posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 07:11 AM
I had been away at college in Miramichi New Brunswick taking advanced 3d animation and multimedia design courses specializing in electronic learning.
I met my future wife while I was there and we graduated in 2001. Opting to move to Fredericton instead of the city we were both from as we had been
in contact with various IT companies and had various interviews lined up. It was a fast and dirty move and we took 1 of the 3 apartments available
(late in the season, university town) and were still living somewhat out of boxes.
At that time my mother was living in New Jersey with my stepfather who worked in Manhattan as a chemical analyst for some pharmaceutical patent
company, I'm not exactly sure of the nature as he's a dick and I never felt like getting to know him. Anyways, I won't tell you the exact area in
New Jersey, but it was one of the townships that, in the evening after the attack, many, many, children came home to empty houses.
Anyways, on that morning my girlfriend waves me up out of a deep sleep telling me a plane had crashed in New York. I jump out of bed and go into the
living room where the tv is, watching on old rabbit ears, I believe it was CTV but don't quote me, whoever it was kept running bits from ABC. I
believe just as she was waking me up the second plane impacted, I didn't see it exactly live but they immediately ran the images again.
Now my girlfriend is filling me in, saying they think it was a small airplane that hit the WTC, but as they rerun the second impact I sat stunned, my
gut sank, it was a commercial passenger jet. It didn't accidentally crash, you can see it turn and angle at the last second to ensure a direct
My brain flew into overdrive and I got on the phone, calling my mom, calling my step dad, calling his parents, nothing, all the circuits were tied up
I was met with nothing but beeps like a busy signal then a dead connection.
We sat there transfixed to the tv, like most people, and my mind was racing. It was a commercial jet, it had to be hijacked, the first plane must
have been the same, where is the air force? where are the f16s? Then I believe they reported something on capitol hill, at first they said an
explosion or smoke, but I believe it was merely an evacuation.
Once the pentagon was hit I assumed that every major city was a target. I honestly sat there all day waiting for more reports of hijacked planes. I
honestly can't recall when I heard about the plane that crashed in Shanksville.
At some point we went down to our neighbors apartment to watch cnn as they had cable. It's a little blurry as there was a lot of anxiety and
discussion as to what was happening. Eventually we watched the towers collapse and I believe I said something along the lines of "kiss the world you
knew goodbye" not those words but that sentiment. I knew right there, no matter how bad this attack was, life for us was never going to be the
i'll admit right now that for weeks after that, even though I had doubts as to why the air-force didn't intercept those jets, i was fully on board,
telling everyone that would listen that the time had come to just carpet bomb the entire middle east and be done with it. Eventually my stance
changed, but that is not the point of this thread.
I haven't finished reading all of the stories in here but so far it's actually very enlightening. 911, regardless of your views and beliefs, IS the
defining moment for an entire generation. WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Woodstock, generations before us had their defining moments, moments that changed the
shape of history from that point on, quite possibly shifting our entire civilization.
911 is that for a lot of people around my age. Maybe now, almost 10 years on to the day, we can finally come to grips with it. Even just typing out
what I did, leaving a lot out mind you, my heart is racing, I can feel the same anxiety, but much lower levels, as I did back then. I'm not sure if
I will ever shake the feelings those events bring up inside me, but talking about it without all the baggage is surely a good step.
Thank you for sharing, thank you for listening, and most importantly, thank you for keeping this ON TOPIC