I was asked the other day to recall my 9/11 story "where were you on 9/11?" and I thought I would take the opportunity to answer that here.
I was at home, in Powell, Ohio, watching the morning show. I believe it was the Today show on NBC. I can not remember the specifics, but I do remember watching as they showed the aftermath of the first plane hitting the tower. The media was portraying it as an accident and showed pictures of the smoke rising from the tower on fire.
The thing I remember the most about that day is when they grounded all the air travel. They said how flights across the country were being immediately grounded or diverted away from the United States. One of the alleged hostage planes flew over Pennsylvania, just one state away from us.
I went outside to the front deck and just stood there and listened. It was quiet all around. I could still hear the traffic on the main roads and the interstate but not a single plane or helicopter in the sky. In a city of over two million there was always at least one of one or the other.
I remember the silence and the ominous feeling that something was not quite right.
The feeling was reinforced by the school buses coming an hour early as schools, offices, every thing government was shut down and evacuated hours early.
I went to work late that night. They were playing "patriotic" musak and not good stuff like 'Born in the USA' or 'American Woman' either or any real "American" bands. Instead a lot of classical pomp and circumstance that sounded more pathetic than patriotic. It was the same dozen or so songs played over and over for hours.
When I think of nine eleven I think of standing on the front deck just listening and looking at the light clouds in the blue sky.
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