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ACHIEVEMENT6OnthephonewithownerDouglasSmithIconfessedIhadahistoryofacrophobia.ItoldhimIhadrockclimbedquiteabitduringmy30sand40sbutthatIhadalwaysbeenareluctantclimber.x1cDonx19tworryx1dsaidDouglas.x1cIdonx19tlikerockclimbingeither.Theviewfrom15000feetiscompletelydifferentfromwhatyouseeonarockclimb.Itx19smorelikelookingoutthewindowofanairplanewithouttheairplanewhileyouaredroppinginfreefallat120mph.x1dIx19dhadplentyoftimetoconsiderthiscomfortingthoughtbythetimeIarrivedfortheinterviewatCSCx19snewfacilityinRochelle.IkeptthinkingofthescenefromthemovieFandangoinwhicha9rst-timeskydiverpullstheripcordonlytoseethepilotx19slaundrycomeyingoutbehindhiminsteadofachute.AsIentertheshinynewlobbyhoweverIseethatthisisnobarnstormingoperation.Everythinghasatechylookgalvanizedmetalandtracklightsamarbleoorbig-screenTVs.ThroughglassdoorsandwindowsthatfaceoutontherunwayIcanseethecompanyx19stwonewairplanesreadytomakearun.OnewalloftheroomiscoveredbyChicagolandSkydivingmerchandisex14thehatst-shirtsandothersouvenirsyoux19dexpectto9ndattheboothneararollercoasteratanamusementpark.Inaglassed-inareaontheoppositesideoftheroomaninstructorisgoingoverprocedureswithagroupofprospectiveskydivers.Theyarelaughingatsomethingtheinstructorissaying.FrombehindalargecircularreceptiondeskinthemiddleoftheroomIamgreetedrightawaybyastaffmemberwholooksupsmilingfrombehindhercomputer.Theyareexpectingme.Douglaswillbeoutinjustamoment.WhileIwaitI9lloutthemandatorywaiversinaloungeareawhereoneoftheTVsisdisplayingvideoofskydiversgrinningandgivingthumbsupastheyrocketthroughtheskyinfreefall.Afewothercustomersarealso9llingoutformsandglancingfromtimetotimeatthevideoandIwonderiftheyarefeelingthesameemotionsIam.Somepartofmejustdoesnx19tbelieveIamgoingtobedoingthatbeforethedayisover.AsI9nishupmypaperworkDouglasarrivesfortheinterviewandtourofthefacility.Thejumpwillcome