BarbaraKobzik

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  1. Turtlespeed, can you please send me a brief email to HelpSewingMasks@gmail.com ? I will get back to you tomorrow then. Thanks a lot!
  2. Hello, As you all know, missing equipment like masks and protective gowns for health workers are a huge issue during the current corona virus (COVID19) crisis. Most of us skydivers have patched their jumpsuits and stuff in the past and know how to operate a sewing machine, or just needle and threat. We need as many masks and gowns as possible - and as soon as possible. The Johns Hopkins University (who I work for) is working on a design for both and on plans what material to use. It should be ready in a few days. Are there volunteers to help with the prototype testing right now to start mass producing (whatever you can so) masks after receiving instructions Are there gear/jumpsuit manufacturers who are interested in doing this commercially for a while? Can somebody of you provide a list of all / most / many manufacturers of gear, jumpsuits, repair shops etc. so that I can contact them directly? Obviously, this is a pretty urgent request. If you can help in any way, please send me an email to HelpSewingMasks@gmail.com. You might receive a reply either from that address or from my Johns Hopkins address. Please forward this request in any way you think it might be helpful. Thank you all, I really hope the skydive community can step up here and help with a task that is extremely important for all of us. I hope you are all hanging in there and deal well with the social distancing and all other things we have to get used to for a while. Stay safe, stay healthy, and all the best! Barbara
  3. Hello, As you all know, missing equipment like masks and protective gowns for health workers are a huge issue during the current corona virus (COVID19) crisis. Most of us skydivers have patched their jumpsuits and stuff in the past and know how to operate a sewing machine, or just needle and threat. We need as many masks and gowns as possible - and as soon as possible. The Johns Hopkins University (who I work for) is working on a design for both and on plans what material to use. It should be ready in a few days. Are there volunteers to help with the prototype testing right now to start mass producing (whatever you can so) masks after receiving instructions Are there gear/jumpsuit manufacturers who are interested in doing this commercially for a while? Can somebody of you provide a list of all / most / many manufacturers of gear, jumpsuits, repair shops etc. so that I can contact them directly? Obviously, this is a pretty urgent request. If you can help in any way, please send me an email to HelpSewingMasks@gmail.com. You might receive a reply either from that address or from my Johns Hopkins address. Please forward this request in any way you think it might be helpful. Thank you all, I really hope the skydive community can step up here and help with a task that is extremely important for all of us. I hope you are all hanging in there and deal well with the social distancing and all other things we have to get used to for a while. Stay safe, stay healthy, and all the best! Barbara
  4. Hi there, My sister plans to fly from Germany to the US for a Christmas visit, flight is this Thursday. She entered her data for ESTA which is required for Germans travelling to the US, but the request was rejected. Background is: she is married to a US citizen, lived in Florida for 2 years and had a temporary greencard during that time, then moved together with her husband back to Germany. Her temporary greencard expired in the meantime while she was living in Germany, she didn't do anything with it anymore after she had left the US, neither applying for an extension nor cancelling the greencard request. That is most likely the reason for the ESTA rejection and was her fault, but now is the question: what needs to be done to travel to the US? Especially to get it all done by Wednesday night, the flight is Thursday morning. Sure we know about calling the embassy and appointment there and emergency appointment as well, but does anybody know exactly what to do in this case and what the chances are to get it sorted out quickly? PLEASE, if you have some good advice, please let me know asap. Thank you very much ! (and yes, if you have the special hint that sorts things out, I am sure she will be more than happy to keep you and your buddies drinking beer at the dropzone for an entire evening ) Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  5. Hi, Video guys, can you help? I am looking for a very small wireless camera, it also has to work with a lightweight battery. It should be not too expensive (actually quite inexpensive), doesn't have to be great quality. We plan to put a few of them into a football (just in the garden, not NFL!), so the min range should be around 300 ft. Any ideas? Any websites where you buy stuff like that cheap? Thank you very much! Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  6. Thanks a lot. I looked on some of those websites. Obviously it depends on the type of item; there is an entire item list which tells you what kind of tax you need to pay. In my case I wasn't too lucky finding what I need. The item is a stained glass door and window for the house entry somebody in Germany builds for me. It's about 5k Euro. When I looked up "stained glass", I found an ID number for it, and it said "0 % tax" which is great, but it also said "for religious groups". Maybe I should quickly start a religious group, believing in the big blue sky or something like that. Well, seriously, I have absolutely no clue what kind of taxes I might have to pay, and with this amount I for sure need to know upfront. I also count on getting back the German VAT, is that a realistic assumption? It would be great if somebody can tell me how I could find out - I need to know for sure. "Usually this happens, but sometimes not" unfortunately might exceed my budget. Thank you all so much for your help! Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  7. Hellooooo ! Nobody here who can help? Come on, guys and girls, I know it's more boring than all your titts topics, but I really could need some help here, so - anybody has some experience with this? Thanks a lot ! Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  8. Hi, Does anybody know how things officially work when you buy something outside the US (in Germany) and have it shipped here? (no, not a rig). What kind of taxes do you need to pay? It's for my own use, nothing commercial. And shouldn't I get back the VAT from Germany which by the way is 19% at the moment? It would be great if somebody can help and explain to me how it works, I tried to figure out with Mr Google and others, but haven't really found a clear answer. Thank you so much! Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  9. Hi - Can anybody recommend a good brush cutter? I don't need a trimmer to make the garden look like a golf course and trimmed like with nail scissors, I really need to go thru brushed (up to about 3 inches diameter) and especially thru dry tall grass and reeds. It's a pretty big area. Any recommendations what to buy or what to stay away from? Thanks a lot, Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  10. Thank you. If anybody could recommend a certain kit he has good experience with, that would be really helpful. So far we have heard prices from 2k to 12k, not sure what really makes sense to have. Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  11. Thank you very much. It's for our lab technicians. We have a new radome to test our weather radar system, and we need to have fiber connectors all the way from the lab to the radome. So far we just used the standard cables in the lab and test plane and let Boeing do their thing in the aircraft, but now we need to do some cabeling by ourselves. Thanks a lot again! Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  12. Hi, Who knows something about fiber optic repair kits? What can you recommend for splicing, putting connectors on etc? We have to buy one very soon, anything you could recommend? Thanks a lot, Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  13. to jumpin_Jan Jon, application: at the moment, I rather need some pond equipment, yesterday I watched birds eating fish in our garden - hope the damn rain eventually stops. If we ever will have a garden again: it is mainly wide, open grass, about 1 acre, 4 trees somewhere on the grass. budget: we just bought a house, so what do you expect? (anybody wants to donate one? I can pm you the address where to deliver to) skills: as much experience as in sheep-shearing or hunting grizzly bears - but as a German, I can drive! Will figure out. wingload: think "Autobahn". Thanks! Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  14. Hi Gordo, So, you have good experience using a JD with 60" blade cutting grass around your trailer? Awesome, can you send me a picture of that? At the moment, I rather should look for a powerful pump instead of a lawn mower - this morning I watched big birds eating fish in the driveway (= river). We got slammed pretty bad by the storm. Fortunately no injuries (except for one stupid kite surfer) or severe wind damage, but the flooding is pretty bad, and it still is pouring down. I tell you, all the dropzones in the area will have one huuuuge swoop pond this weekend. Send some sunshine! Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.
  15. Folks, Thank you so much for all the good hints and the entertainment ! I really appreciate all your input, any additional hint would be really great. Due to the hurricane in FL our plant is closed and I am "working" (well, a bit at least, probably as much as everybody who has time to answer here during daytime) from home. So far everything went well and I don't need a chain saw, all trees still look OK. to shropshire: Thanks a lot, I though about the sheep, and maybe a llama or alpaca, but then I need a tractor for poop collection, that stuff is not good as fertilizer. Or I get a cow, that is a better one to put it on the flowers and trees. to warpedskydiver: I looked at the Cub Cadet website, thank you for the hint, really looks interesting. Do you know where they would have any good deals on these? What is your bad experience with the Craftsman? to JohnRich: Are we talking about my golf course landing during maintenance period ? ;-) Thanks again, Barbara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's nice to be important, but it's much more important to be nice.