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  1. This was a gut punch for sure!! She was an angel of a soul! She was christened Mariposa Rodriguez by myself and Boboso Rodriguez. She busted her A$$ to get her Ph.D., so she could always provide for her family, and make a better impact on the world, and a bug’s life! She was a great, warm, funny person, who would have slain dragons for her kids!! They are in my thoughts. She loved of my favorite memories is of her and her kiddos wading around the pond at the Farm scoping for bugs!! She will be dearly missed, and always loved!. Blue skies, my Mariposa! Blue skies for BlueSkySerenity, always and forever!
  2. Hippie story involved the weekend that he and Kitty were going to jump 30 jumps for their 30th birthday. They were both charging hard at their goal, and it was well into the day when Trey approached him and handed him a handful of tablets. Trey said, "here, take these." Without a second thought, Hippie grabbed them and downed them. "What were they?" he asked. "X", Trey said. The look on Hippie's face was priceless...he had a combination of "are you freakin' kidding me" and "this is going to be interesting"!! It was awesome!!! (by the way - they were salt tablets to prevent cramping). About two loads later he had a malfunction and borrowed my canopy...which he never let me forget for packing him line twists!! I have many Hippie stories of similar humerous & fond memories...he will be missed. I haven't seen him in over a year, but it was so good to see him, and he was always so genuine. The smile you see in all his photos is implanted in my mind when I think of him. My heart goes out to Lisa, and all that she will have to endure in this wake. BSBD Hippie... Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  3. pyke

    BSBD Dave Brown :(

    I will never forget watching Team Mandrin in the tunnel when I shared some of their time. There was such skill, such drive, and it all seemed effortless. Dave Brown could fly with the very best of them, and possibly out fly many of those! Very sad indeed, but to echo SM1...I'm glad for his family's sake they have closure. BSBD db! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  4. pyke

    Christmas boogie at The Farm

    this year is going to suck!!!! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  5. pyke

    Goodbye Beezy

    Chuckie was right, the turn out was awesome...Beezy would have loved it. All day long skydivers took to the skies w/ smiles and laughter and all the typical happenings of the day. The dirt dive was planned on the was to be a 16-way built on two tandems: Hans Paulsen took Beezy's daughter Sunny & Charlie Mullins took Bryan (Beezy) Jr...the rest built a BFR to link the two. Bill Scott & Chuck Blue shared duties of opening the ashes at 8,000. All 16 got in, but the round never didn't matter. Those on the ground said that sky had a perfect blend of oranges & golds - and when the ashes were released they seemed to 'light up' in the sky. To me, that's just perfect - Beezy is now above us, his spirit glowing in the sky, sharing every future skydive with us all. A wonderful video was quickly put together to commemorate the event by Big Steve Haseman - Great Job bro, seriously. It was perfect - tears & laughter could be heard throughout the crowd during the whole thing; finishing w/ a huge applause. Story telling started w/ a beautiful eulogy by Tracy, and quickly followed w/ some jaw wagging by his good friends. It is clearly obvious to all of us, Beezy was a GREAT man and will be dearly missed. I had to leave Sat night, but the happenings were still well into happening. Sorry I couldn't get tore up w/ the rest of y'all, but I did have one drink from a coffee cup...just as Beezy would have! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  6. Just wanted to add this at the end, but I'd like to personally thank everyone for coming out this weekend and supporting the NEW & IMPROVED Skydive the Farm!! Special THANKS go to the following: Michele & Dave - for arranging to pick up the kegs and enduring the hassles involved, the beer was a smashing success...I think we returned a quarter of the Miller Lite and that was all!! Mike to the G - for keeping us all alive!! Laura & Monica - for the t-shirt idea & making it happen...we nearly sold out of all the white & black long sleeved! Nikki - for keeping the video guys flying Shananay - for getting us on the loads All the packers - for their relentless efforts Dave, our new pilot - you rawk bro!! Mark Carinas - for building Greg's big deck! Greg - for all the improvements, the efforts, the ideas, and the great personality you bring to the Farm...thanks for letting us take over your little piece of heaven And finally Hans...your work does not go un-noticed!! It's all coming together...I wish nothing but the best for your 'little' dropzone!! Also - thanks for all the local jumpers who came back out of the woodwork...don't forget - we're an Otter DZ keep the love flowing! A quick, but sincere THANKS for all those who help make my 1000th jump & celebration a very memorable one!! See you next 1000!! BTW...who did end up winning that REDSKINS game, Lee??!!!! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  7. It figures - you're never going to make EVERYONE happy!!!!heehee We offer 3 kegs - someone is bound to ask "what kind of beer?" We ask for help in getting them to the Farm and 'surely you can find it closer'? is brought up...I GUARANTEE we could find it closer - BUT The kegs were ordered through a personal contact that owns a liquor store and is freely donating HEAPS of stuff for the event & organizing this to be a 'one stop shop' for us...we just need help getting it to the Farm. So, if there are any willing participants...we could use the help. If someone is willing to lend their truck - I will make the drive myself - but it won't be until later Fri afternoon. Next thing we know...Greg/Hans will say "Free Skydives to 10K" and someone will say "is that all!??" C'mon Hans...whaddya say?? [edited to add: this was entirely meant to be silly/funny/witty/amusing...not slamming anyone about anything in particular. there's already enough misguided drama on here - wasn't trying to create anymore] Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  8. ok...arrangements have been finalized!!! a total of 3 kegs(!) will be appearing, shots, NEW t-shirts, poker, an OTTER, & LOTS OF FUN!!! Man - if you miss this boogie and you're anywhere NEAR Georgia - YOU SUCK!!!! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  9. I just got shift coverage for I will be there the WHOLE weekend!!!(I can hear the boo's from here!) This will also be my "K" (1000th jump) I will be arranging a "K" way...and sponsoring all sorts of K-stuff!!! One 'K'eg of (either) Amber Bock or Miller Lite is already arranged...waiting to see what is available. 'K'ool-Aid shots will be handed out...along w/ B'K' (burger king) crowns!!! ...and 'K'aha will be kept off the carpet!! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  10. pyke

    Dublin 2007:March 14-18:Dublin,Ga

    How about Amazing Grace on REAL BAGPIPES?? I can start practicing again now and should be able to get all the way through for the boogie. Nothing says, "Get the F*** up and start JUMPING" like a cat in a wood chipper at 7:30a!!! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  11. pyke

    You Only Turn 40 Once Boogie!

    you would have to throw a boogie on the one day out of 3 that I work...sorry - I won't be there, but I hope you have a blast...and count me in for Dublin!! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  12. pyke

    Dublin 2007:March 14-18:Dublin,Ga

    There's only 1 boogie I make sure I'm at every year...
  13. pyke

    DZs in New Zealand

    PM me your itinerary and I can tell you what is close to where you'll be, and where you should not miss if you're close enough. Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  14. pyke


    It's sad when we lose anyone from our community, but someone who has touched so many, and befriended even more is always harder. I finally had the pleasure to meet Shannon at Dublin this year, and she lived up to every image she put across on Warm, friendly, vivacious, and I could sense lots of fun to be around. My sympathies go out to her family, her fiance, and her friends...near and far. From what I can see already - she won't just be missed...she will be profoundly missed! Live large with Holly, Nate, Chris, and all the rest of our brothers and sisters - Shannon! Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic
  15. Stay Tuned... Airial Visionz Freefall Productions LLC, in association with SKYFEST 2006, will be offering the FIRST ANNUAL VIDEOGRAPHY SCHOLARSHIP. Details to qualify are being finalized, but this is a great opportunity for US jumpers interested in becoming a tandem videographer by getting some Experienced Coaching from someone they respect, and ultimately can learn from. Experienced Videographers - this is a great way to get your slot covered - and pass on a little of what you've learned along the way! Nominations are NOW being accepted by DZO's and Experienced Videographers. Jumpers - feel free to nominate yourself, but letters of recommendation and verification of jump numbers are required. The type of person who should be considered would be: Someone that shows up on bad weather days and bugs the video guys for tips, information, and help setting up their gear? This person may not have all the means to get the gear, but they are dedicated to getting their flying skills down and are piecing the gear together slowly. Does this person display the qualities a DZO/Video Guy would want to see at the dropzone promoting the sport? No one will be excluded from consideration, but this scholarship is aimed at someone looking to develop their flying skills, not get additional money for gear or is looking for some free jumps. Also, attendance at Skyfest is not required to win, but it is recommended (if I am going to be there - you should too!!)! More to follow within the next 2 weeks...!! PM me with questions. Kahurangi e Mahearangi, Kiwi, RB #926, AFF-I, FAA Snr. Rigger, RN/BSN/Paramedic