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Chutz
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   Posted 5/30/2009 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy weekend to all!! If you are new to Healing Well or have never participated in our Koffee Klatch, then please come on in and join us! smilewinkgrin This is where we take a few minutes out of each day for some 'down' time, time to think of something besides that 'P' word...lol, and to hopefully have a few smiles. Whether this is your first time or you're an old timer at this, you are welcome to join in. Even if you are from another part of Healing Well...you are still welcome to join us! We welcome everyone.

So, today's fun topic is... If you were given the opportunity for free skydiving lessons would you take them? Why or why not?

Me??? Nope, no way, not a chance! shocked Why would I want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane that is not on fire or in danger of crashing.smhair Life is scary enough without me doing it on purpose...lol Besides, I'm chicken! I'll keep my feel on the ground, thank you very much. It does look like fun but fear overtakes me on this one.

Anyone out there ready to take the free lesson??

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PAlady
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   Posted 5/30/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely! Sign me up! My father had a small two seater, single prop airplane when I was younger. I have a photo of him in it from Flying magazine back in the 1960's, and a small model of it he had built. Both sit on a shelf close by. We flew out of small airports with grass runways - short runways! He would let me "take the stick" for a brief time once we were in the air but I he sold it before I was old enough to get my license.

There's a local skydiving group that flies out of the same airport my Dad & I used to use, and if I had my health and some money I'd take lessons in a heartbeat. But I wouldn't risk the jolt of a fall with my back in the shape it's in. Shortly after my mother died I had the owner's son take me for a ride in an old prop plane that had open sides - it was great! I was pradtically hanging out watching the vineyards and the lake and the houses as we flew over them. I stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon in places where there are no barriers and just loved it. So I wouldn't hesitate!

Let's see if there are any other free spirits out there!

PaLady :-)

flower123
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   Posted 5/30/2009 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Not a free spirit here, lol. I am afraid of heights. I'm getting panicky thinking about jumping out of a plane!

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   Posted 5/30/2009 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
But i hear they strap you to some good looking dudes back. Just that is enough to get me over my fear of heights. I have done a few adventgerous things like repelling down a pit of 230 feet. I think the jolt of landing even with the guy would be to much for this old girls back also.So i'm keeping my feet on the ground only if i were younger with a good back.

fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/30/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I would give it a try. I just asked my wife and she said I could as long as my life ins, is oaid up. I think she is checking the fine print to make sure this expedition is covered. Actually she would be pushing me aside so she could go first.

anice
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   Posted 5/30/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't ever get in an airplane, much less jump out of one!!! I said I would never fly. The only exception would be a life threatening emergency involving my family!! I am to much of a scaredy cat!!lol
Anice

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   Posted 5/30/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I would do it, even with my back as it is. I have always wanted to go sky diving and bungee jumping one day, so why not? It would be one heck of a ride ( fall that is......LOL)
I haven't been in an airplane since I was a kid, going to visit an aunt and uncle in Michigan.....
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PAlady
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   Posted 5/30/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Aunt Kay - I hadn't thought about that cute dude aspect! Had me ROFL! tongue

So it seems there are a few - very few - free spirits here! Are we making some kind of bucket list? idea smilewinkgrin

I guess the rest of you will have to stay on the ground and document our adventures with plenty of photos! yeah

PaLady devil

Chutz
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   Posted 5/30/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my Spirit is free....I just don't want my heart to stop beating n ore my chute to remain closed. My oldest son did one jump when he was about 21. He asked if I'd come and watch. <gulp> I did NOT want to go but said Yes because he's my son. He gave me a day and said if the weather was bad the jump was off. Well, it was rainy and windy here but apparently at the airport, about 10 miles as the crow flies, was fine and he went on his jump. I was so glad when he called and said he had DONE it....that meant I didn't have to watch. Mom's don't need that terror. Nope, nope, nope...

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straydog
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   Posted 5/30/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I will get in a pllane any of day, I have no problem with that and thats how I like to travel. But, I am out on the sky diving because I am terrified of heights. Count me out. Cute guy or not, I am still out. Susie


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   Posted 5/30/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   

I would do it without blinking an eye. I think it would be so much fun! but I would not under any circumstances bungee jump! But jump out of an airplane with parachute, I think that would be so cooooooooool!!!! I love riding in airplanes, I always want the window seat! I would love to go up in a hot air balloon, I think that would be so Neat! You knowthe CEO of the Electric Co-0p where my soon to be ex, works has a Hot air balloon and gives rides to employees and their families, but he won't let me go up,  because of my back and neck, he says he's afraid of a rough landing and what it might do to me!

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Lindaloo
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   Posted 5/30/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Count me as a no, as a heck no as a matter of fact. I don't think jumping out of a perfectly good plane is a smart idea,not that I am criticizing others who would want to the thrill. Just for me, it would not be wise.

Thanks for the topic, I love the responses Chutzie!!

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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Given a perfectly good airplane, I'm with those others here who think it a few quarts shy of full to then jump out of that airplane - trusting to someone whose wife probably had to pack the vacation suitcases.
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skeye
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes! If you asked me this 10+ years ago, I would do it in a heartbeat. But not today. For whatever reason I drastically changed from this dare-devil super-outgoing kid to introverted, shy, & hesitant (except when it comes to a few things). Sometimes I wish I had the "old" me back. I was much more fun!

PA, we still have grass run-ways around here. There is an "airport" about 10 - 15 mi away, in the next town over, and their airport is a hay field, with a big barn at the end, where people keep their small planes. Next to it is a corn field, and a dairy farm! The "runway" is also very short. I always wonder how the planes manage to take off and land!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
Yep, that about describes one of the fields my Dad and I used to land on, except it was surrounded by vineyards. It was so short the FAA eventually closed it because people kept crashing into the grapes! So we moved to a longer grass airport a few miles away. It's still there.

The old hangers are falling apart - the ones from the first airport - but someone a few years ago had a second hand shop in what was the office and I went in and the maps were still on the walls. Actually, they were the wallpaper! If I could have taken them down without ruining them I would have, but it would have been like tearing down old wallpaper. But it sure brought back memories!

PaLady

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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes! I guess there are worse things to crash into than grape vines, but I bet the vineyard owner was NOT happy at all! turn.

Skeye
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