Monday, July 17, 2017

Painting A Tall Building, Ecuador Style

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it."
-- Pericles

Painting tall buildings is not a job for which I will ever submit an application. Heights and I no longer get along. Perhaps Pericles would say I am not brave enough.

These four painters in Guayaquil, however, are. I hope they had a clear vision of what was before them when they accepted the work.

These guys are each hanging from a single rope, sitting on a short piece of wood, painting the side of the building, bucket of paint hanging next to them.

The building they are painting is tall!

They must be grateful at the end of each work day to put their feet back on solid ground.

Would you consider applying for this job?


  1. Hi Emily - no, no way! Crumbs ... good for them - but I guess that was the way is was done, still is obviously in Ecuador. Not funny ... but I expect they're used to it, and they get paid ... cheers Hilary

    1. You and I will both stay on the ground, Hilary. I am sure they are used to it but it frightened me just watching them from afar. Every time they lowered themselves a bit, I held my breath.

  2. Aha! Must be some ad or cookie blocker setting that keeps me from signing in. I used Chrome Canary instead of my usual one. It's JM. I'm not too scared of heights, but I'm not crazy about bosun's chairs--aside from being too old anyway.

    1. Hopefully it is not a problem next time. Thank you for teaching me a new word - I had no idea they were called bosun chairs. Thanks for stopping by JM and commenting despite the login issue.