5.30.2006

you may already be a winner...

it's killing me. who knows what this truck does?!?!?

somerville works

seriously. i know... i can be obsessive. it's true. i perseverate. and i ponder. and certain things get caught in my head. and then the more i think about them, the more they begin to nag...

so help me out folks. i saw the truck in the somerville parade. i know it's part of Somerville Works. but that's all i know. and now i can't stop thinking about it. it looks a little like one of those crap vacuums that they have in european cities, that do nothing but drive around and suck up dog poo. but it has that fancy winch in front, as if it will be rescuing small children from the bottom of wells. yet those tubes on the sides look like they could launch rockets. and it's oh so very shiny, like a toy. what does the DPW need with a crap-sucking-timmy-fell-down-the-well-scud-missile-launching-tonka-truck?

and i mean it -- a dozen homemade cookies to the first person who can tell me what the heck this thing does!!

6 comments:

Duffless said...

What is a Vactor Truck - used by Depts of Public Works to clean storm drains-, "The water that is filled into the tanks is used to flush the drains. The vacuum pump is attached to the truck’s intake hose which is lowered into the storm drain. As a result the storm drain is flushed from all angles with the water coming from the tanks. The water helps the vacuum to suck up all the debris."

Cope said...

Duffless is correct...wish I had seen this earlier. Is there a second place prize? I have some suggestions of what you COULD give me....

Pandora said...

Dang! I missed out on the cookies. Well, I had no clue what the thing was. I was thinking some sort of alien roto rooter.

MDG said...

I was thinking it lays pipe.


boo-ya!

Anonymous said...

wow! I now know what the Shriners are! great column - AND I enjoyed your Somerville Parade I think I should get the dozen homemade cookies simply because I am not stupid enough to even guess as what that truck contraption is!. Great photo of you and Shayne. fun to read your blog
love you
AP

Ricardo De Lima said...

all lies. That truck is how I roll.