Friday, April 19, 2013
What a crazy Friday.
I woke up this morning to headlines that a MIT officer and one suspected Boston Marathon bomber was dead, and the other was on the loose. Friends in Boston were posting on Facebook that they were all told to stay home, and posted surreal pictures of empty streets or armed officers outside their windows. National Guard troops were on the way to assist in the manhunt.
I'm reading stories about how the dead bomber wrote that he 'didn't understand Americans.' I don't understand how anyone could explode devices intended to kill and maim innocent people. Indeed someone who doesn't understand Americans will never understand why we would be willing to shut down an entire city in order to find them. I hope they find the remaining guy alive. Not that I feel any mercy, but we need more information. The reason isn't important because it is nonsensical, but we have to know if there is a larger National Security issue.
I'm very impressed with how quickly the Boston police and FBI were able to narrow down the suspects from a "Where's Waldo" stream of surveillance videos and photographs. Once this is over, I am eager to read how they figured it out. Obviously posting the suspects' pictures spooked them, but the police didn't even know the guys' names until they got the ID off the dead one this morning.
In my more immediate vicinity, we got bad news regarding our neighbors. They are an elderly couple who retired here to coastal Georgia from Maryland. They wanted to escape the cold New England winters. We saw an ambulance at their house earlier in the week, and the husband was brought out on a stretcher. I stopped at their house this morning to drop off our telephone number in case they needed help with anything. The wife was home, and I asked her if everything was alright. She said no, unfortunately her husband was not alright. He choked on dinner, and she was unable to dislodge it, so she called 911. The EMTs were also unable to dislodge it, and they had to extract the blocking food with another method. He stopped breathing, and had to be resuscitated. He was still at the hospital today, and unfortunately, he will not be coming home. Her children arrived this morning, and they were taking him to a nursing facility. I told her to let us know if there is anything at all we can help with. She said once things settle down, she'd like to have me over for brunch. I told her I'd love that.
Today is usually TGIF, but it's not holding the same magic. I'm not sure what to do with myself tonight. I look at my movies and books, and I'm not seeing anything I'm in the mood for. Maybe I will hunt dragons in Skyrim.