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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

who was this guy

Police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki)
as i sat and watched the boston globes replays of the original blast
from the bomb at the boston marathon i noticed a elderly
gentleman in an orange top running and approaching the
finish line
then suddenly he is taken off his feet and seems to be moved
sideways some
he was down and in a later video you can see someone help him up
but initially he just laid there with people running around him
i thought maybe he had been hit by shrapnel from the bomb

i told my wife she
i wonder who that guy is and if he was hurt and if he managed
to finish the race since he was only a few feet from the finish line
the commentators never said anything about him
it would be tragic to have come so far in this race after 4+ hours
and have some terrorist defeat him so close to finishing

it seemed so obvious as i watched the original videos that this
man seemed to stand out from he other runners at the end
no one talked about him

well this morning when i logged onto my yahoo account there was
the still picture of him being blasted off his feet but
following the picture
was his story

his name is bill iffrig
he is 78 years old
he is from lake stevens washington
he was running his 3rd boston marathon
he was knocked off his feet by the concussive blast he said near the finish line
about 10 feet from finishing
he was momentarily stunned
a race official helped him up and
he walked across the finish line
then walked the half mile to his hotel
the only injury was a scraped knee

thats who that guy is
sounds like quite a fellah huh

my thoughts on all this
i bet this was done by our own homegrown terrorist
ive been concerned about things like this happening when
you read and hear the venomous things on the internet on tv radio and
even on facebook
yes i have had to befriend a few people

we may be more of a danger to ourselves than outside groups

it also made me think back to the late 60s after mlk was
assassinated and almost all the large cities in the united states
had rioting and burning going on so that every city seemed
to be afire
this was also partially the result of that same venomous rhetoric that we all
are seeing now
we may be reaping what we sow

my thoughts go out to those injured and to those families of those
who have died
innocently enjoying the marathon then to have it all taken away
by this

we have some healing to do and some introspecting to do

the organicgreen doctor

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