You claim something that you wish to call your own


“You claim something that you wish to call your own” – Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson

11 thoughts on “You claim something that you wish to call your own

    1. I wouldn’t have posted the photo if the face would have been visible. There’s too much exposing (ha!) in photography on the Internet nowadays, I think. Even if photograpically-wise it’s fault ;-)
      Thank you, yes, the tight frame should transport the tightness of construction sites in Southern France cities. Seems like it worked, ;-)
      You always wonder how they get the diggers there.

  1. It looks like he has claimed a lot more in the past. His belly became fat of it… ;-)

    By the way. I am a big fan of Bill Bryson.
    ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ ( In Dutch: Een kleine Geschiedenis van Bijna Alles) is within reach on my book shelves!

    1. I somehow like how he exposed his belly to the sun. Getting a little bit of comfort during a long day of work in the hot sun.

      I have read “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” so far and it’s very entertaining. I will definitely read some more Bryson stuff.
      I always wanted to quote from “Troublesome Words” and right now while working through a pile of New Yorkers seems a good time for it.

  2. That track hoe operator knows how to take big bites both at work and at dinner. Perhaps when he is done that building will come to life once again. Markus has a great comment on this photo, and I’m also a fan of Bill Bryson.

    1. “track hoe” is a new word. The dictionary gives digger, power shovel or shovel excavator. And some more. Since digger sounds a little bit like the German word for this machine, Bagger, I chose digger. And it didn’t sound artifcial to me, like for example shovel excavator.
      This was my contribution to “Troublesome Words” for today, ;-)

      1. These machines are known by many name. Perhaps the most common in the U.S. is back hoe. This describes the action of the bucket which works by digging back toward the machine. The term “track hoe” refers to the tracks on which it rides. There are many machines that dig or are power shovels. But then you are free to call it anything you would like.

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