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Book Title: 30 Seconds to the Ground (A skydive gone really wrong)|
The author of the book: James W. Nelson
Edition: Smashwords Edition
Date of issue: September 6th 2015
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My one and only skydive was/is called a four-second-delay parachute jump. Not quite as dramatic-sounding as a skydive, but plenty dramatic when one is crawling out under that wing in ninety-knot wind, hanging on for a second or two, and then--yes, right--letting go. There's no choice. You "have" to let go because--once you're out there--I'm pretty sure there's no getting back into that plane, no matter how much you would want to. Anyway, your parachute ripcord is attached to the plane itself on about a twenty-foot lanyard. If everything is right your ripcord will be pulled automatically in about four seconds. In the meantime--after "letting go"--most first-timers black out until the shock of the chute opening wakes them up. (That's what happened to me. I remember waking up and seeing that chute OPEN!)
In this short fictional story everything is "not" right. The twenty-foot lanyard trails out but does not pull the ripcord. The fictional character, Rod Skokum, from 3000 feet--where all first-timers begin--will reach the ground in about 30 seconds.
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Read information about the authorJames W. Nelson was born in a little farmhouse on the prairie in eastern North Dakota in 1944. Some doctors made house calls back then. He remembers kerosene lamps, bathing in a large galvanized tub, and their phone number was a long ring followed by four short ones, and everybody else in the neighborhood could rubberneck. (Imagine that today!)
James has been telling stories most of his life. Some of his first memories happened during recess in a one-room country schoolhouse near Walcott, ND. His little friends, eyes wide, would gather round and listen to his every hastily-imagined word. It was a beginning. Fascinated by the world beginning to open, he remembers listening to the teacher read to all twelve kids in the eight grades.
He was living in that same house on the land originally homesteaded by his great grandfather, when a savage tornado hit in 1955 and destroyed everything. They rebuilt and his family remained until the early nineteen-seventies when diversified farming began changing to industrial agribusiness (not necessarily a "good" thing.) He spent four years in the US Navy, worked many jobs and finally has settled on a few acres exactly two and one half miles straight west of the original farmstead, ironically likely the very spot where the 1955 tornado first struck, which sometimes gives him a spooky feeling.
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