on the bridge

My ThThTh posts are falling down.¹ I’m having trouble finding enough time for blogging, at least of the variety that necessitates typing. (I’m doing a lot of reading, but little commenting or posting.) And I have a backlog of barebones drafts of these lists, but no time to flesh them out.²

Anyhow, I’ve had this bridge post under construction for a bit, and Saturday’s bridge photos seemed a good prompt to finish the job. So, here’s a ThThTh list on the bridge.

  • burn one’s bridges: create circumstances such that there’s (metaphorically) no going back.
  • Bridges of Madison County : A novel by Robert James Waller that become a runaway best-seller, and a 1995 movie based on it starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
  • burning one’s Bridges of Madison County: an expression meaning “rid one’s library of fad novels.” (Oh, fine, I just made that up.)
  • we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it: an expression meaning that plans about how to deal with a situation won’t be made until that situation arises.
  • The Billy Goats Gruff: a classic fairy tale about three goats who want to cross a bridge, and encounter a troll. Who leaves nasty comments on their blogs. (No, wait. Wrong kind of troll.)
  • water under the bridge: an expression one says of negative events when one has decided not to dwell on them.
  • “Under the Bridge,” a song by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a song by Simon and Garfunkel.
  • “Water Under the Bridge Over Troubled Water:” a non-existent song title.
  • bridge: part of a musical composition
  • bridge: a card game
  • bridge: a type of dental work used to fill a gap
  • bridging the gap: making a connection between ideas, or other abstract concepts
  • “London Bridge is Falling Down:” a nursery rhyme and traditional song with many verses, the first (and best known) of which is:

    London Bridge is falling down
    Falling down, falling down
    London Bridge is falling down
    My fair lady.

  • Bridge to Terabithia, a Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel by Katherine Paterson. Also a 2007 movie based on the same.
  • Bridge to Nowhere: let’s not go there.

Image: The New London New Bridge from The Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition (New York: The Encyclopedia Britannica Company, 1910), via clipart etc.

¹Falling down, falling down.
²Hey, those two metaphors worked together!

9 thoughts on “on the bridge

  1. My land is bare of chattering folk;
    the clouds are low along the ridges,
    and sweet’s the air with curly smoke
    from all my burning bridges.
    ~ Dorothy Parker

    I loved “burning one’s Bridges of Madison Cty.”

    Now must jam to Chili Peppers!

  2. that red hot chili pepper song was my favorite when i was a senior in HS

    and I love your new expression (burning one’s Bridges of Madison County)

    and I can’t help but thinking…

    Bridge over Troubled Pants
    burning one’s pants
    under the pants
    billy goat’s pants
    bridging the pants

  3. I am all for burning one’s Bridges of Madison County … the film reels as well as the books! Feh.

    Hmm … bridges … oh:

    there’s Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billy Joe in which Billy Joe McAllister jumps off the Tallahassee Bridge,

    and the excellent but depressing Jill Sobule song, “Vrbana Bridge,”

    and my brain can’t quite call it up, but isn’t there something about a Bridge of Sighs? Like in Venice or something?

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