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Of course 2020 would end with a storrowing

Storrowed truck

GL was in the right place at the right time to capture this freshly peeled box truck.

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Wouldn’t this end if Siri & Waze & Google Maps had to say at the critical intersection: “Continue straight to leave Storrow drive and enter No Trucks! Storrow-Drive No TRUCKS!!!” ?

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If you're driving a truck and relying on GPS navigation, you should be using a GPS unit designed for trucking. Apart from potentially hitting bridges, you could also be overweight for weaker bridges or directed through areas which aren't safe for trucks -- imagine trying to navigate an 18-wheeler though Beacon Hill or most streets in the North End.

The state should probably require truck rental agencies to equip their vehicles with a trucker GPS.

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to read an effing sign! So the zombies need a computer to guide them each step of the way though life now huh?

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it’s fairly easy to miss your exit when you don’t know the area, let alone “no trucks” signs. it’s not great, but i don’t think there’s some grand commentary on the human condition here.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Storrowings have increased in the age of Google Maps.

I watch people drive and follow the glowing rectangle no matter what it says. Back in the day, you had a dog-eared map book, and probably were told when you rented a truck "don't go on these roads." Now plug in the address, click go and the mysterious voice tells you where!

A few years back, I drove a group of (younger-than-me) grad students to a professor's house for a party. Halfway there, as I was merging across multiple lanes in a rotary in rush hour traffic while carrying on a conversation, one of them asked "dude, where is your Google Maps?" I pointed to my head. They were amazed I was able to navigate somewhere without a constant distraction in front of my face, because they'd never actually seen it done!

We have become the machines.

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Blaming accidents on operator error tends to obscure the actual problem.

In WWII we were losing a lot of B-17 bombers on landing due to pilots mistakenly retracting the flaps at the wrong time. The Army hired psychologists to advise how to train the pilots better so as to avoid this idiotic mistake. The psychologists looked into the problem and said, "you idiots, you made the flap switch identical to the landing gear switch and you put them right next to each other; the problem isn't the pilots or the training.

If you look at the number of storrowings we get, it should be obvious that the problem is not driver idiocy, it is something else.

https://humanisticsystems.com/2018/02/25/human-factors-and-ergonomics-lo...

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Of course!
Happy New Year, Adam!

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How could it not end with a rather textbook roof canopener job with collapsing sidewalls?

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on the side that does it for me.

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That the Ryder logo includes an abstract representation of a can opener.

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Sayonara. This dot rat is headed for greener pastures.

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n/t

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Ry-duh.

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Points deducted for not being fully loaded and strewing cargo all over the road. Stayed upright - bonus points not awarded. Good but not great.

If you want to watch some good storrowing check out this link: https://youtu.be/USu8vT_tfdw

The bridge was getting hit so often they put up a sacrificial steel beam to take the hits.

Happy New Year!

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I watched that truck get towed down Washington Street towards Forest Hills two hours ago. And then thought, "Huh, That looks like a storrowed truck. I wonder if this will show up on UHub."

Happy New Year, all!

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...be forgot

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They had some great overhead views. Nice clean can opening.

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It looks empty. There should be a video game for driving in Boston. Storrowing would definitely have to be part of it.

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This is just after the Fairfield St footbridge. If they got on at Berkeley St, signage is ok these days - Cars Only banners at the actual entrance, and attempts at advance signage (albeit small) on Beacon and Berkeley.

I don’t think they could have gotten on before that, since the Longfellow (10’6”) is posted lower than Fairfield (11’6”). Unless that Longfellow clearance refers to the sides of the arch, and a taller truck could get through in the middle.

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Ba-dum.

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My homie / coworker from El Salvador came back with a photo of this on his phone after he saw it happen. It was his first experience with “storrowing”

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Storrow Drive was built on what used to be land under the sea. Prior to the Revolution the King owned all the fish in the sea and the land under the sea. In 1641-1647 Massachusetts gave the intertidal zone lands to the landed abutters in order to encourage wharf building which they thought would encourage business. There was a real threat to the colony from the Natives in those days. The land that Storrow Drive is built on is exempted from the Law that rules that the land under the sea is held by our Government in trust and that always belong to the People.
When Storrow Drive was built it was decided to build bridges that were too low to prevent bus passengers from accessing the city.

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I'm pretty sure you're confusing the story about buses on Storrow with the parkway system around NYC; Robert Moses allegedly designed the parkways in the NYC suburbs to have low bridges to keep low-income families from taking buses to Long Island and Westchester.

The narrative makes little sense with respect to Storrow Drive as the entirety of the road (including Soldiers Field Rd) is within Boston.

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