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"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hey! Bike geeks...


I don't mean motorcycles.
Not a bike geek myownself but I am familiar with the breed. Me, I just couldn't do the spandex thing.
But, I used to be "shop foreman" (glorified title meaning "the only guy who can operate all the machinery") at this, incredibly poorly managed manufactory (great word, no?).
Seriously, this business genius would run down to the hardware store to buy, for example; 20 5/16X3" bolts to get out a particular order.
He used to supply REI but they wised up.
Anyway, looks like old Don has gotten someone on board with their shit consolidated. Good for him and the faithful few.
It is a nice trailer. It just didn't keep up with Burley's. Old Don helped found Burley, then took his ball and went home to build his "spite trailer".
Anyway, this ain't about him.
First off: Top photo; We won't deal with any of the obvious shit, like why our young man has an, apparently busted booger-vault?
Nor will we wonder after the huge pile of rifles on the front on the tank's roof.
Actually, my guess is this: They're on salvage duty - or they're picking up rifles as they move along.
Also, this tank the Schneider CA.1, was famous for beating the hell out its crews.
Our lad probably did a face-plant on the inside of his rig.
But, what's with the bicycle?
Just back of the "pile o' rifles".
Might be answered
here
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Lots of good info - and good pictures.

3 comments:

Andy said...

Man, but you dredge up some interesting stuff Dan.
While at mirror Image training last week I met a guy who goes to France with his dad every year and loots the battlefields and trenches. Can't believe he still has all his fingers. He should be checking you out soon. Keep up the good work!

Chas S. Clifton said...

He looks more like an infantryman than a tanker (rifle clip pouches, etc.), but I am sure that there were many ways to get a broken nose on the Western Front.

Oliver Hart-Parr said...

Yeah, I suspect he's part of a salvage detail.
At a later point in the Somme offensive, it was estimated that 50,000 rifles lay on the battlefield and the Pioneers would go collect them as conditions permitted.

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