The Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island has a very unusual power source — a 175-foot-tall wind turbine that was installed in 2006. And according to an article in the Providence Journal, the school employee who maintains the huge contraption has a very unusual way of relaxing and enjoying a little alone time.
Brother Joseph Byron, a Benedictine Monk, has regularly climbed to the top of the structure to catch a few rays and maybe enjoy a cool breeze coming off the Narragansett Bay. On a recent Sunday, a drone operated by a vacationer from California caught Brother Joseph in the act — perched high atop the turbine where others would no doubt be far less comfortable than this man of God who has found a way, in one sense, to get closer to his maker.
When video taken by the drone was shared online, Brother Joseph — much to his dismay — suddenly became more of an international celebrity than he ever would have imagined. His calm presence so high above the ground, on the rear of the turbine housing where there are no protective rails or safety harnesses, has apparently been an inspiration.
“I am hearing from everyone on the planet,” Bryon told the paper in a phone interview from Portsmouth Abbey.
Asked whether he thought relaxing on the turbine was dangerous, Byron said he has never been concerned about falling.
“It is not scary; it is peaceful and the views of the bay are spectacular,” Byron said. “I am not afraid of heights.”
Now, writing as someone for whom climbing a tall ladder can bring on a bout of the “queazies,” I must say what Brother Joseph Byron is perfectly comfortable doing day after day represents a true act of faith. By clicking on the video above, you can see what the drone saw that might make you wonder, as I did: What happens if the wind starts blowing and that huge turbine turns on?
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h/t: New York Post
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