Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane

Posted: January 26, 2012 in Leisure, Lifestyle

The Bucket List

My friend D.C. McMillen posted a blog about her bucket list the other day. On that list, she included that she wanted to go skydiving. My first reaction was, “Are you nuts?” Of course, I have to admit that I came very close to actually taking part of a skydiving trip with some coworkers back in 2000 when I was working in the Human Resources Department at an inbound customer service call center.

Skydiving Not For Me

One of the escalated help desk operators had the bright idea of getting a bunch of us together to take advantage of a group rate skydiving adventure. At the time we had about 800 employees, so surely he’d be able to sucker—I mean convince—enough of us to go along with him to get the discounted rate. He recruited one of the administrative support staff to help him with this effort. She eventually got around to me and stressed how much fun it would be to go skydiving as a group. We would even get a video of us plummeting to our death…I mean they would capture all of the fun we’re having while skydiving. She stressed that we would get a great rate if we got at least ten people to go (or maybe it was eight; I can’t remember exactly). Now, I’m all for a good adrenaline rush (I’m a huge fan of high-speed roller coasters with loops), but I draw the line when it comes to freefalling from an elevation of thousands of feet.

Needless to say, I didn’t do it, and I was teased for being a chicken by those who decided to go, including the guy who organized the event. The small group of coworkers went on their freefalling adventure the following weekend. Just a mental note: if you believe in the philosophy of “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” skydiving is probably not for you.

Who’s the Chicken Now?

The following Monday morning, my coworkers that went skydiving that weekend told me all about their exciting trip and how much fun it was. One of them showed me a video of her freefall, and I had to admit it did look like fun. I asked if she had any video of the guy who organized the skydiving trip and she just laughed. Why was she laughing? This guy who acted all macho and told everybody how much of an adrenaline rush skydiving would be didn’t follow through himself. He chickened out! What’s more, is that he chickened out while he was on the plane as everyone else jumped out the plane. Yeah, I gave him hell for that! 🙂

A Perfectly Good Airplane

So, I guess part of the moral of this story is if you are going to plan some high adrenaline pumping adventure with some friends and coworkers, make sure you have the guts to follow through yourself. Otherwise, you WILL NOT be allowed to live that one down. On that note, I promise to never ask you to go skydiving with me, because of this simple fact…I will NEVER jump out of a PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE!

Here’s a video I found on YouTube of people skydiving with an inflatable shark! 🙂

Video credit: joust76 / YouTube.com

Comments
  1. Sharky,

    This reminded me of my time in the USMC.

    Every time I had to do some ridiculously dangerous or monumentally stupid thing (rappelling, fast roping, rock climbing, survival training, etc.) all I could think of in my head while doing it was the newspaper headline and article: “A Pittsford, Vermont man was killed today when his rappelling rope broke / he fell from a helicopter / he fell of an obstacle / his parachute didn’t open…”

    After a while I learned it was better to just not think about it : )

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  2. Jumping out a perfectly serviceable airplane is way over rated. I’ve tried it and that was enough thank you. You only get it wrong once.

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    • LOL! Isn’t that the truth? You either get it right the first time or follow the footsteps of Wile E. Coyote. The only difference is that he actually gets back up! I’m glad you lived through the experience of your first (and only) skydive.

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  3. Love the bit about the guy organising everything… It’s fascinating how we react to fear. Mostly it catalyses me – though I can’t say how I would feel at the moment I am meant to jump… I’ve had several near death experiences and I don’t want to repeat anything like them! It’s like bungee jumping – I don’t really get it – but I know for some it is exhilarating. My other half has done a lot of this jumping from aeroplane thing – before I met him TG! I would say that you displayed great intelligence, nothing chicken like at all! Thanks for the great story Sharky!

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    • There aren’t too many things that I’m deathly afraid of, but free-falling is one of them (goes hand-in-hand with my slight fear of heights). Strangely enough I enjoy simulated free-falling rides at theme parks. I never admitted to having rational fears. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting, Michelle. It’s always a pleasure seeing you here!

      Cheers!

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  4. danniehill says:

    Com’on, Sharky. there’s nothing like a near-death experience to get the old heart pumping, LOL. I’m with you

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  5. D.C. says:

    Haha! I can’t believe he chickened out!

    Great story, thanks for sharing.

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