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  1. Yikes! Are there sharp edges on those coils when separated? Could a ripcord pin shoulder get hung up on one?
  2. Otter jump planes have one of two types of seating. 1) benches down each side of the walls where you'll be sitting side to side with others, all facing the middle, touching each other on the sides, and the center aisle is full of everyone's legs. 2) Two rows of foam "benches" running down the inside, one on the left and one on the right, and everyone straddles the bench facing the rear, one leg in the center, one leg against the wall, and you'll be touching each other front to rear, where "rear" means the parachute rig of the guy in front of you. It is tight. Skydivers are used to it. New guys maybe not. You'll have to judge for yourself how bad it is for you. Time to altitude runs 15 to 25 minutes depending upon how powerful the engines are that the plane has installed on it, and how high they climb for jump run. Oh, and there might be 5 minutes on the ground from boarding to taxiing to the end of the runway for takeoff. Best month? Depends on the weather where you are. Summers are hot and sweaty in some places. Winters are too frigid in others. Spring and Fall are usually best, temperature wise.
  3. Look at the chart in the back of the Para-Gear catalog. "Small" should not be your primary selection criteria. And at that size, the differences are going to be rather minor - just a few cubic inches. So, pick something that you can handle safely, and don't worry about those few cubic inches.
  4. I wasn't there so I don't know what kind of tone the comment was made in. But in the context of a debate about the economy and unemployment, he could have been simply pointing out that you have more freedom of choice than others. That would not necessarily be a criticism of your lifestyle, just simply pointing out that people who are married with kids are more tied down than you are, and may not have the same freedom of choices. And to take the opposite of your argument - therefore you should not judge their situation based upon your own perspective. It's not about labeling each other good or bad - just pointing out the differences.
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/10068945/Dubai-style-island-off-coast-of-Barcelona-provokes-dismay.html
  6. The subject of downsizing on canopies is a legitimate Safety & Training topic. They're not talking about what they had for dinner or what movie they saw. I sure hope my spelling was suitable for you.
  7. Um, not always. Lots of women get pregnant while on birth control - it's not a sure-fire guarantee. And if you're talking about abortion, they should not be faulted for choosing not to abort. So sometimes you end up with children, even though you didn't intend to, and because you did the right thing by stepping up to take responsibility by not aborting them. Birth control effectiveness: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/...ness-chart-22710.htm
  8. That's not what I get out of it. I think he's happy with his life, with having a wife and kids, and finds it so fulfilling that he can't understand why everyone doesn't want the same. To each his own.
  9. I'd like an executive summary, please, in plain English.
  10. So, have any of the packers unexpectedly failed to show up for work a few days in a row?