Entry 595

Apr. 16th, 2013 12:58 am
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I should be getting ready for bed, since I work early in the morning, but right now I feel like I have to write. So I decided my journal would be a good place.

I'm sure a lot of you out there, both friendslist regulars and others, have at least heard about the marathon bombings (and yes, bombings...several bombs, luckily only two went off).

Granted, you might be thinking "but you don't live there, so you must be counting your blessings, right?" Yes, that's true. My family and friends are safe and sound. I do hope others are finding their loved ones and being reunited after this chaos. To those who have lost people, my heart goes out to them. To those facing the long road of recovery, I wish them very well.

From where I live, it's roughly three or four hours to drive to the Boston-Logan area. I've made the trip with my brothers a few times, and at least once I got the brief tour of the landmarks. It really is quite an incredible city.

People online have been talking, as they do, and it's been brought up that this week in history is full of rather horrifying things. I had almost forgotten how many events were in this one week.

I'm not claiming any theories here. I simply think it's a shame that we add one more event to a long list that continues to grow. Some of the news reporters brought up 9/11.

My mind went back even further, to the Oklahoma City bombings. If anyone needs an example of 'domestic' terrorism, that's one right there. This event certainly seems similar.

Seven bombs confirmed. Two detonated, the others were found and disposed of before they could do anything. The reports continue.

I have a feeling this is yet another thing we'll all be talking about for many days afterward.

Also, to those who are wondering what "Patriot's Day" is, it's really a regional thing. Mass has it as a state holiday, and my own state basically inherited it from them. After all, long ago we were part of them. There's actually a wiki page about it, for those who want to know.

(There's also a wiki page started for the bombing. I'm not surprised.)

I certainly admire those who jumped into action at the scene, and the medical workers doing their jobs well into the overnight. Keep up the caffeine, gang.

(Also, a random note: while it's nice to see people giving shout-outs to the Newtown incident and those who were both attending the race and participating in it? It would be rather nice if you could remember to spell the name right. It's 'Newtown' (as in CT) and not 'Newton' (as in one of the race points in MA). Thank you.)

So while I sit here and watch news reports update, watch comment counts rise for LJ entries that are discussing the news, and try to clear my head, I type this. My own list is quiet.

My thoughts are with those affected. It will be a long road ahead, much longer than the race.

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Date: 2013-04-17 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgo186.livejournal.com
Oh, I remember 9/11 all too well. One of my school friends spent our entire lunch period in tears because her dad worked somewhere either in or near DC and she had no idea if he was okay. Luckily, he hadn't even gone into work that day! It was certainly good to hear he was safe.

My entire science class that day was spent watching the news. All after-school activities cancelled. Quite a memory.

I hope whoever did this is caught and punished as severely as possible. I don't want our country to become one where every day we live in fear that more incidents like these will happen.

*sends hugs*

Date: 2013-04-16 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fic-for-all.livejournal.com
I haven't made any posts about the bombings on my social media stuff due to other people saying nearly word-for-word what my feelings are on the matter. I don't have any family that I'm aware of in the area (my grandmother was originally from Boston, but she moved down here), but like you, I'm keeping the people affected in my thoughts. It's disturbing, in the very least, that there are people out there sick enough to orchestrate something this hurtful/terrifying.

Date: 2013-04-17 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgo186.livejournal.com
Not just orchestrating something like this, but how many details they had. This was certainly well-planned...a lovely holiday with the annual race, kids on school break, and tons of people in town for the event. The bombs had vicious shrapnel in them, and were placed right where they could do a bunch of damage. Someone knew, and they planned this for maximum chaos. I hope they get busted.

Perhaps someday the world should just be reset. Maybe starting over would help.

Date: 2013-04-17 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fic-for-all.livejournal.com
Sorry for the late reply, LJ's not telling me when people reply to my posts (wtf, LJ?). I heard on the news yesterday that the shrapnel may have been picked up from the blast rather than being in the bomb itself, but c'mon, really? BBs or ball bearings and screws don't magically get dropped in Boston every day. They're thinking now that it was some sicko who watched last year's marathon and timed this crap to hurt as many people as they could. I'd agree with starting the world over someday, but people will always be people and until that changes I feel we're just going to have nutjobs who sell crap no matter what. =/


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