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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….

Omaha- Somewhere in Middle America

Monday, April 30th, 2007

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Omaha – a sprawling suburbian town with a cute, albeit very small, old town with cobblestone streets. Charlie and I ventured off to Middle America for 36 hours and the wedding of his pledge dad, a soccer coach who will be moving to Boise in two weeks with his new bride to start an assistant coaching position there.

There were a few highlights of trip, including the fact all of our flights took off and landed on time with no issues with transfers. However, I did have one issue with airport security…

The man in front of me was selected for special screening. After being walked and handed over to the agent at the machine, he walked through, as did I. The TSA agent who he had been handed off to began gathering up my items – and placed his boarding pass in the container. I looked at her, dumbfounded. “You do know that isn’t my boarding pass, don’t you?” I asked. She looked at the name and then me and my purse and set the bin right back down again. The man who was supposed to be searched was gathering up his stuff when the woman snapped at him that he wasn’t allowed to touch it and huffed off with his items without saying another word to me.

My, when a MALE is walked up to the machine and HANDED OFF to an agent…and then she gathers up MY stuff and places HIS boarding pass with it, I just feel so…secure.

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! ... [Continue reading this entry]

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]