Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Adreneline Junky

I have always been a bit of a daredevil. I love adrenaline. I love heights. I have been white water rafting, mountain biking and extreme jeep riding. I was a gymnast for over 10 years. Heck, I've been to numerous Alabama Football games and I've given birth. I have never been sky diving, though. I've always wanted to. However, I read this article today and now I am not so sure. This would so happen to me.

Soldier on 1st skydive leads dying instructor down
By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press Writer Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press Writer – Mon Feb 2, 2:05 pm ET

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Strapped to his dying instructor a few thousand feet from the ground on his first skydive, Daniel Pharr found himself floating toward a house and some trees.
The military taught the 25-year-old soldier not to panic. And TV taught him to pull the toggles on the already-deployed parachute to steer. So Pharr grabbed the right handle and pulled to avoid the house and tugged again to miss the trees, landing safely in a field about a third of a mile from their intended landing spot. Pharr said he wrestled out of the harness binding him to his instructor, George "Chip" Steele, and started CPR trying to save him from an apparent heart attack. Steele was later pronounced dead, but the tragedy could have been worse: Other instructors at the skydiving school told Pharr if he had pulled the toggle too hard, the chute would have spun out of control, and he could be dead, too. The rest of the story

Seriously...I would have lost it. I am so glad Daniel was able to keep his cool and land safely, but count me out on skydiving. Maybe I'll just bungee jump instead.


Anniebanannie said...

I read this article and heard it on the news...WOW is all I have to say.

So glad you like the term momming! Loved the blog about LR and the adventures with your bestie. SO funny!

April said...

I am so NOT an adrenaline junkie. I don't do rollercoasters, or any adventure diving (sky, scuba, bungee). I figured if God would have wanted me doing high flying stunts, he would have given me wings! Ha!

Hey - if you wanna borrow that Chelsea Handler book, I will be more than happy to send you my copy. ;o)

April said...

I would love to exchange books! Here's my email address - send me you address, then I will reply back and send you mine.
How fun!! Your book sounds great!! :o)