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    dudeist skydivers association

    I want #1337! Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Shannon Neal 6/6/90 - 8/26/08

    Texas Mike, Hugs and love. I'm here to talk. PM or call me anytime, for any reason, with any thoughts. I have also known sudden death and grieving. More hugs, Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Hollister California

    Seb likes to get tipped in jello-shots :D AFTER the jump! "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  4. I've issued the challenge below to Stephen Colbert. If you would like to see this happen go to colbertnation.com, register for the forums, go to the forum index and under The Colbert Report forum, reply to my post titled "CHALLENGE TO YOU STEPHEN!!!" and tell him how you feel! Or just reply to this post! Blues y'all! Hi Stephen! My name is Jen. I'm a politically charged mom/student living in San Jose California. I'm also a great fan of your show, Colbert Report. I watched your recent interview with Rick Berman in which you declared, "I should have the right to smoke and drink and eat a stick of margarine as I skydive!!" I happen to be a skydiver, and I want to issue YOU a challenge! Stand up for your right to smoke and drink and eat a stick of margarine while you skydive. Come out to California. I will pay for you to tandem skydive at Adventure Center Skydiving in Hollister. I will pay for your video of said skydive. This is on the condition that you smoke, and drink, and eat a stick of margarine while in freefall! I'd like to wire up your helmet like a beer helmet, then you could double-fist the cig and the margarine as you enjoy not only the fabulous sensation of freefall, but the satisfaction brought by the exercising of your basic human rights guaranteed you by the Constitution of our great United States! Please reply ASAP! You can reach me through myspace.com/jenp9k or the Colbert Nation message board. Looking forward to pushing you out of a plane, Jennifer "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  5. I'll definately be raising my beer up to the lost members of our family. I wish I could be there in person. Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  6. To all of you who are friends and family of the jumpers who died, my love. I did my 2 tandems and my first jump at Skydive Snohomish back in 2004! Walking in the first time, I was terrified! But all the great loving, welcoming people at Snohomish quickly turned me into one of their own! I did not know any of the jumpers who died. But I myself lost my partner, my love last Dec. in Eloy. I know the loss you are feeling and I wish with all the love left in me after Cliff's death, that I could somehow ease your pain. I will always consider Snohomish my home dz. I think about the people and place that gave birth to my skydiving self often, and my heart is with you now. Blue skies, Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  7. Wow Agent! You read through all this? Cliff is still so loved and missed. Thank you for taking the time. I'll pass your post on to his family. Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  8. Hi everyone, As Cliff Heller's widow, I'd like to add my 2 cents... The issue of separating the HPL area from the SPL has already been addressed as jumpers for the most part already distinguish and utilize these areas. There should be no harm in making it an official BSR to be implemented. Like seatbelts, it is common sense. But everybody has different levels of common sense which is why rules are set by society. Yes, I am a newbie and there are many nuances to this issue that I do not understand. But Cliff was not a newbie, and I know he was extremely dedicated to safety. I endured many lectures on safety, in particular being aware of other jumpers under canopy, knowing where they are what they are doing at all times, but most of all remembering to use my own knowledge and judgement to land myself safely. Isn't the issue here pilot error under canopy? Checking blind spots, altitude awareness and appropriate skill level? I'm not saying it shouldnt necessarily be implemented, but I'm not sure this BSR proposal is going to end up decreasing the death toll... Be safe, Jen Osborne "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  9. Simon, I installed the codec and the newest Windows Media but it wont work for me either. Is this the same footage you are going to give to Doctor? He said he would put together a DVD for me so if so I wont worry about viewing this right now. "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  10. Cindy please call me Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Cliff Heller's ash dive yesterday

    Hi everyone For all of you who came out to Hollister yesterday a big hug and thank you! Watching the ash dive from the ground was absolutely amazing. I could see the cloud appear and dissipate when he was released. Thank you Adam. Anybody who has video of the dives made yesterday in Cliff's name, please contact me. I'd like to have copies of what you have for myself and for his brother and sisters too. Doctor, could I also have a copy of the tribute you made? It was beautiful. It is very hard for me to watch these videos of him alive and I feel his absence again every time I do. But I would like to have copies for that someday everyone keeps telling me about when it wont ache so badly. Love, Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  12. Hi everyone For all of you who came out to Hollister yesterday a big hug and thank you! Watching the ash dive from the ground was absolutely amazing. I could see the cloud appear and dissipate when he was released. Thank you Adam. Anybody who has video of the dives made yesterday in Cliff's name, please contact me. I'd like to have copies of what you have for myself and for his brother and sisters too. Doctor, could I also have a copy of the tribute you made? It was beautiful. It is very hard for me to watch these videos of him alive and I feel his absence again every time I do. But I would like to have copies for that someday everyone keeps telling me about when it wont ache so badly. Love, Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  13. I feel like I need to defend my use of the word 'argumentative.' When I first posted, it was after about 3 or 4 days of talking to a lot of family members who knew Cliff in a different way than those of us who knew him during his later years or through skydiving. Truth be told, more than once I heard Cliff referred to as a "son-of-a-bitch" by them! I had many phone conversations with Cliff about his experiences in class. More than once he told me about how he had raised a point in class that went against what the professor was saying. He told me about how he was afraid the voicing of his opinions was going to affect his grade! How he felt he had offended one professor or another by speaking out and sticking to his guns. But he still always felt he HAD to make his point! He was driven to stand by what he believed and this is one more reason that he was drawn to the law. I'm going to stick to my original choice of argumentative simply because he was! While common usages of this word often carry negative connotations one of the literal meanings of the word is simply, "...arguing or containing arguments suggesting that a certain fact tends toward a certain conclusion." This is what I meant when I attached the word to Cliff. That most of us were able to recognize that he was not mean spirited or meaning to offend speaks highly of who we are and explains why he chose to surround himself with us. I'll amend it to "unoffensively argumentative," however, for those who might misinterpret my statement and fail to recognize that I would never say a negative thing about this man. I love Cliff more dearly than I ever imagined was possible and our relationship consistently exceeded all expectations I ever had for what a man and a woman could share. And I'm also going to stick with "fuck" because if someone Cliff was engaging happened to get a litlle riled up well that just made it more fun! Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
  14. Hi Everybody I'm sorry I havent posted sooner, I've been on the phone constantly since Sat. afternoon. Plus I havent been able to pinpoint what I could say to sum Cliff up, or our relationship. There's just too much going through my mind. Needless to say I am devastated. Cliff was my AFF instructor. The first time I saw him (we were just talking about this the other day) I KNEW with clarity that he was going to change my life. I immediately developed the hugest crush on him but despite my best efforts at flirting he seemed uninterested! He told me later he took very seriously the rule against getting involved with students, but that he was hot for me the whole time too. That brings up another point about Cliff, he really lived his life by what he believed in. Backing up his words with his actions. He didnt want kids because the world is overpopulated, he took quick showers because water is a precious resource, etc. With me he was always loyal and honest. It's actually been amusing to hear how many of you insist Cliff was an argumentative fuck. I know he really did love to argue, and always had about a million obscure facts to back up whatever he was trying to make a point about. Law school seemed to have been invented for him! But I saw another side of Cliff. Sure we would banter, but as far as fighting and arguing go we never did it. When it came to issues in our relationship he was always receptive, considerate, compromising and loving. He even told me himself several times that he loved it that we never fought. :) Some of you know we had started making plans to live together after he finished school. He was a pillar of strength for myself and my little girls and we all considered him our family. I watched him grow from someone who never wanted kids and hadnt really been around them, to someone who would get down on the floor and play chutes and ladders. They loved it when he would throw them on the bed and tickle them, or roll them up in the blanket and unwind them really quickly. Then into someone they could turn to for love when they were hurt, or needed some cuddling. He shared with me that his experiences with my kids had given him a new respect for and a new insight into how and why his parents had raised him the way they did. When I told Cliff of my decision to stop skydiving, I was very nervous. I told him of my concerns for my little girls and he respected and understood my decision. He was only concerned about the part of me that is fulfilled by skydiving and wanted to help me find something else to fill that need. I'm never going to be able to forget him, or move on as some people suggest. I dont think I'll ever be able or interested in finding someone who could love me the way Cliff did. He worked his way into my heart, my head my home. He's all over my apartment-the shampoo and toothbrush in the bathroom, the furniture he helped me move and set up, the foods he liked in my cupboard, the wine glasses he gave me above the sink. Everywhere I turn he's there, and I miss him. Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Service for Cliff Heller

    Thank you for all the love you all have for Cliff. Thank you for the support you have shown me. I want to pass on the information for his service that I just received from his family; Sunday Jan 7th at noon Edgewater Hall 691 Bay St Staten Island NY. They wanted me to tell everyone that the Newark airport is the best choice. I hope some of you can make it. Jen Osborne 408-688-1769 "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    cessna toe hang exit

    OK wait until I have more jumps got it! Thanks for all the feedback! I'm so excited! "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    cessna toe hang exit

    Anyone out there ever done it? I really want to try it. Any thoughts tips instructions? Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    AFF Graduate!!

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    AFF Graduate!!

    I finished AFF yesterday with two beautiful jumps! Now what?? Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Happy AFF Graduate!

    Gosh does skydiving still make you feel this good when you have 1000 jumps?? "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Another newbie! HI

    Skychicken, welcome back and have fun
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    Another newbie! HI

    Hi Jeth The program sounds cool, I am kind of wondering what do I do when I finish AFF? Jump by myself?? Have fun on your release dive, I remember mine quite an eye opener! Have fun Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Another newbie! HI

    Hey PsychoBob Good luck, I hope you graduate! I'll be going for my 6 and 7 on Monday...Let me know how you do! Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Happy AFF Graduate!

    Congratualtions! How was the first solo jump?? Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi
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    Another newbie! HI

    Hey Billy d, I tumbled on mine too. I just cant seem to have a stable exit yet. How far are you from graduating AFF? Jen "Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Gandhi