And this can only kill me once?

September 23, 2008

My Dear Mr. Gifford,

I regret that I shall not be able to join your upcoming mass parachute jump over Mount Everest, though it sounds exciting to hurtle past the 29,000-foot peak and land on a drop zone at 12,000 feet. I’m afraid my parachute is at the dry cleaners.

everest-oxygen-220.jpgYou have been quoted as saying this feat “has never been done before.” Actually, I believe there may be good reasons for that.

Also, I do not want to join the group that holds trampolines to catch unlucky jumpers whose chutes don’t open. I have seen numerous Daffy Duck cartoons, and those things do not work so well.

As an animal lover, though, I do applaud your efforts to supply the vultures with plenty of fresh meat for the cold weather ahead.

Don’t forget to wave.


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everest-300.jpgNigel Gifford organizer of the skydiving team, demonstrates the use of an oxygen mask on one of his diving members in Kathmandu, September 23, 2008. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar

REUTERS Everest shot by David Gray

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“Can you smell it? That’s the smell of excitement right there! …Oh wait, let me turn on the oxygen…”

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

No, that’s the banana scented nitrous. Wheee!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Nothing like a cigarette to calm your nerves… Oh wait! I am freebasing pure oxygen!

Posted by Velvet | Report as abusive

For a moment I thought she was holding an enormous tarantula to her face.

That would still be less disturbing.

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Darwin is giggling in his grave

Posted by Mick | Report as abusive

Funny. She doesn’t look like a Bob !

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