Driving a 70 Ton Dump Truck

Each bucket Dwight dumps into the truck holds 12 tons of granite. I wanted to drive a big truck, so I drove a tractor-trailer. Once I had tasted the big rigs, I wanted bigger. I rode in an 18-ton tug while towing a 100-ton airplane – better, but I couldn’t drive it. How about driving...

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Towing on a Grand Scale

In my quest to experience unusual vehicles, I spent a day with Air Canada. No, not in a jet, but towing a Boeing 767 around the airport. Air Canada has a total worldwide fleet of 335 aircraft; yet the company has 1,400 motorized vehicles at Toronto Lester B Pearson International Airport alone. Nine of those...

Defining Moments

The WCDR challenge was to do a 5 minute reading for the yearly opening event. I chose to create a piece taking about the moments in my early life that defined me. This is the result. “Why do we have to listen to this again? You explained it twice,” said the slight six-year-old boy with...

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Running with the big dogs

I love to drive small cars, and my newspaper articles usually focus on compact and sub-compact vehicles. For this piece, I decided to drive something totally out of character. How about a Hummer? Nah – too small. I drive the smallest car in Canada – a smart car – so I figured it would be...