Nothing Says Tranquility Like the Hum of a Huge Diesel Engine

The Mark Sanford scandal is a bit off topic for Streetsblog but Sean Roche at the Newton Streets & Sidewalks blog points us to this incredible passage from one of the e-mails between the South Carolina governor and his mistress in Argentina. Sanford writes:

To
me, and I suspect no one else on earth, there is something wonderful
about listening to country music playing in the cab, air conditioner
running, the hum of a huge diesel engine in the background, the
tranquility that comes with being in a virtual wilderness of trees and
marsh, the day breaking and vibrant pink coming alive in the morning
clouds — and getting to build something with each scoop of dirt.

How romantic!

And as if this story weren’t weird enough already, a profile of Sanford in American Conservative magazine provides another sordid tidbit about the governor’s diesel-powered meditation technique:

During Sanford’s first gubernatorial campaign in 2002, an 8-year-old
African-American girl wandered onto a Sanford family property on Lady’s
Island and drowned. A source close to the governor said she fell into a
"retaining pond." Her family’s lawyer, Manning Smith, called it a
"pit." Other sources claim that Sanford, who owned a hydraulic
excavator at the time, digs holes on his property to unwind.

  • He’s certainly dug himself a big hole this time.

  • Brooklyn

    Digs holes compulsively — wasn’t that a Seinfeld episode? The one where Jerry unwillingly receives a custom van from Frankie Merman, then sells it to Kramer for some Anthony Quinn memorabilia? Frankie likes to dig holes in Central Park when he’s stressed out.

  • Oh come on, give him a break. The muted rumble of a diesel engine in a cabin of a truck could easily be pretty soothing. No, standing next to a garbage truck while it starts up isn’t, but come on.

    /cyclist
    //you guys need to lighten up.

  • James

    *Cue dueling banjos*

  • paulb

    Maybe long-distance trucking is the next career move for Sanford and his girlfriend. There are many husband/wife pairs in the cabs of those big semis. I’m looking forward to seeing the two of them at the 76 truckstop on I-80 outside Davenport.

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