Walking part of New York’s Mario Cuomo Bridge
I can admit when I was in my 20s I was much more adventurous. Even my 30’s. Willing to do just about anything.
Jump off a cliff. Skydive. You name it. Scuba Dive. I was in for it. I didn’t do those things, but I was all in. Now as I’m about to hit the age of 60, things have changed. Dare I say to be candid, I’m unwilling to do almost anything adventurous. But I call the fear common sense.
Common Sense that I know my body has changed and perhaps more importantly, my mentality has changed. Quite frankly I can’t do the things that I used to do. It is that simple! Like run fast and be really good at football. Those days are gone. I’m good at watching the NFL or college ball.
So one of the things on my mini bucket list is every time I pass a bridge, every time I drive over a bridge, for example, the old Tappan Zee Bridge now named the Mario Cuomo Bridge or the George Washington Bridge, I always look off to the immediate side and see people walking over the bridge.
I always think to myself for a moment as I’m driving over the Mario Cuomo bridge, that must be fun. That must be peaceful. To walk the bridge. People do it all the time…. so it must clear your head, and in the field of Journalism, we need all the head-clearing we can get.
So one day… October 25th, 2023, it just happened to be an uncharacteristically sunny day in New York and I had 45 minutes before I had to leave to attend the Marconi National Association of Broadcasters Awards at the Javits Center. (In midtown NYC) and in my line of work every minute counts.
I live in Rockland County, NY and the Mario Cuomo Bridge connects Rockland County and Westchester County, about 25 miles…