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  1. Seems like there area lot of good tips here already... Just to add my .02 My wife who is in her late 40's decided last year to try running. She had never run more than 2-3 miles at a time prior, but when she puts her mind to something... Her score for 2003 was Six full marathons, Four 1/2 marathons, Six 10K's.... The woman now has legs of steel! Quickly, a few things I observed throughout the year... Shoes... as mentioned above, VERY important! Try a lot of different brands and types to find one that's comfortable and fit the style of running YOU do... and realize that your 120.00 running shoes WILL wear out... don't keep wearing them for training if they don't 'feel' as they did the first couple weeks... injury to your feet slows training. Intervals... She found a marathon group here in Houston that trains together. About 20 people in her 'time' class, that meet 3 times a week...they share training strategy and tips... and the 'commitment' to the group encourages training even when feeling less than motivated to run that day. Check for something similar in your area. Intake... Try lots of things to see what you like best, she found 'Power Gels' by Powerbar, seemed to give her the best mid-run boost... carries 4-5 with her on each marathon. Know the Course! Again, this was mentioned about... and believe me it's imperative. One marathon, Orcas Washington she arrived to find that 1/2 the run was on gravel roads! UPHILL!! L.A. was HOT and HUMID... And the Anchorage Alaska run was flat, cool, and scenic... until the last 2 miles which were up a 20% grade! She'd run her self out by that point and could barely WALK the hills! And the most IMPORTANT PART! To be there to assist...Have someone like ME!!! You'll need some help with general logistics at the beginning of a marathon, to be able to focus on the run... everything from help pining on the number to holding extra water and 'warm-up' clothing prior to the start... an additional set of hands is a must! Good Luck! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. Do a quick 'search posts' Topic has been covered a lot! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. Ahhh... Waiter! Check Please!!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. Bill- Glad to see you're home, hope things are going better. Your story reminds me of a story often told by a skydiving Doctor I jumped with in the 70's... Who was well renowned for his generous use of an 18 inch forceps during post jump "Safety Meetings" out by the mockup.... During the inevitable "Wonder if it will hurt going in" debates, sparked by the intellectual reflection often resulting from said Safety Meetings... He would go into detailed explanation regarding that misnomer that airline pilots die from heart attack just prior to impact... What actually happens, he would explain... Is that a massive dose of fear induced adrenaline hits the heart, causing the four muscle groups that make up that organ to instantly contract... all in different directions at once, literally tearing the heart apart... termed for compassion sake a 'Heart Attack" BUT!
  5. Quote BUT... There is a hatch on the top of the arch used to change the light bulb up top. So, there is our safe way to the top. *** It's been done... A few weeks following the death of the 1st jumper attempting to Base The Arch... Another skydiver, that had done some rather extensive and in depth research figured out the way to gain access to that top hatch near the aircraft avoidance light. He was dressed as Santa... not even yet December! Upon reaching the top via the interior trolley, and utilizing the spring latch on the panel... he pulled his rig from his Santa Toy Sack, geared up and became Arch #1. The Department of National Parks has since taken EXTREME measures to assure that method is no longer an option! Link to a short story recalling a demo I did at the Arch...;post=270299;page=8;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;mh=25; ] 2nd post down... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. Quote...I also recall reading about the person who tried to land on the top of the Arch,,,( presumably after exiting from an airplane) but actually touched down, slightly off center,,,on the slope,,,and had gravity get the best of him. Despite activating his reserve, he was unable to land safely.....sad..... *** His name was Ken Swyers, a friend and fellow instructor with me at Archway Sport Parachute Center, then in Sparta, Illinois. If memory serves it was in 1980 His wife was filming from below and his best friend was flying a rented aircraft. It was his 3rd attempt, the first two aborted in the weeks prior, landing in the park west of the monument, due to slight cross winds... He wanted a straight north or south approach, as the arch is only 33 feet across at the top. He landed at about the 11:00 position, stood up, just short of top dead center... He erred by doing what he always did upon landing, which was to grab the lines and give a shake... wind caught the canopy and pulled him off his feet, sliding down the North leg of the arch. He pulled his reserve, and was clawing to get off the steel and into clean air... But as we know, the arch continues to widen down to the ground and he wasn't able to get away from it. All his nylon simply trailed behind him. None of us at the dropzone knew of the attempts... The DZO would have handcuffed him to a Buick Bumper until the idea passed had we known! I was opening the parachute center early that morning when the Airport Manager came jogging over... he looked at me with disdain, (as he did all skydivers) and asked me when the plane had returned... I told him we hadn't flown anything yet, at which time he made a show of popping the cowlings and feeling the engines on all the DZ birds. Don't go anywhere... DO NOT FLY until I tell you to, he said. The FAA will be here shortly and they have 'questions'... It wasn't until 1/2 hour later we got the tragic news. Two things that I'll never forget about that day were; One... pulling a young lady back in off the step on jump run during her try at her 4th static line jump...(something we never did) Because she had witnessed the fatality from her kitchen in an apartment across the park... and came out to jump that day anyway. She freaked on the step! And the last words from the DZO that night... "Guess now we know why Kenny was doing intentional cut aways with a stop watch" ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. QuoteQuoteHey Sparky! Short term memory and all... Now I remember the other guy... (1/4 plus 20 way dot commers..) JERRY! Quote What 20 way? Jerry who? Sparky *** Any comments about YOU inhaling to much smoke... are not only accurate... But ya got PAID for it!!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. airtwardo

    I'm done

    "Stay low and don't bunch up" ...There Bro! Gonna miss our lengthy chats!! Be Well.
  9. QuoteThat picture doesn't show just how bright your jumpsuit is in real life. *** OHHHHHH! I wanna made a icky comment SOOOOO BAD! But I can't... Love like a brother Sparky!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. *** YUP! That was it!!
  11. Have the guy who is rigging it email or PM me. You can reef the deployment with cutters and make easier to hang on to. Sparky (Kitty Hawk #61) *** Hey Sparky! Short term memory and all... Now I remember the other guy... (1/4 plus 20 way dot commers..) JERRY! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. Do a Google search... I seem to remember all kinds of info in there on the RAPA and it's members ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. ***Well...? Who are they? Quote I could tell ya...but I'd have to.... Let's see... Me MJOSparky JohnRich WrightSKYGUY ..and (duh! I forget) Help anyone? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. QuoteThanks for the the question is... What next? By the number of posts and interest, you have taken a leadership position here. I think a clear (especially moneywise) weighted balence of pros and cons of different ideas should be presented, and voted on by membership. It's a pity that that information is so hard to come by. I hope it will be made available before the next election so that skydivers have a 'real' issue to vote people into office on. Quote I'm in full agreement with you there! Perhaps if enough of us, make enough noise to show there is genuine interest in membership involvement regarding the resolution of 'these' issues... as well as others. We can get some lines of communication going that would improve the organization overall. Thanks for the calm, well thought out reply... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. Quotea single lawsuit could wipe out that warchest in no time the lawyers and the costs. I seem to remember Ted Strong spending 300K to defend Strong in a tandem lawsuit where in the end his company was only found partially liable in the suit. risky business - that is why we have insurance companies. No insurance at all may be the option, but I am not willing to risk my personal savings, home, and everything else over a demo jump. TK *** TK- On one hand I agree with you... for pretty much all the reasons cited. But on the other hand, If the USPA were more in control of the 'payouts' for incidents, I'm convinced there wouldn't be but a fraction of the 'losses' we currently see. The insurance carrier has never refused to pay on a claim. The USPA has no say over this policy in that regard. If it was 'general fund' dollars at stake, I bet more scrutiny would follow prior to any settlements. But then again, how much would be pissed away in lawyer fees?! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. ***A demo into a ball park would depend............... Quote Oh man! That's BAAAAD! (Though I once dated a girl with a ballpark figure,,,) ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. Bill is truly an icon in the sport! Our thoughts and prayers are with he and his family. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. I just realized... 1/4 of this 20 way over Kitty Hawk are DZ.COMMERS! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. ***Kinda vague on the numbers. Quote I'm sure Sparky isn't trying to be vague or evasive... It's a question that can't really be answered in specific terms since a multitude of variables are involved. Costs such as pilot, aircraft, ground crew support, insurance, travel and housing expenses for the performers, difficulty of performing the event, expendables such as smoke and promotional / autograph literature, etc., all factor into the price tag for a given demonstration jump. And as it is quite often a competitive bidding get a contract, adjustments must be made. "Labor" is the first consideration. I have sold demos costing from 1000.00 to 12,000.00 dollars, and have been paid personally anywhere from 100.00 to 500.00 dollars per jump. Hope that sheds some light... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  20. Something else I recently learned... While jumping into the Kitty Hawk Demo we all wore flotation devises... just in case! I often wear such a device while performing Demos... I use a 'Horse Collar' type generally seen during those obnoxious "Flight Attendant" briefings on commercial airliners.... (Don't Ask!) They ARE the best type if there is any real possibility of getting wet... Anyway, during the demos I most often do... little free fall is involved... mostly short delays then open. I still have the bruises caused by a minute of terminal RW with the stiff vinyl beating my neck!!! Live & Learn! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. ***As a pro jumper i should be informed of all the facts...but, Chris Needles tone in the Capitol Commentary a few months back suggests that by pulling the two apart and throwing away the demo side will cheepin the insurance all together. Quote I might suggest you reread the article... In fact, the two policies are 'attached' as one, and from my understanding of the policy, the general membership liability portion is a rider to the demonstration part. Either way, as it is currently written... Which IS the MOST economical way possible... The two policies cannot exist on their own without the other. The premium cost for either one alone, would not be cost effective for the organization or it's members. Plainly put.... Cut out the demonstration end of the coverage, and the 50,000.00 general membership liability coverage would be considerably MORE costly than it is now. And I agree, More accurate information SHOULD be available to the members.... Since I have been aware of this insurance crisis, I have become rather interested and inquisitive as to proceedings surrounding it. I'm astonished to find out just how little accurate communication there is, in its regard.... Even among the USPA itself! Unless I'm being bullshitted to the extreme... Even communication between Board Members... National Directors....Conference Directors at best "UNCLEAR" We all know the USPA is a 'political' organization.... But even from a critical standpoint, from what I can see they are generally trying to do what is in the best interest of the overall membership of the skydiving community. Certainly positive changes could be made... But by whom? Is there really any genuine interest as to the day to day workings of this organization? I can tell by the tone and content of many of the posts concerning this issue, that some out there speaking with authority are stating 'facts' and voicing opnions that have no basis in factual reality. I'm by no means an expert on this issue.... But I have taken the time to try to become somewhat informed, and though in some instances have been a bit inaccurate with my interpretation and subsequent posting of the things I've discovered... My only intent is to raise awareness to what can only be described as the most critical issue faced by our organization in the past decade. I sat here in bewildered amusement for well over a week following Mr. Needles article addressing the situation in Parachutist... In this... The most popular and well run "Real Time" forum for the Skydiving community, there was NOT ONE post making reference to the editorial in "Capital Commentary"... Plenty on 'Boobies' and 'Gun Control', but nothing pertaining to insurance until I could take it no more and posted a WTF rant. So where is the interest..the outrage...?! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  22. ***suminabizatch Quote This is NOT a proper term for this type of skydiver... Do a quick search on the proper terminology for usage in this application... See; ASSHAT! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. *** I doubt we are large enough an organization to self-insure Quote Well.... That's not necessarily true, we're currently paying almost 1/2 a million a year in premiums... Wouldn't take but a couple of years to put together a 'War Chest" to enable a 'self-insure' solution... But what would we do about coverage during the interim? And imagine the headache involved in enveloping such a program?! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  24. ***I am not sure if the USPA is developing an insurance solution to address all their individual members, or are they working on a GM-DZ solution that will eventually mean compulsory USPA membership to be able to skydive. Quote I have been in conversation with both USPA and some of the alternative 3rd party liability coverage brokers they are currently working with to rectify the current situation... I DO understand what you are saying... But I believe, at this juncture anyway, that the organization is trying to find a workable, affordable solution that will benefit all its members. But... as you are's in ALL of our best interest to pay attention, and keep a sharp eye on what is going on here! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  25. ***As I said I don't know much about demo jumps... Quote don't So why make uninformed comments? I'm not trying to attack you here... But from your post I don't think you understand what all is really involved in doing demos. Yes, it is fun, I do them because I love all aspects of aviation and in particular Skydiving. I see performing demonstration jumps as an avenue to exposing my obsession to the general public. I take measures to demonstrate the safe and enjoyable aspects of the sport as much as possible in the venue that a demonstration jump will allow. After a performance, I will speak positively about our sport to anyone willing to listen... I travel all over the country doing shows and will whenever possible distribute information pointing interested spectators toward a local dropzone so that they too can benefit from my 'fun'. As stated in the this months "Capital Commentary" article in "Parachutist Magazine," the additional membership growth has decreased in recent years...this is a bad thing, without additional members and the continued growth of the organization, resources will continue to diminish and the strength of the USPA will no longer be what it is. I know for a fact that people I have interacted with during the course of a performance have gone on to become jumpers and USPA members. What have YOU done to increase the membership of our organization? As far as Demo performers "Standing on the Shoulders" of jumpers such as yourself... If you are referring to the $4.90 of your membership dues that went toward the demonstration insurance portion of the 3rd party liability coverage last year, as I said above... that was a stopgap measure to Band-Aid an unforeseen increase in the premium charged by our insurance carrier. The USPA is taking measures to rectify that situation at this moment and a solution should be in place soon. If it is your understanding that the general membership pays the whole freight on the demo policy, you are mistaken. Demonstration jumpers can purchase the additional insurance either annually (about 12,000.00 in premium) or, for individual events, (depending on coverage limits and days, anywhere from 1500.00 to 5000.00). None of this premium is covered by the general membership...again only the > 5.00 of the annual dues each member paid last year went toward that, and again only as a Band-Aid. I have been doing demos for 28 years, over 20 on a 'high profile' Demonstration Team... and in all that time, I've NEVER come out positive on the spread sheet at the end of the year. There are no demo jumpers that are making the mortgage and feeding the kids on their demo paychecks. They do it for the love of the skydiving and the enjoyment they gain from meeting people and introducing our sport. True Demo Professionals don't have anymore 'ego' than regular sport jumpers... I had the honor of being a participant in the 100 person demonstration jump into the Kitty Hawk "Century of Flight" celebration... During one of the organizational meetings that was held, I couldn't help but think looking around that room... at the 100 plus demonstration jumpers there, that I wish the entire skydiving community could be witness to the camaraderie, conduct and professionalism exhibited by ALL of those in attendance. If you should ever truly become interested in pursuing demonstration parachute jumping... I would be more than happy to assist you in any way possible to realize that aspiration. would most all PRO Rated demo jumpers. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~