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Old 04-15-13, 05:50 PM   #1
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How Are All Our Bostonians Doing ?

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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Nightmare!!! I can't even imagine the horror.
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There is no way to make sense of such a senseless act. Thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families.
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+1, Miss K' I hope we hear from Jim in Boston and shortly.
Thanks to all for these concerns and condolences. The Boston Marathon is such a unique and joyous occasion ushering in the springtime. That Monday is Patriotís Day, a state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord that sparked the American Revolution, so many people are off work and school.

We live on the route at the last mile and every Sunday before the race my children and I just meander the streets near the finish line enjoying the ambiance. Thousands of runners in that crowd are easily recognized by their leanness, Boston Athletic Association jackets, slim blue jeans and that determined look as they enjoy the City. On Race Day, particularly on that last mile, the streets are mobbed.

So the events today are so incongruous with the history of the Marathon, and probably do resonate more with the historical precedents of those times that tried menís souls. Indeed, was that a message intended by this act?

For myself, Iíve been pasted to the radio and TV ever since the early reports. Like one talk show host intimated early on, the initial reports to me sounded like an accidental explosion in a utlity line, that has happened before, until the deliberate nature became clear. It took a while to contact the family because cell phone service had been shut down for fear of a possible cell phone-activated IED. Itís still considered a fluid investigation as described by the authorities, so stay tuned.
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While my heart breaks for the city of Boston, I am very relieved to hear you and your family are safe, Jim.
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Guy in my boxing forum is from Boston and was about three blocks away from the finish line when it went down. He said it was pure chaos and they didn't get out of downtown for a couple of hours.

Looks to be homemade stuff since I hear they're finding buckshot scattered at the scene. Probably just some screwball. Luckily we don't live in Iraq where this happens on a much more serious scale on pretty much a weekly basis.....33 dead (so far) there from bomb blasts just today.
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Yeah, just crazy stuff....what the heck is wrong with people? Prayers and thoughts from Texas.
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Best wishes to the people of Boston, which is one of my favorite cities to visit.
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oNE OF MY p&r guys apparently works in a building one of the bombs went off outside of. Happily, he wasn't hurt. He was a bit freaked, I know, and angry, for certain.
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Too many thoughts in my head to make a sensible reply over this mindless act but my thoughts are with all those affected by this.
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My son was about a mile and a half from the explosions. He was at the finish line earlier in the day. Needless to say, both of us are shaken up. I was driving to work when I heard about it on the radio. I knew my son was in Boston for the marathon, it's a tradition for him and a couple of his pals. I about had a heart attack when I heard about it. Still trying to wrap my head around it. Thanks for the good thoughts and prayers.
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Thoughts go out to all in Boston.
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My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost a loved one or are dealing with physical and/or emotional injuries. Unfortunately, this is likely not a mindless act. It was likely done with deliberation and malice. How someone can hold that much malice and hate is well beyond my ability to comprehend. Patriot's day and the Boston Marathon have taken a hit that's going to be very hard to recover from. But, recover is what must happen, or those spewing hate will have won.
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Best wishes to all Bostonians. This was an unbelievable and horrific end to a normally great event on a great day in a great city.
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The guy from Boston in my boxing forum said his friend's coworker lost both legs in this.

He works downtown and said this: "The Boston Common looks like its being used as a tactical command post. Plenty of armoured trucks and military vehicles down here. Pretty surreal.. "
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It was likely done with deliberation and malice. How someone can hold that much malice and hate is well beyond my ability to comprehend.
Insightful comments, I guess. We're old enough to remember the Holocost. This kind of thing shouldn't be too surprising. What is surprising, frankly, is that it doesn't happen more often.

We have the Kentucky Derby and the Derby Festival, which includes a minimarathon that attracts 15,000 runners, coming up. People are pretty nervous. They will go as scheduled but we all realize that in the big scheme of things we're pretty soft targets.

What is truly contemptible is the rush of certain political groups to score cheap political shots at the expense of the people who lived through yesterday's horror.
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Present and accounted for.

I watched some of the race, then headed off on a ride. I knew nothing of this tragedy until returning to my apt. at about 6 PM. Turned on the tv and... What the ....???
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An 'eye for an eye' is awfully hard on the eyes.
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Present and accounted for.

I watched some of the race, then headed off on a ride. I knew nothing of this tragedy until returning to my apt. at about 6 PM. Turned on the tv and... What the ....???
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Having finished many marathons, I can imagine how the runners felt. When you get close to the finish, especially in a marathon like Boston where everyone is a fast marathoner just because they qualified to enter, you are exhausted and low on energy. It's like a cycling bonk. You are irritable, can't think straight, and generally a little confused and disorientated. To have a bomb go off nearby with people screaming and running around just adds to the mental mess.
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I am terribly saddened by this evil act. What surprises me is how angry I am. I am generally opposed to the death penalty for a variety of reasons. But, I want whoever did this hanged in public.
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I did the Marathon ride with a group of riders ( http://connect.garmin.com/activity/298761673 ). Basically we start at the finish in Boston, ride to the start line in Hopkinton, and then back to Boston. It was a great day for a marathon as the weather was clear but cool. When we had finished we hung around at the finish for a while to just take in the atmosphere of the race finish line. It was still early as we had to be off the roads well in advance of the 9:30 start. We were not that far from where the first bomb went off!

I am a runner first, and cyclist second so I was at first enraged that this could happen. That changed very quickly for me once I saw the tragedy unfold and the extent of the injuries became clear. I then became quite saddened, for the victims, the Marathon, and the runners. Running and cycling tend to be a somewhat selfish sport in that we typically spend our training time away from our families. Despite that family members were there to cheer on and support the runners. They were there to recognize their accomplishment, to applaud their perseverance, and to show that they understand their desire to compete.

My heart goes out to all the victims of this tragic event.
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Since I was working from home yesterday, I had some free time in the morning bike ride, and the most appropriate activity I could think of was a marathon-length ride on my now-classic made-in-USA Schwinn red-white-and-blue mountain bike, which I bought used from a San Diego firefighter. The Boston bombing hit me hard emotionally, and I needed a good dose of endorphins.
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RIP for those who lost their lives. May those injured recover as well as possible. Thoughts to all who were involved in any way.

Rhetorical question (no P&R); why are so many humans intent on killing or injuring other humans? Last Friday, just over a mile from our house, a homeless man poured a flammable liquid on a man sitting in his car in a parking lot and lit the fluid. The victim of the attack only survived for a few days. My head is fairly scrambled these days, but continuing to push for the positive.
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