However, since that original entry was written, I’ve discovered that there is now a way in 2013 that ordinary human beings can experience the thrill of swooping and diving like our feathered friends – sky diving!
Far be it from me to turn down a challenge. As anyone who knows me, from my days during America’s fight for independence, I will usually rise to the occasion and summon the courage necessary to accomplish whatever I set my mind to.
So it is with this new recreational diversion, in which one hurtles earthward for the briefest of times, in order to simulate weightlessness (and, for the really adventurous, to perform a very dramatic “aerial ballet” in mid-air, without the encumbrance of gravity).
I’m told that this sport, in part, evolved from war-time exploits of “paratrooper” soldiers who jumped from airplanes, parachuting behind enemy lines. I can’t begin to imagine what impact this might have had during the Revolutionary War, had we the necessary scientific knowledge at the time to fabricate such a miraculous achievement as airflight.
Lest you think that I’ve totally taken leave of my senses, however, I must confess that I did not actually carry out this exploit to the fullest extent possible. Rather, I chose to “air” on the side of caution, and engage the services of an ingenious purveyor of sky diving simulation, a company known as “SkyVenture“ in Nashua, New Hampshire. I would heartily recommend their indoor version of sky diving as a fun way to try the experience, with the added safety of skilled instructors and a very tightly controlled environment.
Your humble servant,