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13 October 2008 @ 09:10 am
yesterday I fell to earth  
Yesterday I dove into the sky and did not die. I fell for just over a mile with all the velocity that the Earth's gravity could give me. I spun and somersaulted in the air, not purely by intent, but because I was falling. It might have been dizzying if there'd been anything but sky with which to orient myself.

Finally I was righted and facing down the rapidly approaching ground. But still I did not die. With the tug of a cord, I stopped falling seemingly completely, held aloft like some dancing marionette by yards and yards of taut nylon. From there I drifted downward another mile, blissfully slow now, amazed by all the swimming pools in the towns below me. When I worked at the McDonalds down there, somewhere, briefly back in high school, those towns had always seemed so poor, but two decades later and miles above, it was another story altogether.

As the Earth approached, things sped up, pulling guide wires spun me around fast, making turns as fast as ricochets. I started to fear the landing more and more, but in the end the Earth was kind and took me back without so much as a bruise for all that had I cheated her hardness and gravity. And then it was over, buckles undone, feet back on the ground, hand slaps and embraces, waning exhilaration, and just a lingering pressure in my ears to remind that I just fell out of the sky.

Listening to: Sara Bareilles - "Love Song"
traballenguastraballenguas on October 13th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
You. Are. Insane.

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
But it's a good insane!
- traballenguas on October 14th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jumpo Kinkytailmonkey on October 13th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Well done, id love to do that some day
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
You have to! It'd be like flying from one of your kites!
zantimisfit on October 13th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it! No pictures?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I cheaped out on the personal videographer/photographer. Although I think there's a picture of me in the plane somewhere....
I am that rough man standing ready in the nightwarpedpuppy on October 13th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)

dude, check out Roberta Murgo.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: funky eye hurtyassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Will do!
ghibli_geek on October 13th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
You are so brave! I would pee my pants and then faint.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think everyone I dove with was at least a little afraid that we'd come down with wet pants. But dryness all around!

You could totally do it!
a foxy vixen, so illustrious: oliviagloriamunty on October 13th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yay, you jumped?? What brought this on?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: loving the monkeyassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
I've always been interested in jumping, but never really sought it out. Fortunately the opportunity pretty much fell into my lap at a dinner party because I found out people I knew were planning to jump.

I'm already thinking about jumping again!
theballadofyoko on October 13th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
I think you'd love it. It did great things to my brain chemistry.
(Anonymous) on October 13th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about parachuting.
Of course most people think I'm insane for climbing.
But for climbing the equipment is only there as a backup.
In jumping, your equipment is your plan A.

I love dancers' butts.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: orange peekassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's definitely one of the laziest of action sports.
f00Dave: Awarenessf00dave on October 13th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Flying poetry
Thanks for sharing a beautiful experience! :-]
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: purple paisleyassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Flying poetry
My pleasure. Glad you liked it!
Young Rapscallionmdnitemarv on October 13th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I want to skydive someday. Glad you enjoyed it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: leopard skinassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was a blast!
Pallaspallasathene8 on October 13th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! :)

But, yeah, no pictures?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: outer space flybyassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
No action shots. Just me covered in straps, sitting in a plane.
lipbylipbylipby on October 13th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, man. That's tremendously cool.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Definitely a rush!
eeeoeeeo on October 14th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
I'm jealous. This is on my list of things to do before I croak.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: raining womenassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's the second item on your list I've checked off!

Visit Iceland
- eeeo on October 14th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lalienlalien on October 14th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm so happy you liked it! And yes, I did dream of falling last night (but not bananas, unfortunately).
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: seonna hongassmonkeydiary on October 14th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! Thanks so much for inviting me to come with.

Was it a scary falling dream or a nice falling dream?
- lalien on October 14th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)