My dear old mom is currently visiting from the UK, so last week we took her down to the Gulf coast to bask in the sun and frolic in the sea (actually, that was me, but she had a good time as well).
Amazingly enough, there was NO Internet access in our condo building; the phone was locked to only access local calls, and there weren't any broadband or wireless connections to be had. Truth to tell, once you know that there's nothing you can do, it's sort of exhilarating to say to yourself, "Forget it," and then get on with your life (Rich Nass from Mobile Handset DesignLine and Ismini Scouras from the EE Product Center kindly handled the Programmable Logic DesignLine site for me while I was gone).
Sad to relate, on my return I found more than 1000 messages clogging my email system (honestly, no word of a lie). So I've literally spend the bulk of the last two days wading through them, catching up with the events of the world, and juggling more balls (work-related projects) than I care to mention.
I thought I was having a bad day, until someone sent me the URL for a story with pictures showing someone whose day was certainly worse than mine.
Simply entitled Hoe Down, this tale of woe is about the driver of a semi-tractor trailer that was hauling a track hoe excavator on a flatbed. The poor fellow misestimated the clearance at an overpass, and the boom of the hoe collided with the bridge and literally almost chopped it in half. The photos are simply amazing.
So, bad news for him, of course, but "Every cloud has a silver lining," as they say, and I've started to feel much happier about my day, let me tell you!
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