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Z and I have gotten into the show, Up All Night, starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph. In a nutshell, it’s a comedy about a young couple juggling parenthood and careers (to put it simply).

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On a recent episode the main characters try and prove to themselves that despite having a baby they are still the fun, adventurous couple they used to be.  To do this they sign up for trapeze lessons. Long story short: they hate it, chicken out, and realize they’re happy being the in bed by 9 new parents they are now.

Z brought up how cool it would be to try trapeze when I told him, “It’s fun, I’ve done it!” He did not know this about me!

Sure enough, right there in Inner Harbor Baltimore there used to be a trapeze rig run by Trapeze School of New York.

A couple of my coworkers at the time had started going and wrangled the rest of us in calling it a “team building” activity.

It is most definitely a unique experience! Here’s what’s involved…

Step 1: Climb tall ladder up to platform.

Step 2: Chalk hands, get clipped into safety wires, grab bar.

Step 3: Wait for instructor’s call annnnnnnd jump….

From there you go into whatever skill you’re working on at that time. Beginners start with the knee hang.

After a couple classes I went on to tackle the split!

Step 5: Let go!

There’s a particular way they teach you to fall and a certain type of roll required to get you off the net.

Step 6: Get caught.

Once you’re comfortable with your skill and have gotten the timing down it’s time to bring out the Catcher. The Catcher is the guy swinging up there with you who will (hopefully) be there to catch you once you release the bar. Timing is everything!

Step 7: Celebrate your accomplishment!

It’s a lot of fun and unlike anything you’ve ever done before. If you’re not comfortable with heights this may not be the activity for you.

TSNY has since left Baltimore but you can find them in DC if you want to give it a try.

Wow, looking back at these pictures it’s hard to believe this was five years ago! Many thanks to my fine friend Keri (what a great name, huh?) for being the demonstrator in the above pictures.

Question of the day: Have you ever tried trapeze? WOULD YOU ever try trapeze?

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