Have you ever jumped out of an airplane?
I haven't. It's called skydiving. You climb into a small plane, then go higher and higher as everything below you gets smaller and smaller — buildings, people, even squirrels, which are pretty small to begin with.
When you reach just the right altitude, you just step outside, through the door, into the air, straight down, until the buildings, the people and the squirrels are getting bigger. When everything is just the right size, you pull the ripcord and the rest is easy, sort of.
If you want to know what it really feels like, you can ask the shining light of Newport-Mesa, or any other mesa, our very own Marion Bergeson.
Believe it or not, for the last few years, Marion has made diving off the 5,000-meter board a birthday tradition, and this year's jump, which happened a couple of weeks ago, was her fourth.