The Engines Of Commerce

IMG_2851I was up in Cleveland yesterday, in a high-rise building near Lake Erie, when one of the immense lake boats came in.  These are huge, ungainly vessels — the photo above that shows this boat in comparison to Cleveland Browns Stadium gives some sense of its enormous size — but they engage in a delicate dance with the tugboats that position them to move slowly down the channel to the Cuyahoga River for a delivery or pick-up.  The two vessels move with practiced care as hundreds of sea birds wheel overhead.

This is the nuts and bolts of commerce in America:  ships, trucks, and trains carrying tons of raw materials, or component parts, or finished goods ready to move to market.  It’s somehow awesome and beautiful and commonplace, all at the same time.

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