Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Would You Pay Someone to Drive You Over a Bridge?


I have driven over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at least three or four times, which is not a lot, but I don't remember being "afraid" of it. I think it was more annoying than anything because I couldn't look and see the sights.

This surprised me:
Millions of Americans will be on the road heading back from the beach on the Labor Day holiday, which marks the end of summer in the US. 
For those in the state of Maryland, that journey may involve driving across the long and notoriously nerve-racking Chesapeake Bay Bridge, ranked as one of the scariest in the world to cross. 
The trip is too much for some motorists, who pay someone else to drive them and their cars across the water.
My first reaction to this story was, someone is trolling the BBC. Then, it hit me that there are other legitimate niche markets for this kind of thing, so why the hell not?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Dumb Stunts Fail to Inspire


This is good for Diana Nyad, but, really, who cares?

It is 2013. If you are inspired by an old lady to go swim a long way in the ocean without a shark cage, then go for it.

The sad thing is, no one is inspired by dumb stunts anymore. This is not the Depression--no one is going to give her a hundred dollars for her feat and no one is going to make her a movie star. No one will see this unless it goes viral and, even then, so what?

We need to get beyond these outdated feats of whatever (Because someone will always wonder if there were there steroids involved. Was it a fraud?) because you simply cannot trust that these things are entirely free of interference.

I'm impressed by art. I'm impressed by things that take the mind to create them. The human body and sports, in particular, are impressive but they are open to corruption, as is art, when you think of it, because of things like plagiarism and the like. In this case, someone swam a long way in the ocean. Why was this breaking news all day?