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Modzilla

Published February 28, 2013 by inanortherntown

The area of the world has been given the title “largest project ever undertaken in mankind’s history”.

Until this week, I’ve never really given it much thought about what equipment would be needed in order to undertake mankind’s largest project.

Take a look at what is currently being driven up the highway at 25km/hr and affectionately nicknamed “Modzilla“.

The module is 11.5 metres high, 8.9 metres wide and 85 metres long, nearly twice the length of an Olympic swimming pool. The payload weighs 780 metric tonnes, which is the equivalent of 290 pickup trucks.

Modzilla

This picture doesn’t really do justice to the mammoth beast – click here to view Modzilla in all its glory.

I’ve heard of “wide loads” and even had to pull over to the side of the road at one time or another – but this takes the meaning to a whole new level!!

A Rant About Drivers #1

Published February 9, 2013 by inanortherntown

parking example

I saw this picture tonight on Twitter tonight from @Jon_Tupper remarking on another “parking hero” in the city and it reminded me that I have something to tell you – I drove over a meridian in the mall parking lot today.

Allow me to explain.

The traffic here is a nightmare; there is so much construction that even if the roads were clear of snow, there are no lines painted on the pavement and it seems to be one big free-for-all. For example, sometimes when driving in a one lane formation, with cars in front of me and behind me but NOT beside me, I’ll pass a construction sign saying “Left lane MUST turn left” and I’ll have a massive freak-out because – am in the left lane? I thought it was only one lane? I don’t think I want to turn left?

Not only is driving a nightmare – you should see the parking. There are piles of snow everywhere, there are no visible parking lines, and it has devolved into a free-for-all: cars are simply abandoned, sideways, front ways, taking up the space for two vehicles. It’s obviously insane. I mean just look at that picture – you get it, this is clearly not normal behaviour.

Anyway, I was at the mall this afternoon and I reversed out of my parking spot when I realized that this great big F150 on steroids had parked in the lane that I had to use to exit the parking lot. I’m totally not making this up. There were cars trying to take my spot (think mall city parking at Christmas) and I was blocked in. I did what any sensible person would have done and I drove over the lane meridian across oncoming traffic and then calmly turned onto the street to head home.

I have only been here a month – what is happening to me?

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