One thing that stands out to me, having moved back not long ago, is the aggressive in-your-face'ness of people in Massachusetts. I grew used to more mellow attitudes on the west coast. We have always been referred to as Massholes and I've always been proud to call myself a Masshole. I realize that may not be seen as something to be proud of by our European and Canadian friends, but out here it sure is.
As everyone knows, the Boston Marathon bombers were killed/caught, just a few days after the bombing. Thanks to all the photos and surveillance videos, the leads poured into authorities, and by Friday morning, they had the entire city and suburbs in lockdown. No one was allowed out of their homes/apartments, all schools and college classes were canceled, the MBTA stopped running trains & buses, no cars allowed to drive around and the FAA prohibited aircraft travel over the city. Residents complied without complaint and cheered on the cops from their livingrooms. After the initial shock of the bombing had set in, people became Wicked Pissed, Wicked Fast. It was like, excuse me? You did WHAT in MY city? Unacceptable! We're comin at you and we're comin at you hard.
Everyone was posting conflicting news all over Facebook the morning of the manhunt, which was kind of annoying, but I did like the pictures, most of which conveyed the 'you mess with Boston and you will be sorry' message to the world.
See what I mean?
Right before the suspects fled during the overnight hours and before the lockdown, the cops were able to kill the 26 year old bomber but his 19 year old brother got away. Not before they murdered an MIT (Mass Institute of Technology) officer in his car. The kid managed to get as far as Watertown, where he hid in a tarp covered boat. The authorities lifted the curfew and when the resident came out of his house, he noticed the edge of the tarp was flapping in the wind, and had blood on it. He quietly slipped inside and called the cops, who riddled the boat with gunfire, wounding but not killing the 19 year old.
Then these popped up within minutes. And as for the guy's poor boat? Donations are pouring in from across the USA towards purchasing a new one, since this one is full of bullet holes and was taken into evidence.
But this one really cracked me up, of North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Yeah, dude.....prolly not a good idea.
This photo portrays a policeman delivering 2 gallons of milk to a family that had run out of milk that morning and couldn't leave the house. It was the right thing to do.
Slain MIT Officer Sean Collier's escort.