ryoder

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  1. 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.

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    We got a terrific view of the Chicago skyline, and we could see the other side of Lake Michigan!!!! The view was still great throughout the day, but it couldn't compare to that first jump. That view was second only to Empuria Brava.



    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.

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    The only people that wear them in public in Oz are Bogans, & Westies, :ph34r::ph34r::ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:



    "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.

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    The only people that wear them in public in Oz are Bogans, & Westies, :ph34r::ph34r::ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:



    "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.

  5. 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.

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    Average sex with someone you like alot or mindblowing sex with someone you don't really like all that much?



    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.

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    AFAIK, the skyhook design keeps the freebag attached in some fashion, and I doubt Booth would have done that if he felt it was dangerous.



    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.

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    What is the exit separation for a cat and can you use the 45 degree rule?!!



    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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    Man o man! Some of the girls we have packing out here at Perris! Makes me all warm and fuzzy just thinking about them.



    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. :)


    Uh, oh...I just steamed up my monitor. :)
    "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.

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    Btw, I always use a packer, myself. :$ :$ :$



    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. :)


    Well I may be cheap, but I've always prided myself in being anything but quick, but...hey...whatever the customer wants! Be warned that after four or five back-to-back pack jobs, I need a nap.
    "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.

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    Btw, I always use a packer, myself. :$ :$ :$



    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.

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    I learned it this way from the begining, so I have always done it and it works, but why:
    When I put the d-bag in the tray, I have already stowed and tucked the tabs on the risers. I coil the last bit of lines in the tray. Then I put the bag (lines towards the bottom) into the tray and rotate it upwards so that the bridle attachment gromet is wedged against the reserve tray.
    Why don't I/we set the bag in the tray and leave the bridle attachment facing out?



    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.

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    Hey, I'm 220 OtD and I'm not particularly fat. I just have big canopies.



    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.

  17. OK, I'm curious; I discovered a thread that had been moved to the forum named "Recycle Bin", and I'm not allowed to access it. I have a hunch the last couple of posts may have been of the nature that normally gets a thread locked.

    So why would a thread go to "Recycle Bin" instead of being locked?
    "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.

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    I'm asking this, because a friend of mine is buying Cessna Citation X and we wondered if it's possible to jump with this plane from about 10000 meters.



    Note to self: Need to find wealthier friends.
    "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.

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    At 160 lb. per jumper (w/ gear)



    Havent weighed that little in 30 years when I was 10.



    He must have been referring to Europeans. If you are calculating for fat Americans, you would probably need to use an average of 220 lb. per jumper.
    "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.

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    Hard to say. Either way it's the same book. The new version does not have new information, it's just cleaned up a bit.



    WHAT?! You took out the dirty parts?!
    How can I get a copy with the "adult" stuff still in it?
    "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.

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    >OK, that's it, Phil; You've been spending WAY to much
    >time hanging around with Skratch!!!

    Hey! Watch it, kid!

    I've had a Cypres for four years now!

    I finally had to repack my reserve to change
    the dang battery!

    Grumble grumble ... who ever heard of a parachute
    needing a dang battery? ... mumble mumble ...

    Who ever heard of a man needing to walk his fish??

    ... what this world's coming too ... ... ( mumble mumble ...

    Skr



    Well I was trying to elicit a reaction from Phil, but this was even better! :)
    "There are only three things of value: younger women, faster airplanes, and bigger crocodiles" - Arthur Jones.