Thursday, June 17, 2010

Five Quakers injured in slackline fiasco…

The slackline is back in my life. I had a breakthrough yesterday. When Mackenzie was here he said that walking backwards on it was easier that walking forwards. So I had a go and realised that the reason is because you bend your knees. When I tried to walk forwards on the line with my knees bent, I did much better. And it’s hot today and set fair, so I shall be out there practising (knees bent) as soon as the sun falls on the line.

The other thing that happened is that my friend Ella sent me a link to a master class in tight rope walking with Philippe Petit. It’s in August in Brooklyn and she suggested I went to stay with her and go to the class. Wow.

And the third slackline strand is that Viv, a friend from Quaker Meeting, came to have a go on it and suggested that the Spiritual Exploration group should have a meeting here, using walking the slackline as a metaphor for life.

When I mentioned it to Dave, he said that if you were using walking the line as a metaphor for life, there should be broken glass on the lawn, someone jumping out of the hedge with a flamethrower, and someone at the end of the line, hacking at it with a blunt Swiss army knife. (Also, he has not a scintilla of admiration for Philippe Petit.)

Everyone has their problems.

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Diane said...

Wow, hope you're going to do the Petit class, sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime chance! (Please do write about it if so.) (I'm rather impressed.)

Sue Hepworth said...

Yes - it does sound amazing,Diane. But it is sooooooh pricey. And what is the travel insurance company going to say when I claim for a broken leg?
"What? What? You are 60, and you have a replacement knee and you have been tight rope walking????"