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  1. I think most of the activity has moved off to individual DZ Facebook groups and the like. Or maybe twitter, instagram, or who knows what. It’s unfortunate, because frankly this is a great resource. Or else it’s moved back to individual conversation at the DZ, which is bot good and bad. There’s an amazing amount of bs that can be shared here, but cross-pollination of actual knowledge is very valuable. Consider the exit order question Wendy P.
  2. Even if you catch the bug, you can put it down for awhile if there are other important things, and pick it back up again. I started in the 1970's (coming up 45 years ago), jumped fairly hard for about 8 years, very little for 5, and then not at all for 13. Picked it back up again in 2001 when the family was grown, and have been in my second jumping career since. Made 1100 in the first jumping career, 1600 and counting in the second. It's a process, not a destination for me. Edited to add that for some people, it is a destination, whether it's the bucket list tandem, to someone I knew whose goal was to be on the world team; once he got there, he quit jumping as far as I know. And there are probably others like that too. Wendy P.
  3. Thanks for the variety. However, when I just tried to add one in SC, it came out a little big... In case it doesn't look on everyone else's screen like it does on mine (after all, Meso's looks perfectly reasonable), here's a screen shot: Wendy P.
  4. What they all said, and better than I could have. So please keep posting, skybytch! Wendy P.
  5. wmw999


    I'm so sorry to hear that; it's got to be a rough path. I hope it helps you in some ways knowing you were there for her. Wendy P.
  6. In high school you were a bigger fish in a pretty small pond. All of a sudden there are a whole lot more people around, and it seems as though they're judging you. They're all looking at you, thinking you have your shit together and they don't. College is to find out what you're interested in for your life; you can take classes to prepare for work, too, (and it's a good idea), but to me, it's really for you to explore ideas and things. You can't always work in what interests you, but you should be able to incorporate it into your life. Few of us have a passion (just look at all the people who "discover their new passion of skydiving" on this website); I sure don't. But I have a lot of interests. My degree is in sociology, with a languages minor, and I ended up programming. My brother has two degrees -- one in music (with a year-long detour selling tires), and another in engineering. None of us settled on a career until we were 30 or so, but we're all successful now, and happy (I'm even retired). Don't be in a hurry to be perfect. Fuck up in college some like I did , it's what it's for. And after your first job, no one cares where you went to undergrad or how you did except for the alumni committee. Wendy P.
  7. Thanks; it showed up as no longer available when i first looked, but it’s pretty dead now. That kind of chair is pretty comfortable to me Wendy P.
  8. An old parachute hanging from the ceiling if it's not real awesome looking. If you're really bored, you can make macramé coasters out of the lines. A little fridge, and a little cabinet to put chips and/or healthy food into. A bowl on the bar with some fruit, to encourage eating it. Some comfortable chairs to hang out in. I find that the folding patio chairs with cushions (like this one ) are comfortable, store easily, and are dirt cheap at places like Odd Lots. Enjoy it! Wendy P.
  9. His son Gary had 6969... Wendy P.
  10. They're business folks; long-time skydivers (yes, there's a former world champion in the mix) who run an aircraft business as well as a DZ, and have honed dropzone operation to a fairly fine science. I jumped at the Houston one until we left in 2015, and know the owners. If you visit Houston, you can meet them, too. They're business people who happen to be dedicated skydivers (well, that and ex-skydivers), not skydivers running an operation on the side for fun. That means that the prices aren't the lowest, but yeah, the aircraft business means that their planes are always in good shape, and the pilots are qualified, and the student operation is run by qualified people. They don't like surprises, and surprises often seem to come from cutting corners. Wendy P.
  11. Gary, that sounds like a really great start in a new place. Wendy P.
  12. I was just thinking about RevJiim the other day. I hope he's doing well. Wendy P. (still here too)
  13. wmw999

    Movember 2019

    Note; testicular cancer isn't only for very young guys (though it is very curable most of the time), and prostate cancer isn't only for old ones. It's embarrassing to be checked (I'm assured), but worth it. I have a relative who was convinced to get something looked at, only to find it was testicular cancer. This was 20 years ago, with no after effects. That's good news. If you've been putting it off, don't. Wendy P.
  14. My husband has a Pilot 132; he likes it, but on no-wind days he's having to run more than he'd like (we're all getting older). He had a Stiletto 120 before that. But if you're currently jumping a 150 and considering you're getting older and jumping less, do you really want to downsize? Wendy P.
  15. Show up, ask at the front desk if there's anyone looking to jump with other newbies. It might be a newbie, and it might be an old fart who likes jumping with newbies. Slow days increase your chance of jumping with the same person twice is more likely, and doing that will really make it easier for you to figure out what you're doing, so that you can either do more or less of it. But slow days decrease your chance of having someone at all -- ask at the front desk if there are people whom you normally should be looking for. Be honest that you can't afford to pay for coaching right now. And if you can afford to stay at the end of the day, do so, listen, and feel free to contribute beer if it's needed. There's no guarantees, but it beats nothing. Wendy P. (old fart who likes jumping with newbies)
  16. I'm also an older jumper with shitty landings. I PLF a whole lot; that saves me from injury. I have no pride whatsoever . They're not getting better with age, but, well, my PLF's are still good. I've taken three or four canopy classes. I just don't care that much any more, because I walk back from all my landings. My default landing is a PLF, which I alter to a standup at the last minute if everything looks perfect. Your statement about ground hungry and two-stage landing makes me think that the ground looks the same coming at you (even at 45 degrees, etc) as it does to me. The faster the landing, the worse, for me. Every now and then I nail it, but I'm not sure that good landings will be in my skill set until I upsize to about a .7:1 BASE canopy or something like that. I currently have a Stiletto loaded at just over 1:1; I've also jumped a Pilot and liked it better; I might break down and get one if I get sick enough of the Stiletto. If you really liked the landings on a Sabre, can you maybe get one with a pocket slider? They're supposed to be magic. Have someone test it for you a couple of times. We're in the age range where a small pack is only useful because it weighs less walking to the airplane, and that's outweighed by a whole lot of other things. I'm in the same size range as you. I upsized my rig a couple of years ago, and bought a container that will allow at least two more upsizes. I'd rather be ungainly than broken. Wendy P.
  17. The biggest advantage of buying used is that you'll probably make mistakes with your first suit, even if it's new, because you don't know enough about your flying. Make those mistakes with a used suit that's reasonably close (any experienced RW person can tell you what reasonably close is), then you'll know what not to do with the new suit. Things like booties, vents, big vs. small grippers, fabric, where to put the spandex -- these all can change depending on your body shape, and on who you fly with. And a rigger can probably make some changes; others aren't worth trying to make. Feel free to message me (though I'm no expert, just been around a long time) Wendy P.
  18. wmw999

    Nine 0 Nine

    Definitely a joyride. Both pilots gone. Wendy P.
  19. I'm helping to facilitate a seminar for seniors (I'm one...), about all the "stuff" on the internet (e.g. the dark web, bitcoin, social media, smart house). I'm hoping that there are, out there, some non-technical materials (e.g. at the level of an intelligent magazine article about some facet or another) that can help people to do research. Because each person in this seminar is to pick or generate a topic, and then figure out 20 minutes worth of stuff to say about it, enough to engender a discussion afterwards. Anyone have any good examples? I already have Internet for Dummies, though it's really more of a how-to book. I'm looking more for the contextual material. An example of the kind of thing I'm looking for is "How the Dark Web works" (https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-the-dark-web-works/). Either books, or just articles that impressed you, even if a few years old. Thanks Wendy P.
  20. Jimmy, heal soon! You're a good guy, and I miss your posting here. Wendy P.
  21. It was way slow before that, too. There are probably a few who left because of the redesign, but not a lot. I’m not impressed, but forums as a whole might be fading as a means of discussion, which is a shame Having a really old platform, out of support and with no source (or without the manpower to support that old a platform) is much more expensive. It’s not just a matter of letting it run. It has to interact with the rest of the programming world, which isn’t necessarily backward-compatible. Kind of like trying to drive a model T on the freeway. Wendy P.
  22. Tandem is an excellent way to start; someone else deals with business while you get to experience sensory overload. I started before tandem, and I’d recommend it for anyone. However, that tandem should form part of your student progression; there should be a set of skills that you should demonstrate during it. Wendy P.
  23. Another option is Skydive Spaceland; I know the Houston DZ well, and they do an excellent job with students, as well as with moving you to the next level so that you can jump with others. Wendy P.
  24. FB is for announcements; it sucks for discussions. Wendy P.