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What Were You Doing On This Date 9-11 17 Years Ago??

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  • #31
    Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
    I was working with a firm who had offices on Drexel's campus. It so happened that my younger brother was an intern there at the time and also lived just off campus.
    The internet wasn't what it is now, but I recall seeing the first stories of a small airplane strike on CNN, then as the available footage had a bad angle, another story that a helicopter filming the damage also crashed into it (the camera angle showed a news chopper turn go behind the building and then another fireball) I remember thinking there's no way that chopper did that. As things became clear I remember switching to BBC because traffic on the US news sites had overwhelmed their servers.
    Next was the announcements to vacate major city centers. Work shut down. My parents didn't live far from me and my brother wanted to take the train home with me so he could stay there for a day or two (which was reasonable).
    Office overlooked 30th St Station. The station was mobbed out the door. Had to be tens of thousands of people trying to get on Amtrak, buses, subway, and regional rail. Told him there was no way I was getting into such a predictably crowded area in the middle of an event like this.
    We went to his apartment and grabbed lunch watched it all unfold on TV, they went back to the station at around the normal rush. If I recall there was nobody in the main concourse of the station but us and Amtrack police along the walls and at entrances with a K9 or two in the mix. Staff behind counters. Dead silent. A handful of people on the platform for our train.
    One thing that I did witness that is unpopular to recall and draws fire was open celebration by certain groups in the street. I'm not saying it was everywhere, and I don't think it was a majority, but it happened.
    A lot of vendors in the food trucks in center city and on campus are from the ME. We're approaching one when a mini van pulls up, a bunch of guys hop out, and the staff in the truck come out and they're all jumping up and down and yelling and patting each other on the back.
    My brother is not a terribly confrontational guy, but I had to grab him by the collar and pull him along. "Dude, I buy my breakfast from that guy every day! Do you believe that $h!t?!" "Yes. I do. I also believe that if you took any action there you'd be the first guy on the news accused of a hate crime and those guys would all be telling a reporter how one of them just got news of their first born son. It might even be true. Let's go."
    Trained with first responders/firefighters from NYC afterwards and yes it happens.

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    • #32
      I was not yet in existence.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Henry View Post
        I was not yet in existence.
        Did he servive the Blast??

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        • #34
          Originally posted by steve182 View Post
          I was hanging vinyl siding when the homeowner, a firefighter, came out and told us what happened. We packed up our tools and went home. About 6 months later I would start my career as a firefighter/EMT. I worked with that homeowner for about 15 years until his retirement.
          Funny While on the Job I was hanging vinyl siding on my off days(deer hunting money)

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          • #35
            I had just sat down at the table to pour a cup of coffee, and I turned on the TV.
            The first tower had just been hit, and a picture appeared on the screen showing the burning building, with smoke billowing out of the windows on about five floors of the building.
            I thought to myself, "Wow, that is some big fire."
            The newscasters were saying that a plane had flown into the building. Everyone thought it was an accident, until the second plane came along and hit the south tower.
            Then everyone knew, as the newscasters shouted, "This is no accident."

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            • #36
              Originally posted by steve182 View Post
              I was hanging vinyl siding when the homeowner, a firefighter, came out and told us what happened. We packed up our tools and went home. About 6 months later I would start my career as a firefighter/EMT. I worked with that homeowner for about 15 years until his retirement.
              Twenty three police officers and 182 firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty that day. R.I.P.

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              • #37
                I was helping my wife get ready for the day, as she wasn't feeling too great (pregnant with our first child). My father-in-law called and said, 'turn on the tv!'

                When I turned it on the first tower was on fire. Within minutes the second tower was hit and we both knew it was no accident. Just a few months before that, we had watched a program on PBS (Frontline, I think), that did a profile about Bin Laden and his idea of using planes as terrorist weapons. Too bad they weren't paying more attention to him. It was surreal.

                My wife's sister and family were living in Manhattan then and they had just dropped off their baby at the daycare......talk about a nightmare.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by 99explorer View Post
                  I had just sat down at the table to pour a cup of coffee, and I turned on the TV.
                  The first tower had just been hit, and a picture appeared on the screen showing the burning building, with smoke billowing out of the windows on about five floors of the building.
                  I thought to myself, "Wow, that is some big fire."
                  The newscasters were saying that a plane had flown into the building. Everyone thought it was an accident, until the second plane came along and hit the south tower.
                  Then everyone knew, as the newscasters shouted, "This is no accident."
                  And the World has never bean the same!

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Outlaw View Post
                    I was in preschool
                    I’ll give him 22

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Henry View Post
                      I was not yet in existence.
                      Yes

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                      • #41
                        I remember I was very small and did not understand anything, but, as the relatives say, there were a lot of escort agencies like this https://escortdoha.info and they thought they were blown up in the towers.

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