Drawbridge.

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ccording to The Washington Post, The President just said that Congress had reach a bi-partisan agreement on the infrastructure bill. All I can say is that is about damn time.

If ever there was a city in need of infrastructure repair it’s New Orleans.

You are looking at one of two drawbridges that cross the Intracoastal Waterway connecting the rest of the city to the Lower 9th Ward and locations further downriver.

Look at it. At the time when I made this picture it had been painted and it’s already rusty.

There are really three points made in this picture. Both drawbridges should be replaced with something modern. The Intracoastal Waterway — known locally as MR-GO — should be closed because it brought the water from everywhere that destroyed the Lower 9th Ward.

Finally, see that concrete structure on the right side of the picture? That’s the new levee built after the old one was broken in many places allowing the water from MR-GO to food and destroyed the Lower 9th Ward.

Now, about the potholes in my street.

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nce again WordPress has made it way too hard to do anything with this block system. It will be the thing that finally drives me away.

I’m sure that I did it. At least what those fine morons at WordPress will claim.

Yes, WordPress if you are reading, I just called you morons. I’m sorry if I offend anybody with this next line, but leave the fucking thing alone.

They created some way of trapping copy with a blue box. You cannot edit anything in the box. If you hit the delete key, the paragraph is removed. The box continues to move upward deleting and deleting.

The only work around that I could figure out is to go back to a saved draft and use that.

Of course, this means all of the categories and tags are removed. If you schedule posts as I do, that is removed as well.

Moving is looking better and better.

Life is way too short.


Every time that I cross this drawbridge, I think of it as some kind of big, scary, robotic monster. It isn't.
Every time that I cross this drawbridge, I think of it as some kind of big, scary, robotic monster. It isn’t.

Once, a long time back, I posted a picture of this bridge that I made at night. I said that my god-daughter thinks it’s a big scary monster. She isn’t that far from the truth. It looks like that to me as well. The truth is simple. It’s a bascule bridge. A what? It’s a kind of drawbridge that uses balance to control its position. It seems that counter weights do their thing in making this bridge simple and easy to move. And, they’ve been around forever. But, the first urban use was in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1850. The one in the picture is part of The Industrial Canal lock system. There. Now you know as much about it as I do. Oh. It spans St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans.

Since the bridge is old and rusty, I set out to make the picture about as steam punk as I could. You’ll have to Google that term. Oh. It’s Sunday… it’s a sub-genre of fiction that uses steam and the industrial designs of the late 1800s as a stage for a more post apocalyptic and retro future. Okay. maybe I don’t have enough time to really get into this. But, that’s the basics. Anyway, in order to do this I returned to a lot of heavy post production. I made the colors dirty. I added a little grunge styling. I darkened everything to enhance the mood. Funny. If I had made this picture at night, like I did the last time, it would be bright and colorful. But, I made it as the sun was getting ready to set on a very storm day. It became dark and dirty.