The other day I almost saw my good friend Cesar Perez die.
It was a normal Sunday afternoon at Kid's Club, and on account of the awesome weather we were outside messing around, waiting for the kids to get there. Cheryl, Cesar, and I were throwing the arobie which is basically a frisbee without the middle. They fly really easily which is both cool and not good at the same time. One uncontrolled fling and the arobie will soar into a tree, house roof, etc. Cesar had terrible aim with one throw and landed it right on the church roof. Cheryl really wanted her arobie back and since Cesar was the reason it was up there, she gave him this look that said, "You better get that." Josh Williams who is somewhat of a giant at 6'5" offered to boost him onto the roof. This went pretty smoothly, and Cesar managed to shimmy up about 4 feet to grab the arobie. But by the time he reached it, he realized his hands were on FIRE! The sunny day had the shingles radiating some major heat. He gave the arobie a weak throw and managed to get it stuck in the gutter. He then started to SLIDE down the roof because his hands hurt so bad and the steep angle kept him from being able to get a foothold. It was so scary. Luckily, the gutter stopped him and Josh was able to throw some rags up to protect his hands.
The next step of this exciting event was getting Cesar off the roof in one piece. I suggested getting a truck under him so he could jump. Josh said, "If you jump, man, I'll catch you." Cesar decided to trust his roomie. After scooting as close to the edge as he could, he began to have second thoughts. "How do I jump?!" he yelled worriedly. "Are you sure you can catch me?" "I'm sure! Just jump on the count of three!" Josh said. "One, two, three.... Okay, let's try that again. One, two, three...." Finally after a couple false starts, Cesar worked up the nerve to fling himself off the roof and Josh amazingly was able to catch him with no harm to either of them. It was crazy!!!