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Oh, NO! The 11' 8" bridge is no more

For those who don't know what I am talking about, the 11'8" has been the nemesis for tall trucks for a long time. A guy with an office across from the bridge set up web cams and has a YouTube channel with the crashes that ensue.

The 11foo8 bridge is a railroad trestle over Gregson St in Durham, North Carolina and it has earned a reputation for for its rigorous enforcement of the laws of physics. No truck taller than 11 feet and 8 inches will pass under this stubborn piece of infrastructure. Period. On this channel we document the various attempts of hapless drivers trying to get past this bridge. Some try to be sneaky, some try to be quick, some try to argue, but the bridge always wins. There is a reason why the locals call it the "canopener!"

So if you're driving a truck, please let these videos be a warning not to argue with low bridges. They have the law (of physics) on their side. Just heed the warnings and drive a different route. Be safe, y'all.

On October 29, 2019, a crew hired by Norfolk Southern and the NC Railroad Company raised the 11foo8 bridge on Gregson St. in Durham, NC by 8 inches (20 cm) to increase the clearance over Gregson St to 12 foot 4 inches. The purpose of this $500000 project was to improve traffic safety at this railroad trestle. We have documented 150 crashes of overheight vehicles at the old 11foot8 bridge since April 2008. This is the end of the old 11foot8 canopener ... welcome to the 11foot8 +8 bridge. Let's see what happens

As one comment on YouTube said:
Mark S
1 month ago
Amazing. The favourite food of this bridge are rental trucks at 12' 6".

So to avoid collisions, they raised the bridge to 12'4"

Somebody has a sense of humor.

It has saved at least one truck from serious damage:

But not some furniture:

How Used Hilton Hotel Soaps Get Recycled

Kind of neat - I'm glad they are not being thrown out. I just wish they wouldn't take my partly used bar when I am staying another night or two.

My oven has been on for eight hours solid

Started out after lunch making a pecan pie to give to friends. Then separated six eggs to use the yolks for two key lime pies to take to the family do tomorrow. Then separated two more eggs since my recipe for meringue cookies calls for 4 egg whites and I made two batches - one with peppermint swirl chips and one with mint and dark chocolate chips.

Then used the one egg whose yolk broke while separating eggs, the two extra egg yolks and another egg to make a quiche using chanterelle mushrooms off our farm, bacon, onion, and sour cream.

Then, since the meringue cookies were still a bit sticky, I put them back in for another hour - the instructions say to bake for 90 minutes at 225 F. Now each batch has been baked for 2 and a half hours, and one batch is in for yet another hour.

Everything so far tastes great - but damn this is a lot of work! And I am not even cooking any of the main dishes, just desserts.

Eventually, I need to host one of the holiday dinners at my house and I am dreading it. I don't entertain and am not used to planning meals for more than two people. The idea of planning a meal for 20 or more is terrifying to me!

Crime after Crime

Christmas Crow

Another take on Galaxy Quest

Calling my Republican Senators about the impeachment trial

I'm stuck with two horrifically bad Republicans for the senators in my state - Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.

I know if I call and tell them to impeach the mother fucker or to find the mother fucker guilty and remove him from office, they will not listen. So I called and was all concerned about Mitch McConnell is blocking a real trial and is talking about not allowing witnesses. That in that case Mr. Trump will not be able to ever remove this cloud over his administration and that it will be very bad for the Republican Party.

Now, if his office people do their due diligence and check my phone number, then check the voter database, they will find out that I am a life long Democratic Party member and that I have volunteered for Democratic candidates in the past.

I'm just hoping that they will not do that and take my words as the concern of an American for the lack of due process that McConnell is talking about.

When Life Gives You Lemons


Yes, English can be weird

It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.

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