John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Questionnaire redux, part 2

Here's the second half of that questionnaire I started yesterday.

Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that no one else on your friends list does.

Last time around I named Happy Accidents, and while none of my LJ friends admitted owning, a friend of a friend commented that he owned a copy. But since he wasn't on my friends list (and still isn't) it doesn't count. However, I no longer own that movie, so I have to choose something else. But I don't own very many DVDs, and the ones I have are pretty commonplace, so the answer is probably none. The only one I have that there's even a remote chance no one else has is American Dreamz, which is an OK movie but one I have trouble imagining anyone liked well enough to get on home video. Unless, like me, it happened to be included in a two-disc set with a movie I actually wanted, About a Boy.

Name a place that you have visited that no one else on your friends list has.

Last time I said Kampsville, but that won't work, because a link to this entry will be automatically posted to Facebook, and I know at least two of my friends over there have been there. So how about the Morgan Ford Road Low-Water Bridge? Several years ago, I was perusing a map book and I noticed a bridge across the Shenandoah River on a very minor two-lane road in a remote part of Warren County, Virginia, which struck me as an unlikely location for a river crossing. I figured any bridge in such an unlikely spot was bound to be kind of interesting, so I made it my destination for a weekend drive. And it was interesting, because I'd never seen a bridge like it:

Morgan Ford Road Bridge
Image via The Valley Preservationist

It's called a low-water bridge not because it's low to the water, but because it can only be used when the water is low. Here's what it looks like when the water is high:

Morgan Ford Road Bridge under water
Image via Morgan Ford Road Low Water Bridge on Facebook

Luckily, my visit fell on a low-water day, and I found it to be quite a charming spot, with beautiful unobstructed views up and down the river. On a subsequent visit, I took a folding chair and set a spell on the riverbank just upstream from the bridge, reading and watching the river flow by. If you want to see the bridge yourself, you'll want to hurry; for safety reasons -- thee people have drowned there in the last three years, one whose car was swept away while trying to cross it in high-water conditions, and two others when their car went off the bridge and landed upside down in the river -- VDOT plans to replace it with a elevated two-lane bridge. And by hurry, I mean do it some time in the next two and a half years. VDOT doesn't move all that fast.
 
Tags: excursions, halcyon days of yore, memes, movies, virginia
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