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  1. My favorite salad is mixed greens (the ones that look like weeds), crumbled blue cheese, craisins, candied walnuts, bacon, a tiny amount of very thinly sliced red onion, maybe some halved cherry tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette. Noooom!!!
  2. Sliding in was what caused my torn ACL and fractured tibia. One tiny high spot grabbed my foot as I was sliding and snap! I do wear an ACL brace when I jump, and have taken a few canopy courses to help me learn to land better. And I am a big PLF'er! I would rather have a dirty jumpsuit/rig than a broken bone (or worse).
  3. I think Parachuting: The Skydiver's Handbook by Dan Poynter (ISBN-10: 1568601417) has pretty useful info in it. Hope that helps :)
  4. A few hours per day, whenever I have free time.
  5. I have been working with mTurk for about a month and half now, and I just reached $150. It is NOT intuitive, so the FB group MTurk Members has helped out a ton. I figure if I can make $100 per month, that pays my car insurance for the year and then some. Kelly
  6. Hey all! I have a Hulu and Netflix subscription, but no cable. I have watched True Blood, Breaking Bad and am about to be caught up on all current episodes of Orange is the New Black. What should I watch next? Hubby and I watch TV after the kids go to bed and we are clueless as to what to start next. Thanks! Kelly
  7. I am a microbiologist and these are the stories that scare me and why I will not swim in freshwater. Most of the time it is caused by the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri (
  8. I want to thank you all for the advice. I will admit that I have not practiced much rear riser work because I have chicken wings and my canopy is large. I have been working out to lose extra weight (I have lost almost 40 lb since I started last year; I am 6' tall, and have about 30 lb to go to my goal) and strength training to build upper body strength. Lepka, your knowledge and advice is always so incredibly helpful to me and I hope to jump with you sometime! Thank you all, again. Kelly
  9. I had my first cutaway on Friday. Just a little background, it was my 72nd jump, and I have a Pilot 210, which I load just under 1:1, and I pack myself. I did nothing different with my pack job. I am very conservative and take my time with packing, and never rush through it. I opened up at about 4000' and my canopy CRACKED open. It was an insanely hard opening. My first thought after was "Holy sh*t! Am I ok?" I was a bit disoriented to say the least. Anyway, I went to release the toggles, and I ended up pulling them the whole way down to my sides without any resistance. I was confused, so I looked around and noticed that I was holding my toggles in each hand with the lines trailing behind, like streamers. It was a surreal moment and I made the decision that even though I had a canopy that appeared to be properly inflated, I had no way of steering it since both of my brake lines had snapped, I needed to cutaway. At this point I was at about 2600'. I pulled the cutaway handle and also pulled the reserve handle, even though I am fairly certain my RSL beat me to it. I landed safely on the DZ under my reserve. Since this has happened, I have been approached by multiple people from our DZ, including instructors, who have given me mixed responses about whether I should have cut away, or land on my rear risers. I really think that I did the right thing, especially after talking with a few of the instructors. But I still wonder if I should have done something differently?