Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Shivers says crews are using a wrecking ball to bring down Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

He says they may need to continue their work Thursday.

Dad reluctantly agreed, but the whole scenario left me feeling pretty ashamed.

A giant crane dropped a 6,000-pound wrecking ball on the span for about three hours Monday, but it only gently tapped the unstable bridge.

Heavy rain damaged the bridge beyond repair, stranding more than 400 residents on one side.

Grannie proceeded to tell me that all of her interactions with her husband, my grandfather, happened in the dark. Spect's 5th grade class, a permission slip went out to all of the parents for consent to allow their kid to sit through a two-hour sex ed discussion.

Every kid in the class came back with a parent's signature except one: me.

Incidentally, if my recollection serves me right, I believe I was the only Asian kid in the class as well.

Asians as a culture aren't exactly the most communicative bunch, especially when it comes to personal matters. Spect felt compelled to make a personal visit to my home to talk to my father.

Let's put it this way, it took me a long time to be able to have the lights on during intimate moments.

But I don't think I'm alone in still finding it hard to talk openly about sex.

I've even stared down a member of the Taliban in Afghanistan when he told my escort that I was out of line for speaking too loudly in public.