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Have You Been in The Glass Enclosure at The Willis Tower?

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I know it is old news but just about everyone knows by now that the glass enclosed ledge at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sear’s Tower) in Chicago had some breakage of its floor last week. The cracks appeared on the top layer of glass  and no one was actually in danger. For those who read that story and have never been there they probably just blew if off. For those who have actually stood there at one time, like I have, it brought back some anxious memories.

I went to the Willis Tower a couple of years ago when the glass ledge first opened.  The lines were long and several people stood in line and decided against walking out there when it was their turn. Then it became my turn and when I approached the ledge I must admit it made me think twice about doing it.

I first cautiously placed my right foot on it and paused. I took a deep breath and followed with my right foot and there I was in the glass enclosure “outside” of the building 103 floors above the ground. I looked down at the people walking the sidewalks below.  They looked like ants moving around. I managed to calm my anxiety and look around while in the glass enclosure. Then I took a deep breath and said to myself “ok, you did it, now get the ______off of this thing”. It was much like my first skydiving episode.

So when I saw the story about the glass breakage, I completely understand everyone’s apprehensiveness about being out there. There was my experience in a nutshell.  If you have ever been there and walked out into the glass enclosure let me know how you felt being out there. I’d love to hear your comments.

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