Superior Bridge

By: Jconnphoto

Mar 22 2011

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: Black & White, Personal, Random


Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Photo blog day 221, March 22, 2011

Isn’t it silly how you can become attached to something inanimate? We are currently in the process of finishing our basement. It seems like every single decision we have to make from lighting fixtures to whether to stain or paint the trim has become fodder for a board of directors meeting. We have meetings about our decisions then meetings about the meetings. When I say we, I mean me and my husband. And by meetings I really mean arguments. Neither of us agrees on anything. Well, we agree that there needs to be walls and sheet rock down there but that’s about it. When it came time to decide how to deal with the beam that cuts across the center of the room we came to an impass. Literally neither of us would budge. I wanted to leave the beam exposed because it is not just a typical I-beam. It is a steel beam from a railroad, brought here and installed when the house was built so the basement would be wide open and not inhibited by any lolly columns. My husband wants to cover this beautiful piece of American History in sheet rock. And yes, it is American History as it was part of a railroad system on which this country was expanded. This beam, with its lovely patina and aesthetically pleasing shape, has served as a hanging rod for shirts waiting to be pressed. This beam that served as a pull-up bar for my husband and his brother when, as youngsters, they would play body builders and exercise in the basement. This beam that bears the name of its original home “Superior Bridge” and ties itself to my own childhood growing up on Superior Ave. This is the beam my husband wants to cover. Smothering the memories it has helped to build.

He thinks I’m crazy. I’m sure many do. But I can’t see the purpose in covering this beam up so that it “blends” in with the room. I have never been they type of person to blend in so I feel strongly that this beam doesn’t have to blend. But alas, my friends, I have lost this battle. I cannot convince my husband to leave the beam untouched. None of my pleas or my passionate reasons have swayed him. So I am reduced to taking a photograph so that I still have something by which to remember it before it is smeared in liquid nails, plaster, and sheetrock.


4 comments on “Superior Bridge”

  1. Excellent.

  2. I’m with you, Leave the beam exposed. It give a rustic charm.

  3. Ut Oh, Seems the “rusty ole beam” that was intended to make life easier has stirred quite frenzy!

  4. I TOTALLY agree with you! That beam is a part of American history and the history of the home. It would be a real shame to cover it up with sheetrock. Stick to your guns – don’t let your husband win this fight!!

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