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It was really strange to look up in the sky on a perfectly clear day and not see any vapor trails and not hear any jet noise. All the planes were grounded for what, three days?
 

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I was in school on staten Island across the river from NYC all i remember was hearing an airplane flying low over the building and then a VERY LOUD BOOOOOM after that there were like 10 police officers in my school and we went into lock Down
 

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WOW :shocked2:

Right in the middle of everything... That had to be really scary!!! And then seeing the WTC fall down... Good lord, I would have needed a few change of pants.... :)

Sorry, but seriously, you had to wondering you were going to get hurt.......
 

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I was at work. My story is little different from most of people. I thought it was an accident, then to my shock found out different. I am resurrecting this thread because of the website I found. It's www.makenynyagain.com. I heard on the radio that they decided, or are deciding to put the towers looking exactly like they used to, only with "modifications" if you get my drift (for those who didn't, I'll just say "airplanes"). The talk show host was all rah-rah-rah, we will show these terrorists that we're still America, blah-blah-blah.

When you look at that website, someone tell me....

Would you want to work in those towers if they're built again. Why or why not?
 

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I was on my way to the county jail, just came out of the local police station holding cell and was being transported to daytona beach. Old Barney Fife typea fellow shaking his head in dispbelief, had the news playing over the radio and smoking on a generic menthol. asked if i could borrow one, he tossed one back and some mathchs.. was cool, he drove slow so he didnt miss the news. i was in no hurry to get there either, didnt even dawn on me what just happened until the next day when it was on the tv and in the papers. crazy shit. basterds

id work there if they paid me. it be kinda weird but i wouldnt mind
 

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Sitting in class, then moved to the class next door to watch on their tv. Was in disbelief, but also pretty angry. Wierd day.
 

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It was really strange to look up in the sky on a perfectly clear day and not see any vapor trails and not hear any jet noise. All the planes were grounded for what, three days?
That's because all the planes were re-directed to Canada for landings. ;) You got to wonder about all the pollution from the exhaust, and I heard that the sky was its actual blue and not the whitish haze we usually see. Remember seeing stars in the sky during the 1970's Elvis? The sun used to appear yellowish, not anymore, now a whitish haze. Sure you can see stars today, but not like back then! Just a thought.

I was dropping off resumes and several people were on the street talking about it. Some of my friends kept their eyes glued to the TV and couldn't leave all day. People couldn't believe it, and that doctor had the most eerie footage I've ever seen. Then when they showed the reaction in the middle east (cheering) I was VERY upset and angry.


This was our generations major event, much like for the previous generation it was the JFK assination. Even my parents remember what they were doing when they heard about JFK, it shocked the world.

It might be kind of eerie working in the new towers, but I guess real estate is too precious there to not use. I remember them saying they wouldn't develop it.
 

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I had just switched to my sh8y math class, and the tv was on.. all i could see was fire... then on the word bar, it finally flashed about the Pentigon.. at first i thought it was just a huge brush fire and the teacher was watching like she was on a break or something. Ill always remember that picture, of the burning pentigon on the screen.. and then it breaking away to the shots of the aircraft striking into the WTC.

We never talked about it there, but after that class was social studies.. my social studies teacher was cool and we had a big discussion about why they would do such a thing and whats happened in the pass, and what the US has and will do.

Totally unknown to me at first, but it hit later at lunch what could have happened to the nations defense (pentigon) and the world trade centers- how many people work there , how big they are etc. I was silent the rest of the day. When i got home, i there finally saw the true distruction since most classes didnt keep the tv on.
 

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Our new fire chief is part of a specialist rescue team. I've seen him speak twice on what he saw at the Pentagon, just unconscionable and very traumatic. Charred skeletons sitting around a conference table. People still sitting at their desks, one with a telephone still in hand. It was just a huge ball of fire that immediately incinerated everything it contacted.

This man was selected to be the Chief of the Memphis Fire Department but the stupid ass city council turned him down because he wasn't a resident of the city. Now he's chief of our small town (pop. 37,000), making almost as much money, but without all the agita.
 

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In my dormroom watching with my roommates in disbelief. Then me and one roommate went to our programming class and had a class prayer to begin the class.
 

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i was at home sick. i was out for two days after that. when i got back to school everyone thought i was on one of the planes. needless to say i wasnt.
 

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i was in class when the first plane hit but i saw the second one. i was working at an elementary school at the time and it was hard because people were coming to pick up their kids all day, but we had to act like it was a normal day. the worst thing we could ahve done was to try to explain to the kids what was going on. it was weird being outside the next few days and not seeing any vapor trails. i kind of liked it.
 

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I was asleep as it was 3 more hours till i had to get up and go to work (alaska time)

I was awoken by the telephone , Dad was calling , we was trying to console my mother who firmly belived i was being shipped off to fight a war because of those planes. He said "Are going anywhere?" , I said "no ,why are you calling so early?" . He said "Turn on cnn" I tuned in just in time to see the second plane hit . I just said "gotta go" . I drove to the shop and got the shop opend up and started getting trucks ready to be worked on . I knew we would need to ship humvees/and duces , i just didnt know where or for what reason (security /rescue/war). Had the ops guys call all my bosses and wake them up . We spent the rest of the day getting as much of the fleet running perfecty while listening to the radio (against my will). I kept trying to turn it off , i didnt want to hear it , the more i heard it the more i got mad .

When they needed a voulnteer to go over for endureing freedom , most knew i would be the first to raise my hand ...i wanted ot do my part sooooo bad .Unforetunatly i had to wait 8 months to go only ot get there 6 weeks early......

For a base full of F-16 ,Oa-10 and kc135's it was eiierly quiet for a day , only had one f-16 leave , scrambled after a korean 747 who wouldnt acknollge the tower and wouldnt turn back to its home , it scared alot of alaskans .
 

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I was at work (in New York at the time). When I heard someone mention it, I ran downstairs to our cafeteria and actually saw the second plane smash into the second tower. From there, I was running up and down reporting news. I was scaring the hell out of everybody because there were a lot of rumors coming over the news at the time - such as that many other buildings and sites were hit...
 

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Sunday the 9th I was in Spring Lake and headed back inland. Missed 95 somehow and ended up on the GSP. Hit the turnpike eventually but not before catching the Towers off to the east shrouded in the coppery smog of a hot and humid weekend. (For anybody not from the Jersey side that's what you always saw first. From the turnpike as you hit the Meadowlands or from the train-right past Newark-you always saw the Towers first.) I didn't know it was the last time I would see them.


I took Monday off and we were still in the midst of a really oppressive and nasty heat spell. Monday night it finally broke. I woke up Tuesday to an unbelievably beautiful morning and was pissed I hadn't taken this day off too. Listened to CDs in the car so I was pretty clueless. I walked into the gym and noticed Katie Couric yammering about something with an image of a smoking World Trade Center on the screen. I just thought it was a repeat story about the first bombings several years ago. I got on the machine with my headphones and read my Newsweek. I went to get water and realized everyone was silent watching the TVs. It still didn't click-because all I knew was that it was a 'small plane' that had crashed. Got back on the machine and plugged into cardiotheater. Then the second plane. My mind could not process what I was seeing. One minute it's just another Tuesday and the next over 2,000 souls have vanished in senseless, horrific ways. The Pentagon, some field in Pennsylvania…New York. I was numb.

Aside #1: Went to school at Pratt (Brooklyn) and was always in the city. NEVER liked the look of the Towers-bad 70s architecture with a nasty wind-swept plaza in the center (really horrible in winter). Except from the (Brooklyn Navy Yard) piers when dawn would make them glow gold and orange-first lighting the tops then eventually the whole towers. The rest of the day they were just grey aluminum. Now what I wouldn't give to have it all back the way it was.

Aside #2: Anybody do the tour? I hated playing the tourist but now I'm glad I did it. Made it to the Observation Deck which was fine because you really couldn't get near the edge. But remember inside? The floor right by the windows was glass. It unnerved me standing on glass 110 stories above Manhattan.

Aside #3: Stayed in July 2000 at the Millenium on the 46th floor facing the Towers. It all looked so massively huge and indestructible. The hotel's gym was on the third floor (north) with windows overlooking a church graveyard. The hotel was severely damaged and it is now open but I don't think I could stay there now.

Aside #4: Usually taking the train in everyone would sort of wake up and start getting ready for Penn Station when you saw the Twin Towers. Parents would point out for their kids “there it is…there's New York…' and even diehard jaded commuters gave a glance east.

I didn't get back to the city until December after the attack and the train became completely silent as we reached that point. It was so hard to believe it was all gone. Nowadays it's all back to normal but we all look eastward at the missing skyline and I know I'm not the only one remembering that one horrible day.
 

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That is a very intelligent and colorful reply to a question. I enjoyed reading it. Wish more people replied like you did.

P.S. I wanted to PM you this note, but you didn't have that option.
 

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I was at a client site in Detroit. One of my team members came in late and said he heard about a small plane hitting the WTC on the radio. No one could get to any of the public news sites. I was able to access the Wall Street Journal site because I had a subscription. Within a few minutes, we had TVs and radios tuned in. By about 10:30, all the buildings in downtown Detroit were being evacuated on rumors of a plane headed our way. I was home before noon, made lunch, and watched a bit of TV playing the same clips over and over. Since my wife and her caregiver were at lunch, I packed up a pistol, targets, and a few hundred rounds of ammo and headed for my shooting club.
 

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Thanks LIV:
One more.
Aside #5: When I was at Pratt and needed to free my mind I would hop the SI Ferry. If I timed it right (post-rush hour) -the ride back would be pretty empty. Seeing the Towers from that perspective was breathtaking especially on a clear winter night. As you got closer everything just got bigger and bigger and I would just marvel at the accomplishment of it all-at the optimism it represented. At the time the fare was fifty cents. Now its free and just a little bittersweet.

I think I am now PM-able. I think.

By the way-AWESOME caddy.
 
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