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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Madera View Post
    In London Ontario Canada for a sales meeting with Lifebreath. (I was the rep for MT and ID) Was supposed to go to Boston the next day for meeting with HTP. Ended up being stuck in Canada for a week, but my Canadian hosts were gracious enough to house, feed and entertain all of the Stateside reps stuck there. Always will be grateful to them for their hospitality!
    I spent a short time with the Canadian Navy while serving in the US Navy. My experience was the same as yours. You Canucks talk a bit funny eh, but you're pretty good people.
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    In high school during home period. I thought it was just a Cessna that crashed into the building and then we got to see the footage on TV.

    All our teachers let us watch the news during class except for one *****y English teacher that insisted on carrying on business as usual. God forbid we witness and reflect on a major historical event, but The Great Gatsby is far more important!

    I remember running home and taping the news, which I still have those tapes.

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    I was supposed to be working but I wasn't, I was playing hookie by playing a few games of chess in a "tournament" w/ 8-9 other guys. It was a big bucks match. Everybody played everybody else 5 times for two bits a game. WINNER BUYS THE 1st ROUND!

    Sad day!

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    In the attic of a commercial building, new construction retirement home. Grabbed my tools and went home early that day. The Super on the job closed the jobsite.

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    Working in a factory job, heard about it at break time. Everyone kept working wondering what was going on, not much got done.

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    Was about to turn the news off and head out the door when 1st plane hit , I thought to myself , how in the Hell did that pilot NOT SEE THAT BIG ASS BUILDING

    Then as the second hit I was like .... Oh this no accident

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    To far away

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    Good documentary on smithsonian channel right now
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    I was at a Medical supply office/warehouse. I was cleaning 2 Lenox pulse for the winter. I did not know anything till the office staff stared coming intaking about it. They turned on a radio in the break room. As we were watching the radio (old saying when the radio is on). The office manager said back to work and turn that off. The staff headed to work. I went to truck and got my radio and set it up next to me. As I cleaned the furnace I had WGN 720 radio on. Every few min one of the staff would stop in to get the update to what was going on. I did 4 more service call that day.

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    heading to a boiler install w helper. heard about the first one and commented, if they don't get the fire out, the building could collapse.
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    questions asked, answers received, ignorance abated

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    I was in homeroom of my junior year. Just 4 years later I was in Iraq keeping the planes going. Definitely shaped who I became as a person.

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    Thanks for your service!

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    Driving downtown headed to the office. A big red meatball on each door of the truck. Traffic was heavy, and my phone started ringing. It was the guys in my crew informing me what had just happened, and we were all going meet at a local restaurant. We sat and watched the events unfold for most of the morning.

    As they say, it's hard to stop a train, but that day we proved it really was harder to get one rolling. Sad day.

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    I had just arrived to work as a civilian software technician at a secure military facility in San Diego. As I entered, a co-worker informed me that a small airplane had just crashed into the WTC. It was still considered to be a likely accident and I cynically remarked that the press would now have something to go on about. I don't remember too much about the rest of the day except that civilians were directed to leave and didn't return for a week or two. It never occurred to me at that time or since that there was any further danger involved besides the political or legal fallout.

    In retrospect, I wondered if my relatively unaffected reaction to the events of the day were related to my neither owning nor watching the coverage on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post

    ... these students are all of Middle Eastern descent."
    "descent" has some interesting definitions in this context. Check out #1 and #5:

    [dɪˈsent] n. 1 a the act of descending. b an instance of this. c a downward movement. 2 a way or path etc. by which one may descend. b a downward slope. 3 a being descended; lineage, family origin (traces his descent from William the Conqueror). b the transmission of qualities, property, privileges, etc., by inheritance. 4 a a decline; a fall. b a lowering (of pitch, temperature, etc.). 5 a sudden violent attack. [ME f. OF descente f. descendre DESCEND]

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    I was in the right seat of a 172, shooting approaches at KRDG with an instrument student. Each time the tower talked to me, I could hear a lot of audio chaos coming through his comm system from other controllers in Philly and New York Center. When we took off, all I knew was that "a plane had hit the trade center," which was imagined to be another small plane trying to land on a street due to fuel exhaustion or a mechanical issue. We didn't know it was a large passenger jet. The comm noise inside the tower seemed to be much greater than a reaction to a plane trying to land on a Manhattan street. The First Rule is "Aviate," so we continued to focus on our tasks.

    We worked on instrument approaches for about 20 minutes, and the local controller called us and told me we had to stop and land, because the authorities were shutting down the system. I asked how long the shutdown was going to last, and he said, "Haven't you heard? A plane hit the world trade center in New York." So, we landed and went inside. Our flight school had a conference room with a TV, and everyone was standing there looking at the TV. I positioned myself to see the screen, and that's when I realized that a small plane would not have made the gaping hole that I saw in the side of the building. Mind you, I had watched those towers being built during walks to school from my dormitory at NYU. My first thought when seeing the hole was that the pilot had lost the ability to move the control surfaces. When the second plane hit, I knew that this was planned and purposeful, and that it would change our lives forever.
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    I was loading my van in the back yard (driveway goes into the back yard of the old house)... neighbor came out and said I needed to go inside and turn on the news...

    I was shocked at what I saw...
    Then realized it was terrorism.
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