Cranes Bring U.S. Landmarks to Life

As I write this, summer is coming to an end. While the construction industry gears up for a better year in 2012, it’s back to school for my kids, who will surely swap vacation recounts. There’s a children’s book I love called, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” by Mark Teague. Written in the familiar rhythm of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” it’s about a boy who gets kidnapped by cowboys on his way to his aunt’s house.

The book speaks to me because it’s about finding unexpected adventure in ordinary things.

One of the hazards of being a crane magazine editor is that you’re forever pointing out cranes to your family, even though they may not care. I think there’s a little bit of adventure in spotting equipment at work when you’re traveling to new places. My kids? Not so much.

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