Gut Rumbles

October 09, 2003

just thinking

I watched a couple of ironheads at work today installing a hoist on an I-beam about 150 feet off the ground. They were tied off and wearing harnesses, but they didn't worry about falling. Their harness ropes stayed slack the entire time. They walked the beam, passed tools to each other and ate lunch up there on that narrow piece of steel. When they were finished eating, one of them laid down on his back on the beam and took a nap while the other one stood up to watch a big container ship sail down the Savannah River.

Those crazy bastards. I would have shit my pants up there.

I suppose your comfort zone depends on what you KNOW. When I ran the acid plant at work, that place scared a lot of people. I wasn't frightened of it, even though I was well aware of the dangers, but I KNEW what I was doing there. Those ironheads I watched today probably felt the same way about working at high altitude. They KNEW what they were doing.

I become frightened today when I realize that I DON'T know what I'm doing. I don't run into that situation often anymore after living 51 years, but it happens sometimes.

Today marks my two-year anniversary of my prostate surgery. That frightened me because I wasn't sure about what I was doing. Yes, October 9, 2001 is a day I will remember for the rest of my life. I wasn't really frightened then, but I've never been the same since. I was simply reconciled when I had the surgery, then I railed against the repercussions for a long time afterward.

But it wasn't like crawling a beam 150'above the ground and doing grunt work.

It was just a passing bad time. I am over that now.


Fear of height can be documented as a chemical reaction produced by your body to warn you of danger. There are folks who secrets less of these hormone, thus, their fear level of height lessen. Which explains why there are SO MANY Mowhawk steel workers (and they'll be back for the new World Trade Center).

Posted by: BigFire on October 9, 2003 09:45 PM

If I had been in your shoes, I would of been scared shitless.

God bless ya, Acidman. You've been through hell and back a few times and you're still here to grumble about it.

I love it!

Posted by: Gina on October 9, 2003 09:45 PM

Back when I was in the Army stationed in Germany, the civilian iron workers went on strike because the Army decided they could no longer drink beer while working. The strike didn't last long. The army changed their mind. :D

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