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I was on my way to Mass General when the explosions happened

Thank you everyone, who sent emails. I'm ok. I wasn't there today, at the finish line of the Marathon. I have been, in past years.

The Boston Marathon takes place every year on Patriots' Day, a holiday to commemorate the start of the American Revolution at battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

For the seven years that I've been in Boston, Patriots' Day has always been festive: It is a special day:A holiday that we get that the rest of the country doesn't. Spring is just beginning, the weather is unpredictably warm and windy, and buds are just emerging on the trees. The bars are packed with revelers enjoying their day off, watching the Marathon, and getting drunk. All day long you see the lanky runners throughout the city, their numbers still pinned to their jerseys, space-age foil blankets around their shoulders. Some are alone; some with one loved ones; others together in a gaggle of friends. No matter what, you feel proud of them, in awe of them: These are competitors in the Boston Marathon.

This year I had been so busy getting ready to move that it had completely slipped my mind. A couple of weeks ago, in all the packing and moving and hoisting of boxes and furniture, I somehow managed to injure my left arm. Initially I thought it was just a muscle strain that would heal quickly. Then I thought it was some form of tendinitis. Now I'm not sure what it is. But after two weeks of chronic pain and a gimpy arm that is not of much use, I figured it was time to see the doctor.

But since parking downtown can set you back $25 for an hour, I decided to drive to Samantha's workplace, park there and take the free shuttle in to MGH. While I was waiting for the shuttle, I saw the news on my phone: Explosions at Boston Marathon.

My subconscious defenses went up. Of course you don't want to believe the worst. You don't want to believe it is "terrorism." Not in your own city. Not in America.

When we first came to Boston in the summer of 2005, terrorism was at "top of mind," as marketers like to say. It was not lost on me that our entry point to the U.S., Boston's Logan Airport, was the purported departure point of AA Flight 11, which is said to have hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. The London Underground & bus bombing of 7/7/2005was still raw and fresh. For the first few months, every time I rode Boston's rickety, old, overcrowded Green Line (America's first subway) the thought of London was right there, "top of mind." (Is that guy a terrorist? How would I escape if this train got bombed? Where are the exits?) Homeland Security kept us in a state of constant terror with its color coded alert system. The subway system bombarded us with the message: "If you see something, say something."

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In time, that fear dissipated. Life went back to normal - more or less - aside from the occasional attempted random stop & search by Boston Police when entering the subway system. I did not hesitate to turn around and walk to the next stop (thankfully in Boston, the subway stops are mercifully close) when I saw the cops.

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Today when I first read the news on my phone (at Marketwatch.com, of all places. My main concern was the $100 drop in gold, and today's stock market slide) my hope was that it was some kind of fluke: Maybe a transformer blew. Or there was a gas leak in a restaurant. Please, not "terrorism." Please, don't revive those old fears that have long been put to rest. Please, no deaths. Please, no injuries. Not here. Not in my adopted hometown of Boston, this city that I have grown to love and cherish, with its deep history and tradition. Not on this day, the festive day of the Boston Marathon, the anniversary of the Revolution.

But the more I read, the more I realized it was not the case.

Samantha reminded me that the Virginia Tech Massacre happened on Boston Marathon Day, in 2007. She remembered hearing the news when we were at the finish line six years ago, right next to the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street. Still new to Boston, we were there, watching the runners cross the finish line, just across the street from where one of today's bombs went off.

And as a resident of this city, you can't help but imagine: If things were different - maybe if I weren't moving - I might've been down there today at the finish line, cheering the runners on at the end, like I was six years ago.

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After reading the news, I didn't think it wise to go to the hospital. Not only because MGH would be overwhelmed with patients who needed help more than me and my gimpy arm. My gimpy arm could wait.

Sadly, my first thought was that I didn't want to be the victim of a "double tap."

"Double tap?" Samatha said.

Reflexively I explained, "It's what the Americans do, in places like Afghanistan. They bomb a place once with the drones. Then when others rush in to help, they bomb it again."

And as I said it, the words shocked me: "The Americans." It must be how the people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Africa describe me. Not to mention you: The Americans.

Because the acts perpetrated against us today are only a small taste of what we - The Americans - do to others on a daily basis.

And the thought of it made me cry.

How evil. The thought that another bombing might happen at Mass General - right here in Boston - as an added cruelty. The thought that whoever perpetrated the first bombing would use the technique - one learned from The Americans - on us. The thought that Sam and I - innocent bystanders - could be victims. And the thought that there were already real victims. Three dead. Countless others injured. Were any of them our friends, acquaintances? Samantha's colleague - a beautiful young 23 year old student of neuroscience - we knew was at the Marathon. Could she have been a victim? If so, how senseless it would have been. In fact, three are dead, hundreds more injured. How senseless indeed it is.

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I don't have cable. I'm one of the TV Zero households that terrifies marketers. I haven't been subject to the non-stop, repetitive barrage of coverage that has no doubt been occurring since the bombings today at 3pm EDT. Thank God.

But I did see some of the coverage. Instead of going to the hospital today, we drove back home, and stopped in Davis Square. I imagined everyone eyeing their phone was reading about the tragedy downtown. Walking by the Five Horses Tavern, we saw through the window the news was on. And because we don't have TV, Samantha wanted to go inside and see.

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The Five Horses is a sports bar. It is a lively, happening joint, normally loud and filled with drunk reveling Tufts students and sports fans cheering on the Patriots or the Red Sox. It has a beautiful bar with overpriced burgers and an overpriced Sunday brunch. Perfect for the entitled students of Tufts. The kind of place (for me) that you go to once, and never go back to again.

Today it should have been alive with chatter and merriment, with Marathon finishers enjoying a beer. Instead, it was like a tomb. We walked in, and the place was dead silent except for the news that was on all of the multitude of TVs, showing repeats of the explosion at the finish line. News conferences by the police. Explanations of what happend. Over and over again.

The hostess tried to seat us, but we said we just came in to see the news, and she said that was fine. And we stood at the entrance and watched. Watched what all the people sitting down were watching. The place was still packed, but there was no joy - not as there should have been today, on Patriots' day, on Boston Marathon Day, on the 238th anniversary of the start of our Revolution.

It was stone cold silent, all the patrons staring remorsefully at the screens, faces long, silverware sadly clinking against plates. Others had their heads buried deep in their phones, reading news, or texting with their friends, who hopefully - and thankfully - were uninjured.

After several minutes, another party came in after us. I didn't want to stay. I didn't want to watch. I'll read the rest in tomorrow's Boston Globe. "C'mon, let's go," I said. And we left.

For now, I'm thankful to be alive, and I'm thankful to be free. For now.



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I have offered a prayer and a hymn...

... concerning the tragedy in Boston. If you are so inclined, please come over and post your own prayer. God bless.

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

also not having a television--

I didn't hear about this until hours later, and then I only heard that it had happened; I didn't get details until today.

I am glad you are safe.

Another friend with a family member in the marathon just found out that that family member is safe, too.

Thank you for all the other things you wrote as well.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Happy to hear you are ok.

I have a nephew in Boston, but I knew he would not have been anywhere near the marathon, so I wasn't worried.

I'm no expert on the history of double-taps, but I'm pretty sure I was reading about the Muslims using them in Israel (car bomb and then a suicide bomber after the ambulances arrived) before we started using drones.

glad your alright Michael

It's really a sad thing to happen and I really feel bad for the people who have to go through this. The dead and the injured.

A few facebook pages my friends mother is subscribed to the first thing they posted was that Alex Jones had called it a false flag. The people who post on the pages she visits are mostly liberals and progressives. Their first comments and thoughtless rants were all about blaming the right-wing, tea party supporters etc and most of them made geartless jokes that it was probably their fault. I couldn't sit back and ignore them so I first tore into them asking if they had done any research themselves. Then telling them that 30 people died in a bombing in Afghanistan. Only to be told that they don't care about the people in Afghanistan.

Hope It's not a rotary cup injury Micheal. My dad has a permanent injury to his and has to deal with chronic pain from it.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
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I forgot to say that I am so glad to know you. You have been a great support in my increased sense of knowledge about the government. You are a hero just like all the other contributors on this web site. May you have this site available for a thousand years. Well, at least for 100 .

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Yes Michael , so glad that you are ok. Thank God Sam is safe. I heard that you are selling your condo. Someone said that you had this incredible painter transform your entire complex.

It's amazing what a coat of paint can do. It can create illusions just like the government.

I feel terrible about the Dorchester family. The loss that they received yesterday is beyond repair. May God shine love into them so as to give them a little peace.

These are difficult times. American are not use to this terrorist actions. I fear that this is only the beginning. May I be wrong 1000%.

On a good note, today was beautiful. The rest of the week looks good.

That's good news!!

Glad to hear you and Miss Sam are OK...been thinking of you and wondering. Very well-written piece, btw!! Thank you for your personal perspective on this.
I remember after 9-11 and then again after 7-7, how the same scenes and rhetoric were regurgitated by the media over-and-over, just as Goebbells instructed. Keep the sheep scared and nervous...they'll beg for protection from the wolves, at any price.

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Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

I was thinking about you Michael...

...and hoping you were nowhere near there.

Stay safe.

Having read your post I could not help but agree with the part about the evil things we've been doing in the middle east for so many years.

I hadn't heard of the "double tap" trick though, and my heart cries for those poor Afghanis who had nothing to do with anything but who we kill on a daily basis.

Unless the citizens of this country wake up and demand that our representatives STOP killing people around the world then things like this are going to multiply.

Unfortunately the sheeples are too busy watching "Dancing With the Stars" to know or care about the evil their government is doing in foreign distant lands.

But they're going to notice if things like this start happening.

But of course, their government will pick out a certain country or ethnicity and tell the sheeples to hate THOSE people.

So in the end they'll proceed with their agenda anyway.

I think the majority of this country is too far gone to think for themselves anymore.

The indoctrination has been nearly comnplete.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

About that shoulder

I had a similar problem two years ago after moving and doing lots of painting, including ceilings. Found a great local massage therapist experienced in Bowen technique and another experienced in trigger point therapy. They worked miracles and have now regained full use of my shoulder, arm and hand. No need for doctors or their drugs.

Thank God you are OK and I'm glad you didn't see a doctor. Who knows what might have happened!

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Thank you for the info

And your wishes of love.

My love to you.
Michael

Thank you Michael, for your perspective on this

horrific event. We mourn with you for this tragic event and the likely horrific response our government may take. We went to hear Ron Paul at the FAU event and it once again reminded me how crazy or wicked our current foreign policy is. It also reminds us of how these events are used as justification to remove more of our liberties. We stand beside you!

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I agree with your comments

I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. I have one question, where was Homeland Security in all of this?

Listing Patriotic Citizens who believe in the Rule of Law...

(and in particular the First through Fifth Amendments) as 'persons of interest'.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Homeland Security failed in

Homeland Security failed in preventing the bombing - their sole purpose for being. I find it interesting the MSM is ignoring that fact.

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Glad that you are O.K.

Is that pain in your upper arm or shoulder, and does it gets worse as you move your arm over your head? If yes, you could have a torn rotator cuff. Hope it's just tendinitis or sore muscles from all of the moving activities.

I suppose it could be any

I suppose it could be any kind of repetitive stress injury. Stay away from the computer for a week and see if it improves.

These PREMEDITATED CRIMES.....will continue happening

with regularity.....until the EVIL ELITES get their way. So, expect this.

Stay out of crowds.

Nice post--well, not nice but

Nice post--well, not nice but informative--I think u knew what I meant. By the way, my ex-husband had (seemingly) the same arm thing you have, gotten by pulling the cord on a boat motor. He went to several doctors to no avail. Then one (who he thought was a quack) told him to take 8 aspirin a day. He thought it was ridiculous. I told him was cheap enough to try it, so why not? Well, he did and it cured him in a few days after 6 months of pain. Couldn't hurt..?

Thank you for your detailed report Michael

All I will say is stay safe.

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You were in all our thoughts yesterday, Michael

Good to know you are safe. Thanks for the post.

The DP is proof that the grassroots support for Ron Paul and his peaceful message of individual liberty is large, real, and not going away!

Bombs Are For Cowards

As FBI profilers will tell you, bombs and arson is for people with low self-esteem/cowardice. It allows bombers to get revenge, or strike terror, or kill people without actually confronting their victims. I suspect people who write computer worms and viruses are the same.

It's certainly not sporting.

We (the U.S.) should stop being part of the problem, that's for sure.

Maybe we should turn every discussion about banning guns into a discussion about banning bombs.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Glad to see you are well, Mike

I found out yesterday a "friend of a friend" who is an avid marathoner (she's run in something like 10 marathons so far this year!) was only a mile from the explosions as they went off yesterday. Thankfully she is also fine. Although this kind of thing is not without precedent, it is still very sad that some person, or people, should do such a despicable thing to anyone engaged in the spirit of competition and sport. I have a feeling this will eventually be found to be the work of some deranged loner.

It's good to know you are well.

It sucks when the tragedy hits close to home.

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So what do say we run this next year?

You , me and anyone else that says F you to those that want us shut down?

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I wondered about you last night

and am so glad to hear you are OK. Thank you for your first hand experience and thoughts. I had never heard of "double tap." I saw a video where that happened though. So now I know what to call it.

If you think any of the pain is stemming from your elbow you might get an arm band. It did the trick for me and I was still able to use my arm while the tendon healed. My elbow made my whole arm ache and then my back etc. etc. as my body tried to compensate with protection for that one tendon.

http://www.metromedicalonline.com/19-500.html

I just got one at the local drug store. I am including the link so you can see how to wear it below the elbow. Some how the pressure fools your brain not to use the inflamed tendon.

Of course my MD didn't tell me about that. I friend on eBay whose husband does heavy lifting gave me the tip. My MD gave me a steriod shot and a steriod perscription and I was a basket case on steriods. Crying a pool of tears in the middle of the night while sitting in the dark on the kitchen floor. Not doing that again!

Best wishes Michael.

...

I know this will sound dumb but

Where are you going Mike? You said you were getting ready to move?

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Thanks

for the update and the perspective Michael. I thought about calling you but assumed the phones were jammed like they were on 9/11. You guys were in my thoughts ever since I heard about the explosion, which was a couple of hours after it happened.
We'll catch up soon. Consider some Arnica cream for that arm in the meantime. It's good for bruises, strains, and sprains.
It's amazing how life as we know it can change in the blink of an eye.

i had to stop there..

Doubletap brought tears to my eyes too...

But you are right and what a sad state our country is in... to worry our actions would be used on us.

:(

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Glad you and the Missus are OK

Ben Swann occasionally does a video with the Cincinnati skyline behind him. It gives me a sort of hollow feeling - the stadium is gone... I can only imagine how hollow that feeling might be if the stadium was gone due to "terrorist attack."
Best wishes to you both.

PS - if you can find any arnica linament for your arm, that is what I would recommend. Not the homeopathic stuff, you want full strength tincture or linament. If you want it and can't find it let me know, I have a local herbalist that is awesome, and I'll send you some.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

We LOVE you brother!

Thanks for letting us know you're safe.

Prayers to all.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

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