1. Boston Uncommon
The Dumbest Thing that occurred this week unquestionably took place on Boylston Street in Boston, not Wall Street. And our hearts and sympathies go out to the victims of the bombings that occurred on Monday at the city's famed Marathon.
Like New York in the wake of 9/11, however, Boston will be back. The only thing its smart, irrepressible citizens can't do -- other than pronounce their 'R's' of course -- is surrender. Anybody that's ever been to Beantown knows this full well.
That said, life will be different for our neighbors 200 miles to the north in the aftermath of Monday's tragedy. Sadly and subtly so. And in a way we here at TheStreet (TST) depressingly know full well.For those unaware, TheStreet is literally located on Wall Street. Every morning our staffers walk past the armed police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs outside the New York Stock Exchange to arrive at our offices. All that extra security was added in the aftermath of al Qaeda's attack on lower New York. Every morning we are reminded of the lingering mental, physical and financial toll of terrorism. The terrorists, as is their cowardly way, are long gone. The literal concrete reminders of their despicable act, nonetheless, remain. The check points erected over the past decade force financial district employees like ourselves, as well as tourists and area residents alike, to take inconvenient routes to our final destinations. We often walk north to go south, passing unsightly gates and machine-gun wielding militia along the way. The barricades are admittedly a minor inconvenience. Nevertheless, during a busy workday, when time is at a premium and it's easy to forget their original intent, they become more obstructive than protective. To be candid, when you are in a rush -- as New Yorkers always are -- the security measures put in place are a plain and simple pain in the ass. While not oppressive, they stir a gnawing feeling that human beings should not live this way in the 21st century. Not here. Not anywhere. Sadly, that's life in a post 9/11 world. And even more sadly, it's a world the good people of Boston are now being pulled into against their wills. We wouldn't wish it on anybody. Still, there's no people we New Yorkers would rather share it with, and nobody that can adapt to it better than our brethren in Boston. Lack of "R's" and all. Follow @5gsonthestreet -- Written by Gregg Greenberg in New York City.