As the topic describes, where were you when the terrorist attacks of September 11th happened?
I was half falling asleep in my English class, and then my Math class after 10am... this was my like, second week of high school - my first full, five-day week. By lunchtime, I had seen the images on CNN on our cafeteria'* TV'*... scared the living **** out of me to see the buildings collapse
I was in Knoxville, TN. I had 5 deliveries in the small town in that area. I woke up and took my shower at the Pilot truck stop and got in the trcuk. This was at 7:30 am EST. I made it to a small town around the Dollywood area and made my deliveries. I got aaround the 4th one and that waas around 11:00am and didn't even know anything. It was a regular hard working morning to me. I did notice the nextel that I had didn't have a signal and didn't think nothing much of it. When I finally finished my 4th delivery, my signal regained strength and I get a phone call from my ex-wife (then friend).
She said she was trying to get in touch with me for the past 3 hours and called me at least 20 something times. I was shocked with that. Made me feel special but that wasn't the reason. She asked me if I knew what was going on and I said no. She said that there were some planes that crashed into the WTC and I siad WHAT?!! She said that the Arabs are at it again and ............ and I just couldn't believe it. I was wondering why nobody say anything about it before but when she did mention it, everyone in town was talking about it.
I then went to my last stop and called my grandmother. She explaind to me what had happened in detail as far as the towers are gone. I didn't think she knew waht she was talking about because how can a building just collapse with ppl in it. She told me to watch tv and so I cut the tv on in the truck and all of the stations were on it. I was in total shock to see all of that. When I did see the buildings just burning I was like ok were are the helecopters with the water? Next thing I know, the buildings collapse. Tears started rolling down my eyes. As I was watching this with my grandmother she had said I better Thank God for sending me in Tennesse insteasd of my normal New York run that I go to. I said it must have been a reason why I am here instead of there.
I was at home. Went upstairs to check email, and saw the first tower had been hit by a plane on Yahoo! news. Went downstairs to watch it on TV while I got the kids ready for school. Watched the second one hit live with Lilpooky. That'* when we knew it wasn't an accident.
I was at work on our 4th floor when we first heard about it over a radio in someones cubicle. cnn.com was totally unavaiable due to increased hits as well as all the major news players even slashdot was slow. Went downstairs to the cafeteria to watch the news on the TV. Kendra was flying in from Buffalo and got grounded in Pennsylvania when they grounded the planes. It was pretty tense sense I knew she was flying and they said a plane had gone down in Pennsylvania. Not a lot of work got done that day.
I was flying in from NY into PA and then from PA to OH. My friend and I were in Buffalo for a conference. We were on the tarmack in PA the plane had just revved the engines for take off when the captain said "Sorry for the delay folks. There has been a terroist threat in NY and all planes across the United States have been grounded. If you have a cell phone please call you family and let them know that you are alright." Once we got into the airport it was Packed! then they started shutting down resturants and bars. Turning off the T.V'* and radios. The only way I knew what was going was by calling home and talking to Todd. The Red Cross started shutting people to tents set up in parking lots with cots in them. Thankfully my friend husband made the 5 hour trip to Pittsburg to pick us up. The airport was very erie. No one pushing or shoving. People offering strangers rides. They were anouncing over the pa system of vans or buses going to certain destinations. A day that I will never forget. I now am sure to ALWAYS give my exact itinary and flight numbers to Todd. All he knew that day was that I was flying out of NY that morning.
i was walking into my second period trig class, i had a feeling something was up but their were no tv'* in programming 3 and the hallways had a no noise policy. teacher still made us do our work between conversations and watching tv. i had to laugh at a buddy of mine after he filled up his 18 gal tank @ $4.50/gal and the prices dropped the next day... and even that only got a giggle given the situation