Bridge Collapse Bus Driver Still Recovering

The Anoka County Union has a great follow-up with Kim Dahl, the bus driver made famous by the 35W bridge collapse.

But for now, she’s dealing with good and bad days as they come.

The after effects of the accident include pain, the kind that wakes Kim up at 3 a.m. and doesn’t let her go back to sleep in the recliner she’s traded for a bed to ease the pressure on her back.

Next week she’ll see a doctor to address some shoulder problems that have come up since her initial treatment after the accident.

“Things keep coming up from the accident – the aching and the paining,” explained Kim.

The 30 ft. fall and sudden landing while she was behind the wheel have taken a toll on her body.

According to the article, she’s hoping to return to her job by November.

Best of luck with the recovery, Kim.

I Don’t Consider Eating at Restaurants with Smoking

I couldn’t agree more with Rick Nelson’s analysis of this smoking restaurant. I removed the name of the restaurant since the same statement could be made about every restaurant that allows smoking today:

Now open: A giant, all-American menu – with a helping of smoke

What hit me as I first walked into [__________________] was not the bustling opening-night crowd. It wasn’t the spacious setting, either. It was the cigarette smoke. I guess I’ve been dining in smoke-free Hennepin and Ramsey counties a bit too much, because after spending a half-hour in the place — located two blocks over the Anoka County line from smoke-free Minneapolis — my throat was dry, my eyes were watering and my clothes reeked. And we were seated in the nonsmoking section.

My dining, and thus dollars, goes to smoke free environments.