Back in high school I became interested in, and did a report on, smokejumpers. While writing the report, I learned that they have a weight limit of 200lbs (so that, should you become injured, your fellows can carry you out). At the time, it was generally agreed that I’d have to lose a limb to ever get under 200lbs.

Apparently, that just isn’t the case.

I’m now a hair under 200lbs, and still have plenty of gut to lose. I’m not sure I even still want to be a smokejumper, but I find it interesting that a door I once thought shut has now blown wide open.

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