I bet that Italian wins everytime he has a turn on one of those machines generally found in seaside arcades. The type where you put a coin in a slot and then manipulate handles and wheels to raise and lower a mechanical grabber only to lose it it at the last minute as it drops off!
New York and cranes is a heady mix. On one trip I took my wife along, and we were walking to Central park one freezing morning when we saw a team of steel delivery men hoisting enormous steel girders into a 20 storey building. They were using the biggest mobile telescopic crane I've ever seen, and my wife was fascinated.
We had been watching for ten minutes when one of the team shouted down to my wife 'Wanna try, honey?' and waved a pair of big yellow gloves at her. A minute later she was up on the crane's control panel and with help from her new friend she brought the thing down from ten stories up, ready for the next lift.
Images of the team trying to explain a demolition job to the insurance company flashed before my eyes, but no harm was done - my wife still tells the story to anyone who will listen.
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