|Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:41 am: ||
Today is September 11. 16 years ago, religious fanatics hijacked 4 commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. The fourth was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania when the hostage passengers stormed the cockpit.
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|Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:18 pm: ||
Amen to that, John.
In my office somewhere I've got a jigsaw puzzle of the Twin Towers, have no idea when, why or how I got it. Just had it for years, got it long before the tragedy.
Maybe one day we'll take a shot at putting it together.
|Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 05:39 pm: ||
I was asleep on the couch in my office when I got the call from my business partner.
"WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!" - he was literally screaming into the phone.
I said, "WTF are you talking about?"
He said, "turn on the TV."
I said, "what channel?"
He said, "doesn't matter."
Everything changed after that.
|Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 11:12 pm: ||
I had gone without a TV for almost a decade.
The Avalanche's 1st or 2nd season as a team went to the Stanley Cup, so I bought a color LCD pocket TV at the pawn shop.
On the 9th of September 2001 I was given a beautiful Sanyo 27" TV. Damn heavy bastard.
I was watching the morning news for the first time in many years and watched it unfold.
Took the pocket TV along and watched it all day, didn't get shit for work done that day.
Everybody was walking around looking like zombies.
Just like the old Michael Rennie movie, The Day The Earth Stood Still.
To add to the strangeness, the small local airport nearby had no air traffic, in fact there were no airplanes other than a periodic Air Force fighter hookin' butt.
For what? a month or so IIRC?
|Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 11:30 pm: ||
I was working at the Indianapolis Foundry and got a call at home to not come in that day. I remember the contrails were absent from the skies. I didn't have a TV and was glad.
|Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 11:48 pm: ||
I came into work a little late that morning; not sure why.
Just before I got to my cubical a guy said something about a plane hitting the WTC. He told me they had a live TV feed enabled on our intranet and he showed me how to access it. The picture popped up JUST as the 2nd plane slammed into the building; I thought it was a replay; I couldn't conceive that 2, much less 3 planes would crash into buildings. They sent us all home about 30 minutes later. That was a scary time.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:17 am: ||
It was shocking to me that such a thing could happen here.
My faith in government was certainly eroded.
We're still playing the same games that allowed al-Qaeda to gain power.
We'll be paying for such decisions for decades.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:04 am: ||
Did you notice how MSNBC ceased their annual commemoration of the minute by minute NBC coverage that day?
We have forgotten or we are in the process of forgetting the two beautiful statues that once stood in lower Manhattan.
Brave New World.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:15 pm: ||
If people have not forgotten, they certainly act like they have forgotten.
I will NEVER forget.
Rest in Peace for all those souls that died 16 years ago and for all of our men and women in the Armed Forces who answered the call and paid the ultimate price.
(Message edited by macbuell on September 12, 2017)
|Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 02:38 pm: ||
I was in Long Island, just sitting down to the SO's grandfathers funeral.
Her Father's pager went off. Two people in the world had that number. It was his boss Scott Mc Nealy (google it) asking if he knew what happened and if he could check on the office and employees downtown. We tried and got pretty close, but were turned around. Glad we never made it close enough to be affected by the dust and smoke.
Yesterday was a sad day because the SO's grandmother was in the hospital with her son by her side. The SO's great aunt passed away last week and the stress of that and the anniversary of 9-11 and her husbands funeral was too much for her. She is still going, but in the end days.
Her family never got to grieve the passing of their grandfather. The memorial to him was canceled due to the day's events and everyone sat in shock staring at the news reports on the TV. Every year we remember the anniversary of the deaths of many innocent souls.
Partly for the wrong reasons.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 07:01 pm: ||
Three memories from 9/11:
1.Las Vegas was silent.
2. Seen written in the rear window of a car on I-40 : "Pray for those stricken Strike those who prey"
(And as Ourdee said,)3. And the clear blue sky across the country with no contrails as far as you could see.
Truly moving and sad...
|Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 07:14 pm: ||
I was driving right past O'hare twice a day at that time. It was very surreal with the quite skies and seeing all the airplanes parked on the tarmac. Right after flying resumed, there was an incident on board an inbound flight that had a civilian jet being "escorted" to the ground by fighter jets full of ordinance hanging from it's wings.
In the evenings, I could always see the jets stacked in the landing pattern for O'hare. Easy to spot them as dusk fell, with the landing lights on. I could see them through the window from our couch pretty much every night. Then suddenly, nothing.
I watched in the work lunch room as the second tower fell. I never will forget that.