THE EDGE — Extreme sports are something I have always admired and never been able to do. I don't have the stomach or the swagger for it.
A good example is a time I was around 12 years old and went bungee jumping. Some of you may remember the bungee platform they use to have at the 49th Street Galleria. First off, that place was legit and I mourn its loss nearly every day. Out in the parking lot, facing the freeway, they had an 80-foot bungee jump rig and I did it one day.
It was to be Day 1 of an extreme sports journey that would last the rest of my life. Instead, I just humiliated myself and realized I was kind of a coward. At one point, the guy working there convinced me to hang from the platform with just my legs. I did it and I think I may have cried before I dropped.
Doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but then I saw the footage. My mom videotaped the whole thing. The video shows how as I got into position my pants slid further than they should have I mooned everyone driving by on I-15. Of course, my parents wanted to show everyone we knew the video. I tried to take it like a champ, but I was humiliated and my extreme sports days were over.
So, while I can't do these sports, I love watching others do them — and this video somehow made it even better. Fernando Livschitz made this video of bikers doing insane jumps at the Nitro World Tour — some even right here in Salt Lake City — but there is a twist. Livschitz removed all the bikes from this video, and it's trippy and fantastic all at the same time.
No one's pants slipped off, however, and no moons were shown to the camera or the greater Salt Lake Valley, so there is no real embarrassment here. It's just a really cool video.