View Poll Results: COVID-19 vs 9/11 - Which knocked you for a bigger loop?
COVID-19 68 56.20%
9/11 52 42.98%
The breakup of Brangelina 1 0.83%
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:59 AM
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Ask this again in 20 years, and the answers will be different.

Originally Posted by PoppaSan View Post
9/11 for me. I worked nights and went to bed about the time the Pentagon was hit. I woke up 6 hours later to all planes grounded and the towers gone. ATM besides the handwashing and social distancing, my life has not really changed much with Covid19. I and everyone in the house are working pretty much their same hours. It's more a sense of waiting for everything to get unpaused around me.

Edit: What is Brangelina?
I answered 9/11 for similar reasons. September 11, 2001 It was a perfectly normal day: get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed. The morning of the 12th was the shocker. Overnight, while we were sleeping, the world changed. The towers were gone, the only live TV we had was CNN International and all it showed was talking heads and a lot of smoke. I had to call my dad in Virginia to find out what had happened. There we were, on the other side of the International Dateline on Saipan, and trapped. No flights meant that no one was going to leave the island for a long time. We could do even less than people in the states could (donating blood was nice, but it wouldn't help anyone in the states).

My husband is an essential worker, but my jobs are shut down now. I'm bored at home, but I am not feeling as gut-punched as 2001. It's bad, and governments are making it worse, but I know everyone is miserable, which is far different than 9/11. There are idiots who are hoarding supplies, and some who refuse to practice smart prevention practices, but that's not the same as knowing we've been attacked by people who want to destroy our nation and kill us if they can't force us to convert.

I think the reason people are so shell-shocked now is because of what we can't do to comfort each other during this crisis. In 2001, people rallied together. There were parades showing support for first responders, many more people went to church and had many prayer meetings. Now we have to stay home, and are hearing doom and gloom from Internet, radio, TV, and other media. We won't know how deeply our world will be affected by this, and dread of the unknown is very hard to deal with.
Old 03-27-2020, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by FloatyGimpy View Post
I said Covid because I am personally very affected. I work in a large grocery store so I am now considered essential service. We have security now, there was a fight yesterday (and something happens every day), I have changed from being the person who helps you to being the person who tells you (kindly) what to do. Like where to stand, when to wait, when to proceed.

Most people are being really great but every day there are incidents. Yesterday we had an old man who refused to move away from a coworker and even reached out to touch her on purpose. Security removed him from the store, without his large amount of items he wanted to buy.

I've been yelled at, sworn at, had to break up fights...

I swear my coworkers and I are all going to need therapy after this. It's like being in a war zone. Yesterday a lady came in and she was sweating, pale and even said "Boy, I am not feeling well!". She said this while standing about 2 feet away from me.

She was escorted out.

I wish I was back on the Serengeti!
Wow. For me, a decade from now, this post might encapsulate “what it was like to be alive in 2020.” I haven’t experienced anything like these episodes personally, but for some reason this just sums it up so well.
Old 03-27-2020, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by eschereal View Post
How is Christopher Lloyd on acid different from Christopher Lloyd not-on-acid?
If you've got an eye for subtleties, you'll see it.
Old 03-27-2020, 07:51 AM
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9/11 was shocking but it didn't make me start to freak out. Covid-19 has made me start to freak out a little...

It's quite probably that I'll mentally place Covid-19 in the same category as AIDS (i.e., a serious disease, but not something to personally freak out about) sooner rather than later.
Old 03-27-2020, 08:51 AM
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In terms of daily life, COVID-19 by far. 9/11 was just kind of surreal for a few weeks afterward, but daily life went on- I kept going to work, kept going out with friends, kept shopping at the grocery store, etc...

But in terms of my mental state and future, I think 9/11 was far greater. Nothing like that had ever happened, and as a 28 year old single man, I had some long thought sessions about whether or not I should join the military, or at least National Guard. With COVID-19 hitting now that I'm 47 with a family, there's no real question about what I'm going to do. The only question is how it's going to play out. Plus, if you were paying attention, you sort of saw this coming, so it shouldn't have surprised anyone, except maybe in the method or degree.
Old 03-27-2020, 10:51 AM
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9/11. I just can't get as worked up about acts of God for some reason. 9/11 seemed like reality was broken. Like real life just became a horrible Hollywood Movie.

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