Dumb or Dedicated Digging

Big boys and their toys was never quite so well illustrated as t=by the story of the Canadian man who gives a whole new dimension to dedication.

The craziest story coming out today has to be the one about the  Canadian man, name of Joe, who has – astoundingly –  been digging out the basement of his house with, get this, radio-controlled scale model construction equipment for the past FIFTEEN years, since 1997 when he started.

The remote-controlled toys such as tractors, diggers and even a miniature rock crusher – usually the property of older kids, are treated with Reverence by Joe, who each morning drives his transport truck carrying the excavator down to the basement, before using it to dig out the basement walls, which – around 8cu ft of dirt shifted a year – is why it has taken so long.


The Joe-operated excavators load trucks which then get sent up a spiral ramp to basement window, through which the loads of soil are dumped outside, where of course remote-controlled bulldozers consolidate the excavated dirt into a manageable heap.

Joe says that he does this as hobby, glad to have had the chance to tackle different projects along the way, dreaming up and building different miniature equipment needed for the work from kits or from scratch. Joe sees the excavation as a Dirt-heap project , which is why he keeps on going with it.

That nothing has previously surfaced about this extreme variation on the theme of toys for big boys is quite amazing, but  then guys – the girls all say – never actually grow up, so maybe Joe is just a living, breathing example of that phenomenon. Quite astounding. 

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2 Responses to “Dumb or Dedicated Digging”
  1. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On February 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    LOL, the poor guy must have a lot of spare time. At least he can enjoy his second childhood.

  2. AmosTheCat Says...

    On February 15, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Had that equipment been real, Joe could have rebuilt Atlantis. Makes you wonder what motivates people to do what they do? But then, who cares? Joe ain’t hurtn nobody.

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