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Quietude in Portland. on Flickr.

I was supposed to be resting today in anticipation of the half-marathon tomorrow. But who am I kidding. I don’t know what rest is.

I walked to the dry-cleaners. Walked to meet up with Cara. Bussed to the bank. Took cherry blossom photos. Walked to the convention center. Picked up our race packets, and explored the race expo. Walked to the east waterfront. Took cityscapes. Walked across the bridge. Took cherry blossom photos. Walked down the west waterfront. Got mud in my shoes. Walked to the Chinese Gardens. Took Chinese New Year photos. Walked to a plant fair. Didn’t buy a bonsai. Walked to the store. Bought soymilk. Walked to Cara’s. Gave her her race packet and some raceday tips. Walked to a coffeeshop. Had a chai in the sun. Walked home. Pretended to have never left the house. Lalalala.

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MODERN PLAYHOUSE

Inspired by Italian Renaissance pavilions, the Modern Playhouse by Austin Patterson Disston Architects is surrounded by gardens, but inviting enough inside that you might not want to venture out. Dominated by the overhanging steel roof, the glass walled entertaining area is joined on the interior by a media room with a built-in couch and fireplace, an art room, a photo room, and a game room. Outside are multiple paths, a large terrace, and a steel and cable bridge leading up to the entrance.

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On this day,  19th August, 1930, the two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge arch were joined.

The arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in two halves cantilevering from each shore and tying each half back by steel cables that were anchored into U-shaped tunnels excavated into the sandstone rock. Construction of the two halves of the arch began late in 1928, and the two halves were properly joined around 10pm on 19 August 1930.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.  It was also the world’s widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 m (160 ft) wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver was completed in 2012.(Wikipedia)

These photographs from the State Library of New South Wales collections, depict the arch joined, with the first of the hangers being hauled up from moored barge below.