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  1. I haven't logged on here in a long time either, but I was just thinking about him and wanted to see what others were thinking too. The ash dive was really nice. Hippie would have been proud of the turn out. Our birthdays just came and went, and this was the first in 7 years that I got older without him. Our lives were kind of running parallel in the past few years, as we were pursuing a lot of the same goals and life changes. I looked to him for inspiration because he had more fire in his belly than I did, and he kept me motivated. One of the last times we talked, he told me that he was happier than he had ever been, and that as much as the sacrifices hurt, he wouldn't change anything. He didn't care what anyone else thought, he knew he was making the right choices, and he still had big plans. But, the plan changed for him and my only consolation is that my friend was happy and content with his life when it ended. I'll look to him for inspiration for the rest of my life, and I'll see him again someday. Attached, a pic from a really fun day after a demo at Steeplechase. He'd look at this photo and say, "It's good to be the Hippie."
  2. Craig, you were a big influence on me as a young jumper. You never let me jump alone, and always made sure I got a kiss pass on my birthday :). It was always great to see you at the dz, and extra great to see you at boogies. I'm sorry your life was cut short, but you did some pretty amazing things while you were here. Enjoy flying free!
  3. Hippie changed a lot in the past couple of years. He saw a better life ahead of him, pointed himself in that direction, and pursued it. He achieved many of his goals prior to 2pm yesterday. He became one of my lifelong friends the moment I met him, and I'll miss him tremendously.
  4. Unfortunately, the old Tullahoma crowd adds another friend lost, on the anniversary of Chris's death. It's too much.. (fatality in Russelville KY)..
  5. I dont mean to sound like a smartass or a mean person, but you're being kind of a drama queen about this. You're waiting for someone to tell you its OK to skydive. Nobody should tell you its OK for you to skydive at your current weight. If you consider yourself disabled, but you can do anything you put your mind to, then put your mind to losing about half of your body weight and ridding yourself of your disability. Then skydiving wont be a problem! I have struggled with my weight my entire life, man, I know its hard and its a constant battle. But you seem to want to skydive pretty bad.. theres your motivation.
  6. If you can find suitable gear, thats one thing. Please don't do this without getting your doctor's opinion. Surely you are aware of the stress that your weight puts on your heart. Skydiving will compound that.
  7. Hey Bryan! I'm bringing my cousin out there for her 18th birthday tandem on April 11. Hope to see you!!
  8. I used to live in Nashville, and now live in Atlanta. ATL has a bigger population, but not the right demographic for a wind tunnel. Nashville has an insane tourist population, plus (I think) the highest concentration of Colleges in the country. Young population. I think that anywhere from Chattanooga, along I-24 W, to Kentucky would be a good location for a tunnel. Its a reasonable location for toursits from Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville... and not too far from the ATL skydiving population. Might even draw some skydiving talent to this part of the country.. who knows..
  9. Chris's birthday was last week, and its hard to believe its coming up on five years since we lost him. I think it would have been his 50th. Life has changed a lot but I'll never forget the good times. Still miss you, Chris Martin!
  10. It was in McMinnville, TN. Not sure when it started, but 2003 was the last year it was held. If you want to find the closest thing to Marvin's thats out there today, check out events.
  11. Tom, look for Rich Henderson when you get there. Or just people in belly suits! I haven't jumped there in a while, but I'm sure there's still a bunch of jumping going on.
  12. 2 hours to Skydive Alabama, if they're not flying in Tullahoma, which is a 90 minute drive. 4 hours to The Farm. You've got some great options, but you do have to drive. Theres also a new dz near Knoxville, Skydive East Tn. Thats about 3 hours.
  13. This is one of the reasons I moved to Atlanta. Skydive Alabama, 2 hours away, you can throw up a tent or sleep in the hangar. If youre going to drive 2 hours, you may as well drive 4 hours and stay all weekend at The Farm. This is probably more of the scene you're looking for.