Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts. You know the drill. I'll ask a question. You answer it and then ask a question of your own. The next person answers your question (or whatever question he/she wants) and then asks a question of his/her own. And so forth. The participation has been a little sparse lately. I know you're out there. Join in and have fun.

First, a little story.

You know when you watch those talk shows that show people with deep, dark fears which show the people freaking out about their fear with tears and screams and whatnot. Believe me folks, this is not fake. I have one of these fears. I have a fear of bridges. Bridge-a-phobia, maybe? Laugh if you want to, but it is not funny. The bridge in Tampa and the bridge over the Chesapeake Bay have driven me to tears and have caused me to sit in the middle of the car with my eyes clothes so I couldn't see them. I have always wanted to run the NYC marathon, but I'm not sure I can do it because I'm not sure I could cross the bridges. Two summers ago I went to NYC on vacation and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was by far the most frightening thing I have ever done. But, I thought by doing this I had finally kicked my fear.

Until yesterday.

I took this picture at a reservoir close to home for my 365 Days project. I took several pictures while I was at the reservoir. As you can see from the picture, there is a pathway above the falls. I went to cross the reservoir to take a picture from the other side and I was crippled with fear. I literally could not step one inch beyond the beginning of the walkway over the falls. It's so funny and yet so sad.

So on with the question....what is your biggest fear?


Jason said...

I don't have any phobias that I know of. Of course, I get scared (if I was dangling from the Empire State Building, I'd be scared), but that's not the same thing. A phobia is an irrational fear. I have what I call a "healthy fear" of heights, but I wouldn't say it's a phobia. I have gone skydiving before, so I would say I definitely don't have acrophobia.

I am going to do something that has never been done on this blog (I think, anyway): I am going to pass Meredith's question on to the next person.

Flatman said...

Ohhh...Jason is such a rule-breaker!

First, a term from the internet:
"gephyrophobia" The derivation of the word "gephyrophobia" is perfectly straightforward (if you know Greek); it is derived from the Greek words "gephyra" (bridge) and "phobos" (fear).

I have a very distict hatred for snakes. They REALLY creep me out. I can tolerate walking through the reptile house at the zoo, but I have chicken-skin the whole time! Weird, huh?

Flatman said...

Oops, I forgot my question....

What brand of running shoes are your very favorites?

Michelle said...

Meredith--I totally know what you're talking about. I guess I wouldn't say I was phobic about bridges, but the bigger ones used to really make me nervous. They don't seem to bother me so much any more, but I would say I probably have mild claustrophobia. it kind of depends on the situation. can I answer the other question, too, even though I'm not really a serious runner? Sauconys.

My question: have you broken any new year's resolutions yet?

Meredith said...

I am really struggling to stay true to my goal of only eat out once per week. When you're used to eating out 4-5 times per week (or more) this is a huge change.

Who is your favorite TV news anchor? (Mine is totally Anderson Cooper. I don't care that he might be batting for the other team--he's sexy! And I totally had a dream about him last night.)

Jason said...

Please describe your dream, Meredith.

Michelle said...

too funny, Meredith. I keep having dreams about people I went to h.s. with, some of whom I haven't even thought about in years! very strange! and no, Jason, if you even care, they aren't all that interesting!