Proverbial Parachutes

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 18 05:02:54 UTC 2010

Isn't it also the case that every parachutist packs his own chute and
never uses a 'chute packed by anyone else? I.e., it's easy to imagine
a jumper whose ripcord didn't open his 'chute wishing that he had
pulled the ripcord on the opened 'chute packed by someone else, as he
plummets to his death. But, "[y]ou pull the ripcord on the parachute
that *you* packed."


On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 7:36 PM, George Thompson
<george.thompson at> wrote:
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> “You pull the ripcord on the parachute you packed,” he said. “Not the parachute you wish you had packed.”
> NY Times, June 15, 2010, section A, p. 16, col. 5 (continuation of first page story "Efforts to Repel Gulf Spill Are Described as Chaotic")
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
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