A Job in the Air

NOVEMBER 17, 2006 -- POSTED AT 2:00 P.M. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- For 25 years, Gary Hoose has traveled all over the United States with a unique job, climbing to the top of flag poles and making repairs. That's what brings him all the way from Michigan to Jonesboro Arkansas, to repair the flag pole atop the Mercantile Building in Downtown Jonesboro. Hundreds of feet in the air, Gary says each job is a new challenge.

"I used boards and ropes and go up it and then I also have my safety line in case of any problems with the ropes or anything like that. It's kind of inching your way up, sliding along as I go. I sit on board and I stand on one," says Gary Hoose.

Tightening each rope one by one, Gary moves to the top of the pole to make the repair. And he says once you've made it to the top, you can plan on being there for a while.

"When you get to a height of a 100 foot, you're stuck on that pole for six to eight hours and if you get bad weather when you're at the top, you're just in trouble," says Hoose.

Even though Gary has been climbing flag poles for more than two decades now, he says there's still a rush and a little bit of fear with each climb.

"I'll get up on a pole pretty often and I get scared. Guess that's what keeps me alive really, scared just enough. I gotta stop, take a few deep breaths, the Lord's with me, I'll be alright," says Hoose.

To Gary, he says it's much more than just a job.

"That's where I find my piece, it really is. You can't get any closer to God," says Hoose.

Traveling all over, Gary and his partner have had a chance to see the world from a bird's eye view.

"This year me and him have been Downtown Baltimore, Boston, New York City. Some bad neighborhoods some places and once you get up there, everything's nice and green. It's a nice outlook anywhere you're at," adds Hoose.

Gary Hoose is the owner of his repair company called PolePainter.com, a nationwide business based in Michigan.