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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Oregon's own Danny Deckchair

I never saw the 2003 movie Danny Deckchair , but I know that the plot involved a guy (named Danny perhaps?) who lifts off the ground in a chair tied with yellow balloons. Oregon has their own Danny Deckchair, except his name isn't Danny, it's Ken Couch.

With instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast -- he could turn a spigot, release water and rise -- Couch headed into the Oregon sky.

Nearly nine hours later, the 47-year-old gas station owner came back to earth in a farmer's field near Union, short of Idaho but about 193 miles from home.

Impressive! Perhaps Mr. Couch should change his last name to Chair? Boaz always says that Oregon has everything, and I guess now I can't argue with him.

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