Today’s one liners both have a “Best Read By” date of 12/5/2018. One because the story ties in with Monday’s post and one because we’re coming to the end of college football season. Since I know some of you are not sports fans, I’ll keep the latter one short.
Yes, I understand that the whole post is supposed to be short, but you know me better than that.
When I was driving down to Manhattan to meet my friend at the Cloisters, I followed Greta’s (my GPS) advice to take the Merritt Parkway. I did that because it was a Saturday. The Merritt is a beautifully scenic four-lane parkway, but it is narrow and if anything goes wrong with anything, traffic can be snarled forever. For the benefit of those of you not from this part of the country, a ‘parkway’ in Connecticut and New York, is a limited access highway that is open to passenger vehicles only – no trucks and no commercial vehicles. It’s a peaceful ride compared to Interstate 95, which is eight lanes of anything with wheels, that runs parallel to the Merritt.
“Yo Greta – Save video.”
That’s the wake-up phrase and instruction for Great to save the last two minutes of video from her dashcam. I did this every time I passed under one of the bridges on the parkway. These bridges are a signature feature of the Merritt Parkway. I could explain, but I’ll borrow some text from the website:
“The bridges along the Merritt Parkway and the Wilbur Cross Parkway are a fine example of one man’s imagination, George Dunkleberger, chief designer with the Connecticut Department of Highways at the time, drew inspiration both from history and the spirit of the times. Each bridge is treated as a separate unit or horizontal building, if you will, resembling anything from medieval bridges to stage sets, or futuristic gates to other-worldly cities and kingdoms…
It is also interesting to note that as the Parkways were built, proceeding from Greenwich to Meridan and the Second World War commenced, the designs became exceedingly less elaborate, with cleaner lines and the absence of many materials caused by wartime shortages are evident, such as reflector materials and steel for ornamentation.”
Note: I extracted 51 images from almost 40 minutes of video from the 60 or so miles of highway, so there are more pictures than normal, but there are way fewer than there could be.
Now, as to that football one-liner. Saturday night, after returning from New York, I watched some football, including the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship game between my alma mater, The University of Pittsburgh and ACC powerhouse, Clemson University. In less than six minutes and after only four offensive plays by Clemson, Pitt was down 14 – 0. I texted my brother, saying that I might not stay up for the whole game. He replied:
“Not likely to be a nail biter.”
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.