Great Grates – Not Afraid to Die


I don’t know about you, but I get nervous as hell when traversing grates like this. What’s strange, though, is that my fear has nothing to do with dying. I figure that if I fall 25 feet and am impaled on a piece of pipe or maybe fall even farther and have my femurs splinter and lodge in my skull, that’s okay. I don’t fear the prospect of the afterlife, whatever form it takes.

What I really fear about grates is the idea that I might drop my keys or cell phone and lose them forever. How would I get home? How could I call for someone to help me retrieve my phone if it were lost 50 feet down?

Do you get nervous when walking on grates like this? What are your fears? Please share with the group.

7 Comments so far

  1. IntangibleArts (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    …the grate doesn’t scare me half as much as that dancing satanic blue-footed booby down there…

  2. Liz (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    I’m afraid of losing another pair of heels…I always get stuck in those things.

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

    Heels – I had forgotten about that issue, since I don’t often wear them. Good point! I don’t reckon heels make good flats after the heel part is ripped off.

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

    I love the grates, as people always give them wide berth, allowing me to walk with a bit more of a buffer zone. When they’re less fun, though, is when they’re wet from snow or rain. That’s when you break your ankle.

  5. joelogon (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    I wouldn’t dismiss the whole "falling through and dying" aspect: Woman Falls Through NYC Street Into Transformers

  6. Rosemary (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

    I absolutely HATE those damn grates. Ugh.

  7. KCinDC (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

    That must have been a criminally poorly designed grate in NYC, Joe. The ones I’ve noticed always seem to be designed so that the grate is bigger than the opening and therefore can’t go down. There’s no way to fall through unless there’s some sort of structural failure in the metal, which seems pretty unlikely. But maybe I should pay closer attention.

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