Judging By This Photo, Danica Patrick Might Be Afflicted With Acrophobia
Now I’m not the most gifted person when it comes to reading into people’s feelings based upon their facial expressions – if I were, I probably wouldn’t have gotten myself into what I refer to as “The Staring Contest Turned Harassment Restraining Order Incident,” but this one has all the appearances of a no-brainer. Pictured above is a photo of Miss Danica Patrick standing on the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building, which is the observation deck on the 102-story building. According to this site, the 103rd floor observation deck is not open to regular folks like you and I – only celebrities and other assorted bigwigs get the chance to take a gander of the New York City skyline from that particular vantage point:
The normally off-limits 103rd floor is usually only seen by 30 to 40 celebrities each year, and more prosaically, people working with its television and radio transmitters and antennas. If you clamber up the narrow staircase behind the unmarked, locked door on the 102nd floor — and venture past the signs warning of high levels of radio-frequency radiation — you find yourself on a walkway encircling the small room. It’s wide open to the elements, with no fences and only a knee-high wall separating you from the void. It was fortunately calm on the day NewYorkology visited — clinging to the wall in a stiff wind would be scary.
Patrick was at the Empire State Building earlier today, along with fellow drivers Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, which Patrick qualified for on Sunday, despite inclement weather during what is referred to as Bump Day.
But the big race is small potatoes compared to standing on that walkway. As you can see by the abject horror on Patrick’s face (take a look at what she looked out at from where she was standing – chilling), it was not a pleasant experience for her. Nor would it be for me. I’m terrified of heights. I’m getting the heebie-jeebies just looking at that photo. When I was in Seattle and visited the Space Needle, I couldn’t walk to the edge of the observation deck and that thing was completely enclosed by a series of chain link fences. Yes, I’m a total wuss. But I’ll have you know I have developed the will and courage to climb up onto the fifth step of a ladder. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.