Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dios Mio, Mang

So you wanna be a roofer, huh?

I was once at the top of a forty-foot ladder, laden with tools, with the ladder leaned against a house where one rake board transitioned into another rake board at the spot an addition met the main house. Forty feet is plenty high to be lethal, and give you the feeling it's lethal, too.  Without any warning, a bat -- one bat -- came out of the seam and hit me square in the face, thrashed around a bit, and fluttered off.

In theory, no matter what, you're never supposed to let go of the ladder. Earthquake, fire, gunshots, surprise parties, whatever -- your natural inclination to wave your hands around must be countered. It's hard to override a bazillion years of fight or flee, but it's easy to see who can manage it. They're not blogging just now.

The bats are just a lark for these fellows. Watch out for the histoplasmosis, guys! It's more painful than marriage, but less deadly in the long run.


Casey Klahn said...

You have nerves of steel, and blood of ice. Then, there's this blog, which is just as superior.

Holy [insert anything topical as a pun here], Batman!

Chieftain of Seir said...
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Chieftain of Seir said...

I know a guy who stepped off a ladder backwards because a bat came out at him.

It was only 12-15 feet down for him (as I remember the story that he told). But it still messed him up pretty good.

vanderleun said...

Oooooo...kay.... that goes straight to the list of doing the jobs Americans are too grossed out to do.

Winning comment at Youtube: "KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!"

Anonymous said...

histoplasmosis? Sure. But don't forget rabies...
And the guano can cause serious asthmatic type problems as well for the people in that property.

Baby M said...

Bats are small creatures--until one comes flying straight at you in your upstairs hallway. Then, it's the size of a C-130.