The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Recently, my friend Ian Reilly invited me for another ride on the Mallory Todd, one of my all-time favorite vessels. This concrete-hulled, double-masted schooner is absolutely gorgeous inside, full of teak, a bathtub, a fireplace, and some amazing amenities. I’ve written about her before, so I’ll hold off on my rhapsodizing about the boat and …

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I’ve been opening drawbridges since September of 2001, and I love it. I’ve opened 9 different bridges in three different states. I only know one other bridgetender with better statistics than that, so I’m kind of proud. I’ve been going down memory lane quite a bit lately, so I decided to check out all my …

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I had an interesting discussion about fate with a friend the other day. She sees it as sort of a fixed point, and no matter what you do, what choices you make, sooner or later you are going to wind up at that point, wherever it may be. That kind of depresses me. If that’s …

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For the past week I’ve been training to operate the Ballard Bridge over the Ship Canal in Seattle. This is a very cool bridge, with a view of the Lake Washington Locks. I think I could get used to this. (Ballard Bridge with Falcon in foreground) But imagine my surprise when a coworker handed me …

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