When Terrorism Hits Close To Home

April 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm (Crime, Geopolitics and International Relations, News) ()

I don’t often write about myself because like a lot of writers of fiction, I’m actually quite shy and introverted and do not like revealing details about my personal life.

The only exception I’ve found is when something deeply traumatic happens to me.

About 45 minutes ago, I was on Facebook and I got a notification that Joanna one of my friends in Toronto had marked herself as safe in the Traffic-Pedestrian Collision at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in North York, Toronto.

I thought “what’s this about?” and read it.

Apparently Joanna narrowly missed getting hit by a van that killed 9 people and injured 16 others.

It sounded to me like a terrorist attack.

And of course I got really angry like I do when I hear about most terrorist attacks.

Only this time it was more personal.

Joanna didn’t go into much details on it but I imagine she would have had her little baby girl Ellis in her arms at the time (as Joanna is a stay at home mom and Ellis is
less than a year old).

This image in my mind really got me angry.

Because Ellis is such a beautiful little girl and has such deeply expressive expressions on her face when Joanna posts pics on FB.

So in a world of increasing terrorist attacks, it was inevitable that someone I knew would either be directly affected by one or close to one.

I just thank God that neither Joanna nor Ellis was hurt or killed.

Please remember the victims of this tragedy and their family members and friends when you pray if you’re a praying person.

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75 Comments

  1. George F. said,

    Yes.

  2. Henry Lewis said,

    Glad to hear your friend is okay!

  3. George F. said,

    yes, glad all is good.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks, George.

      • George F. said,

        You can call me Finneganburg.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        With the small lettering on the keyboard of my iPhone and the next to impossible to type on keyboard of my Samsung Galaxy tablet, I hope you don’t mind if I call you George because it will probably take me 24 hours to type the name Finneganburg correctly.

      • George F. said,

        Frckn LOL!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        😀

      • George F. said,

        I’ll have a new post up soon and I’m going to attempt to imitate your style. Can’t be done, but I’ll give it a random shot! You are just tooooo funnnyyy!!!! LOL! I laugh at Dracula movies now because of you!!!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I imagine you must get interesting looks from those around you if you start laughing aloud at Dracula 🧛‍♂️ movies. 😀

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Okay maybe not quite 24 hours but I started replying to you at 7:33 AM this morning and just finished now at 9:03 PM mountain standard time.

      • George F. said,

        My God!(Who may or may not exist) I can’t stop laughing! You’re a flippin’ riot mate!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Thanks very much. 😀

        That’s why I’ve been banned from the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well as most football (soccer) stadiums in continental Europe along with most Liverpool football (soccer) fans.

  4. David Redpath said,

    A friend of mine was killed
    in the Bali bombing of 2002.
    An innocent hard woking girl
    enjoying a tropical holday.
    I found her name engraved
    into the Bali Memorial near
    Westminster cathedral, as
    if she was a fallen soldier.
    Sadly, we are at war with
    an enemy who hates the
    freedoms of the west.

  5. The Controversial Indian said,

    Humanity is hanging by a thread.

  6. doesitevenmatter3 said,

    So scary!!! 😦
    I’m very glad your friend and her little-one are alive and well!
    I am praying, with you, for those whose lives were taken and those whose lives are forever changed. 😦
    ((((HUGS))))

  7. Aak fictionspawn said,

    Glad they’re OK.

  8. Orvillewrong said,

    I will never understand the mentality of someone who sets out to destroy the lives of someone unknown to them, whatever excuse they use for their actions, some of us left the dark ages behind several centuries ago!

  9. Hyperion said,

    These events are happening with boring regularity now. We need a new plan.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      We need the Renfield Plan.

      • Hyperion said,

        I think if Renfield publishes his plan, it will plant a seed in the minds of those who desoerately need a plan and dont know what to do. Like a miracle, Renfield saves the day.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        And is named Prime Minister of Britain after the revived Ottoman Empire takes over Greece, Bulgaria and Romania while NATO sat and twiddled its thumbs.

        Theresa May is told by one of her cabinet ministers, “In the name of God, go!” just like Leo Amery said to Neville Chamberlain after France fell in May 1940.

        The Queen appoints a new government of national unity and Renfield is named Prime Minister.

      • Hyperion said,

        That sounds like a plan. NATO and especially the UN are paper tigers. Any serious challenge to either or both will result in capitulation of the west. Russia has defeated Nato in every instance of military and political maneuver.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, it helps having a KGB agent and master chess player and black belt in Tae Kwan Do as the head of state of state of your country.

      • Hyperion said,

        Yes, Pootin can quite literally kick any ass he chooses.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Very very true.

        The only instance where Putin might lose is if he found himself in hand to hand combat with a Dragon Sister.

      • Hyperion said,

        I think if Mr. Pootin was paired with one Dragon Sister in particular, Sherrielock Holmes, he may experience the tomato red cheeks of humility from her disciplined approach to negotiations.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        There standeth some red cheeks in Moscow’s Red Square
        Putin looks bare without underwear
        His moon is aglow with radiant fire 🔥
        Thanks to Sherrielock- Dominatrix for Hire.

      • Hyperion said,

        But soft, what radiant glow in yonder square doth shine? Tis the east and fair buns are the west. Arise fiery glow of passionate blows and kill the envious sallow bottoms sick and pale with grief. For the immortal maiden of hammering whip hath laid her passionate leather upon the well seated leader of Russ Vikings and he doth bless the east with morning glow of rich red roaring buns.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        😂 !

        We really should write a play with dialogue like this and see if we can get it produced on Broadway 🎭.

      • Hyperion said,

        We can publish it through Lips For Literature! It’ll be a smash hit on Broadway 🤩

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        The audience will be lining up for the performance blowings instead of the book blowings. 😂

      • Hyperion said,

        We have down river pole dancing otter girls to open the show and several advanced lifelike AI’s standing by to take care of the all the blowings. It’s going to be fun if not profitable.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        And not one of New York’s theatre critics will give a negative review. 😄

      • Hyperion said,

        They’ll love the AI’s. Its a positive blow to theater boredom and tired critics.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        It will certainly get a positive rise out of the critics. 🤣

      • Hyperion said,

        We’ll have the audience on their feet every day of the week.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Always a standing ovation. 😀

      • Hyperion said,

        No one will want to sit down after Sherrielock Holme’s completes the final curtain call.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        LOL !

      • Hyperion said,

        While we take our bows and courtsies, Sherrielock works the crowd to a frenzy.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        💃🏻 🍅

      • Hyperion said,

        It’s going to be a blockbuster and a buntoaster gala affair.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere- New York, New York.

      • Hyperion said,

        Hot cross buns, a New York specialty

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Real Jewish rye sandwiches provided by Israeli dominatrix Wonder Wonan Gal Gadot.

        I had trouble replying arguing with my unfunny Galaxy autoinccorect about how the words should be spelled.

      • Hyperion said,

        You are likely infested with the mischevous Pictsie autoincorrect Hans the AI Automated Stupidity System (ASS). Hans is a true ASS all the time.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes as long as there is HANS the ASS and not PUCK (in a future notable sci-fi retelling of the Bard’s classic play on Midsummer’s Night written by a man who was forced to look at Pinterest photos and Twitter domininatrix videos for inspiration because the majority of women in the city in which he lived were far too ugly) , we have nothing to really worry about- save when we’re trying to write something on our smart phones 📲.

      • Hyperion said,

        Yes, Hans the ASS is in every phone. I wonder if a team of tech savvy Dominatrixes could do a Domi-exorcism on Hans the ASS’s ass.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, we need someone who’s both a Gothic Exorcist and a Dominatrix to do the job.

        As the ghost of Sir Winston Churchill would put it, “The future of the world lies in the whip wielding hands of a Dragon Sister who lives in a quite village in Bavaria.”

      • Hyperion said,

        Now that’s a movie I’ll pay to see. 😍

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. 💃🏻❤️🎥🍅💕✏️

      • Hyperion said,

        Not one riding crop was damaged in the making of this film but several stand in buns were toasted a tomato red.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        These stunt people received Deb Danger pay.

      • Hyperion said,

        Yes, a good tickle to elevate the work mood.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        LOL !

  10. MistressoftheInk said,

    Good to know your friend and her baby are okay, Chris. I hope she also gets to talk it out with someone if she needs help processing any psychological trauma that experience may have brought about.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, I hope she can.

      Such an experience could easily lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

      • MistressoftheInk said,

        Exactly. And one of the most effective buffers against developing that is the presence of a supportive social circle right after the traumatic event.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Very true.

  11. theperogiepaper said,

    Just horrible 😦

  12. Kymber said,

    I’m so glad Joanna and Ellis were not injured and I’m praying that they will have no ill effects from experiencing such a nightmare.

  13. Aria Saxena said,

    wow! great

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As I said at the start of this post, I don’t normally write about real life personal stuff unless something really traumatic takes place.

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