I used to live in New York City. I designed homes for the tycoons of Wall Street; Park Avenue, Scarsdale, Greenwich. It was great fun. And, after years of saving up for a down payment, I was just about to buy my own little place in Fleetwood, half an hour north of the city, when the economy fell apart. Architects are like canaries in a coal mine when the economy slows, and true to form, there were massive layoffs in firms all over the country. Devastation of the profession. So, I decided to try to find something else to do for a while. I bought a 23' school bus and I'm on the road to see if I can figure out what that might be.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
As I headed west, a calm fell over me that I had not felt in a while. It was the calm of no deadline and the luxury to explore. I headed west on 87, a smaller road than I-10, and came to the Rainbow Bridge into Bridge City. It's one of the very tall bridges that I have mentioned before, which are common here; they allow for large ships to navigate below. As I crossed, I wondered if there would be a way for me to get a picture, and sure enough, there was a turn off right at the far side. What was there was a gate to a chemical plant compound, and to the right of that, a tiny road leading back to the bridge's supports and the waterway. The little road intimidated me and I parked and walked a little way, until a car appeared heading the same way. I waved to the driver, a young mexican, and he stopped. "Can I drive down here?" I asked. He only grasped a vague sense of my question from my pointing and shrugging, and his repy was mostly a mumble and a nod, but I understood that it would be ok, so I got the bus and drove down. 100 yards along, I passed a middle aged couple walking a dog, and we waved, and I realized there was nothing to fear at all. It turned out to be a tiny community of shrimp fishermen and retirees in ramshackle houses and trailers and boats. Here are Peanut, and his son Cele, pronounced see-lee.
For some pictures of Rainbow Bridge and some shots of the fishing boats, click here