Running Out of Time
Dave Freeman, co-author of adventure travel book "100 Things to Do Before You Die" has died at age 47 after an accidental fall at his home, a rather mundane end given the activities he advocated.
His family said he had completed about half the adventures he listed (his co-author had done the other half). Among the favorite tasks in his book were "land-diving on the tiny island in the Pacific called Vanuatu. . . . Tribesmen climb up homemade towers . . . and it's sort of like the original bungee-jumping," he said on National Public Radio in 2001.
Another favorite was Las Fallas, a festival in Valencia, Spain, that features huge papier-mâché and plaster statues that satirize local political figures and celebrities. "Secretly, they're full of fireworks and dynamite. . . . At the stroke of midnight, they light them all on fire in a huge, loud . . . pyromania display," he said on NPR.
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