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Rappellers take big leap to help Special Olympics

Stepping backward off a 30-story building for fun and a good cause; rappelling to publicize a fundraiser for Special Olympics Oklahoma.
BY DAVID ZIZZO Modified: October 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm •  Published: October 14, 2010

/articleid/3504186/1/pictures/1189071">Photo - Rumble, the Thunder mascot steps away from the top of SandRidge Building as he rappels the south side of the building  in downtown Oklahoma City Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.   Photo by Jim Beckel
Rumble, the Thunder mascot steps away from the top of SandRidge Building as he rappels the south side of the building in downtown Oklahoma City Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Photo by Jim Beckel

Still, it's plenty safe. I know that mainly because my boss didn't object to this. Also, because of all the redundant safety devices and procedures pointed out to me by the Over The Edge climber expert dude, you know, right after I signed that form that says I "could be risking serious injury or death by participating." And I'm wearing a helmet.

A fight breaks out

So I'm stoked. And if Rumble the Thunder mascot can do it with a video cam screwed directly to his mascot head, I figure I can too. However, as I look over the edge, a fight breaks out. It's in my head between my "higher" brain functions and my "lizard brain." The intellectual part assures me this is statistically way safer than the drive through traffic to get here, while the primitive part says, "Pardon me, but millions of years of evolution suggest this is not a prudent move."

I go with the traffic argument. I lean back, squeeze the red descender handle, and I'm on my way. After the first 30 feet, I come to the first of about two dozen sloping window ledges, perfect spots to plant my feet. I even pass a few offices with people busy at work not noticing the guy dangling above that target on the plaza.

Too soon, I'm on the ground again. I missed the target. But I had a blast.


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