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How many climbers does it take to change a light bulb?

Postby thespiffy » Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:18 pm

The old link/video was removed due to copyright notification to YouTube. :roll:

It can now be found at the following two links;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXuzrIN_x2M&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQv-o5Kgbko
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Postby Ejnar Fjerdingstad » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:52 pm

Terrifying, give me a solid rock face instead any time!
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Postby hansw » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:28 pm

Hard to say, but count me out.
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Postby ExcitableBoy » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:40 pm

100. 1 to change the light bulb, 99 to say "I could have done that".
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Postby thespiffy » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:15 pm

ExcitibleBoy wrote:100. 1 to change the light bulb, 99 to say "I could have done that".


This made me lol. Now everyone at work thinks I'm even more weird than they already did.
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Postby Jabberwocky » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:21 pm

Wow. Incredible! Those guys have intestinal fortitude!

I would have such a hard time climbing that, ...what with the bulky Depends® and all.
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Postby thespiffy » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:24 pm

Jabberwocky wrote:Wow. Incredible! Those guys have intestinal fortitude!

I would have such a hard time climbing that, ...what with the bulky Depends® and all.


Yeahhh-- I feel the same.

My first thought when I saw his partner below him was; "why does it take two of them? ohhh right, one guy is hauling the bag of tools and the other guy is dragging up their testicular fortitude"
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Postby MoapaPk » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:30 pm

ExcitibleBoy wrote:100. 1 to change the light bulb, 99 to say "I could have done that".


Yeah, without all that gear. And I would have saved the kitten, too. And those guys probably earn way too much; in a sense their climbs are sponsored, so not real climbs. And I'd do it without oxygen -- even with a plastic bag over my head. And he took the elevator to 1600'; he should have started from sea level.
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Postby garythenuke » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:32 am

I wonder if that dude is Seminole... Take this however you want to, but I had a friend of the family, who was REALLY old at the time, talk about Seminoles working the hi rise ironworks back in the 30's and 40's. According to "my source" these guys were absolutely fearless in terms of heights. They would walk out hundreds of feet in the air on six inch or smaller beams without any hesitation.

There's no way I'd take that job. Give me a rock any day.
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Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:49 am

can't see the video anymore...

...but I have heard of Native Americans used in high rise construction and other things like that, because of what you say; the lack of fear of heights
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Postby dadndave » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:06 am

Wow! You mean there's a fear gene?
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Postby Jabberwocky » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:33 pm

I don't want to sideline this topic, but here is an interesting article relating to the comments concerning Native Americans employed in high altitude jobs.

“A lot of people think Mohawks aren’t afraid of heights; that’s not true. We have as much fear as the next guy. The difference is that we deal with it better. We also have the experience of the old timers to follow and the responsibility to lead the younger guys. There’s pride in ‘walking iron.’” —Kyle Karonhiaktatie Beauvais (Mohawk, Kahnawake)

http://www.sites.si.edu/exhibitions/exh ... g/main.htm

"The Mohawk tradition of ironworking began in the mid-1880s when they were hired as unskilled laborers to build a bridge over the St. Lawrence River onto Mohawk land. They quickly earned a reputation for being top-notch workers on high steel, and “booming out” from their Native communities in search of the next big job became a fact of life."


BTW, thank you thespiffy for relinking the working videos! It's an awesome view into an incredible job!
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Postby MoapaPk » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:38 pm

1000Pks wrote:
...but I have heard of Native Americans used in high rise construction and other things like that, because of what you say; the lack of fear of heights


Given past times, I'd say that was like using African Americans for loading munitions, a hazardous job without the glory and supposed usefulness, as the local Port Chicago disaster. Just deemed less than equals. A racist view but for racist times.


The Mohawks in NY were paid well for high steel work, and were respected by their peers.
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Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:43 pm

Thanks Moapa

For a minute, I was really beginning to look at all those around me who work for me, and are of different races, and was starting to get down on myself for being a racist. :roll:
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