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Posts posted by Nataly

  1. On 9/19/2021 at 5:18 AM, riggerrob said:


    I am currently reading Jessica Bruder's book "Nomadland." I also saw the documentary by the same name a few months back.

    They detail the lives of a new class of Americans who live in tents, vans, truck campers, converted buses and even Winnebagos as they move from one seasonal job to the next. Many were middle-class until they were bankrupted by divorce, closing factories, etc.

    How many dz.commers have lived and worked out of a van parked beside a DZ?

    Yep.  I have lived out of my car, at friends' couches, on a small boat, in a tent...  Amazing what you can accomplish when you lose everything and have to start from scratch.  You realise that at least you keep your skills, your friends (not all of them), your resilience...  You try things you wouldn't normally try.  And if/when the same thing happens again you fight HARDER to hang on so you DON'T lose everything all over again.  You learn, you grow.

    Yeah, it gets old fast but if it's what you gotta do, it's what you gotta do.

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  2. 17 hours ago, TriGirl said:

    I decide on a hiatus from actual jumping back in 2014 -- anxiety over whether I would get over anxiety to jump on the one day I was available before travel again... just wasn't worth it.  My rigger has my rig until I get back home and am ready to visit the sky again (I hear it will still be there when I'm ready to return). Unfortunately I've also had to suspend judging while I'm in this particular job (note my current location), due to many factors:  location, job stress, and finally COVID (too much effort to prepare for travel, then lack of flights means travel takes WAY too long).  

    Bright side -- I'm almost finished with this tour and get to move back to Florida ("bright side" is I live near ZHills, not that I'm excited about Florida lately!).

    Mmmm...  When anxiety kicks in, you either have to push through or else resign yourself to the fact it's probably wiser to leave well enough alone...

  3. I think many of us have put things on hold this past year...  All I can say is that the sky isn't going anywhere and try to make sure you are good and ready to get back out there.



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  4. 11 hours ago, piisfish said:

    PM me your number :rofl:

    I'm surprised I never gave it to you in all these years!  Hahahahaha!!

    Actually, not that surprised...  I have a love/hate relationship with phones / WhatsApp / Facebook / TV...  I dip in and out...  I can spend MONTHS disconnecting...  Even my work colleagues and/or recruiters are baffled that this day and age I could live "totally without a phone in the midst of being near-bankruptcy"... 

    But somehow, when it matters, people always manage to get in touch with me xD  Proving that every kind of bullshit you hear is just that: bullshit!  You only live once (as far as I know!)...  You should (try to!) enjoy that journey & not cow-tow TOO MUCH to what society imposes on you.  ]:)

  5. 3 hours ago, SethInMI said:

    lol. what are you up to Nat? trying to make great again by bringing back the naked post whore glory thread? Dick and boob pics, that's what we need around here.

    On the theme of male nudity, we were talking about putting together a naked jump last week, and it caused me to think back on my one and only nude jump like 15 years ago and how I was soooo happy it was co-ed and not just a sausage fest. But nowadays, I don't care as much, and I am not sure why, I think as I get older I have seen enough dicks (well mostly just mine over and over) that getting an eyeful of dick just isn't as big a deal as it once was. shrug.

    Hehehehe!  Yeah, I got busy being "serious" for a couple of years...!!  Hahaha!!  (Not really!)

    Yeah, I've always thought that people who have hang ups about nudity are the ones that can't admit to themselves that they have problems - hehe! :p;P

    I can't count the number of times asswipes tried to "protect me" by giving me stupid advice on what I should and shouldn't be doing!!  Bah...  Idiots are everywhere...  It is what it is!!

  6. I must be weird...  I LOVE a good dick pic!!  It's a vulnerable "look at my fertility" nod to a primitive attraction!!!  I take it as a bold, hopeful step that men wish would lead to an exchange of naughty pictures from my end!  It's possibly the highest compliment and/or show of trust (in my twisted mind)!

    We forget that we are all just animals trying to procreate!!  I mean...  SOMETIMES (actually, almost always! Haha!) it's just plain inappropriate...

    But that's precisely the point!!!  It's naughty and sexy and can we PLEASE stop shaming men for doing it??!

    Now...  That is NOT an open invitation to all send me your penises...  I'm sure somewhere in my archives I still have your dick pic thread!!  ;P]:)

    Just wanted to put it out there as a Friday food-for-thought.  Some of us LOVE your dicks and treat them with care and respect and I know I speak only for myself but a pair of testicles never scared me either (because I have teeth - ah ha ha ha ha!!!)

    Take care and happy naughty Friday :seenoevil::hearnoevil::speaknoevil:

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  7. Hiya peeps!

    Well well well...  I am so freaking excited / nervous / scared-shitless...!  After 7 long months of feeling like a useless turd (!), finally something to be excited about ^_^:p  See attached screenshot - after a rigorous, and incredibly tedious (and also really awesome) vetting / re-training / selection process, I have be hired!

    Oh, I haven't been spending my days sleeping / crying under the duvet (although some days it was tempting), but this past year has really tested my resilience, belief in myself, confidence in life, et cetera, et cetera.  I've seen so many ugly sides of myself literally (I'm thinking of pj's I have had to throw away they were so embarrassing) and figuratively, as I begged, pleaded, even seriously considered "alternative" employment in the form of prostitution - just to make ends meet (and don't get me wrong, I am not actually anti-prostitution between consenting adults, but seriously, I am 40...  I don't think my going rate would be worthwhile!!!  Hahahahaha!!!).

    It really had me asking "who am I ???"  I dug really, really, REALLY deep.  I didn't like everything I saw, but hey ho, we are all flawed...

    Aaaaaaaaanyway, in December, I heard the UK was training people to become Vaccinators.  I thought fuck it.  Fuck everything.  I want to step OUT of my ego and do something for OTHER PEOPLE.  It's not well paid.  It doesn't help me with my financial situation.  It's not in sunny south of France...  In so many ways it feels counter-intuitive to go straight into the eye of the storm, but these are once in a lifetime experiences (one hopes :mask:>.<) and I am available / free to do it.  I am a firm believer that you should put your money where your mouth is (ie: don't just talk about it...  Fucking DO IT.)

    I'm so fucking sick of "whoring" myself out on LinkedIn.  Maybe this will be the stupidest thing in a long list of stupid things that I have done, but fuck it.  Just FUCK IT.

    Ok...  Now that I have vented...  ;P:rofl::rofl:;P

    The main point was this: Does anyone know people in Southampton, UK??  Looking for accommodation starting from early April!!

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  8. On 3/7/2021 at 11:50 PM, wmw999 said:

    It was on Facebook; she passed away about a year ago, after a fairly long period of declining health. She'd abused her body with addiction earlier in life (and was up front about it), and it just gave out basically.

    Wendy P.

    Oh man, that's so sad.  And also sad to have lost touch so badly.  Back in the days she used to send me fun stickers and confetti in the post. 

    May she RIP :`(

  9. On 2/13/2021 at 2:08 PM, gowlerk said:


    My fault and I'm probably wrong. It is likely just my bias that makes me feel they are correlated.


    Hahahaha!!!  Wasn't a criticism - just found it genuinely interesting that 2 people felt they were connected!!! 

    And actually I suppose you are both right...  The same way that the glass can be half-full and also half-empty at the same time...  And it would be just as accurate to describe the glass as two times too big for the amount of water :rofl:

  10. 1 hour ago, Phil1111 said:

    See below, Joe was right. If everyone keeps it up she won't need a AC to get to 12.5



    Awww fuck me...  I actually googled "AC to get to 12.5" and still don't know what it means :seenoevil:

    Please tell me so I know the appropriate emoji response!!

  11. 4 hours ago, wmw999 said:

    I think Nataly just won SC for the day :rofl:

    Wendy P.


    Wow!!!  I would like to thank all the white people who helped me achieve this great honour.  And also my parents for being white ^_^B) 

    PS: Can I put "winner of SC - 11 February 2021" on my CV??!!!  :rofl:

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  12. 3 hours ago, brenthutch said:

    Someone better tell her about white privilege because she OBVIOUSLY didn’t get the memo.


    I'm going to go on a limb and guess that you are inferring that the link to the video is yet more evidence that a black person has succeeded ergo white privilege is a myth?

    I'm not sure that's what you meant...  I am only inferring based on the fact you have pulled out this same bad argument many times already now...

    It's interesting that you attacked another poster on the basis that English is not his native language.  English is not my native language but I think I am at least using good logic in my arguments.  You, on the other hand, appear not to be fluent in logic, so let me educate you (guide you out of - but I can't force you to learn)...

    a - the video was a reference to the mental gymnastics it takes to make the kinds of arguments you are making in order to deny the existence of white privilege.  It was a joke / attempt at humour.  Apparently lost on you as well.  Nevermind - I thought I was hilarious and as I am mostly trying to entertain myself on here, mission accomplished!  :clap::clap: ( <-- self-congratulation on making myself laugh)

    b - How are you making logical fallacies??  Let me count the ways...  ( <-- nerdy reference to victorian poem)

          1 - Ad Hominem / Tu Quoque (litterally - "against the man" / "you too").  These 2 logical fallacies are similar in that you attack the person as "proof" that the argument is bad.  This is more than just becoming exasperated and calling someone names.  This goes one step further and happens when someone makes the claim that "the other person is an idiot," therefore his/her argument must be stupid.  This is an illogical leap.  The "look who's talking" attack does not prove or disprove the person's statement.

    In assessing whether and argument follows good logic, it doesn't matter who is saying it only matters what is being said.  Because even a moron can make a good point.  An argument stands alone and it is either good or it is bad, period.  In fairness to you, you are not the only person on here guilty of this crime against logic.

          2 - Non Sequitor ("does not follow").  A, therefore B, therefore EARRING.  No logical / correct link. 

    Example of good logical sequence: All of Quebec is in Canada.  All Canada is in North America.  Therefore All of Quebec must also be in North America.  

    Example of bad logical sequence: All of Quebec is in Canada.  All Canada is in North America.  Therefore Quebec must be full of cunts.  The first two statements are not proof of or linked to the third, which may or may not be correct.

    Example of non sequitor statement: there are barriers to success, but it is still possible to succeed, therefore there is no white privilege.  (there is no logical connexion between "possible" and "harder")

          3 - Circulus in Probando (circular reasoning).  The argument refers back to itself as evidence that the argument is correct = bad logic.  

    Example: We know certain traits make you successful.  How do we know?  Successful people have these traits. 

    Example: We know Muhammad wrote the Kuran.  How do we know?  It says so in the Kuran.  (it doesn't really say that and was probably dictated by Muhammad & written by a scribe)

    Example (not made by you): America is the best place to live because it's better than any other country.  (the argument loops back to itself as proof of itself - it's better because it's better)

          4 - Red Herring Fallacy (throwing in irrelevant statements to distract - often to avoid uncomfortable truths).

    Example: Let's face it everyone struggles.  (error in logic: this has nothing to do with how much different people struggle and whether patterns of struggle exist and whether there are mechanisms at play that favour one group versus another.  Yes, everyone struggles.  Irrelevant in the debate about white privilege.)

    Example: What about Asian privilege?  (Again: irrelevant to the debate about white privilege.  A distraction tactic - and a bad one at that.)


    I could go on...

    My point?  Your arguments do not follow good logic.

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  13. 2 hours ago, brenthutch said:

    No but you sure put a hurting on logic:rofl:

    There ARE traits that predict success, they include but are not limited to: self reliance, competitiveness, work ethic (I left out the Protestant part), objective rational thinking, high valuation of success and wealth, adherence to time schedules, delayed gratification and the nuclear family.  

    Notice I did not mention skin tone.




    PS: it's so devastating that you've managed to cram so much nonsense into fewer than 60 words.  I am in awe.


  14. 2 minutes ago, brenthutch said:

    No but you sure put a hurting on logic:rofl:

    There ARE traits that predict success, they include but are not limited to: self reliance, competitiveness, work ethic (I left out the Protestant part), objective rational thinking, high valuation of success and wealth, adherence to time schedules, delayed gratification and the nuclear family.  

    Notice I did not mention skin tone.




    It's ok, I don't expect everyone to recognise good logic.  ^_^

  15. Here is a different analogy to beat the dead horse further...

    Consider dog breeding.  A narrow set of criteria define the "desirable" traits in a purebred dog. 

    These will include things like level of aggression (more or less desirable if a "work" dog vs. a "lap" dog), size (bigger or smaller will be desirable according to the breed - some breeds becoming so small as to have major health issues, because they are just so darned "cute" when they are teeny tiny), colour (in some breeds, blue eyes are unacceptable, in others considered the best colour), et cetera, et cetera, depending on the breed.

    Over many many years of selection, a purebred dog's DNA has less and less variation and this results in "beautiful" dogs with "desirable" traits.

    I think everyone already sees where I am going with this, but I will take the argument to its end and beat that horse just a little more dead...

    ---- break for unnecessary emoji: B) ----

    Now, the breeders think they are producing the "best dogs".  But are they the best dogs??  Only according to their breeders...!  Comparing them to the dog population at large, purebreds are inbred, weak dogs that wouldn't even survive if they weren't given lots of extra help.  They have health issues that include difficulty breathing (flat face), brittle bones, early dementia, stupidity, and a whole host of other health / psychological problems that are passed down from generation to generation.  There is no diversity in their genes...  But gosh they are pretty!  Nevermind their life expectancy is about 1/3 that of a mutt... 

    If the only criteria for a dog is that it should be beautiful...  I suppose to some people, that means a purebred is the best dog. 

    If what you really want is to find the best companion, I think you need to consider more things than just "is it beautiful"...  And you also need to look other places to find the right one (ie: not limit yourself to breeders, but also going to the SPCA, shelters, pet stores, the internet, et cetera).  Searching wider will take more effort but you are more likely to end up with the right companion for you (and that might still be a purebred but at least you really considered all the options).



  16. 1 hour ago, BIGUN said:

    He never said that. But, I don't like this video for a different reason. The outcome was manipulated. If you know the answers to the questions then of course, you're going to have that type of outcome. We could take the same exact group and ask different questions that produce a completely different result. 

    Having said this; you and I have a different frame of reference with a military background. I'm not denying that there is a form of cultural bias in the civilian world, but you and I come from a world where everyone is green and our frame of reference is skewed from those who have not served, and we had to rely on many ethnicities as part of our team and all were held to the same standard. 


    I only spent 7 years in the Canadian military but I saw White Privilege at play there as well... 

    More diversity for the NCO's but almost 100% white male for Officers...

    I saw change and improvements in my time there and since, but it took active efforts to recruit differently and there was a huge backlash and criticism when they did so... 

    I can see why it would be seen as positive discrimination to try and correct an imbalance, but there is no perfect solution to any problem...