Gut Rumbles

October 10, 2003

geronimo! without a 'chute

This is a very interesting read about people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. It's fairy long, but well worth reading. Try this for an appetizer:

Every two weeks, on average, someone jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the world’s leading suicide location. In the eighties, workers at a local lumberyard formed “the Golden Gate Leapers Association”—a sports pool in which bets were placed on which day of the week someone would jump. At least twelve hundred people have been seen jumping or have been found in the water since the bridge opened, in 1937, including Roy Raymond, the founder of Victoria’s Secret, in 1993, and Duane Garrett, a Democratic fund-raiser and a friend of Al Gore’s, in 1995. The actual toll is probably considerably higher, swelled by legions of the stealthy, who sneak onto the bridge after the walkway closes at sundown and are carried to sea with the neap tide. Many jumpers wrap suicide notes in plastic and tuck them into their pockets. “Survival of the fittest. Adios—unfit,” one seventy-year-old man said in his valedictory; another wrote, “Absolutely no reason except I have a toothache.”

It's a good article. It tells you what kills someone when they jump into the water from that height. It's kinda gross.

LEAP at the chance to read it.


Jumping is just like using a gun. Once the decision is made there's no turning back. But do I detect a Freudian slip in your verbage about this San Fransisco landmark?

"This is a very interesting read about people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. It's fairy long, but well worth reading. "

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on October 10, 2003 06:26 PM

Great article. My favorite parts? "...everything in my life that I'd thought was unfixable was totally fixable, except for the fact that I'd just jumped." And "Survival of the fittest - Adios-unfit". That second one really appeals to my sense of cosmic justice and one's place in the universe.

And I thought the cliff jump at Rick's Cafe hurt... at least my brains stayed in my ears.

Posted by: Velociman on October 10, 2003 06:48 PM

Yeh, I've read it.

I was not surprised how the weeny liberals in the Bay area --who claim to love human life so much--seem the most opposed to putting up a suicide barrier.

Seems liberals "love" humanity in the abstract but hate individual people.


Posted by: schaffman on October 10, 2003 06:57 PM

Can we offer them free taxi service to the bridge or something?

Maybe if we build a really, really big bridge, all of SF will jump into the ocean. The party is at Mr. Lion's place, if that happens.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on October 10, 2003 07:25 PM

I laughed out loud at the slip, Ralph! Still, in fact. LOL

Posted by: Indigo on October 10, 2003 09:52 PM

Duane Garrett, a Democratic fund-raiser and a friend of Al Gore’s, in 1995.

I wouldn't be so sure on his death being a suicide.

Posted by: Brent on October 11, 2003 02:33 AM

How about adding a diving board?


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