A man jumping in front of a Red Line train at Davis Square ruins Jeff's day off.
(Thanks to The Somerville News for bringing this story to my attention.)
Usually, I am big fan of irreverent humor. However, I was disturbed by the tone of this post: "A man jumping in front of a Red Line train at Davis Square ruins Jeff's day off". Reading Jeff's moving account of his imaginative interpretation of the dead man's despair and his own shock at witnessing such annihilation, it is absolutely clear that Jeff was trying to convey far more than having a bad day.
Witnessing violence of such magnitude is a shock to one's entire self, physical, emotional, and spiritual. And to put yourself in the physical, emotional, and spiritual shoes of the man who felt such an extreme need to die, as Jeff has, in act of amazing compassion and courage.
Let us never take someone else's deep despair and violent death - and another's compassionate & grieving response - as trivially as you have in this post.
My apologies to you and to anyone else who was offended by this post. I did not intend to make light of this tragedy, only to bring it to people's attention. It has not been reported anywhere other than in Jeff's blog and in Somerville's two small weekly newspapers.
I was actually standing at the other end of the platform when this happened -- but I didn't know what had happened at the time. All I knew then was that an inbound train had stopped suddenly, with a loud squealing noise, only 1/3 of the way into the station. Where we were standing, we just kept waiting for it to pull the rest of the way in; then, about five minutes later, everyone was told to leave the station.