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(Fark)   A year ago today, a potentially unrelated shooting on MIT helped start a series of events that resulted in a shutdown of Boston. LGT original thread. It's a fascinating read   (fark.com) divider line 91
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2014-04-18 01:28:02 PM
I think I stayed up until 5:30 AM.  The kids, who normally wake up during the night, stayed asleep because they knew they didn't want to hear what the Hell was going on.

I earned two badges that night, and pushed my brand new 10 Mbps connection to the limit.
 
2014-04-18 02:26:14 PM
laughingsquid.com
 
2014-04-18 02:45:54 PM

bluorangefyre: I think I stayed up until 5:30 AM.  The kids, who normally wake up during the night, stayed asleep because they knew they didn't want to hear what the Hell was going on.

I earned two badges that night, and pushed my brand new 10 Mbps connection to the limit.


I was in the city and heard "officer down in Kendall Square" from an officer's radio.  There were a top of people out that night because of a concert and it being a Thursday in Boston.  I was uneasy because there was armed Homeland Security officers everywhere.  I went on Twitter and the story started to unfold.  My wife and I had to decide how we were going to get home and she made up our mind by refusing to take the Red Line back to Somerville.

I stayed up all night and listened to the scanner.  It was definitely one of the craziest experiences of my life and something  I will never forget despite the many beers I had that night.
 
2014-04-18 03:22:20 PM
I didn't think I was the one who posted this, and I'm not sure where I'd found it, but this was in thread #2 and was pretty much the understatement of the year:
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-18 03:28:18 PM
Yeeah, I don't want to retraumatize myself by reading through that again.  I was completely useless this time last year (my sister lived a few hundred yards outside where the cordon was, my father is routinely at the finish line with student trips but wasn't last year), I don't want to be completely useless this year again.

But I do not begrudge anyone else from reviewing it.  I'll just leave this here as the perfect summary of how I experienced this time last year:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/jesus-this-week,32105/
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-18 03:48:03 PM
I got four calls from the police chief the next day. Good thing I knew the back roads to escape the cordon.
 
2014-04-18 03:48:21 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-18 04:11:27 PM
Was the MIT security guard shooting unrelated? I thought that's what started the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.
 
2014-04-18 04:14:34 PM

Arkanaut: Was the MIT security guard shooting unrelated? I thought that's what started the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.


I think they just mean at the time it seemed unrelated, meaning nobody realized how it would end?
 
2014-04-18 04:14:56 PM
A friend of mine lives in Cambridge and had broken her kneecap that day.  She and her boyfriend barely managed to make it home from the hospital before the lockout ... but they couldn't get her pain meds.  She routinely refers to it as the worst day ever.  No shiat, Tracey.
 
2014-04-18 04:16:42 PM
WOW. A whole year ago!  Greenlighting this thread is intense navel gazing, even by Fark standards.
 
2014-04-18 04:17:32 PM
Maybe I could care a little more if Boston wasn't completely overrun by self-absorbed douche bags
 
2014-04-18 04:18:09 PM
Judging by the over the top x 10 attitudes and response of everyone involved I hope to God none of the Boston area ever sees  realtrouble.

I mean, really.
 
2014-04-18 04:19:40 PM

dukeblue219: Arkanaut: Was the MIT security guard shooting unrelated? I thought that's what started the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.

I think they just mean at the time it seemed unrelated, meaning nobody realized how it would end?


Exactly, I submitted this when my buddy woke me up with a text saying "shooting at MIT, officer down" and hung around for an hour to see how it would unfold, not thinking it was at all related. I woke up the next morning to find that all hell had broken loose while I was sleeping and that this seemingly unrelated shooting at MIT was very much related and set off the series of events that followed just prior to Boston getting shut down
 
2014-04-18 04:19:49 PM

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 552x531]


There's an ad for a pressure cooker next to the photo!
 
2014-04-18 04:20:12 PM

Eponymous: Maybe I could care a little more if Boston wasn't completely overrun by self-absorbed douche bags


as opposed to where? i've often heard tales of the fabled lands where everyone is nice all the time, the sun always shines bright and the scent of apple pie fills ever nostril
 
2014-04-18 04:20:13 PM
Whoa, I didn't realize until just checking the old thread, that the picture with the MIT hoody dude highlighted, actually had Dzhokar in the background..

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-18 04:20:24 PM
I'm not wading through the thread to see if I posted, but I was definitely reading along while this was happening, and I remember thinking it was very surreal. Explosions, shootouts, car chases, city-wide door-to-door searches. Very farked up.
 
2014-04-18 04:21:24 PM

Arkanaut: Was the MIT security guard shooting unrelated? I thought that's what started the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.


No, the robbery of the convenience store down the road was.  But it led to the discovery of Officer Collier quickly, and then to the Tsarnaev brothers.  Quite the setup of random events that easily could have turned out different, or much, much worse.

Also, I'd also like to point out the City of Boston wasn't shut down like the media falsely reported. A square mile neighborhood in Watertown, and a small section of Allston (Boston) across the Charles was as they set up a perimeter to trap them.  But for the most part the rest of the city went about it's business freely except for the crime scene area along the marathon route which was still being processed.  For most though that was watching the manhunt unfold, and for most employers it was to let everyone head home.  We all pretty much got a free 1/2 vacation day to root on the police and keep the streets clear. It was a wicked nice day out otherwise.
 
2014-04-18 04:21:59 PM
It's been a year since the Fark Scanner Brigade?

img.fark.net

Wow.

I didn't get any sleep at all that night. An event happening clear on the other side of the continent, and thanks to Fark and the internet, it was like it was happening right in my own neighborhood.
 
2014-04-18 04:22:19 PM
Oh yeah, that thread
Boston is a funny place. It looks so nice, clean, and friendly. And it is too.
At the same time, don't fark with Yankees. They are very, let's just say "effective."

Frankly, I'm surprised one of them survived. Too many cameras I guess.
 
2014-04-18 04:23:14 PM

Eponymous: Maybe I could care a little more if Boston wasn't completely overrun by self-absorbed douche bags


Never been to California?  Oh wait.
 
2014-04-18 04:24:38 PM
Welp, that was an interesting night here.
 
2014-04-18 04:26:04 PM
uh...no, not a very interesting read at all.
 
2014-04-18 04:26:11 PM

TyrantII: Arkanaut:
Also, I'd also like to point out the City of Boston wasn't shut down like the media falsely reported. A square mile neighborhood in Watertown, and a small section of Allston (Boston) across the Charles was as they set up a perimeter to trap them.  But for the most part the rest of the city went about it's business freely except for the crime scene area along the marathon route which was still being processed.  For most though that was watching the manhunt unfold, and for most employers it was to let everyone head home.  We all pretty much got a free 1/2 vacation day to root on the police and keep the streets clear. It was a wicked nice day out otherwise.


Agreed. They asked for people's assistance in remaining off the streets, but the local news stations were still out and interviewing locals and tourists down at Boston Common. Most people decided it was easier to just stay out of the way.

I live one town over from Watertown so I got the whole day off.
 
2014-04-18 04:26:15 PM
A thread about a thread. How meta.
 
2014-04-18 04:27:22 PM

tinyarena: Oh yeah, that thread
Boston is a funny place. It looks so nice, clean, and friendly. And it is too.
At the same time, don't fark with Yankees. They are very, let's just say "effective."

Frankly, I'm surprised one of them survived. Too many cameras I guess.


I realize that non-New Englanders call New English folks Yankees, but especially when speaking of Boston it's dangerous to use the term.

/if you eat apple pie for breakfast, you're a Yankee
 
2014-04-18 04:27:40 PM
It's a fascinating read

Let me guess--liberal gun grabbers. At it again. Oh my bad. Redundancy, silly me. Better be against background checks.
 
2014-04-18 04:28:20 PM

TyrantII: Arkanaut: Was the MIT security guard shooting unrelated? I thought that's what started the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.

No, the robbery of the convenience store down the road was.  But it led to the discovery of Officer Collier quickly, and then to the Tsarnaev brothers.  Quite the setup of random events that easily could have turned out different, or much, much worse.

Also, I'd also like to point out the City of Boston wasn't shut down like the media falsely reported. A square mile neighborhood in Watertown, and a small section of Allston (Boston) across the Charles was as they set up a perimeter to trap them.  But for the most part the rest of the city went about it's business freely except for the crime scene area along the marathon route which was still being processed.  For most though that was watching the manhunt unfold, and for most employers it was to let everyone head home.  We all pretty much got a free 1/2 vacation day to root on the police and keep the streets clear. It was a wicked nice day out otherwise.


The MBTA didnt run so it made it pretty hard for anyone I work with to get to work that day.
 
2014-04-18 04:28:25 PM

Frank N Stein: A thread about a thread. How meta.


Yo, Dawg!
 
2014-04-18 04:29:32 PM

Frank N Stein: A thread about a thread. How meta.


and totally unheard of on fark :P
 
2014-04-18 04:30:36 PM

Lost_at_sea: Whoa, I didn't realize until just checking the old thread, that the picture with the MIT hoody dude highlighted, actually had Dzhokar in the background..

[img.fark.net image 464x752]


Sorry. Most of us were staring at the curves on the girl.
But yeah, you're right.
 
2014-04-18 04:30:55 PM

swarrt: TyrantII: Arkanaut:
Also, I'd also like to point out the City of Boston wasn't shut down like the media falsely reported. A square mile neighborhood in Watertown, and a small section of Allston (Boston) across the Charles was as they set up a perimeter to trap them.  But for the most part the rest of the city went about it's business freely except for the crime scene area along the marathon route which was still being processed.  For most though that was watching the manhunt unfold, and for most employers it was to let everyone head home.  We all pretty much got a free 1/2 vacation day to root on the police and keep the streets clear. It was a wicked nice day out otherwise.

Agreed. They asked for people's assistance in remaining off the streets, but the local news stations were still out and interviewing locals and tourists down at Boston Common. Most people decided it was easier to just stay out of the way.

I live one town over from Watertown so I got the whole day off.


The "I Need Food Money Today" Lady was in the background of the news cast that was encouraging people to stay home.  Funny at the time.
 
2014-04-18 04:31:17 PM
Gunny Highway:

The MBTA didnt run so it made it pretty hard for anyone I work with to get to work that day.

And that's different from any random Tuesday how?

/Green line sucks
//Not as much as the Red Line lately.
 
2014-04-18 04:31:27 PM
I guess the real question is whether, had the CIA stepped up and said "yeah, we know that guy, his uncle works for us, and we've been trying to get him to be an informant for the past year, here's his contact info," they would have caught him before Collier got shot.
 
2014-04-18 04:32:47 PM
That was quite the thread to read as it unfolded last year.

Not good times.
 
2014-04-18 04:37:18 PM

NkThrasher: tinyarena: Oh yeah, that thread
Boston is a funny place. It looks so nice, clean, and friendly. And it is too.
At the same time, don't fark with Yankees. They are very, let's just say "effective."

Frankly, I'm surprised one of them survived. Too many cameras I guess.

I realize that non-New Englanders call New English folks Yankees, but especially when speaking of Boston it's dangerous to use the term.

/if you eat apple pie for breakfast, you're a Yankee


smuj.home.comcast.net
I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?
 
2014-04-18 04:39:57 PM

tinyarena: I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?


Maybe he means Swamp Yankee.
 
2014-04-18 04:40:23 PM
3 out of 11 correct, total points = 282

In my own defense, I was really busy this week.
 
2014-04-18 04:40:31 PM

tinyarena: I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?


Not a baseball fan eh?  or if you are, you're a New York fan (since you're Connecticutian)?
 
2014-04-18 04:41:05 PM

tinyarena: NkThrasher: tinyarena: Oh yeah, that thread
Boston is a funny place. It looks so nice, clean, and friendly. And it is too.
At the same time, don't fark with Yankees. They are very, let's just say "effective."

Frankly, I'm surprised one of them survived. Too many cameras I guess.

I realize that non-New Englanders call New English folks Yankees, but especially when speaking of Boston it's dangerous to use the term.

/if you eat apple pie for breakfast, you're a Yankee

[smuj.home.comcast.net image 197x151]
I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?


I believe he's referring to the rival baseball team.
 
2014-04-18 04:41:11 PM

Cybernetic: 3 out of 11 correct, total points = 282

In my own defense, I was really busy this week.


Wow, wrong thread. Sorry for that; go on about your business.
 
2014-04-18 04:45:42 PM

tinyarena: NkThrasher: tinyarena: Oh yeah, that thread
Boston is a funny place. It looks so nice, clean, and friendly. And it is too.
At the same time, don't fark with Yankees. They are very, let's just say "effective."

Frankly, I'm surprised one of them survived. Too many cameras I guess.

I realize that non-New Englanders call New English folks Yankees, but especially when speaking of Boston it's dangerous to use the term.

/if you eat apple pie for breakfast, you're a Yankee

[smuj.home.comcast.net image 197x151]
I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?


I think he meant it strays a little close to "Yankees fan".  At least that was my take-away.

/apple pie with cheddar cheese for me, thanks.
 
2014-04-18 04:46:28 PM
I missed this thread last year but I woke up early on the 19th and spent the day freaked out. My cousin lives just outside of the area they blocked off for the manhunt. Fun times
 
2014-04-18 04:47:45 PM

NkThrasher: tinyarena: I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?

Not a baseball fan eh?  or if you are, you're a New York fan (since you're Connecticutian)?


depends

bigpicture.typepad.com
 
2014-04-18 04:54:56 PM

tinyarena: NkThrasher: tinyarena: Oh yeah, that thread
Boston is a funny place. It looks so nice, clean, and friendly. And it is too.
At the same time, don't fark with Yankees. They are very, let's just say "effective."

Frankly, I'm surprised one of them survived. Too many cameras I guess.

I realize that non-New Englanders call New English folks Yankees, but especially when speaking of Boston it's dangerous to use the term.

/if you eat apple pie for breakfast, you're a Yankee

[smuj.home.comcast.net image 197x151]
I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?


Really? I'm in California and even I know not to call someone from Boston, home of the Red Sox, a Yankee. You must not be a sports fan.
 
2014-04-18 04:55:18 PM

TyrantII: NkThrasher: tinyarena: I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?

Not a baseball fan eh?  or if you are, you're a New York fan (since you're Connecticutian)?

depends

[bigpicture.typepad.com image 400x619]


LOL
Love the dotted line. I was referencing the historic term, it predates baseball (if that's even possible).
 
2014-04-18 04:55:41 PM

TyrantII: NkThrasher: tinyarena: I was born and raised in Connecticut. Since when is it "dangerous" to call any New Englander a Yankee?

Not a baseball fan eh?  or if you are, you're a New York fan (since you're Connecticutian)?

depends

[bigpicture.typepad.com image 400x619]


Yeah, I grossly oversimplified.

But that border is very fuzzy.  I have friends from Rhode Island who are Yankees fans, but have no family ties to NYC.  My father, born and raised in Natick is a Yankees fan (But I suspect it's mostly just because he's so contrary).

Anyway, yes, baseball.  I can't imagine many of my Bostonian friends reacting well to being referred to as a Yankee.  Get outside of Boston and it would probably follow the whole "Brits call Americans Yanks.  Americans call Northerners Yanks.  Northerners call New Englanders Yankees.  New Englanders call Vermonters Yankees.  Vermonters call anyone who eats pie for breakfast Yankees." chain.
 
2014-04-18 04:56:10 PM

Danger Avoid Death: Really? I'm in California and even I know not to call someone from Boston, home of the Red Sox, a Yankee. You must not be a sports fan.


That shiat is pretty much over from what I can tell.
 
2014-04-18 04:57:21 PM

NkThrasher: I have friends from Rhode Island who are Yankees fans, but have no family ties to NYC.


I am pretty sure this has to do with Italians, vacationing New Yorkers, and black outs.
 
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