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  1. From an oldschooler, DO IT. I have ringing in my ears that is crazy. Looked up my old rigger from the 70's and 80's who happens to live 3 miles from me. Asked him if he had ringing. Guess what? He does and bad. I sat behind a desk my whole working life. The really only LOUD activity I had was skydiving. Only 500 jumps but pretty sure that's what did it. And a lot of those early jumps were out of planes with no door at all, not that a jump door makes that much difference, just sayin'.
  2. As a retired jumper that did a lot of solo jumps and most at Cessna dz's, I was concerned about the formation requirements for licenses. Just plain doesn't seem right. What if you just don't do that stuff. Maybe even want to do solo demos someday. I did quite a few back in the day. Maybe not all legal but maybe someone wants to do legal ones. You're screwed if relative work isn't your thing. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  3. Ah, should have known Mr. Urban would come up with it. Now that I know, sure enough that was the name. And now that you mention Northern Lite I remember that I had one. No wonder the release looked familiar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  4. OK, this is kind of weird. This ad came on for Ally bank. The premise is that there are a bunch of people from all different walks of life heading to a meeting that Ally bank is having. I notice a guy that apparently just landed, gathered up his canopy an is headed to this meeting. So....being an old retired skydiver I notice this oddity. Backing up to that point in the ad I paused it and noticed that he had an old release system on the rig he is wearing but can't recall what it was called. Screen shot attached. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  5. Yeah, I seem to remember that from somewhere. That was 40 or so years ago and my knees, hips and legs in general are paying for too many landings like that under the T-bow and a myriad of rounds. It was so nice when I got my Strato Star. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  6. Found this pic from around 1975 and thought I would stick it on here just for fun. My buddy, John Neydon's girlfriend took two pics of me landing my T-bow at completely different times and they both looked like this. A hundred jumps on it and no wonder my knees ache so much. Never got lost though with that big yellow arrow pointing the way. In case anyone out there remembers our little dz, it was in Sturgis, Michigan. EDITED TO ADD: Turned around and found the other pic. (attached) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  7. My first sqare jump. Around 1978. Red and black with slider. Bought from Dave Kinney who some Rainbow flyers may remember. Landed first jump in the peas standing up at Austin Lake airport near Kalamazoo Michigan. I was in heaven. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  8. I loved the late 70's. Started in 72. Made around 100 jumps on my Thunderbow before my first square jump. Landed that Red and Black StratoStar in the peas at Austin Lake airport outside of Kalamazoo. The wooden toggles from my T-bow hang from the ceiling fan in our bedroom. Remember it all every time I look up at them. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  9. Quote from the article: "Assisted suicide is an absurdity,” Father Carrasco de Paula told the Italian news agency ANSA. He did not say that her particular decision to kill herself was an "absurdity". Christians in general do not believe in assisted suicide or unassisted suicide. We believe that we were created by God and only He has the right to know when our lives will end. I don't call people that think otherwise names. You all have your right to your opinion. So do I. So does the Pope. I don't always agree with his opinion either. I do agree when he makes an official statement as the leader of our Church. I know most of you don't understand that. But why call names? Is it not enough to say you don't agree? Or strongly don't agree? I consider calling the leader of my Church a "cunt" as a personal attack against what I believe. I understand how hard it is to see someone go through a terrible end to their lives. I have seen it. But I also have a different view of why it is necessary to let it end naturally. People are always telling others on here to study up on what they are making nasty comments about. I would ask this in this case also. Take a look around at all of the good the Catholic Church has done for humanity. Schools, hospitals, orphanages, all around the world. Not only what you consider as wrong. Yes it is a large organization that at times deserves some scrutiny. Sometimes in a big way. It is made up of humans. We all have failings. But most of us work for the good. And so does most of the Catholic Church. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  10. How about Great Lakes Skydiving run by Dennis Johnson in Gobles, Mi. Councilman24 (Terry) can surely add to this and possibly supply some pics. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  11. Today's comedians seem to take jabs at just about everything mentioned and then some. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  12. At our little dz in Sturgis, Mi in the 70's we had a local tradition to pass a bottle of cheap champagne in freefall at each 100 jump mark. Don't recall any being dropped though. Used to open it under canopy. Only had about half a bottle left after opening it. Shouldn't this be moved to history and trivia? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  13. Are there any which can be said to have been reconciled completely? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  14. "The Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection is our best explanation for the fact of evolution." Yep, but that doesn't prove that we all came out of nothing because stuff sat around for millions of years. All it proves is that established species improved due to natural selection which I totally agree with. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.
  15. Evolution >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.