Yesterday our hearts went out to the people of Boston and the Marathon. I cannot imagine running 26+ miles, let alone facing carnage at the end.
Of course, like a number of other scientist types, I am visiting Boston for Experimental Biology later this week. My husband's first reaction last night involved me cancelling the trip.
No, I decided. Boston will be swept with a fine-tooth comb over the next 4 days. It may be the safest place in North America.
Also I am reading a book set during the London blitz right now, with the population dealing with German bombs from the skies and IRA bombs in the tubes. Did Britain let these threats stop them? Hell, no! They plastered the buildings left standing with inspirational posters and hunkered down.
We should do the same, so I made this today:
Turns out there is a website where you can create your own variations on this poster. You can even buy merchandise with your message on it.
Terrorists/criminals win if they keep us away, and we will not help a single person by staying home. Let's show them what scientists are made of and get our butts to Boston!
It's the patriotic thing to do.