I am just going to get this out of the way: I am terrified of falling.
I am not afraid of heights so long as there is some logical way that I cannot fallâ€”safety harness, railing, plexiglassâ€”I am completely at ease. Amusement park rides? The higher the better.
If, however, it is just me up high and nothing but my own skill keeping me from falling, I am terrified!*
So to watch any of these episodes of Mohawk Ironworkers setsÂ my nerves just a little on edge. However, this episode was stressful for me to watch. My anxiety level was through the roof and I found myself wincing at the death-defying feats Albert Stalk, Jr. performed. I closed my eyes during his commercial. He is brilliant, and the footage is amazing. To be honest, I had never heard of “Eiffel Al” before this but WOW, what a life! I am left amazed, and he is IMHO barking mad to have done this. Brilliant, but barking mad!
We trace the life of Stalk, Jr., an ironworker from Kahnawa:ke who was the first to scale the Eiffel Tower without any safety equipment. From this fame, Albert earned a living as a model before eventually settling down to home building. If you didn’t catch the episode, I highly recommend you stream it online at APTN. This one will have you on the edge of your seat!
*(Usually, I watch a show twice before I review it; once to get the gist and a second time to grab specific details. This time, I just couldn’t. It has nothing to do with theÂ quality of the content. Just call me a wuss!)
Mohawk IronworkersÂ airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET on APTN.