Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Missing our Rides and Spending Time Together

It’s all about perception. A little more than 18 months ago, mom and I took a drive north. It was August, and we wanted to enjoy the warm weather. Yes, it will return.

We stopped at a viewing area off one of the local roads and discovered this rock.

Someone made a great effort to get to that rock to write on it. It’s surrounded by greenery, maybe some of it Poison ivy, and might have been a dangerous trek.

Now look at it from this angle: it’s behind a guard rail, down a very steep incline and surrounded by who-knows-what. Someone really wanted to write on that rock. That’s determination.

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Mom’s coming home next month. Our last drive to Memorial Park was this time last year. She has yet to ride across the new bridge that she watched being built. Soon enough.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Looking Back a Few Months, a Few Years

Missing you very much/Photographer: mom or Spence or me

Four years ago today, my dad passed away. I’ll never forget that phone call or the voice that said, “I have bad news for you.” When I arrived at the hospital I yelled at her and told the head doctor she ought to be fired.

What did happen was I asked mom if it was OK to do as I would have done Friday, and she said yes, dad would have wanted me to.

The next day was the mass transit task force meeting; the group recommended bus rapid transit. A friend bought two dozen roses for mom and me. I was trying to make arrangements in between listening as I’d brought a tape recorder.

I miss dad more than I did that day. Today was busy yet I wasn’t distracted enough to forget its importance.

Nearly finished with a story about infrastructure and the bridge project and will be back to regularly posting shortly.

By the by: the first span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opened six months ago yesterday, the second span will open this year, and a new bus system will begin four new routes in the fall.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Progress since First Span opened last August

Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and Tappan Zee Bridge credit Tom Kaminski / WCBS Chopper 880

At the top of the photo, you can see cuts in the Tappan Zee Bridge; here’s why.

Did you hear it? The whoosh of time going by: January marked five years since the Thruway Authority issued Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) Notice To Proceed.

The westbound span’s been open nearly six months, and the maintenance facility and new police barracks are under way. Crews are dismantling the Tappan Zee Bridge, which looks tiny next to its replacement. Mom and I rode across the bridge last February, when more than half the stay cables were in place. She’d asked what the towers and blue girders were and if we were going to drive on it.

Yes, we will, mom. When you come home, I’ll take you in the car and drive across the new bridge to Memorial Park to eat ice cream and gaze at the river view.

New state police barracks will be ready for move-in day when bridge opens this year/NYSTA

Meantime, crews are working on the maintenance facility that you pass on the right driving westbound, and the new state trooper barracks just before Exit 9 and to the far right of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Super Bowl 52: dad patiently explained the Game

Marty Glickman and dad

Here’s my dad with legendary sports broadcaster Marty Glickman at the old Shea Stadium. I love you, dad, and miss you so much. You patiently explained football to me, and by the end of the first quarter I’d forgotten what you said . . . not for lack of listening.

I paid attention to every word (like I did in science class yet couldn’t correlate the notes I took to the lesson plan) yet to me, the game was and always will be men in tights running away from or to each other to grab or throw the elusive football.

You’d grin at me when I told you, dad, and I knew you thought my comment was funny. I wished I understood the game as you did.

Hockey and basketball were and are my sports. That’s for another blog post.

Today is about football and fans rooting for their favorite team of men in tights running away from or to each other to grab or throw the elusive football.

This one-of-a-kind trophy was autographed by office staff, construction crews/NYSTA

No one will be throwing this football, dad, signed by the team that is building the new bridge. Maybe some of the men and women on this team wear tights (we used to call them woolies) for warmth since they’re outside in freezing weather yet have an ongoing team spirit.

I hope you enjoy the game from above, dad. Love, Janie

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Looking forward to Resuming our Mini Road Trips

Mom’s been wanting to see the bridge a little closer than the view from the day room. Her arms have gotten stronger from the past few months of physical therapy, and while her legs are a little unsteady, I was told Friday she can leave the facility for short car trips.

Destination: across the new span and to Memorial Park in Nyack. Soon, mom.

Days before the topping off ceremony last December, we drove there, prompting questions and observations about the construction. She wanted to know when crews would start removing sections of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

“Are we going to drive on that?” she asked during another trip two months later.

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Leaves are halfway gone from trees, and the new bridge is more visible each day. Yesterday, a few of the residents asked me about the project, and I shared as much as I knew. They and staff are looking forward to learning more when the facility arranges a presentation with the project team.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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