January 5, 1933 saw construction begin on one of America’s best known landmarks, and the iconic representation of San Francisco, California… the Golden Gate Bridge. Named for the strait it spans connecting the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, it was at the time the world’s longest (4200 feet) and tallest (746 feet) suspension bridge. While Joseph Strauss submitted the original design for the bridge, and oversaw its construction… the finished product actually bore little resemblance to his original idea. Architect Irving Morrow was the man most responsible for the bridge’s famous aesthetic design, even choosing the color for the towers, international orange. And engineer Leon Moisseiff turned Strauss’ original cantilever design into the suspension bridge the Golden Gate would be built as. Luckily for us, and most importantly, Californian motorists, Moisseiff’s design for the Golden Gate proved to be much more structurally sound than the bridge he designed with similar innovations just seven years later in Tacoma, Washington….
Picture the Golden Gate Bridge doing that in a windstorm. Forget California’s legendary earthquakes….
And now that I’ve left my heart in San Francisco, I’ll attempt to salvage my brain to answer this week’s Share Your World questions from Di!
Did you stay up to see the New Year in?
I’m always awake to see the new year in…
That’s a pic I took of the phone at the Automotive counter where I routinely take my work breaks, the first one of which is always at midnight. Yes, some of us work overnights and holidays!
Are there any special occasions or events coming up in 2023 for you or your family?
Not that I’m aware of, but I generally stay out of family functions. It will be the 30th anniversary of my high school graduation which only makes me feel really fucking old. My 25 year work anniversary at Mecca (ditto). My youngest sister will turn 40(!!!) And 2023 also would have been my Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary had he not passed in 2017…
Do you keep a diary?
I actually kept a daily journal for almost 21 years beginning in February 1993 (Another 30 year anniversary!). After about 15 years It became more and more of a chore and something I continued only because I’d done it for so long, and I finally gave up in early 2014.
It’s nice to have about a two decade span in my life, though, where I can pinpoint the specific date something occurred on by looking it up, or refresh my memory on something that happened when I was in my 20’s…
yesterday Sunday differ from January 1st 2022 or was there no difference?
Like most days that occur between two working nights for me, this past New Years was a lost day for me. Last year I was off the night before, but being a Saturday, I doubt it was much different. If only I’d still kept that journal last year…..
Gratitude: A smile is infectious. Spread it around.