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What Would You Do?

Although I didn’t actually watch Felix Baumgartner make the jump from 24 miles above Earth’s atmosphere, I certainly read about the it and was pretty pumped that he made it.

Yeah, yeah, I know that he would have made it down regardless but you know what I mean 😉

Turns out it took the guy over 9 minutes to make it back to Earth’s surface. He was in free fall for about half of that time. Skydivers tend to free fall for only about a minute before releasing their chutes. It takes them maybe five minutes to land. Then again they only go up to about 15,000 feet or so I think.

Felix was at 128,100 feet up. And the guy broke the sound barrier.


It’s strange that I talk all the time about wanting to go up in the space shuttle. I have always wanted to see what space looks like. Not in pictures and not in a movie, but to see it with my own two eyes. When the movie Contact came out, I said I would have volunteered to be the first person to use the machine. And yet I refuse to even entertain the thought of skydiving. Have zero interest in jumping out of a plane. Not even one ounce. Maybe I would chicken out if I was really offered the chance to go into space, eh? 😉

Here’s my question to you: would you do something like he did? Have you done something that other people think is dangerous or crazy (bungee jump, extreme sports, etc). I’d love to hear from you!

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6 Comments on “What Would You Do?”

  1. JamieBMusings October 17, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Absolutely not. LOL. You couldn’t pay me enough to jump out of a plane, much less what he did.

  2. nrlymrtl October 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I was in a car once drive across town by a blind man. We hit a shrubbery, and he learned about reverse. He was a very slow driver. My man didn’t believe me until he saw the tire marks on the neighbor’s lawn the next morning.

    These days, i am pretty tame and wouldn’t engage in such activities except in an emergency.

  3. cpbialois October 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    In the words of my dad, “There is no reason to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.” If I was on one going down I’d probably take my chances on the crash. lol Of course, considering I used to BMX and did belly flops off of the high dive at the local pool (that’s probably why I’m now afraid of heights) the arguement for my sanity is open for debate. But jumping out of a plane? There is no freaking way. As I’ve grown older I’ve learned pain is bad. lol

  4. Lisa Nowak October 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    I went skydiving once (even though I’m terrified of heights) and I drove a race car for several years. These days I’m pretty boring, though.

    • shayfabbro October 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      I drove go-carts once and came in dead last! LOL

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