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My hero

Husband today has to ride on the top of an elevator  to take samples of some suspicious dust . He has to go up five stories this way. I asked if he will have a harness and he says no, that he has not been trained in the use of a safety harness, so he cannot be given one.

Husband does not like heights. But he says this will be fine because he will not be able to see the ground, and thus not get scared. I feel there is some thinking here that does not make much sense.

I used to worry that he would fall off of the aircraft carrier-- people do sometimes, they do! This feels like that, except he was younger then. I asked him to call me when he is done.

********** He just called. He is done and safe. Workers from Otis elevators worked the buttons. I am so relieved. I pictured some idiot pushing the up button and him being squished at the top of the shaft.

At lest when he was at sea I didn't find out about danger till after.


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Oct. 15th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm having trouble processing "can't use a safety harness because you haven't been trained to use it"!!!

But I DO understand not getting scared because you can't see the ground. MY agrophobia works like that. I get queasy if I look down from a high window, even if I KNOW the window is unbreakable and/or has bars that proect me. I CANNOT ride in a glass elevator, no matter how "SAFE" I'm assured it is. But an elevator with three walls and a closed door?? Not a problem. My problem is a product of an imagination which is too quick to clearly see me falling. (I don't have this problem in a plane, thank goodness, though I'm not sure why my brain knows that it's 'different'.)
Oct. 15th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Your husband is one of the good guys. Glad he made it down in one piece.
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
What she said. My Peter would go spare about the safety harness. He has been known to go up to workmen in the street and tell them they're being unsafe...
Oct. 16th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
It makes me frantic when they put him at risk. He is trained in workplace safety. He was the head of the safety dept on the carrier. He knows all about obscure chemicals and what they will do to a person, and fire hazards, and all that.

And he is trying to rid NYC of asbestos, which is a huge job.
Oct. 16th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
*smites them*
Oct. 16th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Reading the above, I found myself thinking of all those action movies where the hero/heroine have to ride on top of an elevator. Eeek.
Oct. 16th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds super stressful, and my brain would be going into squish scenarios too, so I'm very glad that he's fine and back out of the elevator shaft safely.

And now he can say he's ridden on top of an elevator, which is a pretty cool thing, really!
Oct. 20th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
yes - a hero indeed - the more so for his fear of heights

glad all went well and he is safe

I know it is serious the asbestos work but I also adnired the phrase "suspicious dust " - thought it had narrative potential:)
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