Just wanted to share where I was when 9/11....occured. I'm not going into feelings and all of that....because I've done all of that. I just wanted to share the moment when I saw everything happen.
I was working the graveyard shift at work [7pm to 7am] when I came home about 7:30 that morning. My wife was asleep, I was tired, and I sat down to chill for a while. At the time, my dog was pregnant....and was near time to deliver. I sat down, petted my dogs and was watching ESPNews to see what happened in sports [that was a Tuesday morning, so the first Monday night game of the season - the Giants and Broncos - happened the night before].
After an hour of sports viewing, my dog was pacing around the living room and panting hard. Now, my wife and I read up on this and found out that when a dog is ready to deliver her puppies....she starts doing that. We had set up a crate with blankets for her in the kitchen to deliver her puppies....so I moved her into it [I also had to lock my other dog in the bedroom with my sleeping wife so he wouldn't get hurt...lol]. This dog means so much to me since she was a gift from my wife on our first Valentine's Day together....and she's been with my wife and I from the beginning. We don't know life together without her.
Anyways, I figured that I was gonna be up for a while.....since I was worried about this entire process. So, after making sure she was okay [and not going to get up from her crate], I sat down in the living room and just put on the news just to see what was going on in the world. I usually watched MSNBC...so I just hit the 356 on the remote.
Right then, I saw smoke coming from one of the towers of the World Trade Center. Initially, I thought it was just some really bad fire. I've never been in New York City...so I really was ignorant into how giant these buildings really are [the biggest building I've seen personally is the giant Bank of America building in Charlotte]. I then read the bottom of the screen which said that a plane had crashed into the building. It was awful to hear that....but I only assumed that it was just some small plane that lost its way and hit the building.
I swear on everything....right when I thought that.....the second plane, on live TV, smashed into the 2nd tower. I thought that it was just a replay of the first plane....but the horror and shouting that went with it that this was live. It was horrific!
I watched for another couple of hours as the unbelievable images unfolded on my TV [including more planes]...and as my dog was pushing out her first puppies. I went into my bedroom....woke up my wife and said, "the dog is having her puppies....and a couple of planes crashed into the World Trade Center".
And that is how she found out.
I watched for a little while longer....as I was worried that this could hit where I was living....or where my family was living. I'm from Charlotte, and since the terrorists were targeting American financial interests, I was worried about Charlotte since it is the 2nd largest financial city in the United States and has many bank headquarters there. Eventually, my wife was awake and watching everything...and I went to sleep. I woke up around 5pm to my wife explaining everything with the dog and the attacks.