#243 | Friday, November 9th 2001
I will never forget September 11th, as I'm sure no one else who was alive on that day will either. I was supposed to take a business trip to New Jersey that day, but my husband was adamant about me not going that day. He has never told me not to travel on business, so because of his insistence, I did not go. I would have been driving by New York City when the tragedy occurred. I feel that my husband may have a sixth sense. Instead of being on the road, I was at my desk when a friend told me that the Howard Stern radio show was talking about a plane that went into the Towers. I thought it was a small plane, so I went down to the lobby with a few co-workers to watch CNN for any news of this event. Much to our horror, we watched the story unfold before our eyes. First the Trade Towers, then the Pentagon, then a fourth plane with possible hijackers. We were in complete shock at this point!! When the second tower collapsed, I just broke down with tears. The building was closed down for the rest of the day. I drove home as fast as I could to be with my husband, all the while listening to the news and crying. I stayed glued to the tv for the rest of the day, and late into the night. It is something I will never forget. I don't think this world will ever be the same again....
Sarah | 30 | Connecticut

#158 | Tuesday, September 25th 2001
I was halfway down the entrance ramp to 422 West from Trooper Road here in Audubon, Pennsylvania. I was listening to KYW-1060AM (The News Station) when they cut over to WCBS-880AM in New York when the first plane hit...and I heard the second plane hit, live.

I knew it was an attack right then and there, and called my wife to tell her to "keep your head up - this is just starting."

I hate being right like that.

Robert | 30 | Pennsylvania

#64 | Tuesday, September 18th 2001
I was across the river, on the 11th floor of a building overlooking the WTC. More at http://www.tnl.net/newsletter/2001/wtcbombing.asp
Tristan | 30 | New York

#61 | Monday, September 17th 2001
I was sleeping. I wish I never woke up.

I'm a student in Florida and my only class on Tuesday is at 6pm, so I couldn't resist sleeping in. Looking back, I feel like I must have been the last person on earth to hear the horrific news.

I got up at 3pm (yes - a very late sleep indeed), and checked my email to find at least a dozen messages: "Donate blood!" "All classes cancelled today" etc. I didn't read them because the subject headers didn't make any immediate sense. Then I saw one from my parents, which I read, and it mentioned "bombings" in NY and DC (I grew up in DC and half my relatives live in NYC). And I thought, "What?" The whole idea of this country being attacked just did not register. Even if I hadn't just woken up, I reacted as if it was the most nonsensical thing I'd ever been told. It just could not be true.

But it was. This unspeakable thing was true; it had happened. I spent my entire childhood fearing nuclear attack. It was only after the cold war was "offically over" that I regained some sense of ease. Now this - airplanes plunging into buildings filled with innocent people. I have never heard so many sad stories in my whole life as I have in the past week.

Like I said: I wish I never woke up.

Sheila | 30 | Florida

#23 | Sunday, September 16th 2001
Driving on I-80, eastbound, through Vallejo, Calif., right as the first report of the plane striking the Trade Centre came across the radio. Then, the next strike... and for the next 14 hours as I drove to Washington, I listened to the radio, as everything unfolded.
Sean | 30 | California

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