Shell shocked Tuesday

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Shell shocked Tuesday
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Tue, 04-16-2013 - 7:23am

I'm not going to turn on the TV, I'm not going to turn on the TV. It's just too mesmerizing to keep watching the same news reel.  Sj, how are you and your brother doing in the aftermath? How is Boston?

I'm just walking w/ a friend today and taking it easy . At some point, I'll start running again but have to get motivated.  What are you all up to?






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 04-17-2013 - 12:08pm

I was thinking of those runners, too. Even in a good situation, it's tough meeting up after a huge race. I read that some wandered around for hours, walking the equivalent of 10 miles after, because they couldn't get to their hotels and couldn't find their friends/family.  Sad as it is, from now on, people will have contingeny plans.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 04-17-2013 - 12:07pm

I can't imagine having gone through that or being there.  I agree--when things like this happen, I'm most touched by the number of people who go out of their way to help others. We know there are lunatics out there so it's reassuring that most everyone else is good.  Boston IS great for major events.  Living in a free society, we have to accept that we're not going to be completely safe but we can be alert. My cousin's family is in Beijing for a few years.  His wife was saying his daughter, at 16, could go to clubs at night, come home at all hours and she knew she was safe.  When people have no freedoms and can be/will be arrested easily, crime is pretty low. But you have no freedom from them either.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 8:52pm

SJ, I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like there. I turned the news on and I haven't been able to turn it off. The horrible stories of what happened to people is unbelievable. And I got to thinking about all those thousands of runners who didn't finish and couldn't find their family members or friends for hours.What a nightmare.

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 8:21pm
The city is surreal today...I walk by the back of the State House on my way to work...there are usually Park Rangers directing traffic..today there were State Police with cars with lights flashing. I walk through Mass General Hospital to gt to the gym. There were portable cameras at the entrance to the driveway and National Guard with automatic weapons at the door...but for the one act of cowardice there are thousands of stories of courage and probably a million kindnesses. I had so many calls and emails as people learned how close I was...but the picture of the 8 year old buy tears me up...on Sunday, I shared a cab with a runner from Los Angeles and her mother...the cabs are tough to get on an event weekend...and I was bragging about how great the city was for events...Marathon, July 4, first Night...I am so angry that this could happen. I know that the person responsible will be caught, but the collective damage to people's psyches will linger. The Marathon is so great...a world class event, and free...it is during school vacation, and is frequently one of the first nice days. Many people know someone who is running, even if it is a freind of a freind....and personally, I am angry for my brother, who didn't have even five minutes to enjoy his accomplishment. It's odd, where I was standing, a woman met her father, and she was crying because she hadn't met her goal to finish in three hours...I bet she felt differently about things last night. Today I thought about how it would hav been if I hadn't met up with my brother before the explosion...the horrible hours looking for him...I feel so lucky that we were together...anyway...enough about that. I went to the gym today..6 minute bike warmup, lifting for chest/back, abs, ran 1.5 miles, 20:50...not too fast, but done. I'll try to focus n everyone else tomorrow....
Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 9:33am

I have forced myself not to turn on the TV as well. And I have to stay off FB today. One of my friends daughters had two girls commit suicide at her school over the last two days. It is nothing but tragedy everywhere. I have to get things done before I tune in and get consumed today. 

I did a weight circuit yesterday so it's walking a few miles today. Not sure if I will make it to the park or not as we are having off and on thundershowers. 

Hope everyone is able to stay sane today with all this madness going on around us. +++++++

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 8:54am

I haven't turned on the TV yet.  We usually watch The Today Show during breakfast so I imagine I'll get my fill then.  

I'm doing strength today.  I have some errands to run and then headed down to OP's house.  My mom is arriving tomorrow so I'm trying to keep my zen hat from flying off.  I love my mom but her visits tend to be really stressful.  I'm trying to change the way I think about them.