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16 years ago... Can we talk?

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This is serious.

 

If you're scared to talk, that's fine.  If you want to talk, that's fine.

 

I'm serious.

 

 

Where were you / what were you doing / share your experience/s,

 

Before? / during? / after?...

 

 

Free and open to all

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Driving to Topeka, arrived at destination to work the first time at this site, walked in and had no idea what'd happened, everyone was solemn and finally I was told what'd happened. Ended up working like 14 hours that day/night and drove home to my wife and 2 month old daughter.

 

believe it or not, had a good day of work and we still have that account.

 

sad day, amazing how much the world has changed since that day.

 

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I was actually at my mother's memorial service when the planes hit. My brother and I were walking through a mall and all the tv's were showing the video of the towers... I honestly thought it was a movie or something. When someone explained what had happened all of the kids (my two sisters and my brother and I) were on the phone. Having lost my mother so recently, the world was going insane... I still think something snapped that day... the world changed...

 

As a south african who lived through a small portion of the apartheid era, I remember as a child all the bomb drills and bomb scares we went through. Now the whole world is like that. Paranoia , anger and fear.

 

I pray for those who lost loved ones in the attacks. My family and I suffered tremendously with the loss of one member, to imagine that pain multiplied thousands of times over, is almost unimaginable.
 

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1997:  I was living in NYC one summer, had been to WTC - the Twin Towers - (to the base, at least; I don't think I ever went up) and didn't think much of it.

 

 

2001:  In the weeks, Months?, in any case DAYS leading up to 9/11, Bolt kept seeing 9:11 and 11:11 seemingly everytime he looked at the clock, and kept wondering why ...

(It's like, my attention was just DRAWN to actually look at the clock, many-a-time it was almost-exclusively either one of those times...)

 

Jumpto: morning of, and I was awoken out of my dream, BY my dream.  Ever seen that movie, 'Pearl Harbor'?  Me too;  in the movie theatre, as well (apparently it was released that spring).

Well, in my dream - that hotted up TOO MUCH before awaking, especially - I was like alongside/in the place of that character, "Rafe McCawley;" up in a B-2 bomber (or some WWII plane), manning the gunner... Except, instead of Pearl Harbor, it was over Manhattan.  And there was all this fire and brimstone...  TOO MUCH - it felt so real - I had to wake-up!!  And go take a short walk.  To the second floor balcony (just outside my apartment-door), to get some fresh Air...

 

At the time, I was living in SW Colorado.  A Puebloan nextdoor neighbor - who I had never spoken to before - was already out there, looking forlorn as she gazed over the railing...  I looked to the same mountainous horizon.

Before long she asked me if I heard what happened.

That it was all over t.v....

 

 

Judge me if you want, but - I had just had this dream, and - immediately I thought, "The Government".

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On 9/14/2017 at 2:28 AM, Bolt said:

1997:  I was living in NYC one summer, had been to WTC - the Twin Towers - (to the base, at least; I don't think I ever went up) and didn't think much of it.

 

 

2001:  In the weeks, Months?, in any case DAYS leading up to 9/11, Bolt kept seeing 9:11 and 11:11 seemingly everytime he looked at the clock, and kept wondering why ...

(It's like, my attention was just DRAWN to actually look at the clock, many-a-time it was almost-exclusively either one of those times...)

 

Jumpto: morning of, and I was awoken out of my dream, BY my dream.  Ever seen that movie, 'Pearl Harbor'?  Me too;  in the movie theatre, as well (apparently it was released that spring).

Well, in my dream - that hotted up TOO MUCH before awaking, especially - I was like alongside/in the place of that character, "Rafe McCawley;" up in a B-2 bomber (or some WWII plane), manning the gunner... Except, instead of Pearl Harbor, it was over Manhattan.  And there was all this fire and brimstone...  TOO MUCH - it felt so real - I had to wake-up!!  And go take a short walk.  To the second floor balcony (just outside my apartment-door), to get some fresh Air...

 

At the time, I was living in SW Colorado.  A Puebloan nextdoor neighbor - who I had never spoken to before - was already out there, looking forlorn as she gazed over the railing...  I looked to the same mountainous horizon.

Before long she asked me if I heard what happened.

That it was all over t.v....

 

 

Judge me if you want, but - I had just had this dream, and - immediately I thought, "The Government".

 

 

Specifically, I thought, "The God-damn Government".  (And I didn't use that term lightly, especially back then.)

 

For clarity, too: the 11:11 I kept seeing on the clock - it occurred to me after 9/11 hit - were the Twin Towers...

 

 

Anyone else, care to share?

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I was visiting my girlfriend in San Jose (I was living in Connecticut at the time) and was actually supposed to fly back home on 9/11. I was woken up by a panicked phone call from my mother who wasn't sure of my flight schedule and when she called the facts were still hazy as to what was going on. It was real early out in the West Coast and she told me to turn on the news. No more than a minute after I did the second plane hit the second tower. The whole day was just surreal after that. It didn't hit home until a couple days later when flights were resumed and I flew back to New York only to see what was the Twin Towers still smoldering and billowing smoke. A couple months later I moved out to San Jose for good but before I did I went back to my hometown to say goodbye to friends and family. I lived in a commuter town and it was shocking to see so many homes with ribbons for missing people from the attack. Just a horrible nightmare that ripped families apart......

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I live in Queens and I actually slept through it. I was working at Barnes & Noble at the time and was scheduled for a 3:30pm to midnight shift. I was woken up at 11:30am by my boss calling. I didn't pick up and she left a vague message on the machine to call back. When I did, she said, "We are closing early because of the tragedy, so you don't have to come in." I was totally confused and asked, "What tragedy?" She told me to turn on the TV and hung up. The only channel I could get was CBS, and it was snowy. All the others were knocked out because they had transmitted from the towers. We still didn't have cable at the time. They were replaying it over and over, so I quickly saw what happened. When they talked about all the debris and smoke in the sky, I called to check on my dad because he worked in Brooklyn and had a direct line of sight to the towers. He was far enough away that he was okay, but he could see all the smoke and everything. I watched TV for the next 6 hours or so. I remember at some point W came on and said some bullshit about going on with your regular life, because if you stop then the terrorists win, so that night I went for a drive, got stoned, and wrote a poem about it.

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