A Marvel

Hoover Dam

Arizona side of Hoover Dam

My apologies for not posting last Friday.  My only excuse is that I was having too much fun on vacation!  We went to Las Vegas, where there is always something to do – even for non-gamblers like us.  Shows and wonderful meals at night, then up early to go on tours, like the one above we took to Hoover Dam.  Is it any wonder that I returned home exhausted and slept 12 hours straight, my first night back?

Being a former engineer, I found Hoover Dam to be an amazing structure.  For a sense of scale, look at the top – you will see tiny dots, which are really people walking across the span.  The most incredible thing is that it was built using slide rules!  My freshman year at Columbia Engineering saw the release of the Texas Instruments SR-10.  It could only add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate square roots – and it cost me $99!  But some of my professors still required the use of slide rules, so I was very familiar with them.  Slide rules, dictionaries – they were always close at hand, in college.

Don’t get me wrong!  I love computers and the internet – they make things possible that were unheard of 30 years ago.  But there is something to be said for using your own brain to puzzle things out and find a solution.  That’s what I love about designing jewelry – there is always a “best” way to fabricate a piece, for optimal endurance and beauty – it’s up to me to figure out what that is.

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