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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Timwatch 1/22

Tim had Barack Obama over the weekend. Via satellite, but I'll take what I can get. And James Carville has a book, but he's becoming a sportscaster. Mary Matalin really, really needs to lay off the Botox. Her forehead is smoother than mine and I'm less than half her age. Why is that shiny pulled unmoving forehead look supposed to be attractive, anyway? Um, so I'd say there were no revelations from anyone Sunday morning. Apparently politicians need to raise money to get elected! And partisan vitriol makes people say mean and nasty things! And the Democrats lost the 2004 election and are still dwelling on it!

Really, why do I even bother to wake up Sunday mornings? Oh, right. That pesky Tim-stalking thing. And I still like Obama. Plus, he's way more photogenic than Chuck Schumer, who totally reminds me of the Joker. And I even like him!

The South Street Bridge, aka that bridge over the damn Schuylkill that I walk/drive/bike across at least once per day, aka the bridge that sometimes like to drop chunks onto I-76 below, got another hole in it. A big one. And in the driving part, not the sidewalk this time. I mean, I'm totally used to looking down at the river through the holes in the sidewalk but I imagine people in cars aren't so used to that.

South Street Bridge

It is much scarier at a different angle, the hole was wide and pretty far across. How did they fix it? Why, they just put a big ol' piece of sheet metal over the hole! Problem solved!

The bridge is the main reason I don't bike to lab much. It is narrow, there are no bike lanes, part of it is a metal grid that is bumpy and really scary when wet, and you have people entering/exiting 76 without regard to, say, traffic laws. People apparently have to get back to Jersey so fast they can't be bothered to check to the side and notice that they're turning directly into a person on a bike. Maybe it is because left turns are an exotic new experience to them, they're so busy watching the left lane while turning right they forget that the right lane is where bikes go.

Of course, if they actually close the bridge to fix it I'll be screwed as the Walnut Street bridge is really, really out of my way. I am so not walking the extra five blocks to get to lab. Those are really long blocks. Really. Also, I hate lab and simply cannot expend any more precious energy to get there unless I can get some sort of guarantee that my experiments will actually work.


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