My neighbors across the street compete in marathons and other similar events all over the world. Both athletes — he’s a Miami Beach lifeguard, she’s a critical care nurse. They’ve participated in the Boston Marathon for years. They were there this year as well. Turns out, according to the Miami Hurled, they’re okay.
That’s good, because in this suburban neighborhood, we don’t even need the parking spaces.
What amazes me most is the instant-analysis — all ridiculously speculative and agenda-building — that the media foisted on the public. Naturally, Muslim terrorists were mentioned early, as well as “right-wing hate groups.” All this without a shred of evidence. E.g., the New York tabloids reported that the Boston police had a suspect “of Saudi descent” in isolation at an area hospital, which was denied an hour later.
If I were in charge, I would investigate the following:
- Disgruntled taxpayers. It’s April 15!
- Bitter, overworked IRS agents. See above. Besides, why should postal workers have all the fun?
- Lance Armstrong. Jealous druggie is washed up and disgraced, and the Boston Marathon rules.
- Yankees fans. Say no more.
But at this writing, nobody knows. So unlike the media, stuff your biases back up your ass and wait for the facts. Meanwhile, there are corpses and (former) runner with their legs blown off. Blood and bones everywhere, according to the NY Times.
I’m looking forward to hearing the inside, eyewitness story when my neighbors arrive home this week. But give them credit for keeping a sense of humor. He texted me that he’s got souvenir tee shirts: “I Had a Blast at the 2013 Boston Marathon” and “Boston Marathon 2013 — Run for Your Life.”
If only that was true and/or funny.