Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Winter of My Discontent

I spent about ten years as a skydiving instructor and jumpmaster. Every spring was filled with a renewed optimism. There will be blue skies and the air will be warm. I’m waiting for that feeling now.

Skydiving brings people together who normally wouldn’t have anything to say to each other. Probably the only place an old lefty like me could be great friends with flag waving, jingoistic yahoos whose only sense of art is the old Red, White and Blue. Maybe it’s the answer for world peace.

I just got news that the St. Louis Skydiving Center is shutting down. It’s symbolic for me.

This is the operation that moved from Sullivan to Bowling Green Missouri after a tragic airplane crash. I taught there.

Apparently the present economy was too much for them. I have to confess I didn’t make a single jump last year because of my financial situation.

Maybe instead of feeling depressed I should see it as a sign that it’s time to move on. There will be new adventures. There will be new people to share life and death experiences with.

Monday is my favorite holiday, Groundhog Day!!!! My ex is forwarding emails from her friends who remember my love for this day. When I was a kid I used to think there really was a ‘Possum day, the Beverly Hillbillies favorite holiday. Some day I’ll make it to Punxutawney. Check it out-----

I’ve been without a car since early December. Anyone who's been even a few days without a car in our culture knows how hard life can be. I’m going to pick up my new car in an hour.

I can draw an analogy between the current economic climate and my own life. Let’s get the economy rolling first then we can worry about the deficit. I have to use cash advances from high interest credit cards to buy the car. I make my living driving so I have to have a one. I can worry about my deficit after I start my own economy rolling again.

I can picture myself driving my new car on a newly optimistic sunny highway. I feel that ice is slowly melting.

The picture is from the last official newsletter of The St. Louis Skydiving Center.


dominic schaeffer said...

Where is "i feel that ice is slowly melting" from? i can hear it in my head but can't put my finger on it...

nice post, by the way! i, too can't WAIT for spring.

Doggie said...

Here Comes the Sun