The building right next door to The Stranger's office is under construction. As I was walking into the office, I noticed something.
Maybe there's too much backlighting from the sky in the above image to see it. Here, is this better?
What on earth is written on the stem of this orange construction machine? Something about bondage? And pumping? And a bone?
Granted, I was a little far away from the letters.
Ah, okay, it doesn't say "bondage." But it does say "bone" and "pumping."
According to the internet, Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping is "the largest concrete pumping and material placement service in the United States." Not only are they large, they know what they're doing: They have "more experience pumping concrete than anyone," their website says.
I don't think they have any barges in their fleet, but they do have "line pumps, telebelts, J pumps, and other specialty pumping equipment to resolve any concrete pumping need."
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