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  1. I'm selling my gear and won't be able to get down to the DZ to have the rigger take some measurements. Want to provide approximate measurements to possible buyers but don't really know what to measure. What are the areas I should measure to let a possible buyer know if it might fit them or not? Any help is appreciated. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  2. ...but so, so, so true "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  3. Fox - kicks the bird in the nuts "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  4. I think this somewhat hits the nail on the head. It also depends on how much skydiving is a part of your life when you become pregnant. Being that I only had 85 jumps when I became pregnant - it wasn't nearly the "sacrifice" to me as it may have been to someone who had been jumping regularly for years with many 100s of jumps. Also wasn't one of the people that "hung" around the DZ - I mainly came to jump, learn, and then headed home. With you Mailin, I think skydiving was not nearly to you what it may be to women who decide to continue to jump while pregnant. We have risks in our everyday life that we choose to accept or not accept. Even with the "necessary" risk of driving - you choose how aggressive to be behind the wheel. Some of us change those habits b/c that's what works for us and some of us don't. I have def. chilled out behind the wheel, going out, even working out as hard as I used to (mainly b/c I'm throwing up up about 5 times a day). Sometimes it doesn't even make sense to me - I give up skydiving and aggressive driving but I plan on going wave running and swimming withe the dolphins while on vacation (some might say that's a pretty big "unnecessary risk" but I choose it to be acceptable to me). But I don't think I've "given up my life" so to speak just b/c I'm pregnant. We all make different decisions for different reasons - doesn't make any of them right or wrong. Just makes it what works for and is acceptable to the person carrying the child. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  5. I'm pregnant. I jumped a few times until I found out when I was about 6 weeks along. Actually, the week before I found out, I was getting ready to head down to the DZ but just felt very light headed, kinda' queazy, etc. and decided that I just wasn't going to go that day. I did not jump after that day and shortly thereafter found out I was pregnant and decided to stop jumping for awhile (i.e. after I give birth and however long after that). That was just how I felt....for a variety of reasons. My OB/GYN believed that I would be ok to jump up until about 4 mos. but I just didn't feel it so I didn't.....for a variety of reasons, low jump nos., only jumped about twice a month, etc. Yes, I was aware of the inherit risk that came along with skydiving and yes that added to my decision to stop jumping but that was me. I see your points Chris but quite frankly feel those who jump AFTER they give birth are putting their children at risk as well - that's how I feel. Yes, you can plan all you want (life insurance, someone to take care of your children if you die, etc.) but YOU are making a decision for your child that may seriously affect how that child develops and who that child becomes. I don't know how I'll feel after I have a baby. I don't know if I'll be willing to take the risk and make my husband and child take the same risk in case I die. Yes, I know that we can all die in a car accident, etc. but I agree with you in that this something that is NOT a necessary risk so to speak. My opinion is that this is one of the MOST selfish sports anyway you cut it. While we as jumpers are willing to pay the ultimate price to satisfy our desires (some say "needs") to jump, we also make that decision for everyone who loves us, cares for us and depends on us. So in final, I guess I too fall into the catergory of it's a personal decision for the jumper and the immediate family of the jumper - as well as whoever has been given the responsibility to take care of that child if and/or when something happens to that jumper. Chris, I think you may be thinking about it so much b/c there really is not "right" or "wrong" answer - like most things in life it depends on the people and the situation. Edited to add: Before I became pregant, I thought A LOT differently about all this and truly believe I would be jumping my little butt off until I just didn't feel right. Turns out, I didn't feel right before I even found out I was pregnant but once I knew for sure, I just did not want to take the risk. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  6. And I third that one! "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  7. My user name gets crap. But my real name...well let me pre-empt this by the fact that apparantly I share the same name with some body building chick. She scares me. Only 4'11" but ripped beyone belief Here are the first three images that come up. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  8. I think so. Hey, what the fuck, are the Aussie's all asleep or something? SERIOUSLY! It's a quarter to 9:00 a.m. there - tomorrow "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  9. I like both. We bought a new one and yes it's cool to not have to worry about fixing stuff for awhile but like you said, our neighbors are up our butts and our yard is about the size of our 1 car garage. Hell around here, I'm happy just to HAVE a yard. Some older houses are cool - but again, they can have their issues depending on how well they were cared for and the construction requirements at the time they were built. I think of these lovely homes in Oceanside, CA a couple blocks from the beach, sitting on these cool ass hillsides built in the mid 50s. About a year ago, they all went crumbling down the hillside (arguments continue about whether it was old leaking pipes, overwatering by residents or construction that wasn't up to par). Each has it's pluses and minuses but all and all, I agree that the older the better - not to mention WAY more character and they don't all look exactly the same. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  10. Um yeah, instructors NEVER move around to different DZs ....or jumpers for that matter "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  11. I think San Diego attempted to steal a little bit of Elsinore's but I still like it better But at least Elsinore's website is updated - our website is only updated about every 4 years "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  12. Great idea...I'm looking at the Glock 27. Nice size for small hands. This is the one my hubs got me for my birthday. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. And after looking at quite a few, it seemed to be the perfect fit for my midget hands. However, if she already has one picked out, get her what SHE wants and not what YOU think she should have. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  13. I was forced to watch every freakin' game by the hubby. While I did develop somewhat of an appreciation for the sport and what good shape these dudes have to be in to keep going without any break (not to mention they are WAY hot when they take off their shirts ) - I was REALLY, REALLY put off by what a bunch of drama queen, cry babies they are. I mean if another player blows in someone's direction the player hits the ground grasping his knee and crying out in agony but then miraculously recovers to carry on for another me, a lot of those players (from ALL countries) are worse than the damn NBA drama queens. I particularly got real sick of Miss, Cry Baby Reynaldo. As for saying "yo mama" - WTF ever shit, well cry babies will be cry's just really too bad it has to take up so much time of what I learned could be a very interesting and entertaining sport if a lot of the players would just grow the fuck up and act like men. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  14. Ok, I'm sorry - I found it in the spam filter. Sorry "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix
  15. I searched for the answer and was unable to find one (sorry if I missed it). So if you block a user from sending you PMs, is there anyway to block them from your email as well? "Excuse me while I kiss the sky..." - Jimi Hendrix