You think you've got it bad? Consider what it takes to fire up a giant locomotive that runs on bunker oil -- the same thing many big ships burn and a close kin to road tar. Way better than coal or wood, right? No stoking, right?
Yeah, it's a stroll in the park. Except the oil won't flow until it's preheated and what preheats it is steam from the boiler, which of course won't boil without oil to burn. Getting around that -- and a few other little can't-be-dones takes about half a day!
Read. Enjoy. And consider the fellow who wrote it does the job for fun. The guys who did that every day? They were somethin' special. And that's just one of a zillion preposterously difficult jobs somebody goes and does every day -- not because they love you, not because overseers are standin' over 'em with whips, but because that's how they earn a living.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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