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  1. Interesting to read all the posts. After 15 years and 1500 jumps, I'm asking myself the same questions. Actually, it's been about three years since I'd be able to fairly consider myself current, but I still drag out to the DZ once in a while to try and rekindle the flame. My concern is that I need to shit or get off the pot. People here have mentioned the risks involved: every time I go out to jump now, I'm aware that I'm in the most dangerous category of jumpers: those who are experienced but not current. I need to decide to either get back into it and stay into it, or hang it up and walk away. Mr. Miyagi and Yoda were both on the same page about this one... Part of my difficulty in walking away is that I do still miss it, and enjoy going out to jump when I do. I also have a hard time giving up something that, for so long, WAS "who I was" as well as "what I did." OTOH, other posters here are right: I've found new friends and new hobbies that I really enjoy. And Phreezone is right: now that I'm married with a wife and a home, it's hard to toss and turn all night on a thin sleeping bag at the DZ when just minutes away I have cold beer, warm food, a soft bed, and a hot wife waiting for me! ...but not hanging out means those bonds of friendship aren't as strong, which is one of the bigger draws to go to the DZ in the first place. It's a decision I'm still considering every day... that said, every day not jumping is a step towards the decision being made, no? Elvisio "contemplating my navel" Rodriguez
  2. ...adding to maxtreme's comment, will rotation be 180 degrees only, as with the GoPro, or will it allow 90 or 270 degree rotation? The profile of this camera looks like it'd be best for side-mounting on a helmet, although it also looks like it'd do better on a top mount than a GP.
  3. Five years of jumping at GSCPC in Bardstown, KY from number 1 to close to 1000. In all that time (once I was signed off to "self jumpmaster"), for all I learned from all those jumps, nobody ever asked me to pay for a coach jump, or pay for them to fly camera for me, or ask for anything as an organizer. It was just "hey, wanna jump? What are you working on, what sounds like a good plan?" They say you never forget your first love, I guess the same is with your first DZ. Elvisio "thanks, everyone" Rodriguez
  4. Back when I was jumping a Falcon 265, then the Saber I 190 (pre-Y2K), I'd wait until the needle was firmly planted at 2000' before pulling, knowing beyond a doubt that I'd have a fully inflated canopy about 50' later (that's what it felt like, at least). This was also at a Cessna DZ that only took us to 9500AGL, so it seemed like every foot counted back then. Now that I'm at a turbine DZ taking me to 13,500 and jumping a canopy where a typical opening burns 750-1000 feet, I'm more of a 3000' kind of guy. Anything higher than that and I worry about ending up in the crosshairs of somebody from the group before or after us that got lost along the way. Elvisio "will always have a soft spot in my heart for hop and pops out of the 180" Rodriguez
  5. They help keep the loads turning, then get out early so the rest of us have more room on the ride to altitude. What's not to love? Hmmm.... totally separate from our love for hop and poppers, maybe we should help ourselves out and implement a mandatory punitive Hop n Pop statute: -Fart on the plane or wear too much fucking Axe body spray? Hop/Pop, asshole. -Make us all sit in the sun and bake on the tarmac while you "run" slower than I walk to get to the tram because you couldn't be bothered to listen to the call? Hop/pop. -Slow the loading process becausee you simply can't seem to grip the idea that there cannot be empty seatbelts between you and the guy who sat down before you? Hop/pop. Elvisio "judge, jury, executioner" Rodriguez
  6. On Topic: I personally can't stand handicam. So you can guess what my thoughts on TWO of them are. WRT the quoted post: SUPERB, sir. I will now forever refer to that mounting style as the teletubby mount. Elvisio "guffaws like this are why I hang on" Rodriguez
  7. Blue ones, Reverend. I will always remember your smile. Elvisio "heavy heart" Rodriguez
  8. Awesome pic, great article with other pics. First time in a long time I've pulled my Parachutist out of the mailbox and stared at it slackjawed. Elvisio "glad to see two of my hobbies coming together" Rodiguez
  9. I agree that "it was an 'emergency' landing!" won't be a valid defense. I equate it to declaring an emergency when you are pilot in command of an aircraft: the FAA makes it clear that if you declare an emergency that you will be afforded every resource necessary and available to mitigate that emergency. It is one of the things I think the FAA gets right, and it is summed up in three words spoken by ATC: "Say your intentions." Love it. BUT, it does not mean you won't be responsible for your actions. If the emergency was caused by a screw-up of your own, plan on seeing what the inside of the frying pan looks like. Same thing here: if skydivers have been warned and still make conscious decisions to get out of the aircraft in a situation that puts them out over that private property, they need to be prepared to face the consequences. Sure, there may be no other outs at that time, and landing in his field sure beats being treed or dead. But, walking away with a tresspassing ticket is better than being driven out in an ambulance or a hearse as well. How many of us would support a hypothetical "government action" that allowed random people we didn't know to walk all over OUR property without our permission? Do what you can to appease him, don't try to find ways to piss him off further. Elvisio " not worth the fight" Rodriguez
  10. My guess: someone close to the DZ or the former TI, in "survival mode" and trying to pacify the public by stacking lies on top of lies. And, in the process, she makes all of us look like even bigger jackasses. Elvisio "sometimes I hate the internet" Rodriguez
  11. They're still at it: I saw a groupon for them in our area a few days ago. A friend of mine got in touch with me and asked me about them, thank Heavens: I was able to warn her off. She'll be jumping at Eloy soon! Elvisio "bastages" Rodriguez
  12. Whenever I have this problem and I look to the bottom of the screen to see what the browser is "working on" it seems to be "waiting for" an advertising site to load the ads on the page. Once they load, the rest of the page usually snaps up very quickly. Elvisio "my non-scientific observations" Rodriguez
  13. I would tend to agree with this. Paramedics have a protocol (written by their Medical Director aka Da Boss) for deciding when to withhold resuscitation, and while it does include simple stuff like decapitation or exposed gray matter it also includes a pretty full assessment including a neuro assessment and checking the EKG for electrical activity, things a layperson cannot do. SO, while I don't want to wade into the argument of "is it appropriate or not to start CPR on someone who hits at terminal" I do feel comfortable saying that for lay providers (or those trained in CCR or First Aid only) that CCR is like your reserve canopy: when in doubt, whip it out. If nothing else, you'll feel better knowing you did everything you could, even if the medics call it quits as soon as they get there. Elvisio "there's always the precordial thump" Rodriguez
  14. A quick Google search brought me to this page: About halfway down the page, under the title "Altitude and Specific Volume Correction" there is a list of altitudes and correction factors. For example, at 9900 feet it lists a factor of 1.39, or about a 40% increase. At first glance that might seem like a lot, and if your ostomy bag was full of gas to begin with, it could be trouble. But, again, if you're careful to empty the bag first, that 40% on top of the small amount of gas left in your bag after you empty it should be no problem. Elvisio "shoulda done my homework in the first post" Rodriguez