On the 12 anniversary of a unforgettably tragic day, where were you when it happened?

And mix in your sports talk, too..

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61 Responses to On the 12 anniversary of a unforgettably tragic day, where were you when it happened?

  1. Chico says:

    *an unforgettably tragic day*.. Hey, I can work for SFGate and nobody would notice the difference..

    A good read by a guy I talk Cal football with.. Please take a few minutes to read it. http://iamfiatlux.com/2013/09/10/why-i-fist-bump-911/

  2. xoot says:

    I was getting ready to head to work in SF, thinking about how we would enjoy my younger son’s 4th birthday that night. Bonds was on his season-record HR assault, so I figured listening to the game would be part of the celebration. I had the radio on while I was shaving . . . . and everything changed. The rest of the sunny California day moved in slow motion, as if time had stopped and was having trouble getting started again.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Sleeping. Got a call from a friend at 6:35 am.

    • unca_chuck says:

      The rest of the day was surreal to say the least. I used to work near Moffett field and I’ll never forget seeing a 747 being escorted by 2 F 16s while I was driving to work. I couldn’t process that image. Very disturbing.

  4. Chico says:

    I was just pulling up to the shop for work on Old Mission road in SSF.. I just got done with my usual commute from Berkeley to SSF.. As it happened, I sat there in disbelief as I listened to Ronn Owens and the KGO staff explain whet was happening.. My boss came out and said ‘what the F are you sitting there for?’… I told him to turn on the TV at the shop and look online at the news. He came back out to my car with his jaw on the floor.. He opened my door, lit a cigarette (I was driving a beater at the time so I didn’t care), and we listened to the radio for about a half hour.. Never said a word to each other the whole time. After I was told that I didn’t have to work that day, I went down to the 7-11 and grabbed a loaf of bread and a couple of beers.. I sat there for a couple of hours listening to the radio as I fed the ducks the bread, at the Holy Cross cemetery. I was 23 at the time.

  5. Chico says:

    And a good come back win today..

  6. mailorderwife says:

    Like Unca, I received a phone call in the early morning and told to turn on the television. Husband stayed home from work because Warner Bros. was shut down, and I tried to get hold of friends in New York. Two of my friends went home after seeing the destruction from the bridge, but they were pretty cheerful when I spoke to them. Another was living near the Towers and ended up having to reside at the Waldorf-Astoria for a few weeks. Of course, it was Fashion Week in NY, and one client had to postpone her show. I stopped charging her after that.

    The country has taken a series of strange and twisted turns since the incident. Perhaps my own feelings on 9/11 are colored by the fact that I am the child of immigrants, with one parent having endured devastating carpet bombings. In San Francisco, Japanese American children grew up among the heroes of the 442nd and the silent community of atomic bomb survivors who slipped into this country after the war. America is more blessed than anyone can imagine, and I hope we let our optimism and freedom fuel our movements rather than fear.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      I haven’t been paying to the page so didn’t realize we’d started a new thread, my apologies.

      I was lining a crew out on what they needed to do that day and one of them, the guy that was late every day of the week, comes pulling into the site. I’m about to fire him and he just says, “Sandy, I’m late but listen to this.”

      Same gig as so many other people-we heard on the radio what was happening. I’d gone through The Earthquake and had one crew member show the next day, so I asked these guys what they wanted to do. “What can we do?” was the response, so we stayed and worked.

      Until the towers came down. All of us had years on high-rise const and knew how indestructible they were. We were stunned. After a couple of phone calls I had them follow me to the UBC local and we donated cash, blankets, etc. We hadn’t seen any of it “happen” but to hear the towers crumble in the distance, to KNOW they couldn’t come down yet did anyway?

  7. xoot says:

    A day later, and the Giants have a job to do in LA. That second inning defensive effort must have been some sort of good-natured tribute to the film industry’s backlog of slapstick comedy. Enough good humor. Shut the asshole bums down. Make them earn their division title in AZ.

    btw, I think Hunter Pence has to receive the Willie Mac award this year. If he doesn’t, I’ll really have to wonder about what’s happening in the clubhouse. Sign Pence again, I say.

  8. xoot says:

    wtf? Donnie Wrong Trip? I think Mattingly gets over-heated for Giants games.

  9. shoelessinlassen says:

    Good to see Wilson pitching again, but the blue uni looks like crap opposite his beard.

  10. Chico says:

    Donkey scrotum.

  11. shoelessinlassen says:

    Giants bull pen, too, has been key to many a late inning loss. Bochy put Affeldt into the pressure cooker and the results were pretty much predictable. Meanwhile, Wilson notches a big W. Damn!

  12. unca_chuck says:

    And what the fuck is up with the beard pony tail?

  13. unca_chuck says:

    As far as Affeldt goes, I’m done. He can go do his shit elsewhere next year.

  14. xoot says:

    The Giants/dodgers rivalry is back, in full force. I guess it got a wake up call from the Brian Stow tragedy, but the Giants extraordinary success in 2010 and 2012 really revived it. I’ve heard lots of theories about why the rivalry simmered down for a while, but I think the answer is pretty obvious. After the new owners took over the Giants in 92 and built the ballpark, Giants fans no longer had any reason to resent the bums. Since 92, the bums have won only 9 games in the post season. Before 2010, the number for the Giants, I believe, was 11. (Now, of course it’s 33.) And dodger stadium, I think, looks ridiculous on tv. It sort of reminds me of a computer, circa 1962.

    So the rivalry is back, but this time it’s different. We’re not venting frustration by shouting at Tommy Lasorda as he walks across RF at Candlestick. Now we’re just calmly waiting for the LA luxury tax to ratchet up the next two years while the LA payroll continues to balloon like Tommy’s gut. That reminds me–where is that swinish guy these days, anyway?

  15. xoot says:

    While I was hard at work today, the 9th Circuit issued its decision affirming the conviction of Barry Bonds. I’ll take a closer look, see it contains anything else of interest.

    Bonds is the post-modern Jack Johnson. Prosecuting him was a bullshit waste of money designed solely to ruin his legacy.

    • xoot says:

      Yep. Judgment of conviction affirmed. Looks like 30 days home confinement and 2 years probation and no HOF for Barry Bonds. Here’s the first paragraph of the decision. I love the “strong indications” and “could have been administered” and “purported objective.” Judge Schroeder is upholding the letter of the law, despite being able to see through the bullshit.

      “Barry Bonds was a celebrity child who grew up in baseball locker rooms as he watched his father Bobby Bonds and his godfather, the legendary Willie Mays, compete in the Major Leagues. Barry Bonds was a phenomenal baseball player in his own right. Early in his career he won MVP awards and played in multiple All-Star games. Toward the end of his career, playing for the San Francisco Giants, his appearance showed strong indications of the use of steroids, some of which could have been administered by his trainer, Greg Anderson. Bonds’s weight and hat size increased, along with the batting power that transformed him into one of the most feared hitters ever to play the game. From the late­1990s through the early-2000s, steroid use in baseball fueled an unprecedented explosion in offense, leading some commentators to refer to the period as the “Steroid Era.”FN:1 In 2002, the federal government, through the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, began investigating the distribution of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”). The government’s purported objective was to investigate whether the distributors of PEDs laundered the proceeds gained by selling those drugs.”

      Read more: http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/LawDecisionCA.jsp?id=1202619257014&kw=United%20States%20v.%20Bonds&et=editorial&bu=The%20Recorder&cn=20130913&src=EMC-Email&pt=Case%20Alert#ixzz2eoniPg8s

  16. Chico says:

    Keep the rally alive!

  17. Chico says:

    I hope Sandy isn’t in jail.. Giants Dodgers, he’s usually here.

  18. xoot says:

    BOOM goes

  19. Chico says:

    Pence loves RC at the Latrine!

  20. xoot says:

    bum wins

    gotta like it

  21. Chico says:

    Nice win.

  22. xoot says:

    Ohio State’s not looking so cocky at the end of the first quarter. If Cal can run at full speed all game, I guess they could have a shot at this. What a wild game so far.

  23. xoot says:

    Tonight Lincecum batted in the first inning for the third time in his career. Cain’s been in the box in the 1st inning 1 PA. MadBum, not yet.

  24. xoot says:

    And while I’m pondering profunditites, anybody else notice that the bums have changed the hue of “dodger blue”? Use to be lighter. Now it’s like a deep indigo. I like indigo. I’m pissed.

    • xoot says:

      But those Giants fans behind the plate with the big WS-ring helmets were very cool. Great to see the tv guys bust the bums for making those fans remove the beautiful headgear. Chicken shit bums. Meanwhile, the stands are full of people wearing old dodger jerseys of the light blue color with brand new hats in the indigo hue. F’ing superficial mofos.

      • xoot says:

        btw, for those who haven’t noticed, the new deep indigo “dodger blue” is pretty much yankee blue. When the luxury tax accelerates next year and the year after, I hope it screws the bums as badly as it has the yankers.

  25. shoelessinlassen says:

    The Giants are hot to run the bases. 7 runs by the 2nd inning, Nolasco’s gone, I “Like”.

  26. shoelessinlassen says:

    Pence blasts the grand salami!!! 12-1 – Bottom5th. “I Like” times four.

  27. xoot says:

    a fat tommy sighting! picking his nose no less. the channel three crew is good tonight

  28. mailorderwife says:

    We’re tied for third place!!! Vin Scully, btw, is convinced that our boys won’t be finishing last. There is still a bit of the SF Giant fan in the ol’ boy.

  29. xoot says:

    lynch always has used that quick sidestep. I remember him evading tackles with that move when he was at cal. 9ers need to score and score and score.

  30. mailorderwife says:

    The 49ers were a giant ball of terrible tonight.

  31. sandy32koufax says:

    Okay, I just skipped a ton of cmments to say

    “All hail Pence”

    Fukkin jints whupped LA this wknd IN LA

  32. xoot says:

    I think we should have a new thread on the best and worst of the year. and there have been some great moments. lincecum plunking puig was good but it won’t make the cut. I’m talking really great moments — no hitters, walkoffs, etc

  33. xoot says:

    Petit’s near perfecto (which I attended courtesy of a very generous local fan)–one of the most exciting baseball games I have ever seen; Lincecum’s no hitter; Pagan’s inside the park walk off; Pablo’s 10th inning walkoff a few days earlier (which I attended courtesy of, you guessed it); and the return of the real deal in September from just about the entire team. Those are some highlights that occur to me. I may think of one or two more.

  34. shoelessinlassen says:

    Incredible. Giants leading 4-1, Casilla then Romo did everything but close. Cain pitched a great game only to see his ‘relief’ blow it all away in an inning. Romo has been more than an exercise in torture. He’s been less than good in his last few appearances.

  35. sandy32koufax says:

    R.I.P. Ken Norton

    • shoelessinlassen says:

      I believe this to be a fitting way to draw this thread to conclusion, which observably began on a sobering collective note and now ends on a far more individual – intimate -and sad note for those of us who still remember something of the passing ‘golden era’ of modern heavy weight boxing. (I’m afraid Mike Tyson never quite lived up to the likes or sportsmanship of Ken Norton, Ali, Frazier, Foreman, etc..)

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