ANSWERS: 68
  • recovering in a hospital...
  • GLUED to the TV and taking phone calls from frightened friends.
  • I was in seventh grade algebra class. I think we were learning about the quadratic formula. The history teacher burst through the door and told everyone to come to the library. We went there and watched what was going on on the news.
  • I was working ,and i remember listening to a radio show saying something bout planes going in buildings. well i didnt take it serious untill i was workn for about an hr and my buddy turned on the tv.shit was crazy and my boss told me to quit working that day.
  • Heavily pregnant at home, watching Sky news.
  • Heading downtown, listening to Stearn, raced to get in front of tube, then raced to friends to watch it again.
  • I was at work at the time, we were all glued to the breakroom tv in shock and disbelief at first.
  • I was sitting home making mix CD's. The television was on but the sound was off and I had no idea what had happened until my sous chef called and mentioned about all the crazy sh*t that was going on. Pretty scary stuff. Buisness got pretty bad for a couple years too. We toughed it out and things are much better now.
  • Sadly, I watched the attack happen in real time via the live feed from MSNBC Squakbox in London. I saw live filming/footage that they have never and should never show again.
  • I had just started work in California. As soon as I heard about it, I left and went home (30 miles away), so I could watch the news of it. This was a terrible thing to happen to us, and I just couldn't work that day. By the way, my boss did understand, and I didn't lose any pay or status on my job when I returned the next day.
  • I was at my locker freshman year of High School.
  • Asleep (time zone difference where I lived at the time). My husband called me at about 10 EST and started the conversation "I'm ok" - so I assumed there must have been a plane crash on his airline. I asked him, and he said... just turn on the tv. "What channel?" I asked. He answered, "Any channel..." and I was overcome by a horrible, indescribable, sick feeling... which of course only multiplied when I turned it on. Making it worse still was the fact that he told me they'd been diverted to "National," meaning Reagan National Airport in Washington (very close to some primary potential targets in DC), and that he'd be stuck there awhile but would be fine. Once I was up to speed on everything, I freaked out. "National?! What's fine about THAT?!" It was hours before I talked to him again and learned that I'd misunderstood him and he was actually in Nashville.
  • Mr. Webster's Spanish class
  • Unfortunately, at work attending a training seminar (see my answer here http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/106221). An Air Force officer bolted (he was as white as a sheet) in and told us to calmly collect our things and depart immediately and to go directly home. We were all kind of stunned and he said that a plane had hit the WTC building (the first at this point). I gathered up enough nerve to ask Cesna or Boeing? He said Boeing. I didn't really know what to do except follow orders. I did not realize the sheer horror of the situation until there was an incident closer to home (Pentagon, no that was not where I was). At the time I lived near Dulles International Airport and had for most of my life--there was nothing more disturbing than getting ready for work the next day and not hearing a single plane. That and the feeling of vulnerability and anxiety I felt facing going to work the next day. I can only speak for myself, but that feeling was most certainly tinged with a feeling of having failed a lot of inncocent people. I'm nobody, but a lot of people felt the same way. I have never seen a room full of adults that were not at a funeral or in the comfort of their own homes cry so much. Honestly, I think I was more shocked at the pure evil that had to exist to extinguish so many lives--I mean, I know better thanks to history. Apologies for the rambling, but for me it wasn't just about where I was at THAT specific moment.
  • Came home and turned on the tv and said OMG! Its hard for me to believe that 5 years have already passed since 9/11, it seemed to me more like a day passed.
  • Sophmore year of college in my physics lab. Heard about the first tower at the beginning of the lab. At end of lab prof told us about the Pentagon, plane down in Penn. and the second tower. Ran back to my dorm expecting to be called up for selective service in a couple months. Went into the lobby and saw the largest crowd of people I had ever seen gathered around the TV set all in stunned silence.
  • The night before I had been to the ER with my son, he had a double ear infection. Woke the next day, turned on television and was absolutely shocked. We pretty much watched TV straight for a week or more. As long as I live, I will never forget it.
  • I live in the UK and was in bed after a night shift. For some reason I woke up at 2pm (early morning in the USA) and turned the television on by my bed...A few minutes before the second plane hit. Truly horrible, but it felt a bit unreal at the same time...
  • I was working that day - in the NYC metropolitan area, but not close enough to have actually seen the second plane hit. I know people who did, though.
  • i had just flown back from there to australia a couple of days before. i had just come home from afternoon shift, it was after 11pm, and my housemate was watching the tv. i walked into the house, and she told me a plane had hit the WTC. i was amazed, we were about to go to bed when we watched the 2nd plane hit. we then were in shock, and watched as the buildings fell. i was totally upset, as i realised i was there the week before, and how lucky i was to be home!
  • Sitting at my computer with the TV on. I was in a Chat room relaying the events to the room . The BBC was ahead of the American News stations and was giving more facts, presumably because the US news stations were witholding facts not to cause panic.I had a client waiting but I am afraid they had to wait a long time.
  • I was at home having a bite to eat and a friend called and said "hurry turn on the t.v., turn on the t.v.!" I turn it on just a moment before the second tower fell.
  • I was actually asleep in bed (time difference) and my mum came running in and woke me up, We put on CNN which just had continuing coverage and watched it until I had to go to school. It was surprising how many people at school didn't know, and I went home early :(
  • In a media studies class at college. A teacher came in and said to my teacher, "in 20 years I've only ever interupted your lesson once and that was because a student just died, but I've just come to tell you to put the TV on because the World Trade Centre is being attacked"
  • Being driven to school, I heard it on the radio.
  • I'll never forget though I was very young. The year it happened is when we moved. I was in 4th grade. And a very upset 4th grader for my parents moving me. I remember in school everybody was being picked up early. A classroom that might have had 20 kids to start off with by the end of the day had 5. and I'll never forget that day because I remember the day right after 9/12, my father being a truckdriver drove bodybags to the site, and stayed to help out. I wasn't really upset because I was young and I didnt understand. I wont forget the day because I think on that day when I came home from school I think I might've said the most cruelest thing to my mother. From a 4th grader Im sure it hurt a lot "Isnt it funny the year we move is when something tragic happens... hmm.. coincidence mommy? God is trying to tell you something" thats what I said maybe with more kid language, but thats what I said.. And now looking back Im very interested in that subject and I always am found reading books about 9/11.
  • I was in my home in Charleston, SC. I was about to walk out the door to go to the gym on base, when my friend called and asked if I was watching the news. I didn't make it to the gym - I wouldn't have been allowed on base, anyway, since they tightened security starting that morning, and I had lost my ID.
  • I was on a business trip outside the US and couldn't get home for over a week. I was in business meetings in one of the WTC buildings just two months prior to the attack, which really freaks me out sometimes.
  • i was 10 yrs old and here in aus. i was watching the news while brushing my hair when i saw the plane crash. i yelled out to my mum "hey mum! some random plane crashed into some towers!" and she came in and saw it and was like "omg......." so yes.
  • Mixing cement in our garden to build our cottage, in Tayport Fife Scotland. Cement went hard as we heard BBC Radio Scotland report that a small light aricraft had knocked an ariel off the top of one of the twin towers and then we watched live the real thing on TV. Phoned friends, couldnt take our eyes off it. And then, later that night, we met with friends in the pub and just talked and talked. Scared. Talk about "shock and awe"? Not knowing the extent of the disaster, my partner at one point in the mayhem shouted "Aliens have landed!". I believed it.
  • Playing counterstrike on my friend's computer.
  • I remember it clearly. I was in 2nd grade...sitting in my desk doing some work. My mom comes and gets me and she looked reallyy worried. We go home and the attack is all over the T.V. The terrorists did other attacks near me! Scary >_<
  • i was in elementary school in the forth grade in a portable. evry one rushed to the windows because we heard something fly right over the building it was a 4 jets then right after the anouncements came one and said the towers had been hit.
  • I was taping a TV program (in Australia) the program cut out and the images of the towers came on. I still have that tape of the unolding of events of that night. Very interesting to see and hear the comments as the happened in view of what we hear now.
  • I was working. It was the sadest day! I saw the first plane crash, gathered myself, returned to work, and then during a brief break, I saw the second plane hit.
  • I was in the third grade (I'm in high school now), I remember it pretty clearly. We were doing the morning announcements, when the office told the teachers to turn on their class t.v, and they showed the footage. At the time, it didn't really sink in until later, when I realized what had happened.
  • I was out the door to go rafting with my son when a friend called from the East Coast to tell me that all hell had broke lose in New York and to turn on my t.v. I figured there was nothing I could do about it and staying glued to the tv instead of going rafting with my son wouldn't benefit anyone. Rafting with my son was something I could positively do and so we went. I will always remember the fun we had that day and the incredible remorse I felt that while we were enjoying a beautiful day on a quiet mountain river, mothers who had children in New York were living their worst nightmare. Life is so peculiarly bizarre.
  • I was at home (Tasmania, Australia) watching 'When We Were Kings' (about Muhammad Ali) on TV (approx. 1am?) when all of a sudden the show switched to CNN News and they were talking about the plane crashing into one of the towers. I decided to take down notes because it was such a big event. Then as a news reporter was speaking I saw the second plane fly in to the next tower and my jaw dropped! I couldn't believe what I had seen. At that stage in my life I was common for me to stay up until 5am in the morning some nights, so I guess I was watching it live. R.I.P. all those that perished and god bless all those who tried to save them.
  • I was out shopping with the unit manager (i lived in a special needs home at the time) I remember just dismissing the radio report as a sick joke. when i got back to the unit i got a total shock because everyone (staff and other residents) were glued to the TV I joined them and then went upstairs to my room and listened to Classic FM (I live in scotland) the news that 9/11 was terrorism caused by Al Qaeda worried me just a little bit more than it should have since my mother worked in Saudi Arabia at the time and she had only just started working there about a month before the attacks. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have been there live or even to have been in the USA at the time it happened. 2 years later, I went to New York City (for the first of hopefully many visits) for my 21st which was the wednesday of the week we were there we went to Ground Zero on the Wednesday morning and Ellis Island in the afternoon and I could picture how the city skyline would have looked if 9/11 hadn't happened because i have a poster of the NYC skyline with the World Trade Center still standing to this day i find it very surreal that those towers aren't there any more.
  • I have got really bad goose bumps just reading everyone elses answers. I was on a training course at a hotel in Telford (England) we were all suppoosed to have our mobile phones switched off. On Tuesday the 11th, one guy received a text message and he was told off by the guys who were lecturing. When he read the text and announced that the World Trade building had been hit by a plane we were all stunned but had no idea if it had been an accident. We all went into one of the hotel rooms and turned the tv on. That was when the sedond plane hit and it was clear that it was no accident. We all sat in silence for what felt like hours just watching the news coverage. We ended the training course a day early and all went home the following day.
  • Taking a nap on the couch and my family woke me up i saw the first plane and thought they were watching a movie went back to bed and then woke up to see the second and thats when I realized it was the news and starred at the TV.
  • I was driving on my way to work from a Doctor's office. It was a very uncommon day that I will never forget. It is rare for me to be late to work. I knew I was going to be late because I had to wait until 8:30 AM for my Doctor to arrive to his office so I could get a prescription for a medication refill. I drive twenty miles from where I live, San Sebastian PR to Aguadilla, PR. The Doctor's office was only 2 miles from my apartment. While I was at home, around 7:00 AM, a coworker came to my apartment looking for a ride because her car broke down. I told her I was going to be late, because I had to stop and wait at the Doctor's office first. That's very uncommon, it was the first time someone stops at my apartment looking for a ride, and it happened the same day I was going to be late. Around 8:42 a got into my car with my prescription in my hand and started driving. A few minutes late I turned on the radio but I could barely listen to it. It was damaged and the volume was very, very low. I hit it with my hand a few times and heard a radio talk show host receiving a call about "what was happening in New York"... As I arrive to the office I told a coworker what I had heard and he called his wife. I heard when he said that "it also happened to the Pentagon".... Around lunchtime I went to the drug store to get a refill... and had a hard time because the phones that connect the health insurance system were down, they were blown away in NYC....A very uncommon day I will never forget...
  • At work in England.My supervisor rushed round to tell people.I remember a period of confusion.Then all the TV monitors were put on and we watched what happened and commentary.
  • Grade 10 history class. History was HAPPENING and our teacher wouldn't even let us watch it on TV. We all ended up leaving the room to watch it on the tv's in the hall. Some of us got detention.
  • Late for work that day so I heard the report on the radio in the car. Got to work and most people were leaving. I'm in Philly so nobody knew if there would be additional attacks. Being between NYC and DC, it was a concern. I worked till about 1:00 then went to lunch. The streets were empty. For a big city, it was really eerie
  • I was at work with my coworkers. We watched everything unfold on t.v. together...
  • Sleeping. I was in bed, (I live on the west coast) and my mom called to wake us up. She thought we were getting bombed and had told us to turn on the news. I had chills, but I didn't really understand why it was happening. It seemed so random to me, but then again- I didn't work in the white house.
  • I was there. I was getting off the PATH train from NJ to the WTC. I got off and started walking up out to the street. There was smoke and screaming and total chaos. They rushed us back down to the train and made everyone go back to NJ. I watched the towers fall from across the Hudson. Horrible day. =(
  • I was on business in london, I was supposed to fly home the 12th, I was stuck in london till the 15th...
  • I was at home alone and stunned, watching it was pure torture.
  • I was on my way to work. My co-worker and I had had an arguement about something the day before and were having a meeting that day to argue some more. So I was running late, listening to Howard Stern on the way in my car when I heard it. When I got to work, my co=worker was sitting in front of the tv crying her eyes out, and I sat with her and cried in disbelief as people were jumping out of windows at the WTC. We didnt have our meeting that day, or any other day after that.
  • I was laying on my couch with a back injury, waiting for my Mum to arrive from England to help me with my children. Her flight never made it in. At the time we lived in PA and as I was watching the coverage, they kept saying that all flights were down except one that was unnaccounted for. Then when I called the airline to see what had happened to my Mum's flight they told me it was "unnaccounted for." The next thing I knew, the "unnaccounted for" plane had crashed in a field in PA! I thought that it was my Mum's plane. It wasn't until the next day that I found out she was safe in Canada, her plane had not even made it into US airspace.
  • Senior year of high school going to Ms. Holliday's Spanish class...when Sharon Ann comes rushing up to me to inform me that America is under attack. I promptly informed her that it was impossible and horrible for her to spread those types of things, because if something like that WERE to happen it would be tragic. She then told me that seriously, it happened - the WTC just had a plane fly into it and I launched into another speech about lost lives and the safeties of US airspace and how the president is a cheating bastard but he wouldn't allow it to happen...then I walked into class and the TV was on....and I apologized and sat glued to the TV for the rest of the period.
  • Wondering what the catalyst for the New American Century would be.
  • I had just arrived at my office when it was announced on the radio.
  • i was in the second grade. i didn't really understand it then. they turned on the tv's and showed all these tall buildings and i was really scared because it looked to me like downtown seattle, so i thought my dad might be there...it was pretty scary. but then my teacher explained it to me. it was still a very sad day.
  • When the first comments were make, I was at my day job at the post office in New Haven, Connecticut. I heard it from a mailhandler, tow motor driver.
  • I was in grade six at the time and I was the the computer lab working on a power point. They announced it over the loud speaker, but our class was talking so loudly that nobody really heard them. Then when we got back to our classroom, a teacher from the next room over came in and whispered something into our teachers ear and the next thing you know, tears started coming down. We didn't know what was going on because everybody was going home early that day, then when i got home, I saw it on tv and i just dropped everything and sat on the couch and i remember being so angry yet so confused at the same time because i was too young to grasp the concept on people having that much evil in them to do that to innocent people.
  • grade 3, eating cake and chips and it came over the annoncments
  • At work. . .in a federal government building that would have been just as viable a target as the Pentagon.
  • Asleep in my BOQ on a rare Tuesday off duty at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.
  • I swear upon all that is holy that I woke up at the exact moment the first plane hit (and I live about 500 miles west on NYC, so it wasn't like I heard it out the window). I walked into my living room, turned on the TV, and immediately called my father. I spent the next three days in front of the TV, watching the coverage.
  • 11th grade english class
  • Here is a link to nearly 100 answers to a similar question. Should give you a good cross section of answers. http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/74644 Edit: To the impotent little fuck who down rated this on 5-22-08, thanks for the minus 2.
  • I had just awakened and turned on the tv and saw the coverage. We're 3 hours behind NYC. My brother was working for Deloite Touche in the main office in Stamford, CT, and was supposed to go into the office at the trade center but for some reason he decided to stay and clean up the mess at this desk.
  • Sitting in my English class in the 8th grade.
  • I was at work.
  • I was at work, I will never forget that day! I cried and cried and still am not sure why it affected me so much! It was a horrible day!

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