Monday, September 11, 2006
Remembering 911
Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer is hosting a "9-11-01 I remember" link exchange. I felt compelled to participate.

Here are my memories on that tragic day 5 years ago.

Oronozo and I were woken up by the shrill ringing of our phone. The first time it rang, I didn't answer. Then it rang persistently again. As I groggily fumbled to answer it, I glanced at the clock and it was around 6 a.m. our time. I remember thinking, Who in the world is calling this early on a Tuesday morning?! I also remember muttering to myself, "This had better be important!" It was a friend of ours, calling to share the tragic news of the first tower being struck.

I was in shocked disbelief as I turned on the T.V. in time to see the second tower being struck and collapse. I was physically ill as I watched in horror as people lept to their death from the towers. Then the 3rd plane hit the Pentagon. It all just seemed so surreal. My mind was struggling to grasp what was really happening! I kept thinking over and over, How can this be happening?

On 9-11-01, I felt a strong urge to be close to my family. The problem was that they were all in another state, far away, and hopping on a plane wasn't an option. I had to settle for phone calls. I berated myself for moving so far away from everyone that I loved! My career move just didn't seem all that important at that point in time. I felt so helpless and afraid.

Oronzo and I spent the entire day, no the entire week, glued to the T.V. We worked when we had to, but when we couldn't watch T.V. we were on-line trying gather more information. I knew no one personally, but my heart ached for each victim of 911. I felt as if these people were family and I truly cared about their outcome.

I watched as our nation pulled together. I saw strangers helping strangers. I saw people joining hands in prayer. I saw flags flying proudly everywhere . I saw Americans coming together as one and my heart swelled with love.

Unfortunately, there were negative effects of 911 as well. We are less trusting. Some hold even tighter to certain prejudices. We are now at war.

So many lives were effected that day, and as this 5 year anniversary comes to pass, I think we all need to stop and remember 911. I, for one, will be offering up prayers for those whose families suffered great loss that day.

If you have your own memories of that day you'd like to share go leave your link on Shannon's blog.

**Edited to add**

This morning I listened to the news as Oronozo, Snuggle Bug, and I had breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Story after story was recounted by the newscast and by family members of fallen victims of 911. One story in particular caused a lump in my throat and prickles of tears in my eyes. A woman and her 4 year old daughter died on one of those planes and the husband and father of these two beautiful souls recounted how painful his life has been without them these past 5 years. He choked up with tears during the interview.

That story stayed in my head as I drove Oronzo and Snuggle Bug to the Las Vegas airport just an hour ago. Having to send off the two people who I love the most, fearing the worst kind of fear for their safety in my heart, and imagining how desolate my life would be without them caused me to have to wipe tears from my eyes as I kissed them goodbye and hugged them extra tight. I tried to smile for Snuggle Bug, so as not to upset him. It was painful to turn and walk away from them as they entered the airport.

I'm praying with every fiber in my being that my son and husband arrive home safe and sound today. And I'm also praying that my older sister and her husband arrive safely here in Las Vegas this afternoon.

I must admit, having loved ones flying on the 5th anniversary of 911 is making me quite emotional. Please God, please watch over them and keep them safe!

**Edited once more to add**

Whew, I just got a call from Oronzo letting me know that he and Snuggle Bug made it home safe and sound. Thank you, God! I've been worrying this whole time.

Now, I just need to get my older sister and her husband here safe and sound. I'm sure their flight will be fine.
4:30 AM

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Grafted Branch said...

Oh. Okay, I get it. A woman of few words. But effective.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Grafted Branch said...

Oh! Okay then. I was just being nice before. THIS is much better!

Seriously though. It was a dark day. I think it helps us that "finished place" to write it down, don't you?

My real remembrance is linked to my challenge dated 9/10. If you've got time. I watched t.v. all. week. long. too.

At 5:31 AM, Blogger Trish said...

What a wonderful post, thanks for rememebering with me and the rest of the blog world.

At 5:48 AM, Blogger kpjara said...

My prayer is that we LEARNED from this.

At 5:51 AM, Blogger Lori said...

What a wonderful post. Everyone remembers exactly what they were doing that fateful day.


At 6:41 AM, Blogger RANDI said...

Remembering along with you today.

You are right about there being good and bad effects from that day. Today I will ponder the good.

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

There is nothing more important than our loved ones and tragedy is something hat does pull us together and we can't forget. That day is branded in my mind. I think I treasure my family more with each passing day. Thank you so much for sharing. I know you have been super busy lately. Blessings!

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Blessed Beyond Measure said...

When I'm standing in the security line waiting to board planes I see people of certain ethnicities and wonder if they will be searched, etc. I agree, we became a fearful nation, and it fed prejudices. Well put.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Catch said...

Im with you OW, we all remember the horror of 9/11. I was driving home from a visit with a good friend 4 hours away and I turned the radio on...I knew something horrible had happened but I didnt know what. As I listened to the radio I could not believe what I was hearing.....such a tragic day.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Magi said...

I understand the feeling of being far away from family as I am too. I still wish I lived closer to my family, but it's just not possible right now.

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

Oh, my heart goes out the this father and husband that lost his wife and 4 year old. I can't imagine the pain.

I've thought of the adults that lost their lives on the planes, but I hadn't realized that there were children as well.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Pass The Torch said...

You're in my thoughts today. I can understand why it's a bit unnerving. Today has sparked the memory of a very confusing and terrifying day in history.

It's amazing how many stories have identical threads. We really did share in the tragedy that day. I'm praying for the surviving families too.

Home of Pass the Torch Tuesday

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Autumn said...

It was such a sad day for all of us..My memories of it are on my blgo.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Larae said...

I love the post. I hope they arrive home safely!

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Granny said...

Beautifully written.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Karla said...

Oh, OW! Don't know if you remember, but we've talked about "freaky feelings & thoughts" like this before. I would be ready to hear from them when they get home too! :)
Let us know when you hear everyone's safe and sound. :)
And your post is beautifully written.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Munchkin Land said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful! This day is always hard but it is good for us to remember!!

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Barbie said...

Times like these make us appreciate what is important... people we love! Thanks for sharing your story!

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Barb said...

You expressed some of the same feelings I had that day. And very well, I might add.

I wrote about these feelings in my Sunday Meanderings post. After the shock started wearing off, like you, all I wanted was to gather my family close. I couldn't because my girls were away at college. But I remember feeling so awful for them that they were finding out in such a terrible way about the evil in our world. I wanted to reassure them that they'd be OK.

I still hold my breath when anyone I love is traveling anywhere on an airplane.

I'm glad I came over here after you did your updates. Glad your boys are home safe and sound.

And I'm really glad you all went to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. It's a great place, isn't it?

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing your memories and thoughts from that day.

I would have been a nervous wreck if I had to fly on this anniversary or if I had to send a loved one on a flight -I can only imagine what you were going through! So glad to hear they arrived safe and sound!

At 5:17 PM, Blogger cmhl said...

I was three days away from giving birth on 9-11-01..

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Faith said...

So glad all is well with your family!!

thanks for posting this. It is a day that will be with us forever!

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Just wanted to stop and thank you for your so gracious comment on my post. Much appreciated!

At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Mieneke said...

Delighted to hear Oronzo and Snugglebug arrived home safely. I can so imagine the anxiety you must have felt. Let us know when your big sister and her hubs arrive, won't you?

Have a great week!


At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been gone for awhile....catching up. I too sent my 9-11 story over to shannon...this day means so much to so many people. My sister actually bought a book from someone on ebay....the book arrived about 6 days after was postmarked from the world trade center....we stopped and prayed this person was spared....we never found out. She kept the packaging as a reminder...we are all so very blessed.
Jen@a good cup of coffee

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Brony said...

Thank you for sharing.

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Enlightenment said...

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name ("Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham"), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that doesn't look like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
still more debunking Popular Mechanics:
and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

Popular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":
N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:

Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
The pyroclastic cloud (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
More of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:
Naudet brothers' video footage of the North Tower crash:
Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):!.htm
More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:!%20(9-11).htm
Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
More about the fake “Osama” tape:
Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
More about the impossible cell phone calls:
Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
Where the hell was the Air Force?
More about the Air Force impotence question:
Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:
9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
Tracking the “hijackers”:
“Hijacker” patsies:
“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
Several accused "hijackers" still alive and well, wondering why they are accused:
Yet the F.B.I. insists that the people it claims were the "hijackers" really were the "hijackers":
No Arabs on Flight 77:
Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:


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