So, Lizard Hill got my login problem fixed, but then other unrelated problems arose. After I returned to Michael’s house, there was a power outage and when everything came back on, the WiFi for some reason had kicked it. The router is brand new and it’s turned on and everything and all the appropriate lights are glowing, but nothing will connect. Michael’s going to ask his computer guru friend to come over and have a look at it this evening.
On top of that, I discovered I left my computer power cable at Dad’s — an hour and a half drive, one way, from Michael’s. He’ll be visiting my mom’s neighborhood this evening and will drop off the cable at her house then. Mom’s house is a little closer. I can pick it up either tonight or tomorrow.
I can still access the internet on Michael’s computer (which does not use WiFi) and on my cell phone (I just got a new Apple 5s and it’s sweet). But I can’t update until both the WiFi problem and the power cable problem are taken care of.
Best case scenario, I should be back on track tomorrow.
To be honest I’m not really upset about the situation. I’m reading an awesome book about the history of cooking and eating utensils (seriously) and watching this awesome BBC series called “London Hospital” which is set in a charity hospital in the early 1900s.
Out of curiosity, I checked out the jumpers on this week’s list and compared them to the Golden Gate Bridge jumpers I have listed. I chose to include only those where either the cops specifically said they were sure the person had jumped, or there was a witness or the person’s stuff was found in the water. I left out those who merely left their car parked near the bridge, though I’m sure many of those also died there.
There were 21 names and as far as ages are concerned, they just about corresponded with the other list: most of them young, seven in their twenties, four in their teens (two of them only fifteen, sigh). However, in the previous list, there were almost as many females as males. Not so with the GGB list: eighteen males and only three females.
According to John Bateson’s wonderful book on the subject of Golden Gate Bridge suicides, three-quarters of the jumpers are male. 3 of 21 is only fourteen percent, though. But I suppose the additional difference might be explained by the fact that that male bodies, being heavier, might sink deeper and be less likely to be found than female ones, which is why they would appear on Charley. Just a hypothesis, mind.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: put up a barrier already. People are dying while you complain about it ruining your precious view.
I’ve written before about the numerous Golden Gate Bridge suicides on Charley. The number of total deaths is something now over 1,500, and that’s only the official ones. If your body isn’t found, or if it’s found far enough away from the bridge that there’s some doubt you jumped from there, or if there’s any other excuse to keep you off the list, your death isn’t included in the tally.
It’s been in the news that they’ve decided, or are in the process of deciding, or something, to put up a safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge. Frankly I think a net is a stupid idea, but it’s better than nothing.
I thought I’d make a list of Charley Project MPs who are presumed to have jumped off other bridges, cliffs, etc into bodies of water and never emerged. I should emphasize that these are all voluntary jumps, not cases of someone being thrown into the water or falling accidentally. I did decide to include a guy who shot himself on a bridge, whose body fell into the water and wasn’t recovered. I left out the baby whose mother jumped off a bridge with her child in her arms.
Each name tells a particularly sad story. I should note that, as you can see for yourself, many of these victims are terribly young. The average age of these eighteen individuals is 29.4, the median age is 23, five of them were in their twenties and five of them were 18 or younger.
Adrian Ferreras Almario, 17
Steven Earl Applegate, 17
Zachary A. Aylsworth, 22
Thomas Redd Evans, 51
Jennifer Ha, 17
Corey Michael Lang, 32
William Jeffers Lank, 42
Maricel Tolentino Marcial, 27
Priscilla Giordano McKee, 44
Brian Keith Morrison, 25
Lynenne Lavette O’Neill, 42
Roseline Pawai, 40
Mark Wade Potts, 45
Hilary Harmon Stagg Jr., 16
Sandra Stricklin, 24
Donna Lee Urban, 23
Charles White Whittlesey, 37
Chanier Corey Winns, 18