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Talk about perseverance.

Bridge building, which goes back to ancient Rome, was getting its biggest test.

It took years of political wrangling, endless discussions about a six-lane tunnel, but eventually the plan was approved to build a bridge one and a half times longer than any other bridge in the world.

The troubles had just begun.

German immigrant John Augustus Roebling, who had previously designed and constructed shorter suspension bridges, in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Ohio, was the designer.

That didn't last long.

While doing some surveying, Roebling had his foot crushed when a ferry pinned it against a piling.

A spiritualist, and believer in hydrotherapy, he refused anesthesia and soon developed tetanus since he insisted only water clean his wound.

Exit John, who would never live to see his dream completed, and enter his son Washington Roebling.

That didn't last long.

Washington suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of decompression sickness, and put caisson disease on the map, shortly after the beginning of construction on January 3, 1870.

Enter his wife Emily Warren Roebling who provided the critical written link between her paralyzed husband and the engineers on-site.

Building the Brooklyn Bridge was more than just designing it; it required using key materials never used before.

Like the alloy steel instead of iron on the four cables, which was revolutionary, since steel was a suspect material.

(Britain outlawed steel for any structure at the time.)

Fourteen years later, after fines, a little graft, more accidents, fires, the Brooklyn Bridge became the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world.

Even at the inauguration, many New Yorkers (before the car, remember) were convinced the bridge wasn't safe.

So P.T. Barnum led a caravan of circus animals, including 21 elephants, across it.

Only fitting, considering the circus atmosphere of the entire project.

Recently, someone proposed to his girlfriend on the Brooklyn Bridge, and dropped his engagement ring that was fortunately recovered by someone working below.

But no matter, ring or not.

On perhaps the most romantic bridge of them all, she had to say yes, and she did.

David McCullough, who wrote a great book called “The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge:”

“Out of what was an era known for corruption and decadence could rise this emblematic structure representing the highest kinds of aspirations in society. Among other things, it's the antithesis of planned obsolescence. It was designed to last forever, and with proper care it will.” 

J. Peterman

 

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July 16, 2013 2:09 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I learned that bridge building and bridge maintenance -- with people -- would time and time again help me to cross that bridge, as the saying goes, when I came to it.

Sort of like paying the bridge toll in advance.

Outgrew the grasshopper.

Older than dirt now, but never will outgrow the lesson.

July 16, 2013 3:50 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Oh, there is a terrible old joke about a guy that designed and built bridges, many bridges, and they've stood the test of time, but he? well, he's remebered for something else, and because I've already treaded on thin ice, I will not discolse his aberration...

July 16, 2013 4:57 AM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

RoadY: I am SURE I know the joke you mean, and it's an extremely funny one! He wanted so badly to be remembered as a bridge builder, as he'd built bridges his whole life, instead of being remembered for something he did just once....and I don't think there's a PC way to tell any more of it. That it is so politically incorrect is
part of why it is so dangnab hilarious.

July 16, 2013 5:39 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Cincinnati's Roebling Suspension Bridge is also called the "singing bridge" since it hums as your tires interact with the surface. Not sure if it hums any designated tune. Wonder where those elephants went when they got to the other side in New York. So many questions, so little time.

July 16, 2013 7:46 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

All Hail the Brooklyn Bridge!! Went to its 100th Birthday Party and felt so lucky. As we are daily--whether its just the opportunity to look at its majesty or to cross in one direction or the other. How lucky we are to have an interactive masterpiece like the Brooklyn Bridge as a matter of fact punctuation for our lives.

July 16, 2013 8:46 AM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...


Never being on to love bridges, today I go to DC which means I'll have to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Maryland route 50.


I'll put my blinders on and go for it.


See you all on Saturday.

July 16, 2013 9:25 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Korthal~safe travels today.

There is an 876 feet high bridge that I love crossing in early morning hours when the mist is rising from the river and mountains while the rising sun turns it a lovely pink.

July 16, 2013 9:34 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Rusty said...

At least John Roebling did get to see and use the bridge named for him.  On December 1, 1866, the John Roebling suspension bridge between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky opened and was the longest suspension bridge in the world.  It is still in use today.  Mr. Roebling really knew his stuff, and, thank goodness, passed it on to his son.  I wonder if some of the newest bridge masterpieces will last the test of time that the Roebling bridges have.

July 16, 2013 9:47 AM
First-com roux said...

Thanks RoadYacht.  My curiosity got the better of me so I just wasted (too much) time searching for that joke.  Had never heard it--good one.  Of course, I then went on to read a few more good ones.  Anyway it gave me a good excuse to put off going to the gym. 

July 16, 2013 9:56 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

David McCullough's books are great.  I read The Path Between the Seas on our cruise from LA to Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal, came home and read Truman and John Adams.  Now I am enjoying Mornings On HorsebackThe Great Bridge will be next!

July 16, 2013 10:43 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

CHEFD...............the Brooklyn bridge is amazing, I agree! A hail to it in your honour & my husband's family! KORTHAL.................safe travels today kiddo & eat something delicious, maybe a.............reuben................  Off to Boston to roam........................yippee, skippee, yay!

July 16, 2013 11:17 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Roux~ Change the name of your "convenience" from Jhon, , to Jim , and you can say you "go to the Jim" first thing every morning

July 16, 2013 11:18 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

of course, that works when you tell it, hahaha

July 16, 2013 12:38 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

I grew up in the shadow of NYC, but don't have much of a history with the Brooklyn Bridge.  I loved the Verrazano Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island.  I didn't cross it often, but I felt like I was in a cathedral when crossing it. The Tappan Zee bridge meant summer vacation to me--we would take it on our drives up to Maine.  Not too many cool bridges here in Milwaukee.  The last great bridge I crossed was the Mighty Mac.

July 16, 2013 12:39 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Congrats to everyone on the C note yesterday. I was off doing doctors and workouts and such so missed the fun. Doesn't look like we're going to match it today.  Paolos must be sleeping it off. 

July 16, 2013 12:42 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

I love bridges and have been one them in all 50 states and many foreign countries driving over many of these engineering wonders. Like with rail & aviation, makes you proud to be a human. I do notice when I approach a bridge, I revert from my one handed relaxed position to the 10-2 steering grip. No real fear just a stay true to the course mindset. Goes back to the old one lane bridges of my youth where you had to stay on the wood. I do so love the drive to the Columbia River Gorge, the Outer Banks, and the Florida Keys.

July 16, 2013 12:45 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is a 40 mile bridge.  And then there's the 7 mile bridge in the Florida Keys.

July 16, 2013 12:49 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


The Brooklyn Bridge under which we have sailed and upon which we have walked and been driven is one of those rarities: as important as it is impressive.
We have driven the George Washington on a blustery day and it is safe to say that, of the four of us, I was the only one to have enjoyed it.
The great five mile bridge over the Straits of Mackinac has its own weather report. That ought to tell you something.

July 16, 2013 1:18 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I've loved those long bridges, like Ponchatrain, and 7 mile, and if you've not done it on a Harley, you haven't really experienced a great thrill. The trouble bridges for a motor cycle are the steel treaded bridges...the treads grab at the tires, and cause a rhytmic sway of the single front wheel that is at once terrifying, and exhilerating as you reach the other side. Many bridges across the Mighty Miss, and many long, lonely straights. Sorry for making Harley Sounds under those idyllic covered bridges, (couln't help myself)....

July 16, 2013 2:35 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

I think the only bridge I've ever crossed without 'flutterbyes' in my stomach was the Mackinaw Bridge in Michigan.  Lately I find myself visibly shuddering and holding my breath in crossing.  If I'm not driving I close my eyes.  I guess I traveled the Mackinaw bridge on a calm quiet day.

July 16, 2013 3:12 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I have flown over, under, around and through the Roebling Suspension Bridge that crosses the beautiful Ohio...in many a dream...sometimes at supersonic speeds narrowly missing the cables or deck other times just lazing along without a care in the world.  It is the bridge of my dreams.  Every one should have such a bridge.  On our recent trip to DC we went out of our way to travel the Chesapeake bay tunnel bridge from Norfolk to ESVA.  That was a treat in itself.  The timing was off to make the crossing at night, which I am told is another treat in itself. I did not get to visit with Miss Blue, which was a crying shame as that would have been even another treat in itself; we barely got to stick our collective toe in the water on the eastern shore, but it was a treat, a treat in itself.

July 16, 2013 3:12 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

I just can't help thinking they're not going to stay up forever, you know?  Every bridge has it's "Okay, I'm so through with this" moment when it gives up and falls down, the trick is to replace it or repair it before it decides to poop out.  So to speak.  On that note, Korthal, keep calm and carry on, and know you're a braver woman than I, by far.

July 16, 2013 3:13 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Where's Gutfeld? 

July 16, 2013 3:15 PM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is just under 24 miles long, and driving it both going and coming provoked in me something like an existential terror. It just felt like being in the hypothetical situation of a bridge across the ocean, with no stopping points, and no emergency lanes.

And this reminds me of another old joke (pace RoadYacht above), in which a man who needs to go to Asia but is terrified of flying asks God to build a bridge across the Pacific Ocean. And God explains to the man that doing so would be an undertaking that would be challenged sorely just by laws of physics and the violent vicissitudes of nature, that doing so would just be basically impossible. God asks the man if there might be some lesser prayer that He could answer. And the rest is non-PC.

The LPC was for a long time the longest road bridge in the world, but was trumped a few years ago by the Bang Na Expressway in Thailand, which is 33.5 miles long. The elemental difference between these two is that the former if over water while the latter is nearly all just above ground. Which means that the LPC is, to me, more of an engineering marvel.

There are two or three other bridges that are much longer than these, but they are high-speed rail bridges, not road bridges. If memory serves, the two longest bridges in the world are high-speed rail and run in the Beijing-to-Shanghai-return corridor. I sorely doubt that either of those bridges runs ALL THE WAY from one city to the other, as Beijing and Shanghai are more than 600 miles apart.

When I think of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, I remember a wonderful drive I had across it decades ago well after midnight. I had a tape of Keith Jarrett's "Koln" performance, and I left it playing, as it seemed to be a perfect musical score for the experience.

July 16, 2013 4:22 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss Park4 ~ The last I saw him, he was sitting on a street corner in downtown Oakland wearing a tee shirt that said "It's not a tall or short thing.  We are all Greg Gutfeld."

July 16, 2013 4:38 PM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Excuse me
Oh will you please excuse me
I'm just trying to find the bridge
Has anybody seen the bridge?
Have you seen the bridge?
I ain't seen no bridge
Where's that confounded bridge?

---Led Zeppelin, "The Crunge"

July 16, 2013 4:58 PM
Img_5428-1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Capt Neptune said...

Hey: A Bridge over Troubled Water.
That's my bridge...

July 16, 2013 5:01 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

No matter how well you build them…

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRHVMi3LxZE

 

 

July 16, 2013 5:26 PM
Img_5428-1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Capt Neptune said...

Paolos : one of my favorite movies. BECAUSE my dad & I went to see it together at the drive in. Just the two of us. Parked in the center in the merc. station wagon and put a speaker in the window of both sides of the car. I'll NEVER forget that moment, or that song.

July 16, 2013 5:34 PM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Paolos:

What about the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse of 1940? There are clips of it on youtube, but try as I might I can't get the browser on this computer to cut/paste the link.

It was a suspension bridge for which blowing winds caused swaying and rumbling that was at a resonant frequency for the structure, and so the bridge began a veritable sine wave of up and down rhythmic motion, and after a brief time violently broke apart. The film shot of it is in color, no trivial feat for 1940, and was 16mm.

I am not sure how bridge engineers overcome the risk of resonant frequency based destruction. Someone with a military background once told me that soldiers, who are trained to march with steps in unison, are also trained to "break step" whenever crossing a bridge lest the marching stir up vibrations at or near a structural resonant frequency.

The Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse footage is definitely "bridge porn," or perhaps more like "bridge snuff film." In most ways, I wish I'd never seen it in elementary school, because it's hard having seen it not to think of it when driving on a long bridge.

It's something I think about whenever people talk about the problem of decaying infrastructure in the US, even though decay was not why this Washington bridge collapsed (its problem was really faulty design).

July 16, 2013 5:36 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I think anyone who ever heard the song but once could whistle it on command. It is a classic, Cap'n.

July 16, 2013 5:52 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Not for the faint of
heart…It took 52 years to determine the cause of collapse

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xox9BVSu7Ok

 

July 16, 2013 6:00 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

The bicycle trail on which I ride has one tunnel and two overpasses. One of the overpasses' metal rods are partially exposed and rusting, and several places of the tunnel's cement ceiling have fallen. I am not an engineer, but find this disturbing since many cars drive across these structures daily.

July 16, 2013 6:20 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

 I put on my earth shoes and my jean jacket with the embroidery and saw Robin Trower for the first time and when he played Bridge of Sighs- It sent me there- The sun don't shine
The moon don't move the tides,
To wash me  clean

The sun don't shine
The moon don't move the tides
To wash me  clean
Why so unforgiving, and why so cold
Been a long time crossing Bridge  of Sighs

Cold wind blows
The Gods look down in anger,
On this poor  child

Cold wind blows
And Gods look down in anger,
On this poor  child

Why so unforgiving and why so cold
Been a long time crossing Bridge of Sighs 

July 16, 2013 6:28 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

TT-- I love Earth Shoes--probably some of the most comfortable shoes on the face of the earth!

July 16, 2013 6:35 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Carol- Spent a decade in them, Converse all stars, and my pigskin suede boots. Loved Bolo ties and a chocolate corduroy blazer with patches on the sleeve.  

July 16, 2013 6:58 PM
Img_5428-1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Capt Neptune said...

Now ... Patches on the sleeves ... Always loved um... Who knows why, but that was style.

July 16, 2013 7:03 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Spsring Rain - Those rusty rods on the bridge you pass over do not sound too safe...Have you reported it to anyone?

Not a big fan of bridges, but have been over quite a few....The long one into New Orleans is a major accomplishment, as is the Golden Gate, and the long 3 mile bridge we cross a lot over to St. George Island....It was interesting to watch as the St. George Island bridge was built to replace the old one....The sinking of concrete piers, the building from both ends to meet in the middle certainly makes one respectful of the engineers.....(As opposed to the dufus who tried to build a new bridge over to Clearwater in Fla., building from both ends only to find a large difference of over a foot--one higher than the other where the two sides were supposed to meet!! Bet that guy was fired and no longer allowed to engineer anything!) Of course, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a beautiful example of getting it right!! And the one from Brunswick to Jekyll Island, or the one from Savannah to SC, Hilton Head....
http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc32965.php

http://fishing.about.com/od/fishingonthebank/ig/GOWA-2007/Bridge-At-Brunswick-Georgia.htm

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=savannah+bridge+to+SC+photo&qpvt=savannah+bridge+to+SC+photo&FORM=IGRE

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=bridge+to+st+george+island%2C+construction&go=&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=bridge+to+st+george+island%2C+construction&sc=0-28&sp=-1&sk=

More bridges to impress upon us the wonderful skills of those who construct these sculptures over water for our convenience of travel.... and the song you were already humming....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PNun-Pfb4

July 16, 2013 7:04 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Spring Rain - Sorry for the stuttering start to your name on the previous....mea culpa!

July 16, 2013 7:24 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Patches on your sleeves
Patches on your sleeves
Lookin' like a fool with those patches on your sleeves.
With your corduroy coat
Hat turned sideways
Patches hit your sleeves
Call yourself a cool cat
With those patches on your sleeves
Walkin' downtown with those patches on your sleeves!
Giddy-up
Hey! Get those patches off your sleeves!
Lookin like a fool!
Walkin' talkin' with your patches on your sleeves!
Hey! Get your patches off your sleeves!
Lookin' like a fool with your patches on your sleeves
With the gold in your mouth
Hat turned sideways
Call yourself a cool cat
Patches on your sleeves!

My apologies to Larry Platt and anyone with patches on their sleeves.
Sorry Capt Sorry Tommy Sorry Mr Peterman
I just got caught up in the rhythm
Patches on your sleeves
Patches on your sleeves
Lookin’ like a fool with those patches on your sleeves.
Giddy-up.

July 16, 2013 7:26 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I'll be shuffling back to the little room they prepared for me now. Y'all have a good rest of the night.

July 16, 2013 7:57 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

p daddy- opening for Jay Z in the cards, my brother. Magna Carta Holy Grail Tour

July 16, 2013 8:00 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Captain- Loved the song Patches by Clarence Carter- Patches I'm depending on you son. http://youtu.be/kaKP_jKz6YA

July 16, 2013 8:54 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

"we are all Greg Gutfeld" - sign seen in Oakland?  Saturday night?  You are funny, and I'm more convinced now than ever...  

July 16, 2013 8:58 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

I just purchased another pair of Earth Shoes last week---I still have 2 pairs that are at least 8 years old.  Years ago I bought 2 pair that were identical except for color and absolutely wore out one pair--still working on the other.  Then I have a pair that look like deck shoes, but are more comfortable--and I just purchased a pair that look like an espadrille that married a sandal and have the comfort of both!  What a hybrid--may have to get the pair in red now!

July 16, 2013 9:20 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Great bridges, i feel, represent one of mankind's greatest achievements and demonstrate the enormous power of free thinking and ingenuity. If you want to be rid of a bout of being too full of yourself, just stand at the base of a great bridge and rediscover what awe really is about. Great bridges enable you to feel small, but in the right proportion to the world around you.

The exquisite 'art' that is a great bridge is often a very fortunate byproduct of function driving form. Pure.

One of my favorite characters from Mark Halprin's Winter's Tale is Jackson Meade, a master bridge builder, who's goal was to build a bridge "to tag this world with wider and wider rainbows, until the last is so perfect and eternal that it will catch the eye of the One who has abandoned us, and bring Him to right all the broken symmetries and make life once again a still and timeless dream". His purpose was "to stop time, to bring back the dead."or "in one word, justice." He pulls a switch to throw his rainbow bridge, but it does not take".......but he will keep trying.

Is it any wonder that all bridges, great and small; have become such great metaphors for so many circumstances and situations.

Just a week or so ago, David McCullough, was featured on 60 Minutes. It was a rerun. I was immediately drawn to his love of history and his grasp for it's importance. He is deeply disturbed to the total lack of knowledge, understanding, or even interest of history that seems all to commonplace over the last several decades/generations.

I immediately downloaded a couple of his books. At the head of the queue is “The Great Bridge"

Peace out

July 16, 2013 9:28 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PL.............................really lovely post like only you can do..........................  

July 16, 2013 9:32 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PARK & PAOLOS...........................My love for Greg Gutfeld is only rivaled by my love for toasted brown sugar & cinnamon poptarts .................flipped over & butter applied to the warm non frosted belly side. eat & sigh.....................................

July 16, 2013 10:02 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Bebe......you pop tart tease! Buttered warm tart belly......jumpin' jehosephat woman!

July 16, 2013 10:05 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...



JFK is often credited with the quote: "To have a child is to give fate a hostage."
Predating that by a considerable margin, the Roman poet, Lucan, put this one in the books:
"I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate."

There it is then, we know that, whether or not we have heard or spoken those words. Get used to the idea.

But that is different from the formation of sentimental attachments to even seminal or signature man made structures: they are meant to serve, to please and to, in the fullness of time (whatever that means), be replaced.
It is not pleasant to outlive meaningful structures but it beats dying early.
 



July 16, 2013 10:11 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Chocolate fudge pop tart, warm, buttered, and cut into nine equal sections. 

July 16, 2013 10:23 PM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Stoney-superb closing remark.
Mr P...I considered the bridge all day as I workec and I think of Howard Roark and his words to Gail...“Look, Gail.” Roark got up, reached out, tore a thick branch off a tree, held it in both hands, one fist closed at each end; then, his wrists and knuckles tensed against the resistance, he bent the branch slowly into an arc. “Now I can make what I want of it: a bow, a spear, a cane, a railing. That’s the meaning of life.”
“Your strength?”
“Your work.” He tossed the branch aside. “The material the earth offers you and what you make of it…

July 16, 2013 11:02 PM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Stoney---nice writing, interesting thought.

July 16, 2013 11:17 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Literally, I kept "watch" on the "new," assembly of the Savannah Bridge; what a breath-taking joy to heavenly drive over the grand Savannah River! "When we get to that bridge, we'll cross it," my mother used to give an ambiguous answer to her children in the day. Everyone, thought with wide-eye wonder, Yes, ole' good generic, answer, Mom. The bridge reply was always so definitive, final! A thought provoking and strange vague reply to help answer hard pressed children concerns... she replied this phrase over and over...to probably a "ga-zillion," questions requested by her six children on any given day! My mind would think of an enormous bridge, like the Brooklyn Bridge, on a day where there was crazy traffic, choking exhaust fumes to boot, where I often sat on the middle arm rest so to look out the windshield at a New York City view..I was spellbound and aware of the footwork of Nana.. I watched my Brooklyn grandmother use her left foot on the brake and her right foot on the gas to pilot the Cadillac, I was a ethereal heaven soul maintaining balance on my assigned seat humming, looking and happy to be in Grandpas' Purple Cadillac; so I would figure, that my mother meant to say... "that it was very unlikely,"...and then my gut instincts knew that we would not meet up with the bridge.... My curriculum vitae on environment has been accepted a month ago....going to the windy city, Chicago, for the conference on global climate warming! Last time I was in Chicago, 1975, marched the streets for 6 hours, hot and windy, but I twirled my baton in front of the judges won National Championships...then cooled my face and figure with ice packs.after the Irish Shamrock Routine (jig)(double toss turn catches even with a sweaty finger-less white gloves)..it was tough tour for me. I plan to tour museums and swim in Lake Michigan..cross a few bridges, too...find solutions and help promote green renewable energy solutions; I find the industry pollutant contaminants emitted or dumped into the natural environment cause adverse affects/change to air, water, land, and life! Did you ever cross over the old now.. defunct Charleston South Carolina Bridge? That was one... thin narrow... rickety bridge...Scary, too! :) e New Ken...IvyGailWinds exits in light pink pajama cotton slip to lily whites party...zzzzzzzzzzzz

July 16, 2013 11:25 PM
Img_5428-1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Capt Neptune said...

Tommy T: yes, I'm an old softy and that song chokes me up. Believe it or not, monkey #1's nickname in the early years was Patches.
Very pensive now.

July 16, 2013 11:49 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Spring Rain-- that is the second time you have mentioned cutting your poptart into 9 pieces. Why 9?

July 17, 2013 1:57 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


You may hate yourself for that...

July 17, 2013 7:02 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

That's what I was going to ask, CD.  Why 9 pieces? 

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