Saturday, July 24, 2021

Don't Go To A High School Reunion Not Prepared To Find Old People Claiming To Be Classmates


About an hour or so ago a big event began at a rural location in the Skagit Valley.

Literally, less than a minute after I saw the meme you see on the left, above, incoming email brought me two photos of that event taking place at a rural location in the Skagit Valley. I then merged the meme with one of the reunion photos for blogging purposes.

The two photos are HUGE. So, I was able to read some nametags.

Like that is Dan Sooter, up from California, sitting in the front right, talking to the first husband of Janice Jackson, known as Martin Burwash. I think that is Janice with her back to the camera, to the left of Martin.

Like I said, the photos are HUGE.

Below are the two photos rendered smaller than the email versions, but bigger than what you see above...



No, the meme is wrong, these people do not look like they may be too old to have been high school classmates of mine.

This looks like a classy location for a reunion, an event space decorated to look like a garage. I see some ice chests arrayed around the space. The ice chests must be holding the food stuff everyone was instructed to bring for the Potluck scheduled to begin around 2pm. It's a little past 4pm at my location, so the Skagit Valley B-EHS Potluck must be underway.

I got a few calls the past couple days asking if I was gonna be there today. None of the callers seemed too shocked when I said no, I am not gonna be there..

Friday, July 23, 2021

Where In The PNW Are Theo & Ruby Mountain Climbing & Rappelling Cliffs?


Where in the PNW are Theo and Ruby was the question that came to my phone, along with two more photos, in addition to the one above, and a hint which said "They were at a day camp called Survival Week, run by our local Mountaineers Club."

The local Mountaineers Club hint would seem to have pointed me to nearby Mount Rainier, but that does not seem likely, because even with the drought and the heat waves one should still see some white frozen water if the twins were mountaineering near Washington's most famous mountain..

So, I guessed Mount Si, which is northeast of Tacoma a few miles, due east of Seattle and North Bend, made famous because of Twin Peaks and the Mar T Cafe with its cherry pie and coffee.

I have yet to learn if I have guessed correctly as to where the twins are in the PNW.

UPDATE: I have received a text message telling me I was correct in identifying where in the PNW Theo and Ruby were. Mount Si...


Survivor Week also included some rock climbing at the Mountaineers Club facility in Tacoma's Old Town. Above we see Ruby rappelling down a precipice.


While brother Theo is suspended partway down, or up, a cliff.

I thought, for sure, I would be up in Washington in the current time frame, adventuring with David, Theo and Ruby. And others. But, multiple things intervening rendered such to be not a reality. 

I do have a new bike, ready to mountain bike with the Tacoma Trio. It is a newfangled folding bike, making for easy transport, to haul northwest with me, when the time comes.

Which, I hope is someday soon...

Thursday, July 22, 2021

What Did Margaret See Arriving In Seattle?


People with whom I went to school are flying into Seattle this week from all over the world to attend a class reunion Saturday in a humongous man cave located on the Skagit/Samish Flats. One of those flying in posted that which you see above, on Facebook, with the caption saying "This is what I saw arriving in Seattle!!"

Margaret Mikota Grants, flying in from one of those flyover states in the Midwest, I think Minnesota or Wisconsin, organized this reunion from her perch a couple thousand miles east of the Skagit Valley.

I'm not sure what Margaret is exclamation pointing to that she saw upon arrival in Seattle. The lack of other planes on the tarmac? The lack of green in the Evergreen state? Or Mount Rainier minus most of its usual snow cover?

I suspect it is the Mountain which Margaret is talking about.

I have not gone to a class reunion since one way back in 1991. This one in 2021 starts at noon, with a Potluck at 2 in the afternoon, ending when the last person leaves.

I would have planned to go to this reunion except it was made quite clear it is for "ADULTS ONLY", and as hard as I tried, I could not find a baby sitter.

That and potlucks make me nervous.

Margaret Mikota Grants has made it known that to the Potluck she is bringing her famous Italian Pasta Salad. Is she making this in Washington? Or did it fly with her to Seattle, packed in dry ice?

Like I said Potlucks make me nervous...


Saturday Opening Ceremony For New Seattle Bridge Built Over Water In Less Than Two Years


This particular blog post sort of fits into the category of things I read in west coast online news sources, usually the Seattle Times, which I would not expect to read in a Texas online news source, usually the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, about something happening in Fort Worth, or Texas.

Last Saturday Fort Worth had a celebration to mark the opening of the Main Street bridge, second of three simple little bridges being slowly built over dry land, with construction starting with a celebratory TNT explosion way back in 2014.

In the Seattle Times Seattle’s new Fairview Avenue bridge opens Saturday morning article we see several differences regarding how something gets done in a modern American city, and how something flounders in a not so modern American city.

Among the many problems which have caused Fort Worth's Trinity River Vision to become America's Biggest Boondoggle is the fact the project has never been fully funded, has never been approved by the voters supporting any sort of bond issue. All that and the person hired to be the Executive Director of the project was, and is, an unqualified boob.

A few paragraphs from the Seattle Times article illustrating the difference between bridge building in Seattle and bridge building in Fort Worth...

After almost two years of detours, a new concrete-supported Fairview Avenue North bridge will open Saturday morning, replacing an old structure on rotting wood pillars.
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Two years? And built over actual water? Amazing. Before we continue on with another paragraph let's look at another photo of this Seattle bridge, with its bike and pedestrian lanes.


I don't know why they didn't drain Lake Union before building this bridge, you know, because bridge building the Fort Worth Way is over dry land, whilst pretending it is easier and cheaper to build over dry land, when there was no other alternative to doing so.

Continuing on...

The $52 million project is funded by the Move Seattle property-tax levy and state bridge money.
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What a concept, a public works project funded by a levy approved by voters.

Continuing on...

Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by two hours to walk, bike, and skate the deck until 11:30 a.m.
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I saw no photo documentation of anyone walking, biking or skating from last Saturday's ceremony opening Fort Worth's Main Street bridge, other than the photo of J.D. Granger, a couple of his minions and a solo bike rider we saw in the blog post from yesterday titled On His Way Out The TRWD Door Jim Oliver Lets Loose Loopy Defense Of J.D. Granger.

Continuing on...

The Fairview bridge is the only full bridge replacement funded by Move Seattle. It’s the city’s 30th seismic retrofit since 1990, and the third funded by the current levy, with nine remaining by 2025.
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Okay, seismic retrofits of 30 bridges is definitely not something you would read happening in Fort Worth, due to the fact that the town is not subject to earthquakes, other than the ones caused by the world's biggest urban experiment in fracking shale to release natural gas.

Have Fort Worth voters ever been asked to support some sort of big project? One of the things which surprised me when first voting in Texas was there being no things to vote on of the bond issue, referendum, initiative sort. 

King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have passed multiple Sound Transit bonds over the years, with the most recent bond being for something like $56 billion. The counties which make up the D/FW Metroplex do not seem to cooperate on doing anything.

Way back from 1968 to 1970, King County voters voted on 12 propositions in an effort called Forward Thrust. This included multiple items, such as building the Kingdome, upgrading Pike Place Market, building the Seattle Aquarium and more. 7 of 12 propositions passed. One of the elements which did not pass in Forward Thrust was building a light rail system. Voters did not begin supporting such until the 1990s.

Five Puget Sound counties were affected by the need to add transit capacity crossing the Tacoma Narrows. So, voters passed a bond issue to build a second Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge, built over actual deep swift moving tidal waters in less than four years.

It is having such things stored in my memory bank which cause me to wonder how can another American town be so inept at actualizing relatively little projects? Like building simple bridges over dry land, digging a cement lined ditch to go under the bridges and whatever else in needed to make a vision something someone can see.

And do so in a timely fashion.

So perplexing...

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

On His Way Out The TRWD Door Jim Oliver Lets Loose Loopy Defense Of J.D. Granger

 

A couple days ago we blogged about 225 Feet Of Panther Island Canal Ready For Riverwalking. after reading a Fort Worth online magazine article about Fort Worth's Boondoggle known as the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District Vision.

In that article we found ourselves freshly appalled by J.D. Granger due to his penchant for unfortunate verbiage. This what J.D. said about the Boondoggle's diversion channel canal...

“Locals will never know it. Everyone’s walking down with a margarita — might fall in because you’re drunk — [and] they just think it’s pretty. But actually, it serves a very important purpose.”
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On Facebook there were multiple comments about J.D.'s various utterances in this article. Comments along the line of how does this idiot not get fired?

Also, in this Fort Worth magazine article J.D. tries to explain why it has taken so long for the Boondoggle to get anything done, claiming the area of the bridges as having been an "environmental hot mess" elaborating with...

“We were having to buy the property, move the property, demo the property, do the environmental cleanup — all of that had to take place before the bridges could even start,” Granger says, adding that the amount of hazardous materials removed totaled to about 330,000 tons.
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Multiple people have asked how could it be possible that 330,000 tons of hazardous waste were removed before construction of the little bridges could begin? And where did all that, likely imaginary, tonnage of hazardous waste go?

Last night my phone made its incoming text message noise. Twice. On the second instance I got vertical and found my phone. Text messages from Elsie Hotpepper. The first saying "OMG" with the second a link to an article in the most recent edition of the Fort Worth Report, specifically an article titled On his way out the door, water district general manager lets loose, emails reveal.  

The first three paragraphs of this Fort Worth Report article...

With retirement imminent, Water District General Manager Jim Oliver strongly aired his grievances to board members about the perception of the Panther Island/Central City Flood Control project.

Emails obtained by Fort Worth Report through a Texas Public Information Act request show Oliver defending the head of the project, JD Granger.

Oliver’s email came after Granger had made a Facebook post that the new board president, Leah King, told the Report on Tuesday was “in poor taste.”
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J.D. made the controversial post on Facebook. That post is what you see screen capped above. 

The post, accompanied by a picture of Granger with two others on the White Settlement bridge, read in part, “This bridge opening is just another expected milestone towards the completion of a project that makes the old guard in Fort Worth uncomfortable. … And at the finish line everyone will think it was easy and take all the credit.
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Take all the credit? More likely it will be blame and shame which will be the theme of the final reckoning of this multi-decade debacle.

Just look at that bridge J.D. and two of his minions are standing on. J.D. and his fellow propagandists have long hyperbolized that this bridge along with the other two being built over dry land, will be iconic signature bridges. It truly is mind boggling that someone can try and sell such nonsense, and still keep his job which currently pays him well over $200,000 a year.

Via the Texas Public Information Act the Fort Worth Report received multiple emails in which Jim Oliver defends J.D. Granger. You can read the email exchanges in the On his way out the door, water district general manager lets loose, emails reveal.

My favorite of Jim Oliver's defenses of J.D. was this...

Oliver concluded the email by saying he’d talk with Granger about the post but chalked it up to him “pushing the envelope” because “that’s what creative and driven people often do.”
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Creative? What has J.D. created? Being part of America's Biggest Boondoggle?

Now that Fort Worth seems to have at least two news sources which seem to be doing actual investigative journalism, perhaps someone can find out exactly what it is J.D. Granger does which has warranted paying him so much for so many years? Along with maybe finding out what it is, exactly, that J.D.'s wife, Shanna, does that has her on the payroll. 

Also, it would be a good thing to investigate the mechanism by which J.D. Granger was selected to be the Executive Director of what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle. Why would a low level prosecuting attorney be hired to do a job for which he had zero experience or qualifications?

As Steve A (and others) have frequently said, "Inquiring minds want to know"...

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

First Ride On New Bike With An Issue Or Two


Yesterday my new bike took me on the longest ride it has taken me, so far.

With a new bike it takes some adjusting, both to get used to it, and to fine tune things like the brakes and the gear shifters and the seat. By the time I got to MSU (Midwestern State University) all was working fine, including the wireless speedometer.

And then.

I crossed Midwestern Boulevard, was heading west on the sidewalk which parallels the boulevard, when suddenly the bike seat came loose. As in the post slid down. Such is a bit startling. I slowly made my way to the shade of a gazebo and re-seated the seat, tightening what needed tightening real tight.

And then.

As soon as I started rolling again I saw the speedometer was no longer working. I later figured out the battery in the sensor had lost contact. I won't know if I fixed it til I ride again.

And on a related bike riding subject let's move on to the photo below.


The above photo was taken through the windshield of my motorized motion device, heading east on the aforementioned Midwestern Boulevard. See the bike graphic stenciled onto the pavement, with an arrow indicating direction?

These bike stencils have recently been stenciled on various roads around town. I have never seen anyone riding their bike on Midwestern Boulevard.

Well, there is that motorbike you see in the left lane, which doesn't count.

The speed limit on Midwestern Boulevard goes as high as 40mph. It would not be safe to pedal on this road. And why would you when, as you can clearly see, there is a sidewalk you can safely ride on.

Very perplexing. Methinks whoever came up with this needs to do some re-thinking...

Monday, July 19, 2021

Weekend At Kay's


That which you see above arrived on my phone this morning, from Elsie Hotpepper. What looks to be a movie poster from the same creative team which brought you the award winning Up A Creek documentary.

Weekend at Kay's, starring Kay Granger, JD Granger and Jim Oliver, the grifter gang which couldn't build a bridge right. 

The movie poster shows Kay being held up by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. We do not know if the President and Speaker of the House are also in the movie.

Is this movie going straight to video? Streaming on Netflix and Amazon? Is it R rated? 

WEEKEND AT KAY'S
SHE MAY BE OUR CONGRESSPERSON 
BUT YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW IT.

225 Feet Of Panther Island Canal Ready For Riverwalking


Yesterday, the day known as Sunday, Steve A, currently watching Texas from a luxurious vantage point in Ocean Shores, Washington, posted a comment to a blog post which was posted earlier on that yesterday sunny Sunday.

Steve A's comment...

Steve A has left a new comment on your post "Kay Granger Says Fort Worth's Boondoggle Will Get Buckets Of Federal Funding...":

Can we expect a story of the extra cash approved to Oliver ($300K) and Granger's kid ($60K) before too long? It's rare to see the Startlegram scoop Durango! What's more, are you planning to do one or more stories on the Panther Island Central City Flood Project? Its Executive Director is one JD Granger. As far as I can tell, their main accomplishment to date has been to build 225 feet of sidewalk along a canal. There's a story at https://fwtx.com/news/progress-report/ - and even that sidewalk appears to be three years behind schedule if you look at the "related" blurb about JD from the same publication. Apparently, JD's sidewalk is like a local version of the Trump border wall.

Inquiring minds want to know!
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Well...

The Panther Island Looks to Unveil First Part of River Walk Before End of Year article, to which Steve A pointed us, has some interesting elements. 

The first paragraph...

The Panther Island project has been going on for well over a decade now, and in that time frame, has also become the brunt of both praise and critique from those anxiously awaiting the promised San Antonio-style riverwalk and surrounding developments illustrated in those fancy renderings. In April, what’s considered the first vertical progress on the project finally opened to traffic — the White Settlement Bridge, one of three V-pier bridges offering connectivity to the 800-acre district.
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Well over a decade? The Boondoggle has been boondoggling along since this century began. Has anyone heard any of this praise from people anxiously awaiting a promised San Antonio-style riverwalk? The simple little bridges which look like freeway overpasses are considered the first vertical progress?

Continuing on...

But just along North Main Street, behind chain-link fences in the shadow of the five-story Encore Panther Island apartment complex, the fun part of the project — the part everyone’s been waiting for — remains hidden from the public eye.

Well, a 225-foot-long portion of it anyway. 

Nestled right in the center of Encore Panther Island is the first part of the Panther Island Riverwalk, now filled with water as it waits to join the rest of what will be about 1.75 miles of canal running along the district.
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Why isn't this Encore apartment complex considered vertical progress? Everyone has been waiting for the fun part of this project? With that fun part supposedly being the Panther Island Riverwalk? 225 feet of the 1.75 mile canal has now been filled with water, and is awaiting being enjoyed? Yeah, that illustrative photo of this section of Riverwalk looks real enjoyable.

Continuing on...

But aside from just giving locals something fun to enjoy, those spearheading the project have long touted the canal’s functional purpose — to serve as the main stormwater arterials for the City of Fort Worth and allow for the removal of outdated levees, replacing them with better flood protection via the canal.
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Oh, this canal will serve as stormwater arterials, thus allowing the removal of levees which are supposedly outdated, but which have prevented flooding for well over a half century, whilst other areas of Fort Worth and Tarrant County are in dire need of better flood protection. 

Looking at that photo of this short section of canal, it is a bit difficult to see how this is going to handle the Trinity River when it goes into flood mode.

Continuing on with a bizarre quote from that gift which just keeps on giving, J.D. Granger...

“Locals will never know it,” JD Granger, executive director of Panther Island Central City Flood Project, says. “Everyone’s walking down with a margarita — might fall in because you’re drunk — [and] they just think it’s pretty. But actually, it serves a very important purpose.”
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Local will never know the little canal serves a very important purpose? Really? For most of this century locals have been hearing about a flood diversion channel, whilst seeing three little bridges being slowly built over dry land. So, how and why is it that J.D. thinks the locals will never know what the canal is for while they are drunkenly walking the riverwalk with a margarita in hand?

J.D. Granger has a long history of embarrassing himself. Way back in June of 2014 we blogged about one of the weirdest J.D. Granger embarrassments in This Morning I Learned J.D. Granger Is Promoting Little Kids Cheering For Beer & Going Nuts For Runner's Butts.

Continuing on...

The Panther Island project hasn’t gone on without opposition, however, as many remain critical over its hefty price tag (it’s part of the $1.16 billion Central City Flood Project, of which $29 million for utility work is coming from the public), and simply the fact that everything’s taking so long.

To that, Granger has two responses: Regarding the cost, funding for the Panther Island Riverwalk is coming from investors and developers who are paying the Tarrant Regional Water District the amount they would essentially pay to mitigate the stormwater runoff they would create. On the amount of time it’s taken to see things go vertical, Granger cites, in part, the need to clean up the “environmental hot mess” that the formerly industrial property used to be, previously filled with hazardous chemicals like lead and ammonia. 

“We were having to buy the property, move the property, demo the property, do the environmental cleanup — all of that had to take place before the bridges could even start,” Granger says, adding that the amount of hazardous materials removed totaled to about 330,000 tons.
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According to Granger, funding is coming from investors and developers? If that is the case why is this project constantly in slow motion construction mode whilst awaiting federal funding courtesy of J.D.'s mother's budget finagling, which is what Kay Granger has long been expected to deliver, thanks to her son being given a high paying job for which he had zero qualifications.

Before the bridges could start J.D. says they had to buy, move and demo property? And that added up to 330,000 tons of hazardous material? Anyone remember seeing all those tons being moved? Where did they move to?

And one can not help but wonder how many margaritas J.D. Granger had consumed prior to being interviewed for this article...

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Hank Frank Visits Great Grandma Shirley For First Time


Incoming to my phone this Sunday afternoon, sent by my Favorite Nephew Joey and Hank Frank.

Hank Frank had visited his Great Grandpa Jack, previously, but never his Great Grandma Shirley, til today.

Hank Frank's dad, Joey, married his mother, Monique, after Great Grandpa Jack had moved to his final resting place.

At some point after that I was in Arizona, with mom, and we called Joey. I don't remember if this was before or after Joey got married. What I do remember was mom asking Joey a couple times when he was gonna come for a visit.

Joey and I had talked a time or two of timing a visit of his to Arizona with a time when I would be there. That would have been fun. But, it never happened.


Above Hank Frank is getting a closer look at the flowers which are currently sitting on mom and dad's headstone. I always thought these were called tombstones, but a couple days ago Betty Jo Bouvier referred to mom and dad's tombstone as a headstone. To Hank Frank's left are his Great Great Grandma and Grandpa's headstones.
Upon first seeing the above photo of Hank Frank pointing to a Slotemaker headstone other than his Great or Great Great Grandparental Units, I did not understand.

And then I did.

Hank Frank is pointing to the name on the headstone because it is the same name as his.

Henry Slotemaker.

Known as Uncle Hank. Younger brother of my dad's dad, Cornelius. Uncle Hank was married to Aunt Fanny. When I was Hank Frank's age, and older, Hank and Fanny lived on the Slotemaker Farm on Slotemaker Road, a couple miles east of Lynden.

Hank and Fanny lived there til they sold the farm and built a new house on Birch Bay Lynden Road, where Uncle Hank lived til he died, and Aunt Fanny lived til she was murdered.

Uncle Hank took it upon himself to write a detailed family history, going all the way back to Holland. If it weren't for Uncle Hank I would not know my family history in the great detail I know it, including how our family ended up in Lynden.

Way back in 2002 I webpaged Uncle Hank's family history which he called The Slotemaker Story. Til today I had not looked at this for a long long long time.

To make the website I used a now long outdated format known as frames. I also made several Shockwave animations which I now see are no longer supported.

But, The Slotemaker Story is still totally readable, with the frames still working. However, I suspect this would not work on a smart phone, only an old fashioned big computer screen. And maybe a tablet.

Kay Granger Says Fort Worth's Boondoggle Will Get Buckets Of Federal Funding In 2022

Yesterday Fort Worth had a celebratory ceremony to celebrate the opening to traffic of the bridge you see in the photo above. Local propagandists have long propagandized that this bridge and its two siblings were going to be iconic signature bridges.

No. I am not making that up.

Construction of these three simple little bridges began way back in 2014. Two of the three are now, in 2021, completed.  Sort of.

This Sunday morning's Fort Worth Star-Telegram had an article about that which has become America's Biggest & Most Embarrassing Boondoggle. This Fort Worth’s Panther Island will get federal funding in 2022, US Rep. Kay Granger says article contains some of the usual propaganda gems.

Along with failing to make mention of one big piece of reality. With that reality being that federal funding has not been forthcoming for Fort Worth's poorly planned, ineptly implemented public works project because of the requirement that a feasibility study is required before federal funding can be considered.

We blogged about the feasibility study problem just a couple months ago in Fort Worth Opens One Of Its Bridges To Nowhere Over Dry Land.

Before that we blogged about the feasibility study problem in August of 2020 in Panther Island Board Wants No Feasibility Study Of Fort Worth's Embarrassing Boondoggle.

And even way further back in March of 2010 in CONFLUENCE: A River & A Creek Runs Through Tarrant County Losing Dollars & Lives reference is made to the feasibility study issue way back in February of 2001, in the following paragraph from that blog post...

A feasibility study for the watershed had been initiated by the US Army Corps of Engineers in February 2001. In a letter to Congresswoman Kay Granger in November 2009, Col. Richard Muraski of the Corps stated that, "Due to a variety of issues, including a lack of consistent funding, higher priority work and technical shortcomings, completion of the study has taken longer than normal." He went on to state that the Corp recognized the "history of destructive flooding" in the area and that approximately $100,000 would be provided to "continue the studies of the Big Fossil Creek watershed."

The flood prone watershed referred to in the above paragraph is not the area focused on by the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District Vision, where there has been no flooding for well over half a century. Kay Granger has shown ZERO real concern for the area of her congressional district which has actually had, and continues to have, deadly destructive flooding.

The first three paragraphs of this latest Star-Telegram article about the Boondoggle...

The Panther Island project will see enough federal money in the 2022 funding cycle to begin digging the channel under the already-built bridges, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger said Saturday.

Granger, R-Fort Worth, said it’s not clear how much funding will come through for the project, but she’s confident it will be enough to begin cutting the 1.5-mile channel.

“It comes in different buckets, so there may be some in this one and then some in the next one,” Granger said. “I think it will be funded for everything they can spend in the next cycle.”
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Enough funding to begin digging in 2022? And the funding will come in different buckets? Like has already been said, there is to be no federal funding without a feasibility study. Or has that requirement been dropped?

Granger made these funding comments at yesterday's ribbon cutting grand opening of the North Main Street bridge.

And then we have the following two paragraphs...

But for now, all three bridges span dry land. Officials, including Granger, have long said that it was cheaper and easier to build the bridges first and then cut the channel that will connect the ends of a U-shaped bend in the Trinity River. The area known as Panther Island is not actually an island until water begins flowing through the channel.

“We didn’t have to do the water this way, but it was the smart way, it could be done faster and cheaper,” Granger said.
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The smart way? We didn't have to do the water this way? Officials, including Granger, have long said it was cheaper and easier to build the bridges first and then cut the channel?

How many times has it been repeated that there was no logical option other than to build the bridges over dry land. It would have been idiotic to dig a ditch first, fill it with water, and then build the bridges. Without the bridges that ditch would be a serious obstacle to traffic.

Why do these supposed "officials" repeat this nonsense over  and over again?

Easier to build the bridges first? It has taken over 7 years to easily build these bridges.

Way longer than it took to build the Golden Gate bridge.

To illustrate how idiotic this cheaper and easier to build the bridges over dry land nonsense is, it would be like way back in the 1930s there was no water in San Francisco Bay. And the city decided to build a suspension bridge over dry land to connect to Marin County, and then fill the land under the bridge with water to create a bay. With the local officials repeating over and over and over again that it was cheaper and easier to build the bridge over dry land, as if there was any other logical option.

As has also been said over and over again, if the reality of this Fort Worth project was is as touted, that is, as a vitally needed flood control economic development scheme, why has this project limped along for most of this century?

Waiting for the rest of America to pay for it.

When Fort Worth voters have not voted to support this project by approving any sort of funding bond issue. Does Kay Granger actually believe that when she tries to finagle federal funding for her son's Boondoggle that other Representatives won't raise objections to funding the Fort Worth Boondoggle?

All you have to do is look at that photo of the newly opened bridge to see a visual metaphor for the quality of the Trinity River Vision. If any of the rest of the vision becomes anything someone can see do you think the quality will be of the same level as these three imaginary iconic signature bridges? 

Or worse...