Demolition Rocks

I’m constantly on the lookout for low-cost entertainment for my two kids. Over the last couple days, I lucked into an excellent form of entertainment: demolition. And it was free!

A demolition crew has been tearing down a vacant restaurant near our home. We found time this week to park across the street and watch the destruction occur. They’ve been using large, tracked demolition equipment. My youngest calls it a “digger.” His big brother, in his best Toy Story alien voice, calls it “The Claaaaaaawwww.”

We’ve seen walls come down, windows broken, and chunks of wood crunched in the metal jaws of the demolition equipment. Step aside Bob the Builder. This is better than any TV show. The kids loved it!

So did their father. I was truly impressed with the equipment and the operators. One moment, he yanked a steel beam out of the building, twisting and bending it like aluminum foil. The next, he was delicately peeling pieces of wood away from the beam. It was like watching an intricate dance of brute force and precision surgery.

Fittingly, the demolition company shares a name with my youngest son… our family’s destroyer of structures large and small.

My one regret: not having the camera with me. It would’ve made for a cool video.

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  1. Lee Abbott

     /  March 4, 2011

    fine-tuning Danny’s skills?!

  2. Wade Abbott

     /  March 4, 2011

    You should have seen the demolition of a store in Sussex between two buildings. Talk about precision surgery.

    • Was that in the downtown area? Some of those buildings are built right next to each other.

      • Wade Abbott

         /  March 5, 2011

        It was between two storefronts with all the telephone and electric wires to boot.

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