3. August, 2007 - What a week

Yesterday I headed home early from work. Didn’t go out to watch the Saints (they lost), but instead just came home and watched some disaster-porn on the TV. That was as unsatisfying as ever, and after a while I switched to watching old movies.

I think the thing that upsets me most about the city and state’s handling of the bridge collapse is the control they’re taking. They’ve shut down almost all access to the area, including the Stone Arch Bridge and Bridge 9, both valuable ways for pedestrians to get across the river, and also to see the collapsed bridge. While I understand that they need ways to get rescue vehicles and politicians back and forth across the river for sound bites, I think they also need to take the needs of their consituents into account.

And one of those needs is that expressed by the people the media are dismissively calling “gawkers” or “rubberneckers.” I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who wants to down and view the wreckage. Not because we’re feeling ghoulish, but for the same reason people need to go to funerals — to say goodbye, and realize that the bridge is really gone. At this point, it feels mare like some made-for-TV movie than reality, and I’d like to be able to go down and say goodbye to the bridge. But for the moment, they’re preventing that.

Well, perhaps over the weekend (though not Saturday). I guess we’ll see. For now, I’m going to try heading to work and see if I can focus my brain on more ordinary matters.

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