Before You Bite Into This “Pork Chop”

Blog 1476 – 10.02.2019

Before You Bite Into This “Pork Chop”

If you are a member of one of the pork prohibiting religions or a vegetarian or vegan I am not going to make fun of your menu choices or defend mine. Eat what you like and refrain from whatever, I was a very finicky eater as a child and had a very limited amount of things I would eat. Thankfully, at least in my case, I out grew most if not all those self-imposed diet prohibitions. But I am talking of something else other than meat and animal bone that is called a pork-chop today.

The device pictured above is also called “a pork chop” by gas main and gas service construction crews and is used to clamp on to a steel cable attached to a weak-link with the new plastic gas pipe behind it for pulling the pipe into the ground while splitting or removing entirely the existing gas pipe at the same time. It is an interesting procedure and is often unsuccessful requiring some other method like boring, trenching, and or plowing to install the new gas pipe.

I am sure the item has a more technical name like cable pull clamp or something like that but “pork chop” is all that I have ever heard it called and since it looks nothing like Shari Lewis’s sock hand puppet Lamb Chop I assume it is the resemblance to a pork chop that got it that moniker. I did work with a man in an oil tool manufacturing shop years ago that was called “Pork Chop” but I think it was his love of eating them and not any personal resemblance to one that won him the name.

I do suggest that no one try to take a bite out of this pork chop unless you have teeth like a particularly big steel-teethed Bond villain from years gone by. I do not recall his name, only his chompers, and that it was not “Pork Chop.”

Your friend, fellow traveler,

And longtime fan of pork chops,

David White

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