We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"The McGiffert log loader is an interesting piece of machinery. First built in 1902 and used into fairly modern times. The frame was designed to allow the empty log cars to pass under with the machine resting on the ground. The loader then loaded logs onto the cars which were then moved forward to allow the next car to be loaded. "
The picture reminds me of the story of the two young forestry students from the University of Montana that got summer jobs at the lumber mill in Missoula. It was routine back then to harrass the new guys a bit so one of their first jobs was to inventory the yard, including the logs floating in the river. The old hands loved watching the kids learning to walk on the floating logs. but counting the jumbled piles of logs wasn't easy either. The maddening job usually took weeks. But these new guys had an idea. Polaroid was new at the time, so they took pictures of everything, put tick marks all over the photos showing what they had counted, and turned in their report in three days. I never heard if there was more to the story after that or not.