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kilted1
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PostSubject: What a view!   Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:16 pm

I'm one of those people who has the opposite of 'the fear of heights' I find them exhilarating!

Don't look down: Terrifying view from glass box balcony jutting out from skyscraper's 103rd floor
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:46 pm

Didn't they construct or propose constructing a glass walkway the juts out from the wall of the Grand Canyon? The artist's conception I saw was a horseshoe shaped walkway. Not sure I'd like either of these.
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:25 pm

Centurian 803 wrote:
Didn't they construct or propose constructing a glass walkway the juts out from the wall of the Grand Canyon? The artist's conception I saw was a horseshoe shaped walkway. Not sure I'd like either of these.

There sure is, I'd love to go! Skywalk
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:05 am

I love heights, as long as the risk of
certain death is kept to a minimum. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:10 am

Hermit wrote:
I love heights, as long as the risk of
certain death is kept to a minimum. Wink

Where is the fun in THAT? affraid
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:34 am

I predict tourists with phobias stepping into that Plexiglass box
and vomiting all over.Who's gonna clean it up? Mad Poor custodians.

Winslow sunny
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:34 am

Count me out. I don't trust glass-bottom boats or most wooden balconies. I'd probably just walk out, look down, and be paralyzed.
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:23 am

the views are great......but the glass bottom thing...not for me
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:51 am

Wow, what a rush that would be! I get a little leary of high ledges and such, but I'd do it. Tentativelay at first I'm sure, but it would be too compelling to not do it. affraid

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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:51 am

I prefer the photos of all things glass bottomed taken by braver people than me! affraid

IMO I get all the funof looking but my blood psi stays in the safe range.
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:03 pm

Ummmmm.....not me.


Just a few blocks away is the federal building. They used to give Ham Radio tests there near the top floor. It's one of those little, short towers compared to the Sears tower. I remember being there and feeling the building sway in the wind. Only "about 4 feet" so said the FCC man. Shocked Shocked Shocked

Thankfully after the tests, the next stop, was Berghoff's bar. It was on the ground. Nice and stable. Solid. Not moving. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:40 pm

I've been up in open cockpit airplanes and gliders, I want to go up in a glass bottomed airplane sometime cheers
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:58 pm

That would be a rush and I'd love to do it. The Hancock in Chicago has some windows canted out, as I recall, and you can kind of see straight down. Years ago I was a roofer and I'd carry 90 lbs. of shingles up a 40' ladder, then dance down the crown of a three story roof and think nothing of it. One time I was putting top-caps on the crown and constantly sliding my butt backwards when I reached behind me to move again only to discover my butt was already about 1" over the edge. Didn't bother me a bit back then. But today, my knees get wabbely when I get near the edge of a precipice or too high off the ground. Funny how life changes us. scratch Guess we learn later in life how much it could hurt to fall.

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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:26 pm

Man that would be an instant puke for me! In fact I almost did just looking at the photo. No Sir. Not for me.
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:17 am

There was a time when American Indians were reknowned for working
as ironworkers on skyscrapers.Seems heights did not bother them.Did
any of you guys ever hear of that?

Winslow scratch
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:49 am

Winslow wrote:
There was a time when American Indians were reknowned for working
as ironworkers on skyscrapers.Seems heights did not bother them.Did
any of you guys ever hear of that?

Winslow scratch

Yep high steel and iron workers in the late 1800's and early 1900's and true even today!

Mohawk Indians-Ironworkers/Skyscrapers

A Mohawk Trail To the Skyline; Indian Ironworkers Return, Lured by Building Boom

Mohawk Ironworkers Have Been Building NYC for a Century
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:49 am

Winslow wrote:
There was a time when American Indians were reknowned for working
as ironworkers on skyscrapers.Seems heights did not bother them.Did
any of you guys ever hear of that?

Winslow scratch

Yeah, I heard that.
Here's a story on em:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1520684/mohawk_indiansironworkersskyscrapers.html?singlepage=true
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:54 pm

Very cool link Kilted.
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:44 pm

HistoryMajor wrote:
Very cool link Kilted.

He posted three links, but it is
kinda spooky that we both posted
one of the links at exactly the same time. What a Face
Nobody's even on this board at 11:49 pm. cyclops
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:29 pm

kilted1 wrote:
I've been up in open cockpit airplanes and gliders, I want to go up in a glass bottomed airplane sometime cheers
I guess that'd be a rush, but if you want The Real Thang, try hang gliding. There's nothing like it. Really.

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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:05 am

Vito wrote:
kilted1 wrote:
I've been up in open cockpit airplanes and gliders, I want to go up in a glass bottomed airplane sometime cheers
I guess that'd be a rush, but if you want The Real Thang, try hang gliding. There's nothing like it. Really.

jocolor


Now yer flirtin' with that risk of certain death thingy.
I'll stay behind the glass and just dig the view. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:28 pm

Winslow wrote:
There was a time when American Indians were reknowned for working
as ironworkers on skyscrapers.Seems heights did not bother them.Did
any of you guys ever hear of that?

Winslow scratch

Yes I heard the same, when I lived in the US, I asked a few NAI's if this was true, their reply "No, we don't like heights anymore than anyone else, it's just that that was all the work our fathers could get".
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:18 am

Winslow wrote:
There was a time when American Indians were reknowned for working
as ironworkers on skyscrapers.Seems heights did not bother them.Did
any of you guys ever hear of that?

Winslow scratch

Yes. The Native Americans have an extensive and proud history working the high iron. I don't know if they were immune to the fear of heights or just able to overcome. I think they are still prominant in iron work.
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PostSubject: Re: What a view!   Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:42 pm

My daughter and I got a chance to visit "The Ledge" on Tuesday.
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