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The Loneliness Of The Skyscraper Window Cleaner
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© Christine Till
(This is Three First National Plaza, Chicago, Il, - 57 floors, Height: 767 feet / 234 meter, built 1981)
The pay is good, you get great views of the city and constant challenges. If this sounds like your dream job, you should either become a Wall Street big shot or - a far riskier option - a skyscraper window washer. High-rise and skyscraper window cleaners work on high rise buildings, dangling outside via ropes and using abseiling techniques to control their rate of descent.
It's a good life. Lonely. But you see people, even if you don't speak to them. Gazing in on men and women working, talking, laughing, living, a window washer remaines always separated from them by those hundreds of window panes, suspended in his own quiet, windy limbo. Below, toy-like cars and tiny figures are waving a crazy pattern.
This is as high as you can get without flying.
October 13th, 2012
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