To the laborers: A Labor Day appreciation post

I’ve made the “NOPE” joke many times. But it’s not really a joke. I don’t do well with heights.

Fun Fact: In the mid-to-late ’80s I was this close to moving to Chicago (from Pittsburgh) to work in construction for a bricklayer. Gave my two-week notice and everything. I changed my mind, in part because I realized construction workers have to climb ladders and work from swing-stages and dangle from more than five feet off the ground. Nope. Not for me. Can’t do it.

Many of you have told me you’re no fan of heights either, but “you get used to it.” I’ll take your word for that. Don’t get me wrong, I can go up in a skyscraper, stand behind a safe pane of glass, and look down and around. Those are *protected heights* to me. No glass? No go.

Now, someday I’ll be offered an invitation to climb into a tower crane. That’s an opportunity I won’t pass up. But in the meantime, I’m staying here on terra firma.

As for the rest of you up there high above the streets and the rivers, mad respect from me. Not just for what you do, but where you do it.

Happy Labor Day. Stay safe up there.

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