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  1. >I'm paraphrasing, not from Peanuts, but a line from some movie which I can't remember the name of. I want to say Tommy Lee Jones says the line, but honestly I don't remember. Was it Men In Black? From IMDB Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it. Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
  2. Maybe it's because I'm relatively young (25), but I see the same trend everywhere I go. I've seen this pattern when I was in college, when I was an active skydiver, and now while I'm in the military (and I see it among civilian friends too). There are two ways to have a girlfriend/boyfriend. 1. You go to a party, meet a perfect stranger, get drunk and hook up. It may be a one-night stand, or after that you two may start talking and eventually start a relationship. I know many people who found their boyfriend or girlfriend like this, and I know a few couples who are happily married who met like this. 2. You meet someone through work/the dz/friends and might casually talk and become friends while at work/the dz/hanging out with friends. Then one day at a party/boogie/whatever you two get drunk and hook up. Then you may become bf/gf after that. Pretty much every couple I know can be put into one of these two categories. Maybe I'm old-fashioned but I want to actually date someone first. I've had opportunities to hook up with random drunk strangers which I haven't taken, and even when I try to date, the women lose interest in me when I don't want to go back to their place after the first or second date. It takes me a while to get comfortable with someone. Is there anyone out there who still dates the traditional way? Should I just get with the times and take that next drunken party hookup opportunity?
  3. The Air Force is always looking for more SP's. And maintainers.
  4. ing direct has a great interface, very quick setup and decent rates (2.2%). I've used then for years. Although I did just get an account at gmacbank. Worse interface, and it took 2 weeks to set up, but it has a 2.75% rate. This is for savings accounts.
  5. 2001 : A Space Odyssey is a good movie if you watch it in fast forward. I just watched Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner.
  6. I've had a Sabre 2 150 in my J4k for 600 jumps now.
  7. Where do you stow your excess brake line?
  8. Was this, perchance, a Wings? Yes it was. I've noticed that too... annoying.
  9. 100 jumps is far too few, and I say that as a person who got his coach rating with 120 belly jumps. I didn't have the flying skills to really do it well until # 300 or so.
  10. What would be the advantage of packing like that?
  11. Like Mitchell Johnson, who was spanked by a teacher, then went back to school the next day with a gun, shooting and killing that same teacher along with a few other people? Yeah, spanking is the answer. Well obviously in that case, spanking wasn't what made him kill people, it was the gun's fault.
  12. And AFF instructors can spend thousands of dollars to get their rating. And they also pay out of pocket for parachute maintenance and packing. Not to mention they're actually responsible for someone else's life.
  13. yeah that's kind of a given, if it's not hooked up it's not going to work at all I heard an instructor and S&TA say once "I don't need my RSL connected because I have a skyhook." So it's not a given for everyone. You'd think/hope that's a given but unfortunately it's not. The skyhook RSL has been hyped up so much that some people have no idea what it actually is, but they just know it makes you totally super safe. Some people act like jumping with a skyhook makes them practically invincible.