Like most everyone else, I was at work, that morning, trading e-mail with a friend in the military. One of my co-workers stuck her head into my studio, and said something about a plane hitting the WTC. I, like I'll bet most folks who didn't have a TV
at work, assumed it was some small plane, probably doing traffic reports or what ever.
We still were not aware it was an airliner, not a Cessna sized aircraft, and the radio news folks were making it sound pretty scary. About that time, the internet seemed to go into 1/8th speed. I tried to go to the various news websites, but couldn't get anyplace. My coworkers and I tried to find a TV
in our office complex, when it was reported that the second plane had hit the tower. Then there were (thankfully wrong)reports of The White House being hit, and possible other planes hitting things. The Pentagon was attacked,the crash in Pennsylvania was reported, and some of the news people we were listening to, claimed that there were several more aircraft unaccounted for, and more attacks could be moments away.
President Bush was just south of us, at a school, and when it became apparent that this was no accident, so my coworkers and I really started to get worried. I called my wife about possibly going to get our kids from school, but the local news advised that it would be better, for now, not to do that. Granted Florida is a LONG way from where it all was happening, but we have Macdill AFB here, and The President was nearby, so a little worry was to be expected.
My deepest memory is the drive home from the office about 1/2 hour after the WTC collapsed. Just watching the faces of the drivers of the few cars on the road. Pure shock. I now understand what that looks like when my parents talk about that November day in '63, when Kennedy was killed, or December 1941, after the Pearl harbor attack.
[Edited 2004-01-29 18:43:42]
If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.