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Row, row, row your boat / gently down the Saigon River in Ho Chi Ming city (slyt)
April 10, 2012 5:25 PM   Subscribe

Row, row, row your boat / gently down the Saigon River (slty)

An unusual method of moving on the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City
(Music by John Lee Hooker -- I Rowed A Little Boat)
posted by dancestoblue (21 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is certainly a metaphor for something.
posted by sendai sleep master at 5:31 PM on April 10, 2012


I so want to weld 8 excavators together and make a huge robotic spider!

I promise I'd pretty much only use it for good.
posted by aubilenon at 5:38 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Not pictured: guy in excavator throwing up after making it to shore.
posted by Defenestrator at 5:50 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Okay, that reminds me of a minor mystery that has bugged me for years. Why do people cut the top of the cab off trucks and machinery in Vietnam/Cambodia?

Here you've got a beach umbella jammed on top to replace the roof of the excavator. I saw a ton of trucks with no cab being driven by guys wearing full-face bike helmets to keep the gravel out of their eyes. Weird.
posted by N-stoff at 6:13 PM on April 10, 2012


Because why not?
posted by zardoz at 6:20 PM on April 10, 2012


Convertibles are awesome. That's why.
posted by The World Famous at 6:21 PM on April 10, 2012


Personally I think it's the parasol that really takes the whole thing over the top from merely cool to a scene from a post-apocalyptic Miyazaki movie.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 6:31 PM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was listening to a recent instrumental piece of mine while watching this, & realized it'd be the perfect AV backdrop for the music we're playing live. Something about the brutal machine displaying such graceful motion that moves me. The umbrella is just a little garnish of whimsicality on top on the whole bizarre thing.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:55 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I asked that same question after returning from Vietnam, N-stoff.

I landed on the answer provided by zardoz.
posted by broadway bill at 6:57 PM on April 10, 2012


That is a very good operator.
posted by Big_B at 7:54 PM on April 10, 2012


ok yes it looks cool, but the camera never looks at the tail of the boat, except for a few spots. Who's to say that there isn't a motor back there, and the scooper machine isn't just doing that to, I donno, look cool or steer or something?

Secondly, I loved the whole "there's a whole world out there, and my stupid kid is sitting on the couch" ending.
posted by rebent at 8:00 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


N-stoff, my guess is that it provides much better ventilation. Those places get really hot and humid.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:01 PM on April 10, 2012


> Saigon River (slty)

Ahh...I get it...ha ha ha.
posted by circular at 8:51 PM on April 10, 2012


On the one hand, lack of workplace safety regulations makes the third world a really shitty place to work. On the other hand, CONVERTIBLE EXCAVATOR ROWING MACHINE.
posted by rh at 10:45 PM on April 10, 2012


rebent: "Secondly, I loved the whole "there's a whole world out there, and my stupid kid is sitting on the couch" ending"
The youtube channel is all about that families travel to different locations all around the world, those parents are giving those kids wonderful lives, and great memories; probably that girl is just resting up from everything else they have done that day.
posted by dancestoblue at 11:22 PM on April 10, 2012


That is a very good operator.

Indeed. One might say "smooth".
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:23 AM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's pretty cool they put the John Lee Hooker tune to this.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:24 AM on April 11, 2012


Welcome to dystopia, here's your parasol.
posted by odinsdream at 5:19 AM on April 11, 2012


There was a mythbusters that tested to see how feasible this was - they did it with two diggers and it worked quite well. I wonder if asavage can tell us anything more about his experience doing this.
posted by dazed_one at 7:19 AM on April 11, 2012


DAMN, that JLH tune is good!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:31 AM on April 11, 2012


Metafilter's own asavage has also had plenty of fun with excavator watersports.
posted by Blasdelb at 10:58 AM on April 12, 2012


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