February 24, 2009

_--= Indian River (4) Bridge Project=--_

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10 comments:

Kubinak said...

There are those nervous making cranes again.

I always find the American flag an interesting declaration of nationhood upon a construction sight. And my pet peeve, having grown up in a house where flag etiquette was strictly observed, is the hanging of the flag after sunset; or left to sag in the rain. Don't people know that the flag should be drawn down for the night, unless a single spotlight is placed upon it? Or that the height of disrespect is to leave the flag swaying on a rainy day or night?

Not certain what I missed over the last two days. Something, considering the conversation I read. I'm in the shed on that one, along with the forgotten flag.

Barry said...

Hey Phan,

I am sorry to say that you will be seeing more of these cranes as I intend to follow the project on through to completion.

Intersting observations about the flag.

rocketts said...

I learned flag etiquette as a cub scout in third grade. I was our elementary school's flag monitor in fifth. I was horrified the first time I saw a flag drawn down, crumpled up and dragged off to storage.

For the past eight years or so I've seen a new sort of parade; trucks, usually with really BIG tires, barrelling down roads with shredded flags snapping in their beds.

Come to think of it, I havn't seen as many of those since the election. Strange.

The flag has become the ultimate football towel, you know the ones, twisting and twirling above the fans heads. "I'm on your team!" it cries. It seems that the flag's duty on many jobsites is that of cheap advertising.

I suspect that the Indian River Project engineeers and contractors are really sensative about the flag though. I think they do love it. (They're building a bridge! How American can you get!) I see them pledging allegiance to it every morning. At noon, they break to perform the flag dance in its shadow. And when the whistle screams at the end of the day they gather in a circle to blow kisses into every star, every stripe. They all leave for home but the grand ole flag keeps watch, quietly waving over the deep, dark ocean.

rocketts said...

Wait! Thats not an American Flag! What the hell kind of flag is on that crane? A checkered flag?? They must be commies!

Kubinak said...

The question that always must be asked when entering unfamiliar territory (according to Eddie Izzard) is, "Do you have a flag?" I have very fond memories of the flag song for Radio. "Fold it up and store it in the shed!"

Christopher G. Hill said...

I like the photos and thanks for following Musings.

Barry said...

@ Rocketts

Actually they all leave for their hotels. I don't think any of those commies are local.

@ Phannie

I picked up on your shed reference. I can't remember, did we ever decide if "Fold it twice over then once to the corner" was accurate?

@ Christopher G. Hill

I am excited about your blog. It is pretty cool to find an attorney writing about construction related law. Especially one as laid back as you. I enjoy your links on twitter as well.

Kubinak said...

Barry,

You are correct in your memory. I can hear the rhythm of the line perfectly.

rocketts said...

Absurdly accurate in the abstract. "Its a triangle, I'll show you how"... actually, one would fold the flag on the horizontal twice then the "stripes" corner over to the edge opposite first then over onto itself again and so on. There is some truth to that "twice over and to the corner" business. Most importantly, it rhymed.

Kubinak said...

What remarkable memories we have. Considering...