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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2012, 12:36:43 pm »
i used to love roller coasters. i grew up near cedar point in ohio.  i still can go on them, but after being an engineer, i start wondering if bolts were to specification, design margins etc. then i panic.  if i don't think about it i am okay
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2012, 12:38:27 pm »
guaranteed to send a chill down my spine

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At least she invites you, huh?  She still actually wants to do "things" with you, yeah? But either way, that's a strange fear.
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2012, 01:00:36 pm »
i used to love roller coasters. i grew up near cedar point in ohio.  i still can go on them, but after being an engineer, i start wondering if bolts were to specification, design margins etc. then i panic.  if i don't think about it i am okay

Back in the day I used to do steel inspections.  I mean really back in the day, before 100% fall protection mandates.  I walked on the structural steel, way up in the sky, carrying a 6 foot long torque wrench, torque testing connecting bolts, and doing welding inspection.  I had no problems walking around up there without a safety harness.  I could walk across 100 foot spans of 2 inch wide bar joists without a second thought...  provided there were no 10' tiger sharks swimming below.   :D
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2012, 08:52:01 pm »
Umbrellas always make me have a little panic fart. Seriously. Hate 'em. I'm 6'3"....Taller than most of the population. So, I walk down a street crowded with umbrellas, and all I see is a million little pointy things right at eye level.
  Heights freak me out too. I'm not actually scared of the height, but I get this uncontrollable urge to jump. It's so overwhelming, I'm afraid someday I just might. Screwed up, no?
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2012, 07:07:57 am »
My brother broke his back when a scaffolding collapsed and dropped him 3 stories onto his feet.
+1, But It was only 2.5 stories. (5 fused vertabrae)

Back in the day when I was an EMT with an ambulance we responded to a fall call.  nearly 3 stories from an old Victorian roof, and he managed to break a 4x4 split rail fence with his back on the way down. 

Unusual for us to catch a nurses asst undoing all the restraints (backboard etc. we put him in) but I stopped her and and she said something about talking top the Dr.  I told the Dr. that the mechanism of injury said this mans back was broke.  She actually asked if she could xray thru a wood backboard.  Ribs fractured in 23 locations and 2 crushed vertabrae.  Took the Orthos 3 weeks to get him off of our backboard.  (He was walking when we arrived)

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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2012, 10:25:48 am »
My fear isn't the ladders, nor the roof, but the transition between the two.

That's mine exactly.  Especially the transition from the roof to the ladder - that one always kills me
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2012, 11:08:28 am »
  No fear of height but what has me up in the air. Buildings,bucket trucks, mountains, planes, sturdy ladders, house tops, trees OK. Shaky scaffolding, shaky ladders not so OK..don't like. I guess it comes down to trusting the structure.

 Not going to jump off of or out of anything on purpose.

 Railings...what is it about them? I stay away too.

 
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2012, 11:24:09 am »
I am a firefighter and have seen my share of death and destruction over the past 20 years. The one thing though that makes me feel more mortal than anything is driving on a two lane road at highway speeds.  Trust me....it only takes a second of distraction for everything to go tragically wrong.   It isn't really a fear as much as the realization of how close to death/serious injury we are almost everyday.

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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2012, 06:50:54 pm »
I guess I am lucky to have no irrational fears........just the nagging "oh crap, some day it's gonna hurt" type of fear.
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2012, 12:35:33 pm »
I used to do a lot of climbing, and heights never bothered me "in the wild". Heights on man-made structures have always bothered me. Go figure!

The other fear I've got is other drivers when it's raining. It's not just that I never trust the other guy, but in the rain it's a bit of a problem for me.
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2012, 12:57:30 pm »
I used to do a lot of climbing, and heights never bothered me "in the wild". Heights on man-made structures have always bothered me. Go figure!

The other fear I've got is other drivers when it's raining. It's not just that I never trust the other guy, but in the rain it's a bit of a problem for me.

In Des Moines it doesn't take rain to make you fear the other drivers.  Stop signs and red lights are just suggestions in this town.  I see at least 2 or 3 red light runners everyday on my commute of 12 miles round trip.  Not the "whoops, I misjudged the yellow a bit" type of red light runner either but the "my light is green and 3 cars have already gone through the intersection in front of me and a person just ran the red" type of red light runner.

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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2012, 03:07:04 pm »
My biggest fear...Honestly...
Coat hooks, mounted at eye-level.

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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2012, 04:12:22 pm »
My biggest fear...Honestly...
Coat hooks, mounted at eye-level.


Oh good. I'm not the only one with and eye injury phobia.
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2012, 04:20:27 pm »
My biggest fear...Honestly...
Coat hooks, mounted at eye-level.


Oh good. I'm not the only one with and eye injury phobia.

you're not the only one with urge to jump fears either weaze. I make it a point to carefully walk up to edges, railings, floor to ceiling windows etc. just to try to acclimate to the fear but it still does work, I get a thrill and that urge. 'I wonder what it would be like?' feeling.
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Re: That Moment of Feeling Terrifyingly Mortal
« Reply #29 on: January 25, 2012, 07:09:36 pm »
Yeah, the "I wonder what it would feel like", feeling. Well put. I jumped off a 30' high dive. Lemme tells, it feels pretty horrific. Your dropping,and scrambling for something to catch yourself on, and there's nothing there.
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