airtwardo

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  1. About 25% of my back is fuzed, couple nine inch rods and a double handfull of screws... I know what you're talking about. First fifty jumps a year after surgery were nerve wracking - what's gonna get ya the opening or the landing. Lol I rigged up a pilot chute controlled reefing system that took care of the openings. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. Ya haven't jumped with ME yet... ! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. ~ Pretty Girls, Pontiacs & Malibu, California....MY HERO! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. Hi Bill ! The real 'problem' with the Green Star Express IIRC, was that it wasn't the most comfortable rig going. It was like a sheet of plywood on your back stiff. The not so wise 'inside trick' was to stitch rip the threading that held the reserve risers down over the pack tray...loosened things up and let the yoke spread a bit. That threading unfortunately was what held the risers to the harness... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. Exactly! It was a little tongue-in-cheek wise crack about the state of Texas. I guess I should have put a instead of a . We're not a state! Whats with the "We're"... you are a carpet baggin Yankee that got to Tejas by way of California... Cubs hat gave it away huh? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. Exactly! It was a little tongue-in-cheek wise crack about the state of Texas. I guess I should have put a instead of a . We're not a state! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. Take your passport. It's a different country. What am I missing? I've jumped all over the country & it's one of the nicest DZ's I know of... Bit of a factory I guess, but great people, aircraft & facilities. Don't think I've ever waited more than 20 minutes to snag on a load. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. Thanks Keith! ~ just lucky I guess. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. OTOH ~ if they DID - the ones left wouldn't be certifiably stupid ones! Sorry...you put it out there Chuck, I kinda had to grab it. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. It certainly doesn't cure cancer...but as far as 'get WORLD piece' Umm - I for one have met some VERY interesting ladies in the sport in an effort to further international relations! Peace Out ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. http://www.skydivespaceland.com/ ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. That's it in a nutshell, but perhaps it's an oversimplification. When we start we're drawn in by many factors. We STAY for our own reason. Different reasons are a priority for different people...some like the challenge competition offers, some get gratification from teaching, others fun jump just to be around the people. Whatever the motivation one thing seems universal - the sport becomes a huge part of our life, something we not only enjoy but something we need. Over the course of time the shine wears off a bit, maybe family or career rearrange priorities - we still love the sport but not in the Gung-Ho wear a pull-up cord to work everyday kinda way. First indicator you've reached that point is when you tire of answering the same wuffo questions all the time...you tend to find that ya are ONLY wear Skydiving Tees at the DZ these days and not to Christmas dinner with the in-laws. Even further down the road - you may find yourself thinking you've pretty much achieved all the 'goals' you may have had...and heck, not really EVER gonna win a gold at the worlds - or whatever - ...and the same question begins to to come up in your mind more & more often - is this really worth the time, money, divorces etc. You STILL enjoy the sport, but not on the level you once did and maybe not at all for the reasons you were initially attracted. Now throw into that mix, the fact over time you've lost some very dear friends...THAT hits each of us in different ways. Some don't think about it - some maybe think about it too much. SO ~ after whatever period of time...and it varies because no two people or their circumstances are the same - we try to break it all down into some kind of sense. We ask ourself: In MY case - is the risk worth the reward...is there logical justification for participation? ~ That's a question no one can answer FOR you ~ and truthfully, there IS no wrong answer. Speaking personally - into my 39th year of involvement, no one is more surprised than I am that I'm still here! At 18, it was something i'd been fascinated with and thought ~ Hell just give it a try. Over that time I've loved different things about the sport at different times. I've matured in certain ways and watched Skydiving do the same. Skydiving overall has been really good to me, I've made lifelong friends that are as close or more so than family. It's paid the bills at times, taken me all over the planet, opened my eyes to things I never would have seen without being in it & led me down paths I didn't know existed. Having acknowledged all of that - it unequivocally is NOT who I am. It's something I do, so yes it's a part of me - but no more so than any other experience I've had in my life that somehow either by luck or design, I found a way to build on. These days - I revel in the challenge of complex demos, I sometimes miss the weekends I can't hit the DZ, because I thrive on the vibe...it's like a battery that I both need to charge, but also watch that I don't 'over-charge'. Most of all - It's the feeling in my soul that I get when I just jump solo at sunset & stand on my head the whole dive - watching the planet get big and reaffirming I'm alive - THAT is something that to me, is well worth the risk & twice the price of admission!
  13. Did WHAT Top? If even Jan can't get the 'official' version then what are we talking about here? There seem at this point to be so many versions of what took place, how can we tell where the bubblegum stops & the chickenshit begins? I don't 'know' what happened only what I've been told & different people tell it differently...as is the case for most of us - you included...right? Hard to make a valid judgement call relying on 'facts' not in evidence. Honestly I'm starting to think what Jan said above makes pretty good sense ~ at this point the WAY whatever happened was handled, may in fact be a bigger issue & one of greater concern. In reality THAT has broader reaching implications as it possibly figures into ANY incident involving anyone. At this point in time - there are really only two things that can confidently be considered factual... -Something happened that shouldn't have. -It was handled by the office, in a manner unlike any other we know of. Probably nothing 'we' can do about the first ~ Probably something that we can do about the 2nd. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. Windowpane ~ it was an OLD box! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. 2nd post & launching a 13 year old thread? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. I like the way you think! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/07/14/study-says-smelling-farts-can-be-good-for/?intcmp=obnetwork ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. http://youtu.be/dbe2SUvxmYs ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. THANK YOU FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGIN ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  20. ummm - it's CHOKE me in the shallow waters.... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. You been hanging out with Pat Works? Now THAT'S funny! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  22. Are we a product of what we see or what we imagine? Or what we imagine we see? But if the image of let's say the sea is similar to what we imagined we'd see, then maybe what we saw was what we had imagined we should have seen and not truly the actual scene...spending seemingly a second lifetime of solitary seconds to sync the sights seen by both mind & eye but sadly sacrificing any possibility of clearly seeing the sights of the scene by the sea - in relation to specific reality that is. Wow! That was deep. Just like the sea! SI! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. Are we a product of what we see or what we imagine? Or what we imagine we see? But if the image of let's say the sea is similar to what we imagined we'd see, then maybe what we saw was what we had imagined we should have seen and not truly the actual scene...spending seemingly a second lifetime of solitary seconds to sync the sights seen by both mind & eye but sadly sacrificing any possibility of clearly seeing the sights of the scene by the sea - in relation to specific reality that is. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  24. Are we a product of what we see or what we imagine? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  25. He said he was in kindergarten, but he failed to mention how old he was before they let him move on to first grade!! Actually...where I grew up kindergarten was kinda used to evaluate for placement. Since I could read & write - there WAS no first grade for me, it was straight on into 2nd. Did well enough there that I got to park my car in with the teachers! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~