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!