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  •  I parachuted once (2+ / 0-)

    It was a lot of fun. Two miles above the earth it’s colder than on the ground (think of a mountain two miles high). And the freefall part is really windy (you’re falling at something like 100 miles per hour, which is like a 100 mph wind aimed at you, so don’t open your mouth and wear a warm jacket). Then, when the parachute opens, it’s instantly not windy any more. You’re floating – and you can steer back and forth.

    The funniest thing was the two or three page agreement/contract/warning you have to sign. As I recall, it said something like this (wrapped up in legal language):

    Blah blah blah. Welcome to the exciting world of skydiving. Blah blah blah. You can tell your friends about this and they'll be envious.

    We’ll give you a short training class and strap an experienced tandem parachutist to your back and take you up a couple of miles and the two of you will jump out of the airplane.

    No Refunds. Ever. Don’t even think about it. We got your credit card number and we have your money. If you chicken out (either in training class or in the airplane), there are absolutely no refunds.

    Don't even think about suing us. No insurance company in the world would insure a skydiving company that allows beginners to jump out of airplanes. You understand that you can’t sue us for any reason at all, right? You’re doing this voluntarily and you’re not insane. And remember that money you paid us? We already spent it.

    You might get killed or injured. If the parachute doesn’t open, you’ll hit the ground face first with a 200-pound man strapped to your back. His weight will drive you into the ground. You’ll die. Even if the parachute does open, you might twist your ankle or fall over and bump your head when you land. Maybe you’ll have a heart attack. But you agree that you are taking a risk and that you understand the danger. And did we mention you can't sue us? Because you can't. That's out of the question.

    Fill in the name and phone number of your next of kin here, in case we need to notify them of, er, something that might happen in the future. By the way, they can't sue us, either.

    You read and understand English, right? And you know what you just signed, right?

    OK, then. Good luck!

    I’m glad I did it, though. As I said, it was a lot of fun.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:40:39 PM PST

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