I remember exactly where I was and how horrified I was at the news. In a lot of ways that fateful day had cemented my addiction to JWD. This was the first one of two web sites I checked out upon hearing about the planes crashing.
I woke up when the alarm went off at 6 am and hit the snooze button swearing I would get up as soon as the alarm went off again. I wanted to get an early start for work as I had only one small cleaning job to do then the rest of the day would be mine. Well after the third or so time it went off and I knew there would be no early start for me I got the remote and turned on the TV and Katie Couric and Matt Louer were talking about the WTC having been hit, it had just happened and they weren't sure yet what had happened. I bolted up in the bed, rubbing my eyes at the awful picture I was seeing, half of me knew it was true, the other half wanted it to be a nightmare, I was in total shock!
I immediately turned on my computer looking for more information and out of curiosity came here to JWD first I saw this thread: http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/14/11527/1.ashx I was riveted to JWD all day, canceled work and stayed home just too numb to do anything constructive. I called all of my family that day and talked to them, told them how much I love each and everyone of them.
The other web site was one of the bike sites, I've met personally a lot of people from that site at gatherings. One guy I met in Phoenix Ty, lived in NYC and he was IM-ing with me in complete hysterics, I talked to him for hours that day. He was working for a temp agency and was supposed to work on the floor that was hit by the first plane that morning, but the temp agency called him and asked him to come in on Friday instead. He was in total disbelief and was feeling really guilty that he was alive! I felt so bad for him. He was also going to met another bud of ours, Bob for lunch that day who was also working on the same floor and at that time Ty didn't know but suspected that Bob had been killed.
Turned out that Bob was early for his morning meeting so he decided to go across the street to Starbucks and get some coffee. He was walking across the street when he saw, heard and felt the plane hit the building..........Ty found out about 6 hours later that Bob was alive, what a relief!
Anyway from that day on I was hooked on JWD, I made my 5th post to that thread. I felt a real comrade with JWD and many posters from that day on. I spent most of my time in chat getting to know people better, I was up to that time leary about being seen on an apostate board, but after reading how the WTS acted with their very own brothers that day sickened me.
Remember the flags that everyone put up on their houses, cars, and wore in clothing for so many months afterward? I bought my first flag and had it in my apartment still too chicken to be seen by JW's for displaying a flag. I lived in a small community at the time.
I remember listening to the adults' stories when I was a child of where they were and what they were doing when JFK was assassinated.
I remember that day too. I was at school in 6th grade and my teacher cried, we all cried. I'm sure Mr. Pollis cried on 9-11-01 too.