At the beginning of October, members of the LA media were invited to preview the reward that would be claimed on October 7 by 71 people who had met a certain Boy Scouts fundraising threshold. Each good citizen was going to be allowed to rappel down the side of downtown LA’s 32-story Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
Despite suffering from a fear of heights, Downtown News reporter Richard Guzmán (pictured) decided to give it a go. Per the headline of his resulting October 21 account, things did not go well. All hail “The Not-so-Amazing Spider-Wuss:”
Everything was great for about four or five floors. Then, I made the mistake of looking around, and when I saw how high I was, I lost it. My arms literally went numb and my legs felt like loose spaghetti. I couldn’t plant them on the side of the building. I couldn’t make my hand squeeze the lever to lower myself.
Once I let out the first, “Oh God,” it was over. I was in full panic. I think I spun around once. I know I did the bicycle run in mid air… “Lower me! Lower me down please!” I started yelling at the top of my lungs. “Please hurry! Please, please lower me down!”
Maybe Guzman should just steer clear of anything Boy Scouts-related. In the piece, he also explains how he was trying to make amends for a bit of childhood roughhousing that got him thrown out of his troop.
[Photo: Gary Leonard]