It was one hell of a morning...  

rm_Rdwngfn24 47M
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9/11/2006 12:19 pm

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9/11/2006 2:08 pm

It was one hell of a morning...


You just don't forget days like this. No matter how much time passes, it sticks in your mind like it was yesterday. You can recall each and every movement you made. The date itself is something that you won't forget. Oct 28, 1929; Dec 7, 1941; Nov 22, 1963; Sep 11, 2001. You remember where you were, and what you were doing when you heard "the news".

I first heard the news as I was waiting in line to get onto the Air Force Academy to go home after a midshift. It was a 45 minute drive from my base to home after what had been a long night. I heard the news during the "top of the hour" update on a radio show I would listen to. The report simply said that two planes had hit the World Trade Center. To my recollection, they never said they were airliners, so I was thinking that two little cessnas crashed and ran into the buildings. However, my story starts even before hearing the news.

As our shift was coming to an end, I was preparing the shift reports, and the crew brief for the oncoming crew. I had my back to the tv which at the time was showing CNN. At the time, CNN had a short-lived morning show with very annoying anchors (imo). They cut to a picture of the White House lit up as dawn approached. The anchor said "The country is safe, the President is still sleeping". This was about 5am in Colorado, so I am not sure why they were showing the White House at night. I whipped around in my chair and asked if I heard what he said right. It was confirmed, and I just yelled at the tv. It was about 20 or so min later, and they were interviewing Fred Hicks about some upcoming sports stories. Fred made the comment that "the biggest news story of the day" would be Jordan announcing his comeback into the NBA yet again.

I yelled again (I am bit of a hothead at times), about how a sports story could be the "biggest story of the day". It wasn't as though this was his FIRST comeback from retirement or anything. How could this be big news? Work was finally over and I drove the 45 mins home listening to the radio, and still heard nothing about what was going on (already past 9am on the east coast).

As I got closer to the gate, I saw all the cars lined up to get in. This was very odd. The Air Force Academy was an open base. The guards at the gate were merely "walmart greeter". You didn't need an ID to access the base, so they just stood there and waved people on, and gave friendly driving directions if you stopped and asked. So for the traffic to backed up, and them checking ID's during the time when everyone from Schriever was getting home, people who worked there were coming to work, and visitors were showing up, was quite odd. Then as I said, I heard "the news".

I never put the two things together. I went home and went straight to sleep. A short while later my wife (at the time), called and told me to turn on the tv, because we were being attacked. I remember arguing with her that she was overreacting and we weren't being attacked. It was two small planes that hit the WTC. She told me to just turn on the tv.

The first image I saw when I turned on the tv was them showing one of the towers collapsing. I stood stunned and had to sit down on my bed before I fell over. All I could think of at the time, was SOMEBODY was going to pay for this! I stayed awake the entire day and couldn't sleep before my next midshift that night.

Going into work that night was very eerie. No one really talked much throughout the night. We had our taskings we had to cover related to events that day, but there wasn't a whole lot of side conversations that night.

That's the world the way it was according to me on Sept 11, 2001 posted at 2:18pm Monday Sept 11, 2006.

2daycowboywanted 46F

9/11/2006 12:44 pm

And so the world changed that day for everyone....

Until later
2daycowboywanted


rm_Rdwngfn24 47M
993 posts
9/11/2006 2:08 pm

    Quoting 2daycowboywanted:
    And so the world changed that day for everyone....

    Until later
    2daycowboywanted
It has changed in ways we still may not be fully aware of yet.


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