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Shaken not Stirred
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So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
Just the really tall ones, like the Skyway Bridge south of Tampa, Fl

I had to drive over that monster twice this past week on our way to and from Key West.

No prior fear of heights, as I have jumped off of bridges up to 80 ft off the water in my younger days, as well as an airplane or two.

But driving up that giant S.O.B. both times had my heart racing and knees turning to jelly. The wife got a kick out of it, as she has never seen me bothered by anything in our many years together.

FWIW, it's known as Gephyrophobia, or fear of (high) bridges.

FWIW, I give you the culprit


FYI, I have driven over many bridges in my life, including many crossing the Mississippi. Never a stray thought. This was different in every way imaginable.


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many crossing the Mississippi. Never a stray thought. This was different in every way imaginable

No burning 18 wheelers?


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BallsEleven
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
Come to Lake Charles if you want a flashback.


L1C4
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
That thing is pretty scary.


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LSUGrrrl
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
I developed that fear about 6 years ago while driving over the Mississippi Rover bridge in Natchez. No idea why.


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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
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I have jumped off of bridges up to 80 ft off the water


Mmmhmmmmmm


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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
Last time I crossed that bridge, an 18 wheeler's trailer came un-hitched on the way up. I bet that was loud!

The trailer moved back about 50 feet and stopped when the hitch dug into the road.


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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
Sounds like you were
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
I’m terrified of heights but have never been scared on a bridge. While in a car


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Shaken not Stirred
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
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I have jumped off of bridges up to 80 ft off the water


Mmmhmmmmmm


Twoof

Being 21, bulletproof and downing a 12 pack makes one do less-than-stellar things at times. Especially when dared.


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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
When I was in my late 20s I did a stupid thought experiment. I realized I didn't have any irrational fears so I decided for some weird reason to invent one, I chose bridges. I fostered it so long basically as a joke to myself I actually started to get anxious driving over the larger ones, fortunately it was as easy to break as to manifest. Now I only get anxious on the Calcasieu River Bridge and the GW bridge between NY and NJ. The former could fall down at any minute and driving the lower level of the GW has potholes you could lose a VW in so I consider both of those to be completely rational fears.


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BorrisMart
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
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I developed that fear about 6 years ago while driving over the Mississippi Rover bridge in Natchez. No idea why.


Interesting. Those twin bridges have never bothered me much. The original one that goes into Vidalia is a tad bit narrow for my taste though. I got stuck in some unGodly standstill traffic on the old bridge in BR once and I was in the right lane looking out and I did contemplate whether or not having it bumper to bumper the whole way across was gonna bring the whole thing down. lol
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
Been over this one several times. It’s outside of Shelton, WA and called “the high steel bridge”. Makes me super queasy going over it.



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evil cockroach
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
Highway 87 bridge in Port Arthur Texas says hold my beer...

LINK


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The Boat
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
Here's a solution if you're being a bitch about that bridge.

Take I-75 around Tampa/St Pete instead of I-275 through the cities. I-75 is quicker anyways.


Shaken not Stirred
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
F-that


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TexasTiger08
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re: So now I suddenly have a fear of bridges
This is a visual model of the old and currently under construction new bridge here in town. I’ve driven the old one hundreds of times without any fear. The new one keeps getting higher and higher, and I’ve already started to think it may make me think twice.



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