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New eyes: “The better to see you with, my dear”

During the past week-and-a-half, I’ve been doing computer work with my right eye closed as the corrected left eye sees the screen clearly. That’s not to say I haven’t been wearing glasses.

Last Monday, I had corrective surgery to remove a cataract that had grown on the lens of my left eye. Came home with an eye shield and tried to balance glasses (left lens removed) with the shield until Tuesday, when it was removed.

Each time I sat down to use the computer I put on my glasses and closed my right eye . . . until Wednesday, when I realized the silliness of my actions. Still, each time I got up from the desk I put my hands to my face to remove glasses I wasn’t wearing.

Surgery on my right eye is next Monday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

E’bound Main Span Steel, all Stay Cables in Place

Earlier this week, crews set the last section of main span steel on the eastbound span. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

You want numbers? Here they are:

The section was 24 feet long, adding to the more than 74 million pounds of all-American-made steel and concrete across the 2,230-foot cable-stayed part of the bridge. In case you were wondering, all 192 stay cables are now installed.

One more month, and bye-bye Tappan Zee Bridge drive. Eastbound traffic joins westbound traffic on the newly-opened span so the TZB’s landings can be demolished, and the eastbound span can be connected . . . because car-jumping from approach span to land is prohibited.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Final E’Bound Main Span Steel add is Next Week

The final section of steel for the eastbound main span (above photo, courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority) was to have been added yesterday; however, nature said otherwise, and plans were moved to next week. Earlier this month, crews installed that bridge’s next-to-last section of main span structural steel.

Close-up of the eastbound span and its blue steel girders was taken by yours truly last month during the westbound span’s opening ceremony. View from that span.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Grateful and Excited: Recent Vision Correction

Eastern side of current and new bridges from a third–floor window/© Janie Rosman 2017

Last month I stood at the third-floor windows and looked between the leaves of the trees to see the bridge. Last night I did it again. Whoosh!

One eye can see clearly across the room and across building tops; the other eye awaits its transformation. Monday afternoon I went for a walk and stopped every so often to stare into the distance, closing one eye and opening the other.

Even the sidewalk looked different! This is what I saw imprinted in the cement, which I thought was both curious and interesting.

Right now I’m typing with my “new” left eye (right eye is closed). I haven’t been able to clearly see words on a computer screen without glasses in more than 25 years. I get giddy thinking about it. This will change so many things! If I look at the screen with both eyes, then vision is distorted so I alternate between the left eye (corrective lens was removed from eyeglass frame) and the right eye (lens is still in frame).

Can’t wait to drive across the bridge this weekend and see details more clearly.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Saturday en route to Nyack’s Community Event

Getting used to the ride and again drove part of the way in the available uneven right lane. The far lane is separated by a solid white line before the cable-stayed area of the bridge and at the curve approaching Rockland to indicate it’s a “no passing” zone, right?

Three cars crossed that white line, and one car zigzagged to a third lane.

Yesterday was the first Great Nyack Get-Together in Memorial Park. Had a good time seeing friends and meeting people I’d spoken with last week. Kept eyeing the Ferris wheel. As it was brutally hot (and I love hot weather), it was too much for me to get on the ride and then wait in the sun for others to get on or off. Next time. Watch for story in this week’s Rockland County Times.

See the bridges in the background? After tomorrow I’ll be able to see them a bit more clearly from Memorial Park without distance glasses. Within two weeks I’ll have x-ray vision. Stay tuned.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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