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  1. 9 points
    "When a coup attempt goes unpunished, it has officially become a training exercise." - Author Unknown
  2. 7 points
    Myself and my good friend Brent Findlay set a new national New Zealand record this past Saturday for the most number of jumps completed in a single day by a single person. Dubbed 'The Hundred Jump Project' our goal was to get at least 101 jumps in a single day each simultaneously to beat the current NZ record of 100 which has stood unbeaten since 1999. We managed to achieve an average of one jump each every 5.5 minutes for just under 12 hours non-stop (aside from fuelling obviously), eventually ending the day on 120 jumps each so we now co-own the new record. We jumped from 2,500ft (the lowest legal altitude under our governing rules) from a Fletcher aircraft. We had just the one plane but had 3 pilots who worked on a 10-jump rotation. We had an incredible ground crew of around 50 people including packers, pilots, safety, rig-swappers, catchers, food and hydration runners etc who all also worked on a roster rotation, our first jump was at sunrise 6:35am and our last jump was around 6:15pm. We are not night rated so we were restricted to daylight hours only. We used a total of 20 rigs with quite a large range of canopies. It was really fun to land a Crossfire 3 109, then 5 minutes later land a Saffire 3 150, then 5 minutes later land a 7 cell Krakken wingsuit canopy etc, it was a real test and we had 240 great landings. I know some of you will be referencing people like Jay Stokes and thinking that 120 isnt really a big deal, but it was a big deal for NZ and certainly a big deal for us personally. We used the challenge to raise funds for our local Mental Health Foundation, so far we have raised around $10,000NZD but we expect that number to climb as the NZ media continues to show a lot of interest. We both had one cutaway each which is pretty unlucky really. Both spinning linetwists which put us on our backs, pretty obvious you arent going to fix that from that altitude. Mine was at jump 55 and Brents was at jump 93. Both cutaways were textbook, kept both handles, landed exactly on target, swapped rigs and kept going. One of the coolest stats is that I got to do my 800th and 900th jump on the same day, which not many people can say. Anyway I just thought some of you might be interested in some of those stats. It was a super fun day and Im really proud of what we achieved. Heres a quick story from one of the news channels here in NZ, one of many to report on the event. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/124237213/friends-push-through-parachute-fails-and-fatigue-to-set-new-skydive-record
  3. 7 points
    Looks like a lot of people don't understand the difference between "making good choices" and "having good choices".
  4. 6 points
    36 hours after 2nd shot. I feel strong, going out to hunt bears in forest.
  5. 5 points
    Brother, I have to side with the left on this one. And, in part, you are correct. One-time shot in the arms aren't that great, but it is something. IMO: It should have been $600 - $1,000/month this whole time. Any time there's a recession/depression, the Keynesian Model works. Get money into the hands of the consumers that make less than "X" and they spend. Moving money around is what gets the economy to rebound.
  6. 5 points
    Is the emoticon supposed to be you? I'd have chosen differently. Look, a country is many things but more than anything it is a society of people who choose to adopt a common identity and who work toward common goals for the common good. Those things generally come together very slowly for the whole. It's just reasonable that when most people have decided things like racism and racist behavior are no longer a part of their identity then they also no longer see it as a part of their national identity and, by extension, no longer identify with certain symbols of their racist past. It's not about starting over or denying our past it's about standing up for who we are now as a people. That's a good thing.
  7. 5 points
    Qanon: The religion for people who find Scientology too rational and boring.
  8. 5 points
    In all fairness, until you've stood in line at a Seattle Starbucks at 6am waiting to order a triple Americano while some purple haired asshole at the front struggles with whether or not he wants a maraschino cherry on top of his double decaf, nonfat mocha with extra foam and a lemon spritzer you'll never see the comparison.
  9. 4 points
    What isn't complicated is that a state that consistently rejects federal intervention in its affairs and whose senator opposed federal help for other states after a weather induced disaster comes cap in hand to the feds when it has a problem.
  10. 4 points
    Brent, you have a wonderful capability to spin up a lot of shit with a mischaracterized post in the first place. I'm sure you see yourself like Rush seemed to, as dodging and spinning as the attacks come, countering each one. Not realizing you're just playing dodgeball, standing in place, while the world continues to move on. Wendy P.
  11. 4 points
    You're all being incredibly tedious.
  12. 4 points
    Listen up Trump supporters! We really have to get a few things straight here. Trump lost the election. COVID-19 is real and it is a big problem. California fires were not started by secret Jewish space lasers. School shootings are not a hoax. Alternative facts are lies, not facts. Global warming is actually real. The Capital riot was due to Trump supporters listening to Trump, not secret Soros-funded Antifa false flag actors. Vaccines work. So do masks and distancing. Science does actually work, and it isn't based on the popularity of a Facebook meme. Hillary Clinton is not actually a cannibal vampire pedophile murderer who lives under a pizza place in Washington, DC. We checked and that's actually not true. Y'all had some crazy and fun ideas, but this shit is starting to not be funny any more. Too many people are dead.
  13. 3 points
    Ok, I'll say it. The forum migration to the new format did not help.
  14. 3 points
    It was a bargain even at NASA’s price. But for some that’s not good enough. NASA regularly pulls off amazing stuff, and yet they seem be the government entity most commonly cited as a waste of money. They are the one government run organization that not only does what it sets out to do, they often knock the ball out of the park. Then they have to beg for more operational funding because their spacecraft last so much longer than they were designed to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big spacex fan too, They have pulled off some impressive feats of engineering, and yes, at reduced cost. They are a for profit corporation and that’s what they should be doing. But even if they are not as efficient, NASA does scientific exploration of space better than anyone else.
  15. 3 points
    Perry's got a point about keeping the Feds out...have you seen the type of dipshits they let run the Department of Energy?
  16. 3 points
    That my is an old Strato cloud,1.5 oz fabric...the rings as slider stops,the line attach point s( type 4 coreless nylon,covered by a piece of 1.5 inch type 3),the windows on the bottom surface AND the dual bridle attachments ,not to mention the zig zag stitching using FF red thread,.ITS ALL PARAFLITE!. I KNOW CUZ I WORKED THERE. The serial number was stamped on one of the ribs,since these ribs are all black,you will find the serial number on one of the reinforcing tapes on the rib.it may no longer be visible because the ink PFI used at the time was NOT permanent
  17. 3 points
    I am sitting within 5 metres of a banana tree which is growing outside my window. And I wouldn't consider my observation as an insult. Most banana republics have one corrupt politician calling the shots. The US have a bunch of self serving senators allowing their ex president off the hook for something he quite clearly instigated. And seeing the sheer numbers of people who still believe his bullshit makes the rest of the planet despair for American democracy. The ignorance on display is breath taking. Thus the US has lost the trust and respect it once enjoyed from most of the free world. Even if the US manages to expunge the corruption in full view of the rest of the world, it is doubtful that trust will ever be earned back. Making 45 pay for his crimes would just be the start, and seeing some of his bootlicking enablers like Graham, Cruz et al thrown out would also help. The US is definitely on the banana republic list.
  18. 3 points
    I dare you to walk into a COVID Ward and see just how devastating this virus is on the human body - hell, go see someone who has facetime as they monitor their dying loved one in the hospital. Don't get me wrong; I do believe we need to re-open the economy, but after we get this virus under control. You know, our grandparents sacrificed so much more during WWII (everything was rationed) and we came together to face a foreign enemy. We need to come together for this enemy also. God forbid someone misses out on their Starbucks or sumpin. We as a nation have zero fucking patience to get through anything anymore.
  19. 3 points
    As always, thank you Dr. for another of your insightful, well though out statements about COVID.
  20. 3 points
    What??? A 4 minute video did not cover everything there is to understand about white privilege??? Inconceivable!
  21. 3 points
    it's a huge waste of resources that are better spent elsewhere, like actually contributing to safety. maybe to include more plf training, having students do some before each day of jumping like they do in airborne school, and start an awareness program for canopy piloting. things that still killing us would be where i would direct my energies, but i didn't get the job as executive director, so not my call now.
  22. 3 points
    There is no such thing as White privilege, it is a ridiculous idea that ignores reality and at best becomes a crutch, an excuse for failure. The idea is detrimental to all There is economical privilege period. In homogenous countries where they don't have the melting pot that we have in the US, guess what? people with money get treated better then poor people. That's the case now that's always been the case. I am not talking about bribes, Its stuff like being able to afford to live in a better neighborhood, there is generally less stress for everyone including the cops who patrol these neighborhoods compared to the ghetto. Add to that list all the things that wealth can offer and the the fact that having more money generally improves the probability of safety health and success for you and loved ones anywhere on this planet. There are plenty of poor white people with no privilege and plenty of rich minorities who get all the privilege its about $$$ Can we also admit that perception is something we all have and we all when presented with a new human make some prejudgments good and bad? Can we admit the way you talk, look and present yourself matters! or have most of us left reality!? Can you understand why at the airport me a middle eastern male gets randomly selected everytime by the TSA and the little old white grandma who is 78 doesn't....if you can't or have to pretend you cant understand that, know that i do understand and its not racism to me its called common sense. I understand that the biggest representation of brown,tan people like me in the past i don't know lets say 20 years or so is explosions Islam and death. Now i am glad that i live in a country where my rights are preserved and i am viewed equal under law, however it would be disingenuous of me to pretend to not understand why some people who don't know me personally might have some reservations or prejudgments......why do so many pretend not to understand this? However my biggest issue with the term white privilege is that it takes attention away from the actual problems. Like no fathers, no family unit, no values, no discipline! and gives an impression that you can only succeed if your white! which is untrue. Why is it so many immigrants who have come here with less of a foundation then even the poorest Americans, who also have to deal with the same system deal with racism and judgment dig themselves out of poverty? Why is it so many African Americans, Latinos , Asians and other minorities do outstanding in this country and are the picture of success? It's there families and the values they have been taught by them. It starts at home. The only way you can fix any problem is by being honest about the cause, not pandering in a cloak of sympathy thats detrimental to the very people you think you're helping Its been very frustrating watching the dialogue of this country in the past few years, I have read often white people who are coming from a good place make the dumbest statements, like We are such a Racist country!! I always ask them, have you been anywhere else? i don't mean on vacation have you ever lived anywhere else? do you know how people in europe pick any country on the continent feel about certain people? how about Asia? the Middle East? Africa!? you know where they cut your hands off in certain places if your from a different tribe? America is the least racist place on this planet. Work hard make better decisions sacrifice for the greater good of your family and you can have some privilege too.
  23. 3 points
    Morning after 2nd shot. Still no reaction except very mild bruise at needle site. Wife is the same.
  24. 3 points
    Or Congress... Wendy P.
  25. 3 points
    I completely agree. Prisoners are probably the most unpopular and disregarded group in society. Behind even politicians and lawyers. But they are still our brothers and sisters.
  26. 3 points
    Check yourself, my brain is working just fine and I studied the ethics and pragmatics of this in medical school. We don’t assign vaccine priority based on a moral judgment of how “good” you are and the vaccine is not an “attaboy” for valiant service. It is quite simply not a factor. If the doctors and federal judges tell you you’re doing healthcare wrong, you should really stop and evaluate how “logical” your argument really is. You use the word twice but fail to apply the concept.
  27. 3 points
    But then you might get many with the same name, Schooley Mc School Face.
  28. 3 points
    There's so much wrong with this post. Herd immunity via exposure can only be suggested by someone who doesn't understand how viruses work, or doesn't care about the cost of getting there or the risk in doing so. Let's forget for a second that some people have been infected twice (proving that exposure doesn't guarantee immunity), the bit you have to remember is that EVERY time a virus replicates in a cell there's a chance for a mutation to occur. In very rare cases those mutations become the dominant form if it helps the virus survive or spread. So yeah, it's small odds of happening, but small odds multiplied by an entire population increase the risk significantly. A mutation that invalidates the current vaccine or immune system-based immunity would be disastrous and would effectively set us back to the start of the pandemic. There is a very real risk of this. And for the record - a mask DOES protect you. It might not be 100% effective, but it absolutely adds protection. As do distancing and shutdowns. Brent, please - stop spreading misinformation like this. This isn't one of those things you can just have your own opinion on and pretend it's just as valid as actual facts and math.
  29. 3 points
    Personally I find it weird that DZs let people get into the coaching jumps before they’ve done their hop and pop. It’s a safety thing so that you’re comfortable making an emergency exit if required so, if it was me, I’d get that done straight away. It’s something people feel uncomfortable with but it’s the easiest thing to do and I think it helps with confidence. Then, as a heavier jumper, my issue has always been 360s in place or other manoeuvres where I lose visual contact, while keeping my fall rate consistent and not sinking out so I’d try and work on that. Link up with your coach and then 360 and try to come out on the same level every time. Try things you don’t learn well in AFF like side slides, fast fall, slow fall, etc. Get your coach to fall slower and move up to him/her. Vice versa with your coach falling quicker. Try unlinked dive exits where you present to the relative wind and transition straight into position to chase your coach down the hill, getting to him/her as quickly as possible while still staying in control. Also tracking effectively is essential to ensuring good separation when you jump with others and this can take time to get right. Ensure you’re tracking perpendicular to the jump run so you’re not getting into other people’s space and concentrate on making yourself a nice efficient wing so de-arched rather than arched in the track, move into it smoothly, pick a reference on the ground so you track straight and get a good 5 second track as efficiently as possible.
  30. 3 points
    It comes down to this: You have the opportunity to design and jump a harness and container with a reserve, AAD & Main of your choosing. Why wouldn’t you choose reserve components that have optimal fit? My opinion is you should decide on an appropriate sized reserve and then consider which reserve of that size you want to buy based on price you are willing to pay. THEN, match the reserve container size with an optimal fit for that reserve, not the other way around. Then, decide on a main based on your desired flight characteristics. THEN choose a WL based on your desired flight performance and piloting skills. THEN choose the container based on those components.
  31. 3 points
    When the national Republican party thinks it's acceptable to play such a sick joke on the citizens they represent, you really do have to wonder what it is they actually stand for.
  32. 3 points
    Do you think it's because he read an article from April which said the virus had peaked and was about to fade away?
  33. 3 points
    Three components will help with this 1. Yes, the other jumper has to help. And it helps if you include fall rate in your jumping buddy selection criteria, especially if they're also a newbie. 2. Dress for success -- they need to wear a slicker jumpsuit and maybe weights if they're experienced enough, you need to wear a bigger jumpsuit than they have. 3. Practice. You will improve a whole lot with practice; the tunnel is a help here just for exposure time. But if your reaction is always to get big so that you can evaluate the situation, that's better than evaluating and then getting big. Wendy P.
  34. 3 points
    Not topless, it was just alternate clothing.
  35. 2 points
    Just sharing. A younger Harley rider and I were discussing music genres and he turned me on to a rapper named Tom MacDonald. "Fake Woke" and "No Lives Matter." I find the message intriguing, but I'm not a big fan of rap in itself. Well, at least not since Coolio did "Gangsta Paradise." EDIT: I suppose I should have entered the hyperlinks the first time.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    Yeah not very practical. It just gets complex. (Just like this reply did for me...) In theory if there were a DZ with tons of funding (eg military) you could be lent a reserve canopy set up to use as a main. "You have a Smart 150 in your rig? Well, we have a PD 143 set up here, that would at least be similar." There would be complexities because a reserve doesn't normally have the deployment bag attached. (So you need a specially built reserve, or static lining the jump, or removable deployment system, or someone else chasing the d-bag.) Sometimes there are big boogies where manufacturers bring reserves set up to be tried out as mains, but then you need to be around such a big skydiving event. But if you want to actually cut away from a parachute, then you need a 3rd canopy, a reserve, on the system. You can have the reserve to test in its proper place on your back -- which makes putting a real reserve on your belly more complex, especially to have it fully legal. Or you could have the reserve to test on you belly, which keeps your 'last reserve' in your rig as normal, but then the deployment for the test canopy won't be like a real reserve. Either way, having 3 canopies makes the gear and handles and procedures and crap that your wearing more complex and less suited to a newbie. Maybe more dangerous than a real cutaway after a mal! (There was even a World Champion doing a stunt jump for a commercial about 25 years ago, with 3 canopies, who screwed up the order he pulled stuff and died. An unusual case but 3 canopies does get complex.) And even if you set up everything to cutaway to a reserve to test flying it, there won't be nearly the same stress level as if you were having an actual malfunction. So then ideally you'd at least do something like pop one toggle on the main to get yourself spinning around before cutting away. Reserves do fly a little different than the ZP canopies people are used to today. A small F-111 style canopy will tend to have a shorter, sharper flare motion, not a long gradual flare motion. It used to be that people were used to F-111 style canopies from their student days, but now they don't get that. So I do get a little concerned about newer jumpers these days knowing how to properly flare their reserve. At least people learn that they should do practice flares under their reserve when actually flying it after a malfunction. All in all, it gets complex. So in the sport it is considered reasonable to just spend one's time practicing on the ground. Hanging harnesses are good, handle checks on all jumps are good. And you don't buy a reserve that is way smaller than what you are used to jumping as a main.
  38. 2 points
    Doubt that additional federal regulation is the answer. The last cold event was 1940. The folks that built the generation made purchase decisions each time they bought a generator. Wind turbines are available with heated gear boxes, motors and blades. Coal plants can be built for cold weather. Nuclear safety devices aren't supposed to get wet and freeze. Natural gas pipelines can be installed and made operational in cold climates. About the generators: the utility is held to a "reasonable and prudent" standard when their rate increase requests are made. The regulators look at the costs in the rate filing and decide if they are reasonable and prudent. Certain costs will be disallowed - such as alcohol, first class travel, employee recreational clubs, lobbying expense, certain advertising, glamorous offices, excess construction, and others. The utilities deal with the regulators on a regular basis and are familiar with how they make decisions. I suspect that the utilities knew that if they had bought the "cold weather" package the additional cost would have been disallowed. The regulators, in SC, are appointed and then elected by the politicians. Politicians are pestered by their electors. The public hates rate increases and they raise cane about everything. The utility would argue that the additional expense is justified because once in every 80 years it gets cold enough that it is needed. The intervenors in the rate case, Wal Mart, large energy users, the military, the consumer advocate, and anyone else that wants to testify, would argue that the cold weather package was not needed. So, they are having a once in 80 year event and, no surprise, stuff froze. The TX situation and every other grid is massively complicated. No one thing caused this problem and federal regulation won't fix it. Well, it could. They could easily require more redundancy, additional transmission capacity, more dispersed generation and just about anything else. That's fine except it costs tons of money. The expense would be paid by consumers. And consumers hate rate increases. Reliability is always a balancing act between the two. We have the same problem in SC after a hurricane. After Hugo in 1989, 31 years ago, everyone screamed, "if power lines were underground we wouldn't have this problem!" That's partially true except there are other problems with UG power lines that don't exist with overhead lines. And, it costs tons of money that no one wants pay for in a rate increase. As electricity is restored the next layer of problems is being revealed. Lack of water. The construction standards in some areas didn't contemplate this extreme. Many homes have detached garages connected to the house by a short breezeway. The copper line comes up the wall of the unheated garage into the attic area and over to the house. The pipe freezes and splits. As it warms up the leaks are evident. There is a shortage of plumbers and plumbing supplies. My buddy shipped 100' of Pex and a box of fittings to his son. There is enough stuff to fix a few dozen houses. The neighbors will luv him. Just about every problem can be prevented or minimized if one throws enough money at it. Most don't want to pay for prevention. What a mess, but no different than natural disasters in other areas of the country.
  39. 2 points
    Yes, if that's happening it's racism. But often it is not. In the 1950's, a lot of people were unaware of any issues. They didn't think there was an issue with black people sitting at lunch counters, because they never saw any black people sitting at lunch counters. They ate somewhere else. What's the problem?Black people sat at the back of the bus. They seem happy there and it's always been that way. What's the problem? Our CEO's have always been white men. But there are plenty of black people in the company. What's the problem? Unless you show people the problem they don't think it's a problem - because it has never been a problem for THEM. For years I would talk about how I was not privledged because I had to work so hard for what I got. I had a story about making my final tuition payment in nickels and dimes from my third job as a laundromat maintenance person. That misses that many people never had the chance to even pay tuition in the first place. So I think a lot of people catch breaks and are not aware they are catching breaks. And if you try to tell them that, their first reaction was similar to mine years and years ago - "How dare you say I didn't work for it!"
  40. 2 points
    NEVER!!!! ***sorry, lost a few $$$ at the casino last weekend and I'm still a tad bitter.
  41. 2 points
    I refer back to my earlier example. We need to stop telling women not to wear short dresses. And start teaching men not to rape. We need to stop telling african americans to just work harder. And start reforming laws that allow voter suppression, police brutality, unequal sentencing, tax breaks for the rich, and much much much more. Every creature on the planet struggles and humans are no different. That is true. It has been true historically and it will continue to be true. And it is also true that specific groups of people struggle MORE. And specific groups of people struggle LESS. And this is by design. White men designed the laws that govern America. That is a statement of fact. Those laws have evolved/improved over time but they are still very far from being fair. You can deny it all you want, but your denial doesn't change the truth. EDIT: Sorry to pee on your parade, but America's not that great...
  42. 2 points
    His reading comprehension is fine. He's not posting things that he believes, that are honest or that reflect anything at all; he is posting things intended solely to piss you off. From his own post: "I posted the quote from a “denier” knowing that you would be triggered" That's his only goal here - to anger people. He has said as much several times. You keep falling for it.
  43. 2 points
    Ron, your real takeaway from SBLV is the same as your takeaway from anything else: whatever confirms what you already believe. Wendy P.
  44. 2 points
    Hit Replay: A permanent solution demands a perfect process. We don't have that. Wrongful Convictions
  45. 2 points
    Boy, now that's cancel culture Wendy P.
  46. 2 points
    Parachuting: What happens to your body during it? Many of us dream or want to parachute from very high heights, but before making this decision it is important that you read the following article and know what might happen in your body in the process. Skydiving is one of the most desirable adventures due to its mixed feelings and an exciting experience, but did you know what happens in your body during it? Flying and Human Have you ever thought about whether a human could really fly? In fact, humans were not created to fly, so if you decide to parachute, your body will react to that in an unusual way. Parachute jumping is exciting, but the process itself stimulates the feelings of fear in the human body, and it enters the stage of fight and flight, known as (fight or flight). What happens in the human body So, to make the decision to parachute, here's what might happen to your body: 1- Before parachuting When preparing for the parachute jump, you will notice a strange feeling in your bladder. When you are stressed or anxious, your body releases adrenaline, which causes an urgent feeling of urgency to urinate, and it may also be a result of the tension that your muscles feel and cause a bladder spasm. When you get on the plane towards the jumping point, your adrenal glands will start to produce a high amount of the hormone cortisol, known as the stress hormone. When you are ready to jump out of the plane, your adrenal glands will be at their fullest, and this gives you an overwhelming feeling and the urge to jump, and you will feel that time has become very slow. 2- While jumping While jumping, your speed will be about 200 kilometers per hour, and it will take a very short time to reach the surface of the earth, as several factors play a role in this, such as weight and the distance of the plane from the surface of the earth. During this, you will feel the following: Chills Your feelings are fully awake An increase in blood pressure Sweating mixed feelings. It is worth noting that these matters differ from one person to another according to his nature. 3- After landing Now that you have reached the surface of the earth, you will feel victory and self-confidence after achieving one of your dreams, and you will experience feelings of joy and comfort. Some people who experimented with skydiving indicated that they became different people afterward, and this could be for several reasons: Your ability to face your fears Prove to yourself that you are stronger than you ever imagined Strange feeling while jumping. Note that your adrenaline levels will skyrocket, so have fun during the day. Who can parachute? Of course, there are some principles that must be followed for selecting qualified persons for skydiving, and they are as follows: To be over eighteen years of age If your weight is proportional to your height, obese people cannot skydive Pregnant women cannot skydive. People with heart disease are prohibited from skydiving. Finally, do not close your eyes while jumping so you can fully live the experience!
  47. 2 points
    Great. Three pages of a camel-spitting contest.
  48. 2 points
    Not sure how GME options are affected by the cost of oil.
  49. 2 points
    When I was 16 I wanted a motorcycle really bad. Mom said no. Her dad broke his leg on one so they were dangerous, no motorcycles for me. I tried to get one when I was 18 and she said no again. WTF? I was 18!?! I earned the money for it!?! I was going to get it whether she liked it or not! I didn't get that bike, for you see, I still lived with them. They still paid most of my bills. I was pissed, but that's just how it was. I respected my parents so I didn't go against her wishes and buy it. I did get one four months after I moved into my own place though. At that point, it didn't matter whether she liked it or not. I was supporting myself and I could make my own decisions. If you'll be out supporting yourself by next summer, that's awesome. Get back in the air, get your license, buy gear, become a world champion swooper. At that point, she has no say regarding what you do or don't do. If your parents are still paying any of your bills then, you might consider waiting until you have assumed full responsibility for your life prior to jumping again. It's just the respectful thing to do.
  50. 2 points
    I've been a Blue Skies subscriber for years and the issues just stopped late 2019. Emails not returned. Then in March 2020 I got this email explaining. Now there has been one digital issue put out last year, but that is it. I followed back up via email and nothing again. The Sky is Not Falling A note from the owners of Blue Skies Mag. The sky is NOT falling. We’re repeating this to ourselves pretty regularly these days. Hopefully none of you are dealing personally with the coronavirus right now. If you are, know that your skydiving community has your back and is a resource. Reach out if you haven’t - to us, to your DZ buddies, coaches, instructors, teammates, vendors, USPA reps. We’re all here for you. Like I (Lara) detailed in my post, we’ve dropped a bunch of balls at BSM HQ, and this quarantine just adds to the confusion. We’ve decided to make the magazine available for everyone for the rest of the year on our website. In addition to hopefully making up for our absence the last few months, we just want to spread some sky joy to our community. As a current BSM subscriber, going forward you have 2 options: Get your money back. If you choose this, we will refund your prorated subscription as soon as we are financially able to. Email us or fill out the form in the tab “Refund Request” in your Account page to start the process. https://blueskiesmag.com/my-account/ Stick it out with us. If you choose this, we will add 1 year to your current subscription to make up for any missed issues. Until print resumes, you’ll be reading your magazine online (for free), and earn our undying gratitude for hanging tight. Moving forward, please story ideas to our new editor Shauna ([email protected]). Features, columns, polls in the spirt of DZ Awards - or anything else you might think of. This is a good time to dig out all those old photos, logbook entries, dusty memories from the vault, and stories you haven’t had the chance to share before! Because we’re going digital for a bit, photo quality does not need to be as high as we used to require - screen grabs, Facebook downloads, photos of print photos will all be usable now. Above all, we want you to know that we’re back in the light and apologize to anyone who’s reached out the past few months and heard crickets. Moving forward, we hope to re-earn your trust and rebuild the community around Blue Skies Mag. Now hopefully wiser, more resilient, and with a refreshed outlook ready to face this new world. Blue skies, Kolla & Lara
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