Unbelievable is the first and only word that seems to come to my mind and the minds of many others today. It’s all we’ve been able to say. Unbelievable.
We mourn the tragic loss of life. A freakish way to go, and probably preventable. But it seems like the focus on fatalities — from the first chaotic press conference at 9 p.m. last night through the newspaper headlines this morning — is a diversion, in a sense. What we all really lost was a sense of confidence that goes when something you take for granted fails you in a big way. Unbelievable.
As Senator Amy Klobuchar said more than once this morning, “A bridge in America should not just fall down.”
I was with a bunch of friends last night and most of us spent a lot of time on our cell phones with people around the Twin Cities, talking when we could get through, otherwise doing a lot of text messaging. Checking with everyone we knew to make sure they weren’t hurt or worse. Of course, everyone was fine. The probability that we knew someone affected in these cities of 2 million is extremely low, but the point was that we have all driven over that bridge more times than we can count. And then it just fell down. Unbelievable.
It was amazing that less than two hours after it happened, the news had quite literally spread around the globe. The sad counterpart to that fact is that by next week, this will be old news. As fast as information disseminates in this day and age, our attention spans dwindle and dwindle to almost nothing.
In the next couple weeks I think Rosie and I will have to get down there where we can see it with our own eyes. I’ve seen hundreds of photos now, but, no, I still just can’t believe it.
[tags]bridge collapse, I-35W, minneapolis[/tags]