A happy and scary 4th

Grandma and Grandpa drove up this weekend and "insisted" that they watch Tyson on the 4th so Steve and I could go downtown and watch the downtown fireworks show from his building. They are up to the 37th floor now, and someone at Steve's company told everyone that he could see the fireworks from the 6th floor last year, so we headed over there and met one of his co-workers there.

For those who don't know, Steve is working on a high-rise downtown that will eventually be 40 stories tall. So... since they're on 37, there's a lot still under construction. Like, no elevators yet, etc. So, to get up to the top, we took a metal cage - looking thing that's attached to the outside of the building up to the 32nd floor, then climbed ladders up to 37.

I consider myself a pretty brave person, since I've been skydiving and have done some crazy attractions at theme parks. This put a little fear into me though. Here are some things that happened that were a "little" scary...

- Steve: "There's two [cage] elevators but I can't get the first one to work, let's try the second one"
- There's nothing to hold on to inside the cage. NOTHING. And it shakes while it's going up.
- (after we'd been going up for awhile in the cage elevator): "What floor are we at?" WHAT?!?! I heard a nice little story about the "safety" stop not stopping someone at the top of this elevator before, so I was picturing us going off the top of the building when I heard this... at this point I "suggested" that we get off on 31 just to be safe.
- (once we get off on 32) Steve and Clayton: "I think we need to turn the light off inside the cage or it might run out of power while we're up here"
- (once we get back on to go back down) Steve: "Hey Clayton, do I push the lever towards me make it go back down?" -- remember the story about going off the top of the track?!?!

All in all, we had fun, and everyone agreed that it was worth going up there even though a high-rise was blocking 2/3 of the fireworks (yeah thanks for the bad advice from last year). We still saw some good ones though and found out where some of our $3.90 per gallon is going (Shell paid for it)

I figure, how many chances do you get to go on the roof of a 37 story building to watch fireworks? Here's some pics :)

Hanging out and reading with Grandma and Grandpa!

1 comment:

Katie said...

I would have peed my pants.