fallfast69

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  1. I took my two youngest kids in January, 18 and 16. I'm sure as hell not rich, but my wife and I paid the 500.00 for jumps and video. If they really want to continue, they'll figure out a way to pay for it... Jon
  2. Sure she did...got video..you know what they say Jon
  3. I'm not going to make a long post about GirlFallDown, but I really, really miss her humor. Bonfire just hasn't been as much fun since she's been gone. Sorry, I'm gettin' a little drunk...her, her...fuck her... Jon ps, there ain't but a few people I wish to meet from dz.com, I just feel she is someone I was deprived of meeting someday...
  4. Like I said...it's time well spent...most of the learning will come to you while you're on the ground. Experience comes from the jumps...suck everything you can from around you while you are in a position to learn, ie, on the ground. Take that knowledge with you in the air. Yes...the wind sucks...or blows... Jon Edit cuz iz stupid an dunno how ta type reel good
  5. ahhh...yesss...the old "wind" thing...when you can snatch the pebble from my hand...no, that's not the one, it's...oh well, nevermind. If you spent time at the dropzone during a wind hold, it is time well spent in learning something that will help you be a better skydiver...patience grasshopper... Jon
  6. Yes it is...real ice cannot be driven on. If a 10 or 15 mph wind pushes you sideways, you cannot drive on it. Ice, packed ice, snow, packed snow, are all different. If a gust of wind can blow you off the road, it is un-driveable. If you haven't seen a condition like this, you haven't seen the condition that we are speaking of. Jon ps Sorry 'bout your buddys Chevy...that sucks edited to add the ps
  7. I'll dig out my Piglet and snap some pictures of the diaper this weekend...I can prolly post them on Monday...k? Jon
  8. I don't think I did, I guess my thoughts were it wasn't an emergency save...that rigger was either Mike McGowen or...hell, Russell, was it Chaffin or Coker? I think Bob Chaffin... Jon
  9. Did a canopy transfer in the early 80s. Had a 26 navy conical reserve and a Lite Cloud main. Prolly one of the scareist things I've ever done in my life. I was the only one in the plane and the only witness was Forrest McBride, the pilot. I didn't have enough jumps to know better at the time... Jon
  10. A "ringing" sound in you ears after opening is an indication of a hard opening...thus the phrase "that opening rang my bells"...that's a hard opening...right? Jon
  11. I bought my 136 brand new in, 92 I think. Still jumpin it to this day. Loading it about 1.3. Never had a problem with it except a broken A line on opening once...canopy flew fine and I landed it (thanks to Bill Jackson for the same day line replacement
  12. Yep, I always thought the "frap wrap" was the system on the Strong Eagle. I still have the rig somewhere, but I believe I had it converted to 3 rings in the early '80s.
  13. ...start rant With all due respect...skydiving isn't about you, it's about me! I commend all who have given so much to to this activity. Alot of us owe a great deal to those who simply jumped with us...so that we could learn. I hope the days of "paid coach" jumps are limited because it sends the wrong message to our new people - spend money and you will be a better (safer?)skydiver. Although this can be true in certain circumstances, it isn't really what jumping is all about, unless your paying professional coaches for teams in competition. Going through a coach course doesn't make you a coach no more than sleeping in a garage makes you a car, or getting a teaching certificate makes you a "teacher". You are either competent to teach in a certain field or you aren't. Every skydive you make teaches you something, whether you are with a "coach" or not. Maybe it's a little something about canopy control, wind, your equipment...something is going to be learned. Longevity in skydiving is attained by learning as much as you can, not necessarily as "fast" as you can. I have a deep respect for anyone that tries to earn a living skydiving, but I have no tolerance torwards anyone that tries to look at skydiving with a marketing angle that goes beyond what jumping is really supposed to be. It's not supposed to be about money or membership numbers (ie Chris Needles), it's supposed to be about "me". Thanks for a thought provoking post Lisa ...end rant Jon
  14. Thanks! I just love reading about the old days. Skydiving took guts back then... Jon
  15. This is the most important part of the jump. I've gone out of a Comanche a half dozen times over a few years. The first time we tried was an attempt. The plane doesn't want to fly with the door opened and pushed out into the airstream as far as it needs to be to get out. The plane had to be slipped to the left with the nose down, gear down (iirc), power reduced. It is losing altitude pretty fast while being flown like this, but the exit is priceless! The pilot prolly will not be able to close the door all the way after it is opened during flight. Check and become very familiar with all of the latches and handles that could snag your gear while your getting out. Remember, this is a dangerous jump for you, the pilot and the plane! Have fun Jon
  16. That show was titled "To Serve Man" It was about aliens coming to earth to help out with new and improved ways of human life. They gave the earthlings a book called "To Serve Man", written in their alien language. After a long relationship with the aliens - were we were sending our people to their planet we finally deciphered the book...it was a cookbook on how to serve "man". yummy...
  17. do you realize: if he had been packed, we might never have known about this. GP or the FAA Inspector might never have seen anything. the jumper could have exited at a reasonable height, a half mile or more away from takeoff. if that happened, the use of the illegal rig would be as visible as, well, the undetected seatbelt and sobriety violations... And, God forbid, he bounced? I just don't see how anyone can justify his intentions. As for Peek and Dixie, he's a grown man and can do whatever the hell he wants...just as the balloon/base jumper was attempting to do whatever the hell he wanted, he just got caught. I really don't care either way, frankly - except the issue seems to illustrate the fact that, to some degree, there seems to be a lack of integrity involved in both sports. This has been one of the most discouraging and image damaging threads that has ever been posted on DZ.com. Jon
  18. do you realize: if he had been packed, we might never have known about this. GP or the FAA Inspector might never have seen anything. the jumper could have exited at a reasonable height, a half mile or more away from takeoff. if that happened, the use of the illegal rig would be as visible as, well, the undetected seatbelt and sobriety violations...
  19. And you had the nerve to charge me and my friends $50 each...WTF Russ? Jon
  20. Ya just gotta love this guy! Jon