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That dragging feeling first thing in the morning

February 9, 2017
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Revolution Resource Recovery truck, number 229 on West Broadway at 9:38 a.m.

This morning (February 9), those of us who were watching rush hour traffic from the comfort of a seat in the McDonald’s restaurant in the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue were rewarded with the modestly interesting sight of a waste-hauling truck dragging a fluorescent orange traffic cone in its undercarriage.

According to various sources on the Internet, a three-axle garbage truck like this is designed with enough power to easily haul a maximum load of over 30 tons of garbage. So what’s one traffic cone, more or less?

Thinking about the sort of stuff (like traffic cones) that might get stuck under a garbage truck gives me a bit of a frisson, I’ll admit.

I imagine how the driver might not even notice they were dragging something, unless whatever it was also made a gawdawful racket—something like: “Oh help me! Help me! I’m stuck under your truck, along with my bicycle and trailer!”

Not that I admit to worrying overmuch about such a thing happening to me when I’m riding my bike and trailer in rush hour traffic.

But I also imagine that I would have to yell really, really loud to be heard over the engine. Click the image to enlarge it.

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