Hot Air Ballooning
apparent lack of a gate once was the least of Dana England Conklin's
concerns when she was crewing for her husband. After the third
neighbor asked incredulously, "You want in that pasture?” Conklin
knew its containment of three rodeo bulls was no hoax.
As Conklin quickly radioed her pilot husband, the question crossed her mind: "Can
bulls distinguish between a hot pink balloon and a red rodeo flag?” She
finally located the gate, and they packed up in less than the usual 15 to 20
minutes — seeing neither hide nor hair of the bulls until their next flyover.
power of Chuck E. Cheese's
Graf's two daughters have grown up thinking a hot air balloon
in the family is as common as a pizza spokesmouse is in others.
When the younger daughter turned 3, her party consisted of a
balloon glow and tethered rides. With the balloon lit up like
a birthday cake, the little girl piped up, "This is really
cool, but can I go to Chuck E. Cheese's?”
"My daughters have an opportunity others don't have, but they don't
always realize it,” explains Graf.
on first base?
1993, Jill Johnson Shafer flew in a rally in Killeen and ended
up flying onto Fort Hood. She landed just short of the no-fly
zone next to the firing range, surprising the soldiers.
"Can you believe it?” the guys exclaimed. "There are
flying that thing!”
"If I had known that flying into Fort Hood would attract so many men, I
have done it a whole lot sooner,” Shafer quips. "However, my soon-to-be
husband nixed the idea of starting over.”