Ok,Ok, I know you think its strange putting a picture of this on my blog. Besides being an aircraft mech, welder, construction trades, EMT, nurse, for the past 5 yrs I worked for the railroad (Canadian Pacific RR). A machine similiar to this one is the one I operate for the railroad. Can you say more power (Home Improvement), these machines are capable lifing close to 100,000 lbs (Max wt for highway is 80,000 ie semi truck. Needless to say when drivers are to dumb to unhook containers from their chasis, they better hang-on. I usually teach them a lesson by picking the trailor and truck up and shaking the shit out of them. It usually only takes one time of getting picked 1-2 ft off the ground and dropping them to let them know they better pull their head out) which is incredible in itself. The only reason you don't want to lift more is because you would end up dipping the machine over. So some of the pictures I've taken are goofy by your standards but HEY! I've also taken pictures of the rails running off into the distance. People stasteside don't realize how much freight is shipped by rail. Majority of heavy equipment for the Armed Services is shipped by rail due to the weight ie tanks. I have to laugh at people who say the hell with the rail and why do we need to subsidize them. In time of war you would find out in a hurry, how the hell would you get equipment to the ships to send? I appreciate all the support that the military has been getting but there are a lot civilians in harms way supporting us and working overseas. The person operating the lift machine is a civilian. Yes, their paid well but live in the same conditions the soldiers do and don't carry weapons to protect themselves either. All these containers are driven in from ports in the Persion Gulf, military and civilians. Servicman and women are eternally grateful for the jobs they do (at least I am), they to should be supported. I wanted to THANK them for the conveniences that they bring. Well, I got rid of my weapon and feel naked. I'll be flying home in the next couple of days for R&R. Kathy, if you want me to bring something back for your son let me know. I can pick it up from the states and mail it to him when I get back here. Does he need anything?