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What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail or be injured?
Boy, if someone could come up with a fail-safe way to skydive, they would make a fortune.When this question was posed to folks all over town, skydiving was the number one answer by far! It seems that many of us dream of throwing ourselves out of an airplane and hurtling through the sky in a freefall at 124 mph, all the time praying that our parachutes will open on time and let us float gently down to Earth in one piece. Well, guess what? For all you commuters out there, go ahead and do it! It turns out that riding on a bus is far more dangerous than skydiving! Is it that we dream of the thrill of falling? That’s doubtful, as the number one nightmare people say they have is [of] falling. It may be conquering the unknown. Some of you wanted to pilot planes, but many of your neighbors wanted to explore that other mysterious realm…the deep blue sea; scuba diving was another dream many people had, but the fear of sharks held them back. As someone who has actually done a shark dive down at Stuart Cove’s in the Bahamas, I can tell you that it was terrifying. While every brain cell in my head was screaming out, “Don’t jump into shark-infested waters, you idiot!”…in I went. It was amazing, but the best part was the videotape they gave us as proof to impress our friends, our children, and, eventually, our grandchildren.
So, if you knew you absolutely could not fail, what would you do? Playing the lottery seemed like a no-brainer for some; surprisingly, many people wanted to run for President of the United States – a thankless job, to say the least. But my faith in humanity was restored when many of our town’s residents dreamed of enabling world peace, finding a cure for cancer, or ending hunger and disease. We can all dream…can’t we?
I would run a sub-4-minute mile!
Perform on stage at the Grand Ole Opry!
Skydive because I am so afraid of heights!
I would say…live to be 100!
I would run for President of the USA!
I would love to fly a jet! It wouldn’t matter what kind of jet; I would just love to be able to fly it myself. -Bill Pasko
Go to Afghanistan, find [Osama] bin Laden, and dispose of him!
Skydiving! That would be cool, but I am way too chicken!
Well, if you think about it, going into outer space would be really cool. I would go on the space shuttle, but I would want to land back on Earth safely.
Skydive! Just for the thrill of it!
I would attempt to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, as long as I wouldn’t get eaten by sharks. If I had that guarantee…
Considering that I am afraid of heights, I would attempt rock climbing. It looks like so much fun!
I would open a restaurant, probably a sports bar with sushi and steaks…something manly!
Jump off the Rumson Bridge, or any of the hotels or high-up places.
Move to the city. I am planning to move there, but just not right now. I want to go into fashion design, but I don’t want to fail.
Be the President of the United States!
Go back and fix all the mistakes I’ve made in the past.
Swim around the circumference of the Earth. I think it would be so amazing to push my body to the absolute limit, and knowing that I can not fail or come to any bodily harm just clinches the deal.
Find a cure for breast cancer or…jump out of a plane!
Sing on “American Idol” in front of Simon. He drives me crazy!
I would live in the Serengeti National Park with the wild animals to see firsthand their behaviors and survival skills.
I would be in a Broadway show – a musical – and I would sing!
Skydiving – is there anything scarier?
Skydiving or flying a plane.
Climb Mount Everest with no air tanks, guides, or safety gear. If I can’t get hurt - why not!
Cliff diving into the water!-Alex Schmid
Motorcycle racing on a racetrack!
Skydiving sounds cool. But I’m too afraid.
Race a cop and not get a ticket!
Break the bank in Monte Carlo!
Racecar driving. When I was little my uncle in Indiana took us to the raceway and I thought it was so cool. I loved going fast around the track. You should see how many speeding tickets I’ve gotten!-Alice Papalia
Ballroom dancing! That’s for both of us, because we do everything together. We could do it now, but we wouldn’t want to look foolish.
-Trudi and Harvey Feinman
I would love to be in a Broadway musical. But really, that is bound to happen anyway!
Be a world-class soccer player.
I would open a party/wedding planner business and make all my own favors and stuff.
Skydiving…it seems really cool. Wait…I would run for the first woman President of the United States!
Probably scuba diving. I would love to be able to go under the water, but I would need to be guaranteed there wouldn’t be any barracudas!
Well…I’ve always wanted to be a backup singer in a Rock and Roll band. I would try that!
I would do a front flip off the front of my house!
I would go to Hollywood, go to the Academy Awards, and walk on the red carpet!
I would play the lottery and use it for charity, myself included; in that, I could help my family and all of those in need.
I would open a woman’s boutique with really great, different, and outrageous stuff!
Skydiving! I’ve always wanted to do it, but I’m scared to death my parachute wouldn’t open and I’d hit the ground!
Start a big construction business and build houses.
Skydiving. I always planned to do it by the time I was 30. Now I’m 41 and I still haven’t done it yet.
Play on the PGA tour with Tiger Woods and beat him! Or play the lottery and win, of course.
Scuba diving! I am not a deep sea person; I’m afraid of all the fish and sharks and things.
I would make a movie with Martin Scorsese and win an Oscar for it! Then I’d party with him afterwards.
I would tell my kids how to run their lives.-Bill Moryto
I would establish world peace!
Play Lotto and save the world!
I would attempt to have world peace!
Fly a plane!
I’d be a racecar driver because I like to go fast; but I don’t want to get any tickets!
I would invest in a race horse. My grandparents were farmers in Naples, Italy. Investing in race horses can be very lucrative, but it’s very high risk; so as long as I couldn’t fail…
I would definitely run for president. Or…be a movie star!
Mountain climbing, free rock climbing …outdoors though, not the indoor variety. I’m not afraid to do that!
Skydiving. I’ve always wanted to do it, but I guess I’m afraid I’d kill myself!
I think I would take my family and uproot them to California or Florida, and live there, retire, and be a stay-at-home mom!
- Carolyn Johnson
I would wrestle in the state tournament again.
-Jim Somma, Jr.
Nothing! I’m not afraid to try anything because of failure or injury!
Skydiving. But that chute better open! You have to promise me that. I am very afraid of heights. Oh, or rob a bank…no, now you can’t take my picture. And the name is Smith, John Smith.
Hang gliding, but only if I knew I couldn’t be injured!
Duh! Play the big jackpot game in Atlantic City.
I would climb Mount Everest. Really! Ever since I read that
book “Into Thin Air,” I’ve wanted to make that climb.
I have never been afraid of anything. I came out of Communist Romania, and I am not afraid to do anything at all!
- Audrey Ostafi
Deep-sea scuba diving, and I’d go really deep!
Skydiving! I think that that would be the most fabulous feeling, but the fear…
Jump over the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle like Evel Knievel!
I would like to travel at the speed of light! I want to think about it and be there.
I would live in the Serengeti with the wild animals to see firsthand their behaviors and survival skills.
Racing a car…definitely.
Teach kids around the world farming and water purification to live and thrive.
-Wilson P. Wittacur
Go skydiving over the ocean!
I would live under water!
I would try my hardest to help the needy!
- Carmine Gambacorta
I would play the Mega Millions, of course!
I would end the genocide in Darfur!
Skydiving! I love the feeling of falling and flying, but I just don’t want any broken bones…I would do it at [age] 80, because by then it doesn’t matter so much anymore! -Kim Folio-Dorland
I would sell off everything in my life and start fresh…a new chapter. Then I would travel all over the place, and I would come back and everything would be okay.
I suppose I’d probably bungee jump because you stretch all the way down, and then right at that moment before you bounce back up…that would be so cool!
I guess I would feed the poor people of this country – the United States – like Larry Jones [of the “Feed The Children” organization] does.
Downhill snow skiing. I know it’s lame because almost everyone can ski, but I can’t and I’ve always wished I could.
I guess I would want to dive off a really high cliff into the water!
I would attempt to buy a vacation resort in the middle of Greece!
I would make sure that everyone in the world embraces their bodies.
I would cure all the bad diseases in the world, like AIDS and cancer, and make everyone happy so that they would stop killing each other!
I would go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, as long as I wouldn’t get eaten by sharks…if I had that guarantee.
I would open my own chain of hotels. They would be all over the Caribbean Islands.
I would ensure that every child in the world had a proper education!
If I could attempt anything and not fail at it, I would become a professional gymnast!
I would fly an airplane!
I would probably go to a country like Africa and open up a whole children’s yoga center and run it as a non-profit.
I would cure all famine and diseases, and I would make people healthy again!
I would want to have my own island.
Do you know, if I could attempt anything and not fail at it, it would be to end poverty.
Climb Mount Everest with no air tanks, guides, or safety gear. If I can’t get hurt - why not!
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