- Motto: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum."
- Weapon: Twin Concussion Blasters
I remember most of that days as well.
I woke up at 8:30 to go to my 9:15 class at Kent State University. I was a freshman in college. My grandma was in her room watching TV and she told me what had happened up to that point. I believe it was only the first plan that had crashed into the WTC. I still got ready for class, and when I got there they told me it was canceled due to the events. On the way back to my car someone told me the second plane hit and the first tower had collapsed. By the time I got home, the second tower had also collapsed. It was just surreal. With the day free from school, I decided to run some errands. I went to get the oil changed on my grandma's car, and the guy at the garage told me something I will always remember. It wasn't PC, but it was to the point: "Those g**damn towelheads got us." I just shook my head. Then another one of them told me a joke. Funny or not, you decide. At the time, I nervously laughed. But it's something I will also not forget.
"A cowboy, an Indian and a Muslim are standing around talking. The Indian says 'Once we were many, now we're few.' The Muslim says 'Once we were few, now we're many.' The cowboy looks at him and says 'That's because we haven't played Cowboys and Muslims yet.'"
Anyway, after leaving there and getting some groceries, I went home and watched the events unfold on the news. I spent the later part of the day with my then-girlfriend, whose father was a firefighter at the time. We couldn't believe the death and destruction caused that day, and even now it has lasting effects. I can truly say my life has never been the same since. This must have been how people felt back in the 40s after Pearl Harbor. When I think of my life and my adulthood (I turned 19 2 weeks before) I can't help but imagine how different it would be if it hadn't been for the events of that day.
Unfortunately, in some measure the terrorists succeeded in their mission of altering everyday American life. With the atrocious response of the Bush administration the foreign and domestic situation of the United States is very bleak. It's a hard road ahead, and so far no capable leader(s) have stepped up. None.
I do remember the brave firefighters and police officers from New York City who helped save lives that day. May their memories live forever as heroes.