Friday, April 19, 2013

Isn't 'lockdown' a prison term?

Well, Boston is 'in lockdown' and boy, is it!  I drive about 6 miles across town to our shop in Somerville on the Cambridge line.  Has anyone ever seen the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"?
I swear it felt like that.  There were a few cars out.  I left home at noon after being glued to the tube for the whole morning with a party and a big wedding waiting at work to be designed for Sunday.

When I crossed the River into Cambridge, it became even more quiet. Trader Joe's was closed, Wholefoods too. There were fewer cars and no pedestrians on Memorial Drive which follows The Charles to Harvard Square (and beyond).  A few students were darting through the Square: other than that, it was empty.

The shop is a 1/2 mile to the residence of Suspect #2.  There will be a controlled explosion sometime this afternoon at that address.  A controlled explosion.  WTH?

Anyway, here I am at the shop grumbling over the peonies that didn't open:  more hot water swishing and more hoping.  I've made good progress with the centerpieces and I'll deliver some anniversary flowers to Newton when I leave.  I've tried move forward as normally as possible, but this is far from normal.  I encouraged Marisa to stay home where the Governor would like us all to be.  This is not normal.  Kate is in genuine lockdown in Watertown: she doesn't live far from where the police believe young Suspect # 2 is hiding.  They've gone house to house searching for him.  This is not normal.

The rabbits are happily ignorant of this craziness, although they were grumpy that breakfast was late.
I wish I were a rabbit today.


webb said...

Know you will take as few risks as possible, but wish you were home with the rabs. A sad time for Boston, but an encouraging example of how seriously we regard terrorism. I just want to know what we did to tick off Chechnya?

The Dancing Donkey said...

I've been thinking about you, I am glad you posted today. I hope this ends soon. Be careful and be safe.

An Urban Cottage said...

I just got a text from MEMA that sent my phone to a fit of alarms that scared the crap out of me. Not normal at all. I just cancelled my van for tomorrow to pick up bathroom fixtures and furniture since both places are closed today and not sure about tomorrow. I'm about to make lemonade with vodka.

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

I'm glad you posted too, as I've been thinking of you. Have just woken on this side of the world and caught up with the latest. Just want you to stay safe. And lock the door.
Amanda xx

Jen said...

This mornng was surreal. What a sad and awful week it's been. Thank goodness for rabbits.

flwrjane said...

I've kept you and Steve and Jen in my heart all this week.

Somehow I knew you would have to go to the shop.

Weddings and anniversaries still happen and we, the florist, have to show up and mark the occasion.

You are a brave woman and I love you.

xo jane

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Ditto to all sentiments expressed above... you, Jen, Steve were in my thoughts. Wondered about your shop when the tv folks were explaining the shut down of the city. Thought about brides, babies, and all those events that don't wait for an all clear! Hope you got lots of bunny love yesterday and are breathing easier today.