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  1. Kind of like saying "Bless her heart" in the South... Wendy P.
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    1967 Erie skydiving accident

    There are a number of references to that jump in the History and Trivia forum; do a forum search for "Lake Erie" and you'll get a lot of information, including the names. Bill Cole (who was on dz.com for a long time until his death a few years ago) was around at the time, and knew pretty much everyone. I tried copying a link to the thread, but it showed up as something else when I pasted it. Just do the search, and the thread title is "Lake Erie B25." There's a second thread, "Lake Erie Incident" with Bob Cole posting in it directly. Wendy P.
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    Rigger for repack in NH

    Depending what part of the border you're at (I'm assuming MA stands for Mass, not Maine), there are regular riggers at both Pepperell and Orange (Jumptown). Call either the DZ at Jumptown, or The Parachute Shop at Pepperell, and they should be able to help you. Wendy P.
  4. No, you have to deal with the dangers both of your own causing, and those that others cause. Because I, at least, am not immune to errors, nor can I imagine everything that can go wrong on a jump due to someone else's error. The issue is to mitigate the things that can go wrong on a jump; assigning some to "someone else" is giving away some of your own responsibility. You can avoid jumping with people who are dangerous, talk to them, or get them grounded. You can also change DZ's, or quit jumping. Not all of these will make you popular around the DZ, but they're all available solutions. All of these can address the danger brought by others' mistakes. And, just as I'm not perfect, I'm sure I'm capable of committing an error that I hadn't anticipated, or committing one in the heat of an emergency. And I'm pretty anal about rehearsing situations in my head; it's what I do with my free time Wendy P.
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    Things I’d still like to see

    I've used that capability a lot -- thanks! Wendy P.
  6. A couple of things that made navigating more efficient. 1. Knowing what the top thread is even in mobile mode (it’s only on desktop that I see it, and especially with the proliferation of spam, it’s kind of nice not to waste an entry into the forum). This is especially useful when combined with knowing how many posts are new in each forum at forum view level. 2. The ability to mark all forums read at once, instead of each one at a time. These are mostly mobile-centric, because I’m more likely to have a slow connection there. Wendy P.
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    Longest time spent in tunnel without breaks.

    A number of years ago I booked a half hour (was on a business trip alone). My timing was flexible, and I called the DZ and asked if they had anyone I could alternate with so that I didn't spend 30 minutes straight. it was a win-win as far as I was concerned -- got most of my time solo, then decided to do some 2-way with the other person. Wendy P.
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    Helluva time deciding

    Houston will also be hot and humid in July, but they do have air-conditioned packing (you'll be learning how to pack at the very least), and dust devils are rare. I've been to Perris a number of times, and used to jump at Spaceland. I know both have excellent student programs. I also do know that Spaceland has a very active coach program as you transition beyond AFF status. I don't know how Perris works. Wendy
  9. That’s because when old farts started jumping, newbies were more likely to die. That’s no longer true, so we still have to be careful. It’s how we got old. Wendy P. (old fart)
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    Fear of Landing

    Awesome! thanks for the update Wendy P.
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    Fear of Landing

    You quoted my post, so maybe you're asking what canopy I'm jumping; I just upsized to a Stiletto 150 from a 135 (I'm getting older...). I've been jumping awhile, so I'm pretty comfortable with my choices. Wendy P.
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    Fear of Landing

    I don't have awesome depth perception, so I PLF a lot more than most people. I also get up every single time. I'm saying this because my approach to landings (I've taken several canopy courses) is to prepare to PLF, and then stand it up if it looks good. This is the opposite of the "plan for success" method, but I've walked away from every landing, and I'm confident landing in any situation. Looking out is good; flaring with confidence is good. Practicing the flare as she goes down an escalator is good (I'm told). doing a couple of canopy-control-dedicated jumps with a coach is good, too. Not just to get her the A, but to give her the confidence to own the skill. But first, practice PLF'ing with her. It's one of the most under-rated emergency procedures, but one of the best at helping in realtime landing problems. Wendy P.
  13. If you can do three to-the-floor pushups, you're ahead of me (can't do them to the floor any more). There are plenty of typical nerdy guy types, and skinny is better for being able to fly relative with other people (the long-term goal of most skydiving disciplines). Go for it. Wendy P.
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    Going Home Again

    You're not that old a fart. Honestly, canopy flying is a little less wild west than it used to be, with better control of swooping on most of the DZ's I've been to. So that's good. I do RW, and it hasn't changed all that much, other than that the participants mostly seem to be getting older. But so am I... Enjoy! Wendy P.
  15. Just about the whole first page of Announcements is taken up by spam. I'm assuming there are software filters that stop new threads that sound like spam; they might need refining. Wendy P.
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    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    The other piece, that’s there on the PC (I think, but I’ve been without PC for the last week) but not the mobile site, is the title of the last-updated thread at the forum level. Not a show-stopper, but, for instance, if a topical forum had one updated thread and it’s in a topic I’m not following, I’d just blow past it. And, of course, then mark all the forums read with the single item at the top level. Wendy P.
  17. I came back from a 13 year layoff in 2001. I’d been jumping for 13 years when I quit. So I have more years of skydiving since resuming the sport than I had in my “first skydiving career.” I have also made a lot more jumps since coming back than I made the first time through, and I had over a thousand when I quit. Theres plenty of time for life Wendy P.
  18. Hi DJ. Apparently a liking for lots of information on the screen is a sign of age; it was a standard for the 2000's, but is now more white space is seen as better. I think the standards aren't differentiating between the marketing of information and the delivery of information. If you're marketing, yes, you want to highlight. if you're delivering, well, I do want more information per square inch of visual real estate. Within reason. Marketing information is kind of like PowerPoint; it's not really designed to discuss, it's more for getting your point across. Wendy P.
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    Feedback on new format

    In the "activity" tab in my profile, there are no posts between August of last year and yesterday. I'm WAYmore of a postwhore than that . When I click on anything in the post listed in the activity tab, it takes me to page 2 of the (interminable in that case) thread, rather than to the post in question. That's not what I'd expect. I've tried clicking on the date, the "replies" field, and the title. None take me to my post. Also, my picture and sigline were gone. I'm fixing that, but were they supposed to? Wendy P.
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    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    Is there a "mark all forums read" button, as there used to be? When I'm done looking at what I want to I use it, so that the next time I come in I know what's been updated. Thanks Wendy P.
  21. I had 1100 jumps and 13 years out. I took a refresher. It's a smart idea; I could definitely have jumped without it and lived, but the refresher made me think about so many things that could come up, in a formalized way that integrated response to emergencies right back into my thought process. Wendy P.
  22. big canopies are your friends. My first square was 230 sq. ft. (I weighed on the order of 120). Every landing was tippy-toe. You might be minorly limited in the winds, but you'll be landing softly. Consider a BASE canopy, used as a main, or anything that's designed to land you without a lot of forward speed. Wendy P.
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    How old is too old?

    I’ll bet it’s just fine, as long as it’s sized appropriately. A 1998 Javelin is probably freefly safe; the reserve flap was already tucked into its spot. We have a 1997 as a backup rig, and it’s great. Wendy P.
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    Gary Boyd

    Gary was fun, and was notable because in his AFFI class, while the I/E was able to throw him, Gary flew back almost immediately, shaking his finger. Wendy P.
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    Buddy jumps

    I don't remember anyone doing them in Houston. I did have a friend who did a large number of 20 sec delays because of flat spins. He just had to figure it out -- he finally started delta-ing to stop spinning, then arch and pull Ah, those were the days... Wendy P.