He told the New York Times he prays before he gets on the wire, every time. But he's married; frankly, he should pray after he gets off the wire, every time.
Speaking of his wife, Erendira, she is a fellow acrobat to whom he proposed marriage on a high wire.
(Interestingly, when you propose marriage on a high wire, the high wire becomes the least of your concerns, no?)
At the moment, one of Nik Wallenda's concerns is a dispute he's having with ABC, which will televise his Niagara Falls attempt in a three-hour, prime-time special. The network now says he must wear a safety harness - to be honest, I'd figure this actually would reduce viewer interest, since many would tune in morbidly to see if Wallenda falls to his death - and Nik has been adamant about not wearing a tether.
Erendira, also opposed to the idea of her husband wearing a tether, simply states, "If we fall, we die."
(I've got to say: I'm not sure that's the most nurturing wife in the world.)
Here's hoping Nik Wallenda and ABC can reach an agreement. There's nothing else good on TV that night.
Ask The Slouch
Q. What is a better occupation, porn star or poker pro? (Jeffrey Stander; Potomac, Md.)
A. Poker pros whine a lot and often have to lend friends money, so, frankly, I believe my years as a porn star were more fulfilling.
Q. Are you happy you put the kibosh on I'll Have Another? (Aaron Snyder; Indianapolis)
A. Hey, I think the horse could've run, but he decided to feign injury so he could watch the LPGA Championship.
Q. Are the surging Pittsburgh Pirates starting to tickle your fancy again? (Gene Velotta; Gibsonia, Pa.)
A. I don't have a fancy.
Q. When the playoffs began, you said the Thunder would win the NBA title. You're usually wrong. Can I get a buck-and-a-quarter for pointing out that this time you might be right? (Greg Heisler; Spokane, Wash.)
A. Shirley, pay the man two-fifty.
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