Dockadams Wrote: I was watching GMA and the first plane hitting the tower was reported. It was reported as an accident. The news shifted to the buildings and I watched the 2nd plane fly into the other tower. I stayed home and watched tv the rest of the day. I saw a black bulge appear on the side of one tower. I told my wife something was wrong. I had no idea the buildings would collapse. Then I watched it collapse. The whole event was such an unbelievable tradgedy I was absorbed about the people trapped and dying that I wasn't thinking about who was responsible or ramifications. It didn't dawn on me that the collapse might have been planned.
So, where were you and what were you doing at the time the jetliners crashed the towers, the pentagon and went down in Pennsylvania? I'm not addressing the OP in this post, I'm wondering what other people were doing and how they reacted.
For quite a few years, I was driving expedited cargo across the USA. On 9/11, it happened to be the beginning of my wife's two days off. We were out of bed by 6 a.m. and I asked her if she wanted to go on a run with me, and she agreed.
I got a call from the dispatcher of the company I was leased to, she told me she had a pick up in Milwaukee, containers of casting parts going to a machine shop in Flint, Michigan at 10 a.m. or a little after. My wife and I packed our cooler with Pepsi, some ice and some sandwiches. We left our dog in care of our houseguest. We drove north on I-94 towards Milwaukee and decided to go to a truck stop for breakfast. We went into the truck stop and they had the television on Fox 6 of Milwaukee. We stopped just before seating ourselves and saw what was one of the twin towers on fire. A minute or two passed and we watched as a second plane hit the other tower. We didn't know what to think.
After we had breakfast, we hit the road going to our pick up point. All the workers at the casting shop were oblivious to what was going on. I mentioned it to a dock worker and he was shocked about what I told him. We were loaded up and left for the destination. Going through Indiana, I decided to get fuel because the prices of fuel at the time were considered to be the lowest in Chicagoland. When I exited, we saw cars, trucks lined up about two blocks long trying to buy fuel. My van was a diesel. I saw that the price of diesel fuel was $4.98 a gallon, gasoline was even higher. I got back on the interstate and left there en route to Flint. Along the way, reading the fuel prices on billboards, it was easy to see that fuel merchants were clearly gouging the public. We made it to Battle Creek and finally filled up, about $3.59 a gallon. Along the way, we were listening to the radio to try to stay informed about what was happening. This guy named mancow was sensationalizing the attacks saying that these events could be the beginning of WWIII. I became pissed off and changed the station.
So, we made our delivery in Flint, and went back home empty. In the evening we watched NBC news all night long.
The following days were horrible for businesses everywhere. My cargo van and I sat idle for over a week before I received any dispatches. The following months nearly devastated my operation as an owner/operator. My bills went unpaid for quite some time. And it wasn't just me either, many businesses suffered too. The economy sucked.
There are certain events that leave indelible reminders or marks in one's mind, the assassination of JFK left one of those marks in my mind I would never forget, the day of 9/11 is one of those now.
At first, I didn't really understand why all of the attacks of 9/11 happened, but after researching reports, and listening to news reports, it became clear to me as one other member stated that 9/11 was a warning, which, has gone unheeded. The US meddling in other countries affairs have gotten us 17 years into a war we probably will never win, the war on terror.