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  1. Sorry Jerry - just an urban legend, that one: Here's to Nat and Rocco (that was his name, right ) banging away on their 75th anniversary.
  2. Here's to decades of hot sex and clean counters. Congrats!
  3. No-one pays list in the commercial aircraft world. What the discounts on a DHC-6-400 are, I have no idea. A second-hand one with < 400h has an asking price of just under $6m USD:
  4. I've jumped with someone on a VX 149. I like it any idea what they had for a wingloading? He was not the smallest guy around. I don't recall the exact wingloading, but it was in a normal VX range for the early-mid-2000s. So probably 1.7-2.0? I vaguely recall him putting the canopy up for sale after he lost some weight.
  5. Halloween is a Christian festival. It's a contraction of "All Hallow's Eve", because 1 November is "All Saints Day". The fact that the Christian church placed Halloween right on top of Samhain is no accident. And Samhain is where the offerings and spirits of the dead traditions come from... So yeah, if you want to support a religious holiday, keep the name Halloween, ditch the candy and hedonism and go to church like you should. If you're a bit looser and like life a little on the darker side, get your freak on and go celebrate the liminal festival of Samhain.
  6. Accent? I'm reaching, but it's the only thing I can think of that could be different and visible in the first three seconds. Maybe he thought you were someone else? You maybe look like an old acquaintence or something? Or he's a total dick.
  7. Speaking someone who writes software for a living: if you let yourself get 14 years behind the current release, the upgrade is going to be painful. You need to change your procedures to accommodate a faster release schedule; that's just the way the world is going. Microsoft are moving towards a new more-iterative release process for Windows 10. Which means you're much less likely to have huge big-bang upgrades, but you are more likely to see smaller breakages in your software on a more regular basis. On the plus side, when it's a Microsoft bug, they'll be able to fix it faster too.
  8. Fucking hell. Even the UK, which is not the most generous place in the world, would do you way better than that. Assuming you're between 22 and 41, you'd get 14.5 weeks pay of your normal pay, capped at USD 740/week. That's up to ~10,000 USD give or take. Not that that helps you. Best of luck to you and your colleagues.
  9. The title of the original paper is great: "Unskilled and Unaware". I've been on both sides of this in the past... and likely will be in the future.
  10. I'm in France and had no problems...
  11. The last one doubled USPA membership. I suspect the sport will cope.
  12. "I punched a policeman wearing body armour. It hurt." "F1 cars pull a surprising number of Gs on the Monaco course."
  13. This, or you're not eating enough after jumping. Adrenalin is an appetite supressant, so you won't feel hungry, but you'll be running on empty.