There’s serious building construction going on at work, and a couple weeks ago, a big old tower crane seemed to grow out of the ground overnight.
At first, I didn’t pay very much attention to it. We’re all kind of used to construction now and even though it’s still pretty awesome to see the new building addition coming together, it really is kind of background noise right now. But then one day, I saw the crane moving and depositing pieces of whatever onto what I can only assume is an elevator shaft. Since then, I’ve kind of become obsessed with it. For reasons unknown to anyone, I really want to drive that crane. A part of me thinks that it would be enough to just climb up and sit at the controls, but no. I think it’s being in control of something that freaking huge, moving that much metal with what is probably only the push of a button. I’m sure Freud would say that it’s phallic in some way. Who knows?
The chances of me being able to do this are infinitesimal but a guy can dream, right? Even if I somehow managed to get permission to do this (never going to happen), I’m not sure I’d be able to climb the ladder all the way to the top. Considering I had trouble with the ladder I had to use to clean the gutters on my house, I’m thinking something that high in the air might pose a bit of a problem.
I told my wife that I wanted to drive the crane and she said to me “You’re such a boy!” I may sometimes worry about how I stack up man-wise to other guys, but if there’s any one thing I’m confident about, it’s the health and well being of my inner 12 year-old boy.
Until my next post, I’ll be dreaming of operating the tower crane. It also reminded me of the site craneporn.org (which, despite the name, is totally safe for work.) It also has a Tumblr (although it appears to be neglected.)