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Bridging The Gap & Wordzzle

It is time to bid adieu to Bridging The Gap. Alice of, I Was Born2Cree8, has been a wonderful host. I have seen bridges of many kinds, sizes and shapes from all around the world. Thank you, Alice. You sure know how to throw a great party!

For my last Bridging the Gap entry, I wanted to show a type of bridge I don’t believe anyone has posted yet.

USS Missouri aka Mighty Mo
USS Missouri aka “Mighty Mo”

This is the Mighty Mo, and the rolling gang plank (staircase and bridge) that make her accessible to tourists. I learned a bit about Mo that boggles my mind — it took three years to build and over 3 million full hour work days! And did you know that if Mo were stood on end near the Washington Monument, she would be 332 feet taller? She was the last US Battleship to be commissioned, and the last US Battleship to be decommissioned.

Mo saw war time duty in WWII, the Korean War and the Gulf War. She is currently in Pearl Harbor, but will soon be moving to dry dock to have her hull scraped and painted, and much of her decking replaced.

Ships Motto
Ship’s Motto

Welcome aboard: When you step off the gang plank and onto Mighty Mo, you are greeted with a show of pride — and the Mighty Mo has plenty to be proud of. History was made — the world was shaped and changed by this ship and the men who worked on it.

Surrender of Japan, WWII
Surrender of Japan, WWII

Over this spot on 2 September 1945 the instrument of Formal Surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers was signed, thus bringing to a close, the Second World War.

General Douglas McArthur was there to oversee the proceedings. Other high-ranking officials included: Chinese General Hsu Yung-Ch’ang, British Admiral-of-the-Fleet Sir Bruce Fraser, Soviet Lieutenant-General Kuzma Nikolaevich Derevyanko, Australian General Sir Thomas Blamey, Canadian Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave, French Général d’Armée Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque, Netherlands Vice Admiral Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich, and New Zealand Air Vice Marshal Leonard M. Isitt. You may read more interesting facts here.

The Bridge of the Mighty Mo
The Bridge of the Mighty Mo

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It is time for Raven’s weekly word challenge, Wordzzle. This is my first time participating. I had a blast designing my paragraphs so that each of them (one for each Wordzzle Challenge I completed) used all of Raven’s words and told a comprehensible story.

Raven’s Words For The Ten Word Challenge Were: pogo stick, ant farm, psychic, tin box, wall safe, Waterloo, surge protector, pneumonia, ravages of time, turtle

My turtle was suffering from pnuemonia, so on the veterinarian’s recommendation, I bought him an electric heat rock. If I were psychic I never would have mounted the surge protector on the wall above the aquarium, but I am not psychic, so how could I have known that I would knock it into the water while practicing on my pogo stick. At least the turtle was warm when he met his waterloo. And at least I can happily report that I have learned from my mistake. No more water pets for me. I purchased an ant farm and I know just how to keep it safe. I’ve tucked it away in a tin box and locked it in the wall safe. My new pets are safe from fire, flood, my pogo stick, the ravages of time — and me!

Raven’s Words For The Mini Challenge Were opera singer, oil paints, potter’s wheel, swollen ankles, toothy grin

The fat opera singer disdained the petite wire chair I had set out for her and, complaining of the pain in her swollen ankles, swiped the ordered row of my oil paints into the floor, flashed me a toothy grin, and hefted herself onto my work bench. My potter’s wheel and the cat completely disappeared beneath her bulk. She motioned toward me, standing stunned beside my easel, and said, “You may begin ….”

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I LOVE your bridge from the Mighty Mo — I just have one question… HOW do you get 3 MILLION full hour work days into just 3 years? The most I can come up with is um… 365 + 365 + 365 … = 1095 days… or um… 1095 x 24 = … um 26,280 hours… I know… I’m not really good at math… but I’m boggled!

    LMBO! I love both of your wordzzles too! MINE is finally up as well!

  2. The “shock therapy” was a riot in your first story and the disapearing cat trick was equally entertaining in the second.

  3. I had a gang plank as well, but I would be so ashamed to post it right now!!! Wow, ain’t she high and mighty!!!
    That is a great take on the theme, I do think Alice will be pleased!! I love the story that goes with it ! Loved the mini challenge, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to do something like that EVER!

  4. I like that you used a different type Bridge for your last entry. I would have never thought of this, you are very imaginative. I appreciate the History of the Mighty Mo as well.

    I don’t know where you and Melli and Dr John to name some find the time for your lives and also to do all they games and contests, etc with Blogging. I find it hard enough to just make a post. This is why you will never see my join in these contests and games. I would never be able to meet my end of the game.

    A Blessed Long Weekend is wished for you and OC

  5. a ship’s bridge is a great way to end the bridge project!

    I loved your Wordzzles – welcome!! you’re really good at this 🙂

    Poor turle lol

    and the fat opera singer is so rude!

  6. Gattina — being a “war child” you should love the ship that witnessed the end of it all. I just wish it HAD ended, forever.

    Dr. John — why thank you. What a lovely compliment. Now that I am working full time I and doing that long commute, I don’t know when I am writing anymore.

    Doug — which story? 🙂 And thank you.

    Melli — ahem — a work hour day equals 1 person, one day. 2 work hour days could equal 1 person, two days — OR — 2 people, one day. In other words, the Mighty Mo wasn’t build by one poor over-stressed man working all alone, none stop with no sleep for three years … 😉 (Yeah, I know. I’m a smartass.)

    Amber — the bridge on the ship is a great bridge, too. I’m sorry you didn’t get to see it. For some reason it got dropped from my post and I didn’t realize (it posted at midnight while I was snoring) until I opened it this morning to read the comments. It’s there now — photo 4.

    Ellen B — thanks.

    Jeff — glad I made you smile.

    Bazza– stop interacting with your wife and kids. Don’t go to work. Quit doing the laundry and bathing. You’ll find plenty of time to blog.

    Jientje — don’t sell yourself shirt! I thought I wouldn’t be able to do the story thing either, and looky here! Give it a shot.

    Polona — glad you like my finale — and I’m even happier to have made you laugh.

    Bill — we don’t find time — we make it. I for one, don’t watch television. However, now that I am working, I will be a bit less ambitious about my blogging, guaranteed!

  7. Great photos of Big Mo. My father served on the SS Bennington which was an aircraft carrier. I think I heard him mention Big Mo at some point or other. I hope we come to a day when people beat their war ships into plowshares and stop wanting to kill each other for oil or the pure malicious bigotry of it.

    Your wordzzles are superlative. So glad you have joined in on the fun. By the way… Melli pointed out a duplication in next week’s words which I have since corrected else we would have had to use surge protector two weeks in a row. Once was more than enough for me.

  8. The Mighty Mo – having lived in Norfolk, VA for thirty years and being able to tour the bases before 9/11 me and Hubs have seen and toured quite a few. He was actually an engineer for the government and spent time on most of the carriers,battleships, and subs. They are all impressive machines – even more so when they are lined with men and women in dress uniforms! Great ‘Bridge’ choice.
    Your wordzzles are wonderful – poor little turtle.
    Opera singers and wire chairs certainly do not compliment each other – yours seemed to remedy that situation fairly quickly.

  9. Turtle killer! LOL … I guess he was even too fried to have him in some turtle soup, huh? 😉

    Great Wordzzles!

  10. Great pics for the bridge theme! And the images brought to mind by your Wordzzles are hilarious! I have another butterfly in flight for you on my Project 365 blog.

  11. safe from fire, flood, pogo stick and the ravages of time. We should all be so lucky. Welcome to wordzzle.

  12. Hi there, Quilly – what a great take on the bridge theme. Brilliant.

    I have been thinking of you and OC very specially today. For the first time ever, we were in the same country today.

    Yup, I was in Alaska as we drove the Top Of The World Highway. Am back in Canada (Beaver Creek) now, which is just past the border.

  13. But Raven, it was the surge protector that kicked my creative juices into high gear! I thought, What on earth am I supposed to do with the turtle and the surge protector? and my brain started giggling …..

    Carletta — I saw the Mighty Mo many years ago during it’s first “retirement” in Bremmerton, Washington. Other than that, I have been to Nellis AFB for several occasions usually revolving around school field trips; and to Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington because my former FIL was a retired Colonel and often stayed on the RV camp ground on the base.

    Jay — you want to taste the aquarium water and see?

    MommyWizdom — nice to know someone else is as twisted as I.

    Lew — I am honored to have made you laugh — and your butterfly in flight is spectacular.

    Rich — of course, if you understand what it means to be in a fire proof, water proof state, they are also free of oxygen and water …..

    Karen — this is a fun game. Go by Raven’s and check it out.

    David — Next time you’re in the states, drop by for dinner. Btw — your mailbox is full and email to you bounces.

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