ryoder

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  1. Have you noticed with the RWS system that when its new, the stiffness of the bridle can push the kill like semi-uncocked? I noticed this a bit over the past couple years, with various new Vector3/M-series/Microns. By no means was it a scientific study, just something I noticed. I hadn't noticed that happening, but I like the fact that I can cock the bridle with the canopy bagged and in the container just before closing the flaps. And I don't need to worry about the killline capturing the canopy. In fact, my standard procedure is to cock the PC before I start packing, and then cock it again just before closing the container, to ensure I never pack an uncocked PC. I adopted this practice after the day I had packed my rig, and then about an hour later it occured to me I couldn't remember cocking the PC. So I pulled out the PC, and sure enough, I had packed myself a mal. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  2. I can't understand WHY some companies continue to build collapsible PC's this way. A quick glance at how the Relative Workshop does it proves there is a hell of a lot better way to do it. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  3. After looking at the profile, and seeing "Lo-Po Reserve", I declare a troll. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  4. No. A parachute is not a controlled substance. Thinking that harassing sellers of small canopies will keep small canopies out of the hands of the inexperienced, is as naive as believing that anti-drug laws will keep drugs out of the hands of users, or that gun-control laws will keep guns out of the hands of criminals. And what would we do to non-jumpers who happen to come into posession of parachute gear? Do we start harrassing pawn-shop owners who happen to sell a parachute? Is a car dealer responsible for deciding whether the rich kid with $250,000 in his pocket is really experienced enough to buy that Ferrari? I have no problem with a DZO setting requirements about what is an appropriate WL, but trying to make it a seller's responsibility to do background checks on a jumper's experience and skill is just plain dumb. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  5. IF (you are a "power-user") THEN you have a choice of Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris x86 (but if you were a power-user, you would already know that) ELSE get a Mac "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  6. Least ground-hungery canopy: http://www.paraflite.com/html/paris.html
  7. You should have deployed the main. Firing a reserve into a loose toggle is what killed Carl Nelson, (Roger's brother). "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  8. In the early '90's I was living in St Joseph MI. The nearest DZ was at Gobles, just West of Kalamazoo. On one of my first jumps there, we were climbing through 7K when one of the locals commented: "Hey, you can see the Chicago skyline today!" Me: "Yeah, right." Him: "No, really! Look." Me: "Well I'll be damned!" It was really weird looking; Sort of like a black cardboard cutout standing in front of a white hazy background. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  9. ryoder

    Ug boots

    "Bogans" and "Westies"??? Can we get an Australian-to-American translation? Hmmm he closest I can think of is an Urban Redneck When I spent about 18 months in Fort Worth TX, I was fortunate to have a long-time native take me aside and explain a couple terms: "Shit-Kicker": A multi-generational Texan who really works on a ranch, i.e. a actual "cowboy". "Goat-Roper": Someone who had only recently moved into TX, and ATTEMPTED to be a Shit-Kicker, by emulating their dress and mannerisms, but never quite got it right. So would the latter definition apply to Bogans & Westies? (And are these terms synonyms, or do they mean something a bit different?) "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  10. ryoder

    Ug boots

    "Bogans" and "Westies"??? Can we get an Australian-to-American translation? "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  11. I don't know why I forgot about this; Enjoy: http://www.paraflite.com/html/paris.html "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  12. I once read a posting by a girl who had been on a long trip with her boyfriend. They had a CB radio in the car which was turned on, but they weren't using it. After an especially boring stretch of driving, she decided to do something to "make him happy while he drove". As they were cruising down the lefthand lane passing some trucks, the CB suddenly came to life with an announcement from a truck they had just passed: "Listen up! There's a motorist in distress driving a white Honda! He's losing air pressure fast! But not to worry, 'cause he's got a beaver working overtime on his valve stem." "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  13. ryoder

    Either Or

    Now let's think this through: If someone I really didn't like that much gave me mindblowing sex, I'm damn sure that when it was over, I would find myself liking them a lot! "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  14. No, it is still a FREE-bag. I've packed two of them. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  15. If you dive with MH, please check his chest strap for him. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  16. No. You have to use time and the 45 degree rule, or borrow some fleas from Kallend. Now do the cats exit BEFORE the belly-flyers? Being a BirdMan, I hope to have as much separation as possible from the cats. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  17. I have a feeling it was a personal attack. Since I have personally met both individuals, it has me curious. Hmmm...guess I'l have to become a greenie to read the REALLY good stuff! "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  18. The last time I heard of someone playing the I-hope-my-canopy-opens-before-his game, the result was the top jumper punching a hole in the lower canopy, and two canopies fused together in a wad of garbage. The result was two cutaways, two reserve rides, and two destroyed mains. He was the low man and had the right-of-way. You were the high man, and your job was to avoid him, and THEN deploy; Not vice-versa. You can track away from such situations. Been there, done that. It's tougher to track when you are dragging a deploying canopy. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  19. Years ago I saw a Discovery Channel show about a French guy who developed a paraglider/parachute that could be deployed in freefall. If you want a long canopy ride, get a big student canopy, or a Mil-surplus HAHO/HALO canopy, or even a tandem rig. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  20. Me too. My latest packer at Perris is female, and she is soooo sweet. She even helps me out of my rig! I was shocked the first time that she did this. She came up behind me and gently pulled the rig off my shoulders when I undid the chest strap, then helped as I walked out of the leg straps. Isn't she awesome!?! She always smiles at me and pep talks to me, too, if she sees that something is wrong.
  21. So that leads me to wonder...if I become a packer, could I get VSG to "use" me? Sure, I'd "use" you...if you were cheap and quick.
  22. So that leads me to wonder...if I become a packer, could I get VSG to "use" me? "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  23. Bottom line: Follow mfgrs instructions. The bag is sized and shaped for the particular container. For most, it was designed for the bridle attachment point to be against the reserve wall. The origin of the practice was "fitted" corners at the lower end of the main container. By having the bridle rotate the bag 90 degrees as it comes out of the container, the pressure is released on the fitted corners, enabling the bag to be extracted more easily than if it was pulled straight out. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.
  24. I'm 225 OtD but I'm 6'2". Most of my co-workers couldn't do a tandem at my DZ even if they wanted to because they are over 210 lbs. WITHOUT gear. I predict in a few years used RWS Sigmas will be in big demand as SOLO rigs, and the Sigma II will be available with canopies ranging from 500 to 650 sf. "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.