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Utica man jumps into his "Bucket List"

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Still wish you got around to traveling to a new country, learning a new language? How about skydiving? Well one Utica man did just that. At 86 years-old Carmen Guarnieri went skydiving in Gardiner, New York.

"I don't know why, I really don't know," said Carmen Guarnieri. "I had no fear of it to begin with, I mean you go up 13,000 ft and you drop to 6,000 ft and then you pull a rip cord."

Guarnieri says the jump is something he got the idea for after he went up in a hot air balloon last year with one of his daughters.

As an aviation enthusiast, having worked on B-17s and B-29s during the war, he said why not? Skydiving is something he's always wanted to do.

"Undescribable, its fabulous and a lot easier than people think really," said Guarnieri. "Truly all you take is a 15 - 20 minute video and that tells you what to do and you don't really have to do much because you're going tandum and the guy you're with it's all up to him."

While Guarnieri's two daughters were a little hesitant as he signed the waiver, they did end up with a free T-shirt.

"After it was all over and I came down they went up to the gift shop and said I'm buying a T-shirt for my father, he's 86 years-old and he just skydived," said Guarnieri. "She said 86? Anybody over 85 gets it free so I got a shirt out of it."

What's next on his list? While Guarnieri says he doesn't have anything on paper, he'd like to fly a glider and even go ziplining.

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