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  1. I was extremely scared when I was on static line (before there was AFF), but not to the point of it’s taking over work. I gutted it out, and my first freefall was magic, and I was OK after that. But the whole airplane ride up each time I tried to talk myself into staying in the airplane. You’re spending a lot of money not to have fun right now; give it a time frame, and then decide. I also was happy after each jump. That was 46 years ago, so it is possible. But it’s not mandatory. Fear isn’t conquered, it’s worked through. Congratulations on working through it and being a skydiver. You may decide not to do it forever, but you’re a skydiver. Wendy P.
  2. Link to an article that was originally in Rolling Stone, about how the rich solve the climate crisis -- air conditioning. Yet another have vs. have-not item. It's a long article, but worth the reading. When I volunteered in Houston, one of the primary purposes of where we were (a day program for homeless and poor) was to be able to hang out somewhere air conditioned for a few hours, and eat a couple of meals in air conditioning. I've lived in Houston without A/C, as a young woman. It was possible then, but the older I get, the less well I tolerate the heat. I think that's true of most people. Wendy P.
  3. I don't know any liberals (not all of them Democrats) who aren't vaccinated. I know there are some, I just don't know any. I do know plenty of conservatives who are vaccinated, but all of the unvaccinated (some of them vocally so) are conservatives, as well. Yes, people are individuals across the ideological. Even liberals. And posting videos as an illustration of what you're thinking, or of what you think we should be "educated" on, without some sort of analysis of the content, is pretty lazy. But you know that, you just don't think we're worth the effort, but you're sure you should be worth the effort of our watching those videos. Wendy P.
  4. With the old markup style (b: /b or whatever it was), if the person posting didn't close their italicizing or bolding, it'd remain for the rest of that page. I'm guessing that's still the case. Although in my case, it's bold after the one halfway down, not italicized. Wendy P.
  5. Just getting them to understand that dissenting voices actually carry weight is a challenge. Because “everyone I know is conservative.” Wendy P.
  6. Even experienced skydivers can be distracted by a camera. I know of a couple of them -- one was instructed to ditch the chest camera on a bigway, and another thinks it might have contributed to a Cypres fire. Note, by the way, that "contributed to" is definitely not the same as "caused." Loss of awareness caused it, the camera might have contributed to that. Wendy P.
  7. Something that's important in skydiving is actually being aware of what's going on at the time, really. A video debrief afterwards can be nice, but mainly if it's with people who actually know the answer, rather than similarly-experienced people guessing. The video above wouldn't have been real helpful in diagnosing issues with performance in ways that actual awareness wouldn't have improved on. Because remembering what it actually felt like up there really helps with planning what to change (or not change) on the next jump. POV landings I can sort of see -- not as a regular thing, but to compare with a timed ground video, so that the jumper (particularly one who's having issues) can be coached on what they're looking at when it's time to flare. As someone who has issues with that, well, yeah. Malfunctions -- I can also sort of see, BUT: I can also see the downside of someone making darn good and sure they get a good picture of the malfunction for later analysis (and taking time for photography when it can't be afforded), and that's a bigger downside than a potential future conversation of "see! I was RIGHT (I/you should have/shouldn't have chopped)" So on balance, it's less useful than potentially problematic. So I'm still down with the consider a camera as a specific tool if you're a newbie person. It's generally best wielded by someone who has enough brain cells left over from sensory overload to use it as a tool, rather than as a focal point. Wendy P.
  8. You have to work with human nature as it is. If you make it easier for people to use less water (low-volume toilets, low-flow shower heads, car washes instead of running it down the storm drain), that helps with the consumers. One of the biggest consumers of water is agriculture; California grows a whole lot of stuff, and lots of it needs water. Reducing consumption of water-intensive crops from California will also help. No, it won't help the farmers in the short run (reduced demand means lower prices and they have to change), but in the long run if people's habits can change somewhat, then in general people will be easier on the land. Or at least not make it worse as quickly. Wendy P.
  9. Way to go about it -- if your body is ready, your mind will be more ready, too! Wendy P.
  10. I don't think that's a valid binary (who was righ and who was a fool) Wendy P.
  11. Freedom fighters don’t give up anything for the common benefit. Kind of like mask wearing Wendy P.
  12. Watch for a new round of "I got mine" from the upstream people. Wendy P.
  13. The issue isn't that they haven't heard the argument; it's partly that they have heard convincing things from people they normally trust and give some weight to. So a specific addressing of those issues is necessary. Yeah, often they're stupid memes, but, well, have you seen some of the breathless anticipation of Trump going to prison lately? Kind of like the Hillary going to prison stuff before. People believe what they want to, and if you actually want them to follow something they're not that invested in, it takes extra effort. And, frankly, herd immunity is worth it. Wendy P.
  14. I have a number of friends who are, shall we say, willfully ignorant. In other words, if you address their issues, the goalposts move, because, they just aren't going to get the vaccine. Some of them had friends who died of COVID, and/or were in the "take this seriously because it's real" camp. But they're also proud Trump conservatives, and have modified their views "appropriately." Even took down the FB posts that I saw early on. Oh well Wendy P.
  15. That was in 2010, and it’s been referenced already. But hey — never miss an opportunity to slam. Wendy P.