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National Video Games Day!

Today we celebrate the day for video game enthusiast because it is National Video Games Day.  This day is observed annually on September 12th.

I remember my first job in the computer industry was playing games.  My duty as the Product Quality Controller was to check each and every unit of the Super NES Classic Edition game console and to test the machine, all I do is play Super Mario Bros game.  It is quite fun and addicting.  I also got hooked with the game called Donkey Kong and Galaga.

During those days, Nintendo Super NES was a popular game console.  It is nice to reminisce the popular video games that stormed onto the market and changed the way your kids and young adult play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time on your television set or computer.

Nowadays, video games are played not only on tv or computer because technology is so improved and video games are the craze in the market, but they also continue to develop games for handheld devices like the handheld Playstation, or the Nintendo Switch, or game apps to play on your phones.  Computer industry continues to grow and continue to develop devices to play video games for kids and young adults.

During the days, our grandma and grandpa used to play stick horses for toys at playtime. Today’s kids (big kids and little kids) have an enormous array of video games to play. Before you get tired of one game, another one hits the market.

So, today, celebrate this day by playing your favorite video games and challenge your friends or parents for a fun afternoon or evening, just remember to do your homework and house chores first so you don’t get yelled out.  Share on social media your favorite game when you are a game enthusiast using #VideoGamesDay.

1993 New floating bridge opens in Seattle; I-90 stretches from coast to coast

On September 12, 1993, the rebuilt Lacey V. Murrow Bridge over Lake Washington opens in Seattle. The new bridge, which was actually the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 (the westbound lanes cross the lake on a separate bridge), connects the city and its eastern suburbs. It replaced the original Murrow Bridge, the first floating concrete bridge in the world, which was destroyed by a flood in November 1990.

In December 1938, Washington Governor Clarence Martin and Lacey V. Murrow, the director of the Washington Toll Bridge Authority, broke ground on what would be the largest floating structure in the world: the Lake Washington Floating Bridge, also known as the Mercer Island Bridge, between Seattle to the west and Bellevue, Washington, to the east. (It was renamed for Murrow in 1967.) At the time the bridge was built, it carried US Route 10 across the lake; a few decades later, that highway became Interstate 90. The bridge was a Public Works Administration-financed project designed to give work to unemployed Washingtonians and to make the towns across the lake from Seattle more accessible to suburban development.

When the bridge opened in 1940, the Seattle Times called it “the biggest thing afloat.” It was almost two miles long, contained 100,000 tons of steel, floated on more than 20 hollow concrete pontoons, and carried 5,000 cars each day. (By 1989, its daily load was closer to 100,000 cars.)

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/new-floating-bridge-opens-in-seattle-i-90-stretches-from-coast-to-coast)