Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

“Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.”
—WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

I frayed a hole in the heel of the palm of this leather glove during my last climb on the backspan of the East Main Cable of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Quadriceps muscles in the legs get a workout on the way down and the calves and hamstrings get it on the way up. Leather gloves take a beating in both directions.

The glove pictured below survived two round trips on the cable.

Cable Fray © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Uv-glay Cable Fray
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Follow the link to this video and see what it is like to work on the backspan of the East Main Cable of the Golden Gate Bridge: IBEW’s Golden Gatekeepers

  23 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

  1. May 31, 2019 at 2:28 AM

    This looks exactly like my dad’s work gloves!

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  2. everdayphoto
    August 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    It was fun to stumble upon your picture linked to the photo challenge as my husband is also a Local 6 member. You must have had such an amazing and unique view from up on the bridge. What an awesome job to have!

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    • August 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      It was a great job and the view was incredible. Say ‘hello” to your husband for me and thank you for taking the time to comment on my post.
      Allan

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  3. August 24, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Always love your posts Allan – must be quite the climb if a glove only survives two trips. Funny comment about the danger the painters were facing while you were atop the opposite cable 🙂

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    • August 24, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Thanks for your comment, Tina. You are right about the gloves, we went through a lot of them.

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  4. August 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    almost an owie there 🙂 .. kewl one as alwayz 🙂

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  5. August 23, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Enjoying your great collection from the Snapseed Search, Allan! The border you chose for Frayed really ices the cake. 😉

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    • August 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Thank you, Jann. I was unsure at first about using the ragged border (too much fray in the mix?) and in the end I went for it.

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  6. August 23, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    I love this … the mark of a hard-working man! And I love your header, such a fabulous shot of that guy on the bridge.

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  7. August 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Nicely frayed and nicely done!

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    • August 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Thanks, Jann. I like those kayaks of yours this week.

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      • August 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Good of you to visit. That frayed concept is pretty fraying to deal with!

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      • August 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        I envisioned a photo of tree branches in winter to represent frayed nerves, but I went with the obvious instead.

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  8. August 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Nice one!

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    • August 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Thanks, Sue. Do you have one for this subject?

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      • August 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Not yet, been away so I haven’t started think about it!

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  9. August 22, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Great aged texture in this photo.

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  10. August 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    A beautiful capture Allan. Each time I see the picture of the man walking the cable I am amazed..

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    • August 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Thanks, Chris.

      It’s funny, I was up on the cable with a co-worker one day and we noticed two painters walking down the opposite cable from the top of the tower. I said to my buddy,”Boy, that looks dangerous. I hope that they are being careful.” My co-worker laughed and said, “Have you taken a good look around at where we are standing?”

      I was always more comfortable doing the work on the cable than watching someone else do the exact same thing.

      Have a great weekend,
      Allan

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      • August 22, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Your story describes my feelings as I watch from a screen! Beautiful but so delicately dangerous!

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      • August 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        I guess that it’s all relative….

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      • August 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Yep, like you wrote….

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