We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My father in law designed bridges for the US army during WW2 in Europe. Part of the challenge lay not only in the engineering requirements of getting tanks etc across European rivers as the retreating Nazis blew things up, but also writing manuals for the ground forces to fo
llow setting up the new bridges. You don't really know something until a non-specialist can understand and follow your instructions! But I think that what he most enjoyed were the tests where they got to blow sample bridges up and drive BIG THINGS over trial bridges to see how strong they were!
Hope it avoids the fate of the last T-N Suspension Bridge. The Seattle area actually has lost not one but two major bridges. In addition to the T-N Bridge collapse we all saw in school, they also lost a floating bridge on lake washington c. 1990, ostensibly when someone left the stop-cocks open and it sank to the lake floor.
A middle section of the State Route 520 floating bridge sank due to the pontoons taking on water during a severe storm while the bridge was under repair. Also, the Hood Canal floating bridge sank in a 100 mph storm back in 1979.
I should have bought an Amphicar when I had the chance.