Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Will World War II Amphibious Ducks Ever Carry Tourists On Fort Worth's Pond Granger?

No, you are not looking at a picture of a recent Rockin' the Trinity River event here. Nor is this an artist's rendering of what America's Biggest Boondoggle's Pond Granger may look like in the distant future when it may be able to float a boat.

What you are looking at here is sort of a variant of our popular series of things I see in west coast online news sources, usually the Seattle Times, which I would not see in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

How many things can you count in this picture which you would not see if you were looking at the stunning skyline of beautiful downtown Fort Worth?

Construction cranes, yes that would be one. A large body of clean water, yes that would be another. A filled  in skyline of tall buildings, yes that would be another. Hordes of tourists floating in World War II amphibious vehicles, known as "ducks", yes that would be another.

That which you see above came from the Seattle Times, which would make that skyline you see above, a small slice of the Seattle skyline, looking south across Lake Union. The Space Needle would be to the right.

I may be wrong.

I am assuming the flock of Ducks are floating on Lake Union, not Elliott Bay. It would seem there would be too much competing watercraft traffic on Elliott  Bay for the Ducks to be floating there, what with giant cruise ships, super ferries, container ships and a lot of other big boats.

When last I was in the downtown Seattle zone, for a lot of hours, August 7, 2008, stuck in Pioneer Square, I saw Ducks waddle by over and over again, stuffed with tourists. At that point in time I did not realize the Ducks actually got in water. That day I lost track of the number of times the Duck's tour guide's loud speaking loudspeaker informed those on board  they were passing the coffee shop made famous on the TV show called Frasier.

I wonder if Ducks will be floating on America's Biggest Boondoggle's Pond Granger, then exiting the pond to take the tourists on a tour of all the sights in downtown Fort Worth, like the coffee shop made famous by, oh, nevermind.....

No comments: