I was just cleaning some folders on my computer and came across these pictures of a trip our office took back in 2008. I clearly remember my response, “Parawhat?!”, to our Client Relations Manager, Pam Prather, when she suggested a few years ago that our office take a day off and go to Paraclete XP.
Of course, I was intrigued. Pam explained that Paraclete XP is a company in Raeford, North Carolina that operates a wind-tunnel. Their vertical wind tunnel moves air up in a vertical column. Although it’s used mostly for the purposes of recreation, it also serves as a training device for skydivers and the military.
When Pam finished describing it to me, I immediately said ‘let’s do it!’ I had gone skydiving once, and this sounded like the next best thing. So we booked date, hopped in a few cars that morning, and drove down to Raeford, North Carolina to experience something new.
As the saying goes, a picture can speak a thousand words. So here is a picture of one of our employees floating in the wind tunnel while the rest of us patiently await our turn.
Bashyam Spiro Team Patiently Awaiting Their Turn
The guy on the right in the white helmet is an instructor. He’s in there to help steady us in case we flip over or go smashing into the glass. Let me tell you, many of us got fairly intimate with that glass in the beginning!
Floating in this wind tunnel was not as easy as it looks, and to maintain balance is extremely difficult. But when we were finally able to steady ourselves, it was fun gliding in the wind tunnel. We experienced a little of what sky divers experience without the danger (or fear) of jumping out of a plane.
Our team has always made an effort to do fun things together outside of the office. Some companies call it team-building. With us, we’ve always been lucky to have a team that works hard, provides great immigration legal service to our clients, and also truly enjoys each other’s company.
Here we are in 2008 after our Paraclete adventure.
Bashyam Spiro's Parachuting Pros
Disclaimer: The title of this blog post does not in any way refer to Lindsay Lohan or the now infamous e-Trade ‘milkawhat’ commercial.