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  1. Every year on the 6th June, I seem to remember her out of the blue. I still miss her.
  2. Wait. What ? I never said that. I merely opined that Ray Charles could have bulked your last attempt better. Sheeesh. You try being constructive and that's the thanks you get.
  3. As someone who organized professionally all over the world for 25 years, I haven't heard of any other organizer that has been sued for negligence. This is probably more due to the fact that none of us are affluent enough to ensure any degree of meaningful recovery, and anyone who jumps with us has usually signed a waiver to the operation supplying the aircraft. Having said that though, I have for many years carried personal legal insurance,j ust in case anyone was tempted to try their luck. The mere fact that you have it can be enough to deter a frivolous suit. However, if you're going to organize at any level, take the proper precautions. The best advice I ever got when I was starting out was this. Design a skydive and pick the jumpers to do it. or Look at the jumpers you have and design a skydive that suits their abilities. Never mix the two. That's where the problems start.
  4. Ahhh. Nothing quite like the sound of a stable door being clicked shut, long after the horse has wandered off.
  5. Do you believe that this decision will withstand a challenge at the SC? The Federal standards are defined and have been restated as to what is a "miniority" or a "class". Everyone seems to think that it's a given that the Supreme Court will take an appeal. The decision today is very narrowly tailored to CA, and as such they may decide that it has no reach on a federal level, much as the other states that have allowed gay marriage.
  6. Whilst I hate to cast all of them in the same light, the ones I've come into regular contact with over the years sure fit the bill.
  7. Utterly Hilarious. As the commentator says, "how did you get elected ?" http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/congressman-thought-parody-article-planned-parenthood-real-113439270.html
  8. How dare they build a country on slavery! Who would ever live in a country that used slavery to grow? Just ask the Native Americans, the Asians, and African Americans. I couldn't effect that practice on the not unreasonable assumption that I had to wait at least a century to be born. I do however have the choice now to refuse to support a regime that uses those practices now. You are free to do whatever you want. I have more big way world records than I can count. I don't need another one so badly that I'll regret my participation in it for the rest of my life.
  9. They could be giving away hookers and blow there for all I care. I'll never give a penny to a place like this. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-a-morally-bankrupt-dictatorship-built-by-slave-labour-1828754.html
  10. Fuck that party trick. This is way better
  11. Ted Strong was a fucking titan. When I was the manager of Skydive City, I met him and Bill Morrisey a lot. He was the definition of a true gentleman, and this sport is what it is today precisely because of him. Without Ted Strong, there would be no tandem. I can't express how sorry I am to hear of his death. However, the best tribute we can pay to this man is to be the best tandem instructors we can be, on whatever system we are qualified in, for one thing is certain. Without Ted, there wouldn't be any of them. He broke the ground that others followed. Thanks Ted.
  12. It's worth something. There are still places and people that jump the older gear, especially with few jumps on it. The Pegasus used to be a highly sought after canopy for BASE jumps before the advent of specialized BASE canopies, and you still see them being jumped and used for ridge soaring. The Firefly became the Firelite once Django morphed into Glide Path. It's a good main canopy. I did my first CRW on those canopies too. If you wanted a nice little pair of fun canopies to do CRW on, they'd do. Just because they aren't state of the art doesn't mean they are unsafe or unusable. The whole modern sport was built in part on the use of these canopies and others like it in the 80's. Id' say you got a $6-700 set of gear there.....
  13. A lot of it can depend on the state you live in Some will allow a parent or guardian to sign for a minor, and in others, they cannot. That doesn't mean you can't jump in those states. It just means that the DZO will have to assume any liability that their waiver was covering them for.
  14. I think he's saying that it's none of our business, and in that I agree. She's a free woman and can pop them out like her vagina is a clown car for all I care. With the payoff she's likely to get from all this media attention, at least she'll be able to afford real nannies for them when she goes out partying, not imaginary ones. The jury did the right thing with the shitty case they were presented with. I don't care if she's guilty or not. I'd rather see 1000 guilty people walk free than one innocent person locked up.
  15. There's nothing wrong with Argus unit at all. I have two, and Wings isn't the only system that allows them. Infinity is another, and there are more. I'm more than happy with mine, and don't intend to replace them.