The Water Cooler – Where Were You On 9-11-01?

September 11, 2018 12:00 pm · 40 comments

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Where were you when you first heard about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and what were your first thoughts when you saw what happened?

Talk about it….

Oh wow September 11, 2018 at 12:15 PM

At home, just getting ready to wake up my daughter so she could get ready for her flight to NY that morning!! Needless to say, we cancelled her trip!!!

HashtagMe September 11, 2018 at 12:18 PM

at home, here, getting ready to get on BART to go to work in Oakland. News was on in background, stopped to watch. Went to work, then came home early.

Concorejet September 11, 2018 at 12:23 PM

I was in Kona, Hawaii that time. My dad woke me up and told me what happen. I though wow just shocking wht had happen. We were suppose to leave Thursday, Steptember 13 but we got force to stay an extra night because flights cancellation and booking people on the next flight. We went back home Friday, September 14. We were staying at the timeshare. My parents were out going somewhere on the island for the noon. It was just me and my step grandma. I get a phone from the timeshare and said they charge us $80.00 a night even though we had to stay for the 9/11 reason. My step grandma said. You know they are full of crap charging us $80.00 just for one more night. Than later on I found out that we did not get charge because that state of Hawaii or government said “NO” charging guests just the 9/11 because people are stranded to get back home and it was not fair to charge us. I think this was for the timeshare and maybe hotels as well. I am not very clear about the addional charge per night due to the 9/11 if hotels did charge or not or whether if other than hotel such as timeshare and/or guesthouse did charge or not. I agree any accomdation would be full of crap for charging us extra nights just because we overstayed due to the 9/11.

concerned September 11, 2018 at 12:25 PM

I had just gotten up and turned on the tv to the news just as the second plane was going into the second building could only take so much that day and turned it off didn’t even watch any that night because nothing was on it was all about the planes and such.

Roz September 11, 2018 at 12:33 PM

At home, getting ready for work. Saw on T.V that the first building was on fire, then saw the plane hit the second building. It made scream,…NOOO!
As far as thoughts, I couldn’t think, it was more like shocked at what I just saw.

94521 September 11, 2018 at 5:16 PM

Me too watching the news while I was getting ready to go to work thinking the first plane was an aviation accident then saw on live t.v. the second plane hitting the 2nd tower never forget that day.

Dawg September 11, 2018 at 12:44 PM

I was at work. I used to listen to KGO talk radio while I was working so I heard about it when it happened. I told my boss and we went into the break room and turned on the TV and watched as the planes flew into the Twin Towers.
My very first thought was, I thought it was an accident until the second plane hit the tower, then I knew it wasn’t an accident.
I still get a sad feeling when I’m watching a movie that was filmed in New York prior to 9/11 and you can see the Twin Towers in the background.
The three things I will always remember exactly where I was and what I was doing at that time is, 9/11/01, when Kennedy was shot and when we landed on the Moon.

S September 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Driving to work when the first tower was hit. Was at my office and saw live-time satellite feed of the second hit…

AnonZ September 11, 2018 at 12:58 PM

I was at work listening to the radio when they began announcing the plane crashes. It was scary and unbelievable. The more you heard, the scarier it got. It was also my daughter’s birthday and it was very hard to celebrate her that day when we all felt like crying. I remember sitting there watching news footage for hours thinking how inconceivable this was.

futbllwmn September 11, 2018 at 1:04 PM

I was in bed, thinking about getting ready for work. I will never forget that horrible day. It was the day I went from a life-long liberal to a hard core conservative.

FlyingSpaghettiMonsterCatcher September 11, 2018 at 1:08 PM

I was sound asleep, I had the day off of work. Woke up about 9AM California time. It was all over the news when I turned the tv on. I looked out the window and seriously thought for a second I was gonna see fighter pilots flying all over the place shooting at something.

Sign from Above September 11, 2018 at 1:09 PM

In front of the TV! I was also planning to head to the airport for a flight to LA for a conference. Needless to say, I ended up driving! Most of the conference speakers had to back out, as they couldn’t get flights out.

I’ll never forget the sight of those planes flying into the WTC and watching as all of those innocent Americans died as the towers fell. We, as Americans, should never forget what happened that day and take all steps necessary to ensure that never happens again. Our politicians need to stop bowing to the cries of those wanting to free up the safeguards we have in place because of this event. Many of those cries come from people that were not even alive to witness this attack. Their attitudes would probably be different if they had been!

Bad Nombre September 11, 2018 at 1:11 PM

Saw? I didn’t see anything until the afternoon. I heard about it on the radio on my way to work.

My first thoughts after it was clear that the attacks were deliberate were about who would have done it. At first I thought about the Palestinians because the U.S. had just pulled out of the Durban Conference. But that made no sense because if they could and would launch such an attack they would hit the Israel and not the U.S. Then I thought about bin Laden because his minions had just assassinated Ahmad Shah Masoud a couple days earlier.

When I heard about the United flight, I worried about my sister who flies for them. I didn’t hear any word about her until late in the day.

ACB128 September 11, 2018 at 1:33 PM

I was a junior in high school at the time (las lomas). I was in my English class and the news was turned on. We watched live as the second plane hit. I remember a girl in my class frantically calling her sister who worked nearby to make sure she was ok. Very sad! Mostly I just remember being very shocked. The fact that something like that could ever happen had never occurred to 17 year old me.

Noj September 11, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Heard it on KGO radio, backing out of my driveway on the way to work.

I’d quit smoking two years prior and drove right over to 7-11 and bought a pack of smokes.

This war still continues. Very proud of America today.

Captain Bebops September 11, 2018 at 1:51 PM

I work at home and at 9 AM went to the computer and tuned in KGO radio where I heard Ronn Owens. I wondered what he was doing on since he was supposed to be on vacation. The planes hitting the towers were the reason and they called him to help explain where the towers were in relation to downtown New York.

My reaction was “it finally happened here” because I had traveled to India in the mid 1990s and particularly observed heightened security in Europe. Then I went on my daily park walk.

KSM September 11, 2018 at 2:07 PM

I was getting ready for work and had the news on. When they were showing the plane crashing into the 1st tower I said what movie are they advertising for then when the comments from the news team said what happened I ran to wake up my husband and said you won’t believe what is happening. I was glued to the TV was late to work. Had a little hand held antenna TV I took with me to work so I could watch at my desk. I just kept thinking this can’t be happening.

Pacman September 11, 2018 at 2:26 PM

I came in and reported for duty, just “because.” No, I did not get paid, but I did not care.

It wasn’t like we could “fix” anything from Claycord, but it felt better than sitting at home and doing nothing. We all knew that the next day would change what it was like to live in our great country. History proved that to be true.

Never forget!

DB September 11, 2018 at 2:28 PM

I was getting ready for school in the morning. My mom came in to tell me and had me watch the news with her for a bit…we were both in shock. I was a sophomore in high school and we spent most of the school day watching the news in class in stunned horror. I remember being terrified that our school was going to be attacked. During the live reports, I remember the newscaster Tim Russert saying the world would never be the same for his teenage daughter (being a teenage girl at the time myself it hit close to home) and he was right…the world never was. Such a sad and tragic day I will never forget.

Kirkwood September 11, 2018 at 2:43 PM

The bedroom TV was my alarm clock, when it went on at 6 am I opened my eyes and saw the tower burning. At that time they didn’t know if it was an accident or a terrorist. I went to work and we set up a TV that we use view tapes from pipeline TV cameras and we saw the plane hit the other tower. Everybody was kind of numb, not much work got done that day. I was scheduled to fly to St. Louis later in the week but all flights were cancelled so the next day I got a refund for my ticket. A friend had to rent a car and drive home to Pittsburgh.

Jack's Fan September 11, 2018 at 2:46 PM

At home in Capitola, woke up to my buddy on the phone saying we “were under attack” and turned on the Today show a few minutes before the second plane hit. We sat on the phone together in silence for a good five minutes before saying anything to each other. Literal stunned silence.

Had a college class at 9:00 am, went even though I felt like I shouldn’t be going. I still remember seeing my normally calm professor with whites all around his eyes try and compose himself at his desk before addressing the class. He said the purpose of terrorism was to disrupt our lives and we were not going to let it disrupt ours any further that day. He then gave his class as scheduled.

Also, I remember the feeling we were going to war, and it was my generation’s turn to step up for the country.

TacoBear September 11, 2018 at 3:07 PM

I was living in San Ramon at the time, and was getting ready for work when I saw the news. I had to wake up my roommaet to tell him what was going on, and he was a native New Yorker.

Silva September 11, 2018 at 3:18 PM

I woke up and turned on the TV to hear morning news on KTVU. The first tower was ablaze, and I checked to see if I’d put on a movie by mistake, but no, the TV was set on channel 2. It looked too real to possibly be a movie, and after about half a minute they ran video of a passenger jet impacting it. “How the hell did that happen?!?!” was my next thought. They cut back to a live view of the burning tower, and then I watched as the second jet flew into the other tower, and I knew how the hell it happened. I had to get ready for school. When I got there no one spoke of it or was at all concerned, no one but me seemed to know. They didn’t, actually. I was the only one in my class that day who knew. The next day the atmosphere felt very different. The professor was very shaken and spoke of it with the class. I had wondered as far back as I could remember what it had been like in the days before motors flew incessantly overhead. I reveled in that fabulous beautiful quiet while it lasted. The only sound in the air was birds. Most probably nobody in the future will ever experience that, not in these parts. People out and about everywhere were all so kind to each other. That lasted in the part of the East Bay were I lived for about two months. I’ll never forget it though.

HonestLandlord September 11, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Well… it was my 11th birthday… so I was getting ready for school, then we got the news.

Did I Say That Out Loud September 11, 2018 at 3:26 PM

My sister’s phone call woke us up, she said ” turn on your television, do you see this?…tell me it’s not real”. Then came the second plane. To this day I remember just how surreal it seemed….

Kentucky Derby September 11, 2018 at 3:59 PM

My husband and I were in NYC, and our kids were staying with my parents. I take 9/11 off work sometimes and spend the day with my mom.

BURNBABYBURN September 11, 2018 at 4:12 PM

At work. Very strange. Information very slow coming in. Didn’t have access to radios or TV’s, and very few cell phones. Company sent all non-essential workers home for the day and all remaining workers were put on high alert. When our reliefs showed up, all they said was “You’re not going to believe it”. Did not see any anything visual until at home on TV and could not believe it for a long time. Was just thinking, “What do we do now?”

Cellophane September 11, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Much like so many others, I was just getting up, turned on the new to catch the weather and saw much more. Told my other half to wake up (she’s from NYC) and we watched as long as we could.

Anger and frustration were my emotions that day. Anger at the horror, frustrated that all I could do was pray for those people.

Today’s remembrance brings back those feelings. Plus the astonishment that so many people now embrace Islam. I cannot fathom some peoples thought patterns.

As I look around my neighborhood and see not one American flag flying but my own, I am saddened that so many have forgotten so much, feel so little, or simply can’t be bothered today.

Sign from Above September 12, 2018 at 7:57 AM

@ Cellophane: “As I look around my neighborhood and see not one American flag flying but my own, I am saddened that so many have forgotten so much, feel so little, or simply can’t be bothered today.”

Exactly! See my post above. So many have forgotten, or the feeling has deadened. So many of those dollars spent to protect us against terrorism immediately following 9/11 have now died up. Many of our efforts to protect the US from terrorism have now gone to the wayside. It’s unfortunate. Rest assured, terrorism has not gone away. I pray that nothing like this ever happens again. However, I’m also not fooling myself! We are a complacent nation with a short memory. Before 9/11, we all believed something like this would not happen on our soil. We were proven wrong. Complacency is what the terrorist organizations are waiting for!

Clayton Chick September 11, 2018 at 4:52 PM

I was sleeping. My husband was getting ready for work and watching the news. When he woke me up to watch I knew it was a terrible accident. Then I watched the 2nd plane hit. It wasn’t an accident. I brought my 7 month old to bed and wondered what the world was going to be like for him. I was so scared for him. I don’t remember anything else from that day.

Atticus Thraxx September 11, 2018 at 5:53 PM
Sign from Above September 12, 2018 at 8:01 AM

Thanks for posting! Let us never forget!

Silva September 11, 2018 at 7:47 PM

by D. Nurkse

We gave our dogs a button to sniff,
or a tissue, and they bounded off
confident in their training,
in the power of their senses
to recreate the body,

but after eighteen hours in rubble
where even steel was pulverized
they curled on themselves
and stared up at us
and in their soft huge eyes
we saw mirrored the longing for death:

then we had to beg a stranger
to be a victim and crouch
behind a girder, and let the dogs
discover him and tug him
proudly, with suppressed yaps,
back to Command and the rows
of empty triage tables.

But who will hide from us?
Who will keep digging for us
here in the cloud of ashes?

Citizen September 11, 2018 at 10:07 PM

Home just about ready to leave to take BART in Walnut Creek and caught the horrible view of the plane ✈️ running into the building. The fire, smoke, made the event very frightening. I thought it was an accident. Later at work we all heard that it was an act performed by terriorists.

KAD September 11, 2018 at 11:35 PM

I was at home getting ready for work. I never turned the TV or radio in the morning when I was working. I enjoyed the quite while having my coffee. My friend called me and asked if I was watching TV. I replied no and she told me to turn on the TV that there was total chaos. She was right.

ConcordRez September 11, 2018 at 11:43 PM

I worked as a reservations supervisor for UAL. There was a meter waiting when I opened the office in Suisun advising that there was some unexplained activity. By the time the employees started arriving a half hour later, I had a little more info to give them. We stood in a circle crying and singing, “We are the world,” devastated over the loss of our lost colleagues and passengers. Then those stalwart agents plugged in their phones and started taking calls from friends and family members of victims. I didn’t have Internet access at the small office or a “smart phone’ in those days. I turned the one TV set toward the agents working the phones so that they could see what the world saw. As each new meter from headquarters in Chicago arrived, I wrote the information on a white board. It wasn’t til I got home at 4 o’clock that I could see a television for myself.

The Mamba September 12, 2018 at 8:26 AM

Asleep, my brother had been sleeping on my couch and woke me up to show me what was going on. As soon as the second plane hit, my immediate thought was “the world as we know it just changed forever”. I remember driving to work that morning and having an overwhelming feeling of dread. It took a minute for me to realize no one was going to fly a plane into a building in WC.

Poging Unngoy September 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

I was getting ready to go to work. On the TV before to check traffic and there it was, the first plane had already hit… I thought it was just an accident or something. A few minutes later, right there in front of me as I was watching, saw the second plane hit. I got goose bumps telling me something is not right. Off I went to work on my motorcycle. On 680 carpool lane, I did not notice I was already going 90+mph and an officer pulled me over. She didn’t ask me for license and registration but the first thing she asked was “do you know what’s going?!” I said “yes, I saw it on TV a while ago.”. She paused of a while and told me, “I’ll let you go for now, you take care.”

Kevin D Mackay September 12, 2018 at 1:23 PM

I was just waking up to get ready for school. I had just started my freshman year at Northgate. I was hoping I was dreaming it. Needless to say I realized that it was real when the Northgate High School principal announced it over the intercom.

Kevin D Mackay September 12, 2018 at 1:31 PM

I was just waking up to get ready for school. I had just started my freshman year at Northgate. At first I thought I was dreaming it. When I saw it on the news and when the principal announced it over the intercom during the morning announcements I was shocked and couldn’t believe it.

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