I read an article that addressed the issue of boredom and the crazy things people did when they had too much time on their hands. This story won my vote. Larry’s boyhood dream was to fly. He joined the Air Force but was discharged because of poor eyesight. After work, he would go to his backyard and sit in his Sears lawn chair and watch the jets fly out of LAX. One day he got an idea. He purchased 45 weather balloons and tied them to his chair that he named the Inspiration I. Then he strapped himself into his chair with some sandwiches, beer, and a pellet gun. His plan was to shoot some of the balloons when it was time to descend.
His plan was simple. He would cut the anchor and float up about 30 feet above his house and enjoy a few hours of flight. But things didn’t go as he planned. When his buddies cut the cord, he didn’t float up to 30 feet. Instead, he streaked into the LA sky as if he’d been shot from a cannon. He didn’t level off at 30 ft or 100 feet, instead he leveled off at 16,000 feet or over 3 miles above Los Angeles.
He drifted cold and frightened with his beer and sandwiches for more than 14 hours. At one point he crossed the approach corridor of LAX, where Trans World and Delta Airlines pilots radioed in reports of a man flying a lawn chair. Sensing that he would freeze to death, Larry gathered up the nerve to shoot a few balloons and he slowly descended. As he got closer to the ground, the tethers got tangled in a power line, causing a black out in Long Beach for 20 minutes. Finally, Larry climbed to safety where he was quickly arrested by the L.A.P.D.
Just a thought. If you have time on your hands and nothing to do, before you buy a bunch of balloons and fly into the wild blue yonder, come to Bread of Life and make a real difference in people’s lives. We can use your talents!