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Smashing a Piano
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  And here I thought I was about the only person who ever
smashed up an old piano...  YouTube seems to have quite a collection
of files that prove how much effort it takes to destroy a piano.

I've probably mentioned this before, but early in my career, before
people got all concerned about bonfires and smoke, it was a fairly
regular routine for me to host a "Bash & Burn" party in my backyard.

I'd call my neighbors and friends, buy a keg of beer, and we'd spend
a Saturday or Sunday afternoon or early evening destroying and burning
an old upright.  Everyone got to bring their own 'implements of
destruction', i.e., chainsaws, sledge hammers, axes -- you name it,
someone would bring it!

Naturally, cleaning up the mess the next day wasn't a whole lot of fun.
But, the memories of the good times had by all made it worth the effort.
And, I'd get a few bucks for the scrap metal to offset the cost of the

So, I look at the YouTube files and think, "Man, these guys are
amateurs.  They don't know how to have a good time."

Surely we all remember the days when someone at school (usually high
school) would donate a car for a fund raiser.  For a buck you'd get one
whack, or three whacks for two bucks, etc.  Then it would get hauled
off to the scrap yard and you'd get the same amount as if it had never
been smashed.

Ahh, the good old days...

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

(Message sent Thu 3 Jan 2008, 16:28:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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