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8ACHIEVEMENT8x1cIncaseyoux19reconcernedx1dsaysWardx1cIx19vedonethisthousandsoftimes.Ilovemyjob.Ilovemygirlfriend.WhateverhappenstoyouwillhappentomeandIamgoingtomakesurenothinghappenstome.x1dIx19veneverbeensogratefultoencounterpureselfinterestonthepartofanotherhumanbeingbutasWardtakesmethroughtheinstructionsforthejumpweareabouttomakeIrealizeWardx19sprofessionalprideisaswrappedupinmakingsureIenjoymyselfasitisingettingussafelybacktoearth.HeandNatethevideographerthatwilljumpside-by-sidewithusandcapturemyjumpinvideoandstillskeepupasteadybarrageofjokestokeepmeloose.x1cOhx1dsaysNatex1cyouarejumpingwithWard.Hex19sbeensoberforawhilenow.Ix19msurethingswillturnoutalright.x1dx1cDonx19tlistentoNatex1dWardcounters.x1cIfforsomereasonIdonx19tpulltheripcordtherewillbeatriggeredreleasewhenwereachacertainaltitude.Ifthemainchutedoesnx19topentherex19sareservechute.Ifthereservechutefailsjustfollowmetothewhitelight.x1dThesemustbeprettyoldskydivingjokesbutWardandNatedeliverthemformeasifforthe6rsttime.Theirabilitytokeepthingsfreshisreassuring.Thismightnotbetheir6rsttimebutpartoftheirjobistogivemethefulltreatment.AfterafewmoreinstructionsfromWardwewalktothewaitingplanewithseveralotherclientsandjustbeforeweboardNatedoesalittlepre-7ightinterviewthathewilladdtothejumpfootage.Whenwex19redonehesaysx1cNowletx19sgojumpoutofaperfectlygoodairplane.x1dx1cIx19mreadyx1dIsayonlyhalflying.InsidetheplaneIamsandwichedbetweenWardandNateallofusstraddlingapaddedbench.Sometimeduringtheten-minute7ightupto15000feetWardclipsmeintohisharnessandcinchesthestrapsthatwillessentiallyturnthetwoofusintoonebigskydiver.Whenwereachaltitudeoneoftheskydiversaheadofusslidesopenthedoorinthesideoftheairplaneandsuddenlythecabinis6lledwithanice-coldwindandampli6edenginenoise.Withoutceremonysolodiversstartgoingouttheopening.ShoutingoverthewindandenginesWardgivesalast-secondinstructionx1cRemembertoholdyourchinupwhenwegooutthedoor.x1dItx19snota6nalcalltocouragebutratheraprecautiontokeepmefromsmashinghiminthefaceasweaccelerate.AndthenthereisnoonebutNateinfrontofus.Hegivesmeathumbsupandslidestothedoor.InamaneuverIcanx19tquite6gureouthestepsoutsidebutstillmanagestoholdontotheairplane.IscootdownthebenchwithWardattachedandthenagainsteveryinstinctforself-preservationIpossessIsitintheopendoorwaytuckmylegsbeneaththefuselageandgrabthestrapsonmychestjustasIx19vebeeninstructed.WardreachesaroundpushesupmychinwhatelseamIforgettingandrocksusbackandforth.x1cOnetwothreex1dTheinitialsecondsoffreefallareamind-blowingtumble.Thebottomoftheplaneappearsthesunthelandscapebeloworisitaboveandthenaseesawinghorizonthat