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Meet three people who don’t stare at a computer all day long

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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005 11:08 am | Updated: 8:31 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Today’s work force is diverse, and the work space we each occupy varies from the mundane to the thrilling.

Many people gaze at a computer monitor each day. Others stare at a machine that makes widgets. And some may be ankle deep in a barn that needs shoveling.

Some workplace perspectives that most of us may never experience are the ones of Jay Kelso, Jo Espinoza and Mark Walters.

It would be beneficial to not fear heights if you have Jay Kelso’s job. Each morning, the tower crane operator for Opus Construction climbs 260 feet straight up to his cubicle. He spends his entire work shift looking straight down, moving large objects and materials at the Waterfront project at Camelback and Scottsdale roads. Kelso can see a long way from his perspective.

One should not be offended by seeing men in pink underwear through razor wire fences if you do Jo Espinoza’s job. As a Maricopa County Sheriff’s detention officer at Tent City Jail in Phoenix, she stands in a portable tower and watches over the facility to protect the prisoners and her fellow officers. She escapes the climbing aspect of a tower because the 40-foot crane picks her up each morning and delivers her back down.

Fear of needles? Not for Mark Walters. Needling people is all in a day’s work for the owner of Living Canvas Tattoos in Tempe. Walters creates art when a canvas walks through his front door. He keeps his feet on the ground and works very close to his subjects. He creates a variety of tattoos, large and small, simple and intricate.

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