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Tractor Trailer hits bridge on Meadowbrook Parkway NY VIDEO

This took place on the Meadowbrook Parkway on Long Island NY.

Many of the comments relate to how the person videotaping should have warned the driver. Which he did appear to have time to, in my opinion. Commenters also mention the driver should have seen the signs. As a CDL driver myself, it is well known that outside the NYC area there are not many parkways. So drivers from out the area don’t realize that there are low bridges. And I see a rental truck on parkways about once every two weeks. I just saw first time a police officer giving a ticket to a rental truck driver a few weeks ago.

Why do parkways have low bridges?

One legend is that Robert Moses is that “ built low bridges to keep buses — ostensibly carrying black passengers — away from Jones Beach.

Professor Jackson also challenges two allegations in “The Power Broker”: One is that Moses chilled the water at a swimming pool in East Harlem based on his belief that blacks disliked cold water. The other is that Moses built low bridges to keep buses — ostensibly carrying black passengers — away from Jones Beach.

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

Parkways on LI generally end at a park.

How did the truck make it under the first bridge with a low height?

Many posted heights are wrong. Often at railroad crossings. (at it seems to happen once a month (72 times!) since 2008 ) Curved bridges have different heights at different locations. The revolutionary designed transverse roads allow traffic to cross “under” NYC Central Park(opened in 1857). Take a look under the bridges and see how many scrapes there are.

NY Daily News Article

You never know what you can find in a storage unit.

The case of Vivian Maier via


One of Vivian Maier’s storage lockers via

It started with a search for vintage photos and a chance purchase.
Moved to a wordpress blog with no visitors ( like this one).
Upgraded to a kickstarter campaign to make a documentary
And along the way ended up saving part of an unknown photographers history and photographs from going into the trash from a storage unit.
“It’s almost as if she left a perfectly arranged puzzle to be put together after her death.”

FYI that does not look like a “(packed) storage locker”. The unit appears to be half or three quarters full.  If you do not need to access the items frequently she probably could have used one unit. And these units may have been used for years.  Note the North American Moving boxes in the picture of the storage room appear to be the sturdiest ones.

Seinfeld – The Car Reservation… or not

Seinfeld: Season 3, Episode 11

The Alternate Side (4 Dec. 1991)

ELAINE: Well, go, go.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: Can I help you? Name please?

JERRY: Seinfeld. I made a reservation for a mid-size, and she’s a small. I’m kidding around, of course.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: Okay, let’s see here.

JERRY: Sixty-six years old?

ELAINE: Yeah, well, he’s in perfect health. He works out, he’s vibrant. You’d really like him.

JERRY: Why do people always say that? I hate everyone, why would I like him?

ELAINE: What do you think, would you go out with a sixty-six year old woman?

JERRY: Well, I’ll tell you, she would have to be really vibrant. So vibrant, she’d be spinning.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: I’m sorry, we have no mid-size available at the moment.

JERRY: I don’t understand, I made a reservation, do you have my reservation?

RENTAL CAR AGENT: Yes, we do, unfortunately we ran out of cars.

JERRY: But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: I know why we have reservations.

JERRY: I don’t think you do. If you did, I’d have a car. See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to *hold* the reservation and that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: Let me, uh, speak with my supervisor.

(The agent goes into an office with a window in the door so she can be seen speaking with someone.)

JERRY: Uh, here we go. The supervisor. You know what she’s saying over there?


JERRY: Hey Marge, you see those two people over there? They think I’m talking to you, so you pretend like you’re talking to me, okay now you start talking.

ELAINE: Oh, you mean like this? So it looks like I’m saying something but I’m not really saying anything at all?

JERRY: Now you say something else and they won’t yell at me ’cause they thought I was checking with you.

ELAINE: Okay, that’s it. I think that’s enough, see you later.

(The agent returns.)

RENTAL CAR AGENT: I’m sorry, my supervisor says there’s nothing we can do.

JERRY: Yeah, it looked as if you were in a real conversation over there.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: But we do have a compact if you would like that.

JERRY: Fine.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: Alright. We have a blue Ford Esc ort for you Mr. Seinfeld. Would you like insurance?

JERRY: Yeah, you better give me the insurance, because I am gonna beat the hell out of this car.

RENTAL CAR AGENT: Please fill this out.

How to prepare your access & entryway during a move

It may seem simple but this is the best way to prepare your entry access for a move in or a move out. Doors are best left open when actively moving in and out. (Yes you will lose heat in the winter and cold in the summer. But you will save time.1)

  • Prepare a parking area for the moving truck. (see related post)
  • Remember to secure any pets and have young children looked after!
  • Prepare access to the main door, Shovel snow / clear ice in Winter. Turn off automatic sprinklers in Summer. Sweep leaves in Autumn. 2
  • Remove interior and/or exterior welcome floor mats / rugs
  • Place rubber floor mats or carpet mask to protect floors and rugs (PRO mover)
  • Remove any boxes or  furniture that may be in the way
  • Prepare screen door to remain open – remove the pin from the piston and place back so you do not lose it (no need to unscrew any screws. If it sticks close the door to relieve any pressure when you remove or try the pin located at the frame)
  • Prop the screen door open. An old school moving rubber band works well tied to a railing, or lean a dolly against it or heavy door mat. Screen door are usually too high to be held in place by a door chuck.
  • Use a door chuck to hold open the main door.
  • Protect door jamb edges with specially designed pads. (PRO mover)
screen door piston unscrewed

How not to move.  Removing screen door piston

“Professional” movers unscrewed the bracket holding the piston. In the process they stripped the screws. Plus it took longer and caused a damage.

Apartment buildings often have service entrances with doorchucks or hooks to secure doors. For the DIY mover you probably don’t have a moving rubber band or rubber mats. You may buy carpet mask/carpet shield from your local home improvement center, Lowes, or Home Depot to protect that brand new white carpet. If you are really worried about dirt getting tracked in, you can request the company use booties to cover their shoes. This only works if some of the crew stays inside the home with booties on their shoes while the rest of the crew places the furniture and boxes at the entryway. This in inefficient and will add time and cost to the move.

1)I once had a client station their father at the door on a chair to open and close the door to open and close it to keep the air conditioning in at an offload with 5 movers. Kinda ridiculous – like a doorman at Macy’s on Christmas Eve. kinda ridiculous. And it added time and could have caused a damage.

2) I was once on a move in the Fall. There were many leaves outside on the walkway. And as it turned out, dog feces as well. We discovered that out when it was tracked into the home.


“There is a reason why there are various service professionals.”

Great funny article about why “There is a reason why there are various service professionals.”

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