Pair lifts off in tandem lawn chair balloon flight: An Oregon gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer took flight Saturday aboard a pair of lawn chairs suspended from helium-filled party balloons in an attempt to fly across Oregon and Idaho and into Montana. About 90 volunteers and several hundred onlookers counted down and then cheered as Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta lifted off from Couch's Shell gas station. The duo safely cleared a two-story motel, a coffee stand and a light post. "The interesting thing is, anybody can do this," said Couch, the veteran of several lawn chair balloon flights. "They don't have to sit on the couch thinking, `I should have done it.' They can do it."