Saturday, August 9, 2008

Working High

Did you ever wonder what it is like for those window washers that work on those platforms dangling on the sides of skyscrapers dozens of stories above the windy and noisy streets below.

I caught this shot of this platform parked after a day's work, at the parking garage at the foot of Canal Street the other day. The men had been replacing a sign and doing touch up work. You can see the motor (with the red tarp over it) that brings them up and down. I guess it is parked here on about the 9th floor because it is easy to get in and out of the platform.

The view is out over the platform into the French Quarter and beyond -- looking with the Mississippi River at my back toward Lake Pontchartrain (just out of view on the horizon). I got quesy enough just leaning my camera out to take this shot, that I immediately took this job off my bucket list.

I think they have openings. Interested?

---steve buser

13 comments:

Boise Diva said...

How funny the going to work routine must be like here. Drive to the parking garage, walk out of the ninth floor....

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I would have cold feet stading on that platform ... :)

Virginia said...

Oh I am queasy thinking about YOU being queasy! Thanks on the job offer, I'll have to pass too. Cool photo though.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I would have to go on welfare. I couldn't do this job.

Columbo said...

No thanks, that scares the heck out of me. How about the people that work on the skycrapers when they are contructing them? Dangerous work!

Wanda said...

Steve you are one brave man. I that is not on my bucket list...glad you got to cross it off.

There is a TV program called "Dangerous jobe" I think this qualifies.

K. said...

Steve: I've been checking out your blog regularly for a couple of months now. I'm really enjoying it. Thanks,
K.

Professor said...

I'd end up poor and homeless because I would spend my time vomiting!

Great picture... for some reason I'm surprised at the clutter up there!

PJ said...

Steve, Just so you know, that's a Power Climber PC3-E hoist on Altrec staging and it's about 40' long on end stirrups. Hubby says to lean out a little further next time.

crittoria said...

Just one glimpse of your photo and my stomach took a nose-dive - no heights for me, thanks!! But, since it is just a photo, I looked again and enjoyed the view of the city and all the details that you pointed out...

Rambling Round said...

Not interested! Nice photo of the platform though.

PJ said...

I have beellions of photographs like this and thought no one would ever be interested -- and I was right. DH uses equipment like this all the time to go up on top of all kinds of structures. Takes lots of pictures. I guess I'm used to it. I'll have to post some from some of the more exciting places -- not that anyone would like to look at them. LOL

Lynette said...

Well, I'm feeling nauseous now, Steve, but it will soon pass because I'm going to check out lots of your other super posts. You notice I say "other super posts" because, although this one is quite scary to me, it's still super! I recognized where you were, sort of, pretty quickly and then had to look away even more quickly.