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Minnesota Bridge Collapse

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

A national news story has hit a little closer than I’d like after the I-35 bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River in my hometown area of Minneapolis.

I found on when I headed to the gym – it was on all the tvs there. I stared at them, dumbfounded, for a few minutes before rushing downstairs to get my phone….where the first text message asking if my family was ok had arrived.

I rang home and my mother answered with, “Chad’s [my brother] ok.” I quickly called my father and found out the rest of my family was all right too.

For the next hour, I became that-girl-at-the-gym-on-the-cell-phone. Thankfully (?) the cell towers in the Twin Cities were overloaded, so I was limited to texting my friends to make sure they were all right. So far, everyone seems to be, but just like any other major incident, there are lots of close calls and what ifs…like the fact my brother had driven over the bridge only 15 minutes before on his way to a final less than a mile away, or that some of my friends drive over that bridge every day on their way to and from work and had just gotten home when it collapsed. As one friend put it, a bridge collapse because of a structural incident is something that happened 100 years ago….or occurs in other countries. You never expect it to happen your backyard.

Sometimes, when I drive way up high over the I-405 or the I-5 just south of the Portland, I think about all those not-yet-funded
earthquake-proofing plans for the bridges. I saw on the always credible FOX News at 10 the first ‘Could it happen here?’ scare story. Not to be difficult, but don’t you think if Kare 11 or WCCO in the Twin Cities had done that story last night, they’d get the same pat answers I’m sure ODOT handed out to the news crews this evening? Food for thought….

Liberty Triathlon Race Report (Minnesota)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

age.jpgAbout a week and a half ago now, Charlie and I raced the Liberty Triathlon in Independence, Minnesota. I wrote this race report then, but am just now posting it – sorry! To read Charlie’s race report, go here.

Charlie welcomed his racing return to the Midwest and had the fastest bike time by 4 minutes, and won the overall olympic-distance race. I was 12 out of the women. There were around 80 guys and 50 women. As you can tell by the times, this was not a fast course.

1 Charles Warner 25:55 2:07 1:04:58 24.0 1:05 43:45 7:03
2:17:46

12 Courtney Ries 30:15 2:19 1:21:36 19.1 1:25 52:46 8:30
2:48:18
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The Graduation of the Brother

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
The Siblings at Chad's GraduationIt's always odd to return to someplace you have a lot of memories - like, in this case, high school. Chad graduated from high school last ... [Continue reading this entry]

Going on an Airplane – Minnesota Triathlon and Graduation Weekend

Thursday, June 8th, 2006
The SiblingsI'm off again! This time, heading back to Minnesota for my baby brother's graduation from Eastview High School (also the school where my sister Abby, also pictured, and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sports Heroes and Childhood Idolatry: Kirby Puckett

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
Those of you who have known me for a long time might recall that I was something of a sports nut. I loved 'em - so much so that I even wanted to be a sports reporter for a significant ... [Continue reading this entry]