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15 April 2010 @ 02:18 pm
lessons learned  
Yesterday, I learned an important lesson.

Two, actually.

The first was that if you're transporting a stack of plywood in the back of a pickup truck, and the plywood is too long for the bed of the truck, so you leave the gate open and the plywood hanging off the end slightly, it's important to secure the plywood in/to the truck in some other way.

The second was that if you're following a truck whose operator has not learned lesson #1, it's important not to follow too closely.

Happily, I learned both of these lessons from a safe distance. And now, so have you.
veek on April 15th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ooof. Glad you were/are safe.
Purple Vengeance Versiondr_memory on April 15th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Funny thing, I learned that exact same lesson, in the exact same fashion, a few days ago heading home on Rt. 101. Except that instead of plywood it was a queen-sized mattress.

Drive safe, kids.
David Policardpolicar on April 15th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Chance: slipperymiss_chance on April 15th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
eeeep! That's scary! I'm glad you weren't hurt.

There are all kind of laws about securing the load one is carrying, but not everyone seems to be clear on these things.

This reminds me of a very important game of "don't catch" I had to play on the interstate once, when I watched a re-tread go flying 70 or 80 feet up in the air off the truck immediately in front of me, and had to lean forward, watching straight up out the windshield, tracking it very carefully so as to miss it at the last minute when it came down.

I'm so glad you didn't win a whole bunch of free plywood yesterday.
Sandrosandhawke on April 15th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
This is why you should have a camera mounted on your car, filming at all times. So we could see this. I bet it was awesome.

(I know you don't own a car, but maybe you could get a mag-mount one. Or lobby car makers to be required to include them.)

In a slightly related vein, I've been wondering how those crazy limos with swimming pools avoid spilling the water at the first suddent start, stop, or turn.
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on April 15th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Strangely, most of the first hits on "limos with swimming pools" seem to be about the Mini Cooper. with a swimming pool.
Jim Pjim_p on April 15th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
I always wanted to camp out at the exit to Home Depot with a camcorder and record all the instances of "creative" vehicle loading that people attempt...
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on April 16th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Ouch. Um, yeah. A life lesson one can actually learn third hand. Thank you.

Edited at 2010-04-16 02:37 am (UTC)
viellen on April 16th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
I wish Vermonters would learn that. Yesterday I followed a pickup truck filled to the brim with chopped up firewood. I have no clue how none of it fell out while I was behind him; it wasn't held down by anything and was haphazardly piled.
maebethmaebeth on April 16th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Did I ever tell you about the Bob Cat that was not attached to the flat bed truck?