…and then there was the bombing

The other day I was talking with a guy here in Nashville about which part of town we live. He lives in east Nashville and works with a friend of mine in downtown Nashville. The place they work was affected by the Nashville bomb which was a crazy situation on Christmas day 2020.

While he and I were chatting about downtown businesses being closed from the pandemic, I said, “…and then there was the bombing.”

Later that day it amazed me how casually that line came out. It’s not that it was a minor event– a guy literally blew himself up in a RV camper and 2nd Ave was closed for months as they assessed the damage. Some businesses were severely affected and haven’t opened back up yet. Lots of damage. It was a big deal so the fact that I even said anything about a bomb in Nashville and it didn’t feel weird, felt weird.

We are living in crazy times here in the U.S. and maybe it’s just a taste of what other countries have faced on a more regular basis, but still it’s pretty interesting from the politics, to supposed racism (I say supposed because I really only hear about it on the news, not in real life as I’m interacting with real people), and all the other stuff going on here.

I wish talking about a bomb that happened in my city would be met with shock and disbelief (and it mostly was when it first happened) but lately it just seems to be part of the clown world we are living in now.

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

4 thoughts on “…and then there was the bombing

  1. I have two comments today it seems. I wanted to comment on the “supposed racism” mention. I guess it all comes from what we are surrounded by. I can personally say I have experienced racism in my race, and have heard stories from people I interact with who have experienced racism. Though, on the news I see other demographics experiencing racism; I have not personally heard or witnessed it first hand. I guess to me it is one of those “if a tree fell in the woods and nobody saw it…” Type situations. Not sure why, but this has me really thinking. I appreciate having something like this to think over.

    1. That’s a very good reference about the tree in the woods. I do believe people have experienced racism even in 2021 after so much progress has been made in the last 50 to 60 years. I also believe national news media need drama so they get ratings. So of course they’re going to run with stories that stir the pot, even if what they portray as common is actually rare.

  2. Yes! Same thing with the tornadoes. It feels so weird how casually we talk about this stuff.

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