GunDel?

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I see in the news that they are building what will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel.  Linking Germany and Denmark under the waters of the Baltic, construction actually began in 2020 and is expected to be complete by 2029

I’m sure lots of folks are excited about this but not me.  I don’t even like driving through the I94 tunnel downtown and last month when folks got stuck in The Chunnel for several hours, I almost had a panic attack just reading the news story about it. 

Any phobias you’ll admit to?

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        1. Nope. I knocked off at about 730 last night. But I am on track to finish the dying and waxing today and will probably be able to do the melting of the wax later this afternoon/early evening.

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  1. Snakes. Any snake, however safe. And rats. Maybe I could pick up a dead one by the tail. But you’d have to pay me. I don’t think I’d touch a dead snake except under extreme circumstances.
    And mice.

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  2. Aversions: I bet others will say this:trump and all of them. (My autocorrect is determined to get rid of that small t ).
    Anything to do with smoking or its “paraphanalia”. I don’t want to say all those nasty words, I’m eating.
    Matches.

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      1. I did mess with several versions and decided that in the long run it won’t matter since the tunnel goes between Denmark and Germany. The chances an English-based name will get used is pretty slim.

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  3. Chalk on a blackboard. Nails are probably OK, don’t know that I’ve seen it done.
    Wait a minute.

    I just tried it! What’s all the fuss?

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      1. I’ve only had one so far, thank goodness. I took the sedative ahead of time, and then I played the movie To Catch a Thief through my mind from beginning to end, as slowly as I could. It was pretty good timing as the MRI finished up about five minutes after I got to the end of the movie o
        in my head.

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        1. The tube / claustrophobia doesn’t bother me. A year ago, the shoulder hurt so bad during the process it was just very uncomfortable. The ones I had for my back were fine. I hum and match the tones and create rhythms to the machine.

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      2. Ouch. My condolences, Clyde. Sticking a suspected terrorist or serial killer into an MRI while questioning him/her (with the machine running, of course!) would probably convince anyone to confess everything they know.

        *heh-heh* I’d LOVE to get trump into an MRI tube for questioning!

        Chris

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        1. I don’t say this lightly. I wouldn’t say it about an ordinary bad person. But Delirium Tremens has caused death, and physical and financial suffering beyond belief, with no trace of remorse. So go ahead and torture him just for fun.

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        1. I’m not afraid of birds, but I did see the movie at a young impressionable age and it terrified me so I’ve never watched it again since.

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        2. “Arsenic and old lace” and “King Kong” did it for me. Even with my head under the bedclothes I was scared.
          Silly, right? No one can get you under there.

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  4. Spelunking. Japanese commuter trains at rush hour. BART. I’d have to be anesthetized for an MRI.

    “Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies,
    Don’t fence me in.
    Let me ride through the wide open country that i love,
    Don’t fence me in.
    Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze
    Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
    Send me off forever but i ask you please,
    Don’t fence me in”

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    1. Yes, claustrophobia is one of mine as well. I had to quit reading a book once (I think it was one of the Anna Pigeons), because it involved caves. I just couldn’t stand it.

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        1. No, Sherrilee, don’t skip “Underland”. Let yourself be seduced! Robert MacFarlane’s writing is not to be missed. Just come up for air every so often 🙂

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      1. Barbara, it’s my ear worm, my happy place I go to in my mind when I’m feeling trapped. Either that or a dark night on the North Shore when I feel lost in the Milky Way. Perspective 😵‍💫🫣🥴

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  5. Rise and Shake in your Boots, Baboons,

    My fear of heights is darn close. My dad had this, too. He did a gig as a herdsman (cowboy) in the Amana Colonies, and had to ride a horse. He said that even 7 feet up on a horse was too far from planet earth. When I could get on a horse, I could be 7 feet high, but anything else in which I look down such as mountain road create instant nausea, a shot of anxiety, and wooziness. I do not like to be closed in either, but that is not an instant reaction like heights give me.

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  6. Driving across long, tall, bridges. I kinda love the engineering, but really…the sides need to be taller. I really have to convince myself my car is just not going to plummet over the sides.

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  7. I have a strong aversion to walking in huge crowds – especially slow moving crowds. I am only 5’2″ so I can’t see beyond the people immediately surrounding me, and I really, really dislike walking slow. Sitting in a huge crowd is OK. Another strong aversion is snakes.

    I used to be haunted by dreams about tornadoes but they haven’t occurred for at least a couple of decades. I do have a fear of drowning. Heights and small enclosed spaces don’t bother me much at all.

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  8. Heights, tight spaces. Since I cannot really swim, fear of water. Used to help my father work under houses. When I could not roll over, I panicked. First response to a snake under my feet is fear but then no fear, emotions defeated by rationality. Eye dr explained why I now need more light but my CPD makes me react badly to strong light. Need to plan ahead for not being able to drive. Not yet unless something dramatic happens. Not an issue except Sandra living 4 miles away, which is a huge issue. Watched a show that showed confinement in darkness. That is a frightening thought. Love being in forests. Love being on the prairie.
    Clyde

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  9. Nothing that I can think of is a strong enough aversion to qualify as a phobia, but there certainly are situations that I avoid if I can. I’ve had a couple of MRI’s and didn’t find them all that disagreeable.

    Concerns about driving through a miles-long tunnel under the sea don’t strike me as unreasonable, especially when you take into consideration how some people drive. Same thing when driving over a bridge suspended high above an abyss of some sort, in which case you also need to take into consideration how structurally sound that bridge might be. When the I-35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis some years ago, it heightened my anxiety about driving over the Lafayette and Mendota bridges. Being stuck in traffic on either of those bridges, you can feel the whole structure vibrating beneath you, and I find that a little disconcerting. Just how much weight can they carry, and for how long?

    Living where I do, you have to cross a bridge to get just about anywhere, and in the months following the I-35 bridge collapse, I spent a lot of energy trying to figure out what the safest alternatives were. I took some serious detours to avoid the Lafayette Bridge altogether.

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  10. Waaaay OT but I must recommend a board game I played with family yesterday: Princess Bride.
    Fans of the movie will enjoy it. Sorry but players share in moving the characters. I didnt get to play as Westly. Sad. No competition between players.
    Inconceivable! to be serious. And it can be a kissing game.

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  11. By coincidence I watched the Mythbusters where Adam gets buried alinve in a coffin. Hard for me to watch. But they had to pull him out early because putting the the dirt on the coffin crushed it. But he was in there for 30 minutes. Goal was to see how long he could survive breathing the air in the coffin.

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  12. The old High Bridge that was torn down a few decades ago was a little disquieting. I was happy that the replacement bridge is wider and you no longer have that sense of flirting with the abyss on your right.

    MRI’s don’t bother me a great deal, but I don’t really get why they have to be so noisy.

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