We are so thankful for everybody's care and concern over the last 24 hours. We are fine and our family is fine and as far as we know, our friends and coworkers are fine. I work a few blocks from the bridge and it has been surreal to view the damage. It is difficult to imagine how terrifying it must have been to witness or endure the bridge collapse or to wait to hear from loved ones driving home from work. I think we're all shocked that this happened so close to home and incredibly grateful for the near-misses some of our friends and family experienced.
I would like to take the opportunity to point out the importance of investing in our infrastructure instead of nickel and diming taxpayers and playing politics with our lives. While I do not believe that blame rests on any single politician (or political party, for that matter), I am reminded that our governor recently vetoed a spending bill that would have appropriated new gas tax revenue to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Governor Pawlenty, a Republican, ran and won on a "No new taxes" platform in both 2002 and 2006. MNDOT has been severely under-funded for years. I realize the problem isn't quite that simple. Still, the Minnesota Twins postponed a groundbreaking ceremony today for a stadium - for which the taxpayers of Minneapolis will reportedly be paying over $300 million. I'm not sure if Minnesotans haven't been paying attention or just have really screwed up priorities?
Anyhow, this is a happy Suki Sumo blog, so I will leave you all with pictures of SukiDuki's latest discovery: the mirror!
Who is that other puggy? WOOF!
Eyeing up my new opponent:
Who is that, mommy?
Yo, let's PLAY!