Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Free Fallin'

Earlier this week I watched an Austrian fall to Earth. And it wasn't even part of another horrible Schwarzenegger vehicle!

I'm not sure what I expected from a feat of derring-do sponsored by a company that slings toxic sugar-water, but when I realized I had easy access to real-time coverage I sort of had to tune in. Okay, I'll admit that I initially though Colonel Joe Kittinger was the wacky uncle of daredevil Felix Baumgartner and I was actually watching a cleverly disguised parody of the real jump, but–damn, y'all–when he took that step out into nothingness? It was pretty epic.

Sure, it wasn't exactly "from the edge of space," but it was no less an impressive moment in applied science and soft drink capitalism. It even inspired my buddy John Anealio to pen a song commemorating this most stirring spectacle.


Jimi said...

I was incredibly late to the party on that and didn't know it was going to happen until the next day when I saw it on the news (ok, let's be honest - on a news website). Thanks for keeping me more in the loop for things that *really* matter! (nerdy music, that is)

Z. said...

You know me, Jimi; all the news that's fit to print!

John Anealio said...

Thanks Z.!

Z. said...

My pleasure, John.