Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Getting Shovel-Ready

A very efficient company has been awarded one of those shovel-ready boost-the-economy infrastructure projects in our neighbourhood. Among other things, they are ripping up old damaged bits of sidewalks and putting in wheelchair assessable walkways.

At 4:30 Monday morning I woke out of deep sleep to beep, beep, screeching growling roaring noises. Marty who had already peeked out the window explained to me that a giant shovel was being loaded onto a trailer bed just outside our bedroom. A few minutes later we heard a woman voice. We assumed she too had been startled awake. Then we heard the clunk clunk of chains being gently arranged, followed by the roar of a mighty engine starting up, then fading off and finally silence.

Is there a bylaw against disturbing the peace at 4:30 in the morning? Or maybe there are exceptions for shovel readiness. I had trouble keeping my eyes open Monday.

Above: equipment used to break-up and truck out the old sidewalk. I didn't get a picture of the shovel they carted away at 4:30 a.m. It was one very large shovel on caterpillar treads.


Karen / Clint said...

Ha ha, out here in SK we are all laughing at you! Your little grandson could tell you that shovel was probably a backhoe or an excavator! Love from us!

Marian said...

Hey, it was dark and I didn't actually see the machine. Anyway I'm glad Owen knows his heavy equipment at such a young age. I tell you, that boy has superior intelligence.