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  1. Hi "High!!," Who you tryn' to kid???? Back in the day, we wouldn't let you on an R/W load if'in ya' had one of those "Black Boxes!!" 'Nothin worse than bein' in the middle of a great R/W load and this jerkoff's Black Box shoots off spittin' pilot chutes in everybody's faces!! That was then. 'Didn't bother us to "Not" have one!! Really though, we all did!!! "IT WAS THE ONE BETWEEN OUR EARS!!!!!!!" It's about your "Mind Set!!!" I didn't have a "Black Box." or a "RSL" or what ever!! In spite of "Not Having" these things we had to rely on our "Brain" and we did!!! 'Don't know if Bob Sinclair ever jumped with an AAD, but I do remember at Old Elsinore when everybody on the DC-3 had a "Ram Air" Parachute on except Bob and somebody asked him why he was still jumping "That Round??" He said, I'll get a square when I can't spot anymore!! He eventually got a square but it wasn't because he couldn't Spot!! Speaking of spotting?? So the GPS goes out!! Heaven forbid!, 'Think you can go to the door, look down from 14K and "Spot the load??" "5RIGHT AND CUT!!!!!!!" As R.L. Tycer would say to people who would obviously be behind the power curve, "Knowledge is Power, dumb ass!!!!" And then there was Carlos Gene. BSBD, III%, skybill-out PS I really liked the old Snyder AAD with the 2 wires on the altimeter and the on off switch, ya' turned it on above a grand (where the wires would complete the circuit, and turn it off under canoy!!) Ya' had to use ye noggin!! None of this click it and ferget it!! Ya' could use one of those on a R/W load because it didn't have that "Back up" that would malfunction!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  2. Hey Cluster...., The part in yer poll line up 2nd from bottom about the "ESPRESSO MACHINE!!!!" OK here's the deal and I've mentioned this many times before!!!! First, "Get some Good Coffee!!! 'Especially Espresso good stuff!!, Never mind the "Demitase" cup, get a 12 oz. Beer mug!! Got That!! We're going Capuccino so get ready! In the MUG......Put 1 Jigger of Coffee Liquor (Kalua or the like) 1 Jigger of Irish Cream (Emmets or the like) 1 Jigger of Jamesons 1 Jigger of "Dark Rum" More if you dare! 1 jigger of Amaretto, Franjellico or the like!! 1 jigger of "What ever tickles your fancy at this point!!"Do up the espresso and when the steam comes up put the mug with all this stuff under the steam spigot and "Froth it up!!" When the coffee is done, pour the whole craffe in the mug !! Ya' can top it off with some whipped cream and cinnamon !! E-N-J-O-Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Need I say more? I love the stuff!! Ya' now those Krupps 'Mini Espresso" machines?? I've run 3 of those to the point where the boiler "Blew up!!!" Needless to say, I keep Krupps in the "Front line!! PS if ya' think the quantities I mention are gettin' "Up There" keep the same line up but cut the Jamesons on down by 1/2 and you'll be OK!! And as Rob Crumb said in one of his old ZAP Comix,...."Keetechy coo you Bastards!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  3. Hi "Cluster &%#$, Back in the day of Round Parachutes , Iron Men, "Women were proud of that!" TEN-MAN, Small Door Beech 18's, lots'a Cali. Desert Dust and 100*F+ air temps., if ya' survived "That" every thing else including Getting Drunk at Dick & Marilyn's "Rumbleseat" Tavern, Cardinal Puff (Puff for the Third and Final time!!) demos, and ya' made it back to yer "HOME!!!" you are worried about how you feel on Monday and have to go to work?? Sheesh?? Get a Grip!! About 10 AM you'll be sittin' at yer bench with yer 2nd cup of coffee with this "Glazed over" expression in yer eyes because it just hit you that you were in the first ever 20 WAY Skydive at your DZ this weekend and the Whuffs "Haven't Got a Fu@#^% Clue??"......... You feel "Fine!!" I was in my 20's and 30's then and I was "INVINCIBLE!!!!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  4. Welcome to the brave new world with "interesting weather" Haven't you guys figured out the deal yet!!!! Geeze!! On the night before the "Big Weekend" We have to have a "Virgin sacrifice herself to a 'SkyGod' in the Pea pit at the stroke of Midnight!!" or the Wx God will "Piss On Us!!!" GOT THAT FOOLS!!!!! heheheheheheh!!! PS, it also usually puts His Majesty The Reaper in a Good mood and he doesn't get too antsy with his Blade!! Also, I got my carcass back in the air on Sat. after a 8.5 year layoff starting with my blown out right deltoid arm muscle!!!! "Red Sky Re-Entry Dive wit C.J. at Gold Coast!!" God it's Great being back in the Sky!!!! Once under canopy I draped out an Flew my "SKULL & BONES FLAG" Sammy Skull, His Majesty The Reaper's Royal Scribe finally got some "Air Time" so I'm sure his Big Boss the Reaper will be happy for a while, "BUT" don't let your Guard down, as Sam will say,"SAFE SKYDIVING IS EVERYBODY'S JOB!!!" Anyway boyz and gurlz, Skybill & Sam are Back!!!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  5. That's how I was trained and I'm still here.
  6. Hi Tony, WOW!! That was quick!! 'Reminds me one time of a Whuff watching a "Demo" with "Smoke" and he commented,"That's how they fly so Fast like that, It's those little "Jets on their feet!!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  7. OH I forgot, Man,,,,, My ol' Rigger bud from Grumman, Joel Albinowski, had some PC jumps and had his rig with him and wanted to "Tag" our jump, he hadn't jumped in "A While" so he just wanted to do a "10SD" He went off nice and Stable and I thought, "Damn, he could'a come with us and we'd a had a 5 WAY!!!!" Oh well, was fun back when...almost 39 years ago now!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  8. What whuffo questions annoy me the most???......None of them...really. Like, they're Whuffs', Whiskey Tango Foxtrot did you expect from them?? Remember, before "WE" took the "Leap of Faith" we too were whuffs' once!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  9. OK boyz and gurlz, "WHEN IN DOUBT, WHIP IT OUT!! As my sky-bud "Sammy Skull," His Majesty the Reaper's Royal Scribe would say,"When ya' pass thru 3-5 ya', got about "5" to 2-5 when ya' should dump!! If, ya' know ya' left 3-5 over 5 seconds ago dum-dum....Do I really have to tell ya',"IT'S TIME TO PULL >>>NOW!!!!" .... Sam and I have lurked more Craters than we care to have. Rather unfortunate for those that tried to snort more dirt than they thought they could... "Quote: Dirty Ed" Any way, every Crater tells a Story and generally, all of them could have been prevented by judicious Deployment a Parachute at an appropriate altitude!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  10. Hi Jim, My Heart goes out to you and yours. Not much else I can say. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  11. But a "Man Hole Cover" with "Cool". After all, you have been to Kill Devil Hills. Sparky Hi Spark, As an old resident of the "Eastern Carolinas" for a few years, I "hear tell" of why they called it "Kill Devil Hills." It seems the old "Rum Runners" usedta' bring up their contraband cargo up on them thar hills. "RUM" that "elixir" of the Gods was "nick named" "Kill Devil" as it was suppose to "Kill The Devil in ya'!!!!!" 'Drank enough of it, I should know!!!" "Cuba Libre's para tu!!!" III% SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  12. Hi Bob Butt (and MJ), "Dirty Billy" What a guy!! Made some jumps with him on 4th of July weekend at Parker AZ "1975" To start with Don Hansen organized the "Event" we had a Premo Beech 18 (H) model from Leo Pike , an Airmail contract pilot from Bakersfield!! (H) model had the stretched (Higher) cabin interior and would climb like a home sick angel!! We took off from Chino that Saturday morning after we got some breakfast at "Flow's!!" then on to Parker! Since "Dirty Billy" "Knew" the area at Parker, "He Spotted!!" Mistake #1 !! Got under canopy, Airport? what airport? Oh That's it over there.....on the horizon!!! Oh! that was just the beginning of a "Fun!" weekend! At least I got a "Splashdown"(Sat. sunset) in the middle of the Colorado River in front of the Blue Water Marina under my 28' LL get picked up by a ski boat that we got to help us out, as I came up the ladder this dude shoves a "Ice Cold Budweiser!!" into my grubby fist!! What a water jump!! Thx for the spot Billy!! Some of the people there that weekend, Me, My (Ex) Chris, Chuck Knight, Chet Bennett, Jay Mejia, Dirty Billy, Don Hansen (organizer,) Madam Salley and others, have o dig out my logs to be sure who else!............... RIP Billy!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  13. You Guyz!! 'Ya jumped with "The" Chuck Blue!! Yup, me too!! 'Useta' hang at Raeford!! Just happened to be at the DZ the day he "Retired from the Army!!" had to go to work and Drive "Truck" "Over the road, long haul Big Glass for Schneider Specialized" that evening so I couldn't partake of the juice!! Oh well, we still made a bunch of jumps together and "Partied Hardiest!!" 'Must say, Chuck is a "Good Friend!!" BTW Wendy, by the time I met Chuck it was hard to tell who was more "Rurant??" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  14. Hi Charlie, MC-5 The dude that said it lands like a cow is almost right, more like a big sack of fresh Bull Sh#t!!!!! 'Usedta; watch the Army guys land those things at Raeford, what a joke!! Even if they are brand new they still (read above!!). 'Definitely needs' to try some new stuff, A Navigator or some other similar canopy. I'm "Old" and my bones don't bend like they usedta' so I have a Stiletto 190!! She's a sweetheart! Powder puff landings!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  15. Hey wally, I concur, 'Tried Faceplant for 20min, 'bout puked, like after 20 beerz!! BARF!! Guez' we're in "The Twilight Zone!!" "That place between light and Shadow!!?" Got Gunz??, III% SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  16. Hi "Cat Lady!!" Funny how that goes!! There was Many more, all great kitties!! "Lucky" is the "Survivor!!" A little solid black short hair with the sweetest disposition! We found each other 29 June 1999 and she and I are still together!! (she was only 5 weeks old when found) So you have a couple of kitties in your life!! That's wonderful. When one of them crawls under the covers, curls up next to your chest and purrs like a chainsaw, I think you have a Keeper!! That's my "Lucky!!!" Blue skies, cat lady!!, III%, skybill-out SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  17. Hi Nick, 'Still a month till St. Pat's day 17MAR, "Green Beer!!!" "The Reading of the 'Names'" a tradition at "Big Harry's" every St Pat's Day,Paul "Big Harry" would put an old fashioned "Irish Wake" in memory of all his(and our) friends and patrons that have passed on. Paul would take the stage with "the List" and Peanut,Paul's drummer, would ring the bell behind the bar when a name is read. My late wife Peggy's name is on the list. I will be there. For anyone in the Fayetteville NC area, "Big Harry's" 3030 Ft. Bragg Rd. across the street from the Cadillac Ranch. "Interesting observation" about the sport!! I concur. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  18. I have that issue in my archives too!!!!!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  19. Hi Pat, Yup, you got it!! I recall down at Otay, Don Whilldin used to mention that about the Floyd Smith-Les Irvin connection. A relative of Floyds', Prevost Smith (I believe he was Floyds' son but am not sure??) had a shop out by Santee. Whilldin also had his shop near by. Otay? remember Otay, back in the day of Jim McDonald's "Borderlands Air Sports Center!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  20. 'Having worked with and jumped with Bob, I couldn't help but have a good laugh when I read that!! Bob, I'll be in NC for St. Patrick's Day the "Reading of the 'Names'" at Big Harry's Tavern. I'll be in touch. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  21. Hi Nat, You have your "List," which I might say is a good thing. But just beware, behind your "smiles," yours and his, lie "Your Demons!!" That is the "List" you will have to do major battle with!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  22. Hey Flibby!!!, You Got It!!! Not the same dive but "Close!!" That photo has to be a couple of years later, look at all the "Whilldin Rigs!!!!!"( I see at least 3) When I got my SCR 80% of the guys still had belly wart rigs! But that "Dirt!" That Otay Dirt!! like the current Country song says,"Makes you wanna' build a 10% down white picket fence house on that Dirt!!!!" BSBD!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  23. Now yesterday here in La., the 23rd of DEC was the 42nd anniversary of my "Official" SCR dive at Otay, Ca. in 1972, Went pin with Jim Gerardin Base and Got the 10-MAN!! Time sure flies when yer having fun!!! 'Got # SCR-2034. a couple of weeks later, 07JAN1973 at Otay we were doing an SCR dive for Ed Pettit and figuring the entry order on the ground after the dive I came in 8th!! I yelled,"WOW!, I got my SCS!!" That was 2 cases of Beer on that dive!! My # SCS-680. Man that Beer sure tasted "Good!!!!!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  24. Hi Fast, Last few years it's been Country, Classic Country, Southern Rock and Blues. Funny how when I grew up here in La., WNOE in New Orleans was Top 40 Rock and some years ago they went "COUNTRY!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  25. Hi rdu, "Ma Death," Dana Hanbury. III%, SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out