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12/03/05 Update

Oops! It looks like I forgot to update this area last month. I must have been too busy driving the car! Yup, it was on the streets through Thanksgiving. Then the weather turned cold and snowy so the car is tucked safely in the garage awaiting the finishing touches to make it completely finished. I plan to start working on it after Christmas - but enough of that - lets talk about what happened today...

This is the Zip Feed building. It *was* the tallest building in the state of South Dakota. No, that's not a typo - at 202-feet high, it has been the tallest building in the STATE since it was built in 1956. (sad, I know)

The building sits in the heart of Sioux Falls right next to the river. The city is "beautifying" the river greenway and downtown area so the time has come to make way for a new office building. A demolition company was brought in to "tip the zip". The plan was to blow up the supports on one side of the structure so that it would fall on it's side. The concrete will be recycled as the foundation for the new building.

It quickly became the biggest event in ages. "The Big Boom" and "Tip the Zip" parties were formed and there was a raffle to push the button with proceeds going to Multiple Scorosis. News crews had multiple cameras setup to cover the event and spectators turned out by the thousands - us included.

The time came for the the countdown and the button was pushed! BOOM!

The building dropped about 30 feet, slid into the basement and came to rest like the Leaning Tower of Pisa (The Leaning Tower of Sioiux Falls ;) leaving the experts baffled about what to do next and the crowds roaring with laughter. It was a good time for everyone but the demolition "experts" :)

I'm not sure what's more pathetic... that this was the tallest building in South Dakota or that watching it tip over was the local event of the decade.

I've been spending a lot of time snow blowing lately. Last month was the seventh snowiest November in history and it all happened in one week. Thousands of South Dakotan's were without power as 10,000 miles of power lines were downed from the ice and strong winds.

Since I've been too busy to update the site, several visitors asked if they could at least see some shots of my snow blower so here it is...

hemi-snowblower.gif (46378 bytes)Not really!

This Hemi Snow Blower photo was e-mailed to me the other day and I just had to share it. I'm not sure where it came from so I can't give credit to the source but I think it's just what I need! My old Honda caterpillar track blower is starting to show it's age.

Don't you think an 871 blower and open headers would be the way to go? This one seems a little tame for South Dakota winters :)

*12/04/05 Update: The hemi snowblower is from You may enjoy some of the other hemi-powered projects on the site :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Until next time, Keep the snowy side up!


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