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A Quick Q&A With the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Q: I know you must be pretty busy, with the opening coming up soon, so I don’t want to take up much of your time.

A: Oh, stop — you’re fine.

Q: OK, OK — well, I guess the reason why I called is I just saw a post on Unfair Park by Jim Schutze –

A: I love that guy!

Q: Really? I mean, it seems like you guys have been at odds since the beginning.

A: Ah, that’s just Jim being Jim. I wouldn’t ask him to be any different. I mean, yeah, he says some pretty, let’s say, outlandish stuff sometimes, but who doesn’t? I was at a party a few weeks ago and I told this railroad trestle that I had the tensile strength of a small moon. Good thing we were all s–t-housed, or someone might have tested me. [Laughs.] Anyway, Jimmy’s a good dude.

Q: [Laughs]. Well, OK. Anyway, I just didn’t know if you’d seen this quote: “Architecturally speaking, it’s an OK bridge.”

A: Oh, wow, no. He really said that? That is, uh, well, that is high praise from Jim. He really said that?

Q: Yep.

A: Whoa. Man, I don’t know what to say. Hold on. I have to text Santiago. Oh man, oh man, he is going to p–s his pants. [Laughs.]

Q: OK, so, while I have you here, what do you think of the nickname some people have come up for you: Large Marge?

A: [Long pause.] Well…

Q: What is it?

A: Well, I don’t find it to be very flattering.

Q: It’s just a nickname. You know, you’re a bridge, so…I just don’t think anyone was implying anything.

A: Like, what? Do you think I’m fat? I mean, I have 58 cables, but I think I carry it well.

Q: No, you do. Totally.

A: You’re just saying that.

Q: No. No, no, no. Of course not. I would have guessed, you know, 20, 25 cables max. At the most.

A: You’re sweet.

Q: Eh.

A: So. How bored are you?

Q: You have no idea.

A: [Laughs.] Thought so. Anything else?

Q: Not really. Do you mind if we just listen to MC Shan’s “The Bridge” for a minute?

A: Of course not. Hit it.

6 comments on “A Quick Q&A With the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

  1. @towski: He’s better in print than in person. Even Zac would admit this. In person, he tends to stare at his phone, even (and especially) when you’re trying to have a conversation with him. Also, he mumbles. Unless, of course, he’s drunk or talking about the only thing he cares about, basketball, in which case he’s a delight. If he’s drunk AND talking about basketball? Best lunch companion ever.

  2. @Tim Rogers: Your scouting report is partially true, but only partially. I tend to look at my phone when I’m bored, so you probably get to see that side a fair amount. Do I mumble? I do. But if you tell me I’m mumbling, I will try to speak up. Otherwise, spot on.

  3. I’ve had a few cocktails tonight and it had gotten me wondering crazy things. Do you think the southwest airlines pilots can see Large Marge from the cockpit?