Welcome to The View from a Drawbridge!

First of all, check out my various posts on the right. Also view the archives below that, because only my last five entries get individually listed, and I plan to post entries on a daily basis.

I have been working on drawbridges since 2001. It’s a wonderful job, mostly relaxing, with a light sprinkling of white knuckle terror to keep things interesting. Mostly, though, it gives you a lot of time to think and observe the world. This blog is my opportunity to share those thoughts and observations with you. There will be no fixed topic per se, but I hope  you will find it interesting. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!

33 Responses to Welcome to The View from a Drawbridge!

  1. cookiecharm says:

    Love your blog name and concept. Very Creative and interesting I am following and will be back for a visit again soon

  2. toad (chris jensen) says:

    lucky for me I found you from pouringmyartout

  3. tinaashley99 says:

    Now I want to work on drawbridges!

    • Well, if you can get past the fact that there are no raises or benefits or holidays off, and no room for advancement, it’s actually a great job. :)

      • comclash says:

        Were you working bridges when the IBEW Local 177 represented the operators? Sadly, do to high turnover and lack of interest, the Union was decertified. Last year, we won an election with the Duval School Maintenance Workers. Negotiated a good contract they haven’t seen in ages. If you think theirs enough interest to get over 50% to vote, contact us.

      • I was indeed, and was a member myself. But when our pay is so abysmally low, it’s hard to convince someone to pay dues, especially when we would be included in your mailing list with electricians, who were complaining about earning 3 times as much, so we didn’t feel we were being prioritized. But I’ll keep my ear to the ground.

  4. cupitonians says:

    I probably don’t say it as often as I should but your blog is very special to me and I’ve nominated you for 3 awards. Yes. Three. http://wp.me/sQUCq-rewarded . Much love!

  5. comclash says:

    Sorry about the past. Could I ask how many operators are left? The IBEW came around just as more high rise bridges replaced draw bridges, so you are a rare bird!

  6. crisssy101 says:

    I have been reading your posts for over three months. I’ve liked keeping you to myself, however, it’s not really fair to you. So I shared you–whether they take my advice, who knows. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/101682904061855876/

  7. Tiny Troll says:

    Huge smiles… As I sit in a tower, listening to the hum of tires on span grates, the rattle of window screens due to SCA winds, and security announcements from various ships; I surf the internet and find YOU!

    From one late 40’s, December born, ever pondering tender to another; Happy Holidays!

    Tiny Troll

  8. LazySusan says:

    Dear Drawbridge-
    I just wanted to let you know that I posted a link to your blog on a website I host regarding construction tradeswomen. It’s at http://www.shovel.life under a menu to the left of the screen.
    Lazy Susan

  9. Barbara: do you continue to write.edit? can i get in?
    we know your e mail address thanks.

  10. max says:


    just came back from Panama vity. Ted took me there. better beaches. Economy 60 per cent tourist dependent. If yoi rent, it will be a minimum of 3 days. Ted bought the 30 floor of hotels, it was in the 22nd floor. beach crowds in at 6:30
    binge in thai food, plus macdonalds.
    ted went back to atlanta, Nic comes in from camp. Allison, came from Paris France, for a computeer lecture.

    love you

  11. Barbara, i have some book reviews ready to roll. Novels from the Phil, histories, etc.we use to hae
    a blog, titled Sanrokan.com. Some of my reviews have come of Ameerasia journals.
    cheer s from max.

  12. Barabara, if your bridge job there pays, I would have adventured with you. To me
    Seattle has historic possibilities. A good size Filipino population. A city which has attracted them
    because of its proximity to the Alaskan canneries. Fred and Dorothy Cordova are Filipino
    leaders there., Ftred founded a national filam assn which concentrates on history.

  13. Kathy Findley says:

    I am happy new follow. So glad Amy Sassenberg introduced me to your work!

  14. lolakarpenka says:

    Very nice blog, thank you :)) I am a movement artist and currently working on a project LIFE IS A BRIDGE, which contains interactive performances on bridges…Having read this blog I decided to become a bridgetender :)))

  15. maximofabella@gmail.com says:

    BARBARA: i SAW del papeL AT A fILIPINO tHAI restaurant. She did not give me her e mail.
    Have you tried the facebook. Any of her 4 girls/ldies might be there. Do send me a reply.
    I informed you that NES PAPEL has expired. Children are OK, one is was a military nurse,
    has an Orange Park house, the lawyer is a prosecutor in Baker county. I do not know what
    the last 2 ones are doing. I have not tried to find them thru face book. Just got back from
    Lincoln, Ne. was thre 1,5 mos. with our oldest sister, who surived breast cancer, but is
    now diabetic.


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