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The Wee Small Hours

It always starts for me with a disconnected thought in the wee small hours of the morning. When I still worked rotating shifts at the Golden Gate Bridge the minutes between 3 AM and 5 AM on Graveyard Shift were a veritable playground for half-remembered and mis-remembered truths, fantasies, and broken intentions. Six straight days…

A Heartfelt Farewell

The Golden Gate Bridge Manager, Kary Witt, has announced his retirement and the Bridge District put together a very nice retrospective video of his tenure. Kary assumed his current position not long after I hired on in 1999. I had the opportunity to work with him on a number of projects in my 15 year career there. No matter…

Lest We Forget

80 years ago today ten men left their homes and went to work on the Golden Gate Bridge with no idea that it would be their last day on earth. Whatever hopes and dreams they had stayed with them when, later that morning, they plunged 220 feet into San Francisco Bay atop a 5-ton scaffold entwined…

Saving Time Daily

B ack in the days when I worked for a living, the concept of Daylight Savings Time posed an unusual challenge twice a year at the Golden Gate Bridge. Think beyond the idea of sleeping in for an extra hour, or getting up 60 minutes earlier than the day before. Think about your clocks. Did you reset yours…

Deadly Accident

“As I was falling, a piece of lumber fell on my head. I was almost unconscious. Then the icy water of the channel brought me to.” —Slim Lambert, 26, Stripping Crew foreman 79 years ago today ten men left their homes and went to work on the Golden Gate Bridge with no idea that it would…