a great video of a rube goldberg device that fills an entire house.
this week has been CRAZY. i’ve been all over northern illinois with my family and i’ve only been able to check my email THREE TIMES. THREE. if you know me, you know this is insanity. generally i’ll check my email three times in – seriously – 15 minutes. i’ve got this stuff to finish up for fb and i’ve only had time to work on it once. luckily i knocked out a good portion in one swipe, but still. i’m feeling the compu-withdrawal with a side of no-internet shakes.
or am i? because wednesday i went up to durand with a whole branch of my family on my mom’s side and went to my first tractor pull, and. it. was. fantastic. if it hadn’t been so g.d. hot i could’ve stayed there for hours. the efficiency of this event was crazy:
all of this happens in just a few minutes. there’s probably only about a minute between when one tractor stops pulling and the next one starts.
this tractor pull was for antiques, so i got to see a lot of tractors from the 1930s and 1940s. i saw farmers competing with tractors that their fathers and grandfathers had probably used for past pulls. i saw these young farmers totally getting their asses handed to them by these old overweight farmers leaning back to add their weight to the tractor’s torque – guys who knew what they were doing and weren’t shy about showing those young guys a thing or two. i saw farmers crying out, coaxing their tractors to go a little further: “come on baby! give me one more gear!”
will be posted in coming weeks are posted, including one of this guy in a john deere (the only john deere i saw pull [we're a john deere family]) that made it all the way to the end of the track.