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katiebeth  (Student)

May 31, 2009, 3:10 PM
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Hello all! Been bumming around on the site for a little over a week now...basically once I had decided to finally DO my initial jump.

I jumped last Saturday in Lodi (tandem) and the last 8 days have felt like a month. I'm definitely having trouble being patient as I wait to start AFF...I've wanted to be a skydiver since I was a teenager (not skydive, but BE a skydiver...none of this do-it-once business for me, I knew I'd get hooked) and figured there's no time like now.

So here I am! Looking forward to "meeting" y'all as I progress (at what seems like an EXCRUCIATINGLY slow pace).

:)

-km


mellow  (B 33168)

May 31, 2009, 5:20 PM
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hi katiebeth,

i know what you mean about time passing so slowly.... i did my one tandem a few weeks ago, and i'm counting the days until i start aff, which is 4 more weeks for me!

good luck!


Sapphire  (A 58862)

May 31, 2009, 8:58 PM
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Welcome and congrats on the tandem! Good luck with your AFF progression... I just started mine and I can honestly say there's nothing like it! Smile


IMALSUTIGERFAN  (Student)

Jun 1, 2009, 4:25 AM
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Welcome to the group, I also just started and I am hooked, did my first as a Tandem and than i did my my first AFF jump this Sat and already sch for next Sat. to go some more


Premier skymama  (D 26699)
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Jun 1, 2009, 7:20 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Smile When do you think you'll be able to start AFF?


katiebeth  (Student)

Jun 2, 2009, 12:28 AM
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Thanks! It depends on how patient I can be. If I wait a few months, I might be able to save the $$ to do it all at once...more realistically, I'll do level 1 sometime late this month or early next, then 2/3, 4/5, etc with the goal of A license by my birthday! (november) and my C license by the time I finish grad school.

-Katie


katiebeth  (Student)

Jun 4, 2009, 12:35 PM
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Any tips for making people less tired of me talking almost exclusively about jumping? I can't look at the sky the same anymore and nothing is making this go away! :)

-Katie


wolfriverjoe  (A 50013)

Jun 4, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Any tips for making people less tired of me talking almost exclusively about jumping? I can't look at the sky the same anymore and nothing is making this go away! :)

-Katie

Nope. They don't get it, and unless they jump, they never will.
Most folks are a little interested, and will listen to the basics, but as you go into more and more detail, their eyes will glaze over, and they will try to change the subject or wander off.

You will learn (eventually) how to keep it short and general, and when to let them change the subject.

The folks at the DZ (and on here) are the only ones who are willing to put up with it.Wink


377  (F 666)

Jun 4, 2009, 3:11 PM
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Welcome KM,

I got hooked on jumping when I was a freshman college student and continued through grad school. Still jumping 40 years later. It really helped in getting through school. Skydiving is a great stress reliever and head cleaner hobby. It really puts stuff in perspective.

Keep us posted on your AFF. Lodi rocks, you will have some great times.

377


katiebeth  (Student)

Jun 4, 2009, 7:43 PM
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Welcome KM,

I got hooked on jumping when I was a freshman college student and continued through grad school. Still jumping 40 years later. It really helped in getting through school. Skydiving is a great stress reliever and head cleaner hobby. It really puts stuff in perspective.

Keep us posted on your AFF. Lodi rocks, you will have some great times.

377

Sounds about right...I just finished up my first semester of grad school and I'm pretty sure this'll help keep me grounded (er, maybe that's not the right term? Tongue)

I really loved Lodi and everyone I met there--I can see how it's more of a fun jumper's dz than a first timer's, though. Lodi's not too far from where my parents live, so I'm sure they'll have mixed feelings about my visits home...:)

I will absolutely keep y'all posted on my AFF...I'm still navigating decisions as to where/when since I'm actually a lot closer to Madera than Lodi. Thanks so much!

-Katie


katiebeth  (Student)

Jun 8, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Tentatively scheduled my Level 1...

-km


thrillstalker  (C 40678)

Jun 17, 2009, 3:21 PM
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i know exactly how you feel. i did my first tandem at the end of may, and haven't been able to keep my eyes off the sky since. my friends have heard me talking about jumping so much that a few are going to jump tandem when i start my aff jumps on july 18th. i still havent found a way to take my mind off jumping again, but i guess the best remedy is to jump.
good luck


Inspired  (B 35971)

Jun 17, 2009, 5:22 PM
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Congrats Katie, on your new found love! I did 2 tandems in 3 weeks, then waited 10 more months before starting my AFP. You're progressing much faster than I did. Have Fun!!!

Don


Inspired  (B 35971)

Jun 17, 2009, 5:27 PM
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i still havent found a way to take my mind off jumping again, but i guess the best remedy is to jump

That just makes it worse Crazy


katiebeth  (Student)

Jul 15, 2009, 12:03 AM
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Well, I passed level 1 with "flying" colors last weekend and I'm anxious for level 2...and so on and so forth. Was nervous, but I did just fine, & had no trouble with control in freefall! :D


Matitemel

Jul 15, 2009, 7:29 PM
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Hey Katie!!!

Wouaou so new last saturday!! Hope that u enjoyed (but of course you did!!!!).

But how old are you? What didn't you do it before if you've always wanted to be a skydyver???


katiebeth  (Student)

Jul 15, 2009, 10:43 PM
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Hi! So, about me...I'm 22 (23 in November) and a CA native. I guess I always just thought I had to keep big dreams a little bit more "in the future"...that, and I knew once I started that would be it. No halfway, no putting off...I would be in it for good. And I knew that would require a lot from me financially/mentally/etc so I needed to be prepared to go all in. You know? I don't ever ever believe in regrets, and thus I don't regret waiting until now. I am learning I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Haha...a little philosophical there, sorry...

Anyways, if there's ANYTHING you wanna know about me, I'm an open book. I'll also be sure to post as I progress!

-km


Matitemel

Jul 16, 2009, 7:33 PM
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Ok alright!!! :) Thks for your reply!!

Yet a bit of philosophy is not too bad in this world :) lool

So what are you willing to do next? :)


katiebeth  (Student)

Jul 17, 2009, 10:23 AM
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How do you mean "what are you willing to do next?"?? :)

-km


katiebeth  (Student)

Jul 21, 2009, 3:15 PM
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Passed AFF Level 2! On to level three...you can read about it on my blog if you want...:) momenti-bei.blogspot.com

Not a day goes by I don't think about jumping.

-km


robskydiv  (D 26660)

Jul 22, 2009, 2:47 PM
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Hello KatieBeth. Looks like you picked a very cost effective dropzone. You should be able to rack up alot of jumps in a short amount of time. Now get out there and do it! Have fun and be safe.


chris03852  (Student)

Jul 26, 2009, 1:55 AM
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Know the feeling, cant stop thinking of jumping again, did tandem a few weeks ago and finally able to schedule 1st AFF class last Thursday but couldnt jump due to weather. I must be driving everyone crazy because i cant stop talking about it. Driving to work tonight it was finally sunny and thinking to myself must rather be up in the clouds than driving to work. Hopefully can jump this Tuesday.


thrillstalker  (C 40678)

Jul 26, 2009, 1:04 PM
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In reply to:
Know the feeling, cant stop thinking of jumping again, did tandem a few weeks ago and finally able to schedule 1st AFF class last Thursday but couldnt jump due to weather. I must be driving everyone crazy because i cant stop talking about it. Driving to work tonight it was finally sunny and thinking to myself must rather be up in the clouds than driving to work. Hopefully can jump this Tuesday.

know the feeling. i just finished my aff jumps last friday. just remember to breath deep and relax, the dives will go much better. thinking about jumping just gets worse with every jump, but its a fun addiction. good luck!


katiebeth  (Student)

Jul 26, 2009, 11:10 PM
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Knocked out levels 3 & 4 this afternoon. Made mistakes, fixed 'em, good landings...looking forward to the next level. So far, so good. Still nervous before every jump. :)

-km


JohnDeere  (D License)

Jul 26, 2009, 11:18 PM
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Still nervous before every jump. :)

You to?Tongue Let me know if the nervousness stops for you. I still get nervous sometimes.Laugh


(This post was edited by JohnDeere on Jul 26, 2009, 11:19 PM)


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