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eerie stuff -- my world trader center pics --

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by erics_bruisers, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. erics_bruisers

    erics_bruisers

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    -- here's a pic of me up there in the Summer 2000, and another pic of my bagel receipt from 9/11/01 --



    -- just found these looking through old pics --



    -- i think the one that bothers me the most is the fear those people must have felt being up that high when they jumped out the window -- and how bad it must have been for that to be their best option --

    -- lest we forget --

    -- :(



    eric
     
  2. T Y L E R

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    So where you actually in the tower earlier in the day before it/they were hit??



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  3. erics_bruisers

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    i was taking a brokerage exam at the wtc marriott, right across the street --

    -- we got off the subway at the wtc, got the bagel, and then walked to the exam --

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  4. T Y L E R

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    If you were across the street when it happened, can you muster a writeup of the experience Eric .. for those of us that were many thousands of miles away.



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  5. Cruisin'Carolina

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    are you a broker? And as long as those exams are, I take it that you were interrupted?

    More story, man. I had a couple of buddies who worked the aftermath in the weeks that followed.
     
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    Edit: TY beat to the request. More, more.
     
  7. erics_bruisers

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    I was just starting work in banking after business school -- the exam isn't really required (the series 7), but everyone takes it anyway --

    -- odd thing is when the exam started, before the attacks, the admin said, "today is september 11, 2001 -- a day you will never forget" --

    -- odd --

    -- anyway, mid-way through, after the second blast, she informed us the exam was cancelled and to leave the building -- that's all --

    -- we went outside to be inside the cordoned-off area, with luggage and body-parts spewn everywhere -- :(

    -- then the other things happened -- firemen rushing in, people jumping, and so forth --

    awful

    the weird thing for me was i couldn't believe americans were jumping from the wtc -- something just felt too sensational for that to be happening to americans --

    -- the plane-holes looked like they were made by cessnas, they were so small --

    -- then the rest came --
     
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    Man, I'm sorry you were witness to that Eric ..


    You guys get any incident debriefing? Guess there were so many in proximity that witnessed the horror. But was it ever offered .. even as a general, broad offer - to anyone needing it?



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  10. erics_bruisers

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    nope -- wasn't offered really by anyone, except the bank laid everyone off within the next 4-5 months due to the "poor economy" and "9/11" --

    -- fawks --

    -- also, the things you remember -- we were walking uptown to get back to my apartment and i finally got through to my parents on my cell -- a good hour or so afterwards -- my mom's screaming was almost in tongues, till she figured out i was okay --

    -- :(

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    is this the first time you are speaking of this on this forum?
    i only ask because if something this big happened to go down anywhere near me....
    wow dude.. wow.
    don't think for one minute this event has faded from memory. i can still remember exactly where and what i was doing when it happened and the change it brought in my view of life the universe and everything.
     
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    it's the first time i've spoken of it here -- i guess you live with stuff like this -- it never really passes --

    -- it certainly changed a lot of people and what they think of a lot of things --

    -- for me, not much of the traditional stuff mattered after this --

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    Amazing, and tragic. Eric, i feel for you having to see people leaping to their death. Wow, emotional as hell.
     
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    the leaping isn't the worst of it --

    -- when they hit ground, it sounds like shotgun blasts -- :(
     
  15. Cruisin'Carolina

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    2nd that, bro.

    Part of me wants to respect your privacy, yet part of me wants to press more into what you mean about traditional stuff.

    Fact is, I think a lot of people (who were connected only by TV) have started to forget how it changed everything....some for a lifetime, some apparently for less than 4 years.

    Anything else you can contribute would be appreciated.
     
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    wow...speachless.




    My dad always talked about where he was when Kennedy was shot....this is my "Kennedy" moment. Sept. 10 was my first day of my first "real" job after college. That second morning changed that field forever.
     
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    I was about to sign as an Officer in the USAF. I stayed up all night trying to decide where I wanted to go in life. At 3:00 am PST, on 9/11, I decided on a different path than the USAF. Shortly thereafter, CookieMonster called freaking out and told me to turn on the TV. I saw the live footage like most of you. Scary stuff. I figured at that point that our world would never be the same again. It was so tragic to see the carnage. I'm sorry to hear that you were there first-hand Eric.

    With the events that followed, it's hard to imagine where life would have led me if I had gone to USAF OCS instead....
     
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    I was involved with fighting the "Earthquake Fire" outside of Grangeville, ID when it happened. All our air operations were grounded and the fire jumped our control lines in several areas because of it. Most interesting thing was that when we got clearance for air ops again, we were required to file flight plans with the FAA, which took forever to get a ship up. Our Air Attack plane (Cessna 210) deviated from it's filed plan to go scout another fire less than 10 miles away and it was immediately picked up on radar. Two F-16s (out of Colorado, we heard) were scrambled and 'escorted' our Air Attack ship back to where it was supposed to be. WOW......talk about high stress.

    I had just talked to my wife after morning chow and she told me about it over the phone. Seemed unreal at the time.......we listened to the radio on the way to our drop point and it still didn't seem real or possible.
     
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    Wow, that's all I gotta say. Eerie .. scary .. makes my heart sink way down low. I can't even imagine the sights, smells, sounds ... not sure I want to.

    It's true about how it changed everything ... though the major, societal changes seem to have faded, the minutiae of our lives, the roads we've taken have been altered for life.

    9/10, stressed by excess debt, I was chatting with Army recruiters about becomiing a Reservist. 9/11, I saw the WTC get hit on TV, then left the house for work. I was driving across the Potomac when the Pentagon was hit, thick black smoke was drifting across. A few months earlier, that had been my Metro stop.

    Once I got over to Maryland, I u-turned back home. I was stuck on the Wilson Bridge, right behind a petroleum truck, watching the smoke. A falcon flew overhead with a fish wrigling in its talons. I thought, "that's us" -- plucked up, unknowing.

    If things were a little different, I could've been injured or killed, or I could be in Iraq right now, or still commuting to a useless job. Instead, I decided to move out West and try something new, while I can.
     
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    witnessing death first hand definatly changes your perspective on life...not to mention going through it on a massive scale like 9/11...i was the first person on the scene of a fatal accident and helped pull on teenage girl from a burning truck only to realize there wasnt much anyone was going to be able to do for her....that moment changed me forever...i cant imagine what being that close to the WTC would do to you...but i think its great that you can talk about it...and i think people are forgetting what happened there...have you ever been back there