Wednesday, January 30, 2008

You need to row with the oars you have

The above title is a standing expression in my mother tongue, Dutch. It is a 'watery way' from a watery country, to say you need to make do.

Searching Youtube for inland navigation scenes in Siberia, where they have about a milion miles of waterways, I came across this extreme case of making do. It seems there was no tugboat available to pull a pontoon with an excavator on it to a different place...

13 comments:

Dale said...

That is WAY too funny, Koos!

and it worked!

MargieCM said...

Who would have though something so unwieldy and cumbersome could row so gracefully and effectively? You know what really made me smile though? Reading "Searching Youtube for inland navigation scenes in Siberia...". I was doing that very thing myself just the other day! I believe it's in the top ten most popular searches.

Seriously though, speaking of Siberia, I was talking to a work colleage on Tuesday and his wife's family comes from a small village in Siberia. They visited them for a month last year, and Gordon was telling me they thanked him and his wife for bringing warm weather. it was averaging 42 below zero, and usually it's below 50 at least at that time of year apparently. I didn't even know you could LIVE in temperatures that low! Gordon says usually he wore trackpants or even shorts while working outside, although his fingers did get a bit painful one day when they were killing a pig. Either the seasons must be very changeable there, or those inland waterways of yours are constantly frozen!

By the way, I hope you liked the pic of you and Vally I put up. I think it's a beauty of both of you.

M x

Koos F said...

Thank you Dale.
They can be very elegant as well, as this Canadian film Big Machines Dancing proves.
Does the woman sound like you? I like the voice and the colorization.

Thanks to you, Margie, I understand why my searches are so slow. Everybody else is doing it...

Luckily for the Siberians most of the rivers are ice free for 6 or more months of the year - or else the north-south (v.v.) traffic would be impossible. And that traffic is BIG.

Weird that so few go see what inland navigation in Australia is about.
To narrow down the Youtube search I used the combination of Murray and Darling.
No good. results were 'Rowing down the Murray darling', and 'For my darling Murray'.

However, I have collected some Google Earth data that you can download here. This assuming GE is in use somewhere near you.

Koos F said...

Oh and I love the photo of Val and me.
Just today (positive!) I went to the dentist for the beginning of a makeover.

Dale said...

Absolutely brilliant, those Canadian loader operators!

On a more practical note, I wonder who subsidised the fuel consumption...

Now I'm off to search the rather more dry subject of Canadian payroll deductions tables...

Koos F said...

Hmmmmm
Do I envy you?
Hmmmmmaybe

Dale said...

Koos she DOES sound like me!

and you have way too much time on your hands

Dale said...

I just read a great article in Canadian Geographic on the "Diamond Highway". It's a northern inland route of over 600 miles on ice-covered waterways in the northern territories of Canada.

Needless to say, it's not a year-round route...

E.L. Wisty said...

It looks like extreme extreme sports, something for people who find the usual extreme sports rather too tame.

But it indeed looks amazingly graceful for a vehicle which must weigh tons.

VallyP said...

This is really classic, and even more interesting now is how our new neighbour Tim says there is actually a digger dancing troop organised by JCB. Can you imagine that? Brilliant Koosje

Dale said...

Row row row my boat
Under the bridge we tuck it
Verily merrily warily hairily
Thanks go to my bucket

Maureen said...

Hi Koos,
You don't know me, but in Sept. of 2006 you visited my blog. I assumed you ventured over from another friend's blog...but you hadn't. Last week, my friend Cheryl Ann told me she visited my archives and was surprised to see your entry! She explained the the 6degrees of separation to me! Val has visited my blog, via Cheryl Ann's, too!!
Oh, and you asked me what T-Burg meant...Twinsburg. A southeast suburb of Cleveland, famous internationally for the annual Twin's Day Festival!!
It certainly is a small world...afterall!!

Erik-Jan said...

Hi Koos,
This video is awesome!!!
E.J.