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Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 20 2007, 9:17pm

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Half of me thinks this would be wonderful, and would love to take photos - the other half runs screaming from the very thought. The thickness of the glass is irrelevant. What do you folks think?


FingonOfPittsburgh
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Mar 20 2007, 9:31pm

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That's crazy. I could never walk out on that - no way!


Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

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Darkstone
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Mar 20 2007, 9:32pm

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I just wonder.... [In reply to] Can't Post

...with sand being driven by high speed winds and ground in by thousands of tourists' feet, just how long that clear surface will remain clear. As for me, just as long as the handrail isn't invisible too, why not?

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Mar 20 2007, 9:33pm

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actually I think it would be fab! [In reply to] Can't Post

And would love to walk out on it - what a great view, what a great experience! Just hope they've built it properly...

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L. Ron Halfelven
Grey Havens


Mar 20 2007, 9:56pm

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I could just picture this happening if I went there: [In reply to] Can't Post

I walk nonchalantly across the glass.
Roadrunner comes up behind, nudges me with beak.
Roadrunner ducks its head, gesturing: Look down.
I look down.
I look at camera, gulp visibly, hold up little sign: HELP.
My feet start falling into the abyss. The rest of me follows a second later.
Overhead shot shows tiny dust cloud appearing on distant floor of Canyon.


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Mar 20 2007, 10:10pm

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Wow! [In reply to] Can't Post

I think it looks amazing! I must go! Perhaps my next major road trip.


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Mar 20 2007, 10:26pm

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I can't even stand on a chair to change a lightbulb without getting light-headed.

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    Mar 20 2007, 10:29pm

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    The Museum of Natural History in NYC has a bit of an archaeological dig encased in plexi, so that you climb up steps on one end and walk the length of it able to look down and see into the site. Fascinating, if you're able to keep from being distracted by the woozy feeling of having nothing under your feet. Iirc, the feeling was something between complete freezing on the spot and the need to sprint for the steps. Something similar over the Grand Canyon? There would need to be a rescue team sent after me...

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    Aerlinn
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    Mar 20 2007, 10:35pm

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    'No,' said Gandalf, 'but I can.'



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    FingonOfPittsburgh
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    Mar 20 2007, 11:00pm

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    Just make sure, before you walk out on the platform, you don't see any signs that say "Acme Glass Co."


    Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

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    CAhobbit
    Rohan


    Mar 20 2007, 11:16pm

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    The Grand Canyon is breathtaking... [In reply to] Can't Post

    but I enjoyed it at least 3 feet from the edge (or more). I'm terribly afraid of heights so even on a thick, clear walkway I would find myself in a horrible state. I remember being close to an observation window (in a gift shop) while I was there that jutted out a bit over the edge...even then I found myself standing at least a foot away from the window (yes, my fear is that bad).

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    Mar 20 2007, 11:17pm

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    *Meep* *Meep* Roadrunner runs off in a spin of dust. / [In reply to] Can't Post

     

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    Drusilla Darling
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    Mar 20 2007, 11:18pm

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    My feet and palms sweat just thinking about it! I don't care how thick that glass is, forget it!

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    Mar 20 2007, 11:36pm

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    http://mrjarchitects.com/...cts%20canyon%202.htm


    nope, nope, not on your life. Uh uh. No.

    Just the thought of it is giving me goose bumps.

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    I think I'll just let the mystery be.
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    GaladrielTX
    Tol Eressea


    Mar 20 2007, 11:58pm

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    I, for one, would find it kind of fun. [In reply to] Can't Post

    Then again, I wanted to go hang gliding off a cliff when I vacationed in Hawaii and was terribly disappointed when the winds wouldn't cooperate.

    I wouldn't pay $25 for the Canyon thing, though.

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    Annael
    Half-elven


    Mar 20 2007, 11:58pm

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    I'm one of those three-feet-back-from-the-edge folks too.

    Only a real man would dare do his morning power walk in a puffy shirt.


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    Morwen
    Rohan


    Mar 21 2007, 12:16am

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    Now THAT I couldn't do. [In reply to] Can't Post

    That would be like those places that have one-way glass on the bathroom doors. I can't cope with those either.

    I think I'd be fine with the canyon thing, though.

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    Grey Havens


    Mar 21 2007, 12:21am

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    Aerin
    Grey Havens


    Mar 21 2007, 5:48am

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    some people consider it a real eyesore. Was it really worth imposing this structure on the canyon?


    Radhruin
    Rohan


    Mar 21 2007, 6:03am

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    It's hardly as if the Canyon needs anything to "up" its beauty and majesty. I don't care for the idea. The Canyon itself is spectacular. Leave it alone.Angelic

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    silneldor
    Half-elven


    Mar 21 2007, 3:30pm

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    What bothers me [In reply to] Can't Post

    is that this is a 'crack in the dam' concerning the further encroachment of other 'amenities' to pimple the natural beauty of the canyon.
    Such a thing would be novel i suppose. I have been there twice and the beauty is overwhelming. Many places can give you that 'uncomprehensible' sense of depth (and without the distortion of 4" glass). There is so much to see by just walking about especially with the changing light of day.
    The only (hopefully) positive attribute would be, i can see, is for those native americans who have had more than their share of hardships.

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    Mar 21 2007, 3:56pm

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    Grey Havens


    Mar 21 2007, 4:05pm

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    silneldor
    Half-elven


    Mar 21 2007, 4:27pm

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    "Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that, through story, the real world would become a more magical place, full of meaning. We see its patterns and colors in a fresh way. The recovery of a true view of the world applies both to individual things, like hills and stones, and to the cosmic - the depths of space and time itself. For in sub-creation, in Tolkien's view, there is a "survey" of space and time. Reality is captured on a miniature scale. Through stories like The Lord of the Rings, a renewed view of things is given, illuminating the homely, the spiritial, the physical, and the moral dimensions of the world."

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    grammaboodawg
    Immortal


    Mar 21 2007, 4:37pm

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    makes me dizzy! *urp*


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