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halfulglas

(1,654 posts)
Fri May 26, 2023, 04:16 PM May 2023

Another introduction to the New Normal.

On Wednesday I attended my youngest granddaughter's graduation from high school. It was at an outdoor venue with thousands attending. It was a gorgeous day. At the start, before the actual beginning of the ceremonies, one of the officials came up to the microphone and announced that in case of a catastrophic event to please make our way to your nearest exit and proceeded to give further instructions. Many of us looked at each other and realized what he was referring to and the reality of our world at least momentarily cast a bit of pall over the crowd of parents and relatives holding balloons and flowers and you could see on the faces, oh, holy hell.

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Another introduction to the New Normal. (Original Post) halfulglas May 2023 OP
Can I ask what state that is in? Scrivener7 May 2023 #1
Maryland. halfulglas May 2023 #2
So sad. TdeV May 2023 #3
A putin dream come true. rubbersole May 2023 #4
Yes, but good and appropriate also. Emergency safety and exit procedures Hortensis May 2023 #5
Definitely appropriate and good for them for thinking of it, but still scary. halfulglas May 2023 #13
At my age I'm used to scoping out where the nearest bathroom is, especially in a large venue. halfulglas May 2023 #14
Well, we raised our children in California, earthquakes, Hortensis May 2023 #19
Yep. Sadly, your granddaughter's generation has been hearing that whole lives. progressoid May 2023 #6
Did they tell people to "Play Dead"? KS Toronado May 2023 #7
Unfortunately, there are huge parts of the world where this is a daily concern erronis May 2023 #8
A new euphemism for 2nd-amendment-celebrations sanatanadharma May 2023 #9
We are a traumatized nation. The FUD crowd is winning. littlemissmartypants May 2023 #10
I was thinking about that today at the grocery store. LisaM May 2023 #12
We'll all have PTSD eventually. It's a sad state of affairs. ❤️ littlemissmartypants May 2023 #15
I was telling my husband earlier everyone Tree Lady May 2023 #16
I understand. I'm struggling with my attitude. I've been know as patient and sweet most of my life. littlemissmartypants May 2023 #17
Sorry for your loss that's beyond tough Tree Lady May 2023 #18
So fucking sad. Glad for the graduate but we are facing crazy everywhere. Evolve Dammit May 2023 #11
Well, we do have to bear in mind the rights of Aristus May 2023 #20

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
5. Yes, but good and appropriate also. Emergency safety and exit procedures
Fri May 26, 2023, 05:15 PM
May 2023

are necessary for a number of reasons wherever large groups gather. First aid, avoiding dangerous crowd movements, heat warnings becoming more and more frequent, and of course locations of exits. Used to be large crowds weren't so large or so frequent as they are now. There are sad recent developments, but they'd be necessary actions to meet responsibilities to their communities anyway.

Personally, I really regret the smaller graduations at the kids' own schools, with their community of fellow students, staff and families they've known and who've known them for years. But there also safety announcements are needed.

Congrats to your grad.

halfulglas

(1,654 posts)
13. Definitely appropriate and good for them for thinking of it, but still scary.
Fri May 26, 2023, 08:27 PM
May 2023

We just looked around at the people around us and thought, OMG, didn't even think of this before coming here. But you just never know when an angry idiot groomed by Fox and social media will think this is a good place to practice their target shooting.

Just think. Outdoor concert season is upon us. Do they realize they may be targets now?

halfulglas

(1,654 posts)
14. At my age I'm used to scoping out where the nearest bathroom is, especially in a large venue.
Fri May 26, 2023, 08:34 PM
May 2023

Now I have to also scope out the easiest and quickest exit if needed.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
19. Well, we raised our children in California, earthquakes,
Sat May 27, 2023, 11:18 AM
May 2023

fires, people, etc, so probably that's a reason. That was the era of serial killers in our city. We didn't just start looking for exits in THIS century, but it was part of being sensible, not about inflating real dangers beyond all rationality and running scared.

I knew where the exits were in our big mall because...earthquake, fire, and yes, dangerous people who could run out one with a child or follow me into a bathroom. Gang fights were rare in ours but possible. Nothing's changed in that respect.

Now, one of the old dangers has become less incredibly unlikely. Yeah, it's sad, but our job is to put an end to it. Reevaluation is in order, but with a cool look realizing personal danger's still extremely unlikely, a way of clearing the mental decks.

Because the REAL, NEW danger we did not have before is that FEAR, outsized, irrational fear, may cause society to make very dangerous, horrible decisions. To vote for fake safety over freedom. That's exactly what these people want.

Cool evaluation time. But for a touch of bravery if necessary, and surely for being pissed off too?

erronis

(14,668 posts)
8. Unfortunately, there are huge parts of the world where this is a daily concern
Fri May 26, 2023, 05:36 PM
May 2023

I do feel for our relatively safe western countries where special events are usually free of terror.

I also hope we all think about many places in the world where any places can become targets.

Markets, schools, weddings, funerals, hospitals, on and on.

Not to change the focus, but our wonderful country (the USofA), has also targeted locations that have caused significant civilian mortalities.

Let's be glad that most of us can live without worrying about the sound of a missile incoming. We do need to worry about the terrorists that live within us.

littlemissmartypants

(22,073 posts)
10. We are a traumatized nation. The FUD crowd is winning.
Fri May 26, 2023, 05:47 PM
May 2023

We have to recognize the need for treating trauma nationwide and especially with our children of all ages. We have to turn this ship around. We're all at risk of drowning.

Congratulations on your youngest granddaughter's graduation. I'm glad you were able to be there to support her and that it was a gorgeous day. Stay encouraged. ❤️

LisaM

(27,712 posts)
12. I was thinking about that today at the grocery store.
Fri May 26, 2023, 06:51 PM
May 2023

A balloon popped and people were visibly steeling themselves for something worse.

Tree Lady

(11,299 posts)
16. I was telling my husband earlier everyone
Sat May 27, 2023, 12:33 AM
May 2023

has changed and covid made it worse. We couldn't see each other or hug for a long time.

I think we are all a mental mess and then add in inflation, daily shootings, news trying to scare us about debt ceiling, constant Trump or DeSantis stuff and that's all before our own personal issues.

I feel sorry for those in the red states sounds like they are slowly becoming Handmaids Tale daily and I find myself wondering if we can't stop them if the whole united states will be that way due to supreme court.

littlemissmartypants

(22,073 posts)
17. I understand. I'm struggling with my attitude. I've been know as patient and sweet most of my life.
Sat May 27, 2023, 01:54 AM
May 2023

Now I don't know what I am. Having both of my parents die almost literally one right after the other has me feeling untethered. My mother was my best friend. We spoke everyday. It's a big hole to fill. ❤️

Tree Lady

(11,299 posts)
18. Sorry for your loss that's beyond tough
Sat May 27, 2023, 08:53 AM
May 2023

I was having a day yesterday probably why I posted that, garage door spring broke and we can't even open manually till they come to fix. Luckily hubby had taken my car out so its in driveway. He was having a meltdown and it affected me.

I feel the same way I use to be sweet and now I feel a bit hardened.

My dad was my best friend and it threw me when I lost him, that was in 2000. Took me years but now I have fond happy memories instead of gut wrenching sadness.

Aristus

(65,710 posts)
20. Well, we do have to bear in mind the rights of
Sat May 27, 2023, 11:23 AM
May 2023

squalid, filthy, vile, bloodthirsty, monstrous, feculent gun-crazed shitflake losers - I'm sorry, I meant 'Second Amendment advocates.'

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