The sister of my friend recently called and asked for a closing pin pendant for a necklace. I responded “a closing what?”
It turns out that she and her fiancée are sky divers. She was getting a gift for him. Closing pins are about one inch long and shaped like the number 9 (sort of). They are essential gear for the release of the parachute. You have to pop the pin to allow the main canopy to escape from a container. This pin is so essential, that if it gets stuck, you are dead unless you have a backup chute.
Sky divers seem to worship this pin. And many of them wear the pin as a pendent on a necklace. There are several places where you can buy them. Just google “closing pin necklace” or click here.
The pin ordered was going to be special: made in gold with red and yellow diamonds representing the colors of the canopy of the chute.
So now I know a little bit about sky diving. And if papa Bush can do it, hell, I might try one day.