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Take it any place you want!

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Just having some fun!
Something wrong with that?!?

(Besides - I'm not done with this story!)


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Sorry to hijack your thread Rossi, but MY STARS Jim. An Air craft carrier in a hurricane!! Wow!! From my boring little existence I'm not sure which is more facinating the air craft carrier or the hurricane.

I rode my bicycle on a windy day once
Jan it was a ride for sure, the waves were coming over the flight deck. I got hit up side my head with a baseball while riding my bike, does that count. Come to think of it, I have never been right again, I have never been right again, I have ne...
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Jim -
I will not fly anymore.
Period!!!
Unless, I can have a parachute (packed by me, or a certified, "rigger"!)
(I would not let anyone jump on a "chute", I packed!!)
Like, that's going to happen on a commercial, airline flight!!!
Sure it is!!

"RF"
I don't know why I am afraid of heights now, I didn't use to be. I would walk the top outside plates on a house 45 feet off the ground and not give it a thought. I got roped into riding a helicopter up in Branson MO by two of our granddaughters, skeered the stew out of me. That idiot nosed the chopper up rolled it over and dropped straight toward the water (we were over a lake), he could have crashed that thing and not skeered me any worse.
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Well - It was a drain on the funds - for my brother and myself.
However, we were both working -
You spend it "here" or, you spend it "there"!
Sometimes in life - it's an extreme, amount of fun - to "throw caution
to the wind"!
Take a shot!
Go for it!

Alaska!!
My sister and her husband, took a cruise-ship up there.
WOW!!
Experience of a life-time!!
Nothing, but good things to say, about that!

"RF"

(By the way - I beg to differ with you, a little -
"Good memories" - they're one of the ways we "temper", "erase", etc ...
"Bad Memories"!)
Just my opinion!
Good point!
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I don't know why I am afraid of heights now, I didn't use to be. I would walk the top outside plates on a house 45 feet off the ground and not give it a thought. I got roped into riding a helicopter up in Branson MO by two of our granddaughters, skeered the stew out of me. That idiot nosed the chopper up rolled it over and dropped straight toward the water (we were over a lake), he could have crashed that thing and not skeered me any worse.
No - it has nothing to do with being scared of heights.
If I'm going up in an airplane and something goes wrong -
I've got a chance (If I have a "chute")

Afraid of heights? - I don't think, that's it Jim!
We've got a little more - "respect", now!
(We're "ole", "frights" now!)
I don't "bounce" as well as I used to!
Besides, I'm not as nimble as I used to be -
If I don't land on my head -
I might get hurt!!

rossfingal

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Boy , I worked late and the story got interesting---Fun story---I don't drink any more either,Jim--

I got all that out of my system by the time I hit 24---
(To many lost nights)

I sure wouldn't mind hearing more Navy days stories---Mike--
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I don't know why I am afraid of heights now, I didn't use to be. I would walk the top outside plates on a house 45 feet off the ground and not give it a thought. I got roped into riding a helicopter up in Branson MO by two of our granddaughters, skeered the stew out of me. That idiot nosed the chopper up rolled it over and dropped straight toward the water (we were over a lake), he could have crashed that thing and not skeered me any worse.
Isn't it funny what lengths you'll go to for your grand kids? Did they enjoy it? Did they know you weren't enjoying the ride?

I'm afraid of heights sometimes - sometimes not. I didn't have any problem climbing up on the 17' ladder when I was working on the soffits on my house. Driving in the mountains where there is nothing stopping someone from going over the edge didn't bother me.

What bothered me was when my sister and brother-in-law were having their house built and I tried walking up the stairs from the first floor to the second floor.

There were no risers on the stairs and just regular boards for treads, so I could see all the way down to the basement. It felt like I was going to fall through.

One time a friend and I were out for a walk and she said, "hey, let's walk on the train tracks." We got to the short bridge the train goes over and it must have taken me 20 minutes or so to get from one end to the other. There was space between the railroad ties and I could see all the way down to the river. There was no chance of me falling through, but it scared the daylights out of me. My friend walked across as if it was a regular sidewalk.
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No - it has nothing to do with being scared of heights.
If I'm going up in an airplane and something goes wrong -
I've got a chance (If I have a "chute")

Afraid of heights? - I don't think, that's it Jim!
We've got a little more - "respect", now!
(We're "ole", "frights" now!)
I don't "bounce" as well as I used to!
Besides, I'm not as nimble as I used to be -
If I don't land on my head -
I might get hurt!!

rossfingal

Barb - not making any points - just another sentiment on a good quote!!!!
Ross, I believe you are right, I am a lot more careful today than back when I was young. It is hard to believe I came through some of the things I did, just plane stupid.

Mike, NY City was new to me, a teenage hill billy swabby, totally out of my element, Memphis was big but not like that. It was hard to get across the street because the cars stopped so close to each other. (didn't think of crossing at a crosswalk) There were always a bunch of cabs on the streets, one time a couple of us just opened the back door of one of the cabs and went in one door and out the other, the driver wasn't real happy but what could he do. At least we got across the street.
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Isn't it funny what lengths you'll go to for your grand kids? Did they enjoy it? Did they know you weren't enjoying the ride?

I'm afraid of heights sometimes - sometimes not. I didn't have any problem climbing up on the 17' ladder when I was working on the soffits on my house. Driving in the mountains where there is nothing stopping someone from going over the edge didn't bother me.

What bothered me was when my sister and brother-in-law were having their house built and I tried walking up the stairs from the first floor to the second floor.

There were no risers on the stairs and just regular boards for treads, so I could see all the way down to the basement. It felt like I was going to fall through.

One time a friend and I were out for a walk and she said, "hey, let's walk on the train tracks." We got to the short bridge the train goes over and it must have taken me 20 minutes or so to get from one end to the other. There was space between the railroad ties and I could see all the way down to the river. There was no chance of me falling through, but it scared the daylights out of me. My friend walked across as if it was a regular sidewalk.
It is amazing the things we do so the grand babies will have fun. They had a ball and if they didn't know I didn't like the ride they did when we landed.
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Back in arresting gear, where we caught the planes as they came in for a landing, we had 4- 1 1/2 inch steel cables that stretches across the deck. There is a tail hook under the tail of the planes and when they came in for a landing the hook would hang one of the cables. There were four hydrolic machines under the deck that would stop the planes like a huge shock absorber.

It was my job to make sure, after the plane had hooked, and as the plane was coming to a stop I would run out and make sure the hook was off the cable. I would give the pilot the signal to lift his hook and then signal him to taxi forward to the plane director. They had me trying to train a fellow to relieve me so we would have two hook runners. We would stand behind the safety line, which was painted on the deck, about 30 or 40 feet from where the planes would hit the deck and fly back off if they didn't hang a cable.

I told the boy to be sure the plane had a hook before running out there or he would get killed. He started out there a couple of times and the plane wasn't hooked, I grabbed him jerked him back and shook my fist at him, there was no talking because the planes were so loud you could shout in some ones ear and they couldn't hear you.

After a couple of times of almost getting his head knocked off by a plane, he must have been determined to get it right. He was standing there and a plane hit the deck, and missed the wire, his head said lets go and his feet said I ain't moving and he fell right flat of his face. After the planes had all landed and it quieted down he was explaining to me what happened, it was really funny.

When on the flight deck working and the planes are moving up to the catapults you have to watch the planes, they will turn on you and the jet blast will knock you down and burn like crazy. There is no way to get away from a plane when it turns so you run up to the plane jump up hang on to the wing and ride the plane around until it straightens out then drop off and get out of the way. Sometimes you don't have time to do that, that is when you do a lot of hollering and feeling your hair and eye brows to see if they were burned off, that blast is really hot.
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Well -
Since other people feel, free to "hi-jack" this thread!
I talked to the "author" of this thread -
Somebody named "Dumb A$$" -
(Posters pick some strange names - don't they?!?)
He said I could, too!!

Fear of heights?!? -
I've never really, been scared of heights -
I was working for a roofing/siding/window-door/gutter - supplier/installer -
a few years ago.
I was the "repair-person"; and, one of the "estimators".
At the time I was doing almost, all the estimates for roofs off, of
blueprints.

Had to do an estimate for a roof - a house - somewhere in the area of -
120 to 150 squares.
(Sorry, I don't remember the exact amount!)
New house.
A modest "shack"!
Out in the country - far, West of Aurora, Ill. - for a Doctor.
The roofs were all 6-8/12, pitch.
For our roofers and myself - a "sidewalk"!
This ain't steep!
I do the estimate, and move on.

A few months later -
I'm in the office and Gabriel is there - his roofing crew did the roof.
We're talking and this roof comes up.
He say's it's the first roof he's done that scared him!
(I've seen him and his crew in action - they scared me!!!)
I'm puzzled!?!
I have to counter-flash the two chimneys on it (copper) -
I go out there.

I had forgotten how large this roof was.
It's only 1 and 1/2 stories on most of the front.
I get up there to measure for flashing.
By the time I'm up at the peak of the main-roof -
There's "old-growth", Oak trees, right next to the house.
60 - 70 - 80 feet high.
I'm above the top of these trees!
I have to get right on the edge of this roof -
I'm scared, too!!!

It's funny - when I was much younger - I would have climbed those
trees, all the way to the top!
Go figure!?!

Jim - as "creeper" says -
"keep them coming"!

"RF"
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Well -
Since other people feel, free to "hi-jack" this thread!
I talked to the "author" of this thread -
Somebody named "Dumb A$$" -
(Posters pick some strange names - don't they?!?)
He said I could, too!!

Fear of heights?!? -
I've never really, been scared of heights -
I was working for a roofing/siding/window-door/gutter - supplier/installer -
a few years ago.
I was the "repair-person"; and, one of the "estimators".
At the time I was doing almost, all the estimates for roofs off, of
blueprints.

Had to do an estimate for a roof - a house - somewhere in the area of -
120 to 150 squares.
(Sorry, I don't remember the exact amount!)
New house.
A modest "shack"!
Out in the country - far, West of Aurora, Ill. - for a Doctor.
The roofs were all 6-8/12, pitch.
For our roofers and myself - a "sidewalk"!
This ain't steep!
I do the estimate, and move on.

A few months later -
I'm in the office and Gabriel is there - his roofing crew did the roof.
We're talking and this roof comes up.
He say's it's the first roof he's done that scared him!
(I've seen him and his crew in action - they scared me!!!)
I'm puzzled!?!
I have to counter-flash the two chimneys on it (copper) -
I go out there.

I had forgotten how large this roof was.
It's only 1 and 1/2 stories on most of the front.
I get up there to measure for flashing.
By the time I'm up at the peak of the main-roof -
There's "old-growth", Oak trees, right next to the house.
60 - 70 - 80 feet high.
I'm above the top of these trees!
I have to get right on the edge of this roof -
I'm scared, too!!!

It's funny - when I was much younger - I would have climbed those
trees, all the way to the top!
Go figure!?!

Jim - as "creeper" says -
"keep them coming"!

"RF"
Buddy, I can relate to that tall house. Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about you getting up that high. For some reason gutter work always scared me a little, there is just nothing to grab hold of. I have seen the steep roofs waaay up off the ground like that, it never was fun to get up there. I just read again about being up on that roof, gave me the cold chills.

Reminds me of a time my main crew and myself built a 6500 sq ft house out in a pasture years back and the side of the house was siding, we didn't have the metal scaffold like we did later, we did have pump jacks but the side of the house was just too tall to be safe for jacks. We built scaffolds up quite a few times to get to the top of the house. When we were through, I told the guys to reach out the windows and pull the blocks nailed to the house loose and hang on to the mess. We did that and I said "let it go", when all that wood hit the ground it looked like a bomb had gone off. I get the ole pucker factor just thinking about the height of that house, blame, now I got to go change my drawers button holes ya know.

One of the funny things that happened at that house and there were several. When we worked we worked hard and did a lot of work but we always had fun no matter what we did. I had some characters working for me and that always made life fun. I had to run to the lumber company to order some material and was telling my lead man what to do til I got back.

One of the guys was climbing up on a 6 foot step ladder leaning against the house. It was really muddy that day and slick as the dickens. I was standing there looking at Roger about 6 feet away and Kelvey, just behind Roger, was just fixin to go up the ladder. Kelvey was wearing one of them fake leather black jackets, (that ain't got nothing to do with this, oh well)

Just as Kelvey's foot hit the second rung of the ladder, both feet slid through the ladder and Kelvey hit the ground flat of his back, right in the mud, splattered everywhere. Kelvey had both arms bent straight out at the elbows in front of him, both fists closed, there flat of his back and real quick like turned his head toward me and said, "mr Jim" (talking something like Gomer Pyle) I like to have busted my sides laughing. Hummm, I guess you would have just had to be there.

Sorry about the hi jack buddy, I'll try to keep it down to a loud roar.
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As a addition to my previous, post - concerning - "fear of heights"!
A few days later (after I had measured for the flashing) -
I had to go out and cut/grind the mortar joints, to install the flashing.
"Cake-walk"!!
I ain't scared at all!!

I also had to do a little "tune-up" on the drip-edge.
Which entailed, leaning over the edge of the roof -
No problem!
It was nothing!

I understand - somewhat!
Go figure!

"RF"
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Rossi, you are going to kill me but I just can't help it, this is one of the kinda funny things that happened while building that house. We were nailing the 1X8 decking on the house and one of my buddies dropped by and came up where Roger and I were working. We stopped for a minute or two and he was telling us he hurt his elbow some how. He said, "the doctor told me it was uh.. uh.. uh.., and at the exact same time Roger and I said "stigmatism". OK OK well it was funny then. Blame ain't y'all got any sense of humor or something? I'm through now. Now back to our regular scheduled program.

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