Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm
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Bridge info request and Fringe musings

My brother who runs the Climate Progress blog has asked me to write something about the 35W bridge collapse. At the moment, I don't really have a lot to say that would be on topic. Did the drought conditions in Minnesota and low water levels in the Mississippi affect the bridge? It couldn't have helped, but I'd like a better set of resources before writing anything formal. Is global warming going to be a major stressor on aging infrastructure? Again, it seems highly likely, but I'd like to know more.

Can anyone help or at least point me in the right direction?

Fringe: For a guy who was feeling burnt out before the Fringe started, I'm packing 'em in early. The first day is always a bit of a crapshoot, but I've been lucky in previous years and seen at least one great show. Not this year. I saw four shows yesterday, all of which were disappointing; not bad, just not great. Some of that was due to the bridge collapse, as the show I'd built my schedule around was cancelled.

In revenge (or something), I'm seeing two shows today in unique venues, and spreading four shows around the city, leaving plenty of time in between. Scheduled: Blonde on Blonde, a Dylan-themed show that is in the same place right before the show I really want to see:

William Shakespeare's Hystery Queene Margaret in the parking lot. Maybe I can park in the lot for both shows. Dunno.

The Most Mysterious Day of the Year by the troupe that did Wonders of the World: Recite last year.

And if I'm still up for it: An Intimate Evening with Fotis; The Taller Side of Ferrari McSpeedy. This 11:30pm show is provisional, but is far enough after the previous one that I may be recharged.

Tomorrow includes two that I don't want to miss: American Folksongs: The Ballad of Ferris Riley by the Prince Myshkins, a musical group that I like a lot and who's Nonsense Company did Great Hymn of Thanksgiving last year.

And at last, the cancelled show: Flawed Genius. And likely other shows too.

If you want to join me, let me know! I like to sit close to the front (in case the mics don't work) and I'll save you a seat...
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