The View from a Drawbridge

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

Plaudits

The View from a Drawbridge

plaudit noun. plau·dit \ ˈplȯ-dət \ 1 : an act or round of applause 2 : enthusiastic approval —usually used in plural received the plaudits of the critics Plaudit is one of my favorite words. I wish it were used more often. I love the sound of it, but I especially love the sentiment behind …

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Self-Abuse

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True confessions: When I’m angry, frustrated, upset, or feeling helpless, I either eat or spend money or both. I don’t need to be hungry or in need of something. I just do it. I know this about myself. I know it even as it’s happening. But I can’t seem to stop. (What a First World …

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I just had the most gratifying conversation with an old friend from college. He told me I had a huge impact on him, and that I made him socially conscious. Wow. Just… wow. I had no idea. And I’m all the more honored because I know him to be a very socially conscious person. I …

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I have an 820 credit rating. I’m rather proud of that. I think that’s because I absolutely HATE paying interest for anything. You might say I have no interest in interest. To me it sort of feels like taking that money and setting it alight. Poof. Gone. And nothing to show for it. So whenever …

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I have a lien on the home of Andy Johnson, former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He stole $3,500.00 from me, and despite the fact that I won the court case, he refuses to pay me back. Due to his stubbornness on this issue, and the fact that liens rack up a nice …

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I just finished training on the University Drawbridge. That’s two Seattle bridges under my belt. So if you count the three bridges I was qualified on in Jacksonville, Florida and the one in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, that’s 6 bridges I’ve operated, and that includes all three main types of bridge (bascule, lift, and swing). …

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A friend of mine posted a meme on her Facebook wall that said: “Teach your teenagers how to handle money NOW or they’ll be living in your basement when they’re 30.” Truer words were never spoken. I was lucky to have a mother who knew the importance of teaching such lessons. As a matter of …

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(Since I feel like a break today, I’m posting an article that I wrote which was published in Folio Weekly, a local alternative newspaper here in Jacksonville, Florida, in October, 2012.) I’d like to think I’m a good person. I have followed the rules all my life. I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. The …

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