My alarm went off at 5:55am PDT. I used my Aiwa stereo as an alarm, tuned to KGO Newstalk 810. There was some breaking news about an airplane hitting one of the Twin Towers in New York. Some eye witness said it was an airliner, like a Boeing 737. I thought yeah right, airliners don't crash into buildings, it was probably a little Cessna. I went downstairs and turned on the TV. I watch replays of the plane hitting, it was an airliner. At 6:03am PDT I watched live as a plane hit the second tower. The TV anchor didn't notice it was a second plane, he said it was a replay, but I noticed. One tower had smoke coming from it, and a plane hit the other tower. The TV said Live. It was shocking.
It was time to get ready for school. I had a Linux Administration class that morning, the official title of the class was probably something silly like "Introduction to UNIX", but it used Red Hat Linux. I brought a radio into the bathroom and listened to KGO as I got ready. After getting ready for school I went back to watching TV. I saw the people jumping out of the buildings. Then one of the towers collapsed. A wave of dust rushing down the streets. Then another tower collapses. It still brings tears to my eyes to think about it. It was horrific. I went to school.
Some people in class hadn't heard about the attack. It was hard to form the words to explain it. The towers were just gone. It was a very quiet and somber day in my Linux Administration class that morning.