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Jumping Through Clouds: Surviving a Son's First Ju&hellip by Jane Melbourne
I purchased this book because I care about the sport of skydiving and have great concerns over outsiders' negative feelings about it. What I found was an unrealistic bitterness based on not wanting to accept the fact that the author's son was responsible for himself.
I am not being callous. I have lost both friends and family members under tragic circumstances. But I did not fault the auto industry or a drivers ed instructor for a close friend's shortcomings when he died in a violent crash. After researching the circumstances of his death, I had to accept the fact of his fault. To this day I mourn that loss, but I blame no others.
Frankly, I was surprised that the author's… Read more
Drop Zone (Widescreen) <b>DVD</b> ~ Wesley Snipes
Drop Zone (Widescreen) DVD ~ Wesley Snipes
Let's face it, this was a fun movie and I liked it. I enjoy most flicks with Wesley Snipes in 'em. And, although a novice, I love skydiving. That was the fun part. From Yancy dumping Snipes from the Porter sans parachute to their makeshift tandem nighttime landing on a rooftop, it was ridiculously fun in a silly way. Imagine becoming skilled enough to jump in a major big-way in what, two weeks' time? Great. And the absurdity of the skydivers being anything but friendly and open to a "whuffo" (a ground-grabbing outsider) made for a top-order, unimagineable fight scene. Great stuff. I just hope that when my main canopy snivels and I can't break away, I make out as well as… Read more
Come & Gone ~ Mason Proffit
Come & Gone ~ Mason Proffit
I swear I was listening to Mason Profit before "Sweetheart of the Rodeo", the first country-rock album, but I know that can't be true. Only I and a couple of friends in the southside of Chicago had ever hear of MP, but we wore out more than one record. Why? Why does their work still register more strongly than the Byrds c-rock, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Mike Nesmith, and other early pioneers?
It was sweet, flawless, but still with a feel of spontenaity. And the range of their songs, while always in the same genre, jerked your feelings back and forth like few other artists could.
Dance to Michael Dodge. Get angry with Two Hangmen. Weep with Flying Arrow. Get… Read more