Al and Cal Homes and Community: My First Blog Since the Boston Marathon

My First Blog Since the Boston Marathon

My First Blog Since the Boston Marathon

Since the bombing of Boston Marathon I Have Lost My Voice.

Anyone that knows me would never in a million years think that anything could shut me up.    I never thought so either.   But, in the past 3 weeks, I haven't really felt like writing about real estate.    I haven't felt like sharing thoughts or feelings.

It's not that I am afraid, or that the terrorists have had their way, it's just that what I have to say seems so meaningless.    I have just lost the words that usually flow from my lips with abandon.   

The Boston Marathon.  Boston Strong

To many, a sign of spring.   A sign of accomplishment.   A sign of Boston.     Many of my clients have had the stamina to run.    I've seen them training in all kinds of weather with a determination that amazes me.     One gal, under 5 feet tall.  I always thought to myself, "it's kind of not fair.   With legs that short, that poor girl is running like, 3, marathons."   

Back in my days at the PD, there was an officer that would run the route and finish by coming in to the station at about 5:30 am.   His little dog, (one that looked like Toto) would come in about 15 minutes after him.   I would get that pup a cup of water and give him a pat.    I can tell you right now that patting that dog was like patting a 2 x 4.   He was as solid as solid gets!

It has always been our custom to go to the Marathon.     This year I went kayaking instead.   

It is hard to push the thoughts that rise to the front of my head to the back.   Disgust, pride, hate, sorrow and sadness.   But not fear because like many,  I am just highly Pissed off!   

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this sensless crime.
   The good in people shines through.   Support flows in from all over the country.    American's have big hearts.  

While the authorities debate where to put the remains of the scum bag that died as a result of his actions, and his accomplice recovers from his wounds, and as we all struggle to understand why these people, so young, would have such a hate and unfeeling disregard for life. 

Boston Strong has become, not really a new sentiment, but now one that is voiced often and worn proudly.

And now, I must try to push all thoughts of this senseless act as well as the pursuit of justice to the back of my mind knowing that life has, again, forever changed. 



Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 39 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • May 06 2013 04:58AM


I think this event will stay with Boston and its people a long time Carol.  Even though our law enforcement people did an incredible job, something was taken from us.  And we will go on. Stay well and healthy.

Posted by John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast (RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Hi Cal,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and those who were hurt in the Boston Bombings.

Never would I have thought a thing like this could happen. But it did and we are all Boston Strong for it.

Have a better day in the Boston area.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 6 years ago

Hi John.  Thanks.  Back at you.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Clint.  Thanks.   It is going to be a beautiful day.  Hope my insptection goes well!   :)   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Life continues no matter what.  It has to or the cowards win.  Boston strong is very appropriate.   Staying strong no matter what.

Posted by Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes, Broker in Charge/Owner (Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, it was truly a senseless act, and the closer you are to the area, the more traumatic it was especially as you can picture yourself at that area watching and cheering in years past. In years to come, there will be a different sense when that area is passed by all the runners. SSSS

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 6 years ago

A really great way to Support all the Families is throught the 


Another great way is to buy a baseball cap witht he Boston Strong logon - Proceeds will be donated to One Fund Boston

Preorder Boston Red Sox B Strong '47 Brand Cap  Click on the hat for more information.

Posted by Ray Stockwell, Director of Product Marketing ZipperAgent (ZipperAgent) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, Welcome back, I wondered where you had been and I do understand your silence, the same thing happened to me with the Conn. school shooting just before Christmas, nothing I thought made any sense to post.

I have SUGGESTED, life does go on and we cannot let these cowards win.

Once again, Welcome Back, we missed you!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann: Such a senseless tragedy that Americans and those in the Boston area in particular will not forget.  It is good to have you back in the Rain!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

Hi Carol-Ann. You have my sympathies. I imagine most folks across the country feel like you do.

Rest assured that God is aware of all the harm that man does to man and will correct things in his own due time. He has the power and will act with justice as only he can. We may not understand why, but it will become clear in short order. This is what I believe.

Glad you see you back at work. Stay strong.

Posted by Rebecca Howard, Recognized | Respected | Recommended (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 6 years ago

Hi Cal,  Only good thoughts and prayers for you and your family and all those who suffer.


Posted by Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor (Carlson Properties 325-721-2429) almost 6 years ago

I can understand the loss of expressable thoughts.  What usually keeps me from talking (though not always when it should) is my dad's voice in the back of my head saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."  Glad you're back.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 6 years ago

Just being Boston Strong expresses your resiliency. In due time,

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 6 years ago

thank you

Posted by Ron Aguilar, Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995 (Continental Mortgage) almost 6 years ago

I have never paid much attention to Marathons before, let alone the Boston Marathon, but next year you can count me as a big fan.  I hear a rather famous past winner Boston Billy will come out of retirement and run again.  You cannot shut this country down.  You cannot stop Americans from doing things together.  I hope the creeps get what they deserve.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Alot of things dont make sense and I've learned over the years, not to question anymore. Stay strong and stay focused. We will prevail.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 6 years ago

It is true that tragedies take our words away. It is just too moronic to speak or write of the ususal trivial things when something so horrendous as the bombings has happened. We cannot be silent forever, but we can try to make our words meaningful.

Posted by Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY (Seneca Home Staging) almost 6 years ago

Well, I for one am not forgetting, nor forgiving.  The talk of the town now is where to bury the purp.  I say cremate him and dump his ashes in the sewer.

Am I bitter, you bet.  I'm bitter that he was even in our country.  I'm bitter than, after 12 years, we are little safer than on 9/11/91. 

There's something wrong when we invite and protect the interests of an illegal immigrant, and he was illegal, from hostile areas over the safety of our own citizens.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Hi Carol Ann.... I'm so glad you and Al were not at this event this year..... I think Lenn said it best.... put him in a pine box and shove it in the flame....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 6 years ago

I'm with Lenn. It's an outrage that this could happen - and I think it's the result of too much political correctness and an unwillingness to look at where these terrorists are coming from. For Pete's sake, Russia warned us about these guys - and we STILL allowed them to stay here - living on taxpayer money? How idiotic and irresponsible was that?

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 6 years ago

Hi Richard.    Very true and as Americans I believe we all get it.   Thank you.


Hi Ed.   Yes.   I know you know all too well.   Thank you very much. 


Hi Ray.   The One Fund is really adding up and will have to in order to help all those that lost limbs, hearing and more.   It will be a very long battle for them and they will need the economic support.    Thank you!


Hi Christine.  Thank you!   I have missed you too.    Like the new profile pic!


Hi Anita.   Just Crazy.   Thank you!!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

The Boston bombers don't deserve any of our "civil rights". The dead brother was illegal and should be cremated and dumped. The other brother is alive and a citizen but has in my mind committed treason and should be shot. They come to this country, expect handouts, education and this is the thanks we get.  As for their parents and their statements, I have run out of adjectives. My sympathy goes out to all of the dead and to the injured may they get well fast.

Posted by Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate, Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties (RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, So terrible, so senseless and such a reminder that our world here in the US is changing.  UGH.  But thank God you weren't there, you could have been seriously injured or killed.  Kayaking, good choice!

Posted by Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) almost 6 years ago
Hi Carol Ann glad to hear from you again and that you are healing.
Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 6 years ago

It can be difficult to regain any sense of normalcy after this. I felt that way after 9/11 when everything seemed meaningless anymore. But I am not pissed, I am sad, that someone was so disturbed, so deceived to think this was the best option. I'm sad for the loss. but not beaten down. We are strong. People are senselessly killed everyday. It happens every day... to the innocent. We can't forget those either but we can't stop in our tracks.We must do all we can so save as many as we can.


Glad you found your voice. :) It will return.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, can't believe you went kayaking instead of the marathon.  Close call.  Kristine

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Realtors (, Santa Monica Real Estate :) ) almost 6 years ago

Well Done Carol Ann. We appreciate you geting back to your BLOG. Thank you for sharing your story.

Sincere regards, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate

Posted by Cooper Jacobs, Real Estate Brokers - Seattle (Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM) almost 6 years ago

Such a tragedy. I can understand your wanting to stay quiet in the wake of something so major. We are truly praying for everyone who has been affected.

Posted by Trisha Bush-LeFore, Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area (Preferred Properties Land & Homes) almost 6 years ago
I am glad your voice is coming back. We are there for you and each other here on AR.
Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 6 years ago

There are sometimes extreme traumatic events that alter our thinking for awhile.  I can imagine many people in your area feel and are experiencing similar anxiety and trauma.  My heart goes out to YOU and those who are!  But there is a reason they have the motto, "BOSTON STRONG."

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 6 years ago

Carol-Ann, My daughter lives out side Boston and works at the Marriott downtown. She was on her way to work when the bomb exploded. I spoke to her everyday for a week as she cried on her way to work in the city. She now seems fine, but I know this event has changed her. She wears Boston Strong as inspiration. My brother was in town at the garden the Friday night of the chase as he is a trucker on the Fleetwood Mac tour, he was freaked out while driving threw Cambridge and being surrounded by police as the chase was on with every law enforcement asset in 30 miles. I watched helplessly here in Florida on TV. I was concerned, saddened, Then I just got angry. God Bless the people of Boston.

Posted by Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC & (Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC) almost 6 years ago

Carol-Ann thank you for sharing your feelings.  My heart goes out to you, the victims and their families and all who have been affected by this tragedy.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 6 years ago

Hi All. 

Thank you for reading and commenting on my post.  

I appreciate every sentiment as we all know that it is not just about  the people of Boston, but about us all as Americans and human beings.   Thank you all.


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Carol,

I am so glad you have your voice back as you speak for thousands. It was a horrific and senseless act carried out by two young people filled with hatred and rage for Americans. My heart goes out to the people of Boston and the rest of the country....our lives are changed forever. I still don't think many understand the depth of hatred for what we stand for....our lives and the freedoms and what they will do to extinguish as many of us as they can. Thank you for your poignant message!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 6 years ago


Numerous of us all across this great country have had our thoughts and prayers directed towards all the folks affected in any shape or form by this terrible and horrific event. Personally it really hurts inside to think about the people who lost their lives, their families and all those who have to somehow push through life with injuries sustained due to this cowardly act by two plus potentially other individuals. iIreally cannot and will not use on the internet the language appropriate for these individuals. Hang in there Cal and we all understand how difficult this period of time has been for all of Boston and are behind you

Congrats on the feature post.. .. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, you are so thoughtful about this and I am angry and sad at what our world is...which we must accept and realize that we all must be vigilant.  My son was in NYC and not far from the towers when they came is our world now unfortunately.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Oh Carol made me tear up.  I haven't even been following the story any more because I could simply care less what happens to them...

I care about Boston and the people there and their triumphs and determination!  You show that through and through and I am so glad I met you! 

God Bless and well.. Boston Strong :)!!!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 6 years ago

It took until the 1st year anniversary of 9/11 for me to feel better. I took it very hard so I know what you are saying. I remember that even food shopping felt strange in the beginning. It just seemed so petty. It may sound silly but it happened.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 6 years ago

Hi Dorie, Bob, Ginny, Brenda,Jill.     Thank you all for reading my rambling thoughts.   I appreciate your words.  Thank you all.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago