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I am sure many here have a story to tell, but maybe you don't think it warrants or you don't want to post an entire Diary. Well then this Diary is for you.

I have to admit I am currently watching like 18 Dr. Who shows in a row I have on my DVR, until my Redskins play late this afternoon. I just can't stomach the wall-to-wall 9/11 coverage that seems to be on every channel.

I'd rather hear your story from that day. I have a feeling they are more heartfelt, better written, and well interesting then what I'd get on my television.

So below the fold my brief story, and if you want add yours.

On the morning of 9/11 I was asleep on a daybed in my parents house in the room that would become my home office (where I am right this second -- I eventually bought that house). I was back where I grew up, pondering moving here after living 15+ years living in DC.

My mother woke me, soon after the first plane hit. I sat there, no coffee in my system, still halfasleep, not being able to process what was happening.

The night before I was on the last flight out of National. I was supposed to be on one of the first flights out of Dulles on 9/11. I never flew out of National, cause you have to sell your "first born" to afford it. But my mother, who should have been a travel agent, found me a flight.

I say all that, because to be honest that is my biggest connection to 9/11.

Sure I had friends and clients in the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers, but none where harmed. Nobody I even remotely know was killed. A lot of my friends worked at the Captial and other buildings in DC had terrible, terrible days. It is hard to explain, ten years later, the sheer terror that was caused.

But those flights, well it is something I think about, cause maybe if the world had just been a little different, maybe I was on one of those planes ......

But alas (and this is a good thing) it just took me a long time to get a flight home. Even longer to get my car out of the parking garage at National. And finally I had to change my route to work, since 110, which runs within like a hundred yards of the Pentagon, was closed.

So how about sharing your story.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 06:58:07 AM PDT

  •  I Am Not Remotely Making Light Of 9/11 (1+ / 0-)
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    but with like every channel I watch, beside Syfy and ESPN playing 9/11 stuff wall-to-wall hasn't any channel thought about running some good programming for those of us that just can't see those images yet again, and again, and again.

    I mean Animal Planet gets huge ratings during the Super Bowl when they run their Puppy Bowl, cause well not everybody in the world likes football.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:01:20 AM PDT

  •  Great idea! (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, sockpuppet

    (By the way, typo in your first sentence.  Should be "warrants".)

    "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."
    -- Dr. Peter Venkman

    Yeah, yeah, I tweet

    by Eclectablog on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:18:25 AM PDT

  •  simple story (3+ / 0-)
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    webranding, sockpuppet, el dorado gal

    I was in North Carolina, dropped off my 2 year old son at pre-school, went to the gym. In the car, I was listening to BBC and they mentioned fire at the World Trade Center. My first thought was, "Is this the anniversary of that truck bombing?" then I realized they were talking in real time so I went in the gym to see the tv. No one was working out. I got on a treadmill but when they showed the tower collapse, my legs sort of buckled under me and I stopped. I picked up my son(it was only morning preschool) and alerted one smiling parent to go home and see what happened. I spent the next few days keeping my son away from tv, while staying up late to watch the news. I took out some Irish wool and a difficult crochet pattern, and every night I worked on a crocheted blanket to calm myself. It is a lovely pineapple pattern, and is on my son's bed today.
    I know one of the people killed on Flight 11 was a dad who had adopted from China, like me, and he was a friend of a friend. That was as close as my connection went, although my husband and I had lived in Arlington, VA a few years before coming to NC and whenever we drove by the Pentagon we always called it "Ground Zero."
    Now I get my son to watch the tv shows and tell him how scared we were, but how brave some people were, how people were generous, taking money to local fire departments. How I put an American flag on my car, saying, "This is my country and you can't destroy it."

    by Chun Yang on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:41:01 AM PDT

  •  First trip to Europe (4+ / 0-)

    5 days into a 7-week tour, a stall owner in a Salisbury farmers' market informed us of a bizarre double aircrash into the twin towers, on the radio. "Not from New York are ya?" he asked, eyeballing us curiously.

    Arriving at the ferry station in Portsmouth, my husband and I speechlessly watched, along with a crowd, the towers crumble on a monitor. Oddly enough, the room had a cigarette machine featuring the NY skyline.  

    We traveled by ourselves, don't speak/read French, and had no TV in our cheap hotel rooms, so it was not til Paris, days later, we found a newspaper in English to get the details.

    For the reminder of the trip, we encountered no other American tourists in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, or Egypt. All had canceled their trips, apparently.

    The U.S. felt somewhat remote to us at that time. No media saturation of the event as it was here.

    We returned home in late October to find a different country. Before we left, Bush was a national joke. Remember the TV show "That's My Bush"? Now he had dictator-like powers and no one was laughing at him.

    It wasn't til a year later, watching the French brothers' video shot in NY, we we able to experience the event as it was in the U.S.

  •  Not much to my day ten years ago (0+ / 0-)

    Had lived in Urbana, IL about 9 months at that point so we were kind of settling in.  My wife and I went into work a bit late that day so we caught events up to the collapse of the first tower on TV before we left.

    I came home early to meet an AC repair person.  He had some comment about there being rules in war which had been violated.   It seems relatively mild in hindsight.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:42:03 AM PDT

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