My Trip to Australia

10 Dec

I know you are all dying to hear about the bank robbery I witnessed and my bumping into Australian screen legend / teen heartthrob Hugh Jackman. Before I get into all that I think a reminder is in order – you don’t come here for tales of shootouts and celebrity gossip. You read my blog for the in-depth analysis of urban transportation and utility infrastructure.

Like most visitors to this amazing city, I’m fascinated by the different utility access covers on the sidewalks and roads here in Sydney.

I can only imagine what's under there.

I can only imagine what’s under there.

They have access holes for every underground service imaginable. There’s gas.

Lots of gas

Lots of gas

There’s covers for water valves

For filling up the low-flow German wall-mounted toilets.

For filling up the low-flow German wall-mounted toilets.

And covers for mobile phone switches.

For ordering low-flow German wall-mounted toilets.

For ordering the low-flow German wall-mounted toilets.

There’s water and sewers combined

For the filling and emptying of low-flow German wall-mounted toilets.

For the filling and emptying of low-flow German wall-mounted toilets.

There’s the mark of Slytherin.

Not exactly sure what they're up to.

Not exactly sure what they’re up to.

One can get access to the traffic signals via this cover.

If you're planning a heist and you need to ensure a traffic-jam-free getaway.

If you’re planning a heist and you need to ensure a traffic-jam-free getaway.

Under this cover is located the mechanism to activate the Australian shadow government.

I opened it up and it appears to have been on for some time now.

I opened it up and it appears to have been enabled for some time now.

They have no overt markings so I call these ones The Mystery Manholes (not coincidentally that’s also the working title of a novel I’m currently writing).

It's an anthropological docudrama. Estimated completion date: December 2027.

It’s an anthropological docudrama. Estimated completion date: December 2027.

Who knew that Brad Pitt has his own line of Australian plumbing access covers? Probably not Brad Pitt.

I think someone is trying to steal his identity.

I think someone is trying to steal his identity.

3 Responses to “My Trip to Australia”

  1. Notmy Realname December 10, 2012 at 20:11 #

    Don’t google Mystery Manholes at work.

  2. Navin December 11, 2012 at 04:46 #

    The Mystery Manhole, is a Telstra manhole cover – copper lines? Telstra is like Bell Canada

    • Die Hard Three December 11, 2012 at 04:51 #

      I noticed they mostly didn’t have labels but they did have this cool lizard-skin pattern.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: