Yes. I got up, brushed my teeth, started some coffee, and sat down at my computer that morning. My home screen has been CNN for a long time. Up came the CNN main screen with the headline in huge type which said America Under Attack. I snickered!
You see, around that time there had been a lot of website hijackings, so I assumed it had happened to CNN. A few seconds later, I realized it wasn't a joke and turned on the TV to find the combined attacks being covered on every channel.
That's my 9/11 story. I'm sure some of you have more interesting ones, be they happy or sad or tragic. How did you hear about it? How did it affect you? How is it continuing to affect you?
I was staying in New Hampshire at the time. I had come downstairs, made my coffee, settled into the den couch with CNN on the television and checking email on my laptop. As soon as the story started, the live footage, I knew exactly what was happening. I had been expecting it for months. There was just this dull feeling in my stomach.
I went out on the deck where I could keep an eye on the screen and lit a cigarette. I heard a friend upstairs in the house shout "God damn it!" at his own television at the top of his lungs. Someone walked by the screen door and asked me what was going on. I nodded at the TV: "Terrorists are taking out the Trade Center and there's probably a couple more targets. They're using commercial jets." She did a double-take like I was joking, then looked at the television. She didn't look away for five minutes. I snubbed my cigarette and went to refill my coffee.
"You said they were going to try blowing it up again," she said as I passed.
"They're clearly more creative than I am," I quipped.