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Big Dig Gondolas

Ah, Venice.
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Just in case you haven't heard, the Big Dig, (ie, the largest and most disastrously managed public works project in US history), now more properly known as 'the Big Underground Canal,' has sprung a few hundred leaks, and now threatens to push even more taxpayer cash into the hands of the maf...er I mean Boston construction contractors for another 10 years.

We Americans don't really have a 'city of love,' (except for maybe Vegas or Frisco, depending on which side your bread is buttered), to call our own. Furthermore, life in Venice gets tougher every year for gondoliers, who have taken to hacking their boats as the water rises to clear the very low bridges. Some are even calling it quits.

You can see where this is going. Gondoliers can have gainful employment in a new city, teach Bostonians how to speak proper English and charge a few bucks per ride to pay for the dig repairs. Folks in New England can wake up to echos of Italian love songs in the tunnels during their morning commute.

RayfordSteele, Nov 15 2004

These Venetians speak laid back English. http://www.westland.net/venice/canals.htm
[FarmerJohn, Nov 15 2004]

http://www.bigdig.com/ http://www.bigdig.com/
[hippo, Nov 15 2004]

So, how is the completion of the Big Dig linked to the coming of the antichrist? http://www.revelation13.net/bigdig.html
"The Dewey Square tunnel needs to be upgraded, so traffic was restricted there to two lanes, with traffic of one lane exiting at exit 22 Chinatown, and taking a detour through Chinatown. So there is a two lane bottleneck and a third lane exiting to go through the detour through Chinatown. This traffic squeeze will last for 10 months or more, as tunnel work is done. Holographically, this likely relates to events in the world, including the appearance of two comets in May 2004, that may represent two mysterious prophets called the Two Witnesses." ... and so on ... [hippo, Nov 15 2004]

Who'd'a thunk it? http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29761274
[AbsintheWithoutLeave, Oct 27 2014]

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       //Obviously, people in Lincolnshire know how to speak proper English.//
Not really, no.
angel, Nov 15 2004
  

       //sarf of the Grand Canal // you'd think it was another world, wouldn't you?
po, Nov 15 2004
  

       what is the big dig? im not following
benfrost, Nov 15 2004
  

       OH-no-no-no. Don’t yewz fukahs stahts pik’n ahn Bahstin. Sum bestis frenza myan lives dayeh.
Shz, Nov 15 2004
  

       Misread and subsequently misimagined as "Big Dog Gondolas" wherein RayfordSteel proposes a series of 20' hollow-backed, cushion-lined, fibreglass models of collies, labradors and spaniels, perhaps with motorised legs for authentic doggy paddle forward motion, designed with the transportation of canine enthusisast visitors to Venice.
calum, Nov 15 2004
  

       How did the phrase "Tunnel of love" not enter this idea?
Worldgineer, Nov 16 2004
  

       Anyone can speak English better than your average Bostonian.
RayfordSteele, Nov 16 2004
  

       Is that where that tunnel was built?
RayfordSteele, Nov 16 2004
  

       Boston was mostly water at one time anyway.
waugsqueke, Nov 17 2004
  

       So were you, waugs. Still are.
bristolz, Nov 17 2004
  

       No, he’s mostly ethanol...no, wait, that’s me.
ldischler, Nov 17 2004
  

       //gondoliers teach Bostonians to speak proper english//   

       Anything sounds better in an italian accent. Even Opera.
Pericles, Nov 17 2004
  

       Could you imagine opera sung in a Boston accent?   

       I'm mostly methane these days.
RayfordSteele, Nov 18 2004
  

       Remind me not to get stuck in a tunnel with [Ray].
Worldgineer, Nov 18 2004
  

       I looked out this morning and the sun was gone   

       Turned on some music to start my day   

       I lost myself in a familiar song   

       I closed my eyes and I slipped away   

       It's more than a feeling, when I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)   

       I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)   

       'Till I see Marianne walk away I see my Marianne walkin' away   

       So many people have come and gone   

       Their faces fade as the years go by   

       Yet I still recall as I wander on   

       As clear as the sun in the summer sky   

       It's more than a feeling, when I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)   

       I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)   

       'Till I see Marianne walk away I see my Marianne walkin' away   

       When I'm tired and thinking cold   

       I hide in my music, forget the day   

       And dream of a girl I used to know   

       I closed my eyes and she slipped away   

       She slipped awa y. She slipped away.   

       It's more than a feeling, when I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)   

       I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)   

       'Till I see Marianne walk away I see my Marianne walkin' away
sufc, Nov 18 2004
  

       This idea looks better and better as time goes by.
Shz, Jul 20 2006
  
      
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