

Suddenly, the announcer says “something appears to have happened to one of the Towers… we don’t have any reports yet…”

The helicopter camera showed it.  And I recognized immediately what it was.  A column of concrete dust, in almost the same shape as the Tower.  I turned to my coworkers and said “it’s gone.  It’s collapsed.”

They were skeptical.  “Naw, it may be that…”

A few minutes later, it was confirmed.   



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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2020, 01:01:01 AM »
The NBA predictably knelt for the National Anthem on this 19th anniversary of 9 11. 

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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2020, 04:57:11 AM »
And some on here would defend her
Which poster on here would "defend" what she said about 9/11?

Or is this just your typical vituperative and off topic post with zero basis?

Being angry all the time is no way to live one's life in my view.

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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2020, 11:20:48 AM »
The NBA predictably knelt for the National Anthem on this 19th anniversary of 9 11.
 Assholes...


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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2020, 11:38:39 AM »
Watching some of the old footage, even then Fox News was the only outlet with the cajones to speculate that it might be the Muslims. 

CNN, even after the second plane hit, was like "there must be some sort of computer glitch that is routing these planes directly into those buildings!"
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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2020, 12:17:12 PM »
Assholes...



The NBA and NFL honored a rapist but made no mention of the victims or first responders on 911.    


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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2020, 01:15:35 PM »
I was flying into Newark from Atlanta. My flight was about 15 seconds from landing (above the big tanks on the approach). The pilot pulled us out back over Jersey at the last second. The pilot said there was a problem in NY and told us we would circle.

A little bit later I noticed we were over the Chesapeake and called the flight attendant over. She said there was a bomb which was set off in NY. Everybody reached for the old style air phones on the back of their seats. From that, the story developed. Getting through was almost impossible but several managed it.

Then the pilot came on and told us the WTC had been hit by a plane. He told us we were “safe” and headed back to Atlanta. My seat mate started crying. Turns out he was a maintenance worker at the towers. His wife was a cook, his brother was also in maintenance, and his best friend was in security.

For some reason, cell phones were working intermittently. I gave him. Mine but he couldn’t get through. Suddenly the pilot said for everybody to get ready for landing and he started diving. Some thought that terrorists were in charge of our plane, but the attendants were calm. The pilot said he had been ordered to land in Charlotte. After landing, we sat on the runway for three hours waiting on a place to de-plane. My assistant had somehow managed to get a car reserved for me. Me and two other travelers went in together and we got the last car at Hertz.

I am not sure what happened to the man’s family who was sitting by me. 

Coming across the SC border, the SC governor came on and said “the borders of SC are secure”. That was hilarious because there wasn’t a soul in authority on the borders. 

My wife went through a couple of really bad hours. She knew we were landing in NJ at the time of the attack and was really concerned it was my flight. I finally connected with her at 1:00. I remember the weather that day, too. It was a beautiful fall day.

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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2020, 05:01:21 PM »
I was at home as I had a Doctors appointment that day. MY wife called me and told me that a plane had flown into one of the towers of the WTC. So I turned on the TV while I was talking to her. A few minutes latter the second plane flew into the other tower. I told her it was no accident at we were being attacked. We talked for a bit and then the fist one fell and then the second.

Y-12 went to lock down and sent all but essential personal home as they did not know what to expect.

I need to add, several friends and I tried in vain all day and night to contact a mutual friend who was working temporarily at the Pentagon for the DOJ. His office was right around the corner from where the plane struck. He said he got out of their ASAP and went to a bar and started drinking Crown Royal until his wife tracked him down an took him home. I am sure plastered would be a good word to describe the condtion she found him in.

The Doctors office was more subdued than normal, peoples eyes were glued to the television, Many of us recall the days when they practiced locking down Oak Ridge like it use to be and wondered if that was going to occur as well. I do know the old check points were manned for some time afterwards. So entry into just the town meant you had Govt.’s eye on you.

IT was weird as shortly after the planes were grounded the only planes flying around where fully armed fighters protecting the facilities in Oak Ridge as well as area Dams and Power Plants.

The after effects of the attack were immediate with stepped up security including roads closed, facilities closed. Perimeter check points where moved out as well as more rigid access procedures.

Agencies checked ever source of info they had to see if any of the facilities had been scrutinized not only by the hijackers but anyone suspicious which led to more security precautions as well as advanced awareness training for everyone.
« Last Edit: September 12, 2020, 08:16:29 PM by DunkingDan »
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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2020, 06:34:22 PM »
Nothing really special for me, was at my home office catching up on some last minute details of my up-coming week and my travels. Had the tv on in the family room on low and really couldn't hear it. I got a call from a fellow employee and then he told me what happened.

I remember I kind of laughed(like yeah sure), and then he told me to check out the news. I hung up, sat down to the tv and probably didn't move for the next few hours. It was some of the most heart breaking moments that I have I have seen. For the next two weeks, I was told not to travel and  stay at my home office and work for there. My wife cam home from work(teacher) that afternoon and described how the kids felt and how they were crying. School let out early because of what happened. My wife is pretty emotional, so it wasn't a good night or week for her. She just felt so sorry for the people that got killed and then anger at those who committed the hijacking.

Every time I see clips of the planes and towers, my mind races back to where I was when it all first happened and nothing but sorrow. 

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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2020, 07:53:58 PM »
Had just landed in San Antonio and rented a car. If I had been a few minutes later , all of the internet crashed   and I couldn't have rented a car.
Was planning on crossing the border at Eagle Pass as I had some techs doing an installation in Piedras
Negras, Mexico
My techs were stranded on the Mexican side for several days before they could cross back into the US.
I ended up driving back to Nashville in my rented car as all of the flights were grounded and the border was sealed.
Long scary day.
« Last Edit: September 12, 2020, 08:00:13 PM by roadvol »

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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2020, 07:46:30 AM »
I read a story somewhere about how the FAA and the flight controllers managed to get to "zero" on that day, landing every flight in the US except military.  It was something, not easy, never been tried, never been modeled, never practiced, never envisioned.  They had flights coming in from Europe and the Pacific and South American obviously near the no go points.  A lot of flight from the EU landed in Canada at a fairly isolated former military air field that had a long runway, but few facilities for passengers.  I imagine the controllers in towers were shocked at what they were asked to do, and then they did it.

This included of course all general aviation planes taking off from untowered airports around the country, issuing NOTAMs everywhere that can be overlooked, and private airfields here and there, some really cow pastures (I've landed in a few).

I'll see if I can find it.

This is one version from TIME:

http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,174912,00.html

t 9:25, Garvey, in an historic and admirable step, and almost certainly after getting an okay from the White House, initiated a national ground stop, which forbids takeoffs and requires planes in the air to get down as soon as reasonable. The order, which has never been implemented since flying was invented in 1903, applied to virtually every single kind of machine that can takeoff — civilian, military, or law enforcement. The Herndon command center coordinated the phone call to all major FAA sites, the airline reps in the room contacted all airlines, and so-called NOTAMS —notices to airmen — were also sent out. The FAA had stopped the world.

Five minutes later, FAA's few staffers who had stayed to set up the emergency operations center accomplished their mission and the center was up and running by 9:30. FAA chief spokesman Scott Brenner gave immediate orders to his press corps: hit the vending machines on the floors below and bring back all the candy you could carry. Throughout the day, a hard-core group of public affairs staffers grabbed slices of pizza, scarfed chocolate donuts and swigged water and coffee. But cellphones were virtually unusable because of the overloads, and FAA staffers in the emergency op center couldn't reach their in-house experts only a few floors below on the sidewalk. Minutes later, the Pentagon was hit.

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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2020, 07:58:01 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh4V9PZT2VY

Video of how fast they got the planes on the ground, somewhere.  Pretty amazing to me.


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Re: Where were you on 9/11?
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2020, 08:57:13 AM »
At home when first plane hit.
Getting ready to go to work.
Dreading a long unproductive conference call.
News reported possible small plane hit.
The second one hit as I was driving in. That's when I knew for sure what it was.
Sadly the idiot doing the conference call went on with it.
I eventually muted my phone locked my door and went to the conference room where everyone was.
Someone who knew my background asked me what could have been done to stop it

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