El Cajon?..

... an 88 year old man... diagnosed with a brain tumor... does this..... wow... I suppose that's one way to do it... but, what takes more Cajones?... to stay and fight the illness... or jump?....

"Joseph Harold Frost took off his safety belt at 300 to 400 feet, stood up in the open cockpit of the two-seat biplane and went over the side Monday.

The pilot tried but failed to wrestle him back into the plane and nose the aircraft upward to force Frost back into his seat.

"I think that was Dad's idea, to go out in a flash of glory," said Robert Frost, who had helped his father arrange the chartered flight on a biplane similar to the ones the elder Frost flew in World War II."

by Eric on March 31, 2004 | Comments(12) | Psycho Rants
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Comments so far:

Fitting. Not the landing. The jump.

posted by: Indigo on March 31, 2004 10:16 AM

If I ever do it, I'm going to stand in the path of a tornado.

posted by: LeeAnn on March 31, 2004 10:24 AM

...I read a tee-shirt once that described the way I'd like to go out..

.."cover me in chocolate, and throw me to the lesbians"..

posted by: Eric on March 31, 2004 12:13 PM

Brilliant. I have planned my eventual exit.

posted by: Velociman on April 1, 2004 08:14 PM

Mebbe it's the old volunteer fireman/paramedic in me - but I think the guy was a selfish bastard with no consideration for the pilot, the people's patio he splatted on (that would have been a nasty, smelly, mess) and the people who had to clean up after his 'glorious death'.

Asshole. Fie on him. Obviously, your mileage varies! 8^) No, I'm not cutting him any slack over the tumor. A pistol would have been cleaner and affected fewer people.

posted by: John of Argghhh! on April 2, 2004 05:50 PM

..pistols aren't clean, John.. my Cuz works in an ER... trust me... fountains of blood... FOUNTAINS, kemosabee..... but, you are right... the guy should have thought about the people he'd be raining on....

posted by: Eric on April 2, 2004 06:14 PM

He should have had no problem getting a prescription for narcotic painkillers. Wash them all down with vodka, go to sleep, and stop breathing. Easier on everyone except maybe the life insurance company, but then suicides rarely think of anyone but themselves.

posted by: triticale on April 2, 2004 07:15 PM

Yeah, fountains of blood (been there, seen that) but much less brain tissue, organ tissue, adipose tissue, fecal matter, and other smelly things.

One shot, .22 to the chest, sitting in a chair, not that much to clean up, most of it drains into the body cavity. Been there, seen that, too. But Trit has a point!

And now, I'll let the subject drop...

posted by: John of Argghhh! on April 2, 2004 07:23 PM

...dang, John... .22 to the chest while sitting in a chair?... it would work, but still... I know that suicides think only of themselves.. but, jumping out of an aircraft took some damn BALLS.... hell, he might have SURVIVED the incident... me? I'd be a .22 to the temple kinda guy LONG before I decided to jump from a moving plane....

posted by: Eric on April 2, 2004 07:42 PM

I got your point, Eric. I just don't agree with it.

It took courage to face the test of the tumor.

That's the test he failed. And offloaded the misery to others.

posted by: John of Argghhh! on April 2, 2004 10:24 PM

Thanks, John... I see your point too... I have seen my Father and Brother both deal with the ravages of cancer... and yes, to do that.. with dignity, and courage... THAT takes true guts.... suicide was never considered by either of them... stay and fight, that's what you have to do...

posted by: Eric on April 3, 2004 05:04 AM

Hey Eric,

I've jumped out of a perfectly good airplane before, completely voluntarily. I know that John's already made the point, but for me, all it took was a little faith in the parachute technology, and the desire for the adrenaline jolt. No big deal in my book.

posted by: Johnny - Oh on April 3, 2004 10:20 AM