Chris Schmidt (crschmidt) wrote,
Chris Schmidt
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9/11 story

2 years ago today.

8:57am, September 11th, 2001.

PA system:
"As some of you may have heard, there has been an attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Terrorists have apparently hijacked 2 planes and flown them into the towers.

Please remain calm as we work through this tragic event."

Yeah, it wasn't much.

Before that, a student had come in late to class. "Yeah, Mancow was saying someone attacked the WTC."
Response? Yeah right. Mancow. Sure, believe him and his crazy theories.

Sure. Believe him and his crazy theories.

In econ, I remember sitting, listening to a radio, and hearing "Both towers have fallen." That was when I realized. Before that, it hadn't hit me, I didn't realize what the hell was going on. We had only recently moved into school - we were kicked out of our normal school because of poisinous mold, so we were in another building. In installing mobiles, they had cut the cable line, so we had no TV, we were listening to a radio, and I just remember hearing "The Twin Towers have fallen" and looking around in shock.

In Spanish, the teacher held up a rabbit ears antenna as 60 kids crowded around a static-filled TV set to watch the towers crash to the ground, over and over again.

When I got home, I remember sitting online. For 3 days straight, I would get online, I would watch the numbers, the stories, the video. I used AIM, Usenet to figure out what was going on.

I didn't have a LiveJournal back then.

I remember my brother shunning the news. Pushing everything away. "Why can't they just shut up about it already?" he would cry in disgust. "What's so important about this?"

Everything, Dave. You want to push the world away, you go right ahead, but it's happening, and it's not stopping because you're ignoring it.

Fragmented memories. 5 minutes in econ, looking at kristin jacoby, thinking to myself "Dear God." I remember saying, in a weak humor tone, "We were just talking about how construction booms help the economy."

I remember watching every bit of news I could see. Reading every webpage. Looking at everything.

I had to know.

I had to know.
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