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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.
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    1796 days ago

    It's been a rough week.
    1797 days ago
  • AB2525
    Hope your neighbor will be alright, very nice of you to stop by & offer your help if needed. I'm sure she appreciated it very much, especially after all the kids & relatives leave....

    Yes, they found him, barely alive, but he is alive & for our sake I hope he'll recover. We need answers!!! Were they alone or are there others just like them...there was a 3rd bomb found, thank goodness the police was able to disarm it before it did any damage!

    I do not care to know why they did it...I just hope that when the police opened fire on him (justifiably so), they didn't do away with the chance of getting answers we all so desperately need!

    Yes, the response from the people of Boston was very impressive, so was the response from all the law enforcement agencies...imagine they all working together as one team, with one common goal in mind. They succeeded and it only took them 27 hours!! emoticon

    1798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/20/2013 4:53:39 PM
    1798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/5/2013 5:01:15 PM
    It's the age old question of why there is evil in the world...hard to ever know why

    I accept that there are bad people who do evil things....they have their own reasons and I may never understand what drives them to hate enough to kill innocents....I rest well knowing that we have people who make it their profession to find them and neutralize them
    1798 days ago
    Looks like you've experienced what I'd like to call the "ultimate Monday from h*ll" (don't ask me how I know about that phenomenon).....


    At least they found the second bombing suspect......

    I wish for the best for your neighbor and his family.....
    1798 days ago
    I agree that I hope he's found alive. The whole situation is just too inexplicable - we need to hear firsthand what madness these two were carrying.

    Very sad about your neighbors. Scary how your lives can change forever in a split second.
    1798 days ago
    Oh Vhal, I am so sorry about your neighbor, and also for his poor wife to be going through this. I will keep them in my thoughts. :(
    1799 days ago
  • SPERRIN2012
    emoticon I certainly don't need any reasons why the deed was done. The second scoundrel will meet the same fait as his brother. One shot (or twenty) one kill!! emoticon
    1799 days ago
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