For this story to make any sense, you need to have a sense of my ex-boyfriend, E. Though he is currently a successful stoner college professor, back when we were dating, he was a stoner geography masters student who specifically studied urban areas and the economic impact non-urban trade and policies had within cities.
One day, we were driving and he commented that we were going under the only three-level symmetrical stack interchange in America (wait, don't interject here. I know what you're thinking).
I was probably 20 at the time and didn't think a lot of it. Fast forward a few years later when I am driving home for the first time from Massachusetts and I am slightly south of Hartford and pass under a three-way symmetrical stack interchange (a term I learned, natch, from my stoner geography loving boyfriend).
I am driving with nothing else to do but think and I am completely confused as to why I would have ever driven through the area with my ex-boyfriend. Yes, he had gone to school in Massachusetts, but it was close to Boston and I flew into Logan. We had never been out towards Western Mass and certainly not near Hartford. This bothered me for years. Years. Every time I drove under it, I was reminded of the same conversation. There is only one three-way symmetrical stack interchange in America and if I am driving under it then we must have been out this way at some point.
I finally email him: "Hey, I know we haven't spoken for months, but this is really bothering me. Were we ever in Hartford, Connecticut together? Am I forgetting a whole trip?" He confirmed that we had never been in Hartford which didn't make me feel relieved. Instead, I now thought that he must be lying to me because I was seeing the only three--way symmetrical stack interchange on my drives to DC and if there was only one in America, then we must have been out here at some point. It just made me feel even better about not sending back his jeans and flannel shirts when we broke up. Ass.
When Josh and I got engaged, we decided to get married in Baltimore. We had no connection to the city, had spent pretty much no time there, had no sense of the place beyond Little Italy and my cousin's old neighbourhood. But there was a library and we wanted to get married in a library so Baltimore it was. The caterer was also out in Baltimore and one afternoon, we drove down Route 70 to I-695 to attend a tasting. And guess what I saw when we pulled onto the highway?
The photo above. A quick google search of the term three-way symmetrical stack interchange reveals that there are probably dozens of these in America and I just haven't encountered more than two of them. A simple goal, perhaps, for another summer. A roadtrip to visit all of these marvelous structures.
I thought about this yesterday when we drove under it. My husband and I both smiled and Josh said, "you do know that this is the only three-way symmetrical stack interchange in the world." I'm so glad I ended up with the man who says that to be amusing rather than the man who says it to be pompous. Oh, and wrong.
What are you showing today?
Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
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- The Second Time Around
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- Who's next? Anyone wish to share something with the class? Forgive the teacher if it takes her a few hours to get your presentation moved from the comments box to the list. She is drinking with the principal in the broom closet. I mean, she has a terrible Internet connection.
- If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Sunday (or earlier in the weekend or on Monday if you can't do Sunday), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item.
- Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink in the comments section below (make sure you don't just comment that you participated: add a link to your blog in your comment so people can click over). I post a new Show and Tell post every Saturday night or Sunday. I usually move people up into the body of the post every few hours.
- Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week.
- If you want it...
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