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Old 02-15-2008, 09:18 AM   #31
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I met a guy and married him 2 weeks later. On the 22nd of this month it will be our 17th anniversary.

And, GB - I'd forgotten you were in that. But I do remember all the "GB looks like Bono" comments the first time we saw your portrait :)
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:27 AM   #32
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LOL I had forgotten about that jkath
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:08 AM   #33
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And, GB - I'd forgotten you were in that. But I do remember all the "GB looks like Bono" comments the first time we saw your portrait :)
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:18 AM   #34
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Oooooh, I para-sailed (attached to a boat via a 325 ft. rope) when I was 44 and I had a serious fear of heights. It actually seemed to cure my fear, but I'm very sure I'll never be cured enough to jump out of an airplane!!!! What was it like? Did you always want to jump out of an airplane?
I can only describe it as the most unbelievable rush you can imagine. During the free fall, it was a little hard to breathe, with the pressure and the wind, but it was just fantastic. Then the chute opened and we floated. The instructor I was with was a very tall Italian guy - he said I could stand on his feet while we went around in circles toward the drop zone. It was the best experience I think I've ever had. And my best friend was on the ground with a bottle of champagne to celebrate

I had wanted to do it for a long time, but never seriously looked into it; then that spring, Ann Curry on the Today show did it a couple of times on the show, I mentioned to DH that I was interested, and the next thing I know, he's got it all set up. Someone he works with is certified and goes jumping almost every weekend. It's how he winds down from a stressful week

DH came out right after me, btw. His instructor had a sense of humor - they did a head-first free-fall for *slightly* longer than we had been told
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:48 AM   #35
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I worked at an aquarium, and got into the shark tank on a regular basis. Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane in the USMC. I've got 4 kids. I tried to make a cheesecake without a recipe. Any of these count?
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:43 PM   #37
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I can only describe it as the most unbelievable rush you can imagine. During the free fall, it was a little hard to breathe, with the pressure and the wind, but it was just fantastic. Then the chute opened and we floated. The instructor I was with was a very tall Italian guy - he said I could stand on his feet while we went around in circles toward the drop zone. It was the best experience I think I've ever had. And my best friend was on the ground with a bottle of champagne to celebrate

I had wanted to do it for a long time, but never seriously looked into it; then that spring, Ann Curry on the Today show did it a couple of times on the show, I mentioned to DH that I was interested, and the next thing I know, he's got it all set up. Someone he works with is certified and goes jumping almost every weekend. It's how he winds down from a stressful week

DH came out right after me, btw. His instructor had a sense of humor - they did a head-first free-fall for *slightly* longer than we had been told
I love that you and your husband both jumped on the same day. It really does sound incredible. I loved para-sailing and have done it a couple of times since but it's nothing like jumping out of an airplane! I did like being able to see the dolphins in the water from that height but don't know how I'd handle having the ground rush up at me as I'm falling. I tip my hat to you, GG!
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I worked at an aquarium, and got into the shark tank on a regular basis. Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane in the USMC. I've got 4 kids. I tried to make a cheesecake without a recipe. Any of these count?
All of those count in my book - especially the cheesecake thing!
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I worked at an aquarium, and got into the shark tank on a regular basis. Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane in the USMC. I've got 4 kids. I tried to make a cheesecake without a recipe. Any of these count?
Having kids definitely counts! And making it through their teen years without killing them or losing your mind counts quadruple!

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I met a guy and married him 2 weeks later. On the 22nd of this month it will be our 17th anniversary.
That's an amazing and romantic story, jkath. It really illustrates the concept of soulmates. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary!
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