The Two Towers

I was on an interview that day and it seemed to be going really well, but the guy interviewing me said that he wanted somebody else to talk with me, however they were in a meeting at that time and he wondered if I could wait around.  Hey I was already out of work for three months at this time and I drove 90 miles to get to this interview, so I assured him that would not be a problem.  He suggested that I go out to a coffee shop and come back in an hour.  I found a coffee shop just down the street and I ordered a cup of coffee and a pastry.  I sat at a table and I was able to see the TV which had the news on and that kept me entertained.

I saw a report of a plane that hit the tower and I didn’t understand what was going on and somebody in the coffee shop said, “Turn the volume up.”  This was absolutely crazy as black smoke was pouring out of this hole in the World Trade Center and then another plane struck the other tower.  I didn’t want to go back for the interview and I drove straight home.  There were no radio stations on the air, it was static as all radio communications were broadcast from the World Trade Center and worse yet, there was no cell coverage.  I could not get a signal on my phone and all I wanted to do was call my wife and tell her what I saw.  I got through to her on the land line after I reached my house, but because she was a hospital worker, she had to stay as they were told that they might be receiving a lot of emergency cases.

I sat in front of my TV the rest of the day and binge watched all the news programs.  A month later I got a call from that company and they told me that I was hired.  Nothing was ever mentioned about me not coming back.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is the movie title of the last movie that I just watched and this happened to be Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers.

27 thoughts on “The Two Towers

      1. I think so too. We had just moved to the little cottage in Derbyshire and it was my husband‘s birthday and I had gone out to buy him a birthday present. I have no idea what to buy him but I found a beautiful really big yellow Orchid that I knew he would love . I was taking it carefully home in my car and then when I got to the cottage I put it onto the window so looking forward to showing it to him when he came home but then I got a phone call from him from his car telling me to put the television on because the plane had gone into one of the towers. I put it on and immediately so the second plane going into the second tower. It kind of ruined my husband‘s birthday it is something we will never forget

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  1. I’m glad they understood and hired you without the interview. I love The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movies. Even though they’re fiction, they teaches us about courage in the face of desperate times.

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  2. That was a terrible day, we saw it on the TV and it just did seem as if it had happened for real. I always keep wondering about the people in those planes. What must their thoughts have been as they struck the towers. And of course all those people in the towers and all those firemen and others who rescued the people.

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  3. I was working for an American Bank at the time here in the UK. Everyone was shocked at the events as they unfolded. Various teams in our operations centre and that of Singapore took over the American offices workload and our best computer and IT guys were sent out to assist anyone who needed to get back up and running. Terrible day.

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  4. My brother called to wake me and told me to turn on the tele. I wept, as i knew people in the towers. Kennedy’s assassination and the towers are two days i will always remember.
    I hated the move, even though I loved the books. He spent most of his time on the war of the trilogy but there was so much more, and so I thought it a very very bad movie.

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  5. We were on holiday in Puerto Banus in Spain I went to our room to fin my husband watching what I thought was a disaster movie! He told me, this is real this is America, we were so shocked, everyone at the hotel was it was a day that stays with us forever.💜💜

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  6. I was home from work because it was an off day with my schedule. I remember walking outside that day and it was so quiet…no planes nothing… I remember for weeks seeing people very paranoid that it would happen again and learning what “sleeper cells” were.

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