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Message 1858316 - Posted: 29 Mar 2017, 21:02:12 UTC
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I was stationed at a site in Germany that had a Torii tower. A lot of the soldiers wanted to
climb it. Many of them did. I never did. Not that I was afraid to. At that age (20) I was fearless.
Here's some info: https://www.emporis.com/buildings/1222462/torii-tower-gusborn-germany
And here's a photo (that I didn't take): http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/14282411.jpg
(which is why I posted a URL rather than a photo).
FYI: It was an intelligence-gathering site right on the border of East/West Germany.

Iirc, there were three border sites with those towers.
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Message 1858348 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 0:23:37 UTC

The views from work were what made it for me, I loved it.

Blair Waterway crossing, East 11th St., Tide Flats, Tacoma, WA 1994
115KV & 13.8KV, 225' tall, 1800' span restringing wire, 336MMC to 1272MMC AAC.

This was the first year my company went all PSE (personal safety equipment) on us. The year before we free climbed without the 15lbs of PSE.

Blair Waterway & East 11th Street


Blair Waterway


East 11th Street & Hylebos Waterway in the distant and the next job.


I'm on the left side with Commencement Bay in the back ground.


I'm on the left side with Commencement Bay in the back ground.


I'm on the left side and a better view of the PSE we all hated with a passion. Felt like being a fish-on hooked three ways by three different fisherman. Queue laughing sounds. wink wink!


Tower Boss Jim P. -- No Bozos


All photos taken by me or with my camera. I forgot to add all my photos are free to use.
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Message 1858355 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 1:01:56 UTC - in response to Message 1858093.  

I am a definite acrophobic even looking at those pictures makes me check I am on solid ground!!

It is important not to look down.
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Message 1858368 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 1:46:30 UTC - in response to Message 1858355.  

I am a definite acrophobic even looking at those pictures makes me check I am on solid ground!!

It is important not to look down.



Amazing pictures from j mercer. I think all of us get a little more squeamish about heights with age for some reason. About twenty years ago, I had just been to an Allman Brothers concert in downtown Louisville, and somehow got into an after-party at a 29 story apartment building, a couple blocks from the venue. Several of us ended up walking around on the roof of the building, and I remember very well there was no railing. You could walk right up to the edge and look down, which I did, and it didn't phase me. Today, I don't even like getting on the ladder to clean my gutters out!
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Message 1858375 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 2:26:31 UTC - in response to Message 1858368.  

Today, I don't even like getting on the ladder to clean my gutters out!

Neither do I but I use being 71 as an excuse.
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Message 1858378 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 2:30:51 UTC - in response to Message 1858375.  

Today, I don't even like getting on the ladder to clean my gutters out!

Neither do I but I use being 71 as an excuse.

And it's a good excuse. With age comes wisdom.
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Message 1858402 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 5:59:46 UTC - in response to Message 1858378.  

Today, I don't even like getting on the ladder to clean my gutters out!

Neither do I but I use being 71 as an excuse.

And it's a good excuse. With age comes wisdom.

No aerial hero stuff any more. I do still clean my gutters and trim my trees & hedge off a ladder at 70. I do it for the exercise. Only for a few minutes at a time now, not for hours or all day long anymore. I can't do that kind of work anymore, that's for sure. Har!

I'll dig out some more photos.

Thank you for your comments. ;^)
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Message 1858411 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 8:42:27 UTC - in response to Message 1858402.  

Today, I don't even like getting on the ladder to clean my gutters out!

Neither do I but I use being 71 as an excuse.

And it's a good excuse. With age comes wisdom.

No aerial hero stuff any more. I do still clean my gutters and trim my trees & hedge off a ladder at 70. I do it for the exercise. Only for a few minutes at a time now, not for hours or all day long anymore. I can't do that kind of work anymore, that's for sure. Har!

I'll dig out some more photos.

Thank you for your comments. ;^)

Great photographs! An office with an unparalleled view!

As a youngster, I had an almost pathological fear of heights. I believe in confronting one's fears, and I was able to completely and permanently overcome my fear of heights, simply by jumping out of an aeroplane. Yeah, okay, with a parachute. ;)
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Message 1858464 - Posted: 30 Mar 2017, 23:34:14 UTC

I climbed towers until I was 47, got hurt when an antenna fell on me, I called it quits. Back has never been the same..
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Message 1858491 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 1:13:10 UTC - in response to Message 1858490.  

Gnu, those are good. What type of camera are you using?
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Message 1858494 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 1:27:12 UTC

Oh imperious leader your photos are just getting better and better. The effort you are putting into improving your photography skills are really paying off and I am really enjoying looking at your fine images. Keep posting more.
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Message 1858522 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 6:09:55 UTC
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Mercer, Is that where that Galloping Gerdy (spelled right?) bridge was? The one that fell in?

I think that was the late 30's or early 40's?

The Golden Gate Bridge was built finished in 1937 and just went through a complete reto fit about 3 years ago. the salt air was doing a number on it.
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Message 1858568 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 12:07:18 UTC
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Well Chris they had to rework a lot of smaller parts, took rivets out and replace them with bolts and so on. I don't know all they done but they do keep it in good shape. Also they never stop painting, get to one end and start over

I have been told it takes 7 years for one paint job.
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Message 1858620 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 16:35:50 UTC - in response to Message 1858522.  

Mercer, Is that where that Galloping Gerdy (spelled right?) bridge was? The one that fell in?

I think that was the late 30's or early 40's?

The Golden Gate Bridge was built finished in 1937 and just went through a complete reto fit about 3 years ago. the salt air was doing a number on it.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940) - Galloping Gertie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge_(1940)

Tacoma Narrows Bridge today. In 1998 they built a second bridge and added tolls of $5US to cross. Old one west bound and the new one east bound.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge#Eastbound_bridge
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Message 1858643 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 17:49:00 UTC - in response to Message 1858522.  

Mercer, Is that where that Galloping Gerdy (spelled right?) bridge was? The one that fell in?

I think that was the late 30's or early 40's?

The Golden Gate Bridge was built finished in 1937 and just went through a complete reto fit about 3 years ago. the salt air was doing a number on it.

This is the video, very impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-zczJXSxnw
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Message 1858726 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 22:40:48 UTC

This happens at my house when it rains. I tried to prune this rosebush a little over a week
ago but couldn't find my gardening shears. I guess it won't get pruned this year, again.
This rosebush was here when I bought this house in 1994, so it's over 23 years old. Right
now it's about eight feet tall.

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Message 1858732 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 22:47:40 UTC

Lovely photos, Gnu. So glad you're sharing here.
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Message 1858752 - Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 23:35:52 UTC

I would like to go off-topic here for a second and remind people that, if they
don't like what's happening in a thread or they don't like the people who
are posting, they're welcome to leave the thread and never come back.

That being said, I will not respond to challenges to me as a result of this
post. So still your fingers.
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Message 1858780 - Posted: 1 Apr 2017, 0:41:03 UTC

you know Gru, their is a lot to that picture, it says a lot to me anyway. thumbs up
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Message 1858783 - Posted: 1 Apr 2017, 0:51:38 UTC - in response to Message 1858780.  

you know Gru, their is a lot to that picture, it says a lot to me anyway. thumbs up

I agree.
I think it says a lot to many:)
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