I 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.