Have Hat-Cam, Will Travel Over the Calatrava Bridge (Plus Bonus Footage of Jim's Dogs)

They finally opened up the new Calatrava bridge to vehicular traffic today, so I jumped in my pickup and went down there to drive on it. As you know, there were many delays getting it open. The bridge connects the far northwest corner of downtown with West Dallas on the other side of the river.

I wore my hat-cam so I could share the experience with you loyal Unfaironians. Here's a little video I made out of it.

You will see at the beginning that I took some special precautions, just because I had done a lot of reporting on some of the construction problems with the bridge. Maybe I should have edited that out, after I found I found out I wasn't going to actually fall off the side of the thing like they were worried about for a while. But I'm not that good yet with Windows Moviemaker.

I have absolutely no idea why the stuff with my dogs is in there. I just had the hat cam turned on, and I didn't know how to turn it off.

So here we go! Bon voyage to us!

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UncleSam
UncleSam

CASABLANCA BRIDGE - UNPATRIOTIC.  SPITS IN FACE OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES SO WE MAY BE FLEECED BY CITY OFFICIALS.

Noticed this Sunday morning crossing from No-Where back over to Shangri-La that the new super-sized American flag on the bridge is already tattered.  That must have been Francis Scott Key standing on the Continental Bridge penning homage to the World Class City of Dallas.

Its So Sad
Its So Sad

Jim, you need your own television show. You could do for liberals what Steven Colbert has done for conservatives.

I mean it!

Btw, I also like all the old bridges. The West Dallas neighborhood sucks, however, but then I don't have to live there.

The Calatravesty Bridge To Not Much is a very pretty waste of taxpayer money. Kind of like improvements to the Cotton Bowl. (Thank you Laura Miller).

Good luck with your TV career.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Do you, by chance, use that hat-cam while biking the Katy Trail? I noticed a guy doing that, but he wasn't the best at hiding his cam pointing towards the hot girls jogging. Not judging, oogle away, I just got a chuckle over it. And, more doggie vids. But if the dog-cam includes personal grooming........

pak152
pak152

love the guy at the beginning who says "what do you care?"  and now i know what a bobble head sees as they go through life

Shawn P Williams
Shawn P Williams

"This whole area is jumping..." Man this is some funny funny stuff.

Jpduff
Jpduff

Pure genius. I expect this to become a permanent exhibit in the hat-cam documentary section of the Newseum.

CindyS
CindyS

This is the best Dallas-based film since Bottle Rocket. Bravo, sir. Bravo.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Fun, but I need a couple of Dramamine and to focus on a fixed point for a while. (Also, more footage of the dogs. Make it a weekly thing.)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Will we get riveting footage of the 121/114 interchange when that opens too?

Or shopping cart cam at Trader Joe's?

JustSayin
JustSayin

Damn nice street pavement/curbs you got in front of the Schutze's home.  You been giving Mary Suhm's foot massages?

Phelps
Phelps

I always knew you would find duct tape, zip ties and rope in Jim's truck.

txsphd
txsphd

Jim!...buddy!...do you yak?! That's awesome! Not too many people around here are into kayaking...we are just a small minority. Picked it up in South Carolina and love it but not too many choices around here to put in.

Steven
Steven

The railings on the Calamari bridge look no lower than those on the Continental bridge which has sidewalks.  I thought Pedestrian traffic wasn't allowed on the new bridge because of it's low railings?

scottindallas
scottindallas

Damn it Jim, I got to give the haters their due, this film is even more poorly conceived than that stupid fucking bridge.  I thought your front yard might look more rustic, enjoyed the window into your disheveled world.  You know writing and film-making are very similiar--arguably editing is the most important part.  

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Awesome! Needs more blood ala Peckinpah.

Andrew Gunter
Andrew Gunter

If the headline said, "Watch Schutze play grabass with a camera" I probably would've skipped it. Thanks for wasting 2 minutes of my life after skipping through this worthlessness.

Mervis
Mervis

Catahola may be a better description of your house.

Robert
Robert

Jimbo sounds and looks like an elderly man. He drives the type of truck (short wheelbase, standard cab, plain vanilla) that real old urban guys favor.

Thankfully Jim didn't tell us about how he nearly joined The Weather Underground in the 1960s. He gets worked up over retelling that tale.

Ushuaia
Ushuaia

Seen better film on dirty teeth....what a waste of energy

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Can someone just give the time mark for the Shutze Canine footage? 

Guest
Guest

Jim,

That is a crazy grip you have on the steering wheel. Your hands should be on the wheel at the 10 and 2 positions at all times!

Albert
Albert

Jim crossed the solid white line getting on the bridge and again getting off, and no directional signals. This is a bridge designed by a European. Please.

And for the sequel, consider a dog-cam, or let the dog drive.

MattL1
MattL1

That was some world-class film making. 

Love the dog footage.

puddingandtame
puddingandtame

I'm beginning to think we've already surpassed "World Class" status and are now at "Super Duper World Class"! 

Sa
Sa

The jerky stream of consciousness narration, the ominous clouds in the distance...excellent!  And Jim, your dogs are cute.

Albert
Albert

You do realize that Europeans are laughing at you, right?

Gabe
Gabe

Please, please, ABC, pick this up as a show. Replace GBC with it. 

Bob
Bob

Memo to Village Voice Media/Dallas Observer:

You pay this guy for this stuff?  I mean, really, you pay him and provide benefits for him to produce stuff like this video?  And you wonder why newspapers are dying and journalism itself has lost all credibility.

Rider Bill
Rider Bill

Our beloved nanny state should regulate hat-cams to restrict usage by individuals afflicted with ADHD.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Behold, The Majestic Calamari!

JimS
JimS

That guy adores me. He was having an off day.

JimS
JimS

In fact there are some decent runs right in this area.

http://www.dallasobserver.com/...

The'y're close to flat, of course. Not too far north in  Oklahoma and Arkansas you can find good white water.

JimS
JimS

Wife embarrassed. She's out lof town. House a wreck because I am emptying a storage room. Probably have to move to Days Inn now anyway for a while until she gets over it.

Jim's dogs
Jim's dogs

You can find us between 1:12 and 1:21. Best nine seconds of the entire shoot, far as we're concerned.

Mervis
Mervis

No, they were out driving on the bridges. DIdn't you see them?

Phelps
Phelps

No.  They pay him to get people to come and argue with him in the comments.  This is all lagniappe.  

Gabe
Gabe

I liked it. Sort of like Apocalypse Now but with Captain Willard and Colonel Kurtz merged into the same character: a search of self-identity, through madness, over bridges, and into the heart of darkness.  

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Be careful, you don't wanna piss off the squid. Right now we got some five footers spawning in the Gulf, they hear about this, their libal to swim up the Trinity and turn the white elephant black.

JimS
JimS

I read your post too fast. You already know this. In fact, I wonder if you have made any paddling discoveries youo would like to share.

Mervis
Mervis

Glad you can't see mine. Nothing a vacuum wouldn't solve though.

JimS
JimS

Gotcha, Mr. Smarty-Phelps.  You don't get it, do you? I am Bob.

David Cornell
David Cornell

Kids say things nowdays? Don't they just twitter it?

JimS
JimS

Phelps, we're coming apart at the seams here, you and I. You must remain in the matrix. We can fight, as long as you remember in some profoundly dark little pit of your being that this is digital fight club, and we are one -- Bobelpszebutze, lord of demon flies.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Damn boy, you need to park yo ass at Louie's and get snot slingin' . If you do tell Blackie I said hi.

Phelps
Phelps

Don't buy it.  You can't even keep up one coherent persona, much less two.

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