Now, regardless of what you might have read (or will read), it was Scoopy in that harness, not me. Of course, Scoopy doesn’t have his (its?) own blog (yet), so I reached out to get a feel for what the whole experience was like.
First off. Were you scared?
Scared that I was going to fall 15 floors and go splat on the ground like a … bee on a windshield? Like that kind of scared? No. There was no fear of death. But there is some anxiety that comes with dangling a hundred-plus feet in the air.
Is this the craziest thing you’ve done as a mascot?
Hmmm. My legal counsel advises me to answer that question in the affirmative. So, yes. Joking aside, yes.
What advice would you give to all those going over the edge at tomorrow’s event?
You’ll want to rush to get to the bottom. Don’t. Take the time to enjoy yourself up there. Look around. The architecture of the building is great.
So, there you go. Scoopy gives us … the Scoop (bad pun). Remember, tomorrow’s event starts at 8 a.m., and it sounds like there are still spots available. All the details can be found at the Downtown Partnership’s site.
Original post (10 a.m. May 31): Last year, The Downtown Fresno Partnership had an idea to install a holiday ice rink on the Fulton Mall. It was a novel ideal that worked out well. It drew more than 50,000 people the mall.
To come up with the money to pay for the thing, they came up with an equally novel fundraising idea: Offer people the chance to rappel down the city’s tallest building (the Pacific Southwest Building).
Thrill seekers, Fresnophiles and downtown supporters lined up by the hundred (100 people to raised $1,000 each).
Well, the ice-rink is happening again (it will open in November).
Also back is the Over the Edge Fundraiser. The descents start at 8 a.m. tomorrow, for those wanting to watch.
(Spoiler alert: It’s totally safe).
This afternoon, the partnership is hosting a media-day kick off and asked yours truly to harness up for the cause. The Bee’s George Hostetter went over last year and once was enough for him.
And while I am an adventurous sort, the Bee’s adorable mascot Scoopy, started making noise with the higher ups. This is the sort of thing he was made for, apparently.
So, I’m out and the bee is in.
Better the bee than me, anyway.
There will surely be pictures and the like and I’ll try to get Scoopy to post some kind of review of the action. If you’d like to watch it IRL, you can head on down to the Fulton Mall around 1:30 or so.