Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Wed Oct 13 23:24:33 BST 2021

On Wed, 13 Oct 2021 07:36:57 +0000, Gwynne Powell
<gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:

>From: Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk>
>On Sun, 10 Oct 2021 16:40:57 -0500, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
>>You luck!  I've always wanted to fly in a balloon!
>It's ... odd.  When the burner isn't running, there's very little noise,
>as you're floating with the wind.  You can float over someone's garden,
>several hundred feet up, and chat to them.
>The landing (which is more of a controlled crash, IME) is probably the
>most exciting part.
>Gwynne: I'm terrified of heights, I can't even climb a ladder. When my
>father turned 80 we gave him a hot-air-balloon ride and somehow the
>family elected me to go with him. I decided to spend the whole time
>with my eyes closed. So off we went.
>And it was amazing. I could look out, and straight down, without feeling
>that sick panic and paralysis. We just floated, silently, and I loved every
>minute, leaning out and looking at everything.
>Yes, the landing was interesting. But the trip was well worth it.

AIUI, when you have a physical connection with the ground (e.g. you're
on top of a cliff, or a building, or whatever) it's somehow more
frightening than when you're suspended in mid-air.

I've met people who can't go out on hotel balconies - having flown to
the resort.

I'm not sure what the mechanism is, here, unless that it's simply that
evolution hasn't prepared anything for our mental toolkit to deal with
HANDLE WITH EXTREME CARE: This Product Contains Minute
 Electrically Charged Particles Moving at Velocities in Excess of
Five Hundred Million Miles per Hour.  -- Hewitt / Subitzky

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