Tuesday, September 4, 2007

On Bridges

When I make my weekly trek to the Evil Empire, the Super Satan - you know, Walmart, I have to cross a bridge over the Kanawha River. Today, they were doing something construction-y on the bridge and had one lane closed off.

I started thinking about the bridge tragedy that happened a week or so ago in Minnesota and I also got to thinking about how rickety the Nitro-St. Albans (or Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge) is. Then, I thought of the murky, filthy water below it.

This river should be called the Kanawha Sewer, if people wanted to be more properly informed. I remember once I went on my boss' boat and hopping from the dock to the deck of his large boat was very intimidating. I made everyone around hold on to me and help me as I hopped across. The thoughts of being submerged in that filthy swamp almost had me hyperventilating.

Here's an even scarier scenario: at our local Regatta (a local event with different activities all weekend and bands and such), they have a swimming race. IN the Kanawha. Gag. There is no prize large enough for me to want to compete in that little event. You'd be lucky to walk away without e Coli, but there were dozens of contestants this year as in years' past, as well.

So, I drove across the rickety bridge and prayed that it would hold out one more time, so I wouldn't be trying to get myself and my "trapped in her car seat" baby out and then proceed to swim to shore in what is quite possibly nothing more than a conduit for fecal matter.

Come to think of it, the Dunbar bridge don't look so hot these days either. And I routinely cross that one as well. Maybe I should start playing the lottery too, just so my luck won't run out. Hee hee.


  1. I HATE bridges like that.

    The bridge that 'goes under water' up in Delaware really freaks me out.

    I don't know how people can take that bridge every day!

  2. We have one here that is an old rusty piece of crap with trains running on one side and cars on the other. If you are stuck on it in traffic when a train rolls through, the bridge actually begins to sway!

    Scares the crap outta me every time.

  3. When I was growing up there in the 40's and 50's, all the chemical plants were dumping waste in the river. No one I knew would even think of swimming in it. I thought it was supposed to be better now that dumping is outlawed. Too bad it isn't.

  4. Our beautiful Lake Pend Oreille is being threatenend with the Rock Creek Mine and the environmental approvers can't decide if mining run off is bad or not...idiots. I cringe whenever I drive across the Long Bridge...in good repair or not. I can't swim. The water is pristine though....guess if i am gonna drown, it should be in clean water.