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A fallen tree across a stream. A plank of wood. Two strands of rope. These simple things are all bridges. A bridge is any structure — natural or man-made — that allows us to cross over obstacles such as valleys, rough terrain, or bodies of water. The first bridges were built with wood, ropes, and stones. Then iron, and then steel. And though bridges are often just a way to get from point A to point B, some of the world’s bridges are engineering marvels, attracting millions of tourists each year.
Every now and then I contract the Don’t-Call-On-Me Syndrome. This doesn’t occur often, but when it does it seriously spoils my school life. Let me start from the beginning …
When you’re 11, things can get tough financially. You need so many things — candies, marbles, toys — and just your allowance isn’t enough! I complained about it to Ima.