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Swing Installation by Pixie, A M

February 20th, 2010 7:24 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Install a swing somewhere that does not currently have a swing.

A M sez:
So pretty much the first thing Pixie and I did after meeting, aside from hug and ascertain that neither of us was a scary internet person slash serial killer (um, in that order), was put up a swing at one of the MAX (light rail) stations downtown.

The city recently spent a great deal of time and effort putting in new stations (not to mention a new MAX line, which involved tearing up nigh the entirety of downtown, closing many streets and rerouting most of the buses, not that I'm bitter or anything). They feature "leaning rails" instead of seats, which is a controversial move not popular with bicyclists, because they look temptingly like bike racks, but aren't. They also feature a total lack of swings.

However! They have marvelous crossbars, and I have rope and a plank.

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We had to bum a lighter off some passers-by to burn the ends of the rope after we cut it, but that went swimmingly, since practically everyone in Portland smokes. At least, all the college kids.

Then Pixie climbed up on the leaning rails to attach the swing ropes!

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A MAX train pulled up while she was doing this, and a man in the doorway said "CAN I SWING ON THAT!?!" We told him that it was not quite done, but that he could in just a moment! Tragically, the train pulled away before he could fully enjoy our swing. I did get a silly picture of him though.

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The swing, once installed, worked fabulously!

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It did creak and crack a bit under my weight, which made me concerned about my choice of plank, but it wasn't too bad. Then we decorated and labeled the swing

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Quoth Pixie: "I'm going to draw flowers on it, so people will see that it's art, and maybe they won't take it down". Sadly, when we walked by the site a few hours later on the way to Silent Donation, it had been taken down. But I have high hopes that some of the denizens of PD0 were able to swing whilst waiting for their train!

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PD0 Pixie tying the swing rope

PD0 Pixie tying the swing rope


The swingless MAX stop

The swingless MAX stop

And Pixie, in the bottom left. This new design of transit shelter has a large number of horizontal crossbeams, ideal for swing installation.


Pixie tying the swing to the crossbeam

Pixie tying the swing to the crossbeam

Pixie is nimble like a monkey, and climbed up on the "leaning rails" to install the swing.


Pixie standing on the swing

Pixie standing on the swing


MAX man

MAX man

He wanted to swing. Also, people do funny things when you point a camera at them. I should exploit this.


Swinging!

Swinging!


Decorated swing

Decorated swing

Pixie wrote "Swing!" on the swing in Sharpie, in case it wasn't clear what it was for. She also drew flowers.



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posted by Wolf on February 20th, 2010 9:03 PM

Go MAX Man! That looks like a great place to put a swing. I'm sad they took it down so swiftly.

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posted by rongo rongo on February 24th, 2010 6:23 AM

Excellent place for a swing.