Archive for October, 2012

Barometric Tetrameter

Monday, October 29th, 2012

 

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Twas the day before Sandy, and in every yard,
Barbecues were rattling, the wind blowing hard.
Flashlights and phones were charged by the hour,
Expecting the failure of Dominion Power.
Bread, water and batteries, they also bought booze,
Certain of services, that they would lose.
Hunkered indoors, with TWC,
Go get your brolly, the dog needs to pee.
While visions of deductibles tortured their brains,
Hurricane Sandy continued her rains. 
Telephone linemen overnight in their trucks,
Everyone agreed that Frankenstorm sucks.

(Oct 29 NOAA satellite image, Monday noon in Virginia is gusty and wet.)

Amish Bus in Tough Truck Competition

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

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An unmodified Dodge Ram bus, apparently retired from service taking Amish women to the Wal-Mart, was another crowd pleaser at the this year’s Coshocton County Fair Tough Truck Competition.

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Spewing parts across the first set of bumps, it managed to tip over onto 2 wheels without actually rolling over.

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The short ground clearance, the long wheelbase, and especially the extended rear chassis, put Amish Ambush at a severe disadvantage against the modified pickups.

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Everyone was rooting for these guys, but nobody was really surprised when the rear-wheel drive vehicle got hung up on top of a bump and couldn’t move forward or backward. 

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Sometimes called ‘Yoder Toters’, small busses, often a bit on the rusty side, full of bearded and bonneted passengers, are a common site in central Ohio.  They start work before 5am, taking the men to jobs at the door factory, lumber mill, or furniture shop, and during the day, they take the women shopping.  On the weekends or evening, the whole family might get bussed to Wal-Mart for bulk food and hunting supplies.

Truck Flips Over at County Fair

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Last night’s Coshocton County Fair had a doozey of a non-fatal crackup during the Rough Truck Competition. A small dozer, a loader, and a roller had spent a couple hours earlier yesterday creating a series of wicked little jumps, bumps and tight turns creating an obstacle course for off road vehicles.  Contestants, in various states of readiness, are expected to try to stick within the cones during a timed run through a surprisingly difficult little track.

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It was clear from the first set of jumps that the local boys from Walhonding Recyling (no web site, and possibly not a telephone number) were going to make an aggressive run, so I kept my 50D cranking away. 

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The driver took off like a shot across the final set of jumps. He must have been 6 feet in the air after the first jump.

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It was clear that he was going to hit the second jump pretty hard, But he seemed to recover OK.

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As it turned out, momentum was working against him, and the back half of the truck was moving faster than the front.

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Pickups are very nose heavy, with no weight in the back,

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which makes them prone to nose dives.  Once the grill hit the ground, the truck continued to pinwheel forward.

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The driver was unhurt.

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The pickup headed back to the recycling center—with a questionable future in motor sports.

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Ironically, a paramedic was the only injury caused by the truck accident.  Hopping into a Polaris UTV, and apparently not belting up for the 100 foot drive to the accident site, the volunteer fireman turned too sharply, flipping the utility vehicle on its side, resulting in a broken leg.

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After the first accident, the grand stand starting thinning out, and there was only one more rollover for the night.

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After a somewhat overenthusiastic power slide in a turn that was a much bigger crowd pleaser after the mysterious disappearance of a cone, a jeep rolled over.

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Nobody was hurt, and the staff and firefighters, this time without UTVs, quickly righted the vehicle.

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The last contestant rant at 10:30pm.  Although he didn’t actually roll over, he looked like he did.  By the time he crossed the finish line, half the bed was dragging on the ground, the hood was coming unlatched, and the engine was smoking.

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