It was a pretty cool thing to recognize my middle-aged profile on Andrew deGrandpré‘s article and Sheila Vemmer‘s video entitled Free Fallin’ on the Military Times website. I enjoyed meeting the two journalists from DC at Paraclete XP in Raeford NC while taking my first plunge in a vertical wind tunnel.
As it turned out, it was also the first flight for Andrew and Shelia, too. I’m pretty sure my two fellow flyers had as much fun as I did although they were there for business and I was there for nothing except a rush. We laughed a lot, gave each other applause and high fives, and had interesting conversation about the four “w’s” of journalism–who, what, where, and when. Although I was twice their age, Andrew and Shelia didn’t treat me like an old lady just out looking for kicks. They were extremely courteous and professional; and after reading Andrew’s Free Fallin’ article and viewing Shelia’s video I realized just how talented they really are.
Maybe I will see them again someday at Paraclete XP. Or maybe they would be interested in returning to NC to join me in taking a real “jump-out-of-an-airplane-at-13,000ft” dive. That would be one heck of a story.