“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
I think the moral of this blog post is, if you have to grab a granny at all then be very careful how you do it; and if you do do it hang on as tightly as you can no matter how much she struggles.
It rather strange advice I know, but there is a reason for giving it.
First of all, here’s granny Lucerne.
As you can see she is in good spirits. I don’t know whether she had a bucket list, but one of the things that this 80 year old granny wanted to do and had been planning for a decade was to skydive.
As for myself, it has never been an ambition of mine to jump out of an airplane that wasn’t in trouble. Although I would much rather that they would stick a parachute under my seat on an airplane instead of a bit of glorified polystyrene, I mean on a flight from L.A. to New York for example how much ocean is there to be worried about?
But back to 80 year old granny Lucerne. For a while everything went well. She was very happy and excited by the prospect of her first skydive parachute jump.
The trouble started when she got to the door of the small plane and peered outside at planet earth below.
As her skydiving buddy, to whom she was attached, also tried to push through the open door ready for the jump, granny’s reluctance turned to panic.
She was heard shouting “No”, but by that time it was too late, the whole process had gained its own momentum.
And out they tumbled.
And tumbled, and tumbled, plummeting earthwards at an accelerating rate
By now granny must have been in a blind panic because instead of relaxing and going with her skydiving buddy, she flailed about and started to slip out of the harness that was holding them together. Remember just the buddy had the chute.
The next few shots show just how far out the harness her struggling had caused her to slip. By the way, the hand in the bottom left of the photo belongs to the photographer who had realized what was happening and guided himself over to them to try to help.
Another photo also showing just how far out of the harness granny had managed to wriggle.
Eventually her skydiving buddy gets the chute opened. (He has got a complete right leg in case you’re wondering, it’s just the angle of the photo!)
And with granny held in what had to be a vice like grip they both made it to the ground, a little worse for wear but thankfully, alive.
And here’s the video.