Boston Marathon 2013

Update – I wrote this post Thursday afternoon before knowing about the continued events that are unfolding today. Everyone in the Boston area – please stay safe!

I have tried multiple times to put words around my feelings about what happened in Boston on Monday. But it’s been hard to do. At the same time, it has proven helpful for me, so here are my thoughts on the tragedy.

Having recently moved out of Boston to Ohio, I still feel like Boston is my home. When I meet people here in Cincinnati, I always make a point to say that I just moved here from Boston. I guess the word “just” is relative and at some point, that won’t be part of my introduction. But I don’t know when that will happen.

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Marathon Monday has always been my favorite day of the year in Boston. The day is full of magic and inspiration. I have to admit that when I first heard people talking about how great Marathon Monday was, I was skeptical. I didn’t see how standing outside to watch a bunch of runners could stand up to the hype. Then I went to my first Boston Marathon. And I was hooked.

Since we lived near Coolidge Corner, our yearly routine was to hit up Coolidge Corner Clubhouse for some food, a beer, and to watch the elite men and women cross the finish line on the TV. Then we’d head out to the course. We’d start by cheering at Coolidge Corner for a while, always checking our phones to track where people we knew were at on the course. We’d slowly work our way down to the finish line, cheering on the runners and just enjoying the atmosphere that is Marathon Monday in Boston.

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One year we went to the Red Sox game. Hubby and I both hated it. We wished we were out with the crowds, high-fiving runners, screaming their names to encourage them, and clapping to cheer them on. That’s exactly what we did once we left Fenway that year.

This year we had planned to fly back to Boston for the weekend and stay for Marathon Monday. With the timing of getting our new house and the expenses associated with that, we decided not to make that trip.

This might sound crazy, but Hubby and I both wish we had been there. Sure, we’re glad that we are safe here in Ohio (I know our parents are too). But processing this tragedy from 1000+ miles away has been difficult to say the least. I found out about the bombing on Facebook Monday afternoon. I instantly starting emailing and texting friends to make sure everyone was safe. Luckily, everyone we talked to was safe, as well as their friends and families. I found someone to cover my Monday night meetings and went home in a daze.

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Hubby and I both had a strong desire to be in Boston on Monday night. We felt so helpless here in Ohio. We sat in our living room, listening to WBUR streaming through our computer while reading everything online we could find about the bombings. We’ve seen the Google Document where people offered a place to stay for anyone affected by the marathon. We’ve read the stories about the marathon runners who ran to the hospital to give blood. And the first responders who ran towards the second blast.

The stories go on and on of people in Boston helping others in need. But we can’t help anyone here. I can’t even give my friends a hug. Most people in Cincinnati don’t feel the same sadness, anger, and sheer confusion around the events that took place on Monday. So Hubby and I have been sharing this experience together. But at the same time, we both feel very alone in this new city of ours.

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I know that we are pretty lucky in the fact that no one we know got hurt. And I realize that complaining about dealing with the emotions of this attack from far away is nothing in comparison to what some other families are dealing with this week. I wanted to share my feelings and open a discussion for anyone else who loves Boston and hates what happened. Boston is a strong community and the city will make it through this tough time. I have no doubt about that.

Here are some other articles that fellow bloggers have written about the tragedy. If you’ve seen others out there, add the link in the comments.

Fiona from A Boston Food Diary wrote about the Boston community. This post had me in tears and rings so true to the attitude of Bostonians.

My friend Nick is a video game blogger and he lives 3 doors down from the house with the boat where they found Suspect #2. He writes about it on his blog, Applied Gaming.

Kirsten from Cake, Batter, and Bowl wrote about a friend who started fundraising for victims of the attack.

Shannon from Tri to Cook wrote about her experience with the marathon, where she volunteers every year.

Megan from Delicious Dishings wrote about her feelings from Monday.

Brianne from Sweet Cheeks in the Kitchen wrote about her experience on Monday. Her husband ran the race and they were waiting for a table at the Cheesecake Factory when the bombs went off.

Brianne’s post led to me to her friend Amy’s blog… Amy from The Lawsons did Dallas! also wrote about the experience. She was with Brianne, along with both of their young sons at the time of the explosions.

Kristen from Decorate This! wrote about her experience as a spectator the day of the race. Her husband finished before the bombings, but they weren’t able to get ahold of each other due to spotty service immediately following the tragedy.

And her husband, Jeff from I was Born Ready wrote about his experience as a runner. I love reading stories about marathon runners, they always make me cry. Jeff summarizes his feelings in a very real way that hit home for me.

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26 Responses to “I got to meet Alton Brown!!”

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    stephchows — October 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    OMG that inscription is fabulous!!! hahahahaha Alton is totally a cute nerdy guy… I would have tried to hug him for sure!

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    gaga — October 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    That’s so awesome, I’d love to meet him too! I tried the chewy and it didn’t work out, but I blame that on myself. NONE of my cookie recipes turn out right, and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong…

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    Jade — October 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I love what he wrote!! It would be so awesome to meet him!

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    Megan — October 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    That is wonderful! It’s such a great feeling when you get to meet someone who inspires you so much!!

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    mamakrystal — October 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh, you’re so lucky! What a great inscription. I would totally frame that book!

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    Joe — October 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve found such a huge Alton Brown fan. He’s like the food version of Mr. Wizard, another nerd show I watched back in the day. I think Good Eats and Iron Chef America are my two favorite Food Network shows. Your night sounds like a blast, I’m sorry I didn’t hear about it and get to join in fun.

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    VeggieGirl — October 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    SO fabulous that you met him!!

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    Kerstin — October 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Oh how cool, I’m totally jealous! πŸ™‚

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    oneordinaryday — October 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I just looked in the mirror. It’s true what they say…. I AM GREEN. LOL So exciting. I watched the 10th anniversary show last night on FN. I love him!!
    (Side note: I think he got toooo skinny. He needs to be fattened up a smidge!)

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    laurasrecipecollection — October 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    That’s awesome! His inscription is so funny!

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    Karin — October 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Alton Brown is the ONLY FN star I would want to meet ever! And I live in his State..his county…heck… his city and shop where he shops. I never get to “bump” into him πŸ™‚

    You are so so lucky!!

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    Katrina — October 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Awesome! I love meeting people like that and I love it even more when they are cool and nice in person!

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    Edie — October 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Sitting in RI jealous that you got to meet AB. You are so right about The Chewy! That’s the ONLY recipe I use now.
    HUGE AB fans down here πŸ™‚
    Lucky you!!

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    penniesonaplatter — October 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Very cool! One of my faves!

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    Stephanie Wagner — October 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    How cool! What a great experience!! And the picture is awesome to boot!

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    Jen — October 16, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Joe – did you see the 10th anniversary episode? Apparently when he was dreaming up the show he said he wanted it to be Julia Child + Mr Wizard + Monty Python.

    Sorry to make everyone jealous, and I do agree that he looks TOO skinny.

    Everyone be sure to check back tomorrow for a big AB giveaway!

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    bec — October 16, 2009 at 1:57 am

    LOVE!

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    Julie — October 16, 2009 at 2:51 am

    How fun! I love his shows, he seems like an interesting guy.

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    Kristy — October 16, 2009 at 3:41 am

    how exciting!

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    Sam — October 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Very cool!

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    Peace, Love and Sweets — October 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    i cant say it is a specific favorite tip or show memory…but i always seem to remember his handy tricks and tips whenever i am making something!

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    G'ma Jan — October 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I think my favorite episode is the one making biscuits with his grandmother, but my favorite recipe is the one for a dutch baby.

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    Shannon — October 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    how awesome is that!! love the story πŸ™‚

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    HanaΓ’ — October 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    That’s awesome. Too funny! I love AB.

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    Samantha Angela — June 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Oh wow, how cool!!
    Alton Brown is ultimate because he actually teaches you WHY you do things in certain recipes. A lot of steps that I would probably skip I learn why I shouldn’t

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    Sarah E. — January 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I am a new follower of your blog (which I must say is an absolute inspiration with me having just started my own. I hope that one day mine can be half as good as yours!) and I literally squealed when I saw this post. I’m a huge fan of Alton too. What a guy! πŸ™‚

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