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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Boring days...

Well, spring break starts tomorrow, im bored out of my mind now, even though i know i have school work to do, cant imagine how im going to wasted all these 10 days off...
Last night i backed up my laptop and smoothwall (computer in the closet that handles sharing the dialup between my computers and dads, and lets me use dialup without wires...) and reinstalled the stuff on both of them, stuff all works now, but that leaves little to do. I have to finish my changes to my room and thats pretty much it... nothing to do again...

Friday, April 07, 2006

Catastrophy averted

Well things like these make people believe in a god... but not me... i will be puzzled however how the hell these things lined up the way they did...

In this area theres always at least one excavator around, but not yesterday or the night before... biggest thing around was a bobcat. And that was useless to move a transport truck, we tried. Time after time, person by person, the equipment wasnt in the area, but then we got a loan of a 20 tonne bottle jack.

After about 2 hours of jacking the front, moving crushed stone under the wheel, dropping it, raising the jack, repeating, then giving the back wheels grip, the ones that actually do the turning, trying it, repeating, it finally moved, be it forward, it moved. There was no other way to go, and we had inched the truck a safe distance away from the house, so my brother in law had just gotten so frustrated that he said the hell with it and tried going forward, and bearly got it right, theres a shed across the driveway from where he was stuck. Then he was able to back up again and quickly get turned to line up with the driveway, because any hesitation would have meant it would sink again.
Then another peice of that series of events that makes you scratch your head, there was a thunderstorm moving in, and when we were on the road trying to get the excavator, it was pouring down rain, but while we were working, it bearly even misted. Then when it was out of the hole, it poured down rain and stayed that way for most of the night. Weird, Eh? I still dont believe in god. But man it was a relief to see that truck out of that mud hole. And as edison said "i didnt go wrong 1000 times, i just found a 1000 ways not to make a light bulb." We found about 10 ways not to get a transport truck out of mud without any heavy equipment, and one way to do it. A hell of a lot better than his boss getting a $1200+ bill to have it lifted out.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Catastrophy

Well my brother in law was cleaning out his truck (transport truck), so he had parked it next to his house... all was well.. it moved a little gravel but nothing serious....

Then when he went to drive out of the driveway, yea.... not so easy... make that impossible.
The truck had gotten itself in an odd grade on the ground, and the weather had become a little damp. So the truck got kind of.. stuck... its the way this particular volvo is designed to have forward power... one of the two rear axels gets off even ground and if it isnt moving good enough to go on over the uneven-ness, it comes to a halt.

Now, normally its no big deal, a half hour or so at max to get out of... but remember i mentioned the weather had gotten damp? well the driveway had become about the consistancy of silly putty in the spot the truck was, and behind it.
We tried EVERYTHING to get it to move, it would make an inch progress here and there, and then sink more. We called around for help but all the real heavy equipment that would have done the job wasnt in the town, they were doing work outside of town, and it was 10:30pm. A 4-wheel truck couldnt help, and almost got itself stuck. The same guy had a bobcat, so he brought that, it too nearly got stuck, and made little to no progress in helping the truck out.
Then the guy says "wait a minute, aren't there fuel tanks on both sides?"... everyones expression changed, and i handed my brother in law the flashlight, he looks and the thing is on the ground. We had to stop right there and then, it hadnt leaked or been damaged... YET. but if we continued, it was almost inevitable that it would rupture, leaking a hell of a lot of fuel.

So here it is, 1:30am, and im beat to a snot, and worried that problems could get worse. I can only imagine how crazy my brother in law is going... He is worried for his job, but me and my sister keep reassureing him his boss isnt that bad at understanding. I'll be going back in a few hours after we all catch some sleep, We are hoping that a local construction businessman will be able to take the time to send an excavator and a worker or two over to help by lifting the thing up, one end at a time, and laying it on stable ground. I'll miss some school but im sure that my teachers will understand this kind of situation... its not every day that a family member gets stuck in this deep... litterally.
Sorry, no pictures, i was too busy, i might try to take some tomorrow but i give that a 1/20 chance... its gonna be busy enough there.