UP, UP AND AWAY WITH MY BEAUTIFUL BALLOONS

UP, UP AND AWAY WITH MY BEAUTIFUL BALLOONS

rujokinggrandad.co.uk BLOG 25th February 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

 A Stunt Someone Actually Pulled Off

CALGARY, AB.; DECEMBER 28, 2015 — Photo provided by Dan Boria of his balloon ride over the 2015 Calgary Stampede. (Courtesy Dan Boria/Calgary Herald) For City story by Valerie Fortney.

Daredevils are everywhere, and a quick Google search for the “Darwin Awards” will prove just how often ridiculous stunts can lead to death. However, there are a select few people who were able to pull off their dangerous stunts and actually live to see another day… but that doesn’t mean they all went according to plan. Please don’t try this at home.

Up, Up, and Away

If you’ve ever seen Disney Pixar’s movie Up, then you may have wondered just how many balloons it would take to fly in real life. A 26-year-old man named Daniel Boria decided to find out for himself. He purchased 120 extra large balloons and helium, tied them to a lawn chair, and on 15th July 2015 flew into the sky above Calgary.

Dan Boria
Dan Boria
Ready for take off

This expensive stunt was actually part of Daniel’s idea to land in a nearby fair and rodeo called The Stampede to advertise his company, All Natural Cleaning. He originally wanted to surprise the crowd by skydiving into the event. Since he planned on doing this without permission from local authorities, every pilot in Calgary refused to go along with his harebrained scheme.

So, Daniel took matters into his own hands, spending over $20,000 to bring the plan together. Unfortunately, the balloons got so high in the air, commercial airplanes were flying below him. Temperatures dropped well below freezing, and he realized that he had no control over the balloons. He needed to parachute in a location that was nowhere near the rodeo, and landed in a field. Aside from minor injury to his ankle, Daniel landed safely… and was promptly arrested for public mischief and causing danger to life. He was fined C$6,500 and required to donate C$20,000 to a local veterans food bank. He may not have succeeded in advertising for his company, but the fact that he is actually alive is sort of a miracle in itself.

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Your mind is a magnet: If you always think of blessings, you attract more blessings. If you always think of problems, you attract more problems. Always keep good thoughts and always stay positive – Buddha’s Teaching & Science

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…being carried in the sky by a bunch of coloured balloons

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

read a book about Stockholm Syndrome. I hated it at first but by the end I loved it.

LOVE IS…

Love is…holding on to every precious moment

TRACK OF THE DAY

Lost In France – Bonnie Tyler

Highest Chart Position: No.9 27th November 1976

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