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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007
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Spring trumps debuts of Airbus A380, skywalk

In case you were too busy to notice this week, three important events occurred. One was a gift from Mother Nature and the others are made-made, but nevertheless extraordinary, too.

Mother Nature delivered us a much-welcomed spring Wednesday. Airbus brought us the double-decker jumbo A380. And the Hualapai Indians unveiled their Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Each is impressive.

The A380 is the largest passenger jet ever built. With the amenities of a bar, workout room and beauty parlor, the European-built plane will carry 555 passengers. But stripped of the niceties it can hold 800.

The Hualapai gave us the skywalk out over the Grand Canyon. People brave enough to walk out on the horse-shoe shaped observation deck can look through the creaky glass floor 4,000 feet down into the canyon.

Both are engineering marvels that could qualify as wonders of the world. But neither inspires the awe and the beauty of what's taking place around us here in the Tennessee Valley today.

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