It is coming up on the year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Just before sitting down to write this post the Panda Bear was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Psychologically, September 11 was much harder on the Panda Bear than the Boston Marathon bombing probably because at the time of September 11 the Panda Bear was working near downtown Boston which some people felt might be attacked that day. After September 11, the Panda Bear felt that all large gatherings in urban areas were vulnerable to terrorist threats.
The Panda Bear has heard there migh have been many more casualties and serious injuries during the Boston Marathon bombings had there not been a lot of medical personnel near the Boston Marathon finish line and the bombs went off near the time additional medical personnel were arriving because of there was going to be a change of shift.
Now that the Panda Bear is in the area the Boston Marathon will finish she sees signs that the security is being tightened for this year's run and she sees more blockades and barriers than she has in the past She has heard that more people will attend this year's Marathon than last year's to show we are Boston Strong. Also there will be a baseball game that day which will also attract large crowds to the area.
While the Panda Bear is all for showing that Americans and Bostonians are strong and unafraid of terrorism that Panda Bear does not always feel that large crowds in urban areas show strength. Also in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing, it does not appear that there was a large terrorist network involved so there is no need prove courage to enemies.. Large crowds are hard to manage under the best of circumstances and can cause many problems. Probably large crowds make it much harder to secure the area.
In addition many people have to go to work during the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon occurs on a normal workday for most people. Mr. Panda will have to go to work going through the Boston Marathon and he needs to carry some bags to go to work(bags will be checked for security reasons). Both the baseball game and the Boston Marathon can attract crowds that are a nuisance to people who don't go to these events. To have two high crowd events on a normal working day plus it being the year anniversary of the Marathon bombing which may bring more people to Boston is too much for the city to handle. She wishes at least the Red Sox game could be cancelled. The Panda Bear hopes a lot of people don't show up Monday. Even without an terrorist threats, the Panda Bear worries there are going to be too many people in Boston one day that and it is just going to make life difficult for people who live and work in the area.
This time of year is also approaching the third year anniversary of the Panda Bear Blog. The Panda Bear Blog is a blog about a humble full time office worker who wants to challenge the corrupt American establishment. The Panda Bear views one success she had this year was being a foot solider in the movement to prevent the US becoming militarily involved in Syria. This movement appears to have been a success. Next year the Panda Bear wants to push the US to do more to create jobs for Americans. The Panda Bear believes the high unemployment is not hurting the rich so the politicians aren't putting enough emphasis on helping the economy.
Personally, the Panda Bear remains as humble as ever in her humble daytime office job. Many people think that certain reforms don't happen in the US because people think they will be able to become part of the corrupt oligarchy. The Panda Bear knows the oligarchy will not have her as member so therefore she will never be corrupted.