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Everything posted by airtwardo

  1. You 'think' but don't really know...all by design I say! They dazzle with formulas and forced logic to quantify that pie are squared - but plainly we can see that it is not. Still we answer to the clicking of those ruby slippers, like Pavlov's mutt that obviously pie ARE square. Sinister is the plot I say, that beckons belief in negative simply can not be, I can show one cake...and share it down to fractions. But who has ever eaten negative cake? There is no valve below nothing...conversely however, like Capt. Janeway you can be nothing yet still have some value. but only in space...when the value of numbered things like time can be altered to fractions...but never actually backwards. Then again...pineapple pie gets yer mouth watering & not always in a GOOD way. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. Are you trying to talk about the matrix and the human crystle farms, cause that's what the towers say about our life force modules very large amounts of dehydration, add mind directors , basic trianing foods and water usage points, and you can contole the crystle out builds Like freezing swet,, I do work with military scientist out of Cheyenne, so correct my spelling, make a reach for the truth and post on, I got nothing but nazis to kill,, and time,, free points if you can name the other iron elemint charactor,, rh rho rhodium roady. Lt col James Rhods , banana fana, anybody wanna go to Mars,, at all??? clue,, clue I would like to buy a voul vale valve volvo value very low iq,,, as I'm driving in a car,, it is all one thought,, I thought so,, as in so what ,,, its the end of the world and you know,, reach reach like in halo,,, like real,, no [email protected]# king s#%t how low can you go, before you can,t get away with it anymore,, no I'm saying, Rhody its me ,, its me im in the suit,, stop shooting at your own guy and figure the reflexive panel issue out,,Thor thorium, the real me is in a promise prom dress, promethium promes my this, titan fall,, that was a tight turn, tattered dress, press meat the press, patterned stress, cores, sing sing, no not poor, the wine, fine no I'm not in jail, I'm looking at hell, no not hail jordon, ft, then sweet ,, meet.. now you try,,,use your brain that's an order,,, ...cake is good too! I like Pie AND Cake!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. Make him be a cop in Milwaukee! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. So yah think that cease-fire will hold in the Middle East? I think you've been following my rants on FB! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
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  7. I like pie ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. In that case you're loading one side of the canopy more than the other, at least for a short time. That will usually cause a harder than normal opening...and depending on the canopy & it's general condition may cause some damage if the uneven loading is extreme enough. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. I'd be using my well honed skills in combat RW to be stacking fat people under me. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. Been around for 29 years and never heard of such a thing. A lot of boogie events and competitions that drew participants from all over would do that. As part of registration, they would have a rigger check all gear for whatever recent set of gear problems had been happening, like leg strap replacements, soft 3-rings, or whatever. Or just checking general safety items like riser wear and reserve seals. And then they would put a colored or coded cable tie on the handle to show that the rig had been inspected and passed. I've also seen this used as a means of showing that the boogie fee was paid, so that as people are boarding the plane, the DZ employee can scan all the jumpers and see that they're not sneaking on for free. Many jumpers would not remove those ties after each boogie, and would accumulate quite a collection, as a sign of how well-traveled they were. They became like a badge of honor. Nowadays they seem to use those plastic hospital wrist-bands instead. Want to drink the free boogie beer? Let me see your wrist band, buddy! I follow the premise and have seen all kinds of inspection and boogie fee tags, just not a seal on a reserve r/c. I've seen that in the midwest Chuck ~ it was supposed to curtail the faking of said inspection and one could usually buy the plastic tabs cheaper than the registration fee. Also gave point of reference as to who okay some rig that may later have found to not be in compliance. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. Yes, I'm sure they do, but if their phone and/or network is set up correctly they should get an error message if they set a text to a phone that cannot receive one. I find it hard to believe that their network could be smart enough to change to a text-to-voice message automatically, but it is possible. Does anyone know? I got the numbers mixed up last year & sent a text to YOUR error message came up. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. I don't know about San Diego but in Houston...I was screwed. In my case the roof itself leaked causing considerable water damage to my stored property. Several units in a row received said damage ~ the general consensus among all of us who consulted with an attorney was 'no liability' as was stated in the contract. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. TAKE THE PAIN ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. You obviously skipped over that most very important part of the skydivers handbook - the decisions you make early on have a later effect... Long time ago I just married a rich aerobatic pilot - she has her thing on weekends & I have mine! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. I'm glad that you're so experienced that you know that when I recount my experience of how easy it was to pull the pillow in a stressful situation with non-functioning hands in a thread labelled "ring or pillow and why", I really mean "I know it all". I didn't know the thread was called "let's all decide the best one and then argue with anybody who disagrees". I mean, are you literally telling me my experience doesn't count? That I should have had a d-ring in that situation? I didn't have a D-ring, I had a pillow, and it worked perfectly. Maybe it was my opening statement that confused you. That didn't actually have anything to do with d-rings. Let me say it more straight-forwardly: If that one video of a gopro hooking a d-ring is a great example of why people shouldn't use gopros, then the other videos or articles I've read of accidental pulls must be great examples of why people shouldn't do the other types of dives. But they're not. Attitude, awareness, practice and repetition are more important than the specific equipment. Your expierence is valid - for exactly what it is, a one time event that can't realistically be used as a comparison because you didn't try deploying under similar circumstances with a metal D ring You say you doubt you would have been able to utilize a ring handle... But you don't know that as fact & since it appears you aren't familiar with HOW to use a D ring, your conclusion is frankly meaningless. I'm not capping on you here - your choice is your choice and I personally don't care... However, when you justify that choice by throwing out what amounts to absurd examples - I gotta call you on it & present the opposing view. Hopefully someone with less expierence than you & me might be able to make a more educated choice when they have the option. Nearly all aspects of this sport are an 'odds game'... Odds are you will go your whole career in the sport and not have a problem because of your choice in handles... But...that's not a 100% gaureente. And it's been my expierence than when one thing goes against you it's usually in combination with one or more other things that weren't expected. My philosophy is better your odds in every possible and practical aspect... You never know when that extra point or two in the realm of odds in your favor may make the difference. IF that extra margin however slight isn't important to you - that's your call. But better to call it what it is than make a case for the decision that's not factually accurate, and just may encourage someone else to follow it - believing they're adding to their odds of survival when the contrary is true. Bottom line - in any real world circumstances I have seen or heard of - a solid ring reserve handle is better as it's faster to use and easier to find. Better by how much is obviously the arguable point - if whatever that actual value is...isn't of concern to an individual- That's kewl. We all make personal choices which effect our 'odds' of survival. Ya gotta admit, when even Mr. Booth leans toward the better safety aspects of the solid D ring... There just might be some validity there. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. I don't think you were taught the fast way to use a D handle... I have 14 reserve rides and only once did I put all my fingers through the handle. Hook your thumb through the ring and punch out, it'll work every time even with broken fingers. You CAN even get a reserve using just the little finger on your right hand. Never had to do it in freefall but tried it in practice and it works...pillow pinky pulling doesn't. You listed several types of dives that you believe require a pillow to be safe...they all are done every day by people using D ring reserve handles. If it was truly an issue I'm pretty sure we'd have heard by now. Again... It's a personal choice and that's fine, but this conversation comes up often & I've never heard a scientific type comparison that in anyway would lead me to believe a pillow is safer than a D ring handle. The best answer I can come up with is let's stand side by side and on 'go' deploy ~ BTDT and so far the soft pillow has always lost. That's really all the proof that I need. Ymmv ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. You mean to do it TWICE! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. Oh good another Couch Potato made a poster... Had the the poster maker actually tried a sport or two he'd have known that a baseball is referred to as an egg - a football is a 'loaf' as in loaf of bread. Or bacon as it was once made of pigskin. Funny how food is always the theme huh? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. Ring. ~ No question & really there is no logical debate. My D-ring curves in contoured to my rib cage - it's by far less of an actual snag hazard than the pillow on my right side. Your EP drills should show that a sweeping hand hooking a thumb, making a fist as you finish the sweep punching far faster and smoother than a feel & peel. Fast is what you are looking for at reserve time right? Isn't that why everyone loves their skyhook? Doesn't it simply make better sense to go with faster on BOTH ends of the reserve? I'm old and busted but I'll put a C-note against anyone with a pillow on quick draw contests! Using snag as justification for utilizing a harder to pull handle is dangerously flawed logic...simply change the manner you're physically encountering the hazard. It's called situational awareness and it's what ya use to stay alive here. Don't drag your handles across the door frame and you won't have a problem. Don't jump with people who aren't smart enough or skilled enough to stay off your handles. If you choose to opt for form over function that's fine, I don't have a problem with it... But don't try to justify it by convincing yourself it's in some way safer. It's just not, and as is proven in this discussion others may buy into that BS not fully understand the whole thing. Pillows became popular through marketing... They're cheaper to make but cost the customer the same... They're different so once upon a time it showed cool factor. If you can agree speed in all aspects of reserve deployment is critically important - then why choose something demonstrably slower? New isn't always better from the end user standpoint... I sure don't recall a bunch of people complaining about snagging D's before the pillows came out - but isn't 'safety' a great marketing tool to sell ya on something cheaper to make? Even if the reason is more of a justification after the fact - wouldn't sell a lotta pillows with 'it makes me more profit and looks different than your fathers handle' in the full page ads. It's your last bullet - use it wisely. Sure would suck to have 2 seconds to save your ass... But NEED 2.1 ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  20. Saw somebody with an open face skydiving helmet done up with Michigan colors a few years back at the nationals... He didn't win either ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. Well there is a maneuver my examiner forgot to teach me. Good thing too... Never punch them in the head - We would just choke em out or bite them on the neck if they grabbed your thumbs - If you ram your fist into the back of a skull you could screw up your knuckles and not be able to make the next turn. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  22. That's not really unflattering... That's the reality of playing on the pointy side of the blade. I sometimes wonder if the psych dynamic hasn't changed some in the time I've been jumping because newer jumpers are more removed from the reality that seeing an impact fatality cements in you brain. A femur from a turn is a warning to heed or not but scraping a buddy off the Tarmac is a lesson one never forgets and takes pains to avoid after seeing it. No... From what's posted it looks like a well written article from an outside perspective. If we feel it's unflattering - that's on us because the author didn't make up bullshit for sales reasons. He told it like it is and if that creates public outcry we have no one else to blame. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. I wish I was there to share the air! I'm in the land of Lincoln this week... Cool but windy, Summerfest is a blow out but not the way we hoped. And yeah I really like spaceland - good peeps, good aircraft, no waiting around... They just drag another otter or two out when it gets busy! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  24. Yeah but it's a humid heat - not like that candy ass dry heat people folk to in Arizona. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  25. Apples and oranges... The OP is contemplating a voluntary disassociation - that's a personal decision. A far cry from being involuntarily thinned from the herd. It does however give you 'special snowflake' status! Talk about being in a small minority!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~