I have been at every Boston marathon since the mid 80s. It has always been a great day of celebration here in MA. It is a state holiday (Patriots day) and a day that we all look forward to.
The pub I always go to is at the 3 mile marker, so no where near the blast. After the runners go by, we all go back inside to watch the rest of the race on the many TVs they have. We were having such a great time until the bomb went off, I've never seen so many shocked faces before. It turned a wonderful get together into a tragedy in the blink of an eye. Things have still not returned to normal around here and I expect will not for some time. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased and wounded.