Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Free Flying

This Friday I will be flying to Chicago to spend time with my family and boyhood friends. I do this every year in July. I don’t like to fly. Actually it’s not flying that bothers me; it’s the thought of crashing and burning in an airplane. I do not suffer from Pteromerhanophobia –The Fear of Flying. I do not know if there is a named Phobia for crashing and burning in an airplane, but if there is I have it.

They will say that flying in an airplane is safer than driving in a car. That is probably why I do not drive (I gave my car away) and more so hate being a passenger in a moving vehicle. Especially on the high speed Interstate roads, it’s always a white knuckle ride for me.

I’m really not afraid of dying, just crashing and burning.

I also have a fear of heights. A good friend (The Captain) once said that “George gets nose bleeds on a step ladder” Although this is an exaggeration, there is some truth in his statement. The truth is that I will not get higher that the fourth rung on any ladder. I don’t get nose bleeds; I get dizzy and begin to fear falling off of the appliance. I believe that they call this Vertigo.

This now brings us to the point of this Blog.

I read today that some idiot in the Pacific Northwest tied more than 100 Helium filled Balloons to a “lawn chair” and soared more than 13,000 feet above the ground (nearly 3 miles) He said the view (of the earth below him) was beautiful. Is it a full Moon week or what?

What would have happened to this guy if a Murder of Crows had attacked his balloons at 2000 or 3000 feet? Crows are attracted to bright colors, I can just picture them pecking at the Balloons! Boom, Boom, Boom and the lawn chair rapidly descends to the Earth!

Now, I have done some stupid things in my life; and in the process I have thrown caution to the wind. But tying a bunch of gas filled balloons to an aluminum and mesh chair wasn’t one of them; I enjoy being on “Terra Firma” and looking up at the sky and clouds rather than being up there looking down on the earth.

The Beach Bum

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try a train,if they crash they usually just fall over and not very far.Plus they have a club car.

Wed Jul 11, 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LETS see a story on those "crazy" things son.....I bet the list would be long and funny as hell...

Raymond

Wed Jul 11, 06:44:00 PM  
Blogger alfredo said...

I used to love flying, but now I just don't care if I ever fly again. It could be the airport. I used to love them when my dad took us there to watch the planes land and take off. The open air observation deck gave a wonderful view of the airfield.

When I joined the Army, I used the airplane on the government's dime. The airports were still friendly places. It was after I returned home I realized flying had changed. Movement was restricted, even the ability to even see an airplane was restricted. It was just a business. Airports ceased being a family friendly place. The romance was gone.

With the new security measures, it seems down right hostile. I'd rather not find out if the stories are true.

Now that I am retired I don't have to put up with assholes. If I don't have to do something I won't do it. It gives me more time for the things I want to do. I don't want to fly. I'd rather sit in my dining room, drinking coffee and reading some good book. I don't even have to take off my shoes if I don't want to.

Wed Jul 11, 11:38:00 PM  
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