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satellite23
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I am utterly surprised that with the ten-year anniversary coming up of the tragedy that took place on 9/11, nobody has created a topic for it yet.

I want everybody to tell thier story. Where were you, do you know anyone that died or was seriously affected? What the heck happened? Do you think it was all set up?

Don't mind that last question if you were seriously affected. I hate the theory that it was all set up. I twasn't, it was a true terrorist attack.

Personally, I was a 2nd grader at school on that day. I remember all of the teachers were crying and I had noc lue why. Nobody really explained to us what happened. I was cluelees. When I got home, my parents explained to me what had happened. Then, I (my innocent self that thought that metal could not be broken) asked if the metal airplanes could bend the metal buildings. DUH! I was so clueless.

I was never really personally affected by the attacks, but I am interested in the subject and am passionate about what happened and how we can try to prevent it from happening again.
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On 2011-09-08 15:21, satellite23 wrote:
DUH! I was so clueless.


This sums up this thread rather nicely.
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I remember I hadn't left for work yet but was driving in town when I heard about the first plane hitting the WTC on the radio. I went home and watched TV in horror as the towers collapsed. It left me shaken and very, very sad. I remember thinking that based on the size and number of offices in the WTC that there may have been upwards of 60,000 people killed. I'm glad the actual number was so much smaller although it doesn't lesson the tragedy.
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I think I've posted this story once or twice before.
I was working at the cemetery. When I got to work the others who were there so far were huddled around the tv. I don't remember much. The black smoke and stuff. I was pretty numb from shock.
After an indeterminate amount of time our boss said kind of shyly that it was time to get to work.
The next day we put out several hundred flags and the funeral director people did a memorial thing if I remember right.
Was also working nights as a janitor and when I was by myself cleaning the Fox broadcasting office (irony) that night is when I started to fume about it.
Won't get into the politics of it though. That just detracts from the bravery and sacrifice of so many people.
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IIRC, one of my nieces (not sure which one) was visiting the Pentagon that day. Either because she was working there, or because it was a school trip (depending on which niece it was). I'll have to check on that, but if it wasn't the same day it was a day or two before. And one of my nieces, possibly the same one, has her birthday on 9/11 (but not in 2001, obviously).
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I was a senior in high school at the time. I was home sick for the day, and was woken up by my mom calling screaming, "Turn on the TV!!!" Like most of the country, I spent the day watching the events unfold. (I'm told that my high school principal told the teachers to turn their TVs off and teach as usual).

I don't know anyone personally who was in the towers, but do have some connection. Both my parents are originally from Brooklyn. One of my mother's childhood neighbors worked in Tower One, but was running late for work that day because he had to take his child to school, or he would've been in the tower when the first plane crashed.

My father was in the Army, and one of the people he worked with, and whose children I went to school with, continued his military career after retiring and is a high ranking official in the Pentagon. He was in there when the plane hit, but was on the other side of the building. He sent pictures of the destruction to us.
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This a true story. I had gone to first Vienna, then Nepal, and then Tibet with a lama and a few other Buddhists. The night before we were to try to go to the lama's birthplace in Kham, now in Sichuan and long since destroyed by the Communist Chinese, I was flipping channels on Chinese television in my room (all in Chinese, mostly soap operas), when I turned to the only English language channel and saw what looked to me like a science fiction movie of planes crashing into the WTC. I saw it on Chinese TV, not CNN. The next morning I got the report as to what happened, though nobody really knew yet what had happened. Some of us traveled on but I stayed in Lhasa until I could get a plane back to Kathmandu, not such a great place to be either with a Maoist uprising going on. Eventually I made it back to Vienna (the lama was still in China and the group had dispersed). There I waited until the New York airports opened up and I could fly back to the States.
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On 2011-09-08 22:41, Josh Chaikin wrote:
Like most of the country, I spent the day watching the events unfold.

Like most of the world, Josh.
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I didn't know anyone who died (my dads girlfriends daughter worked at the WTC but was not at work when it happened and they knew a lot of people lost) but there was a magician, I can't recall his name, who worked at one of the smaller buildings that got knocked down and he called in sick because he was going to a magic lecture in New Jersey that night. While his building was safely evacuated he would have been right in the mix. Myself I woke up for work and saw it on the news.
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I believe I was still in college when I heard that Allende had been murdered. The brutality of the next seventeen years was something tha stuck in my mind for a long time, and I wondered why the US would support the murderers of a democratically elected head of state. Fast forward to 2011 when I attended a lecture by international war criminal Henry Kissinger who reminded me that his view as Secretary of State at the time was that in his words "Diplomacy [i.e. financial and military support for Fascist thugs] has nothing to do with morality."
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On 2011-09-08 15:21, satellite23 wrote:
I am utterly surprised that with the ten-year anniversary coming up of the tragedy that took place on 9/11, nobody has created a topic for it yet....


Dyed in the wool Newyorker here. On the way into work I heard about the first plane and recalled what my father told me about a small plane and the Empire State building about fifty years earlier. And then after I got the tape backups set at work I heard about the second plane and watched as half the staff were glued to the TV in the conference room. I made a few calls to check of the local nuclear powerplant was safe and then got the backup takes home to await business recovery plans/implementation - and saw our president use the word "Crusade" on television. I waited for a call from a friend in NYC who has family living just a few blocks from the area.

Three weeks later on a car trip to New Jersey I was directed to look at where a thick cloud of smoke was still billowing from and over the site. Still burning? I was told that in other countries such places would have been flooded and paved over - and in one in particular such places are cleaned up within a day. The flood lights in the smoke sometimes looked like a ghostly white afterimage of the missing buildings. A while later they set up something that looked about the same using blue lights. All I could think about was the what the Red Cross did with all that donated blood and the way funds were still locked up and not being disbursed to those who so desperately needed and wanted to rebuild their businesses and lives.

It's ten years later. I don't see much point in recalling the suffering, the smoke, the ash covered streets, the police command center next to the bridge on Canal Street, the traffic problems getting supplies to the folks who live in that area and finding out that the buildings were losing money and that the guy who owns the property got paid twice, once for each act of war.

So much pain. One acquaintance was a fireman in NYC at the time. He goes into shock/shutdown for a few days when this calendar date comes around. He's out away from NYC so he won't have to hear about it all over again. So many funerals for his peers over these last ten years.

Starting this last Wednesday night another worry surfaced and those who fret over such things have been busy around the clock doing what they can to make sure we don't get an encore performance of such unproductive acts as happened ten years ago.

I still won't seek out that book President Bush was reading that class. No humor or room for play on this matter yet. Sorry. Just not my idea of an event to recall as I just don't feel there's any meaningful context to frame it.
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I was visiting some friends from high-school, and heard mention of it on the radio. Thought it was a single seater or sonething.
Then actually saw the footage of the second plane on a tv at the mall.

I wad actually quite quick to support going after "them."
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

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I was an internet site speaking to undercover CIA agents when it happened. They had secretly bought the site and had taken over its forum there. It was they that informed me about what had just happened. They said it was probably Bin Laden and told me all about him. In their view it was to do with money. They said it would result in a lot freedom being lost and they were quite concerned about that. Not longer after I went to log in one night only to find a CIA emblem and the Mission Impossible music playing on the home page and a message from them, explaining that they had busted a large number of the members all over the planet for bank fraud and so on. I thought it was a joke but it was quite true and all over the news.
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Interesing tidbit:

My teacher was working for Delta Airlines on Sept. 11. He aid before then, he was making about $21 an hour. Afer the attacks, his paycheck was greatly reduced beacuse their basically was nobody in the air for the next few weeks. His paycheck by the time he left was $13 an hour.
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I was at work (Art-Mold :sad:). I saw everyone gathered around the radio which was talking about the plane impact on the WTC (1st plane). Clueless that I am, I thought it had happened last night and went to look for a copy of the paper to get some specifics. Someone told me, no this was happening NOW and we figured out how to hook up one of our Macs to a news website and watched video until the 2nd plane hit and the Towers fell. We kind of wandered around the office watching this until they began to repeat themselves.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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A moving essay on how 9/11 changed Gary Sinise's life

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/20......nce.html
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Today's 9/11 themed Pooch Café cartoon:

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I was up early that morning (the ONLY morning that entire week in which I needed to be awake) because I was heading off to yoga. I was watching Regis that morning and naturally, they interrupted the show to broadcast the breaking news of the first plane which hit the tower.

I was in front of the TV and wasn't even dressed yet when, to my horror, the second plane hit! Seeing the second strike live was a very sad, shocking thing and the images shook me all day long and for weeks afterwards.

I spent the day, that afternoon with my then girlfriend at the time and I watched "The Wizard of Oz" as a psychological comfort for the weeks and weeks of news coverage I know I would be watching afterwards.

It seemed so close to home and unreal... How could this really be happening?!

My birthday is on Monday.. Sept. 12th

The day after the horrific attacks my birthday was quite muted by the tragedy of everything that happened, but NO ONE forgets my birthday ever anymore.. it's the day after 911.
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Holy crap.....just looked over to the TV and CBS was on with a special and saw footage from someone in the building as it collapsed on them!!!!
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I have no doubt that the retelling of stories is part of the healing process for some, as avoidance is a coping mechanism for others.

I was at a historical society event this evening, and there was a display on loan from a nearby college. It was a section of a steel beam from Tower One. It was extremely sobering to lay my hands on it. While the enormity of the event is with most people, this made it even more "real" to realize that this piece of heat warped steel was there only because of the thousands who died.
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