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New-Gen    Posted 07-05-2004 at 19:23:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back when I was just starting out in trucking I used to do some dump work. I did a lot of work with a couple of guys I knew whe were starting out in the excavating business.
These guys could be entertaining inthemselves. One was a little hyper and could be tempermental at times. The other was--well--you know the tv show Cheers? Remember Cliff the mailman?--you got it--the other guy was just like him. In fact since both of them are still around here, and I still associate with them, I was going to give them ficticous names just in case they read this board--we'll call him Cliff.
For lack of a better name we'll call his partner Norm. {Come to think of it he drinks about like Norm}
We had a job or tearing down and getting rid of a couple of big barns on a farm. The farmer didn't want the concrete butied for some reason so we had to haul it away. Another farmer was needing a bunch of fill for a ravine, so we were trucking it over there.
One of the guys in the little nearby subdivision approached us and asked us to dump a few loads in his back yard, as the river was eroding it pretty badly.
So we gladly obliged--not having any clue we were doing anything illegal.
We didn't find that out until the next morning when we were met at the jobsite by a rather unfriendly Conservation Police officer, who, after getting ID from us, informed us that we had a problem, as it is illegal in the state of Illinois to deposit non biodegradible debris on a flood plain. This according to him wa spunishable by a fine of several thousand dollars.
Fortunatly Norm managed to figure out that the officers wife had been his 4th grade music teacher, so he found a soft spot and we capitilized on it!
We manageed to get off with a $100 fine and were given 5 days to get the concrete out of the river.
About this time Cliff showed up and asked what was going on.
We gave him a brief explanation (we alwayd tried to dole out information to Cliff on an as needed basis}
To our horror, Clif then proceeded to inforn the officer that theoretically concrete was biodegradible since in a few thousand years or so it would erode away and go back to it's original state. Meanwhile Norm and I are standing behind the officer, trying to get Cliff to shut up, all the while watching the short hairs on the back of his neck start to stand up!
But we managed to get it all smoothed over--paid the fine, got the concret out of the river,stayed out of jail, and best of all, rolled Cliff out of the dump trailer a week or so later.
But that's a whole nother story--to be told soon!


Alias    Posted 07-05-2004 at 19:47:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Life in America. Can ya beat it?

Very good telling of a good story.....gfp


Chas in Me    Posted 07-05-2004 at 19:49:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Life can be funnier than fiction.

Good story.


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