I was in a college biology class when we first heard about it. A teacher from another class stuck her head into ours and said, "2 planes have just hit the WTC!" My first thoughts were, "Wow, who would have thought that 2 Cessna's would have run into the WTC? It must be really foggy up in NY or something." I remembered the B-25 Mitchell crash into the Empire State building back in the 40's. Someone asked the professor(who no one could understand because he was from Nigeria and had recently moved to the US) if we could turn on the TV
and see what was happening. He said, "No, you learning biology should be the most important thing to you now." I should have gotten up and walked out right then, and would have, had I known the seriousness of everything. But everyone stayed seated for almost another hour, looking at the basics of a microscope, as if we didn't already know.
As soon as class ended, me and a friend of mine headed to the library, the quickest place with a tv. Everyone else was glued to the TV
's in their classrooms, except our bio class(fucking professor). By the time we reached the library(over 1 hour since the attack), the towers had already fallen. All we saw was Manhatten and a lot of smoke. I asked someone already there, "What happened to the World Trade Center, are they going to show that?" He said to me, "That IS
the WTC." Thats when the shock started to set in.
When I realized that no more news would be coming, we decided to leave. My friend said that she had never lived through something like this and didn't know how to react, since there was nothing she could do. I told her, "Don't worry, your going to remember this day for the rest of your life. And whatever country or people did this are going to get their ass kicked."
On my way home, I heard that the air had been cleared of aircraft. Since I live under the flight path of my home airport(JAX
), I headed there to see what was up. I was stunned when I pulled up and looked across the runways. Every single gate was filled with aircraft, and aircraft were parked behind those at the gates. There were 2 747's parked at a far end of the airport where the Air National Guard is, and along one runway and taxiway, there was a mixture of aircraft. Some of the ones I remember right off the top of my head: DL767, DL757, DLX 732's(many), NW757, NW320, 2 CO752, CO767, US767, US757, US737, US320, AA757, AA738, VS744, BA747, and I want to say even a CO777, but I could be wrong. Just about every airline and every kind of plane lined the runway. I drove over to the FBO to get a better look, and the tower was guarded by airport police and the road was blocked. I drove home thinking about what I just saw, the entire airport filled with planes.
At the time, no one knew the count of people dead or had a clear picture of what was going on. All I knew was that my regular off days had just been extended, since I knew it would be more than a day to get everything operating again.
I don't have a microwave, but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks shit.