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  1. I'm getting back into the sport after a 5 year break. I was excited to check out Tracy, because they opened after I stopped. Having jumped there a couple times now, I can say they are a wonderful outfit. Small DZ/family feel, but a turbine and lots of loads. Large landing area and the staff are great. I have a friend who will be doing aff soon and that's where I'll be sending him. It doesn't hurt that they are probably the closest drive for you too.
  2. Hmmmm. Ok. I guess you are right, round doesn't really matter. It just ruins my idea of a perfect stand up landing in front of the babes on the beach as the plane streaks fire into the ocean lol. My instructor in the back uses a back rig, but I thought the front seat only removes the lower cushion. I'll have to check next time. I also run the seat in the full aft position, so I'll need to check spacing. My knees love to clip the dash. Also gotta see how far back I can get the stick. The stop seems to be determined by the size and density of your genitals. I have a flight Wednesday, I'll report back my findings. Thanks a bunch for the help!!
  3. Hi all! Been awhile since I last posted, and about a year since my last skydive. I have started persuing a career in aviation, working towards CFI (still a long way off). I have started doing aerobatics in a super decathlon, and the rental rate is $20/hr more to borrow their rig, hence I am considering buying my own rig. I may only break even, but it would be nice to have a square instead of round. The rig I would need would be a seat rig, although passengers use a back rig. I noticed that bail out rigs run the reserve cable housing up the mlw, rather than over the top like sport rigs. I am used to punching out/down, any issues with strength having to pull up? Basically I was curious what seat rigs are out there, and if any are more appropriate to previous skydiving experience. Also, what kind of pricing can I expect (definitely used haha) Thanks all! Micah
  4. Get a large, tall beer glass or something. Put some of the sample in the bottom, add water about half way, shake vigorously and place under faucet. Add water and let the dirty water run off the top, the flakes should stay at the bottom. do this until you have just flakes and sand. Let dry, and at this point you will probably need to screen it. I thought of another way you can test it... get a very hot flame, like blowtorch or the like, and use some steel tweesers to insert a flake into the flame. The color it burns will tell you a lot. (Or if it doesn't burn this will also tell you a lot)
  5. Can you dissolve the dirt out with water and concentrate the flakes? If you can get the flakes isolated you can do some testing. You could establish density, which would go a long ways towards figuring it out. Also, certain metals have simple tests like magnesium reacts with vinegar... You could also see if it is conductive, might eliminate some possibles. Just some ideas...
  6. Here is a story to show you what cops are like here: Man gets stopped at a drunk driving checkpoint. Officer walks up to window, man driving car states "I refuse to answer any questions." Cop asks if he has been drinking, again man states "I refuse to answer any questions." Cop gets his superior, who comes to man and says "The officer who just spoke with you said he smells alcohol on your breath. Step out of the car." Guy is FORCED to comply with a breathalizer, otherwise his car gets impounded, (several thousand) and he gets a DUI (about $10,000 on average I have heard). The guy blows a .00 and gets the name and badge # of both officers, and makes formal complaint. (Of course nothing happened.) The way of cops in America: If you think someone is doing something wrong, but don't have probably cause, lie and search them anyways. THIS is why I will open fire on anyone coming into my house without announcement, even if they look like cops. Sure they will get me, but that was going to happen anyways most likely. Might as well make them rethink how they do things, if they are getting more officers killed with no knock than properly announcing themselves....
  7. I hope there is a G3 helmet out there I don't know about... lol
  8. There are a few good ones I have. A friend and I sometimes fill out each others log books and those can be really funny. Some memorable ones: Jump 130: (Filled out by my friend) Chased out Lee and 3 others to build a round, while Mike the "Hero" followed. Took someone's foot to the eye and lost a lense. Built round...... (I remember it being like those 3d glasses, with one super tinted and the other one gone LOL) Jump 159: 2 way train exit and horny gorrila (My friend drew an elaborate picture of me missing a shoe) Bastard Mike robbed my shoe. Note- Remind Mike he owes me a new shoe. Jump 184: Solo, worked on side body moves. Went through clouds, NICE! Someone added this after (not sure who): Cloud busting is an FAR Violation. Grounded. LOL! Jump 186: Got my 4 Stack award. What a sick jump. P.S. Crew dogs are fucking nuts. Jump 191: 5-19-11 Place: Hollister. Aircraft: B-17. Gear: Lightning 193. 2 Way CRW. Exited bomb bay doors, coolest jump EVER. Those sure were some good ones. I'll have to grab my friend's log book and post some pictures of what I drew in his, there are some funny pictures.
  9. I can't fault the property owner... He may have tons of hazards on the land and doesn't want to spend all afternoon guiding the van to the area, or worrying about passengers breaking their ankles walking off of his land... With lawsuits the way they are, you can't blame him.
  10. I was going to say I have seen the golf ball dimples... What about making the tail portion out of easily broken foam? Any real snag or force and it would just break....
  11. Totally agree with everything said... If you will be in the east bay you can drive to the top of Mt Diablo for a nice view. If you like garlic, check out the stinking rose in SF. If you like hiking, North bay is good, so is south bay (Santa cruz mts, check out big basin, or if more time Big Sur). If in downtown sf pier 39 is fun, also plenty of great bars and hang out spots around town. Do you like beer? Hard Stuff? If you like beer there are a couple places you shouldnt miss, likewise for hard stuff. SF has a bar with the largest collection of tequila outside of mexico (I loved Casa Noble) there is also a giant rum place but I haven't been. Tons of breweries around, If you love beer, Lagunitas is in the North bay, and so is Russian River (a must....). Toronado in the city has TONS of great beers, stuff you won't find anywhere else. Hate Ashburry is a fun place to walk around and check out nick nack shops (and head shops). Just depends on what you wanna do. Anyways, have a good time!
  12. Agreed. Cops should HAVE to identify themselves, at least when asked. I like the idea about calling 911 to confirm.... I would probably inform them that I was armed, and until I had proof that they had a warrant, would open fire if anybody kicked the door down.... Nobody better kick my door down and expect to live LOL. Cops who do not provide proof, or at the very least announce who they are, are simply strangers with guns.... If I looked out the window or door peep hole and saw someone who looked plain clothed and had a gun in their hands, I would probably shoot first. Police NEED to make it clear...
  13. Yeah Yeah Yeah. That was sure painful to watch live. The game tonight was brutal, the refs let a lot of things slide, we should have had quite a few more power plays. We also had tons of very close shots, I think we hit the crossbar like 3 times and fanned on empty net opportunities... It was a bad luck night. At the start of game one, I was saying to myself that I hope we win just one of the first two away games, because I can sure see winning both home games coming up. Time will tell!!!!
  14. How did I miss this thread??? Sharks finishing up the season well, I hope they keep this momentum going!!! Nice work Kings last night.... I dislike the Kings but hate Vancouver haha.... Sharks play game 1 against the Blues in just a few minutes, I can't wait!!
  15. Hey at least they only femured. It could be worse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yoy_qIJGqYw