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Everything posted by airtwardo

  1. Jim here... I'm a "Crisis Situational Consultant" for three kids, four dogs, one hamster, a beautiful and talented Redhead that is gone most of the time.... In other words, I HAVE NO LIFE! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. *** Yeah! Ole Dave probably 'vapor locked' and fell over!! The thought someone may not KNOW the Gambler! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. *** Gee Doc... Would that be the FIRST time ?! Congrats!!!
  4. Quotemy point is Demo Jumping is a great way to introduce whuffos to the sport and if it's a bad experience it looks bad on the whole sport. If its Borderline don't jump, there will be other demos to wow the whuffos! *** Truer words were never spoken... BUT To their credit, at least they had the foresight to do a practice jump on the day prior. I'm a demo jumper as well, and as standard procedure we like to set up, (or try to) a prior practice leap, into any stadium as close to actual demo time as practical. With the hope the wind variables will be somewhat similar to the actual demo. Stadium jumps are without doubt some of the most challenging demos there are. The wind always squirrels you, and because of the nature of the beast... once committed, you usually have limited "outs". Its unfortunate that these Demo team members, fellow skydivers all... were injured. My hat is off to them for the professional standards they maintain in taking the practice jump to assess the safety of an actual demo attempt. Can you imagine the negative press that may have followed, should some unfortunate spectator been injured sitting in those areas? A couple of years ago due to scheduling conflicts, I had to pass on a high profile flag jump into Giants Stadium for the grand opening. I recommended it onto a west coast friend and top US demo jumper. Due to circumstances well beyond his control, he didn't make it into the stadium and landed safely, in a crowed parking area. No damage...No injuries. The promoter, whom I've worked with often in the past, sent me a video and a nasty letter berating my recommendation. After viewing the video, (I had already gotten the performer side of the story) I flew out and spoke with this promoter personally... Strongly conveying the point, no pre jump was allowed as requested... And several variables he promised to control were not... i.e. landing area, crowd control. Under the circumstances, the absolute best possible outcome was achieved! No Damage...No Injuries! I explained that Parachute Demonstrations are 'real time' and not Hollywood, where you can 'cut' go back and change some aspect that's not working. Instead of 'giving it a try' my friend did what true Professional Parachute Demonstration jumpers do... If there is the SLIGHTEST chance of someone being injured... Take the out. ...It's easy to armchair quarterback the actions and results of another jumper. But until you walk the walk... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. It sounds as though he truly gave a lot to not only you, but to the sport as a whole. The best homage you can give to him is to continue on his tradition. I never met him, but tonight he is in our thoughts and prayers. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. QuoteI seem to remember falling out the side door of a van in a cloud of smoke after hearing a 20 minute call..... *** WAAAAAY back when... On a rainy day, waiting for the clouds to clear I reached into my car for a frisbee to throw around in front of the hangar.. The DZO says to me, hackey sack??? Ya ever try to seperate seeds with a Hackey Sack!! He just walked away shacking his head! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. *** The principal context of all 'safety meetings' during the 70's... "You wanna have a Safety Meeting?" " any Twinkees!?" ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. Ahhh...when did we ever WANT to? (when was the last time you got into your car with a beer in your hand and a gun on your hip?) Hey there California...Wanna buy some electricty?!? AGAIN! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. *** Oh Yeah!? Melt it and you couldn't fit a taco stand on what's left! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. "Don't Look Down" Kris Kristoferson from the movie "A Star is Born" ...When things get scary...Don't Look Down! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. I wanna play TOOOOOOOO! I could almost hear the sarcasm and the mocking tone. *** No! really!! I'm serious!!!
  12. *** God Speed and a safe return for him. My better 1/2 is an airline pilot for a major carrier... She's currently flying 'MAC' flights. (Military Airlift) charters, (Had Gen. Tommy Franks on board Monday) We've had some emotional conversations as she relates to me her fear for those going over... ("They're so young") and the pride she feels bringing them back home...
  13. *** I know... I got that emailed to this morning by an old West Coast friend... That buried his nephew Monday. KIA ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either. He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime. He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years. He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. Yeah Rev! You're a skinny guy... You could exit through the 'escape hatch' behind the pilot! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. I wanna play TOOOOOOOO! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks' trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes. CARPERPETUATION (kar' pur pet u a shun) n. The act, when vacuuming,of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance. DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt') v. To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, assuming this will somehow remove all the germs. ELBONICS (el bon' iks) n. The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater. FRUST (frust) n. The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until he finally decides to give up and sweep it under the rug. LACTOMANGULATION (lak' to man gyu lay' shun) n. Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the 'illegal' side. PEPPIER (pehp ee ay') n. The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want ground pepper. PHONESIA (fo nee' zhuh) n. The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer. PUPKUS (pup' kus) n. The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it. TELECRASTINATION (tel e kras tin ay' shun) n. The act of always letting the phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you're only six inches away. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. Quote Shortly followed by a good sound beating. *** Yeah but did ya get a smile & a woody?! "He who laughs last laughs hardest." Sometimes... He who laughs last, Didn't get the joke! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. Wearing your heart on your sleeve. A Monica Lewinski joke comes to mind!
  20. Time heals all wounds... 'Cept that dang Flesh Eating Bacteria! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. Quote However, don't confuse the two points of being a brilliant and successful radio personality with actually being a brilliant and successful thinker. *** Dittos! Nailed that point! I like Rush...but can't understand why people give him the mass blind creditability they do! It's a SHOW with a political theme, and he's an entertainer... I would no more view his opinions as news or facts than Jeff Foxworthy's ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  22. "Spare the rod and spoil the child" Don't know about that one... My neighbor says his son thinks 'The Gimp' from "Pulp Fiction" is a career choice! Last couple times he whacked him on the ass... the kids got a smile and a woody! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. Stupid is as stupid does.. -Forest Gump ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  24. *** FRAP! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~