Friday, August 3, 2012

On the Ball





Yesterday the Japan Times reported that while dismantling the no longer needed analog antenna from atop Tokyo Tower, workers made a surprising discovery about 306 meters up the historic landmark. There lodged at the base of the antenna was a baseball that had most likely been left behind by construction workers when the antenna was initially installed over half a century ago. 


The find shouldn't sound all that startling to some. When old buildings and other structures are torn down in American cities like New York, it's not at all surprising to find little treasures tucked away behind the walls and elsewhere by the people who built them in the first place. Most often it's beer bottles or cans. Today those old empty containers are highly sought-after collectibles. Unlike  their modern day recyclable counterparts, they can fetch big bucks from collectors. 


In the U.S. there is really no big wonder as to how the old beer receptacles find their way behind the walls of some of the most respectable places of business in cities across the country. It's obvious to everyone but a precious few that the working masses at the time were simply doing their best to ease the pain of being crushed under the boot heels of their bourgeoisie capitalist overlords. 


In other words they were hitting the bottle, perhaps before, during and after lunch. Some of those buildings are very high and no-doubt it took a lot of courage to scale them when they were first built back in the dark ages of architectural engineering. Maybe back then a few found that courage in a bottle.


While the ball stuck in the antenna that rose above Tokyo Tower may explain my poor TV reception (which I had always attributed to my neighbor's overgrown tree). The question remaining is what the heck were they doing up there back in 1958? Maybe they weren't hitting the bottle, like some construction workers may have habitually done where I come from, but were they hitting the ball instead? As far as I'm concerned, just thinking about doing either at that elevation brings fright to an all new height. 


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