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bgmacaw

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Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone, my senses reel
A fatal attraction is holding me fast
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?


 

posttoastie

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Freeman Keller

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I have a very good friend who flys a parasail almost daily. Paragliders have dramatically improved in the past ten years or so, they now can soar for very long distances and are remarkably agile. Tandem sails are commonly flown if you really want to try it.
 

telleutelleme

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Go for it. If you ate physically and mentally able and it doesn't pose a risk your family is opposed to, never pass an opportunity.
 

Killing Floor

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My neighbor has one. He jumps in and out of the football field at the local middle school. Sounds like a lawnmower.
 

trapdoor2

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Yah, a good friend of mine was a Parasailer. He gave it up after a couple of scary incidents. He got bored, pushed the envelope just enough to nearly get killed.

I flew fixed wing...from birth to my 20s. Soloed power and glider, owned a PA-16, etc. Gave it up after Dad died (1982). Just couldn't afford it by myself. Nope, not flying a powered parachute, no way, no-how.

And...my Dad had a fear of heights. Was a pilot in WWII, Korea (30yr Navy man), the rest of his life, etc. Would get wobbly on a step-stool. Also deathly afraid of mice/rats. I think living on Guam after the war did that for him.
 

radtz

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Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone, my senses reel
A fatal attraction is holding me fast
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?



I'm no farmer, but if you start scything grain, I don't think you should start in the middle of the field.
 

MickM

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Looks like fun. For me maybe 15/20 years ago but the running part puts me out of the....running. Sorry, couldn't help it.
 

old soul

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Strangely I don't mind flying in planes, and really enjoyed a helicopter. I like driving/ hiking in mountains. However the older I get, the more I hate frigging ladders. I just get dizzy, and letting go with both hands to do something above my head? Nope, not anymore. Skip that bunch.
Recently I've discovered I get dizzy/nervous just looking at pictures of stuff like 1930s skyscraper steel workers and people climbing up a radio tower to change a light bulb.
 

Tarkus60

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This the airport I have been there to watch. And offered some rides....always no is the answer
 

Matt G

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I'll skip the propellor, but one of these is in my not-too-distant future. The best part of parachuting was the bit between leaving the plane and hitting the ground; I figure this approach gets you a lot more of the best part without much of the not-best part.
 




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