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  1. skybytch

    When did Lodi raise prices?

    From the gossip I have heard, about a month ago.
  2. skybytch

    Family and friends advice

    Skydiving is one of those sports in which you can always learn something new, no matter how long you've been jumping. Keep coming at it with a beginner's mind like you are now and I'd put money on you going as far as you want in the sport.
  3. My intention was for my post to be educational. My apologies for it coming across as harsh. Was hoping to point out some things we can easily forget when we get antsy to jump.
  4. Not being able to jump in "some weather" is not a bad thing. I'm assuming that you mean higher winds. When the winds come up, the chances of shit happening go up too. Forced to downwind it because of traffic, backing up on final, having to land out because the spot sucked... any one of those could end very badly and they can happen to anybody, regardless of their canopy experience or wingloading or type of canopy. Jumping when it's cloudy can lead to falling through them. Falling through them can lead to really bad spots, or worse yet, collisions in freefall or under canopy. And if it is raining you are hitting the pointy end of the raindrops and that hurts! Like every other jumper out there, I have jumped in some pretty sketchy weather. I don't do that anymore. Skydiving is supposed to be fun; for me, jumping in sketchy weather is not fun. The choice to jump in less than good conditions is often influenced by the sometimes overwhelming desire to go jump. There are numerous (read "far too many") examples of this being the first link in the chain of events that led to an incident. Just some more stuff to think about.
  5. skybytch

    Family and friends advice

    My mom was very much not happy about my decision to skydive. I was a single parent at the time, so I guess she did have a point. It took a few years and a lot of me telling her that I am a very conservative jumper, but eventually she learned enough about what I was doing and how I was doing it to be (mostly) comfortable with the whole thing. She has been to dz's to watch many times since. Unfortunately she is not physically able to do a tandem, but she would if she could. Most people think it's cool and want to know how they can do it. When someone says I am crazy, I reply "Yes. Yes I am. And your point would be?" ;-) The whole death wish thing? I tell them it's a living life thing and leave it at that. You will lose friends because you are a skydiver. But you will gain an extended family because you are a skydiver. Seems a fair trade off to me. :-D
  6. "black skies for you my friends …." The above was posted in a recent thread, directed toward others who disagreed with him or called him out on his attitude/actions. This is a forum, so anything that is said here has to be taken with a grain of salt. It may not have been intended as it came across. But it got me thinking. We all know things like this have happened at the dz before and will probably happen again. Things are often said in anger that are not meant, whether the anger was justified or not. So I'm curious; how would you handle it if someone said that at the dz? I'm not sure what I would do. Please, keep this one general. Let's not attack the person who posted it. He may not know what he really said with that phrase.
  7. skybytch

    Monterey Skydive should be called out!

    I agree with all of that. Research and asking questions are smart things to do. It's the questions being asked and that whole recording thing that make me think that the OP is not yet able to take personal responsibility for his choices. Totally coming across as someone I wouldn't want to jump with. I'd be too worried he would sue me if something happened.
  8. skybytch

    Monterey Skydive should be called out!

    YOU are responsible for your safety in skydiving. Doesn't matter who rented or sold you the gear you are jumping, who owns the airplane you jumped from, who owns the dz, who trained you. You. No one else. Read the waiver before you sign it. It lays it all out. Bashing a dz you have never been to based on what happened seven years ago or the fact that someone working there may not even know what happened seven years ago when you have zero experience in the sport, not to mention illegally recording the conversation... well, that's probably not the best way to make friends in the sport. Or maybe even find a dz to jump at. If you can't t take responsibility for your own decisions in skydiving, please find something else to do.
  9. skybytch

    AAF near Monterey Ca

    Skydive California in Tracy. Worth the drive.
  10. Went looking for the pictures and video of the 2002 10 way RW record and they aren't there anymore. Looks like all of the pics/videos from BITD are gone. Any possibility of getting those back or are they gone forever? Thanks! Other than this, I like the new forum format.
  11. skybytch

    Going Home Again

    I went home today. Hop and pop from 6k with my awesome hubby. Almost got blown off the plane because I forgot about the prop blast. Perfect exit, perfect deployment, almost perfect landing. If only the winds hadn't gotten all weird, I'd have done at least one from full altitude. But that's okay. There's always next weekend. Life is good again.
  12. Linda left us last month, at home, apparently in her sleep. She was known here as hottamaly. One of the best load organizers for low to mid experienced jumpers that I ever jumped with. She wouldn't key the next point until everyone was smiling. She had the greatest smile too. Fly free Linda.
  13. skybytch

    California in August

    Perris in August will indeed be hot. It gets a bit bumpy at times and there is an occasional dust devil. Lots of people do AFF during August there. Lots of people with A licenses jump in August there. The heat doesn't cause major problems, it's just something to be aware of and adjust your jumping accordingly. August in Sebastian... well, like Skymama said, it's gonna be hot. Like walking into a steaming wet blanket kind of hot. Like you just stepped out of the shower and you need another shower kind of hot. But the air will mostly be very smooth under canopy and the view is pretty spectacular. At either dz, mornings will be better than afternoons due to weather. If getting a lot of jumps in is important to you, Perris might be the better choice. They have several Otters and long waits to get on a load are rare; it's easy to get three or four jumps in before lunch. IIRC, Sebastian has one plane through the summer.
  14. skybytch

    Youngest Swooper?

    Meh. It's easy to be the youngest to do something. Bragging about it only serves to confirm your age. Being the youngest to do something only takes parents with the required resources to make it happen. When others who do the same thing call you an expert, maybe then it's time to brag. But most people who are experts in this sport are also humble enough to know they still have things to learn. When it's obvious that someone is an expert by what they say and do, there is no need to brag.
  15. Caveat - I know nothing about traumatic brain injuries. Head down to the dz. Spend the day. Watch some loads land. Talk to the chief instructor for a bit and explain your situation, see how they would suggest you proceed once you are ready to jump again. Hang out and talk to other people. These will be the folks you will be jumping with, never a bad idea to get to know some of them now. Bring beer. ;-) I'm in the US so I don't know what is required for recurrency in NZ, but you will likely get some ground training/re-training and then go up for a jump with an instructor. So I wouldn't stress what you may have lost all that much; anything important will be covered before you jump. There are loads of resources online that may help you remember/relearn some things. Start with this website - not just the forums, but the whole thing. There is so much good information here. If you have questions about things you may not remember and can't talk to anyone local, ask here. There are quite a few very experienced jumpers on here who can likely give you good answers. Hope the recovery continues on the same track and you are back in the air soon! The sky misses you