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Riverland News Editor Jeff Bryan sought to conquer his fear of heights Saturday by skydiving from a height of 12,500 feet, slightly more than 2.5 miles.
01/24/2019 The Other Guy Jeff Bryan

“I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings.

“Coming down is the hardest thing.”

— Tom Petty

I was 12,500 feet above DeLand on Saturday, when Freddie tapped me on my shoulder and asked if I was ready.

Confidently, I said, “Yes.”

Inside, I felt like Wile E. Coyote who had just ran off the cliff and was about to plummet hundreds of feet, sans a parachute. I wanted to hold up a placard, which stated, “Yikes!”