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 ….”

And the Band Played On

The problem with video is finding a reliable uploader. Google spent four hours uploading my video and captured only two seconds of it. Youtube is still “uploading” and it has been over an hour. The video is only three minutes long! I am now trying Photobucket. Don’t hold your breaths for video.

Now — the photos — ugh. The band played on the fantail of the USS Missouri at high noon! All my pictures are light burned. My little point and shoot camera has no adjustment for bright sunlight or overcast days (I had a cheaper model which did, but Canon thinks it’s good enough to auto compensate. I have ruined photos that prove it isn’t so!)

An attempt to capture a photo of my favorite trumpet player.
He says he didn’t know he still had his phone attached to his ear.