Last week I wrote that maybe I’d become desensitized to crossing bridges because I wasn’t feeling the nervousness I normally had when driving over long, high bridges like the Whitestone and the Throgs Neck. Of course, being a passenger is different and currently I don’t have the wherewithal to attempt the driving. I don’t know … Continue reading No Control
I went across the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridges 4 times last month. As a passenger, of course. No jitters. No butterflies, moths or flutters in my chest. It was easy on my insides. It's always been a bit easier on me crossing from the Bronx into Long Island since I can’t see the … Continue reading Becoming Desensitized?
Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took the Cross Sound Ferry from Orient Point, NY (the very end of the North Fork of Long Island) to New London, CT. On the trip back to Long Island as I stood on the deck waiting to leave, I contemplated the bridge that filled my view. Yes, I contemplated … Continue reading The Gold Star Memorial Bridge
Sunset wasn’t for another couple of hours and it was early spring and the air was clear and the upstairs outdoor bar was packed with college kids, locals and out-of-towners relaxing on a Friday night. It was perfection, bar food and trendy, local hard cider and laughter and the sun on our faces. Our crew … Continue reading Is Mind Over Matter the Cure for a Phobia?
When I’m a passenger in a car going over a bridge, nothing can make me feel better about the experience except not having to drive over the bridge or just getting the ordeal over with. And to anyone who drives me over a bridge, I’m both thankful and sympathetic because you’re helpless to help me. … Continue reading How to Drive a Gephyrophobiac Over a Bridge
My brain must have been working overtime the other morning because I had a sudden meshing of two childhood events which may help resolve the mystery of where my fear of bridges may have begun germinating. The two events have nothing to do with bridges but they do have to do with water. I learned … Continue reading Jumping In