Proof of why I’m not an architect

imageThis past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in something which, like most things I participate in, proved to be embarrassing. In this case, I was up against young kids designing earthquake-safe structures that are part of a hands-on exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Each structure is made from Connexts building pieces and built on a platform that simulates movement during an earthquake β€” or coincidentally, how I look on the dance floor after a few drinks.

The object was to build a structure that can withstand the rigors of a magnitude 5.o quake.


Puh-Leez. I used to sleep through those things as a kid in California…

Apparently, I must’ve been a heavy sleeper…

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

32 thoughts on “Proof of why I’m not an architect”

      1. Ha! When I was young I had a great aunt in Nova Scotia who was about 75 and she had this absolutely awesome treehouse with real stairs, weather tight with openable windows, electricity, heat and even a phone line. Lordy she loved that tree. She would go up her tree to read and paint pictures. My Dad used to joke that my aunt wasn’t feeling well- she was out of her tree today. Bwahaha!

            1. Good thing politics are off limits!! LOL! πŸ˜‰ But I would have to agree with both of you… now how in the hell did he win Super Tuesday?? Has this country lost it’s mind????? :-/

  1. A picture, er, video speaks a thousand words!!
    I have the remnants of our KS earthquake in a meme…but I have no idea how to paste a photo in the comments. I’m jealous of your architectural skills…and of Paul’s techy know-how (HE got a picture to post!!)
    Thank you for the very loud belly laugh, Ned.

    1. Don’t feel bad, Michelle. I don’t know how to do the picture thingy either. Or build things, apparently. Which is alarming considering I did the majority of our remodel several years ago. So much for getting a good night’s sleep.

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