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“The inferiority of women is man-made.”

- Helen Keller, June 11, 1916
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Lambeth Bridge

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Lambeth Bridge

Out in the Missouri countryside, about 20 miles southeast of Lebanon, sits a bridge. A fellow traveler mentioned it to me a year ago, but I hadn’t been in the area with time on my hands until recently.  It sits on Tulsa Road, too, which made me doubly excited to make the trip to see it.  After the Gasconade Bride Rally on April 23rd, I decided to go have a look.

I didn’t know what to expect, as I hadn’t researched it beforehand aside from getting the location coordinates for my GPS.  When I turned off Hwy B onto Tulsa Road, I discovered the hilliest gravel road I’d ever seen!  I was concerned that the Mustang would start sliding backwards on those rises if I was going too slow.  I weaved around narrow culverts, dodged low hanging trees, and zoomed past several working ranches.  When I arrived at Lambeth Bridge, I pulled over just as another car came the other direction across the one-lane span.  I didn’t see another soul the entire time I wandered the bridge, but I’m very thankful that other motorist was crossing when I had arrived.  Had I not seen a 3,500 lb SUV cross the wooden deck safely, I would not have ventured across!

Lambeth Bridge-4Later research revealed that the deck of the bridge had been replaced sometime between 2007 & 2010, but when I was out there I had no idea how long those wooden slats had been fading in the sunshine.  All I knew is that this very simple three-truss span was originally built in 1908 (thanks to the builder plate on the west end), there was no siderail, and the deck had seen better days.  The bridge was 12 feet wide and a little over 400 feet long.  As I started across on foot, a few nearby cows observed when the boards clattered beneath my shoes. A solitary moo echoed across the valley in what I assume was a shout of support and not a warning.  I could see the bright green grass between the boards as I made my way across, though I tried not to notice.

Two of the trusses cross open prairie, which I assume is a flood plain. The third stands above the Osage Fork creek, which is actually quite picturesque.  I stopped on that third section to take a photo downstream and discovered I had a hard time getting started again.  There was a chunk missing of a nearby board that gave me pause, even though I was sure to walk over the metal support beams that I could also see easily between the boards.  After a few moments, I was able to convince my legs to start working again and they carried me across without incident.

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It was clear that the eastern bank of the creek was popular with local fishermen.  I followed the path of tamped-down grass to the water’s edge and spent several minutes appreciating the calmness of the Ozark countryside.  The soft sounds of life filled me with longing for warm Oklahoma afternoons at my grandparents’ house near Pawhuska.  If I closed my eyes, I could be eight years old, down by the low-water creek behind their acreage.  I wish I could go back in time and spend more time with the elders of my family and ask questions of them.  I wish I could share my adventures with them and learn more about their experiences.  The open road is a fulfilling place where the journey itself is the destination…but the real journey takes place within myself. No matter how far I drive, the road tends to lead right back to where I started, to a place I haven’t visited in decades but a place I never really left, either.  Nobody can accuse me of being an unsentimental person, that’s for certain.

Lambeth Bridge-13Once I had my fill of nostalgia in a place I had only just discovered, I took a breath and set back across the bridge.  Many of the rusted struts had been tagged with graffiti, as had some of the old boards.  Something I had missed entirely on the way over were the words, ‘DON’T TURN BACK’.  As I knelt to take a photo, my mind filled with images of local kids daring one another to cross this rickety old span, perhaps at night with faulty flashlights.  I would imagine those same echoing cattle calls would sound a lot spookier in such an environment.  Although my trip back across the bridge was uneventful, I was still relieved to return to the other side.  It was an exhilarating experience, but not in the ‘oh boy let’s do that again immediately!’ kind of way.

As I set off down the gravel road I’d come down, I was thoughtful.  Perhaps because of the pangs of nostalgia I felt at the river bank, I thought of my father.  On May 3rd, it would’ve been his 62nd birthday.  He’s been gone five years and that’s really hard to wrap my mind around.  I still hear his voice regularly, and talk aloud to him occasionally.  I think he’d be proud of me and be interested in what I’ve been doing these last few years.  I know he’d have some colorful stories and those are what I miss the most.


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Google Chrome Dethrones Internet Explorer To Become Most Popular Browser

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If the technology world was a high school hallway, Google Chrome would be shoving past former prom queen Internet Explorer while wrinkling its nose like it smells something particularly offensive. That’s because Chrome is now the most popular browser, as it recently took home a larger share of the market than its rival for the first time.

Google Chrome snagged a 41.6% share of all desktop browser traffic in April, as tallied by web tracker Net Market Share, which is up from 39% in March (via CNET).

In that same month, Internet Explorer’s chunk of the market dropped to 41.3%, down from 43.4% percent. This is the first time Chrome has surged ahead of its rival for the top spot, in terms of Net Market Share.

Firefox follows far behind at third with 9.7%, then comes Safari with 4.9%, and Opera commanding a scant 1.89% share.

It’s particularly impressive when considering that IE comes bundled on all Windows machines, while most folks who want to use Google Chrome have to download and install it on their devices.

Again, this is just one group’s calculation of who’s on top — according to another web tracker called StatCounter, Chrome has been in the lead since 2012, with Firefox second, and IE third.

Internet Explorer’s share of the market pie will inevitably decrease as Microsoft keeps pushing users to switch to its new browser, Edge. Though there are still plenty of people using Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, Microsoft no longer offers support for those products.

Google Chrome sneaks past Internet Explorer to become top browser [CNET]

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J.K. Rowling Apologizes For Killing Remus Lupin

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Last year, J.K. Rowling apologized for killing off Fred Weasley, a death that brought out a copious amount of sad George-looks-in-the-mirror headcanons, and as the anniversary of Battle of Hogwarts comes we must revisit the pain that we know our fictional faves also face when May rolls around. This year, Rowling apologized for killing werewolf, former Hogwarts professor, Marauder, recent widower, new father, and my favorite character Remus Lupin. Can you tell I’m not over it? I’m not over it.

Rowling writes that the death was one of the saddest for her as well, stating that either Arthur Weasley or Remus Lupin had to die. Both options are ridiculously heartbreaking, which seems like the meanest game of would-you-rather ever. Imagine how Molly would react! Still, having Lupin nearly abandon his family because of his incredible insecurities only to see Tonks die and then leave his child orphaned is one of the saddest stories in the entire series for me. Fun fact: did you know that Remus Lupin’s wand is Cypress which often means a heroic death for the wielder?

Can we also talk about the fact that Rowling decided to kill Lupin after Order of the Phoenix? You know, the one where Lupin and Harry just lost Sirius and Lupin had to hold Harry back? Because that wasn’t upsetting enough? If you want to really immerse yourself in Lupin-grief today, reading lots of Teddy Lupin headcanons is a great way to do that. I really hope that Teddy will make an appearance in Cursed Child since he’s supposed to have spent lots of time with his godfather and the Weasley family (sound like another wizard protagonist you know?).

(via Vulture)

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Lawsuit Claims Starbucks Is Putting Too Much Ice In Iced Beverages

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For some caffeine lovers, there’s nothing more refreshing than adding some ice to a cup of coffee or tea to bring the temperature down and the energy levels up. Balance is important — too much ice and not enough coffee can result in a weak drink. According to a new lawsuit, Starbucks baristas have been upsetting that balance by allegedly adding too much ice to cold coffee drinks, and skimping on the liquid.

A Starbucks customer filed a class action [PDF] against Starbucks in Northern Illinois Federal Court last week, claiming that the chain’s cold drinks are almost half ice, and that Starbucks misrepresents the fluid ounces of its iced coffee and tea beverages.

In the complaint, the lead plaintiff points out that Starbucks makes a hefty chunk of change on cold drinks prepared in-store, “accounting for billions of dollars in revenue” each year.

Despite the fact that Starbucks advertises four sizes of drinks — Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta, which correspond to 12, 16, 24 and 30 fluid ounces, respectively — the plaintiff claims that customers don’t get the full advertised fluid ounces because the company fills much of those cups up with ice.

“A Starbucks customer who orders a Venti cold drink receives only 14 fluid ounces of that drink — just over half the advertised amount, and just over half the amount for which they are paying,” the 29-page complaint states. “In the iced coffee example, a Starbucks customer who orders and pays for a Venti iced coffee, expecting to receive 24 fluid ounces of iced coffee based on Starbucks’ advertisement and marketing, will instead receive only about 14 fluid ounces of iced coffee.”

What this all boils down to, the complaint says, is that Starbucks is, in essence, “advertising the size of its cold drink cups on its menu, rather than the amount of fluid a customer will receive when they purchase a cold drink — and deceiving its customers in the process.”

Adding insult to injury, the customer claims, is that Starbucks charges more for cold drinks than their hot partners, even though customers opting for the cold version get less of the product than hot-drink customers.

That enables Starbucks to reap higher profits off cold drinks, the complaint claims: “Starbucks’ Cold Drinks are underfilled to make more money and higher profits, to the detriment of consumers who are misled by Starbucks’ intentionally misleading advertising practices.”

To solve this problem, the plaintiff suggests, Starbucks could serve cold drinks in larger cups that allow room for the advertised amount of beverage, while still allowing for ice.

“Starbucks is misleading customers who expect to receive the advertised amount of fluid ounces,” the lawsuit states. “For example, if a gallon of gas is advertised as costing three dollars, and a customer pays three dollars and pumps gas, that customer is expecting to receive a gallon of gas — not approximately half a gallon.”

The plaintiff is seeking to represent a class of anyone who bought a cold drink from Starbucks in the last 10 years. She’s accusing Starbucks of breach of express warranty, breach of implied warrant of merchantability, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, and fraud.

“We are aware of the plaintiff’s claims, which we fully believe to be without merit. Our customers understand and expect that ice is an essential component of any ‘iced’ beverage,” a Starbucks spokesperson told Courthouse News. “If a customer is not satisfied with their beverage preparation, we will gladly remake it.”

Starbucks is under fire on the hot side of its beverage menu as well: just last month, customers filed another lawsuit accusing the chain of underfilling lattes.

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wreichard
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A Starbucks iced tea contains almost no iced tea. I like ice as much as anyone, but it is crazy.
angelchrys
8 hours ago
Yeah, I never bother getting anything iced from Starbucks because it is way over-iced.
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GNC Looking To Sell Itself, Other Restructuring Options

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Amid declining sales and increased scrutiny on the supplements industry, GNC Holdings is looking to either restructure its business or sell itself.

The Wall Street Journal reports that GNC has started a review of its business that could result in the sale of the company.

“We are in the early stages of a broad review and will take the time we need to thoroughly evaluate our opportunities to achieve the best result for our shareholders, business partners, and associates,” GNC Chairman Michael Hines told the WSJ.

The board’s review comes just days after GNC reported same-store sales declines, and shares dropped 29%, the WSJ notes.

CEO Michael Archbold said at the time that the quality were results were “unacceptable” and the company’s turnaround progress was “insufficient.”

The diet supplements market has come under increased scrutiny from regulators and law enforcement in recent years, with companies accused of producing mislabeled products with inconsistent ingredients, and making questionable health claims. In March 2015, following a probe by the New York Attorney General’s office, GNC agreed to use DNA barcode testing to verify the ingredients in its herbal supplements.

GNC Holdings Considering Selling Itself [The Wall Street Journal]

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