Wow, a totally random headline there. I guess I really wouldn’t expect much else from myself. I swear it’s the ADHD or something. Look, squirrel!
Anyways, I was just shooting the bull with a friend of mine who unfortunately lives in Iowa. Man, I’m not sure if I could survive there. The weather is completely unbearable several months out of the year. The humidity makes the heat index in the summer hotter than the Amazon rainforest. At least if I was in the Amazon I would have a shot at seeing something really cool. Then, you’ve got the wind chill to contend with in the winter. -60ºF? No thank you!
Not to mention that it’s Iowa. I mean, what do you do there? I remember meeting some pretty cool cats from Iowa when I was in Cancun for Spring Break one year. Damn, those guys could seriously drink me under the table. I guess the total lack of things to do leads one to get a lot of practice in at drinking.
Where was I?
Oh, yeah. So, my buddy had this giant oak tree in his yard. Thing must have been like 100 feet tall! They recently had some straight line winds there and the old oak tree finally met its match. He wanted to have it taken down because it simply wasn’t safe to have a half-cracked oak sitting that close to his house with his family inside. He told me about this badass stump grinder that the tree service company used to chew up the tree stump. He knows that I love anything technology related, so he just had to call me up and tell me about this remote control operated stump grinder that they used to totally shred the stump well below ground. I found a video online of this monster in action. It has to be one of the coolest uses of a remote control that I have seen lately. Talk about technology making your life easier.
I know I wouldn’t want to get anywhere close to a spinning blade capable of chewing up a 5 foot diameter hardwood tree stump. Kind of reminds me of something I saw on that show BattleBots years ago. Man, I totally loved that show. I guess the nerd in me always wanted to be a contestant. Needless to say, I’m like a kid at heart and would gladly pay money to annihilate a tree stump with that thing. I might just have to see if I can call up a tree service company and beg them to let me use their remote controlled stump grinder.
I guess it just goes to show you that technology is simply amazing. I feel like the remote control stump grinder could have just been some drunken dare by a few arborists. Then, someone made it happen and they found that it was actually extremely useful. That’s precisely the thing that I love about innovators; they are unafraid to take a risk and try something new.
Well, that’s about all I’ve got for now. Be sure to check out the video I’ve imbedded for your viewing pleasure.