Monday, May 6, 2013

Flaming Dirigible

I was driving out to the beach on Saturday and noticed a blimp floating over Angel Stadium.  And I thought, that looks so peaceful.  And then I thought, until it explodes into a FIERY BALL OF DEATH! 

Because when I was a small child I saw footage of the Hindenburg exploding.  My mom had to explain what a blimp was and how easy it was for them to go up in flames, and also, because I was a bit of a worrier, how slim the chances were that I'd ever be in or even near a blimp. While in theory bobbing along in a blimp sounds like fun, I don't think I would be able to get over the panic of my imminent demise. That footage has had a long lasting effect on me.  I can't look at a blimp without praying for the crew's safety and that I'm not directly under it when it comes down in a massive inferno.

So guess what I came across today, totally by chance. An article about the Hindenburg, complete with a video of it exploding.  I decided to face my fears and watch it.  You guys, my fears were only confirmed, DO NOT GO IN BLIMPS.  You will be amazed at how fast that thing lit up.

4 comments:

Angela Noelle of SK said...

I watched. For the first time.
Oh man.

thefoxkids said...

Stephanie and I and the siblings that were around at that time got a chance to ride in the Goodyear Blimp (I think I was around 9 or 10 yrs old)I remember it being very fun but very loud and as we were landing there were ropes that were dangling off of the four corners of the compartment and there were 4 big guys who ran along side as we came down and caught the ropes then pulled them as hard as they could and that's what stopped the blimp!!.. it was pretty interesting and a great memory...

Rach said...

I've been afraid of blimps ever since I watched the Rocketeer. I will never ever ride one.

Empress of Venus said...

I echo the Rocketeer sentiment, that was the first thing that came to my mind. Of course I'm more fearful of the giant Frankenrilla guy that chased them along the top of that blimp.