Clackamas Co. Sheriffs caught a man driving down the wrong side of the road in a backhoe over the weekend. Turns out he stole it from my neighborhood… over in Beaverton! He took the thing for a joyride from Beaverton to DEEP Clackamas Co! That had to have been over an hour… Is that even still fun at that point? Isn’t the thrill gone after an hour?!?
I admit… I’ve thought about that. I see them parked near my house, and I have an earthmoving project I’ve been wanting to do for YEARS. If I just went and jumped in one late one evening, would they even notice? I’m convinced I could “borrow” it and have it back within 2 hours, and they’d never even know. I’d leave $50 to cover the gas or whatever… I think I could get away with it.
I would never, of course. But I’ve thought about it. I think what mostly stops me is that I’m not convinced I could effectively drive it. I can run the backhoe… that’s just video game knowledge. But actually driving heavy equipment? I’m quite sure there’s something I don’t realize. Like… a choke or something. (I don’t understand motors.)
I’m glad the company got their backhoe back, and I’m glad justice was served. But I get it.
~Jake from 98.7 The Bull