I rode into work through the Back Bay area today. It was very strange. Bomb sniffing dogs, national guard with rifles, absolute gridlock bumper to bumper traffic, and lots and lots of media trucks with cameras and reporters.
The entire thing felt surreal, is this really happening in our sleepy little metropolis? Its been so…weird…just so nuts the last few days. So many emotions, and they surge and fade. I keep thinking about losing a leg, and not being able to ride my bike the same way as before, and what those poor families who have lost loved ones must be going through. And why for the love of all things good and pure someone would do such a horrible and useless act. I am not sure I will ever understand fully, or really ever come to terms with this, but I think the best thing we can do is continue to do what we did before. Live our lives, live them free, and full of love and compassion.
I do have a couple of suggestions for folks thinking about going anywhere downtown in the next couple days/weeks:
Leave your car at home. You will not be going much faster than a toddler waddles, and I saw more than one car overheating in the gridlock.
Get on your bike, its gorgeous out there, and its really the fastest way to get anywhere these days.
Tell the people close to you that you love them.
I want to here from you, what have your experiences been like? Have you been riding in that area? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
Tags: love all you, marathon bombing, open thread
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