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  •  I watched the second tower fall live in gym class. (0+ / 0-)

    Our coach was a veteran, and so ignored the principal's instruction to turn the TVs off except at the very end of each class, because he figured we all needed to know what was going on. We students had just guesstimated 10,000 people at minimum were still in it.

    I'm now a weirdo for not having a visceral reaction to the death count being 'over 3,000!!!!!' beyond utter relief so many people made it out or never made it in.

    We were hundreds and hundreds of miles away, so any fear there might have been for us was swamped in fears of wars and drafts. My class was either 18 or nearly so.

    (The school PDA and in-relationship-harrassment codes were unofficially ignored for the rest of the year, and as far as I can tell it was because Those Boys Might Be Drafted Soon.)

    Oh, and then there was the random girl I overheard the day after who was still having trouble getting in contact with her parents who were in New York on a business trip, apparently. (I'm assuming they were okay, because I never heard anything more about it around school, and if either of them had been hurt the rumor would have been everywhere).

    And the classmate who's summer exchange student visitor was Location Unknown because she'd been on her way home but mentioned she was swinging by New York City on the way out of the country to do some sightseeing. Weeks later, she still wasn't home. I never heard more - it's entirely possible the Official List is missing her name.

    ...

    I usually don't watch much of the anniversary coverage. Maybe one program, at the very end of the day. I'd rather watch the video of Depeche Mode performing "Enjoy The Silence" on the roof and remember what was there.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 12:30:41 PM PDT

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