I had photos for this post but Blogger has lost it's mind and even though I paid for the privilege of having photos.....no upload to be had. Kinda scares me now with Celebrate Oz - AlTErEd oZ sign up due in 9 days. Come on blogger..................
I was reminded this yesterday of something that happened to me when I was in college. I thought of it after reading Debra's post on She Who Seeks on the Edmonton Street Car that runs across a very high bridge. I gather that in a high wind you can feel the street car move......yikes.
As I look up at the Sandias today all covered with snow I remember, it was about this time of year, when the sorority to which I belonged had their winter ball formal. We were to all go up the mountain on the tram and have dinner at the restaurant on the top at Sandia Peak. So imagine if you will, 42 girls and their dates all dressed up for a formal evening being transported up the side of the Sandia Mountains in the 3rd longest tramway in the world, 15 people at a time.
My pledge sister named Linda also and her boyfriend were running a little late and so we were to ride the last tram up to dinner. As we waited for the others to get up there and late Linda to arrive, it began to snow. It was so beautiful and serene. You know how snow always muffles the sounds around you. Just beautiful.
Linda arrived just as the last tram was ready to transport us. We all huddled in the car because it was about 25 degrees outside. The windows of the tram were iced over and you couldn't see much except the glow of the city lights. During optimum weather you can see at least 35 miles in any direction except east, the mountains in the way there. You can also see that you ascend 6000 feet to the top. But the frost kept us in a little cozy world of our own with nothing but the sound of the tram works and then thunk. No sounds at all except the wind and some uh ohs coming from the crew. Then the walkie talkie came alive with all kinds of chattering.
Something about the icing of the lines and one of our crew was going to have to crawl out and up to clear the lines of the ice. So we were told to stay still, not move about and cause the gondola to swing and be calm. Of course that's when some of the girlie girls started crying and squealing. Nothing like a good dose of diva when things go wrong. I had no compassion for idiots and so became drill sergeant Linda....I mean come on, they hadn't voted me Rush Chairman for nothing....I am bossy.
We all were told to huddle in the middle of the car for the weight distribution and also to keep warm. Now remember, we are dressed in frufru dresses with crinolines and getting close was a joke. We also had heels on not snow boots and so to say the least we were all cold. One of the escorts had packed his own flask....well several had and began to pass them around. A terrible idea in retrospect, it only made us colder but it did ease the tension of the hysterical ones who after a few belts were laughing and making the best of a scary situation. I so wished I had been stuck with my hippy friends instead....then it would have been more mellow but living a life as a double agent in the 60's hippy sorority chick is a conundrum, and was interesting. You see we had a "morals chairman" in the sorority who later went on to be a nun, honest I wouldn't make this crap up, on this ride as well. We could get away with passing a bottle but not a joint. Oh and we wonder where our lives when wrong. Duality everywhere duality also known as hypocracy but hey that's another story.
We were stuck on the iced cabled tram for an hour and fifteen minutes. Arrived at the top in time to find they had closed the kitchen and bussed the rest of the group down. We loaded our cold, tired, tipsy selves into the bus for the scary ride down the mountain. By the time we got to the parking lot where our cars were it was 2 in the morning. There was no winter ball for about 1/3 of the group that year. And it took me 10 years to have any desire to ride the tram again.
So have you ever been stuck somewhere interesting, scary or completely inconvenient???????