The Panama Canal is amazing. It took ten years to dig and stretches 48 miles. The first attempt to build a canal, in 1880, failed when 21,900 workers all died (mostly from diseases like malaria). Even the successful effort  led by the U.S. resulted in 5,600 deaths. But it was a success and is considered one of the marvels of the modern world.

I guess I never appreciated it enough, before I spent 12 hours yesterday digging in the yard. This morning I feel like I was beaten with a sack of doorknobs all night.


Jen said…
Are you saying you're trying to dig a canal in your yard? Because-- i don't want to tell you your business, but-- don't.
joel said…
You're just jealous because you didn't have the idea. Now I can ferry goods from the river in my backyard to the street out front. Capitalism!

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