Wow. It seems like a lifetime ago when I posted my last TTAAL. Thanks to those of you who decided to play along -some of you were right and some of you were wrong. What made me laugh the most from your guesses is that none of you guessed that jumping off the bridge over a dry river bed was the lie! Now just a minute! I know I am a wild woman, but none of you thought that was just way too outrageous to be true? Thank you for never underestimating me. I hope I don’t let you down in the future.
Here’s the answers:
1. TRUE. I DID, in fact, bungee jump off a bridge, over a dry river bed, in the middle of the night, under a full moon. I know my boys will probably read this sooner or later and I debated about putting this information out there. I think this has to be one of the wildest, stupidest things I have ever done. (Mom, I’m not sure I ever told you about this, so you might want to just walk away from whatever computer you are borrowing to read this.) What was I thinking?!?! I sneaked under the networking of a bridge on 166 with about ten other college students (yes, one of them was you, Scott!) and let one of them tie up a bunch of rock climbing gear to it and I jumped off. To my credit, the guy who rigged up the jump went first, just to prove it was safe. (Oh good. Now you don’t think I’m not such an idiot?? Me neither.) Obviously, everything turned out okay and we didn’t get caught.
Oh, what’s that? How did everyone get back up to the bridge? Well, we had to pull each other up, of course! Did you think we rigged up a crank or something? Seriously, I will never forget the feeling of staring down off that bridge and forcing myself to do something that from infancy we have trained ourselves NOT to do: jump. It still ranks as one of the scariest, take-my-breath-away things I have ever done. Geronimo!
2: FALSE. I have never gone up in a hot air balloon anywhere at any time. It’s on my life list. Stay tuned.
So that makes:
3: TRUE. I scuba dived with sharks on a reef in Fiji. To be fair, we didn’t go looking for the sharks, they came looking for us.
We were diving on a reef in Fiji with miles of visibility. Our dive master had warned us of the possibility of sharks and told us if one came around we should all link arms to make a circle, face outward, and be ready to kick the shark if it started to mess with us. A shark came around, we linked up and were ready to kick that shark’s —fin.
The shark was about six feet long and was really interested in us. It circled us twice as its buddy watched from a few yards away. We all tried to remain calm, but my friends’ eyes were HUGE and our air bubbles were bubbling twice as much as when we were just cruising along the reef looking at coral. You can’t scream when you are scuba diving, you can just hyper-ventalate!
There you have it. A little more about me and more stories to tell. Thanks for your guesses and for playing along.