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posted by shoepal (12 comments total)
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posted by shoepal at 8:29 PM on August 10, 2004

More info on the small t, with the response from the Dave Matthews Band bus driver, and an eyewitness account from a Trib reporter who was on the boat.
posted by jaut at 8:37 PM on August 10, 2004

Life imitates 'art', eh?
posted by trondant at 9:15 PM on August 10, 2004

Dave Matthews Band denies it was them (self link), having released a statement to that effect. It seems that the only real evidence is that they have big black buses (among other colors -- some purples ones, too, IIRC). What with the full sewage tank on the bus in question and the bus having been elsewhere in Chicago at the time, it seems to back up their claim. There's no reason to doubt their word.

Not that it helps any -- the fact is that big load of piss and shit rained down on a bunch of people on a boat, and that's really horrible. Whoever did it ought to get nailed.
posted by waldo at 9:17 PM on August 10, 2004

"The pipe will carry an average of 320 million gallons a day, but is capable of carrying nearly four times that amount."

That is one big pile of shit.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:20 PM on August 10, 2004

Love the sidebar "poll" on the Trib's story:
Does it add insult to injury that the foul-smelling muck dumped on sightseers may have been from Dave Matthews' tour bus?
-- Yes! As if we weren't bombarded with enough of his crap already.
-- No! Those people could sell their soiled clothes on eBay and make a mint.
-- Don't care. It stinks no matter how you slice it.
posted by Vidiot at 11:12 PM on August 10, 2004

posted by angry modem at 5:21 AM on August 11, 2004

The Big Pipe is Portland's answer to CSO.

Thanks for the links shoepal, it's always interesting to contemplate the ways that we deal with shit early in the morning...
posted by togdon at 8:28 AM on August 11, 2004

Thanks togdon, glad you enjoyed the post (and thanks for the links!). I've often thought about how we technologically deal with sewage (particularly overflow) but never really looked into the schemes, save for visiting a few waste water treatment plants and the Paris sewers as a tourist. The recent Thames debacle highlights a lot of the problems big cities have and how they plan to deal with sewage overflow. Apparently all of the past decade of work to clean up the Thames and bring back the wildlife has been for nought (which is really quite sad).

Until last night, I wasn't aware that so many cities had these underground tunnels. Boston, Singapore, Portland, etc. It's really rather depressing and scary.
posted by shoepal at 9:03 AM on August 11, 2004

> It's really rather depressing and scary.

posted by adamg at 10:46 AM on August 11, 2004

Somewhat ironic that you link to the tour bus problem in Chicago, which is literally a city with its history linked to its sewers -- from jacking up the buildings to seeking fresh deep lake water to reversing the flow of the Chicago River to the current deep tunnel. Comes from building in a swamp.
posted by dhartung at 12:21 AM on August 12, 2004

Looks like it may have been their bus after all
posted by shoepal at 6:51 PM on August 25, 2004

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