Tuesday, January 24, 2006

lobo falls out of a plane - 21 Jan, 2006

i was going to wait till i heard from my advisor...but it is not standard fare for


me to fall out of a plane.....words elude....cusswords don't help either....so i won't try...

a gift from Sizzel that sure has been the best in recent years....actually not much comes to mind to displace it from the spot it holds...[thanks so much Sizzel.....you are way ahead now...but hopefully my time will come...]

planned in secret by Sizzel, initially it was meant to be just her and me jumping...then Kris who is closing in on 700 jumps and video-records jumps was roped in....his wife followed...and then more friends who lived in Phoenix....so Sizzel and i drove in to Phoenix...me under the impression that we were to go "hiking"...finally nine of us got together on a fine Saturday and headed to Eloy [a little south of Phoenix] and the "world's largest sky-diving resort"....

while Justin [my instructor] was getting me prepped we spoke a bit....

Justin: so what made you come do this?
Me: oh i have wanted to do it for a while and its a gift for yada yada
Bored Justin: ohkay then
Talkative me: by the way, i am scared of heights
Stone-faced Justin: me too
Momentarily dumbfounded me: smile [this guy is in]

he was a no-frills kinda guy....no jumpsuit...no small talk....this is what you do....this is what you don't do....get on the plane....jump...get on the ground...shake hands....

since i was rather tall in comparison to the low exit door, i was told to kneel on one leg at the door [no i had no desire to court death] and that Justin would help me 'tumble' out of the plane....

a desire nurtured for so long....coupled with my fear of heights...it sure was going to be a blood rush like no other...virgin to insane behavior such as this, i had worried i might not take the plunge....the moment came and the moment passed...sewn together seamlessly....no butterflies going crazy while i waited a couple of hours for us to get on the plane...not a bead of sweat as i got on the plane....no pounding heart as we rose to 13,000 feet in a tincup with wings [a beat twin Otter actually]...and all along i was saying to myself "it's going to hit you any moment now"...at the edge of the plane with Justin and still nothing....maybe having friends jump at the same time helped....maybe having to go last and having seen each of my friends being suck-whoooshed out of the plane helped...i am not sure though....we went out the door to a rush of air...a sound i will never forget...

i was looking up at the sky, the plane pulling away and we were beginning to turn towards the ground....that split second of turning was when it hit me....there it was finally - the split-second of "what the fuck have i done"...


....falling at 120 miles an hour [especially the first time round] doesn't give you much time to engage in conversation with yourself....i was looking at the ground and putting to shame any moth-to-flame speeds.....Kris had his keen eyes and lenses on me while clicking away....he made it seem as simple as window-shopping....i must add..since Kris was taking pictures of me, he left the plane just before i did....he slithered out to the edge and held onto the frame of the plane while Justin and i got in position and he let go just before i tumbled out....it seemed like second nature to him...

after close to a minute of free fall, Justin yanked on the cord...we shot up and that was another insane rush....it is probably what you feel when you are yanked back by a bungee cord....i wouldn't know because i haven't bungee jumped...just that this happens at flippin-5000 feet....

the best part though was the sailing back down....Earth is just so darn pretty...don't get me wrong - i ain't necessarily a treehugger....i wasn't missing terrafirma, shitting bricks or waiting to plant my feet and kiss the ground...its a form of drifting i have never experienced....absolute peace for a few seconds....mid-air....no cabin wall in between....we stayed still for a second and then Justin steered us into a spin a few times....a not-so-well orchestrated landing later, i was back on my feet wondering why it had been so quick....

no doubt i will do it again....and i will do it right the next time around...no sticking the tongue out at the camera for example [still slapping myself about that]....with 120 mile winds and flab helping to deform your face, it is not the most appropriate time...plus it leaves you dreadfully thirsty...

i head off to the other side of the globe this weekend and it sure is going to feel so lame this time round in a plane....

8 Comments:

Anonymous turkeychasinfool said...

hey dear...i give you credit for doing that...i am interested in it but havent got a big enough pair to try it just yet, impending death is not a lady i tend to court very often....perhaps...someday..
anyway...i am so printing those pics for my fridge...hahah
me

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

duuuude !! That was something..loved the 'surprise' and 'totally unprepared' element to your adventure ...
i'm Darn sure that your graphic account of the events will come in very handy when I try it myself..

cheers to many more such heart racing adventures ...
SK

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when are you getting to the other side of teh world. I leave aerly sunday morning.
S

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger kart said...

Sounds like great fun. Unlike a lot of people who warn you against ever doing it again, you paint a pretty picture. call us when you get here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:48:00 AM  
Blogger Crouching Tigress said...

Oh coolness!

Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:45:00 AM  
Blogger chamique said...

Now that was way cooler than how you describe it in person.
=)

Sunday, February 19, 2006 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger Susmi said...

Super cool macha!!!

Why don't I have friends who plan such stuff for me???

{grin}

Monday, February 20, 2006 3:43:00 AM  
Blogger h. said...

turkey ~ sure hope you get around to doing it...but you court ladies? [one brow up]

sk ~ maybe we should plan to do it in the same group when you go...

taps ~ rather irrelevant since i am replying this late..

kart ~ thanks for commenting man...was good talking to you...

tigress ~ totally!

chamique ~ what to do...i am one of the silent types that listens better..

susmi ~ ofcourse you do have such friends...[ignoring your {grin} ofcourse]

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:19:00 PM  

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