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    Where were you when the towers went down?

    I was on the roof of a Burger King. Had no idea what had happened until around lunch time when I went down to the van.
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    Teaching a chiller class. Pulled a tv in and watched the second tower go down. Everyone was stunned.
    How quickly some forget.

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    I was driving to my next call. Basically listened to it happening live on the radio
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    In class my freshman year.. watching it all day in every class.

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    Repiping a boiler that our installers piped backwards. The lady of the house came downstairs crying and told me. Her daughter was out there and she couldn't get a hold of her. She then brought a TV down and set it up so I could watch while I worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zamoramax View Post
    In class my freshman year.. watching it all day in every class.

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    Damn brother, me as well

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    I was laying bed, listening to the blow by blow commentary. Radio host told everyone not to assume anything, too early, we don't really know what happened. After the second tower got hit, he came out and yes, this must be a terrorist attack.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Worked graveyards into that morning, home at 6am, so day slept through everything. Woke up at 3pm to head back into work, no radio, just playing a CD all the way back to start another day. It wasn't until I walked in the front doors that all the lights were off and everyone around a TV in the warehouse.

    In 2001 I was nights-operations supervisor of a large air-freight company here in Salt Lake, needless to say, no air freight for a few weeks, just trucked the sh!t out of everything.

    Many do not realize, but it was at this moment that FedEx and UPS realized they were on a one way road to bankruptcy if they relied only on flying their planes and offering only Overnight and 2day services. So soon after the two started gobbling up many your local over the road companies like Viking, MotorCargo, Mollerup, Yellow, and hundreds of small Mom and Pop outfits to ultimately create their own GROUND freight services that we all know today. I left the trucking/freight industry in 2002 to go full time HVAC and never looked back.

    I will add one thing, I had worked at this outfit since my teens and we were right next to the airport, so I grew very use to that constant low hum or drone of jet engines. It was very noticeable and eerie how quiet the airport was for nearly a week. For whatever reason just thinking about it, now, gives me goose-bumps....it is because of that, I WILL NEVER FORGET.

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    One sad thing about this whole event is flight instructors were filling complaints with the FAA. The complaints went along these lines:

    "We have students enrolling who only want to learn how to fly an airplane. They are not interested in taking off or landing, and there's only one reason they would not want those skills. And by the way, these students are all of Middle Eastern descent."

    After the FAA would do nothing, those flight instructors the went to the media. I heard about it maybe twice a year for the couple years before the event. So the FAA has to take on a lot of blame. They could have even handed it off to the FBI, let them investigate, but to the best of my knowledge they did nothing. Only saying there was nothing illegal for a flight student to not want to learn to take off or land.
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    We were working at a major Telecom Data center. Watched the 2nd tower get on TV hit in the conference center . OMG !
    Management cleared the building, went on lock down and almost every one had to leave.
    We had to postpone work for a couple weeks there until we got the OK.

    As SLC Said, the Skies were silent !
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    In the delivery room waiting on my son to join the world. It was scheduled, so we were there at 6am central time. They induced her. Then things happened. Dr. Said we can’t stop now the drugs are gonna make delivery today. Luckily it was our 3rd so as nurses came in looking at the tv and not at the patient asking if all was ok, I said ya, I know how to drop all the goodies from the ceiling and deliver if I have to. Lol. A nurse and I did the delivery as the dr got stuck in traffic on the way to the hospital.

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    I'm outside Philly.
    I was driving to load my oil truck at the refinery. Being near the airport and having to run down the highway and over a bridge, I was struck by how beautiful the sky looked and how it seemed like there were no planes in the air. Then on the electronic sign on the highway it said all NYC bridges and tunnels closed.
    Loaded the truck and my wife called me. She left her high rise office in the city and was heading home, because our BIL was a cop and told her what just happened and that there was another plane in the air, in PA, unaccounted for and they were afraid it was heading for a tall building in the city. Then I turned on the radio. I was able to load about 10 minutes before they shut down the refinery.
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    At a casino.
    Everyone got sent home.

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    In our old building, tech called & suggested I get online and see what was up in NY. Dial up and couldn't connect. Brought out a TV we got for training and watched the news on it.

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    A friend of my dad's and some of his buddies were on a fishing trip in Canada. One of those remote, fly in places only accessible by air. They were alone in the middle of nowhere with no means of communicating with the outside world. They were due to be picked up that day. They had no idea what was going on. By the time a plane was actually able to come get them they were relying on the fish they caught to survive. They had tents for shelter and something (likely a bear) tore up their camp one night. 2 of the guys wanted to head out on foot, but they convinced them to stay. Ultimately the plane showed up nearly a week later.
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    I was in my office with the TV on. Youngest was just leaving for high school. They must have had a late start that day as we are in CDT zone. So we watched the first hit.
    After it was obvious what had actually happened, I went and filled all our vehicles with gas. Very small town here.
    About 160 gallons. Same price as the day before and no lines.

    Today, someone told me their dad had called and told them to fill up now.
    He said prices were inflated, cash only and long lines.....fair sized city.

    I also had called my son at collage and told him the same thing....students drive on empty most of the time.

    So for the next week or so we were no longer "fly over country" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc havoc View Post
    A friend of my dad's and some of his buddies were on a fishing trip in Canada. One of those remote, fly in places only accessible by air. They were alone in the middle of nowhere with no means of communicating with the outside world. They were due to be picked up that day. They had no idea what was going on. By the time a plane was actually able to come get them they were relying on the fish they caught to survive. They had tents for shelter and something (likely a bear) tore up their camp one night. 2 of the guys wanted to head out on foot, but they convinced them to stay. Ultimately the plane showed up nearly a week later.
    My coworker was on day 2 of 5. Heard it from the pilot on the journey back. Bizzare. I was getting dropped off at school as things unfolded. I'll just say I was too young to really grasp it.

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    I was at home getting ready to go to class....one of the final few classes I needed to graduate University. Saw things unfolding on the news. Knew after the second plane hit it was no accident. Drove to class. Every TV in every class room and hallway was turned on to the news.

    Being in Canada it was interesting that day because they were landing a lot of aircraft here since US airspace was closed. I remember occasionally hearing what was likely Canadian CF-18 and American F-15 fighters flying overhead as they were pretty much escorting every flight into the airports nearby under direction of NORAD. This went on for awhile because a lot of overseas flights took hours to arrive.

    There was actually a Korean Air Lines 747 that diverted to Whitehorse in the Yukon territory. It had previously transmitted a hijacked plane warning. Escorted all the way in by fighters. The Canadian Prime Minister had apparently given approval to shoot it down if necessary.
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    I was working at restaurant at the bar with the tv on.

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    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!

    Getting home? Got ticketed, but only the first flight to Detroit was flown. Next one was cancelled. Just went to the counter and aske for ANY flight towards West coast. Continued this until I got to Missoula MT and called the wife to drive the 115 miles to pick me up. Pshew... Was tired after two days of working my way almost home.

    Watched the second plane hit. Made the prediction that the buildings would "pancake" based on my knowledge of yield strength of steel. Sho nuff, Pancake they did. I think the Islamists thought that the 767 would knock over the tower. Now THAT would have been disastrous.
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