Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Cliff 2, Hang Gliders 1

Cliff 2, Hang Gliders 1

                                                                       

I received an e-mail this morning from my older brother Russ Prothero who is a great Realtor with Re/MAX in Branson, Missouri.  He sent a link to this website: http://www.jet-man.com/actuel_eng.html and went to talk about when he was younger how he wanted in the worst way to buy a hang glider and fly if off the cliffs in Waimanalo here on Oahu in the early 1970s.  His wife won out and he never did get his hang glider or experience free flight.

I responded back to him about a hang gliding experience that happened in Hawaii only a few years later, just up the coast a short distance from where he wanted to fly.  It happened in 1979 or 1980 while I was visiting Hawaii, a year or two before I permanently moved there.

While watching the evening news I saw a report on two dead hang glider pilots (or what ever you call them).  The story went that there were three guys who spent 8 hours climbing a cliff above Waimanalo with all their gear.  Late afternoon they finally got to the top of the mountain and built their rigs.

After checking their gear and the wind conditions, the first guy jumped off and was blown against the cliff and killed.  After seeing what happened to hi friend the next guy did the only logical thing.  He launched his hang glider and was blown back into the cliff and killed just like his friend.

By know the fire trucks, police cars and news crews were gathering on the road and beach below.  After quite a long period of time the third and last guy after watching his two friends die decided to take the smart way out.  You guessed it.  He launched his hang glider and flew it safely all the way down the beach and made a perfect landing.

Upon his safe arrival near the crowd that formed he was approached by a local news reporter.  The reporter asked the magic question.  Sir, you just saw your two friends die trying to fly their hang gliders off that cliff, what in the world were you thinking when you jumped off?

He paused for a second and said, "It took me 8 hours to climb up there and I was too tired to climb down".

Now I know there is a moral to that story, but I can't think of what it is.

Aloha to all and have a Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year in Hawaiian)

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

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Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

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Comment balloon 11 commentsRandy Prothero • December 27 2006 12:42PM

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Hmm, maybe I won't try hang gliding....
Posted by Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate (Everest Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Keith - I would only if I had less than a month to live.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Randy, I would say this happened in 79 as I don't remember it and I arrived in 80. Thats just nuts! (Isn't that the same as pupule?) Hope you're feeling well!
Aloha, Lysa

Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago
Randy, that is sick, telling some thing like that and not giving a conclusion, punch line, moral what ever you want to call it.  Now I am going to be thinking what that is.  NOT nice Randy, I am to old to be using up that many brain cells.....LOL
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago

Lysa - I know it is one of those two July's That is when I came out before moving here.  I am doing much better, thank you.

George - Help me out, I honestly didn't learn much from that other than I won't climb cliffs and fly hang gliders.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Randy, those work for me.  Heights are one of the few things that scare the living daylights out of me, so hand gliding would be out of the question form me buddy.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago
I climbed a mountain several years ago.  Had a bad experience going up (fell about 20-30 feet before I could grab onto a tree root to stop the fall.  We were free climbing.)  I finally reached the top and told the person leading the climb that they better call a helicopter to pick me up, as I was not going back the way I came up.  The leader said no problem... we will go down the trail on the other side of that rock.  I could have thrown him off the mountain.  So I can imagine what the one guy went through.  You would rather take a leap of faith, then risk going back through what you just overcame.
Posted by Jason Price (Mortgage Financial Group, Inc) over 11 years ago

George - I used to have a huge problem with heights, I went up in the Sears Tower and did some cliff climbing in Wisconsin to help cure me of it.  That was 25 years ago.  I helped me with heights.

I am older and wiser now, no more cliff climbing for me and definitely no hang gliding.

Jason - Interestingly put a leap of faith.  I am not sure after seeing the last two die he had faith.  It may have been fatigue or he was just a little crazy.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Get the helicopter ready.  Cause it is the only way I would have left that cliff!

I went looking for a hangliding funny, couldn't find one, BUT, came across this extremely kewl video CALLED Hangliding, which was so awesome I wanted to share it.

Enjoy.

Posted by Laurie Manny (Long Beach CA Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Laurie - Cool video; I agree the helicopter would have had to come get me too.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Yep, lol.  Glad you enjoyed the video.
Posted by Laurie Manny (Long Beach CA Real Estate) over 11 years ago

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