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We were "mandatorily evacuated" from our house last night by the police. I do not kid.

They said an explosive device had been found "quite nearby" and that they expected to take care of it quickly, but if they couldn't the Red Cross would make overnight arrangements for us.

We had dinner guests over, so that obviously did not go according to plan. And...that's were the drama ends, really. We all walked down to the local tacqueria for dinner, and by the time we were finished with that the whole thing was over. I don't know if it was a legit bomb, or if somebody had just put their kid's science fair project on the curb and it looked weird.

My takeaway? Welcome to the new world. Thanks, Trump.

Everybody here probably knows how I feel about the election, but I don't plan to write about it now. Once I start, I'm afraid I'll never stop and anything I might have to say might be true, but it sure as hell is neither helpful nor kind, so I'm zipping it.

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herself_nyc
Nov. 11th, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oy oy oy.
rebcake
Nov. 11th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
I am angry. So angry that I cannot even let the floodgates open a little bit.

America wears clown shoes. So says MiAmor.
brutti_ma_buoni
Nov. 11th, 2016 08:07 pm (UTC)
*solidarity silence*

It was sunny here today and I spent it with my guy and life isn't 100% terrible after all. But. Oh, but.
rebcake
Nov. 11th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
I say we enjoy it while we can. *dark laughter*
snogged
Nov. 11th, 2016 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh!

How freaky.
rebcake
Nov. 12th, 2016 11:02 am (UTC)
Apparently it was fake dynamite. Although I didn't see it, now I'm wondering if if was part of somebody's Halloween costume, left out for the sanitation workers to pick up. Maybe they went as Wylie Coyote? Nobody has been able to confirm or deny that it had ACME stamped on the side.
feliciacraft
Nov. 11th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you had that terrifying experience. I'm glad everyone was all right in the end.

Probably because I haven't been wisely shutting up about it on LJ, Tumblr, Facebook, and at the various employee resources groups at work all week, I'm feeling completely emotionally drained. Personally, I can't not share data and notes of encouragement and reassurances and caution and coping mechanisms with friends and colleagues when I see the need. I don't know what else to do. I suspect I'll be processing this for a long time.

Sending you *hugs* and positive vibes. Let me know if you ever want to chat over coffee or lunch or something. I live near BART and work by the Embarcodero (well, you know).
rebcake
Nov. 12th, 2016 11:08 am (UTC)
It wasn't really that terrifying. The nice police officers were very calm, so we were, too. It was more of a "What next?" kind of experience. (Turns out it was fake dynamite. Or ammunition. Reports vary. At any rate, not a real bomb, and possibly just a misunderstanding.)

I do feel a little guilty for not being more "out there" at this point, but the hermit powers are strong with this one.
goldenusagi
Nov. 12th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
I don't plan to write about it now. Once I start, I'm afraid I'll never stop

That's how I've been feeling the last few days. I didn't manage to get anything written immediately post-election, and when I sat down today, I wrote for almost two hours and I don't know how many pages. But I said what I wanted to say.
rebcake
Nov. 12th, 2016 11:11 am (UTC)
So much to say. So much anger and blame wanting to go everywhere. Not helpful.

I'm glad you were able to get some things down! Catharsis!
shapinglight
Nov. 12th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm opting for the kids' science project - unless someone had made a bomb threat against Wossisface who owns Facebook.

Zuckerberg!

I understand your anger, and your feeling that if you talk about it it will overwhelm you. Five months after the referendum I still feel that way. :(
rebcake
Nov. 12th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
I have moved on from "science project" to "abandoned Halloween costume" as one report was that it was fake dynamite, which immediately made me imagine a cartoon bundle with a gigantic alarm clock on top. And you're absolutely right, we did think, why here? Why not over thataway where the guy with all the money is? Which just goes to show that it probably was entirely unintentional, whatever it was.

I stand by my earlier essay on the election, circa the primary. Anne Coulter, of all people, backs me up! She's tweeted that the last time the Republicans has the Presidency, the Senate, and the House was in 1928! Her grasp of the implications of history is, um, truly stunning.
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