"A perfectly silly, genius idea" -- David Letterman

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Michael J. Fox


 Always good to have Michael stop by for a visit.


Michael will be starring in a new NBC comedy in which he plays a -- wait, what's that at the top left?


Holy crap, is that a Doosan Daewoo G32P?


Yes!  I knew it!

I owned a G32P back in high school.  I bought it right after I got my forklift license, and it had seen better days, but man, I loved that thing.  Cruisin' on a Friday night, stacking pallets in the warehouse, going to the drive-in, unloading bales of pulp at the paper mill, and of course taking my date to the prom… she balanced on the forks while I drove… this was in the days before anyone worried about "safety."  Yes, it was a sweet industrial truck, but I used it less and less once I went off to college, and it needed more and more expensive repairs, so eventually I sold it… now, of course, I wish I'd kept it.  Once fairly common, G32P's are rare these days.  You occasionally see one at a vintage forklift show, or you might spot a rich Wall Street guy zipping around the city on a meticulously restored example.  


I know Dave's got an old Clark C500-45, a Hyster H50XM, and a Crown CG30E, so I'm sure this beauty is his too.  I wonder if for old time's sake he'd let me take it for a spin around the block and move some bags of cement.   



14 comments:

  1. Boy, I haven't thought about "bales of pulp" since I was a teenager.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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    1. Did you work at a paper mill too? I worked at one in my hometown for two summers.

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    2. No, "Bales of Pulp" was the song I lost my virginity to back in the 80's.

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    3. I'll look that one up. Sounds like it would have special resonance for me.

      Further trivia: my brother, who adds a cryptic comment below, works for Crown, a leading manufacturer of forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.

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  2. I once knew a guy named Cliff Wentworth that sold Doosan Dawoos for Crown Lift Truck's Boston branch location. I think he lived in Lowell. Ever met him? It's a small world, after all.

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    1. Don't mention that jerk Cliff Wentworth. He's dead to me.

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    2. Don't mention Lowell. That place is dead to me.

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  3. Don't mention small worlds. Disneyland is dead to me.

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