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Who am I, prettykate?

My calendar here at work is a calendar of bridges, because I <3 Bridges. That's why I wanted to become an engineer, so that I could drive over something I had designed. I ended up not doing that.

Anyway, this month is the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York. I'm reading the description here, and . . . it's short, and you wanted to learn something about bridges today, I could tell, so:

Engineer Joseph Roebling envisioned that the Brooklyn Bridge would be "... a work of art, and a successful specimen of advanced bridge engineering.... " Although he did not live to see it completed, his prediction was more than realized. Construction of the bridge was plagued with problems; beginning with the death of Roebling before construction even began. The project was then taken over and seen through to its completion by his son, Washington Roebling. Construction on what was to become the world's largest suspension bridge, and the first suspension bridge to use steel for its cable wire, began in 1870. Three years after construction began, Washington Roebling was struck with a crippling case of the bends after inspecting the cement caissons achoring the bridge below the river's surface. He continued to oversee the completion of the bridge from his bedroom window and employed his wife Emily to relay orders to the crew. Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883; fournteen years after construction began. Today, the bridge is the second busiest bridge in New York and one of its greatest landmarks.

Man, that's fucking bullshit! I learned in school that the Emily Roebling did a hell of a lot more than "relay messages". She did a whole fucking lot, especially considering she wasn't educated in engineering or anything.

Fucking calendars, trying to keep us down. You should go read that page (it's short) and be proud of Emily Roebling. Keeping shit together and shit.


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May. 6th, 2003 02:44 pm (UTC)
How do they build bridges over really long deep bodies of water? How do they anchor the poles all the way down there?
May. 7th, 2003 05:20 am (UTC)
That's what a "caisson" is. They build big molds and pour the concrete in and set the towers in that.
May. 6th, 2003 08:57 pm (UTC)
i'm in new york! & jenny really likes you, & so i was thinking we could have a jolly old time together!
May. 7th, 2003 05:22 am (UTC)
Hmm! Okay, I will see what I can see and get back to you!

PS I'm flattered.
May. 6th, 2003 09:39 pm (UTC)
Really? Bridges?

Ever been across the Verrazano Narrows? 'Cause that's one mighty massive bit o' construction there. I tried to get Manning, Sean, and Maggie hyped about it when we all drove up there, but got the impression they weren't all that impressed.
May. 7th, 2003 05:21 am (UTC)
My uncle WORKED on the Verrazano! He was a civil engineer too, a water guy. He walked across the whole bridge, inspecting the water main, before the bridge deck was put on. Isn't that awesome?
May. 7th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
Oh for crying out loud, here we go with the fucking Verrazano Narrows again...
May. 7th, 2003 09:52 am (UTC)
You see what I have to deal with here? Typical bridge apathy.

I want to walk across the Verrazano. I saw this thing on...some show where there's this guy who wants to walk over as many suspension bridges as he can. Sometimes he has to get permission from the local government, sometimes he just goes and does it and hopes he doesn't get caught. He's old and retired too. Golden years indeed.
Jul. 8th, 2003 08:44 pm (UTC)
Dude, I did a search of my user anme, and found this entry, and I am so glad I did.

I wish things had changed since then, BUT...
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