Jumping out a Plane!!

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Flag of United States  , New Jersey
Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's... Annie?

I will never forget the day I've built up enough Kahunas to jump out a plane and sky dive! It was really expensive but it was really worth it. The first thing we did when we got there was to watch an instructional video about sky diving and proper gear. I remember them saying don't worry, your instructor will strap you on. Great, at least there's a pro strapped to my back- no worries.

Exit the room to begin signing my life away in 5 pages. Dear Mom and Dad, I love you, but NJ is not responsible for my death if my parachute fails. Good news, if I go down, so will the instructor. Then we go ahead and learn the proper way of jumping. We all take turns jumping off a stool and then get all these heavy duty straps on our body. Except, since I'm a tiny girl, the straps would not hold my thys. I told the workers about the loose ends on my straps but again they said "Dont worry, your instructor will strap you on". Ok fine, they must know what they are doing.

Head out to meet my instructor and he's a crazy one. Sipping 2 shots of espresso- clearly this dude has lack of sleep. He gives me some goggles and says to me: "First time? Don't worry it will be fun. Should we do a flip out the plane?" Ummm... yes, I'm all down for air flips! Standing on line, waiting for the plane, I suddenly remember.. hey wait! I'm still not strapped on right! My legs will fly out the straps! Yea, if I didnt remind my instructor he would not have fixed it for me.

First one on the plane, which means I'm the last one off the plane. Wonderful now I get to see all others before me freak out and make me more nervous about jumping. Good thing my instructor psyched me out. He says to me on a count of 3 we jump.... 1.....and with his push I'm already out the door, tumbling and flipping in the air. There wasn't even time for me to be scared but I do remember seeing the water, ground, grass and terrain around me.

Oh what an adrenaline rush. I had a free fall for one minute, feeling the wind rush by my body and face. Could not even close my mouth because I was smiling so hard. After falling for one minute my instructor reaches for my watch and taps it, signaling my time to pull the parachute. Now think.. where was the pull lever again? Ah yes, to my side duh! Pull, yank and out comes a parachute.

Spent about 3 minutes floating in the air. Enjoying the beautiful view, by now I'm thinking, good thing my legs are strapped in right, otherwise I would be slipping out of my straps and onto the ground. Had a light conversation with my instructor who seems like a nice fellow. Then I find out that instructors have back up parachutes so in case I did fall off him he can save himself. Great, that makes me a lot less nervous knowing if I go down, I go down alone. Thanks for the reassurance dude. He still told me he wont let me go. That's a relief.

Landed on the ground without breaking my ankle, saw my friend puke because it did get a little dizzy just floating in the air. But let me tell you, Sky Diving was the best part of my life and I would definitely jump out another plane any day! With a parachute of course!

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