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Things you thought you'd be good at

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thundril
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Things you thought you'd be good at

#1 Post by thundril » May 27th, 2015, 1:55 am

Just got back from Spain. Did 10 skydives from 13 000 feet. Utterly failed to establish freefall stability for more than a few seconds at a time. :redface: .
Terrific thrill, but somehow I'd always imagined I'd be an ace skydiver; and it turns out I'm completely crap at it!
Anyone else had a humbling discovery of this sort?

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#2 Post by Tetenterre » May 27th, 2015, 5:42 am

Yeah. Ice-skating. I'd imagined myself gliding gracefully & effortlessly along a frozen river.

The reality: an hour on the ice, of which all but about 3 minutes was spent on my arse or on my hands & knees, and which was followed by bloody great bruises and an awkward gait that lasted several painful days. (Maybe 51 was a little too old to start for someone who had never even roller-skated.)
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Re: Things you thought you'd be good at

#3 Post by thundril » May 27th, 2015, 10:09 am

Tetenterre wrote: (Maybe 51 was a little too old to start for someone who had never even roller-skated.)
The Britsh Parachute Association, (or more probaly their insurance bean-counters) don't allow AFF students over 55 years old in the UK. Hence the trip to Spain.
But I don't think it's my age (66) that's the problem, Tet. It's that I really don't have much communication between mind and body. Am taking up Yoga next! :smile:

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#4 Post by Sel » May 27th, 2015, 12:04 pm

thundril wrote:
Tetenterre wrote: (Maybe 51 was a little too old to start for someone who had never even roller-skated.)
The Britsh Parachute Association, (or more probaly their insurance bean-counters) don't allow AFF students over 55 years old in the UK. Hence the trip to Spain.
But I don't think it's my age (66) that's the problem, Tet. It's that I really don't have much communication between mind and body. Am taking up Yoga next! :smile:
Good luck with the Yoga LOL...I failed at Yoga. I gave it a go about 30 yrs ago and discovered I do not have the balance to hold any of the poses. :redface:
Also, as a teen, I tried singing with the local rock band in Banff. I had a nice voice and sang leads in school productions but none of my skills translated to the raw energy needed to perform R&R.
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#5 Post by Nick » May 27th, 2015, 10:35 pm

When I was a student, I went parachuting, but was somewhat intimidated by several Paras, who couldn't tear themselves away from falling from the sky. The curious thing.... all the tudents were in army surplus, and all the paras were in university sweatshirts.....

Go figure!

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#6 Post by Alan C. » May 29th, 2015, 2:59 pm

I tried curling one hogmanay weekend in Aberfoyle, utterly useless! I don't know how the pros make it look so easy.
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#7 Post by Alan H » May 29th, 2015, 3:03 pm

Alan C. wrote:I tried curling one hogmanay weekend in Aberfoyle, utterly useless! I don't know how the pros make it look so easy.
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#8 Post by Fia » May 29th, 2015, 4:23 pm

Thundril, I'm so glad you enjoyed your 10 skydives, despite discovering it's not your thing.

Decades ago I wanted to learn to windsurf. I can swim and sail so thought I was more than half-way there. As I attended lessons at Portobello (Edinburgh's beach) I even invested in a wet suit.

Sadly, many exasperating lessons later, I never managed to keep the darn thing upright for more than a few seconds. That clearly requires balance and leg muscles I don't have :boohoo: I conceded.

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#9 Post by animist » May 31st, 2015, 11:32 am

sex and philosophy


...and of course, I was :wink:

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#10 Post by jaywhat » May 31st, 2015, 2:32 pm

Socialising, showing off and publicity seeking; what am I talking about?

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#11 Post by Nick » September 19th, 2015, 7:05 pm

Predicting that South Africa would beat Japan easily in the Rugby World Cup.


But Japan won!!!!! :supershock:

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