Sunday, October 15, BS, JW, AH and I came to this place Skydive Toronto in Cookstown – about 45 min drive from our place. It was the first time for all of us. After watching the video about the consequences (i.e. you could be injured or killed; and won’t be able to sue anyone for anything) and safety measures, I had to sign my life away. When the word “killed” was mentioned in the video, that was the only moment I felt weird about this skydiving idea. “What if I get killed?” I don’t know. I think my parents will be very sad if I died. But… I’m not married and I don’t have any kid, if I don’t do it now, there’ll be no better time to do it. Life’s short.
After about 4-5 hours of waiting, the sky was finally clear. Dressed, put on the gear; there we go! We did it one person at a time. I was the last person to do it. I was quite surprised that I wasn’t feeling nervous at all. Sitting in a small airplane… About 6000ft, the view was very nice… 9000ft, it started to get cold. All I had in mind at that time was… believe it or not, Pizza and Garlic Bread! I guess I was really hungry at that time – I haven’t eaten anything except chocolate since I had a piece of sponge cake in the morning!!!
Around 11000ft, the door was opened, and with no hesitation, I jumped out with the instructor. The free fall was actually not as scary as I thought it would be. I really liked that feeling… very free… flying free. I think deep inside my heart, I’ve always been suicidal.
When it reached about 5000-6000ft, I triggered the parachute. The fall slowed down. I took off the goggle and looked around… The view was very beautiful. I felt at that moment, I could truely embrace freedom. The experience was memorable. I don’t know if that will be “once in a lifetime” coz I definitely want to do it again. (a bit pricy though… no $$$)
After that, everyone was feeling a bit tired. It was a nice evening. We then headed south. The next stop is… Dante’s.
It is located near Hwy 407 and Yonge. When we got there, there was a lineup. Expected waiting time was about 30min. I haven’t been to this restaurant for quite a long time. The first time I heard of this restaurant was about 4 years ago when I was working at the Board. I like their Crab Meat Caesar Salad – fresh sweet lettuce and big chunks of crab meat. Although it’s not real crab meat, it tasted great with the veggie! This time I went back, the salad was a bit different… only came with shreds of crab meat.
We ordered a lot of food…
– Minestrone Soup (5.35) – Hearty but I find it a bit too salty.
– Crab Caesar Salad – Romaine lettuce, croutons, parmigiana cheese & fresh pre-cooked smoked bacon (10.60) – BIG portion… I already felt a bit full after having 1/4 of it.
– Dante’s Italian Fiesta – Veal, meatballs, hot sausage, mushrooms, onions, roasted green peppers, all topped with mozzarella cheese served with chef’s salad and roll. (18.60) This is definitely a meat-eater’s favourite! I loved the mozzarella cheese!!!
– Tiger shrimp rigatoni with cream sauce – I liked it… but I was too full to eat more of it. Had to pack it to go.
– Last but not least, the customizable pizza – medium size, topped with Black Tiger Shrimp, Green Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, Bacon, cheese, etc. YUMMM
It was a satifying day – both mentally and physically. I am glad that I met JW and AH, and finally got to know BS more after all these years. If the skydiving wasn’t rained out the previous time, I wouldn’t have a chance to dive with them. If I didn’t start up this blog, I wouldn’t have met JW and AH. If…
一字曰 One word, 緣 (closest English translation is “fate”).
FYI: Dante’s Italian Restaurant
267 Bay Thorn Dr., Thornhill, ON. L3T 3V8