2007-06-30, 11:44 a.m.
Here’s what I did for fun this morning. My former employer is reducing it’s footprint in town. It’s involved the taking down of many buildings. To date, most have been smaller buildings. This morning, good old Building 9 at Kodak Park bi the big one. 500,000+ square feet of building space gone in a matter of seconds. This is the first building they’ve taken down via dynamite.
Building 9 is the building where photographic paper was cut & rolled into packages suitable for photofinishing outlets to buy & use. With the advent of digital, don’t need that building anymore. Sayonara, building 9.
The video is kinda cool. There were several thousand of us hanging around, waiting for the big event. I thought the schedule said they were going to go at 8:15am, so I was nearly unprepared when we heard the first blast at 8:02. At the very beginning of the video you can hear the second volley of TNT blasts (gotta crank up the volume), after that, it’s just the noise of thousands of tons of concrete & metal crashing to the ground.
That nasty looking dust cloud dissipated before it got out to us, for the most part. There was a little dust, but we were stationed sort of across the wind, so it wasn’t too bad.
Tomorrow morning, they’re doing another building about a half mile from this mornings demo (Kodak Park is huge folks. Over a mile of frontage on the main drag through the heart of the complex.) I may go to that one too, but the viewing situation may not be quite as god. Still, what’s an hour or so on a Sunday morning? Well, besides a great time to be riding a bike? Suppose I could ride up there, do the video and take the long way home. Possibilities.
Time to go second coat the shed. Unless I get brave and ask Cindy when she thinks she might consider joining the rest of the family in simple every day activities. She’s really trying to push the limits of peoples tolerance. Too bad we’re onto what’s up. Tonight it may be she and I alone for a while. Time for a “WTF” talk I think. A little boundary setting needs to happen.
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