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    What Were You Doing 3 Years Ago Today?

    I was at work just outside of Washington. I had a hell of a ride home that day trying to get inside of DC when everyone else was trying to get the hell out. I remember seeing the armed police squads staring me down at the border right at Western Ave. When I finally made it home, I jumped on my bike and headed to the Pentagon. I couldn't get right up to it, but that evening you could still get close enough to see the plane parts. I just turned around and went home. When I pedaled past the white house, it was just surreal. Then I headed home to watch the TV coverage like everyone else and answered the phone calls from worried friends and relatives.
    That's me, as confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar!

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    You're lucky you weren't in gridlock all day - I remember people walking home to Alexandria, Virginia from the city. I drove by the Pentagon later in the day to have a peek.

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    As the news was breaking, I'd just arrived at the dentist. He was halfway through drilling out a nerve when he told me. Some things you don't forget.

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    I was in Moscow - a co-worker's wife called from the States and said a plane hit the WTC. We all thought it was some Cessna that somehow got lost - she then said another plane hit the WTC and we knew it was terrorism. That was the first time in all of my years in Moscow that I felt so far away from my home.

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    I was in the air, flying BA London-Moscow to get married. When we landed in Sheremetyevo 2 and I got out I thought immediately that something was wrong - there was not a single taxi tout in sight! I saw people crowding around big monitors with burning WTC and thought that they were watching a movie. Then I saw "CNN live" at the top of the screen and realised that it was not a movie, it was a historic event that I was witnessing.

    I felt shivers down my spine ... horrible feeling of "what's next?"...
    Effectively I thought a Third World War had started.
    I want to die like my grandfather - smiling in his sleep. Not screaming with horror, like his passengers.

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    Where was I

    Not that it is that important, but thought I would share.
    I was on my way to History class during my last year of University, when I saw the news report being shown in the students center. At first I though it was a movie, then I relized it was real. Then I realized that it was happening in America!

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    I was staying at home, ill... TV on.. suddenly the program is cut and there is an "emergency news break" and I see the first tower is on fire... and they say it was a plane. In some minutes - I see live - the plane hits the second tower.... I was all shivering... and for some reason, before they actually made any comment on how this could happen, I immediately thought "arabs" and the second though was - second "Storm in the desert" will probably start.
    Later, in several days I heard the news from one guy, Russian, who was working at an investment co. in one of this towers. He was lucky - slept in and was rushing to the office when he saw their building is on fire.
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    I was in my office here in Moscow; my mother sent me an E-mail that an airplane had crashed into the Twin Towers - and that my father, who had left the house (in New Jersey, about 45 mins by train) before the incident, was heading into work in downtown Manhattan! (Needless to say, the train he was riding was turned back long before it reached NYC). At that point I began to check any news website I could; most were down due to heavy traffic, so that I called a friend who I knew was at home watching TV; she confirmed the awful truth.


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    i had just quit my job in san francisco and i went to the russian embassy to get my visa to come here for the first time....

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    I was here in Moscow. I walked into my friends' office and the smoking towers were on the tube, a replay, and my friends said to me "this is the last minutes of this building".

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    I had just returned from a trip back to the US about 12 days before 9/11. On my way to JFK, I'd stopped the rental car to enjoy the fantastic view of Manhattan.

    My aunt and her friend came back with me and were scheduled to leave for the US on the 13th. Sitting in my office, a colleague at work came into my office and said that a plane had hit the Empire State Building.

    We couldn't get onto any websites to get the news, so my friend called her mom at home and we got the real story. The WTC, the Pentagon, and the plane in PA that crashed...

    My aunt and her friend were somewhere in Moscow, and by the time I found them, they were panicked. When I got home, they wanted to get news in English (which I didn't have) so we spent the next few hours watching CNN translated into Russian with me back translating into English...My aunt's friend got horribly drunk and then stated 'that she hoped those that did it were nuked'. She wasn't scared of a nuclear holocaust -- she 'was saved'. It was horrid.

    They were stuck here for another week before they could get a flight out back to the US.

    It took 2 weeks before I heard that all of the friends of mine who worked and/or lived near/at the WTC were ok. Thankfully...

    I must say that the overwhelming supportiveness and kindness that most Russians displayed touched all of us. Didn't matter if they were strangers or friends. I still don't have the words to express my gratitude.
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    Tuesday in Derby

    I was in Derby, me and my soon to be ex were visiting relatives.
    We had a walk in a local castle park when people who passed by told us the news. We went back to our relatives’ home and the rest of the day it was just TV watching – horrible and incomprehensible.

    Then came one of the moments that I am ashamed and proud of at the same time. The day before that day I was almost attacked by a money beggar to whom I refused to give money (I pay taxes and I don’t have any spare money left). So on Derby Railway Station there were a big Asian Muslim family and a girl from this family approached me asking for something and I assumed that she is begging for money and being under the influence of this horrible day news and the attack the day before I spoke very rudely with her. Later I realised that she was just asking for a change for her pound coin so she could use a telephone. I was so ashamed that I found her on a train and apologised to her explaining as much as I could what made me to do it.

    So whatever happens – never loose your temper and don’t be prejudiced.

    But for weeks since I waked up in cold sweat because I had a dream of me being in a collapsing building.
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    Polia - I had nightmares too. In 2000 I had worked in an internet start-up in WTC 1 before it went out of business and for weeks I was hearing stories about people being trapped inside - trapped in elevators and hallways and their offices as they urgently PMed their friends until internet access failed. It was too much - in retrospect, maybe I should have taken advantage of the free psychological help that was available. It was easier for me to get over my instinct to blame the attacks on Muslims because I had friends at the time who were from Afghanistan and Lebanon; post-9/11 DC was harder on them than it was on me.

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    I was spending a pleasent afternoon shopping in Oxford. That afternoon was very surreal. The first thing I did was call my best friend in california, I woke her up to tell her somebody just flew 2 planes into the twin towers.
    Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.

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    I went to work, was kind of slow morning, off tourist season in Maine right after Labor day weekend. We barely had any guests, a friend of mine called and told me to switch to channel 6, CNN. I did, and spent the rest of the day watching. My 2 friends worked in downtown right next to WTC; I couldn't reached them for two days after 911, all curcuits were busy as communication lines were cut off.

    The terrorists took off from Portland , ME that morning. They stayed in a hotel in South Portland, ate at Maine Mall Pizza Hut and boarded a plane in Portland Jetport. I lived 5 min drive to the place. Drove by that hotel just about million times and ate at the pizza place at least a couple dozen times. Even withdrew money at the ATM they did a night before. Very scary.
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