Friday, July 6, 2012

Just Jump

Could you/would you ever jump off of a roof into a pool?

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emmi on the roof 2

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I was at the boyfriend's house for a Fourth of July pool party. Kids were egging each other on to jump off the roof into the pool. I was HORRIFIED at the notion (I have a risk aversion!) as all I could think about were broken ankles and able-bodied children suddenly becoming paraplegics! I tried to insert fear and reasoning into the mix by pleading with the kids, "DON'T DO IT! DON'T DO IT!  I DON'T WANT TO SPEND THE FOURTH OF JULY IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM!!!!" One kid didn't jump off the roof into the pool, and one kid did. And THANKFULLY he didn't break his ankles or his spine or his noggin'. 

Full, humiliating disclosure: I was about 6 years old when I went to a neighborhood pool party. A gang of kids were lined up at the pool to go down a very fun looking slide. I got in line to get on the slide, because that is what you were supposed to do. I was worried. Very worried. As I inched my way closer to doom and climbed up the stairs to wait my turn to go down the VERY HIGH SLIDE into the pool, my stomach churned. When I got to the very top and looked down, my mind rejected it. I had to back down the slide steps in shame, and bumble my way past a gang of kids that were braver than me. D'oh!!!!!!

Thinking further on this topic, I have only jumped off of a diving board once. ONCE.  I found the experience to be terrifying. Such a wuss! I don't normally GET into the pool, but when I do, I don't just JUMP IN like some kind of savage. I take the steps like a civilized person. LIKE A TOTAL CHICKENSHIT. HA!!!

What about you??????

P.S. Coincidentally, I recently watched this movie AGAIN. It is really good and has two of the hottest and most charismatic dudes in it ever. And then there is THIS scene. GULP!




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18 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

All I can think of is someone breaking their neck when they dive in!

sporkgasm said...

We had a two story house and a four foot doughboy (above ground) pool. I started jumping off the roof in to that pool as soon as I could swim, which was very young.

I had no fear when I was young. I remember jumping off of high swings, cannonballs off of the highdive. I think I need to go find a highdive to jump off of soon. It's been far too long.

One of my friends had a huge Chris-Craft boat. I used to freak everyone out by running fully clothes, off of the front of that boat in to the delta with no life jacket. I'm a really good swimmer but looking back, it probably wasn't the best idea. Pretty sure there were drinks and/or drugs involved. :)

Annabelle Archer said...

"I'm a golden God!"
(Almost Famous)

But no, I hate that kind of stuff and fret myself into stomach cramps when others are participating in such Tom Foolery.

Claire Kiefer said...

As far as jumping off a roof into a pool: HELL TO THE MF NO. I had a traumatizing experience as a kid at the lake--my family was riding around in our motorboat when we saw a gang of teenagers on top of a cliff by the lake, and an ambulance taking away one of them who had DIED by hitting his head on a rock after jumping. Since then, I'm terrified of this sort of thing.

But I looooove pools & water of any sort, and I'm all about diving boards & slides. Come to think of it, I haven't been near a slide or diving board in WAY too long--need to find one!

Dancing Branflake said...

I would never do that! Maybe into a lake or ocean... but an 8 foot deep pool? Haha! No.

Jen said...

My Mom had to leave work once and come home because the neighbor called her to tell her we were all jumping off the roof into the pool. No diving! Just jumping. Picture 5 kids faces all wet, happy and excited up on the roof ready to continue jumping when all of a sudden your MOM is down there, pissed, home from work, pissed, sat in traffic, PISSED!.

Camila Faria said...

I'm afraid of heights, so... Maybe if Butch and Sundance were holding my hands. :)

NellieVaughn said...

I did that once. Huge mistake. I cracked my head, and bled all over a boy I had a crush on. Never again. I didn't even want to do it.

Improbable Joe said...

Funny story:

When I was at Marine Corps boot camp, we had to swim... "marine" implies water, after all. Wading in the shallow end, jumping off a 10' diving board and swimming to the ladder, and then off a 5' board with a floating backpack and swimming to the ladder. Some guys barely wanted to get in the shallow end, and there's nothing funnier than seeing a tall, buff Marine recruit cowering in fear at stepping off a 10' diving board.

Glee said...

I don´t think I would ever try it. I do plan to try Bambi jumping though, I´m challenged by it. :)

Miss Absinthe said...

I would only jump IF Newman or Redford jumped with me... naked.

Otherwise, no frakkin way!!!

Lara said...

I was a wild tomboy when I was little - climbed super tall pine trees, stood on the seat of my bike, leaped off flights of stairs (broke my left foot), rolled and ran down giant hills into creeks...
Now, I get sick just thinking about stuff like that. D took me skiing for the first time a couple years ago and I was paralyzed with fear. I kept thinking of Sonny Bono and finally gave up and spent the rest of the time in the lodge.

But, I jumped out of a plane a while ago so, there's no reason to my fear. I totally would NOT have jumped off that roof.

Lorena said...

Don't think i have ever jumped off a trampoline.
I'd be terrified to jump off a roof into a pool. Maybe if about 20 people did it before me, I might . Might.
I've done river rafting and canopying at about 80 feet -
i died a little.

Kristine said...

I am sooo risk adverse with everything. Not interested in putting myself in any kind of danger for the sake of an adrenaline rush at all. That being said when I was 16 I jumped off the top of a houseboat into a lake and managed to crack my tailbone. Ow!!!! It hurt to sit for a year.I will ease myself gently in to all bodies of water from now on. Being in a bathing suit is frightening enough.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Just love the thought of you headlessly running around the pool trying to save the kids from doing stupid things :)

No shame in retreating... the mean thing is that the height seems to be double as you look through the water to the floor. Terrifying!

Caroline said...

I totally jump...and the higher the better. I would NEVER jump off a roof though...that's just stupid. GAH...sorry about the pool slide incident...that scars for life. :(

melifaif said...

I'm the dumbass that would jump. Yes. Yes, I am. :) But it would be a calculated, smart decision. Promise.

Kitty Stampede said...

Helllz No. I can't swim. I almost drowned in a shallow end of a pool once. true story.