Monday, April 3, 2017
Bridge Collapse and toilets
Everyone knows about the bridge on Atlanta’s I-85 collapsing. Yep, as in the trade centers, extreme heat can ruin concrete and melt steel.
I am glad no lives were lost but it is amazing how folks will continue into the unknown, because they are hesitant to STOP. There are video clips of folks driving right into that dense smoke.
Commuters are familiar with traffic jams and will do a lot of crazy things to avoid them. Atlanta is a ‘crazy drive’ anyway. But even more so at start and end of the work day. That said, the only way to be in a 3-4 hour traffic jam is in a motor home. You have your refrigerator, stove, and TOILET!
In a traffic jam once we saw a lady weaving between cars as she walked headed to our coach. She knocked and asked if her elderly mother could use the bathroom, of course we were glad to oblige. They were so grateful and I KNOW IT!
Backpacking the AT was such a throw back in time. When you needed to answer natures call, a few yards off the trail, dig a cat hole and bury the remains. Simple and no consternation.
(Columbia, happiness leaving, sadness on the return)
I smile thinking of Rose (Vondale’s wife) telling of the time they volunteered to travel from NC to Texas and Arizona and volunteered to walk the desert to locate debris from the terrible reentry of the Space shuttle Columbia. She said she was in a bad way, finally saw a BIG bush, she ran behind it and began to laugh. She said it looked like snow behind that bush where folks had used it as a ‘facility’. She said, “Any bush in a storm!”
Concerning the Bridge collapse:
Many folk (250,000 cars a day) used that bridge. Lives will be disrupted. They will develop a new routine. We have a tendency to bounce back when our livelihood depends on it.
I hope your day is smooth.