#209 | Friday, October 19th, 2001
I know it sounds insensitive, but I was sleeping. My friend came and told me to wake up and see what had happened. I decided that what I had heard was a part of a dream that I hadn't finished the previous night. When I woke up I was overwhlemed with the moving pictures on the screen. It was surreal. I was for the first time in my life a major part of history. I can now tell my children about how beautiful the New York City skyline was before some crazy Islamic zealots ramemed jet liners into them. I can now feel uncomfortable when I see an old TV show or movie that shows the buildings in some innocent scene.
Jesse Fasano | 18 | United States

#210 | Sunday, October 21st, 2001
I was watching CNNfn to get quotes for the NASDAQ futures when they cut to the first tower already on fire. A few minutes later I saw the second plane crash live into the second tower. I couldn't believe it. It was like something out of a nightmare. The fireball was enormous. Something changed inside me it that moment. I knew that the world would never be the same. I got the hell out of my highrise and drove to my parents house a few miles away. In the meantime the towers had collapsed. The whole day I was glued to the TV and saw replays of the tower's collapse over and over again. The Pentagon attack came as a shock as well. The sight of people running from dust clouds 20 stories tall was like something out of godzilla or another disaster movie. I think back on that day as the day we lost our innocence and invulnerability.
Alex | 26 | Illinois

#211 | Sunday, October 21st, 2001
I was at work the morning of the attacks. I work in a big manufacturing plant, and I remember hearing from my boss about the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center. The first thing I thought of was a bomber plane of some sort had once crashed into the Empire State building and the building was fine. I remember thinking this was probably just some moron in a small plane who had mechanical difficulty and crashed. Being in work I tried to get on the internet (CNN's site and Yahoo)using my friend's computer, and the thing kept kicking us off. Next thing I new another building was hit. A little while later the Pentagon got hit. A few ladies at work were crying, mumbling about all kinds of planes crashing everywhere. When my first break came someone half-heartedly suggested I grab a hardhat on the way to my car. By the time I turned on the tv at home, the first Trade Center building was collapsing. I have been pissed ever since. I'm not sure people understand. Blacks, whites, Muslims, Jews, gay, straight, pacifist, and so on. None of those titles means a damn thing anymore. Osama bin Laden and his Afghani / Saudi friends see only one thing: Americans, and he wants to kill us all. He will not take my freedom from me. Ever.
Scott | 31 | New Jersey

#212 | Monday, October 22nd, 2001
I was watching the ABC morning show with Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson which is on 1 hour tape delay here. They cut into live footage of the first World Trade Tower on fire and said a plane had hit it. I remember thinking that it had to be a jet for all the damage that it caused and felt terrible that somehow it had gotten off track . As I watched the screen I saw this black object flit from the right side and then the second tower was on fire. I said out loud, "My God, did another jet just hit that building?" at the same time Charles Gibson said almost the same thing. I literally felt my heart break that day and just wept as the news grew worse and worse. I remember crying over and over, "My God, my God. My country, my country." My husband was at work and our dog stayed by my side licking away my tears. I pray for all those beautiful lost souls, their families and loved ones, and our nation. Life will never be the same.
anna s. | 40 | Nebraska

#213 | Monday, October 22nd, 2001
I was sitting having a Coke with my friend Elke. We were in Jaime III road in Palma City, sitting outside a café by the road. I can remember looking at my clock at 15:04 (Spanish time). Now I think about it, that was the time the second plane hit the building. Even thinking about it maked me shiver.

God bless America.....and good luck...
Dale Hosford | 17 | Spain

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