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  1. If it's in the IRM, maybe someone with USPA should clarify. Just sayin' Wendy P.
  2. Understood. That automatic reaction can be unhealthy; yeah, the thought isn't, but the automatic reaction can be frustrating. We have a block function now, so if there are individual posters who really set you off, it's useful... Wendy P.
  3. Cory, we’d love to have you here. Look at how Bigun, Airdvr, and Billisle engage. There’s disagreement, sometimes heated, and sometimes walking away. But man this place is more boring when they’re not here. Each site’s culture is a part of that site. There are others who post here too; some favor the “let’s pwn the libs with funny videos” tactic. I know I don’t watch the videos, because in my experience they start like any movie, and assume a suspension of disbelief. Not going there. Just so you know, new people posting, and old people returning, tends to liven things up; that’s a good thing. But trolling, bumping, and name-calling of people (as opposed to ideas) is still points-worthy. Please, oh please, free free to come back. I enjoyed a lot of what you posted. I do come here for intelligently-expressed differing opinions. And it’s not like I get those from FB Wendy P.
  4. Except I don't use a packer, either, except when I'm at an event and feeling lazy. Wendy P.
  5. Something to remember is that paying someone else to do work for you spreads money around in the community, as long as it’s local workers. Always going for the cheapest isn’t always the best in the long run, though. Wendy P.
  6. Absolutely. But too many people’s first step seems to be to accept the risk, based on what Joey at the DZ said, and that alone. Wendy P.
  7. Some thoughts on evaluating risk in skydiving. We all evaluate risks, every single day. But we evaluate risks differently when it's something we want to do, rather than something we don't want to do. Four things you can do with risks normally are to avoid, mitigate, share, and accept. In each case, in order to make an intelligent decision, you have to understand the pieces of the risk, and the consequences. And in each case, if you want to be thorough (and when you're talking about high speed impact with the earth, it pays to be thorough), you should start by taking a contrarian view to what you kind of want. The 4 things come in that order because generally, those offer the easiest or cheapest way to navigate around risk. It's generally cheapest (whether money, injury, whatever) just not to do it; next is mitigating, because then you have to understand it, and it's in your control still. Accepting it is last -- often that just means "shit happens," and shit happens fast in skydiving. Try not to go there. In other words, if you really don't want to do something, get someone who thinks you should to enumerate the reasons why, and consider them honestly. If the consequence is loss of friendship or macho points, that's different from injury or death. And if you really want to do something, get someone who thinks it's a bad idea to enumerate the reasons why, and consider them honestly. They are potential costs of doing it, and might have to be paid for. Got insurance? Got a job with sick leave? That might enter into whether you want to start swooping or downsize, because injury is a very honest possible consequence of skydiving, and downsizing will generally increase the chances of injury. Even if you're good. Mitigating might include getting additional formal training in a new canopy or skill (CRW camp, finding a mentor). It might include starting swooping with a larger canopy than you currently own. It might include limiting you who are willing to skydiving with. But regardless, it means understanding the components and consequences honestly, and not with rose-colored glasses or an unwarranted spirit of optimism. And in skydiving it generally means taking an action, or specifically avoiding one. Mitigating can include running through emergency scenarios in your mind, and considering what you would do in that case. What happens if someone cuts you off? What happens if it happens at 50 feet instead of 200 feet? How about if you end up in someone's back yard? Risk sharing? Not sure how well that applies in skydiving. The consequences of a bad decision are rarely lessened when they're shared -- it only means more people are damaged... And accepting should mean that you've seriously considered the risks and are just saying "I'll go for it, with no additional preparation." Which might be just fine, if you really are ready, or if the consequences are supremely unlikely (like an asteroid hitting your canopy, not like dropping a toggle). Or it might just be an immature way of saying "the heck with it, I'm going for it, and assuming that there will be no consequences." Refer to my tag line... Wendy P.
  8. wmw999


    Good question, but the problem is that just running into it might not be the right way (if there is a right way). Yes, you can dive right into the cold water, but there might be sharks down there. We really don't know enough about sharks yet. And we don't know how long any potential immunity to COVID is conferred by catching it, or how general that immunity it. I personally know a couple of people who had it twice almost certianly, and we're a highly vaccinated group around here. They aren't certain because the first time, we were still in detect-by-symptoms unless you're in the hospital mode (March 2020). The symptoms were what are commonly described -- loss of smell and taste, severe cold/flu-like symptoms, and both parties work in public-facing jobs, for for a veterans' club, and the other for the local food bank. The second time, about 8-9 months later, it was tested and confirmed, and much more serious. This is anecdotal, but there isn't enough data on the real world population to know how strong, long-lasting, or universal the natural immunity is. So until there's a chance for either science to figure it out, or other people to go ahead and jump into the possibly shark-infested cold water, and find out the (possibly) hard way. Wendy P.
  9. wmw999


    Well, the one US case has mild symptoms partly because — yes, he’s vaccinated. Wendy P.
  10. It’s all about the freedom to choose. We just get to choose too, in how to evaluate and respond. Wendy P.
  11. Nerdgirl (who I really miss) was almost exclusively an SC poster. Skybytch (ahem) isn't Wendy P.
  12. Maybe, then, you should acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, people who can't run out their landings, might not also be able to slide them because it's their judgment of the landing speed that's the problem, not their running ability. And unless you're damn sure that you don't have to much downward speed, I'll still contend that a slide is a riskier move than a PLF. Wendy P.
  13. I PLF when I'm going forward too fast (often), as well as going down too fast (rare), or just not feeling good about the landing. I probably stand up about 50% of my landings; far fewer in no-wind consitions. I've had excellent luck with PLFing on rounds and squares. Wendy P.
  14. Yep. They’re allowing guest posters during the transition, so we don’t get notified before posts appear. As soon as we see them, we do hide, but we’re not on all the time… Wendy P.