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  1. Nope. Just coming to see friends. If I still have any!
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  3. The different perspective I am talking about is one from now being a father as opposed to before I had my son. My perspective on ALOT of things has changed. THAT is what I find interesting.
  4. I agree with almost all of your post. And once I became a father, I came to the conclusion that skydiving was not a risk I was willing to take anymore, both for myself and for my wife and son, so I walked away from jumping. I can't say it was any ONE factor, but all of what you listed are reasons I considered and ultimately made my decision. I decided that being home with my wife and son was way more important than going skydiving and besides the risk of being killed, I also didn't want to give up the time with them. And this summer has been the most rewarding, fun summer I have ever had. Giving up jumping has had zero negative effect.
  5. That is why I am curious why skydiving is a risk some women are willing to take with their child, yet I doubt many 4 month pregnant women would strap on a pair of downhill skis and hit the slopes. Is it the false security that nothing can go wrong?
  6. Then you would be going the wrong direction by going with a Katana. Especially if you are not swooping and just want nice openings and soft landings and no added excitment. I think, having jumped all the PD canopies, that to get what you are looking for, you would want a slightly higher wingloading on the Spectre if you want similar flight characteristics as a less loaded Stiletto with better, more consistant openings.
  7. Well then, I guess there is no point in discussing it any more.
  8. Ok, ok. I hear the point that it is different with every woman and each woman's body is different in handling pregnancy. But skydiving is skydiving. The dangers of skydiving don't care if your OB said it is ok or that your body is physically healthy. You are jumping out of friggin airplanes when you are carrying a child. THESE factors have ZERO to do with how your body handles pregnancy. Skydiving is an extremely risky activity in which countless things can go wrong. No one ever goes for a jump and thinks, "well, this is probably the jump I am gonna get hurt on." Shit happens. When you are pregnant it is not only your own life you are risking, it is now the life of your child's as well. This is my major point. Is jumping out of airplanes REALLY that important that you are willing to risk your child's life for it? I understand that we need to keep living and can't live in a plastic bubble, but I also understand that there are certain responsibilities that you take on to get pregnant and things you should give up for the welfare of your child. But, this is just my opinion.
  9. Yes, but my wife didn't think she was going to pass out from doing housework either. She THOUGHT she was being perfectly cautious.
  10. That's all well and good when everything goes right. I understand that skydiving is an activity that pregnant women can do safely, but it is the risk of all the things that can go wrong that I have the trouble with. All it could take is one slightly bad landing to end a pregnancy, no matter how good of physical condition you are in or what OB gave you the blessing. Do OBs give the ok for women who are 4 months pregnant to go downhill skiing?
  11. Well, I certainly don't think women should "wrap themselves in plastic bubble paper and never leave the house, never eat fish of any kind, never do any kind of physical activity, never do this, never do that,".... but, I definitely don't hink they should just go about their lives exactly the same. Especially when it comes to activities that are dangerous or strenuous. My wife passed out and took a header into the floor when she was about 1 month in and it was just from doing a bit too much housework. So, I think skydiving is pushing it a bit.
  12. Really?? I thought you didn't do hook turns because you were a bad canopy pilot. I kid, I kid! Thank you for your post. How long after your last child was it that you started jumping?
  13. And when I started thinking about it in terms of protecting a child, this is what it pretty much boiled down to for me too.
  14. And I appreciate your post. It is interesting to hear how women have different views about it.
  15. Pregnant women get in car wrecks too. I hear about them all the time. You gonna stop driving around them too? Using a car for transportation is ALOT different than jumping out of airplanes for recreation. Driving is about as "necessary" risk as you can have in this life. Skydiving is the complete opposite. But, I knew there would have to be at least ONE person to use this argument.
  16. It is scary to think about. I mean, you hear of canopy collisions all the time. Can you imagine if someone hit a pregnant woman and hurt or killed the woman or the baby?
  17. Oh, I am FAR from riled up about it. I just thought it was interesting to ponder and wanted to hear other views. I agree that it is most certainly each woman's personal choice, and like i said, I am not even 100% sure how I feel about it yet. But, my perspective on life has changed a HUGE amount and got thinking about it from an outsider's perspective and from the perspective of a new father.
  18. I would guess it would depend who you ask. A good blow to a woman's abdomen could end a prenancy at any stage. But also, the article talked about jumping well into the pregnancy.
  19. I was reading the article in the latest Parachutist and it got me thinking. I am not really sure I am in agreement that it is ok for a pregnant woman to keep skydiving while she is carrying. And by "ok" I mean that it doesn't sit well with my views on the subject. I had never really thought it over before, and when I first saw the article I didn't think anything wrong about it, but as I considered it more, I started to change my view. I mean, when women get pregnant, they stop doing all kinds of activities because of the fact that it may cause their baby harm, so why should skydiving be any different? I think if most of us saw a pregnant lady riding a motorcycle or waterskiing or jumping on a trampoline, we would probably think it was a bit irresponsible. So why is skydiving ok? Is it because of the whole "It's my life and I will do what I want" thing? Or is it because they truly believe they can't have an accident or even a bad landing that could hurt or kill their baby? Or is it that they don't care and are willing to take the added risk? I haven't totally decided how I feel about this yet, but I found it interesting that the article was run in Parachutist and it got me thinking. I mean it is one thing when you are risking your OWN life to jump out of planes, but doesn't it change when you are now risking someone elses? Risking doing harm to your own baby? I understand that driving a car or other activities could hurt your baby, but to me, this seems like a risk that doesn't need to be taken and there are way too many things that could go wrong that would harm your baby. A hard opening, a freefall collision, a bad landing, etc... Are these added risks to your baby worth it? I am asking because I really would like to know how others feel about it. Maybe my views have just changed because I am now a father, but I just am not sure I am ok with the idea of a woman who is carrying a child to do such a high-risk activity. I imagine their are a few women on here that jumped while pregnant and I am wondering what their views are. Why is THIS particular risk ok to take with your child? I certainly have no bad views of any woman who would jump pregnant and am definitely not bashing here. Like I said, I just got thinking about it and was curious of other's views. I just find it interesting that there are many activities much less dangerous that women stop doing because they are pregnant, yet some skydiving women will still choose to keep jumping. I know quite a few personally who did so. I mean look at the reaction Shayna Richardson got when something went wrong and people found out she was jumping pregnant. Is it ok just until something goes wrong? I don't know. It just seems like a huge risk on so many levels to take doing harm to your child. I just don't know. I would imagine that if you took a poll of non-jumpers, it would be overwhelmingly against jumping while pregnant, but amongst jumpers, would be much more in favor of it. I just think it is interesting to think about from a different perspective. What do you think about it?
  20. I think they are just trying to watch costs with their commercials so they can pass the saving along to you. Simple To the point Annoying so you think about it all day Brilliant
  21. DUH! You made a post about their product to a website forum. I would say the commercial works pretty damn good. I bet you have talked about the commercial to a bunch of people too. And whether you think so or not, that is good for their product.
  22. Really??? I think this album sucks. I can't take minute after minute after minute of mindless droning of instruments with absoluelty zero substance. You could pack all the actual song of this album into about 10 minutes. The rest is just crap. Personally, I think this is the WORST album to date. They should take a hint from a band like Korn, if they want to know what a new record should sound like.