karenmeal

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    Skydive Lost Prairie
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    Freefall Photography
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  1. karenmeal

    I am breaking up with the poster above me because...

    Because I just found out he's married and his wife is way hotter than me! "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  2. karenmeal

    Left-handed or right-handed?

    Just a fun fact for you lefties.. Being a leftie offers some protection from a stroke. Folks who are left handed are less likely to lose their language abilities in the event of a stroke. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  3. karenmeal

    What did you get for x-mas?

    I got a roomba and a kindle. I feel like such a yuppie but I love them both! "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  4. karenmeal

    Skier or Snowboarder?

    I'm a snowboarder now. I used to ski but switched after a big knee surgery. I thought that I would be less likely to twist/torque my knee with my feet strapped down on one board. So far, so good. I think its true that it is easier to get to mastery of the harder stuff on a snowboard. By my second season snowboarding, I was pretty comfortable on all the terrain at Mt. Baker except for the out of bounds stuff. We're dying for some more snow out here in Montana. Here is a picture of some of the powder at our house last year. Just another Monday.. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  5. I'd offer $20 bucks.. but if I were on the other side of the equation I would refuse to accept the money. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  6. karenmeal

    One pissssed off chick! ;-)

    A good personal attack is nice every now and then. Just wanted to hold up a mirror to the OP. Now I'm going to go back outside and play in my garden. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  7. karenmeal

    One pissssed off chick! ;-)

    Not a problem.. as long as the male judges are at least 5'9"+ and not complete douche bags. I think it is literally impossible to have a conversation with a short man with a Napoleon complex without ending the conversation with some sort of insult. Although, I would be more creative than "you pig dog". It is spelled "heels" genius. It is beyond me why such a short man would like women in 8 inch heels. Just so long as they are not misogynistic assholes and are also over 5'9". Angry girls giggle plenty. It's when you're not looking... "just because" we're laughing at you. Be taller. We've been hiding so that we don't have to deal with douches like you. You might mistake that as an invitation. So basically, hell no. What the hell are you talking about? If the referent of "HE" is you, then no. I hope this helps. FYI - I'm under size 8, so you should know that I am in a position to judge you to the fullest extent that you judge women in general. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  8. karenmeal

    Married folks - joint or serparate bank accounts?

    If that works for you then that is great. Personally.. I could see issues cropping up if their was a significant income difference between spouses. It wouldn't seem right to me to be going around with a couple brand new rigs, custom embroidered expensive jumpsuits and my husband not being able to afford to jump.. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  9. karenmeal

    Married folks - joint or serparate bank accounts?

    I would say that I completely agree; however, it is his fun money and he is currently out cutting down trees and splitting firewood in 96 degree temperatures while I am at home (mostly) relaxing. Any other day though, bring on the World of Warcraft bashing! "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  10. karenmeal

    Married folks - joint or serparate bank accounts?

    Both. We have joint checking and joint emergency savings funds. Then we both get the same amount of fun money each month that we spend however we please. That way the husband doesn't ever have to hear me complain about him spending money on World of Warcraft and I can buy girly products without him saying anything. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  11. karenmeal

    Honest opinion about age difference...

    I was 19 and my husband was 28 when we first started dating almost 10 years ago. He broke up with me twice over the same concerns about the age difference. He soon realized that despite the age difference, we had the same maturity level. After a year of dating including 6 months of a long-distance relationship while I lived and worked in Australia, we moved in together and things have been good ever since. I think for a 19 year old I was fairly mature. I was self-supportive, had recently moved across the country to work full-time in skydiving and was very independent. The not being able to go to a bar thing was frustrating sometimes, but nobody ever checked my ID at a DZ campfire. As a now 28 year old I look at 19 year olds and wonder what the hell my husband was thinking! "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  12. karenmeal

    Is there still a DZ in Mount Vernon, Wa?

    No there is not. Perhaps sometime in the future there could be something, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. If you move to that area the closest choice would be Skydive Snohomish. There is also Skydive Kapowsin in Shelton but that's a bit of a drive from Mt. Vernon. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  13. karenmeal

    Worst/scariest "Holy shit" jump...

    When I had a couple hundred jumps I had a pilot chute in tow (or likely a pilot chute in my burble) after deploying at 4500. Instead of aggressively clearing the air over my back, I made a meager panicked attempt to clear the air and then went to my reserve. My main deployed completely and my reserve remained in the free bag fairly close to my feet. I attempted to contain the reserve between my legs to prevent it from deploying. Instead this knocked the locking stows loose and my reserve opened at the same time that the lines wrapped around my legs. I was stretched horizontal between my canopies with a squirrely reserve and had to improvise. I cutaway my main when I had clear air and disentangled my legs from my reserve lines. I was free of this garbage at 1000 feet and then had an uneventful landing. Lessons: Don't panic. Don't get lazy when tossing the pilot chute. In the event of a pilot chute in tow, aggressively clear the air over your back. Altitude saves lives. Despite making quite a few bonehead decisions on that jump, I really feel that this incident resulted in my becoming an extremely safety conscious jumper. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  14. Aeroflyer Airtime1 Big Sky Bob Moore DBCooper Deb Grannyinthesky Grimmie Happychick JohnMitchell & Vskydiver Karenmeal and Jeff Kdub Ladydyver & Dr. Dive Lucky lostpaulie (good luck finding him, though) Markus (Little Spoon) monkycndo NDFallrate Nidaho NWFlyer Olympia Sheepfucker Shell666 Skootz Skybytch & Keith Skych1k Tall Guy I will see you all from the first to the last Sunday. Would be there on Saturday but the banjo-playing-hubby is playing a gig! "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham
  15. Wow. I feel like my lady parts pale in comparison. "Life is a temporary victory over the causes which induce death." - Sylvester Graham