#2470 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
When the first plane hit, I had been at work about 20 minutes. It was 7:45 am here in Dallas, and I was the first one in that morning. All of a sudden, the phones of my co-workers started ringing one by one, then mine rang. It was my boss, asking where everyone was. I told him I was the only one in yet, and he asked if I had gotten on the internet yet. I told him no, why? He said that a plane at hit the WTC. I thought he was joking, but once we hung up, I tried to get on cnn.com, it was not working and neither was yahoo. Then my phone rang again, another co-worker. He had heard what happened. Then I believed it was real.

Finally others started getting to work, and we went down to the lobby of my bldg, where there was a big screen tv. Everyone was just in shock. Then they turned on the news in our big assembly room so we went in there, thats where we saw the towers collaspe. We were all crying and scared... Dallas is a big city, were we next??

My company has two bldgs, one in the suburbs and then offices in one of the tallest skyscrapers in downtown Dallas. We were in the suburbs but the majority of the company was downtown, which was being evactuated. So we all got sent home. I then met a friend for lunch so we could talk about what was going on, and everyone in the restaurant was glued to the TV. Once I got home that afternoon, I think I watched TV for about 7 hours straight.

Even a year later it is still hard for me to comprehend what happened that day. I will never forget it, but just think, in 20 years this will be some boring lesson in a history book to some kid in school, just like Pearl Harbor or the JFK assassination was to my generation.

TC | 25 | Texas

#2468 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
My name is Kenneth. I live in the Dallas area, and I was on my way to work on 9-11. I had to pass the airport to get to work. This particular morning I noticed there was no airline traffic buzzing overhead.
I did not think much of it. I got to work and turned on my radio, and heard the news. I went running around my floor trying to find someone. I am always early for work, so there was no one else on the floor yet, but someone had the tv on in the conference room.
Not many people showed up to work, and most went home after getting to work.
Most of our vendors were four blocks and closer, to the WTC. The few of us were frantic to find out if our vendors were ok. Luckily they were, but they were closed down for two days.
I am not prone to hysteria or "loosing it". I watched this horror over and over again on all the tv stations, but it never really "hit" me until I saw that man jump out of the window of the WTC. It was beyond words. To think that man thought that falling to his death was the only way out.
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All the commotion about a United America is B.S. though. If anything, it is worse than before! There are more lunatics on the roads, corporate America is doing everything in thier power to destroy everything through corruption and greed. I have not seen any of the law enforcement here change past thier own selfish and illegal ways. People are more hateful and selfish. People are rude and grotesque to the extreme. It is the land of "ME" and "I". Just because you may have given a couple of bucks to the cause, or volunteered some time to the effort, does not mean that there is any unity. It has to happen EVERYDAY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Until you start looking out for the other guy and thinking of others instead of yourself, nothing will change.
Of course that is my opinion...but it is also what I have seen.

Kenneth | 40 | Texas

#2447 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I was in bed with my children when it hit. WE didnt get up until about 9:00 that morning and when we did I cried all day and my children and I were glued to the tv. I couldnt even bring myself to go to work that evening. I will never forget it as long as I live.
wendi | 25 | Texas

#2434 | Thursday, September 12th 2002
I was driving to one of my school districts in West Texas. The radio was talking about national "911" day and honoring emergency response personnel. A special bulletin announced that a plane had hit one of the towers. A few minutes later, they said that another plane had hit the other tower. I arrived at the school, and everyone was in shock. I was concerned about my wife and children, and what we would experience in the next several hours and days. I was worried about how the United States goverment would react to this cowardly act. I picked up my children, and my seven year old told me that some people who did not love God did a terrible thing today. I lost it. It hit me that as a parent, I was responsible for explaining to them what had happened and why. I grew as a person that day.
Patrick Dierschke | 33 | Texas

#2413 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
The morning of the 11th I woke up a little later than I'd planned (not an unusual occurence), and was in a hurry to get to work (I'm a web programmer in Houston, TX). I guess it was about 8:50 central when I got in the car. So at that point things had already been happening in NYC and elsewhere, I was blissfully unaware. I was preoccupied thinking of the upcoming day of work, so I rode silent in thought instead of turning on the radio to the local alternarock station (KLOL, 101.1fm) like I usually do. Most of my drive to work is along a road called Westpark, I think I was about half way to work (probably somewhere around Fondren and Westpark) when I turned on the radio. Instead of hearing music, I heard Dan Rather's voice, talking about combat air patrols over New York City and DC, something about towers falling. I had no idea what was going on those first few minutes, at first I thought it might have been a modern equivalent to the 30s-era War of the Worlds radio production (were that my stupid idea had been correct). Subliminally I think the world was different that morning, perhaps this is a case of hindsight. The air seemed colder and crisper, almost empty. I didn't notice much traffic, and I didn't see any jet contrails in the sky (very odd for Houston). When I got to work, everybody was clustered around one of the machines watching a realvideo stream... All the major news sites were totally hosed, so this must have been from some affiliate station I guess. That's when I saw the first footage of the second plane. I thought that it looked like a bad movie, but the sickening thing was that it was really happening / had happened just bare hours before. Real people, thousands of them, just gone, while I was waking up, showering, or speeding to work worrying about getting in another row with my boss about being late... We all went home after about an hour or two, unable to concentrate on work. Who could, on a day like that?
Mike Jackson | 24 | Texas

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