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Ring, ring, ring... I wake up about 9amish to hear someone calling me on my cell phone. why the fuck is my friend calling me so early in the morning. I answer the phone my friend is like "the US is under attack, get your ass out of bed and turn on the tv". I lived alone then. I remember being glued to tv in complete silence, it was almost as if the earth stood still and the my exgirlfriend calls me crying, whats happening and then it happened... And thunderous crash, the screams, my ex hystercial on the phone, my friend calling me on the other line, the first tower came crashing down. I just sat there in dismay, stone faced, like a statue I just could not believe what was happening. My other very good friend had it the worst he actually worked downtown and saw people falling from the towers, everyone started to evacuate he said. No one knew what to do.. Everyone just started running.. The worst part he said were the screams. He wasnt able to sleep for a few days after.
My friend picked me up in his car and we went as far as we could on the BQE before it was blocked off and we just watched from a distance as the fire trucks were racing to their doom and the black clouds covered the skys.
I could only imagine how the people felt when Pearl harbor happened.
Elwell- thank you for the memorial. Its a wonderfull piece.
Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd
Which is why it bothers me that one gets publicized and has movies made from it and whatnot while other tragedies are overlooked, ignored, and just believed to be somehow less important. That's kind of why the fact that a 911 movie was made bothered the hell out of me.Originally Posted by ElwellEverything is unfair.
One person's grief is no more noble or important than another's.
It's not a competition.
id just found out my best friend was dating the girl id just broken up with.
and then i saw this on TV, and it made my "hardships" feel so small and stupid. put alot of things in focus for me.
beautiful painting Tristan. truly.
I wont fail now
Can we please, please, please not go there? You know, rise above and brush things off?Originally Posted by ParkerDAnd so do movies about the Holocaust bother you, too?
We hear more about stuff that happens here because this is where we are... this is the media we're exposed to. I'm pretty sure that Good Morning Aceh doesn't give 9/11 the focus they give 12/26.
I had actually received military retirement paperwork only ten days earlier, and was suiting up to go to work when the first tower was hit. My wife and I watched in horror as the second tower got hit. No sooner had my feet hit the floor to run out the door when our base went to high alert status. My wife was terrified, and we weren't anywhere near New York. She was terrified that I might have to go help, and knew that I would be in the middle of things, because that is my character.
Meanwhile, my partner was on the phone with the Pentagon when they got hit. He tells me of the sounds that came over the phone before it went dead. We knew in that instant that we were at war, and it scared the hell out of us, even though we were 1,500 miles away. Yet we continued to man the phones, and do our job, becuase that's what training will do for you. It keeps you focused on the job at hand.
We had friends stationed at the Pentagon at the time, and we didn't hear from them for two weeks, that's how intense things were at the site. Thankfully, all of our friends eventually reported in, but our hearts went out to their friends that had been lost or injured.
True, it has been five years, and for most of the world and for many Americans it is getting lost as a distant memory. This is a direct result of our own failure as a culture. In the era of instant gratification, it is little wonder that I'm reading comments about how we should get over it already, and how other calamities are treated with less or more news coverage. This happened in America, and as a retired American miltary servant, it has affected my whole life. Get over it? Hardly. Does this deserve publicity? You bet your ass it does.
Thank you, Elwell. This piece means a lot to an old war dog such as myself. If you could see it, I'd salute you.
Last edited by Professor Az; September 13th, 2006 at 02:19 AM.
Is that a photo? Either way pretty nice.
That image reminds me that there is nothing more powerfull on this earth than the two faces of religion. Good and Evil.
"If one advances confidently in the direction of
his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he
has imagined, he will meet with a success
unexpected in common hours."
- H.D. Thoreau
sorry if I offended, I didn't mean to. And again, I didn't mean to trivialize a tragedy either. I just thought it could lead to a discussion that I've been hesitant to bring up anywhere else because it's not the kind of thing everyone can talk about. I didn't think it would get that bad though. Again, my apologies.
Moving piece. The thread equally so. Not too concerned about the other issues raised, there is an appropriate time for that imo.
Good day all.
Really nice picture Tristan.
A German Satiremagazine came up with this, and I think they overstepped the border. It runs like : 11th anyversary of September the 5th, lets al celebrate!
Last edited by blacky; September 13th, 2006 at 03:36 AM.
It's still hard to believe - that day still feels so unreal.
Saw a documentary on the arsehole that sold out the States and helped plan 9/11. Killing in the name of religion? Oxymoron elite. I may not agree with the US in Iraq and Afghanistan, but nonetheless all those affected have my deepest sympathy.
That's a beautiful yet sad painting Elwell, thanx for sharing it here.
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The tragedy happened when I was in grade 6. I remember we stopped class and pulled a television out and were watching the news. I did not understand what was happening, I remember feeling frightened. When I came home my mother crying. Her birthday is on Sept 11th as well. My feeling go out to everyone that lost someone.
Very powerful imagery elwell.
Last edited by Alex Eh; September 11th, 2011 at 01:08 AM.
Wow. Doesn't feel like ten years.
...until I remember it happened during production of Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie.
And then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness and our image. Let us make him ridiculously hard to draw so that poor artists everywhere will have to spend 10,000+ hours failing repeatedly before they can begin to capture the form and likeness onto a two-dimensional surface." And there was man. And it was good. And artists everywhere lost their minds.
That was a beautiful painting, Tristan.
I barely remember the event at all. I was in 3rd grade at the time, only 8 years old. I remember my cousin calling the house and waking my parents who then saw it on the news. I definitely knew it was awful, but at the same time how exactly can an 8 year old empathize with something like that? I asked if it was safe to go to school, but I didn't actually feel so scared. I thought it could be a way of getting a day off, like any other 3rd grader would want. I remember the line of tanks and army men that they based around the Golden Gate Bridge. That for me was a bit more alarming than seeing the towers on TV.
I think the worst thing about 911 was our reaction. I was 18 at the time and thought it was mean old Saddam Hussein. If I were drafted at the time I would have jumped on board too. I found it important to learn what the hell was going on in the world because the whole "they hate our freedom" rhetoric didn't quite ad up to me. I felt like I was born yesterday.
The fucked up part is I still don't understand what was meant to be accomplished by the attack. Nothing I've ever heard or read makes any sense. The truther theory is even more ridiculous then the "they hate our freedom" theory. I even read bin laden's manifesto and his goal was to convert us to the Muslim religion? Some terrorist mastermind he was with the logic of a DA troll. At least he was gunned down in his sad little porno din.
Last edited by Raoul Duke; September 11th, 2011 at 07:17 AM.
Fabulous painting Elwell, brilliant & simple idea. Over here it was about 10pm at night when the news broke. I remember staying up till around 3am, I couldn't move from my seat. I bought the newspapers everyday to find out what was happening in the aftermath, I couldn't believe it. I still can't. I love the memorial that's there now.
10 years, damn... I was only 12 when it happened and although I couldn't grasp just how horrifying the event was at the time, I still remember it vividly. Doesn't seem like that long ago.
I was 11 years old at the time, still remember sitting at my desk and writing something, probably homework. Then my mom entered the room and told me what happened over there in the USA.
Usually I wouldn't have cared about a terrorist attack because even then I'd always read the newspaper every day and there were catastrophes with lots of dead people all the time. To my 11 year old mind they were all the same, folks killing other folks. But the fact that my mom actually told me about it right after she heard it, made me realize, oh shit, this must be something REALLY big and bad. Which it was.
Was 12, had insomnia the night prior, listened to the radio because I didn't have TV, and had a nightmare/dream, after sleeping during the day, involving me going on a roller-coaster to NYC and crashing. I actually lived on Long Island until I was 9, so it was kind of worrying that something could be so easily attacked by two planes.
Also, Elwell, that painting is beautiful. I almost thought it was a photo.
Thanks for sharing Elwell. Truly a beautiful piece.
I was 11 years old in math class when the events actually happened and our teacher told everyone not to freak out. She kind of just sat there not knowing what to say. I then heard on the intercom that we were allowed to go home. Once I got home I immediately realized what was happening. I then witnessed replays on the planes on CNN hitting the towers and them falling. It hit my emotions and I was crying the entire time because I knew people were in the building and I was also very confused because it was happening so fast. Because of my confusion and curiosity I recorded the news reports with one of my VHS tapes and just continued to watch the Live news reactions. I distinctly remember I was on my knees on the rug right in front of the TV and didn't move for a while. What really got me was when I saw people jumping from the towers. Being that young I will always remember that first.
I can't believe so much time has passed already
I remember wondering why all the offices were empty when i came to work late that day, everyone was standing in the office kitchen, watching the TV... My father was in NY that day on business, but luckily not in the building at that time. we were really worried, unable to reach him, he’s flight was canceled, many people got stuck at the airport and all lines were busy