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Posted: 05.12.2002
Keep your head in the stars but your feet on the ground
People always make fun of me when I say that I refuse to skydive...ever. But this guy was a Navy SEAL that logged over 4000 jumps. I'm sure he never dreamed anything would go wrong. Ain't no way I'm gonna risk the same fate. I'll stick to roller coasters, thankyouverymuch. (Article from CNN yesterday.)

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

I'm surprised he didn't have automatic openers on his chute that would have opened it at a set altitude if he failed to pull the rip cord. I've gone sky diving. It's a real rush jumping out of a plane into the open sky. Last time I looked, it was still safer statistically than driving a car (but isn't everything?).

¤ ¤ credit: wKen | 05.13.02 at 01:22 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

i'm deathly afraid of heights, but i'd LOVE to skydive... that's something i gotta do at least once before i die. hey, just because people die whilst doing something doesn't mean that it's not (relatively) safe. even then, people die in auto accidents every freakin day, and yet people still find a reason to drive...

¤ ¤ credit: mikey | 05.13.02 at 01:58 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

It's the whole fear of heights AND free-falling for me. I can't stand on the edge of building ledges or mountain ledges. I couldn't even stand close to the glass when we went to the top of the WTC and Todd teased me non-stop about it back then. I just have this huge paranoia that I'll slip and fall. There's no way I could stand at the doorstep of an open plane and actually jump. Now roller coasters I don't mind at all. I'm strapped/buckled/caged in and I'll ride any one that comes along, regardless of drop-height or loops. But I won't ride ferris wheels. Go figure.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 05.13.02 at 02:08 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Ew. Ow. The day I moved to Ft. Bragg, NC (home of the 82nd Airborne) there was a bad accident that left a lieutenant hanging in a tree and he ended up dieing from it. Reality hit home immediately that while the training was sooooo cool to watch, they were crazy to do it. I heard too many stories while I lived there - no way you'd drag me up there - I'll stay on the ground with you!

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 05.13.02 at 03:05 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

i know exactly what you mean, rob. i love rollercoasters too, but get me on a ferris wheel (especially a huge one, like at Navy Pier in Chicago) and I'm white-knuckle gripped to whatever's within reach... still, i'd love to skydive.

¤ ¤ credit: mikey | 05.13.02 at 05:09 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

To those who ask why anyone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane I say why would anyone leave the perfectly good ground?

¤ ¤ credit: Harry | 05.13.02 at 11:26 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Shame for the guy, but can you imagine if someone had been out in the backyard when he suddenly fell out of the sky and onto the lawn? Not fun...

¤ ¤ credit: Kristen | 05.14.02 at 10:28 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

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