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  1. Hello To ALL..... Just checked in here, to find this thread.....Thanks to Each of your for your posts and good wishes......The worst Is now Over. I was discharged on Oct 20th.. " They turnt me Loose " " said I was Well " …. And I AM.... I had gone to Skydive The Falls on Saturday September 14th and after a bit of a wind hold it calmed down and they started sending up loads. I enjoyed a Nice 2 way from 12 grand with a long time buddy....The view of Niagara Falls during the climb to altitude was Fantastic . While Packing my rig afterwards, I found it to Be, a bit of an effort.. and I had to stop 3 times and sit to rest...… Hmmmm. Got home that night and was just feeling wrung out... No real pain, no numbness, but I felt lousy..It was around 10 or 11 pm and Nancy had already gone to sleep. I saw NO value in waking her and having her SIT in an E R waiting room, wondering and Waiting,,,, so I wrote her a note , left it where she could Easily Find it. and said " I am going to the hospital " Got there in a few minutes because it is only a couple of miles away. It was NOT busy and they took me in quickly. They did an EKG on me. and the next thing I knew they were calling for an anesthesiologist AND a surgeon !! Yikes !!!! Well they did a big time bypass on me , had me on a heart pump and a respirator throughout... I was out of it for a few days... and feel terrible about putting my FAmily through those first few days, post Op... I got great care from the doctors and nurses and a few in particular were top shelf, in their encouragement and insistance that I "get UP and get Moving"... I was walking around and improving each day, by about 2 weeks post op and little by little they removed the trach... and the drainage apparatus and the nasal feeding tube and got me back onto swallowing and a bit of a sense of normalcy... I have been Home now for 10 days or so, and I am pain free and no longer need the walker I had been using. Kind of glad we are coming into the end of the year as I am on a hiatus from work and will be doing Physical therapy and building up my appetite the next few weeks. I lost 22 pounds and was Under 170, for the first time since high school..... Anyway things are improving. I am proud that I Did NOT ignore my sense of malaise and instead sought medical care...... I was told I was getting close to a cardiac arrest..... Follow your instincts my Friends No One is bulletproof and certain issues CAN sneak Up on us... I feel blessed that in addition to Great Friends and Family, I also have a Guardian Angel or Two... sitting on my shoulders... Thanks skymama,,, for initiating this thread. I am glad that I checked in here,,, to Find it.... skydive often, skydive safely, skydive with friends . jimmytavino uspa # 9452 A3914 D12122
  2. jimmytavino

    Quick question from an old fart

    Answer..... Insignificant !!!! (when compared to the Cost of Staying On the Ground ,,,,, when you Really NEED some altitude ) .........
  3. It was 1972. I had never been in ANY airplane before.... So I was a 19 year old,,,,,just Looking for an Airplane Ride.... I was a sophomore at a College which HAD a "skydiving Club " .. 50 bucks got me ALL my training, my lift ticket, Gear, logbook and 1st Jump Certificate. I Really Enjoyed it, and since my next 4 static line jumps were only 10 dollars Each, I stayed with it.... Once I got to Freefall a jump at 3 grand cost me 3 Bucks, and 5 bucks, got us 7 - Five !!! Seldom went above That and so building freefall time was Slow Slooooow... Anyway, here I Am almost 47 years later, Not as active as I MAY have been in certain years PAst,,, but still Current, still safe, still " getting to the DZ " as often as I can. Lots of Good times , Great memories, Fantastic Skydives..... I Have made and Kept, MANY friends with whom I share a Love of the Sky... jmy... A 3914 NSCR 1817 " Skydive Often, Skydive Safely, Skydive with Friends "
  4. jimmytavino

    What was your safest parachute?

    An RW Challenger 240.... made by New England Parachute Co.
  5. jimmytavino

    Are the cameramans in danger of extinction?

    Excellent, DougH....
  6. jimmytavino

    Are the cameramans in danger of extinction?

    Can't we Do Both ??? Much easier, with a turbine dropzone, since there are More slots in the plane.... A C182 DZ,,,much simpler to manifest Two TMs, and 2 First timers, right??? Rather than the tandem Trio and a Solo....... If the marketing is good and the student is made Aware of the Options, then Both, would make sense. As for added cost???? Ah Hell just convince 'em to swipe a charge card....
  7. Don't we have to go through this every year? Rick, if you don't come, you're going to break Bradley's heart. He loves hanging at the Muff Trailer and eating your pretzels! Exactly...... what Miss Mama has SAID !!!!! Plus,,,, we Gotta Have the Mobile Muff Machine,, On site.... Rick,,,,, if you have Other matters of Pressing Importance... I suppose we'll have to deal with that... But IF that is the situation,,,, At least,,,,,, Please Send Deb !!!!! jimmy
  8. Assuming the jumper COULD don the rig AND exit OK..... then Yes. He or She WILL "LAND the Parachute " .... Gravity will see to THAT..... Now , Whether that landing will be upwind, downwind or crosswind is anyones guess....If the uninitiated person does Any sort of "toggle whipping " chances go Up that the Landing will be rough.... Unclear terrain.... the landing will be rough.... Open fields ??? Maybe survivable...... A round "emergency " Main. and the realization to "drop and roll" could improve the chances of NOT getting Killed " !!! Nasty Scenario, in Any Case.....
  9. jimmytavino

    Lost art of flat packing

    definitely Yes. to packing tabs My clouds All had them The RW Challenger(s) which I jumped for over 1,200 jumps... Malfunction - Free, had them and when I changed mains to The PD Spectre(s) about 15 years ago,,,, I was happy to see That THEY also had them... This gave me some silly sense of assurance, that it WAS OK to continue packing as I always had... Plus ,,, in a world of all too frequent conformity, I Like being Different jmytavino
  10. jimmytavino

    Lost art of flat packing

    I have been safely flat packing, since my first "square jumps " in 1974... and since I bought a second hand Cloud,,, in 1979..... STILL Do... I carry a packing mat AND drag mat with me, and set up in a shady area, soas to "not intrude " on the regular packing mat... Yes I Do "Move " my mat around, as the sun overtakes any Early morning Shady spot... thousands of pack jobs.... Just as quick as PRO Packers, and often quicker..
  11. jimmytavino

    Cheapest DZ in the dallas area

    I truly send you Good Wishes in your start to a skydiving career...
  12. Looks Like a StyleMaster... Center Pull...PC and Kicker Plate....
  13. Quote Nice Post... For Anyone who has ever enjoyed exiting a plane and Freefalling..... Try to Never say.. " My Last Jump / Skydive was..... " even IF it has been years ago or decades ago.... Instead try to say " My Most Recent Jump / Skydive was ..... " !!! See the difference?? jmyt
  14. jimmytavino

    182 Tattoo Help

  15. jimmytavino

    opening door during flight

    So you might be thinking of, what was it, the jumper in NY state who fell to his death at low altitude while trying to close a Cessna door that had popped open. Yes.............. we lost a Good friend due to those circumstances..... although you are incorrect to use the words... "fell to his death ".. seat belts WERE in use. Those In the cabin remained so, as the plane encountered the trees. The Deceased was on life support for about 5 days... and then succumbed to his injuries .