Monday, September 11, 2006


Remember, today's business is ONLY about 9/11 stories.

This is a thread for comments on the story thread above this one. Off topic comments will be deleted (contrary to normal DHD rules).

Regular DHD activity will return tomorrow, for today there is an open thread here.

Thank you.


At 7:23 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

I don't know what to say, except that yours was an incredible story. Thanks for sharing that with us.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

All of you accounts were very moving.

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Cthulhu said...

I'm having trouble finding words.

Thank you all.

Thank you, Sinner, for this forum, and for the rules of this day.

At 2:24 AM, Blogger SBH said...

ok, I posted. It's really long and I apologise. Once I started writing...well, you know.

Now, a deep breath and I'll begin to read the other posts.

At 3:54 AM, Blogger SBH said...

Had I read through the other accounts before posting mine I would have not have had the where-withall to write my own. I am only down to the end of Hosedragger's story and I feel as though all of the words left in the world have been sucked up into me and are squeezing my heart. How could I have possibly found enough words left to write after that? I'm not even sure what I'm saying. It is such an emotional experience. I'm proud and shaken by all of you.

At 3:59 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I've spent the last few days writing memorials for the folks that died that day as part of the 2,996 project. If you are interestedin reading some of them, the list is here-

I'll add my story in the thread above in a bit too.


At 6:15 AM, Blogger Sinner said...

Note to dv8.

You are not the only one that found humor in the pundits constantly saying that "who don't know who did this" that day.

I did as did my wife. When they stopped saying that is when we got very depressed because the comic relief was no longer there.

Thanks for sharing!

At 7:27 AM, Blogger NedraZ said...

Powerful stories of ordinary people on an extraordinary day.

Thank you all for sharing them.
Thank you for listening to mine.

This really is a very special place, Sinner.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Southern Fried Yankee said...

I too, as SBH said, am glad I wrote mine before reading the others. I am now at a loss for anything to say except thank you.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Sinner said...

Thank you rabbit!

This place is special, and it is because of all of you.

Thanks go out to everyone that submitted.

BTW: Ace just linked the story thread. Thanks to him as well!

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you, every one one of you, for posting your stories of that day.

i am deeply moved by your posts in ways i find difficult to explain.

these days, when our nation seems so polarized, it is a sweet, sweet, comforting thing to see a community of people, some liberal, some conservative, who remember that day with grief and who know what it meant and means. (i don't mean to be political, sinner. just the opposite.)

there's hope for us, after all.

thank you.

thank you.

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Bilgeman said...


"I remember that some newscaster was talking about how “no one had any idea what or who” was behind the disaster. That’s when I started laughing. It was so obvious to me, that every time I heard a jet plane roar overhead I started yelling “Aaaahhhlaaahhalalalalalllaaaahhhhh!!!!!!”

Y'know bud, you should in no way apologize for having Asperger's Autism.

If that condition is the ability to grasp the truth when it stares one in the face, I wouldn't necessarily call that an "afliction".
More like a "gift".

Just my own asshole opinion.

I wonder if anyone suspected for a minute or two that the airliners were being piloted by the Michigan Militia?

Doesn't that sound ridiculous?


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

It's a wonderful thing to know that there are some mighty fine people with whom I can stand shoulder-to-shoulder.

The fact that we do so "virtually" today is a triviality; the simple fact that you're all actually out there is anything but.

At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, fatwa. that's what i was trying to say. you said it much better.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Retired Fireman said...

All of these stories are just incredible. It is a shame that there is a faction of people in this country...including the person this website is dedicated to, that cannot see the truth of the world we live in and exactly how it changed that day. Can't see the everyday heros that only try to live their lives in a way that causes insane people to commit such purly Satan driven acts upon the human race.

God Bless every single one of you, friend and foe alike. It is all of you together that make this country what it is, and something that is hated by the forces of evil disguised as religion.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger minteh said...

What amazes me a lot about all of
the stories: how *ordinary* all of
our lives were that morning. how, immediately, we all
realized that our lives wouldn't
be so "ordinary" ever again.

I'm reminded of an anecdote I
heard, about a catastrophe which
occurred in the generation before
mine: The columnist Mary McGrory
and Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
were consoling each other at a
gathering, shortly after the
assassination of JFK.

"I'll never laugh again," McGrory

"Oh," Moynihan realized. "We'll
laugh again. We'll just never
be *young* again."

On 9/11, I came to learn what
Moynihan meant.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Fred the Genius said...

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A...!!!

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Staci said...

I'll post mine tomorrow. The site I moderate had mine, but there seems to be something maybe, it got attacked. Same error.

I have to copy mine from last year. I am working right now on preserving my rage to add omph to my imprecatory prayer to God, invoking Psalms like 58 and 59, to name a few. Yesterday, my sermon at church ended with a brief prayer to the families, victims and the folks whose lives were forever changed, then the rest of our prayer was for the terrorist scum. A prayer to God to recognize that the hating, evil swine. Yep. To them. Everyday they get to live is one more day closer to their fast ticket to the hottest place in hell.

At the hand of God. His vengence will be worse than anything we may ever dream of. And I am proud that my pastor, Doug Giles, gets it. His latest columns at townhall addresses this threat.

I just can't cry anymore today. I tried to get through the posts today, and honestly, it just reduced me to a sad state of rubble and I need to keep focused so I have the right attitude of prayer. Right now, I'm sure God is getting a ton of prayers asking for healing, grace, and light. So I'm going to concentrate on asking him for vengence and to allow good to triumph over evil...with all the rage it deserves.

I'm proud to be part of just a fine group of folks. In the interest of this day, please forgive me for discussing my Lord on this board. Now I need another fucking tissue, I still get pissed off and I'm overloaded today.


And may those evil assholes get theirs. In a way we couldn't even imagine.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger svenlanka said...

Thanks. No anger today-reading these accounts leaves me feeling only one thing-humble.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Joe Morris said...

Thank you guys, so much, for telling your stories.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Retired Fireman said...

The wife never talks about her feelings about that day, or about my career. I guess it is better that way, you know, not dwelling on that. Alot of what she wrote over there was the first time I had heard it.

Just sayin...

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Bilgeman said...


"It's a wonderful thing to know that there are some mighty fine people with whom I can stand shoulder-to-shoulder.

The fact that we do so "virtually" today is a triviality; the simple fact that you're all actually out there is anything but."

When all is said and done, all we really have is each other in this lifeboat.

So we gotta do what we can...pull the oars, read the stars, man the compass, catch fish, or bail the sea back out of the boat.

And have a little faith.

Sometimes its' a bloody miracle that we get anywhere at all.

And sometimes, it would be a miracle if we didn't.

"We The People"...have a few hours before the sun sets to the West of Midway Island, and this day passes into history.

If it sets uneventfully, and I believe it will, it will be another victory.

You KNOW that they'd nail us if they could, today of all days.

But they can't.

Every day that those pig-fuckers who would rob us of our freedom and bend us to their will do not and can not strike us is another victory.

And every minute, every hour, every day...all those little victories add up.


At 3:16 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

That was a powerful statement for family, friends and country. You are blessed to have men like that in your life.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Sinner said...

This is turning out better than I had hoped.

Thank you all so very much for sharing. Again I am humbled at the talent contained in this little gerbil cage.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Bilgeman said...


I'm wondering...where is Frisch's story?

She's apparently abandoned SWPaw, it's been a derelict for days.

I haven't seen HER story.

Surely she HAS a story.

Can you contact her with an invitation?

They were aiming to kill her, also, it mattered not who she was or what she did, she was in America.

And that was all they cared about.

We have that much in common, don't we?


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Yoda said...


"Sometimes its' a bloody miracle that we get anywhere at all."

Amen to that.

To borrow on your nautical language... it was literally a bloody miracle that Washington even made it across the Delaware.

And also a miracle that some of our citizens made it out of the WTC and the Pentagon.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger NedraZ said...

I have read and reread our stories all day long. With each reread, I have gotten something new out of them.

I am still getting "gooseflesh" chills.

Amazing day. This anniversary has been the most meaningful of them all for me.

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...


What a great idea this was. I am so impressed with the response to your idea. Who would have thought that our experiences and feelings were all so similar?

I do have to confide one point. Given the last couple of years, it was not easy to write about 9-11 without touching politics. I agonized over parts of my story. But in the final analysis, relented and then cut what I thought you might have to spank me over. But your approach was spot on. I don’t believe it would have been as successful if you hadn’t set those rules. And in the long run, here is what you did for me. Your site gave me that feeling like I had right after the attacks. Like when both parties sang “God Bless America” on the steps of the Capitol Building. For just a brief moment in time, we were one nation under God. Can we get back there?

I hope you and your family had time to enjoy the mini-vacation too.


At 4:45 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

"I slept through most of that morning and, indeed, through the first twenty years of this war that history may very well say began on a Sunday in Tehran in 1979."

Wow Otta,

I had to come back for one more post after reading that last line. You can't say it any better than that, young lady. But I wouldn't feel like the Lone Ranger. We all underestimated their barbarity.

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Joe Morris said...


I was very glad to read your story, since I have not had the opportunity to hear firsthand what it was like for someone in our military to relive that day. I can only imagine the feelings of the Air Force guys sent out to patrol the major cities after the fact, knowing that shoot-down orders might be issued on commercial jets.

At 5:14 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

This was such a good idea, Sinner.

Your stories are so moving. I feel both better and steadier for having read them.

I feel much less alone today than I did that day. So, thank you each and every one.

I could not be more impressed.

At 5:15 PM, Blogger Joe Morris said...


Thank you for your contribution about the alarms on the firefighters. I had thought that the alarms were coming from the emergency power systems throughout the site, but now the memory of that sound resonates more deeply and movingly.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel both better and steadier for having read them.

yes, brenda. that is exactly it.

better and steadier. i find myself feeling so hopeless sometimes, and then am reminded that there's nothing new under the sun, really.

history. we just need to look to history.

and i'm sure most of you have seen this already, but just in case: visit gates of vienna for another 9/11. one that happened hundreds of years ago. (thanks to ace for linking.)

history. may it make us all optimists.

At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what i don't think i conveyed in that last post of mine that i meant to is that your histories, each and every one of them, has given me hope today.

thank you. i know it was not easy for any of you to tell the story of your 9/11. but thank you for doing so.

you have given me hope. and that is no small thing.

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(it is okay to correct one's own bad grammar today, sinner, right?)

histories HAVE. histories have given hope.

well, if it's not okay for anyone to laugh AT me today, at least it's okay for me to laugh at myself. right?

(preview) (preview)

At 6:00 PM, Blogger SBH said...

As I read the posts I kept thinking of things I wanted to say to each and every one of you. Words fail me. I had not looked to find such comfort anywhere today. Thank you all.

Pet - thanks for filling us in on Bro. Placid's story. I had wondered.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Petrarchan Motif said...

Sinner - Thank you for giving us a forum to share our remembrances of 9/11. Truthfully, I had not thought of that day in any detail, and had shied from any introspection about it, until you provided for us this protected space to do so. Last night and today, I remembered events from my own mundane existance that I had thought had made me feel small and alone. But my voice here alongside so many others remind me that this day, I was not alone in my fear, my fear for my family, fear for my country, and yes, my fear for myself. Many of us, diverse though our backgrounds are, here felt the same apprehension and uncertainty that I did, and also our resolve not to forget, and to be strong, for our loved ones, and for our country.

Thank you, Hose, for providing us a perspective from the first-responders. Thank you, Hawk, for your memories that let us know what our members of the armed forces were feeling. Thank you, Rabbit, for describing to us the confusion and palpable fear at our airports that day when over 5000 planes had to find somewhere, anywhere, to land. And thank you, all the officeworkers, the stay-at-home moms, and those who were at home for so many different reasons. Even my own little brother, a luminous being who spends almost his entire time away from the distractions of this mortal life, was able to feel the connection to the rest of us.

Thank you all.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Ducky said...

Amen, to all that has been said on this thread and to all of your personal accounts.

We must remember that our enemy rejoices to see us divide ourselves along political or religious lines.

First, last, and always, we are citizens of the United States of America. We live in the "city on the hill," the great beacon of liberty that gives hope to the world.

Thank God for the brave men and women who protect and defend us.

Good night friends,


At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all underestimated their barbarity.

yes we did, hawk. but hopefully, never again.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Ottava's not the only person who derived a measure of hope from DHD today.

It's been a reminder to me that there are many decent (even by my admittedly stringent definition) people out there.

While we may personally disagree on some important issues, when it really counts, they'll do the right thing. Probably without even thinking about it.

I'd like to think that I would do the same.

As Ottava said:

you have given me hope. and that is no small thing.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

I was doing OK until that last line of your last post over at Sinner's blog.

Proclaim this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Stir up the mighty men. Let all the warriors draw near. Let them come up.

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say,'I am strong.'

Hurry and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves together."

At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sbh, i tried to leave a comment at your blog, but it wasn't allowed.

so i'll leave it here:

just wanted to say thank you so much, both of you, for your 9/11 posts at DHD.

sbh, i have loved reading everything you've ever written there. you are gracious and lovely, always (thank you) and dv8, what can i say? you drew me in to your story today.

thank you, as well, sir.

At 3:53 AM, Blogger BrendaK said...

I wanted to come back this morning and say Thank You again to everyone, especially the folks who commented for the first time. I hope it won't be the last.

I wish I had more graceful words with which to acknowledge how special this has been.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger NedraZ said...

Thank you Deep Thought for sharing your story.


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