My memories of the Bay to Breakers infused my mental images of the carnage and cruelty of the Boston Marathon massacre. What had been a joyous and innocent event was destroyed by evil doers. A race like the Boston Marathon or the Bay to Breakers is about training for and finishing something hard. The experience of finishing is near Nirvana, or as close to that feeling as possible.
I mean no disrespect by showing one of the lovely transferware patterns featuring Boston. Boston was and is an historically important United States city, which is celebrated on many transferware patterns (there are 71 Boston related patterns in the Pattern and Source Print Database of the Transferware Collectors Club). It is probably why the murderers targeted this particular race, as it struck at two of the things that Americans hold nearly holy; the cradle of liberty and the freedom and safety of congregation.
|"State House, Boston" 14.5" by 12" platter made by Joseph Stubbs, circa 1825|