Wow! That almost never happens

Update: April 17th

The random decision to walk in the street and eventually outside the yellow tape ended up being key here. I had no idea what was up ahead. Anderson Cooper with a pressure cooker. So I guess I made a guest appearance on CNN’s new live Boston cooking show… uh-haha, not funny, I know. But wait til you see Erin Burnett and Jake Tapper yukking it up in the next one.

Copley Pt.I

Copley Pt.II

April 15th

I was 140 yards [I’ve revised this to 125 yards, I thought initially the blast was more in front of bank of America] from the first bomb when it went off. I turned and saw the dust cloud coming at me as I heard the second one go off. Weird day. Have tons of video of the area from Saturday and this morning.

32 Replies to “Wow! That almost never happens”

  1. well, are you going to post any of your video? not sure what the one above is supposed to depict. is it yours?

    140 yards = 420 feet. that must have been loud. good thing there were lots of people hanging around to contain the blast, i guess.

    good to know you’re okay. you did check yourself over for schrapnel wounds?

  2. Good to hear from you, JR… had a feeling you were down there with the viddy-cam.

    Now that you’ve survived, and me n’ Doom have survived (somewhat) your visual experiment, could you switch back to a non-bat-cave background? I begged Bif yesterday to change it, but he says you’re the only one in charge.

  3. dave, in case you missed it over at america2.0:

    “i see where dave is going with this reasoning. natural history will record an extinction event. it will likely be human-induced. unfortunately, any surviving species may not be able to read history as we do for some time, if ever at all (contingent evolution–see Gould), so the event will be buried in deep time, although the remains will be everywhere on the surface for awhile. the human-induced extinction event will be part of nature, because humans are part of nature. it cannot be stopped because humans have evolved to adapt, so they will adapt and rationalize (the Arctic Ocean is melting, but it’s happened before in natural history, so it must be OK, we’ll adapt, carry on then…*) right up to the brink and then the end.

    * the really smart ones, like Hawking, see this coming and wish to preserve the species by placing some in colonies “off site”, which would be anywhere within reasonable reach, e.g., Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, interplanetary space. those lucky ones could recolonize Earth after it has enough time to repair itself, perhaps sped up some by geoengineering. then rinse, repeat, i guess, unless truly sapien.”

  4. FYI, per the Mayo Clinic:

    Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms typically start within three months of a traumatic event. In a small number of cases, though, PTSD symptoms may not appear until years after the event.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are generally grouped into three types: intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, and increased anxiety or emotional arousal (hyperarousal).

    Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:

    Flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time
    Upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
    Symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing may include:

    Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
    Feeling emotionally numb
    Avoiding activities you once enjoyed
    Hopelessness about the future
    Memory problems
    Trouble concentrating
    Difficulty maintaining close relationships
    Symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional arousal may include:

    Irritability or anger
    Overwhelming guilt or shame
    Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much
    Trouble sleeping
    Being easily startled or frightened
    Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there

  5. wow, that’s a really nice, shiny pressure cooker! i have an old aluminum one. i wuz worried about being accused, until i saw your video. no way they’ll bother with me and my old oxidized aluminum cooker. mine’s bigger, though, lots of room for stuff inside.

    JR, did you consider asking Erin for a date? she looks pretty good, even without all that make up on. smart, too.

  6. hey doom, thanks. i haven’t looked over there in a couple of days. i really don’t like getting sucked into online debates these days.

  7. doom, just to let you know, i replied to you and some others at america2.0; but i guess that jh decided to filter them out.

  8. dave, i saw at least one of your replies. thanks.

    wow, the boston militarized police sure are making short work of apprehening those suspects, one dead in a shootout and the younger brother still at large as the manhunt continues. he’s totally made, so he might as well surrender.

    just to be safe, don’t be using your pressure cooker for a few days, JR.

  9. yes, those conditions are similar or at least compatible. good to know you are prepared for lock-down both mentally and physically. but i wuz directing the question to our beantown colleague about his present status.

  10. yeah, modern life sucks, especially for the poor.

    here in downtown metro “paradise”, we have certain homeless folks occupying strategic positions throughout town. one lady lives under the H-1 freeway overpass near the U. she has lots of cardboard to sleep on the otherwise bare concrete. she also has a make-believe TV or computer, which is just an old, bare CRT. she comes and goes with a “borrowed” shopping cart full of bulging plastic bags. the place is well lit at night, so she must feel secure there, in full view of all passing traffic.

    another lady parks herself on the apex of a bridge near one of our shopping centers every evening. as we pass in our SUV, she’s always sitting on the sidewalk, staring out toward the marina. perhaps she’s counting boats or the few fish that live there. in a dictatorship, someone would put her to work counting such things, or watching for any terrorists that might show up. they’d give her a badge, a cell phone, and a counter.

    they and their brethren will soon be gone, because the city & county has passed a law prohibiting occupation of the sidewalks. the sidewalks are for everyone, therefore they are not for anyone. the local occupy movement (remember them?) is very much against this new law, as they will now have no place else left to occupy, having already been prohibited to camp in the public parks or on private property.

    it will cost $200 to claim any confiscated items, like their $20 tents, etc. being poor means losing some of your freedoms in this fine country.

  11. thanks dave, for reminding us what we’re fighting for. maybe i’ll do a pictorial “homeless babes of honolulu”, or somethin l’dat.

  12. no surprise considering the geographical ignorance of typical mericans. recall this is the country that was supposedly attacked by arab terrorists (all from Saudi Arabia, but nevermind) and then invaded and occupied Iraq for the deed. close enough, i guess.

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