Remember the name Larry Waters?
He was a 33 year old truck driver from L.A. who spent a lot of his time sitting in a lawn chair on his back patio wishing he could fly.
Then, one day, he filled 45 Army surplus weather baloons with helium. He attached them all to his lawn chair - the kind with rivets and polyester webbing.
Then he just took off - he took with him a parachute, a CB radio, a 6 pack of beer, several peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a BB gun to pop some of the balloons so he could come down.
Instead of just going up 200 feet over his West LA neighborhood, Larry Walters went up 11,000 feet into the approach corridor of LAX where he was spotted by several pilots. Later, safely on the ground, there was a press conference:
Press: Were you scared
LW: Wonderfully so
Press: Would you do it again?
Press: Why did you do it in the first place?
LW: Well, you can't just sit there!
A bunch of 90 year olds were surveyed and asked, "if you had your life to live over what would you do differently?"
Three most common answeres - 1) I would reflect more, 2) I would risk more, 3) I would do more that would live on after I was gone
- From today's sermon at Wasatch Presbyterian Church.