"What IS that?’ I asked my husband. He was driving. I was gazing ahead slightly east. I said it like you would when you see something grotesque or disturbing like a cat flattened in the road. You know what you’re seeing but you hope your eyes and brain are processing it all wrong. “Was there … Continue reading Life is Full of Surprises
On Jeopardy a couple of weeks ago, the game show showed contestants the picture below and they had to come up with the answer to this question: To accommodate big jets a girder bridge helped extend the runway 4,000 feet at Madeira International Airport on an island of this nation. The answer wasn't that important to me. … Continue reading Want to Land Here?
I think have an odd attraction / repulsion relationship with bridges. Maybe I like the way they make me feel. Deliberately, on purpose, no one asking, forcing or suggesting I do it, I’ve attempted to walk across a few intimidating bridges. To me, the scariest I can imagine. Even though one such attempt was more than 12 years … Continue reading Suspended
Opposites, I find, are interesting. Just as I fear bridges there’s the opposite, people who are unafraid. This is for bridge lovers and gephyrophobiacs. You, someone, anyone (not me) and as long as you're 10 years old, can climb the Australian landmark, the Sydney Bridge, anytime you want dawn, dusk, day or night. While I … Continue reading BridgeClimb Sydney
On December 30, 2016, the HIGHEST bridge in the world – the Beipanjiang Bridge - opened to traffic in China. It is 1,854 feet above the Beipanjiang River and connects two mountainous regions. Most of the highest bridges - highest being the measurement from the bridge deck to the water or ground - are in China. I can't grasp … Continue reading The Highest Bridge in the World Opens
I wasn't familiar with the word gephyrophobia until I started learning more about my fear. Lucy used the word in A Charlie Brown Christmas more than 50 years ago when it first aired in December 1965. The "g" in gephyrophobia is soft and said like a "j." Click here to hear Lucy say it It's worth the minute … Continue reading How to Pronounce Gephyrophobia