Gut Rumbles

August 14, 2005

this is why

I've never wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, even though Recondo 32 has attempted to persuade me to do it many times in the past. Today, I'd probably shatter like delicate glass when I hit the ground, even if the chute worked.

I don't know. Maybe I should try it. dying like this beats croaking in a hospital bed.


Even if you've got a really *special* nurse tending to you Rob??? I don't know, you said you always wanted to die in the middle of a good fuck; I think it'd be interesting to see you trying to do *that* whilst careening towards a building and eventually, the'd need to have some darn good muscle control, then again, you are bionic...
Okay, too much thinking this morning...

Posted by: Lisa on August 14, 2005 10:23 AM

Tragic story... but I guess it's a sign of the times when the first thought in my head was "Uh, oh... somebody's gonna sued, big-time!"

Posted by: Mike on August 14, 2005 12:19 PM

A number of years ago, I was a Paratrooper in the 82nd. We always joked, "There's no such thing as a perfectly good airplane". I only made 23 jumps in my two years in the Division. Once I left, I never wanted to so much as fly again, let alone jump. Hell, I'd drive all away across the U.S. before I'd get on another fucking airplane. That being said, if I had to choose, I'd sooner jump again with the Military, than with a civilian outfit.

Posted by: Andy on August 14, 2005 03:29 PM

I second Andy's sentiments... there's no such thing as a perfectly good airplane. If there were, pilots wouldn't get paid so much to fly them. And where the "sport" of skydiving is concerned, none of the airplanes I've ever seen at any civilian drop zone could ever be described as "perfectly good." Not even by the msot charitable among us.

Most instructors will tell you that you're not paying to jump, you're paying for the plane ride. And I can guarantee that after experiencing the take-off in an old Let-410 or creaky Otter reeking of kerosene (especially from a grass runway), you'll be shocklingly reluctant to land in it. At a certain point, jumping from those planes at 13,000 feet seems downright sane.

Posted by: Scott on August 14, 2005 09:39 PM

Then there was the fact that the Army paid us 55 whole dollars each month more to jump. For some guys that was a 25% pay increase, or in Private Snuffy terminology, a six pack a day pay.

Airborne was also a required qualification to get into Special Forces so;


Posted by: TomR on August 15, 2005 04:54 AM

My youngest jumped a tandem about two weeks ago . He can't wait to do it by himself.

Posted by: georgia on August 15, 2005 09:16 PM
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