(2003 to 2005)

Almost dying

Tue Aug 31 00:17:00 UTC+1000 2004


I had a mate who almost died the other day.

He was telling me about it on the weekend.

I thought I'd mention it, because I found it amusing in a way, mostly just because of how clam he was about it.

So, get this.

He's learning to be a pilot, and he's cruising along in his little Cessna. Then out of nowhere he sees a red stunt plane coming out of a loop on a convergent path with him at the same altitude. The stunt plane hasn't seen him.

He realised that he was going to die. In his words: “That's it. I'm dead. Oh well. Can't do anything about it, guess I might as well just try and veer left a little. I can't believe I'm going to die in a plane crash.”

It was so dry. Especially the first bit. And really, what else could you do..? No point panicking, but no escaping the inevitable either.

So, the reason that he didn't die was because the stunt plane saw him at the last minute.

Shaun said that he looked out at the red plane and saw the “Oh fuck!” look on the other pilot's face. They both moved away from each other, and lived happily ever after.

I doubt that happens every day.

I guess I liked it, because it's kind of how I felt when that car almost hit me. It's true. When you see death coming, you just kind of stand there and look at it. It's funny how disconnected you are from emotion when it happens. You only have a tiny amount of time, you can't do anything about it, and the only thing that goes through your head is “Oh well”. :P

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