metamerist

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Chance

7:03 PM. We're at the Minnesota Science Museum taking in the Pompeii exhibit. I get a text message from my brother:

"Are u guys okay? We are all okay. 35W bridge collapsed."

We returned home at 10:00 PM. The Minneapolis traffic map was still on my laptop (below). I pulled up it up at 4:58 PM when I was trying to decide which route to take (the best route always depends on the traffic).

I wound up taking the blue path. I decided not to take the 35W bridge (X) due to the construction signs. We arrived at the museum (B) at 5:55 PM.

The bridge collapsed at 6:05. Nine are dead. Twenty are missing. Sixty are injured. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. It's shocking. With a slight twist of fate, we might have been on the bridge when it went down.

2 Comments:

Anonymous justapeasant said...

Glad you took the other route dude.

9:50 PM  
Blogger metamerist said...

Thanks. Three different friends passed over within 10 minutes of the collapse. Another within 30 minutes. Everyone I know is all right.

4:34 PM  

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