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  1. celticrider67

    Wow....this place has changed!

    DZDIVA... I owe you an apology Mam...as you might gather from my comment, I've sorta gotten sideswiped with that a few times. I should know better at my age, (52). I should exercise the restraint of tongue and pen. Which I bloody well know. Or in this case, the restraint of keyboard. Thankyou For the welcome to the sport. Your far more kind than I've a right to, especially after a knee jerk rant on my part. As soon as I figure out how, I'll see about deleting it. Again, my apologies. BS & GB.
  2. celticrider67

    Wow....this place has changed!

    I was on FB and the group "old school skydivers" a short while back. I'm 52, but VERY new to the sport... and as we say in another group I'm a member of... newbies dont know that they dont know. I'd asked one of those foolish questions..foolish only in so far as someone who learned enough ( and I won't say WHAT constitutes enough...) would never have asked such a question. But having gotten SOME of my college education in the field of teaching... I place a sort of value on the willingness to ask...and learn... so... when one of the old timers commented that I should bloody well know.... etc, etc, etc... I politely pointed out that I had already identified myself as someone very new to the sport and that while YES my question might be ignorant or foolish... might this not also be an opportunity for him to educate me... thus MAYBE helping this "oldschool" knowledge? Lifestyle? Attitude? Go on. I'm also a biker... so I know a very little bit about how "closed" some of these groups or communities are... or can be... I suppose what I'm getting at in a bit of a long winded way is that it doesn't get passed on unless your passing it along... otherwise... eventually what your left with has almost GOT to be... "wow... this place has changed". Its ok to make us newbies work for it... but someone will have to say THAT as well...
  3. celticrider67

    Diff between RW & Competition jumpsuits

    Flyhi... Thanks for your time and your response... your comments regarding fall rates... sounds like something I can't figure out by doing math... because right now... i don't know WHO I'll be jumping with... which brings us back to Ms Wendy's comments/advice... used it should be... assuming it doesn't prove to be a search for a unicorn... Thanks again and Blue Skies!
  4. So, I'm new to the sport and older. 1st jump at 50. Started the reqs for my "A" license at 52. Full of all those silly questions and I don't know what i don't know. CURRENT silly question. What's the difference between and RW jumpsuit and a Competiton jumpsuit? Do these differ from student jumpsuits or are student jumpsuits just the name of suits provided on loan by the DZ? I'm wanting to pick one up over the winter. Since I live in upstate NY, we won't jump a lot at my home DZ between mid october and late march and that would seem a good time to play hurry up and wait. A few jumpers at my home DZ suggested used and Bev or Tony suits. But I'm not seeing much so I figure by end of December, order if I haven't found used.
  5. celticrider67

    How old is too old to start?

    Like a few comments I've seen on here, I'm older and very new to the sport. Made my first tandem for my 50th. I'm 52 this yr & started the reqs for my "A" license. My instructor had concerns about my having a bad left knee. I won't get into the damage, but went to the ortho who told me "if you wanna do it.. DO IT. You already need an artificial joint and you cant really damage it worse." So I'm going forward. I may pick up a little slower, but the way I look at it i wasn't gonna do 50 jumps and quit... so what difference does a few extras in getting my license matter. Yes i know I'm bugging the hell out of a lot of friends who know me & don't share or get the interest. Yes I know I likely sound like one of those annoying newbies who has no idea how silly they sound and don't know what they don't know. SO...? ! I cant let it go... and why should i? Blue skies.