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Old 09-11-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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...Nine years ago today.

Let's not use this thread to argue the politics of Islamic centers and whose religion is more wrong, but let's just remember what happened that day and respect those who were murdered and those who died bravely to save others.

On this day nine years ago, I was 8 weeks pregnant and had had a rough night of sleep. I had gotten up early (5 or so), put on the news and eventually fell back asleep on the couch. I woke back up to a news report of a plane crash in New York. I thought nothing of it at first...I mean, plane crashes happen...it's just this one was weird, it was into a sky scraper. I couldn't remember anything like that happening before. So I watched for a little bit...and then second plane hit. I don't remember a lot after that, except being scared.

Even though I have trouble sometimes remembering each detail of that insane day, it's a day I'll never forget. All my deepest sympathies go out to those who lost family members and loved ones today.
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:10 AM   #2
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Recall being ticked off after the Steelers appeared to be overrated after they had lost the opener to Jacksonville - being concerned about the NFL was soon to be placed in perspective

Was leaving work around 9:15 to go home and meet with some home repairmen when I was told in the elevator lobby about a plane having hit the WTC.

Listened to the chaos described on the car radio as I drove home - by the time I got home the Pentagon had been hit - I remember nobody on TV had a clue for hours WTF was happening with rumors of another plane headed to DC until the Shanksville crash was confirmed hours later

Cracked my first beer of the day after the first tower fell around 10:30 - much TV watching, anger and beer drinking to numb the senses for the rest of that awful day and into that night
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:29 AM   #3
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I was in a law firm break room with Bob Inglis waiting to begin depositions in a case about a defective RV. When I walked back to my office a couple hours later, there was nobody on the street.
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At my same home as today. My sister called me in the wee hours, telling me what was going on, and reminding me that our cousin worked in the WTC complex. Very, very scary 24 hours after that.

Turns out my cousin - good Spaniard that he is - had gone out on a bender the night before and called in sick to work that morning. God smiles on the drunks, and the hungover.
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You're confusing me Ric.
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i was at my old ratty office on the air force base. my main concern that morning was the nasty break ed mccaferey had in the broncos/giants MNF game, and what the final outcomes were in our fantasy fb league.

an employee coming in told me about a crash so we turned on the radio (i thought a small plane bouncing off the building). once it was known it was a huge plane with huge damage, i immediately turned on the ancient 13" black & white tv with the coat hanger antenna, i had in my office. then the 2nd plane hit.

every building on base went on lock down. all my employees returned to the office and were told the entire base was locked down = no entry or exit. turns out we could leave but couldnt return. i shoulda dismissed everyone but was riveted to the tv and the footage. we all sat and discussed, watched in shock and wondered wtf was going on.

once it was obvious we were at war, we wondered how that would affect our jobs on the air force base. i got home about 3 pm, and did nothing but eat and continue to watch the footage til about 5 in the morning. the base was closed except for mission essential personnel, so i watched the footage the entire next day.

the rest of the week is pretty much a fog. couldnt focus on anything but the coverage, footage, and learning everything i could about what was going on. we were declared 'mission essential" and able to work by weds or thurs. the lines were almost a mile long to get onto base. the security checks were unprescedented.

i do remember thinking "what about football?" as the season had just started. i was kinda glad it was canceled so i could have another full day to immerse myself in the news coverage.
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That's my job, V.

It was an unforgettable day, to be sure. I always thought the Challenger explosion would be my generation's JFK moment, but sadly...
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We seem to have lost our grip of that reality.

Oh, I know. Let's build a @#$%ing mosque at GZ. Remarkable.
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I saw that from Daytona. 9/11 was an eerily similar day weather wise.

Its interesting that we have JFK, Challenger, and 9/11 here. Two were acts of man. The third was...?

Nuther thread.
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We seem to have lost our grip of that reality.

Oh, I know. Let's build a @#$%ing mosque at GZ. Remarkable.
Who are we at war with? Everyone in a mosque?
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