Friday, July 18, 2008

Juke Skywalker

I am presently doing archaeology on a site that is literally in the shadow of these giant cranes. Yesterday we diggers looked skyward, fascinated, as one crane built a second crane. In the first photo the arm is being moved into the proper slots of the tower. In the second, the heavy counterbalance weights are being put on the other end.

But our fascination turned to disbelief verging on horror when we saw a man scampering clear to the end of the long arm without any harness or safety anything! Then a second man was climbing up above the operator's cabin, dragging cables to put into place! Oi oi oi! The men were shouting to, or maybe at, one another. One of our dig staff who was born in the U.S.S.R., burst out laughing when she heard the guy's juicy Russian curse. She was not ready to repeat or translate it.
There is actually a man (or two) here in the photo; you will just have to believe me. The man looked so small up there that I call him Juke Skywalker. "Juke" is the Hebrew slang for a little cockroach.
Thank God the men did their job and returned to earth safely.


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29 comments:

Laurie Fischer said...

Oh my...that's scary to see. Thankfully all are ok. Great blog!

quilly said...

I was holding my breath as I was reading! If I got that tense hearing your story, I can only imagine how you felt! Spellbinding Sky Watch photo!

Kay said...

I love your title, Dina. Oh my gosh! That is so scary. This is such an original, interesting Sky Watch photo...very out of the ordinary.

Jan said...

Great shots. I was entralled even before I read your explaination. I say better he than me.

kjpweb said...

Stunning! In the 2nd pic you can actually see 2 workers. And I second Jan - bet they than us! :)
Shabbath shalom!
Cheers, Klaus

Old Wom Tigley said...

Brave men or daft.... :O)

It's great what you see while Sky Watching..
Thank you for joining in with Sky Watch, I hope you get many visits here and have the time to comment on others... once again on behalf of all at Sky Watch thank you
Tom

Lasse said...

Astonishing development happening in the sky... :)

Chuck Pefley said...

Definitely not for the faint of heart! Amazing what "man" can do ... and usually get away with.

Shimmy Mom said...

So scary. When my hubby was in the Coast Guard he had to work with cranes a lot (they use them to get the ships out of the water during "dry dock" when they need to be fixed) he would always come home and say home many of the men would walk out on them without their safety lines and how he thought they were crazy. It always scared me. Some people have more courage than I , that or fewer brain cells. You can choose which.

Julie said...

This is an exhilarating yarn, Dina. Isn't it astounding what we see when we look up (or down) instead of the more normal straight ahead. There is a moral in there somewhere.

I liked the comment upon the Russian oath. You add so much in so few words that makes your image more intense. Thank you.

Titania said...

Hi Dina, thank you for your kind comment on my first skywatch picture. I appreciate yours, quite special, far down you digging at antiquity and, aha above in your skywatch photo you caught the "skywalkers"! Great picture, Dina. Yes, Dina visit Lake Hiawatha. This is still very unspoilt country. Youraygir Nationalpark is fantastic, just you and nature! I have a blog in february, the third last "Natura in minima maxima" about Youraygir. Shalom

RuneE said...

I hope that you are not using that kind of equipment in archaeology!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I confess I've never seen a crane build another crane. I could never do that job as I'm way to afraid of heights!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

hi dina
we lay nets under the olive trees and beat them mechanically, the nets are gathered and the olives are sacked. the forest had overgrown, the new owner has done a good job

Pretty Life Online said...

great catch for SWF! Mine's up too hope you can drop by.

SandyCarlson said...

Dina,
This gives me the chills. That is some challenging work those guys do. I wouldn't want to be the spouse of one and wondering if he was every going to come home at the end of the day!

Louise said...

Your posts are always so interesting.

dulce said...

I would prefer to go to each one of you and leave a personal comment, but unfortunately or perhaps not, each week there are more of us participating. People of every corner of the world joined in a unique will – to see and share sky watch.
So, this week in order to leave a comment in the most blogs, I had to write a single message to all of you.
One thing I must say: I did really see your skies and enjoyed them all.
See you next week! :-)

This is a job that I would not liketo have!! Bur yours I would love it.

Michelle said...

Dina..there have been two crane accidents in NY City that have killed people. Be careful!

Mustang Mike said...

I would not want that job for all the gold in Ft Knox! Great shot! Mustang Mike

Luiz Ramos said...

Good report and photographies.

babooshka said...

Title of the day has to go to you! May they indeed be reurned safely, and you wouldn't catch me up there.

imac said...

I enjoyed looking at your photos different thanks.

The Team thanks you for posting at SW and helping to make this new venture a success.

fishing guy said...

Dina: Waht a great sory of the crane failure.

How great is that, doing work on the old in view of the new construction. You are in a wonderful area for an archaeological dig.

Louis la Vache said...

Oi Oi Oi, indeed! "Louis's" acrophobia acts up just looking at the photos!

Petrea said...

I'm not afraid of heights but I'd never!

Catherine said...

Very neat skywatch capture!
And scary, ~I'm afraid of heights..:)
Happy sky~watching!
Cat

Jerez said...

Wow, Dina, you have two kinds of history happenning at once. Scary looking up and that, incongruent in a way, huh?.

photowannabe said...

Spellbinding narration of the work on the crane and your work too. I enjoy your posts so much.