Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tilt and trepidation

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Tilt and trepidation were today's T words for ABC Wednesday as I walked down Jaffa Street.
Two workers were trying to either raise or lower the tilting sign.

The one man I could not see but from behind the tarp he could be heard warning his comrade "
Shwaya shwaya, shwaya shwaya."
(That's Arabic for slowly slowly / little by little / be careful / easy does it!)

Enlarge the photo and you'll see he is balancing on an inch of stone and hanging on to the railing with one arm.

The fear and trembling typical for Jewish Mothers rose up in me, so I took a quick snapshot and kept on walking so as not to distract or embarrass the worker. God forbid he should fall on my account!
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They are doing a great job preserving and restoring the facade of the hundred year old Saidoff building while a highrise is being built behind it.
See how the gutted building looked a few years ago here and see how another endangered worker put his nose to the grindstone here.
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17 comments:

Mar said...

Oh, no, they have no protection at all!! hope everything turns out well.What a great job restoring that facade.

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Ms. Burrito said...

Very nice job!

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Roger Owen Green said...

THEY are making me nervous!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Spiderdama said...

Hm, without safety equipment? Not good. But you did a nice job for T:-)

RuneE said...

Construction work is one of the more dangerous trades - and this looks dangerous indeed!

VP said...

Brave worker, but this kind of work in unsafe conditions won't be tolerated even here.

Kim, USA said...

Nice job!

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ChrisJ said...

I read recently that Big Ben is beginning to tilt! That's something that has been a pretty steady icon in my life. Even Big Ben is groaning at the impermanence of our world.

Kay said...

Good gracious! That is scary. I'm glad his mother wasn't watching.

gigihawaii said...

That is scary! I would have walked on, too.

Robin said...

Yikes, I'm glad it wasn't me up there!

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Francisca said...

Terrific Timing in Taking this shot, Dina!

Birdman said...

Yikes! Is it really worth the risk?

Louis la Vache said...

As always, a clever post from Dina for ABC Wednesday!
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Sara said...

I can feel your fear and trembling! I think I'd have the same reaction if I had been there.

Theanne and Baron said...

How wonderful this building is going to be when completed! But hopefully not at the expense of someone's health or safety...building or restoring it's a dangerous trade! Great post Dina!

marginalia said...

Perfect timing.