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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.

Comments

4hour_ramona
Mar. 29th, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (November 22, 1963)
i was invisible then.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (May 18, 1980)
i remember seeing it on the news, but that's about it. my grandparents had a vial of ash with a little certificate of authenticity.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (January 28, 1986)
i was in high school. the announcement lady had just read the week's lunch menu and said, almost as an afterthought, "the space shuttle blew up. there were no survivors." i think voleyball practice was cancelled that day.

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (October 17, 1989)
in duluth, playing the usa up all night drinking game with my roomate dave. dave was an asshole, but he poured a mean quick carlos. i should get me some johnny walker black and make some... for old times.

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (November 7, 1989)
working in the kids department of the duluth public library. i fixed computer games and fed the hermit crabs. the head librarian called us al in and told us about it, and she seemed very disbelieving of the whole affair. later that night, i was at my frind kevin's dorm and we saw it onthe news. then it was real.

6. When the Gulf War began (January 16, 1991)
i was scared shitless about my friend dan. he was gonna be deployed to the front lines because he has some kind of ubernose and can tell chemical weapons by scent. dan had gotten shiped to dc - alone - in a huge cargo plane. i don't know how he was able to stay home, but he did. later he went to cambodia to dig up land mines. he's neat. i'm glad he's alive.

7. When the first World Trade Center bombing happened (February 26, 1993)
hrmmm... i only vaguely remember that. i think i was drunk on gin.

8. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (June 17, 1994)
working at this trendoid store caled luna-tik. the ladies there were all the "my boyfriend watched cnn ad he said..." type, so everyone had these opinions that basicly quoted what the newscasters were saying. blee. they all thought he was innocent. oh! i remember that morning, the X said something about it that made it seem like oj had killed his wife a millionyears ago and it had just got brought up, so i was confused about it at first. i was all like, "what the hell, i didn't know about that" and he wasall, "yeah, he did it a while ago." jerk.

9. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed (April 19, 1995)
i was working at luna-tik. the gal i was working with kept saying, " just goes to show you, you never can be safe. it just goes to show you..." i wanted to smack her.

10. When Princess Di was killed (August 31, 1997)
i was at school. i remember seeing the piles of flowers on the news and thinking that must stink to high heaven.

11. When Bush was first announced President (November 7, 2000)
i was working. we were all pissed.

12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (February 28, 2001)
i was getting ready to go visit gopherbomb. i was set to take the train to chicago the next day, but because of the earthquake it was running 6 hours behind. i caught a last-minute flight into midway and ended up being 7 hours early.

13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (September 11, 2001)
i was getting a ride to work. the (then) mister and i were listening to the news and saying "holy shit!"
i went to work adn comforted someone whose brother worked in the pentagon. i talked with the beatnik on the phone. i tried to get ahold of jim and heather, who live about 5 blocks from the trade center. i cried when i heard the lady say, "i'm breathing people!" and i went to the eyedoctor because i had an appointment and they called and said, "were still open. please come in."

14. i don't know what this was s'posed to be.