Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 04:07:29 AM. Balloon Chair. By Ernest Barnier.
After we celebrated as a city and as a nation, it was family time. Time to gather and sneak a few bites of stuffing before the long awaited meal was served. What a time to feel good and appreciate being with each other. A time to give thanks! It was a feeling I learned well and one that has always stayed with me. The question I have for you is, what really changes during Thanksgiving? Did the people really change? Did the city really become a town? What was the event that changed?
Due to the life of a truck driver (and haulage work in general) being so busy, Walters was often pressed for time to relax. Although he had always dreamed of flying, he was unable to join the US Air Force due to his poor eyesight. In mid-1982, he decided on a remarkable plan - to purchase 45 eight-foot weather balloons, fill them with helium, and attach them to his lawn chair. Since the lawn chair would be tied to the ground, he could situate himself comfortably, cut the cord, and (as he planned) hover at a height of about 30ft for a few hours. Now that is an impressive commitment for a few hours of relaxation. He also made sure to take a pellet gun which he would burst the balloons with in order for a smooth descent, as well as the essential driver's relaxation necessities - sandwiches, cold beer, and a camera.
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