Where was I when...
1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (November 22, 1963)
This happened 11 years before I was born.
2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (May 18, 1980)
I guess I'd have been in kindergarden or preschool. I don't remember it.
3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (January 28, 1986)
I was watching on TV, as I was home sick with strep throat. This would be the first of many times I'd be home sick with strep throat on the day of a major disaster. We lived in New Jersey at the time, so I watched the whole thing live on TV.
4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (October 17, 1989)
Also home sick with strep. This was one of the worst bouts with strep I had. I was watching talk shows at our house in Winter Haven, FL when the news broke. One of the first images I saw was the top layer of the 880 on top of the bottom layer, and I remember thinking that double decker freeways were dumb.
5. When the Berlin Wall fell (November 7, 1989)
I don't remember where I was, but I remember learning about it from MTV.
6. When the Gulf War began (January 16, 1991)
Home sick with strep... again. I called the local "alternative" station and requested "It's the End of the World As We Know It" by REM, but they didn't play it.
7. When the first World Trade Center bombing happened (February 26, 1993)
At home. Strep throat.
8. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (June 17, 1994)
This was a glorious night for me, as I became the first underage person that anyone knew of to get my name on the wall at some bar in Scottsdale. You got your name on the wall by drinking one of every beer they have on tap (it was something like 114 different beers). I was 19, but my girlfriend was 22, and she went there all the time, so they didn't card me. Anyway, the TV in the bar was showing the NBA playoffs, which I was interested in for some reason, but the Bronco was in a little square in the corner the whole time.
9. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed (April 19, 1995)
Home. Strep. I was really weirded out by all the strep throat/major disasters incidents by this point. Something really bad happened pretty much every time I got strep for years.
10. When Princess Di was killed (August 31, 1997)
I don't know where I was at the actual moment she died, but I remember it was on the TV at Nita's Hideaway in Tempe while I was waiting for Frank Black to take the stage for the first Frank Black show I didn't enjoy.
11. When Bush was first announced President (November 7, 2000)
I think I was at work. I don't remember the actual moment. I just remember thinking that it really really sucked.
12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (February 28, 2001)
I was at my desk at Rivals.com in my office in downtown Seattle. I was reading a news article about how Mardi Gras revelers had killed a guy in Pioneer Square the night before. Two of my coworkers, Yang and Rachel, were arguing about something really stupid. Actually, Yang was arguing and Rachel was just messing with him. I pounded my fists on my desk and yelled, "WILL YOU TWO SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY??" and at that exact second, the place started shaking. I looked out my window and saw the parking structure across the street rising and falling. The light fixtures in the office, which hung from three foot cords, slammed against the ceiling. There was a huge crash (which turned out to be a rack of TVs in the lobby). People were diving under their desks. I was standing in front of my giant window thinking how freaking cool it was, and then wishing it would stop.
13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (September 11, 2001)
Sleeping quite soundly. My mom called very early in the morning, which is really unusual, so I got up and answered the phone. She made it sound like World War III was breaking out. I believe she told me that in addition to the WTC and the Pentagon, the White House and the Statue of Liberty had been bombed, Osama Bin Laden had already claimed responsibility, and he was going to continue bombing U.S. landmarks for the rest of the day. I hung up the phone, put on some pants, and started planning which border crossing to Canada I'd be heading for. I stopped freaking out long enough to turn on the TV and learn the real extent of the situation which, while horrifying, was still way better than what I thought. At that point, either the 4th plane hadn't yet crashed in PA, or the news had not broken yet, because they kept saying that even though most flights had been accounted for, there were still a few in the air, and one that was not responding. I did my best to try to calm cookieguggleman down over AIM, but I don't think I did a good job.
14. When Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas. (February 1, 2003)
I was at home, wound up and nervous over my impending first date with imasage.