A few months after moving to San Diego I was upstairs in our rented townhouse when I heard a
loud "whooshing" noise similar to someone washing their car. I was
surprised someone had started to wash their car that late in the evening. The sound continued
to be moving. I looked outside and saw a balloon basket about 15 feet above my roof. The passengers
all had rather nervous looks and the pilot was giving the balloon more gas to try to get over the roof. I
quickly ran downstairs to get my camera – it was a three story townhouse.
As I got back upstairs the balloon was over my neighbor's house and was preparing to land in the
street below. The balloon managed to get down without upsetting anyone's chimney or hitting any
cars. I am sure the passengers had an interesting ride.