Marathon survivors in wine country

Reporters Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman accompany Marathon-bombing survivors on a trip down the Rhone River in France:

The hours pass. The back of Michelle’s left leg is sore. She massages her scar gently, but it doesn’t take away the pain. At around 3 a.m. she stands, using her good leg for support, and makes her way over to Jeff, who’s now spinning in his wheelchair on the dance floor. They embrace. Michelle, who generally doesn’t let anyone touch the scar, holds her breath as Jeff’s hand instinctively begins rubbing her wound. His touch startles her, but she doesn’t move away.

“If I could’ve taken the blast for everyone, I would have,” he whispers.

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      I am so sick and tired of hearing about Arredondo

      How many more community celebrations do we have to tolerate his gaudy craptrains at, reminding us of death and tragedy after we've moved on and are trying to enjoy life again?
      How many more tragedies will he co-opt? For god sakes he even co-opted that firetruck that hit Mission Park...and then strung up kid's shoes all over the civil war monument after Newtown...
      When will he finally get mental health treatment for his obsession with the death of his son?

      GET OVER IT OR AT LEAST LET THE REST OF US LIVE IN PEACE - I'm so damn tired of his son's death being thrust into my face constantly. And for god sakes, you've got half of JP named after yourself, I mean, your son. Give it a rest already, pal.

      And to everyone else: STOP ENABLING HIM.

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      So you've never had to knock on wood?

      reminding us of death and tragedy after we've moved on and are trying to enjoy life again

      So you would like to forget about it and move on? That's nice dear.

      Considering that these incidents involved a large number of people from a small geographic area, either as victims or witnesses, and those people had friends and families and communities, too, I think your demand that everybody just stop it and move on is quite premature. For many in this area, the reminders still abound because, for some, this will never be over.

      Just because it isn't you or your friends or family or neighbors who are still visiting their daughter's grave daily, or need help shoveling because they aren't yet able to do so due to their injuries, etc. doesn't mean that "times up because I'm tired of it" makes any of it go away. There are simply too many people in this area who don't have the luxury of moving on and enjoying life again.

      Consider yourself lucky that you ARE done with this and that you CAN move on, and let others do what they will.

      As for Arredondo, well, he's been there and I don't mean on vacation. Like the best addiction counselors are usually former addicts, he's managed to pull himself out of grief and has the GPS for that.

      For reflection, here's the Bosstones demonstrating a more appropriate attitude to not being personally affected by tragedy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIGMUAMevH0

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      I gotta figure out how to log in

      Since Adam's policy of not using obscenity against posters by nonregistered posters affects my ability to describe what I think of you.

      I've known the Arredondos for years (post Alex' death, to be fair). When I first got to know him, and for years after him, he was a twist of emotion, dealing with the hurt in his life (he drove around with a coffin in his pickup) but still his warm side coming out. That his journey lead to this is incredible. He saved a guy's life, a guy who may be a key witness in the bombing case, and made a positive bond. That bond is a sign of hope to a lot of people.

      A guy's life was saved due to his heroism. What's so wrong with that?

      And by the way, I've only talked about the bombing with him once. I am not hanging with him, but I see him around. He does need an ordinary life.

      I should know better

      I read the lovely and moving article.

      Then I searched someone's name to see if it was the person I thought it was.

      Whyyyy have some people gone to such great lengths to "prove" that the bombings (and Sandy Hook, etc.) didn't actually happen and were a government conspiracy and everyone involved was an actor? Why do so many people seem to believe them? Is it just an inability to accept that sometimes regular people intentionally cause really horrific things to happen? I don't understand.

      Yes, that's precisely it

      Trust me, being a libertarian/anarcho-capitalist subjects me to coming across a lot of batshit crazy lunacy when trying to connect with others with my ideology. For some reason, a lot of "libertarians" and "anarchists" (note the quotes, because these people are usually delusional as to where they fit in) fall into the conspiracy camp, and I fully believe it is a mental defense mechanism. "Nobody could possibly want to hurt random people, I couldn't possibly be randomly selected to be shot!" I know people who believe EVERY single school shooting that gains national attention is a 'false flag'. It's really sad. Usually they're "anti"-government because they believe government is inherently evil and ill-intentioned, not because of any perceived economic or social benefits.

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      Makes perfect sense to me.

      Makes perfect sense to me. These are presumably the same libertarians who believe that no government regulation of any kind is necessary, because people make perfectly rational decisions that work in their own self-interest 100% of the time (and that such self-interest is always completely beneficial for society as a whole). Thus, they cannot admit to the existence of irrational behavior and have to come up with some other explanation for it.

      I'm sorry

      But I felt like a voyeur reading this article. Some things are meant to be private, especially grieving. The article just rubs me the wrong way.

      Best of luck to everyone injured or who had loved ones injured or killed. I frequently think of Martin Richard and his family. The pain must be incalcuable, even with passing time. The holidays, birthdays...horrendous.

      May the POS still alive who helped with the bombings get what's coming to him, and I don't mean 70-odd virgins.

      The "72 Virginians" joke doesn't quite work

      There's the oft-quoted joke that OBL and/or the hijackers arrive in the afterlife and are met by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, et al who repeatedly beat them up and insult them...at the end of which an angel says "I said 72 Virginians were waiting for you, what did you think I said?"

      This being Massachusetts, I don't think Virginians are the answer but I'm sure Massachusetts can provide 72 of our own instead.

      We can start with "obnoxious and disliked" John Adams and Samuel "makes Rasputin look like a wimp" Whittemore, then add 70 or so of the 263 Medal of Honor recipients.