Houston, we’ve lost the balloon.

I wrote recently about Fournier’s upcoming attempt to break all kinds of records with his stratospheric balloon dive.  Alas, he was again thwarted by events out of his control.  Someone let go of the balloon that was supposed to help him attain such heights, and now they’re running all over Canada, trying to recover it.  While anger may be somewhat justifiable in this case, it’s in situations such as these (i.e, thw thwarting of lifetime goals) that more mature men get super-cranky.  I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the guy who lost his grip, or forgot to check that the big balloon was properly secured.

But really, in the end, what has Fournier lost?  A multi-million dollar balloon?  Perhaps.  But he still has his life.  And all his other equipment.  He can always try, try again.  And hey, even if he doesn’t succeed in the next decade, there’s always Everest.  By that time, he might even break the record for oldest man getting to the summit.



  1. Phobox said,

    May 27, 2008 at 10:13 am

    It was a $200,000 balloon; He’s broke now, I think he will look for sponsors from now on.

  2. sedgehammer said,

    May 27, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Does anyone know if he’s had sponsors before?

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