I have not Skydived Everest or made a HALO Jump near Memphis, so it’s not me in the photo above, but I have made two tandem skydives at a drop zone near my home in Florida. Those who know me find that really hard to believe, given how absolutely terrified I am of heights. (I avoid turning on overhead lights so I don’t have to stand on a ladder to replace a light bulb.)
Don’t let a fear of heights keeps you from scheduling a tandem parachute jump. I absolutely loved both of my tandem skydives and think everyone should experience the thrill of falling toward earth at least once. Most people love the free fall…the quick descent toward the ground before the chute opened, but I loved hanging out under the canopy, taking in the amazing view.
I think the ultimate would be to make your first jump an Everest or HALO jump. If you’re interested, let me know. I sell adventure.
I got asked again today if women can participate in our Covert Ops Counter Terror Adventure. Of course women can! (Historically, we’ve found our female clients to be better shooters.) Adventure isn’t a guy thing. Women can also fly MiGs, Skydive Everest, train for space and experience every other adventure we offer. In the last 23 years, I’ve personally verified that every adventure we offer is “female friendly”.
I love our new Covert Ops training facility in the Florida Everglades. The military and law enforcement tactical training center was once a high-security state prison and still features most of its original prison infrastructure. There are multiple cell blocks, plus a prison chapel, law library and farm. At 1150 acres in size, the property is HUGE and offers infinite possibilities.
It would be a great place to film an action-themed TV show or movie. The facility is remote and highly secure and has its own airport and helicopter landing pads, so celebrity talent could go completely undetected by paparazzi. (Do we have paparazzi in Florida?)
I’ve had a lot of fun working with production companies the last 23 years and can’t wait until the next film or TV project crosses my desk.
Today is a big day in space history. April 12th, 2016 marks the 55th anniversary of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight. And, on April 12, 1981, 20 years after Yuri became the first man in space, the US launched its very first space shuttle.
Eight years ago, I had the privilege of visiting Star City, home of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. I received a private tour of the facility and had the opportunity to step inside a real Orlan Space Suit….that’s the suit worn during a space walk outside the space station. (I used to have trouble remembering which suit was which…now I think “Orlan” starts with “o” like “outside” and is worn outside the space station and “Sokol” starts with “s” like “Soyuz” and is worn inside the Soyuz capsule.)
We’ve been offering a variety of space suit training programs at Star City since 1994. Take it from me. If you’re the least bit claustrophobic, steer clear of the Orlan suit and opt for Sokol suit training.
Star City is not open to the general public. Security clearance is required and visits must be arranged more than a month in advance. If you’re interested in going behind the scenes of the Russian space program, let me know. Maybe I’ll go with you. I’m due for a return visit!
Ran into a relative of my favorite mouse outside the Beverly Hills Diner in Moscow. He was hugging Russian grandmothers as they exited the nearby upscale Nikolskaya Plaza. I’m pretty sure there’s an ice cream shop and upscale shopping center on every corner in Moscow.
I’ve been smiling all morning, thanks to this email I found in my inbox. Emails like this make me love my job.
Incredible ! My photos are still on your website… It was fourteen years ago.
For me it was a MiG-25 flight with Alexander Pavlov as pilot. The crew at Moscow was very kind (Galina).
Thanks for this unforgettable slice of life.
Hervé (from France)
Greg, Rebecca and I spent a fun Saturday night at the Moscow Circus. There are actually two different circus shows in Moscow…one traditional and one “new”. We opted for the original circus, located a short car ride from our hotel. Thankfully, the concierge at the Metropol was able to score us three great seats for the sold out performance at a cost of about $35 each. (According to the hotel concierge, the original circus is only a 20 minute walk from the hotel, but since it was a cold and rainy night, we opted for Uber.)
Every seat is a great seat in the small one-ring arena with stadium seating. A live orchestra adds excitement to the night. A small café serves wine, vodka, soft drinks and snacks.. Popcorn and ice cream are also available.
Be warned…the traditional circus is heavy on animal acts, including dancing elephants and tightrope-walking cats.