The Corporate Ladder

It has been mentioned more than once, or twice, that I am becoming as wonky as the stepladder I use in the garden and around the house and that it is, perhaps, time to replace one or the … well, the ladder! The comments haven’t been that harsh!

It has gone a little loose at the joints and is inclined to wave over and back when in use but exercise of that nature keeps one alert and young!

Yes, the ladder has become a little loose at the joints over the years and, I suppose, I’m not entirely as strong, as steady nor as confident on top of a ladder as I once was but still one mustn’t rush into throwing away a perfectly good ladder. The suggestion is that there is a range of modern, tubular steel ladders available nowadays which are far more stable, steadier under the user, less demanding of a natural sense of balance and the ability to readjust one’s position at height, to go with the motion so to speak, while, for example, operating a heavy hedge trimmer above head height while so balanced and that it might be sensible to have a more stable platform under my feet.

My old friend, my dear old ladder is of teak and brass screw construction, of the old school, solid and reliable – though the stainless steel hinges are a little down-market. This was a Green Shield Stamps quality ladder, “purchased” with many books of Green Shield Stamps from their shop on O’Connell St., Waterford. My neighbour, generous to a fault, left one of the two identical ladders he had obtained in this manner to us when we purchased the house here in 1987. I reckon it had given solid service for ten to fifteen years before that. For information (for the younger reader) Green Shield Stamps was the equivalent of today’s shopping loyalty points, stamps instead of points and these were stuck into books to be eventually exchanged for some of the many items listed in the Green Shields Catalogue. The scheme started in the UK in the late 50s and operated in Ireland during the 60s and 70s. By the way, the UK company evolved to become Argos.

Those struts at the back are a weakness as I’ve screwed them back on more than once – and likewise with two of the steps. But still!

I haven’t fallen off the ladder yet; nor has it collapsed beneath me though there have been some wobbly moments and it is only some less that expert repairs that have kept it standing until now. Perhaps, I should listen to the comments, put it into retirement and buy a new ladder. Waiting until I fall would be leaving it foolishly too late, I suppose! But, I can’t bring myself to simply throw it out. It just wouldn’t seem right after such sterling service. Throwing away is not always the best answer. I’ll keep it – you’d never know when it might come in handy!

Destined for retirement – or “upcycling”?

12 thoughts on “The Corporate Ladder

      1. But, I have balance and poise and no fear of heights – though the contact with the ground can be jarring!

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  1. For Heaven’s sake don’t risk it. If you fall, or it breaks you will know all about it even if you do not break a hip. Just landing on your back will knock the stuffing out and damage your confidence. Should you be unlucky and hit the back of your head – oh dear, such a long recovery time and the risk of concussion. Save the money. Don’t buy a new ladder at all and instead get someone younger to do ladder work.

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  2. Definitely upcycle! It’s so clearly an art object at least! (I enjoyed this post – I have distant memories of my mom collecting green stamps when I was little. The US equivalent, I suppose, but it’s interesting that ours were green too!)

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