I know I haven't written anything about the Boston Marathon bombings, mostly because it's impossible for me to put into words exactly how I feel, but maybe this will do.
For those of you who were previously unaware, yes, I do have a day job. I know; you're probably shocked that internet blogging isn't enough to keep the lights on. I've been working over at Sully's Brand for the last six years, and in response to the Boston Marathon bombings, we designed a t-shirt with one hundred percent of the profits being donated to The One Fund Boston to benefit those affected by the cowardly attack.
If you follow me on Twitter, you already know how the bombings personally impacted me, just like it did everyone else. First there was shock and disbelief, followed by anger and frustration, with most of the frustration being derived from feeling helpless and wanting to do something to help. Promoting the charity t-shirt helped alleviate some, but not all, of the helplessness in the aftermath of the bombings.
On the night that the the two suspects were being hunted down by the brave and courageous law enforcement members in the area, I stayed up the whole night, posting updates on Twitter for those who wished to be in the know. I unintentionally slept for about 45 minutes, then came to work here, where hundreds of our "Believe in Boston" t-shirt orders were waiting.
At the office, which is operated by just three people, including myself, we have worked around the clock, seven days a week to get all of the orders out, as the support for The One Fund has been overwhelmingly amazing. The t-shirt, which NESN caught me wearing during the ceremonies at Fenway Park this past Saturday (shown above), made its 3,000th sale on Wednesday.
As a result of the 3,000th t-shirt order, we, on behalf of everyone who cares so much about the city of Boston and the people who make it the best city in the world, Sully's Brand is able to write a check for $50,000 to The One Fund.
We may be the most aggressive drivers in the world and enemies on the open road, who refuse to use directionals under any circumstances, but damn it, when you attack one of us, you attack all of us. I could not be more proud of the people in the city of Boston and its surrounding cities and towns. I've always said that there is nowhere else in the world that I would rather live, and this experience has just reaffirmed that for me.
Thank you all.