Lead Balloon

July 17, 2006, 7:44 pm
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For Todd’s birthday, I surprised him with a skydiving session. I woke him up on Saturday morning and drove him to Whitewright, TX (a.k.a. Middle Of Nowheresville) and didn’t tell him where we were going. It wasn’t until an hour and a half later that we pulled into the drive of “Skydive Dallas” that he finally knew what I got him for his birthday.

He thought we were getting a dog.

And was a little disappointed.

But his excitement soon grew and the reality of it all set in as he was filling out the paperwork that indicated, more than once, “this is a dangerous and deadly sport”. So I agreed to do it with him. And we chatted briefly about who would take Jack if we died. Definitely Mary.

We took the hour-long class and waited for our plane. Mary and Albert joined us and took some photos and videos from the ground. We also bought the upgraded jump package that included someone jumping out with you with a still camera and video camera – catching all the action on tape and film so that later in life, our kids can ask, “What happened to you guys? You used to be so cool.”  And skinny.

It was awesome. We agreed that we would do it again any time, as long as the area we were gliding over, 13,500 feet in the air, is a little more interesting than Whitewright, TX. Maybe some mountains or something. Even water is more interesting to fly over than crops without crop circles.

Below are a couple of the pictures for your enjoyment. If I knew how to link to my Snapfish album, I’d do it. But I’m not that smart. I am alive, though, and ready to go again!

 2-suiting-up-coneheads.JPG 4-todd-freefall-6.jpg  5-lauri-freefall-24.jpg  5-lauri-freefall-cloud-03.jpg 5-lauri-freefall-19.jpg  4-todd-freefall-13.jpg 6-finished-and-alive.JPG  1-group2.JPG 


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Where are the pictures of you screaming your heads off? Maybe I should check that Snapfish link. 🙂

Comment by jen

There’s no screaming in skydiving! It’s just fun!

Comment by leadballoon

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