The Friendship Bridge...My Wallpaper

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The Friendship Bridge...My Wallpaper

 

Friendship Bridge

I've meant to retake this photo for a long time and now that more people are likely to see it than normally would as it's hidden away in my office. I'm a little embarrassed to post it and that I still haven't paid the "Friendship Bridge" another photographic visit.

The "Friendship Bridge" is one of the more recognizable features in Big Spring Park, downtown Huntsville, Alabama. It was a gift from the Japanese people and specifically Major General Mikio Kimata to the city of Huntsville for its hospitality during the Generals attendance at the Redstone Arsenal's Guided Missile School Program during the mid 1960's.

To me, the Friendship Bridge speaks to the character and diversity of the city.  It's a reminder to me that Huntsville attracts people from around the world because of the mild climate, natural beauty, low unemployment, wonderful people...and, of course, the Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. It is said that in the centrally located city of Madison, AL., (surrounded by Huntsville) and just minutes from the Redstone Arsenal that 80% of the residents are from somewhere else!

So when I look at the "Friendship Bridge" I think of all the wonderful people I've met and became friends. I think of Huntsville as being a place where different cultures come together, enjoy life and a high standard of living and do things that change the world on many different levels.

I guess that's a lot to ask of an old red bridge and a little "wallpaper", but I think it's a great standard to live by and a great reminder of the city I live in every time I boot up my computer...Huntsville, Alabama!

Nick T Pappas

 

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Rainmaker
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Ginny Gorman
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Nick T Pappas a wonderful piece of history & connection...there must have been a real connection here!  Best to you in 2016!

Jan 03, 2016 07:45 PM #37
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Nick hope all is well have not seen you in a while, Endre

Jan 14, 2016 02:50 PM #38
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Maria Gilda Racelis
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Good Morning Nick: I am too late for the party but it is really never too late.

"Why build a wall when you can build a bridge?"

There is a significant meaning behind the word bridge. 

Beautiful wallpaper.

 

Jan 15, 2016 08:07 PM #39
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Dana Tapia
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Hi Nick T Pappas.  Your picture of the bridge is great!  I'm at the other end of the state, in Gulf Shores, but I've been to Huntsville quite a few times.  I've seen the bridge. 

Jan 16, 2016 09:46 AM #40
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Elyse Berman, PA
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Nick T Pappas That's a beautiful bridge.  Thanks for the history. behind it.  I didn't know Huntsville had such diversity.  I grew up in NYC, a very diverse community. 

 

Jan 22, 2016 08:38 PM #41
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Nick T Pappas
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Elyse Berman, Boca Raton, FL because of  the Redstone Arsenal and NASA we play hosts to people from around the world.

Jan 23, 2016 03:02 AM #42
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Great choice for wall paper and I too loved the story and history behind it.  I hope you're doing great and are busy selling houses. 

Jan 28, 2016 01:20 AM #43
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Hi Nick, missed AR and stories like this.... Visually interesting and great story too.

Jan 29, 2016 11:38 AM #44
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Nick T Pappas - I thought I'd jump back on Friendship bridge to say hello. I hope you're doing well.

You are missed! Let me know you're okay. 

Jan 29, 2016 01:23 PM #45
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Well hello there Ellen Caruso I hope you've been well...it's been a long time.  

Jan 30, 2016 02:21 AM #46
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof thanks for your concern. Yes, I'm ok...healthy as far as I know...just a lot going on in my life right now. I'm trying to get back into the AR routine...guess I simply need to do and quit the "trying"! 

Jan 30, 2016 02:25 AM #47
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Yep, both parents were ill, my dad passed away and now I'm laid up 4 weeks after foot surgery and 2 more weeks till I can walk again. Glad to see you and all my friends still hanging in the Rain.

Jan 30, 2016 04:51 AM #48
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Ellen Caruso I'm glad to see you back and so sorry to hear about all you've been going through. I thought about you and other friends in the northeast after watching the recent snow that came through. I'll call as soon as I can spend some uninterrupted time on the phone with you.

Jan 31, 2016 04:34 AM #49
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 Good morning Nick T Pappas . I thought I would jump back on the friendship Bridge too. I hope that you are doing well, it has been a while.

Feb 05, 2016 05:45 PM #50
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Peg Barcelo
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That's a great photo Nick!

It's funny how people of different cultures can influence us to think differently & how certain pictures can make us remeber friends even when they're not in the photo!

I hope you get over there again soon, life is too short for regrets.

Feb 08, 2016 07:09 AM #51
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Nick T Pappas ,  That's quite a unique bridge and it's history.

Feb 08, 2016 11:33 AM #52
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Curtis Van Carter
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Nick

Nice story about the bridge came to be. Probably a good reminder for all the military in the area. I read up on the Redstone Arsenal and it is sure a place that does quite a few not so friendly function to help guard us all. cheers cvc

Feb 13, 2016 12:44 AM #53
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Nick T Pappas - That's a great Friendship Bridge! Does the City decorate it for parades or holidays? I'm guessing many people stop and take photos of themselves or just the bridge - it's so beautiful and the thoughtfulness behind it is something to appreciate. 

Friends in the Rain!

Patricia

May 04, 2018 08:59 AM #54
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Nick T Pappas
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Hello Patricia Feager , I've never seen it decorated. People do have their pictures taken there, but mostly see people looking over to the spring below at the large fish swimming by...of course many people use it to get to the other side :)

May 06, 2018 09:13 AM #55
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Nick T Pappas - I like the name chosen for this bridge too. It must bring a smile to many people's faces just walking, crossing over the bridge, or pausing to see the fish swim by.

Have a wonderful day!

May 06, 2018 10:28 AM #56
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