July 25, 2011 at 06:51 #706
How are you doing?
I just wanted to send some good energy as you cope with the aftermath of the horrific violence unleashed by that madman across the water.
I'm not too active around here any more but I feel a connection to all of the beautiful sisters & motorpsychedelic brothers I met at MP shows in Norway and a connection to your country. Lots of good memories of motor-adventures from Kristiansand to Tromso, starting in the 1990s at the Garage in Bergen all the way to Tussler fun at Oya in '03.
I hope you & your families are okay.
Leslie aka Little Lucid Me / Lighthousegirl (pre-07)July 25, 2011 at 11:22 #19968ElvinParticipant
Thanks your support!
I also hope everyone is okey after these horrible events.July 25, 2011 at 14:55 #19969Sjur577Participant
Thanks for showing support! I did not know any of the victims or their families, but it still goes deep. My thoughts go out to the victims, families, friends and the people of Norway. It all feels so very very unreal and I still can't believe it really happened.
Here's how I experienced it. You don't have to read it or anything. I just really want to get it of my chest. Norway is such a small country, and tho I don't know any of the victims, it feels so close.
I spent the weekend at Malakoff Rock Festival in Nordfjordeid, where MP played two years ago. I was there with my brother and friends, and there was a fantastic mood all over the festival site. One of my brother's friends was in his tent watching the tour de france on his phone when he suddenly stumbled out of his tent and uttered "there has been an explosion in Regjeringskvartalet!". Everything stopped. Terrorist bombings? In Norway? It couldn't be! It then hit me. Regjeringskvartalet. I used to live about 3-400m away from there just two months ago and used it as a shortcut to everything a few times a week. I was there just a month ago, looking up at the very building that had been bombed. I'm not trying to play a victim here and say "oh, I could have been there! Give me your sympathy", cause I am not. It was just so absurd. I had lived just a few blocks from there and felt so safe all the time, and now innocent people were being bombed. Then another thought hit me. My sister. She lives on the same street as the bombings, about 200 metres up. I looked at my brother and said "what about our sister?". He calmed me, telling me she was not in town(thank god!).
For the next hour or so I talked to people about it and we came to the conclusion that we would take this seriously, talk to eachother about it if we felt we had to, but we wouldn't let it ruin our weekend. I know this sounds so selfish and ignorant, but believe me, you could feel the sadness all over the festival all weekend. We just wouldn't let the horrible actions of an as of yet unknown man or group stop us from having a good time with good friends.
I did not get much updates till saturday morning when I woke up. One of my brother's friends stood outside my tent talking to someone, and said something about "almost 100 dead". I got out, went to meet some friends, and they showed me the newspaper and told me what had happened at utÃƒÂ¸ya and that it was all done by a single person. It's fucked up. I called my mother and my sister. I could hear they both had been crying. My sister, who had just got back to Oslo, said that the whole town had gone silent and that armed soldiers were patrolling just outside her apartment. It's surreal to be at a festival with good friends, trying to focus on positivity, when you can't block out the fact that 13 year olds were being hunted down and shot on an island while you were watching KrÃƒÂ¥kesÃƒÂ¸lv play.
I just found out that one of the victims studied to be a nurse just a two minute walk from my house, and probably is a friend of some of my co-workers(I work at a mental institution, and many students from that school do as well).
Like I said, this is just me getting my thoughts of my chest. I don't want sympathy, I am NOT a victim. It just shows how, in a small country like Norway, everyone is affected by this. Everyone has a connection to it in some way. We're all mourning today.
To all psychonauts out there, be it victims, family, friends or those who don't have a connection to it, please take care of eachother. This happened in the relatively small and safe city that is Oslo, and it happened out of the blue. One of the survivors wrote "this day can't get any better" on twitter just hours before being hunted by this madman.
Take care of eachother and stand together. This is sad to all of us. This is a tragedy.July 25, 2011 at 17:44 #19970
Thanks for support! This is truly tragic and I just wished we would soon wake up, from this nightmare.
Im not a victim, and I did not know any of the people who are hurt or killed. I do have alot of friends living in oslo, so when the bomb went off i was a little scared. but what happened later at utÃƒÂ¸ya is just… shocking.. cant imagine what those poor young people have experienced. seeing their friends being shot and killed. I read that he used dumdum bullets, which is the kind that expands when they enter the body. the terrorist, this fucking piece of shit was planning this down to smallest detail for nine years.
Im shocked, still sick to my stomach and im also pretty pissed off. but i try to focus my energy to support and care about those people that lost their child, or children, their friends, brothers or sisters, or other family members. i hope norway someday will go back to normal, but we dont know.
take care people.July 25, 2011 at 21:11 #19971
A relative of mine put this on her facebook wall, it's from a German newspaper: "Even in their deepest sorrow the norwegians don't get hysterical. They resist the hate. It is amazing to see how politicians and the whole country reacts. They are sad to the deepest thread of their souls. They cry in dignity. But nobody swears to take revenge. Instead they want even more humanity and democracy. That is one of the most remarkable strengths of that little country."July 28, 2011 at 06:42 #19972
Sjur, I really appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts. It wasn't selfish or arrogant to stay at the festival — to go home and hide indoors with the curtains drawn is what the power-tripping coward on steroids with his bullets & fertilizer would have wanted.
It is totally normal to have reactions like, "I usually walk right past there" or "I was supposed to be at work, but I was late" whenever an unnatural or natural disaster occurs. Even if you haven't lived somewhere in days, months, or years.
The effect of this tragedy goes beyond Norway. For example, no sooner had the smoke cleared in Oslo, our resident right-wing maggot with a bad bleach job Geert Wilders was making a stink — you know, the whole "I only preach hate! I don't mean that people should really ACT on it!!" rubbish. Ja, ja…
It is a nightmare, first and foremost for so many people in Norway, so many families and friends coping with losses that can never be understood. And it's also a nightmare that has a ripple effect throughout Europe and beyond.
I went to Amsterdam on Tuesday to visit with a friend, and it felt really good to walk around the city. There were lots of tourists everywhere, lots of locals, and those tourists, those locals, come from all over.
I felt happy to be a part of the oh-so-dreaded "multicultural Europe."
Also, some Norwegian and international p-naut friends started talking about meeting up in Oslo next spring. Sounds good.
drugthing, you have a great attitude: "Im shocked, still sick to my stomach and im also pretty pissed off. but i try to focus my energy to support and care about those people that lost their child, or children, their friends, brothers or sisters, or other family members." Exactly.
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