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PostSubject: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Wed 15 Dec 2010, 23:45

Next time someone accuses you of being crazy for riding a two wheeler, show them this.

http://www.liveleak.com/e/07b_1284580365

There is a short animation introduction then the real thing begins...
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 07:12

Seen that one before, and it still scares me witless sitting here watching it! pale I think the worst part is the movement, with the guy having the camera mounted on his harness, or somewhere on his body.
Must be an age thing, heights never bothered me, but now at 60+, I don't like 'em anymore!!
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 07:59

OMG!!! I thought I'd done some crazy stunts in the past, but that is about 100 steps too far for me!! I can't believe they were climbing free - Sally says just watching it has made her feel ill!
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 08:32

I was almost ripping the ARM off my chair when he got to the place where the light was located as well as beginning to hyperventilate ... I get the same feeling now just changing a light bulb at home.
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 10:41

That scared me just watching it. affraid Someone could make a lot of money selling tickets and playing that in a darkened theater. It would be like you were actually there. I was a nervous wreck by the time he got to the base of the antenna. And at the top of the light beacon.
No way could I ever do that and the ones who do have my utmost respect.

I think I'd rather ride on ice than do that. At least I wouldn't have near as far to fall. affraid affraid affraid
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 12:14

And just when you think that is the worst , when they get in trouble or need help,they send us FireFighters to the rescue!!!!!! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 12:28

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And just when you think that is the worst , when they get in trouble or need help,they send us FireFighters to the rescue!!!!!! Shocked

I bet they have to issue you guys with a mighty big blanket to catch someone who falls off the top of a mast that high dude!!! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 12:34

Makes my hands sweat just watching it! affraid affraid
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 12:49

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pancho wrote:
And just when you think that is the worst , when they get in trouble or need help,they send us FireFighters to the rescue!!!!!! Shocked

I bet they have to issue you guys with a mighty big blanket to catch someone who falls off the top of a mast that high dude!!! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

I always thought, the Cops have the guns a good shot could get them down real fast!!!!! affraid
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 13:43

Somebody's got to do it.
Better him than me!
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 14:19

I always wanted to know some things. That really wasn't one of them.
Hope he went pee before he left the ground.... but then, who would know?
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 14:42

I have been with the local electric utility company for 32 years. Worked voltages up to 345kV, climbed 90’ wooden poles, worked on transmission and microwave towers at heights over 200’ off the ground ......... That video gives me the willies every time I view it!

My hats off to guys that erect and maintain communication transmission towers, they have the self-confidence and intestinal fortitude I will never own.
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 20:47

Bob and I justed watched it. affraid We got the willies. Hats of to those guys.


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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Thu 16 Dec 2010, 23:16

I work for AT&T and used to be a tech and just climbing some of those tall poles would get a bit hairy, and that was only 40' at times. Usually our cables were only at about 20'. I never freaked out and really did enjoy climbing poles with the hooks but even at only 40' it would get a bit weird during the high winds and rains.

But I know I couldn't do what these guys are doing now. I would probably have tried it when I was in my 20's or 30's just for fun. But those people and the ones that would on the high-voltage lines are worth every cent they make. I got bit a couple of times when I was an electrician but that was only about 120 volts with not too many amps running across the line. What these guys deal with or Ron (trouble 1100) had to deal with would be kind of nerve racking at those heights.

Cool video and thanks for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Fri 17 Dec 2010, 09:21

Out of interest I wonder if they supply the engineers with a parachute?

!768 Feet, thats 1568 feet higher than the heights I used to cruise around at in a previous existence.

These/those guys can't have any fear at all, not saying you wouldn't get me up there but not something I would choose to do. What a way to earn your daily crust!!!
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Fri 17 Dec 2010, 09:42

Waspie said " not saying you wouldn't get me up there" ... easy for you to say... but let ME make it perfectly clear "YOU WILL NOT,COULD NOT get my LIVING body up there.
When I was a young boy, I climbed our local water tank several times... sat up by the little ball on the very top and just enjoyed the Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven stars. Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven I only had about 3 brain cells then. Now I have a head full, maybe a gazillion and there are not three of them that even bring up the idea of doing that again.

I did wonder if they could ever do the hang glide down or what ever that is called when people jump from mountains or tall building and stuff, open a chute and glide down softly to the earth.
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PostSubject: Re: One of the craziest/bravest jobs   Fri 17 Dec 2010, 09:55

Opalsboy wrote:
I did wonder if they could ever do the hang glide down or what ever that is called when people jump from mountains or tall building and stuff, open a chute and glide down softly to the earth.

I believe it's called base jumping! Now that is something I wouldn't do.

The one thing I never enjoyed in my days in aviation was the parachuting thing!! Never had to do it for real, simply wearing the thing was fearful enough.

I once rappelled down to a casualty and was alone on a ledge some 8-900 feet from the valley floor, that was 'interesting'. When I was recovered by helicopter I was more fearful of the winch cable parting than being on the ledge. I felt I could hear all 61 strands of that cable twanging under the tension.

Nope those guys in the video - No Fear!
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