Monday, May 26, 2008
The Man Who Would Fall to Earth in Saskatchewan
I see the former French paratrooper who plans to jump from a balloon forty kilometres over Saskatchewan has postponed his first attempt.
And I'm not sure whether to be disappointed ..... or RELIEVED. Because something about this story bothers me.
I admire the old guy for his guts and for sacrificing everything for a 20-year dream.
And I know how great the feeling of free falling through the air can be...even if Sébastien has to kick me in the butt to get me to jump.
But Michel Fournier is sixty-four, has had a triple bypass, is planning to jump from a height three times higher than he ever has before, and reach a speed almost twice as fast as the great Joe Kittinger.
A speed where you could burn, as well as freeze, or have your blood boil.
And if French authorities decided the project was too dangerous to allow him to jump over France...who decided it was safe enough for him to jump over Saskatchewan?
Oh well. I hope the old guy makes it.
That his dream comes true at last. And that his watch doesn't stop.
So he gets to see our world rushing towards him like the great Joe Kittinger did.
Whose bravery has always thrilled me.
And who said this week:
It was nice to be headed back to earth, because it’s an environment that we can live in...
And it’s a beautiful planet, really....”
Oh well....at least he won't need a surfboard in Saskatchewan.
Bonne chance Michel !!