Is Under Construction

Some days when your job is to FIX the bridge, unexpected things happen. I’m not sure exactly what happened here that caused Steinhoff, Kirkwood & Joiner’s truck and dragline to end up in the creek, but I suspect that it had something to do with a 100-lb load trying to cross a 10-lb-rated bridge.

You wonder exactly how many men it takes to look at a heavy piece of equipment in a hole before something productive happens. I’m going to guess action started about the time Dad put down the camera and said, “OK, enough standing around. Let’s get to work.”

You may have noticed some changes

We’ve changed the template that controls the look and feel of I mentioned before that I thought this was going to be a photo site, which would have looked really good in the template Son Matt recommended. When it changed to one with a lot of writing and comments, we thought this one would look better.

Let’s hope it doesn’t end up with a bunch of guys standing around looking at a broken bridge.

It’s going to take some tweaking

The old format used smaller headline and subhead typefaces. That’s why these suddenly look HUGE (and feel like I’m HOLLERING). I’ll find a way to fix that. Some things are in a slightly different places. We’ll try to get things back to about where they were so you don’t bump your shin on the coffee table on the way to the kitchen in the middle of the night.

Geek Talk

For any tech-types out there, this is the Atahualpa theme. I saw that Bob Rogers, a photographer I worked with in Athens, OH, was using it for his blog and I liked the way it looked. (Our original theme was Photocrati Lightbox 1.0.)

If you are interested in travel, cycling, RVing, eating, good photography and fascinating stories, give the newbohemians a read.

Meet the New Bohemians

Claire and Robert Rogers (Bob), married 19 years, bookends to the baby boomer generation, are dedicated to getting the most from this adventure of life. To that end, we seek our own fulfillment through adventure travel, creative pursuits, and living as simply as is reasonable.

Our web pages introduce several of our adventures: North America, Canada and Australia, 39,000 miles, carrying all the worldly possessions we would need for up to a year at a time, sleeping in a small tent, spending 24 hours a day together. We crewed on a sailboat in the South Pacific; four months of white-knuckle sailing and lazy days and nights with the mellow islanders of Melanesia, and most recently pedaling across the center of muddy, frozen and beautiful, Iceland.

4 Replies to “ Is Under Construction”

  1. “There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.” – Washington Irving

    I agree with Washington Irving. Change is good.

    That being said, I like the new look. Of course some will like it and some will not, but what is important is that it works for you and that equates to more postings.

  2. Thank you, kind sir.

    I’m converting the old 8mm family movies as we speak. I went through this drill once before after you moved the 8mm stuff over to VHS.

    I bought a VCR player that hooks up to my computer with a USB connection. The quality is better than I would have thought.

    Most of the movies are strictly for home consumption (I don’t think Brother David would appreciate the shot of him on the toilet when he was about six years old to show up on YouTube), but there’s a Easter Egg roll down Cherry Hill that will fit nicely here.

    It’s amazing how many of our Christmas, Easter and other holiday decorations are still around and get displayed on Kingsway Drive just like 50 years ago.

  3. Ken

    How about older posts? The 50’s. I know you were not picture taking then but the 50’s was a really great decade!

    Also, how about info on other Cape Girardeau HS’s, like College High and St. Mary??

    Reason for asking? I am a College High graduate, 1951, but had many and great friends from Central; and I married a girl from St. Mary High.

    Also, Ken, you and I are friends on FB.

    Two great websites are this one and Pavement Ends. Both are great historical “treasures.”

  4. Elroy,

    I’m not ignoring the 50’s. I just wasn’t shooting pictures then.

    At some point, I’ll get around to digitizing old family pictures. My dad was in the Class of 1931 and I have his scrapbook when he and Paul Leuders (yep, the Leuder’s Studio one)were in the Kodak Club together.

    I’m in Cape right now working on a couple of stories that will resonate with you folks who are a decade earlier than me.

    I’m not going to ignore Notre Dame and College High and some of the other area high schools. It’s just that there are a limited number of hours in a day.

    My brother, Mark, was asking me last night how long it takes to knock out a post. I told him that I don’t like to think about it.

    First, I have to go through the film to figure out what I have. Then I have to scan it. Then it has to be edited to remove as many dust spots and imperfections as possible.

    Unless it’s something that I know right off the top of my head, it takes some research. I may be able to find the answer in a yearbook or through Google searches. In some cases, I’ll send a photo to a former classmate for a second or third opinion.

    The piece I did March 18, 2010, on the Thilenius House took about 30 minutes to shoot and about 30 minutes to edit. I started putting the page together at 10:30 p.m. and got to bed about 1:30 a.m.

    The piece on Ron Ethridge and his metal detector at Capaha Park took about an hour.

    That’s the reason I’m looking for some advertisers or sponsors. I’d like to feel like I’m getting some return (although comments from folks like you make the project worthwhile from a personal standpoint).

    Thanks for putting me in the same class as The Missourian’s James Baughn.

    He and Fred Lynch are providing a valuable service to the community with their historical documentation. There aren’t many newspapers these days doing that.

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