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Re: tonight

My sister had been practicing jumping with her boyfriend who was an
instructor.  When she was ready for her first jump, she invited me along to
watch.  At dinner the night b4, he asked if I wouldn't like to try it, too.
I said sure, and practiced jumping and landing the next morning.
My sister jumped, landed on her heels, which forced her down on her
tailbone.  You're supposed to land on the sides of your feet, then tuck and
roll.  I jumped and landed properly, a few feet from the target.  Another
guy landed (ouch!) in a cornfield.  I was able to make a few more jumps that
weekend, but my sister would not invite me back.

Being inside the plane did a real number on my stomach, but once I stepped
outside the plane, it was wonderful. There's nothing like it on earth.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wendy Swope" <wendyswope@mindspring.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2004 11:48 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] tonight

> Wow, Kitty!  I can't imagine having the sense of adventure to jump out of
> plane!  Any idea why you were determined enough (happily crazy enough) to
> this?
> You do make it sound beautiful.
> Admiringly,
> Wendy in SW OH
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 6:28 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] tonight
> ><snip>
> > When I did my few "jumps" we did not "jump".  When the plane neared the
> > zone, you climbed out and held onto the wing with both hands and your
> > foot was on some part of the plane and your right foot on nothing.  You
> > waited in that position until the instructor tapped your leg, indicating
> the
> > plane had arrived at the right place.  Then you let go while maintaining
> > bit of an arc.  It was exhilirating.  Once your shoot opened, you looked
> for
> > the target and directed yourself there by means of toggles that
> > the shute.  But there was plenty of time to enjoy the quiet beauty way
> > there in the sky.  I've forgotten a lot of things from my youth, but
> > feeling was supreme, sublime.
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