The 400 Ft. View


Image Source: Meredith Kleiber

I’m doing okay, you know? I ain’t no millionaire, but I’m working steady, staying out of trouble. I can take care of my daughter, at least, and that’s everything to me.

It’s not a job where you want to look down, that’s for sure! I’m not too scared, but I don’t spend too much time sightseeing, either. Some of the rookies, it really gets to them their first few times up. But you get used to it.

And it’s really interesting. Working this high up, you get to see all the big-wigs at work, ya know? Some of them, they got offices like you wouldn’t believe. All gold and crazy paintings and signed baseballs and jerseys and everything. I can’t imagine working in an office like that!

I see lots of people playing computer games and stuff at work. And once I saw a guy and his secretary…well, let’s just say they were really enjoying their lunch.

I like my office, though. It’s a little cooler on the hot days this high up, and I get a little spray from the water blowing in the breeze. Sucks when you get a breeze full of soapy water, but it’s still better than being cooped inside an office.

I’m not much for bragging, but since you asked, I’m pulling in around $100 a day, depending on the building. That’s middle of the road pay. I’d like to stay on ‘till I can pull in around $250 a day, just so I can put a little more aside for my daughter. I only get to see her every other weekend, but she’s why I’m up here, you know?

When I first started out, I used to use a bosun’s chair, but I gave it up. Those things are scary! It’s like riding a swing set 400 feet up! I like being on the scaffolding crew. We all go up together, get on together, lower ourselves together. And it’s a lot more secure. You gotta watch out for soapy spots, but I’ll take that over the feeling of swinging by myself that high up.

So like I said, I’m definitely not going to be retiring anytime soon. But I’m doing okay. Covering my rent, taking care of my baby, got a little left over to grab a few rounds after work…it’s not bad. I’m definitely in the 99%. But I’m doing okay.

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15 comments
  1. Loaded with symbolism and meaning!

    • And soapy water!

  2. Probably how an awful lot of us view our day to day.

    • I hope so. *grin*

  3. morezennow said:

    Ain’t no way I’m gettin’ up there. Me an’ heights? A vomit bomb, all the way down an’ splat! Whoa, I’m dizzy just reading this.
    I’ll leave it to you, as always, to take me there…sans puke, of course!

    • I’m staying on the ground with ya!

  4. Ah, you really do know how to capture an internal snapshot in time with such grace. I feel as though I know this guy now, and what’s really amazing is– you created him whole-cloth from a single image. Gorgeous.

    • Thank you so much. Just….thanks. ;)

  5. well crafted, nicely drawn. continue…

    • Thank you, Sir!

  6. Sarah said:

    I love everything about this post!! It’s terrific!! Great job, and thanks for posting it!

    • Thank YOU, Sarah! Come on back tomorrow.

  7. this is funny..thank u for sharing:)

  8. awesome, as always. love your stories! thanks for doing justice to my image :)

    • I’m honored, friend.

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