Golden Gate Bridge and Suicides

April 29th, 2016 No comments

Man uses the suicide hotline on the Golden Gate Bridge

A man using the suicide hotline on the Golden Gate Bridge.

A year after the Golden Gate Bridge saw more suicides than it ever had before, that number has decreased, according to a group devoted to preventing people from taking their own lives on the bridge.

2013 was a terrible year for the Golden Gate, with 46 reported deaths of people who jumped from the span. The previous annual record for suicides from the bridge was 40, marked in 1977.

According to The Bridge Rail Foundation, an organization that seeks to “stop the suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge,” 2013’s fatal number dropped in 2014, to 38 suicides last year.

One of those deaths, as previously reported, was 27-year-old Sean Moylan. His grandfather, John Moylan was a former director with the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District and a supporter of the plan to install a suicide barrier on the landmark.

Per the Bridge Rail Foundation, 161 people were detained last year by bridge patrol staff who believed the detainees posed a risk to themselves. The Bridge Rail foundation says that in 2012, 33 leapt from the bridge to their death. 37 did the same in 2011 and 32 did in 2010.

According to a Reuters report from 2014, “the total number of people who have jumped to their death from the bridge over the years is unknown, largely because of spotty recordkeeping and because the bodies of some who jump are never recovered.” Most estimates suggest that somewhere between 1600-2100 have leapt to their death from the GGB since its construction in 1937.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board OKed a $76 million suicide net funding plan in June of 2014. Though construction on the net, which is intended to catch jumpers after they leap, has yet to begin, bridge officials told the Chron Tuesday that it will be up and running some time in 2019.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

http://sfist.com/2015/02/04/golden_gate_bridge_suicide_rate_dro.php

 

University Christian Church in L.A. With Roses in Full Bloom

April 29th, 2016 No comments

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How’s this for traveling in style? Retro cool but not as comfortable as the modern motorhomes of today.

April 28th, 2016 No comments

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A few of the lucky ones, but even they suffered during this terrible time in our world history.

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This was taken moments after Jewish refugees realized they weren_t being sent to their deaths

Backgammon

April 27th, 2016 No comments

 

Through Facebook I play backgammon with people from all over the US, as well as around the world.  Many times we cross  language barriers with quick little texts and emoticons between moves.

I’ve had friendly chats with players in Greenland, Croatia, Albania, Indonesia, British Colombia, Canada, Iran, and the country of Georgia, to name a few.

Sometimes the all too serious players set a very fast pace and are less than friendly.  One guy from far faraway with a strange sounding name was just plain rude to me.

Obviously upset that a smiling American woman named Mary had won the game, he wrote, “I have been beaten by an inferior player!”   

Photo on 2015-01-14 at 09.54 #2Well! That wasn’t very nice, hurt my feelings. I thought, Really? How am I the inferior player  if I just beat you, mister name-I-can’t-pronounce?

With only a few seconds to respond, I resisted being equally rude and just texted, “God bless you”.

Not sure if I was being kind or if I figured that would bother him more than anything else I could possibly say. . .  Anyway, maybe God will bless him and he will be nicer to the next person, or maybe not.  

All I know is he will not be winning the sportsmanship award this year! No siree, not if I have a vote!

My fondest memories of visiting Holland, years ago, are of the tulip fields. The colors were so vibrant and rich.

April 27th, 2016 No comments

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Ignorance is bliss _ Homeless man sleeps outside a diner in Milwaukee

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From the Lens of Bill Stice

April 26th, 2016 No comments

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293367_245847018779420_2765964_nA Female Rufous Sided Towhee. Another example of a beautiful female bird. She is every bit as attractive as the male of the species.Take special note of her eyes.  Bill Stice

April 26th, 2016 No comments

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