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September 11th, 2006
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I was going to rant a bit ... but maybe I'll put that off.

Looking up above, I'm reminded that today is September 11th. For the students that I teach, this was probably their first "Where were you when you heard that ..." moment.

For me, my first moment was Reagan's assassination attempt. There haven't been many since ... the Challenger disaster, the opening night of Desert Storm. And 9/11.

That morning, I was listening to the BBC while sitting in one of my CS-102 laboratories, killing time while helping one or two students with the program that was due that night. It took a long time for the seriousness of it to be reflected in the radio reporting, but once it did, it was stunning. (And then I had to leave the radio reporting and head out to teach my ethics class.)

That afternoon, Kettering cancelled classes, so I went home and mowed my lawn. Seriously. Though I did have my radio on, listening to NPR's coverage of the aftermath.

That was also the last day that I was actually up-to-date in my newspaper reading. I've been consistently 2-3 months behind the times since then. (Right now, I'm 5.5 months behind the date. I really should just give up.)

So ... where were you five years ago today?

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Date:September 11th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
I was borrowing a computer in the back of that lab, waiting for Xuanthy to show up so we could work on our project for Databases. She called me to tell me she couldn't make it, and it didn't dawn on me till DAYS later that she's from that part of the country and might have had family or friends there.

I felt like a loser for that AND because my phone rang while you were trying to accomplish stuff.
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Date:September 11th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
I had just walked into my second hour C++ class in time to see the second plane hit live on CNN, having just been told about the first plane in the hallway.

Again, the gravity of the situation hadn't struck and my teacher turned off the news and began his lecture.

I spent all of lunch discussing strategy and possible implications with my captain-of-the-green-berets social studies teacher from the year before.

The next day he was in Ft. Bragg.
Date:September 12th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
I had just gotten out of my early class and was eating breakfast in the cafeteria. I had just picked up my breakfast (mini-bagels and cream cheese and juice) and was about to sit down and watch Live.

I remember going back to the apartment and finishing my breakfast and watching TV with Merideth. We had no more classes that day, and were told to stay inside our dorm or apartment.

I remember watching the whole thing over and over until I almost got sick, then switched over to Cartoon Network. I couldn't watch the whole thing anymore.


PS: For the record, the only local news I watch is 12 at noon when I'm around. I much prefer PBS like you do, elebrin.
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Date:September 13th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
I was on my way to my 9:30am English class in my freshman year of college. Someone told me, and I quote, "there's a plane in the world trade center" - which of course made absolutely no impression on my sleep-addled brain. I hadn't checked the news when I woke up cause I was running late, and because of my schedule, I didn't learn what had actually happened until well after noon when I finally got out of classes (I had professors who refused to stop learning because something was happening). So, um, I went though my freshman English course and my flute lesson without actually having a clue as to what exactly was going on.
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