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    Shannon Neal 6/6/90 - 8/26/08

    My love and prayers for you both...and of course for Shaye. May the peace she knows now come to you soon; may her smile be brightest when it's the hardest, and may the wind sing memories alive of her laughter. When hearts bleed, souls rest. And while souls rest, healing comes. And when healing comes, hearts slow their bleeding. May the healing come quickly and completely. My love and deepest condolences. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    John Kelly, Jr - JP from Byron

    I still don't know what to say. It's been more than a month and I just don't have the words yet. Maybe someday, the tears won't be so bitter. Maybe someday, the words will flow more easily. Maybe someday, I will understand what happened better. Maybe someday, but not yet. Until then, all I can do is tell you again, JP, I love you. Your death has sent me into a very dark place. I dream of you, of our jump together, and of you reaching out and holding my hand in the big blue sky. I wake to a soaking pillow. Corinne, and the girls - he loved you beyond the pain he was in. You all have been in my prayers, and even though I don't know how to do the rosary, I've done my version of it several times. Please let me know if you need anything. I would move heaven and earth to see that you all are o.k. in the end, so please just let me know. My love and unending prayers for everyone touched by this loss. Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    In memory of Tom

    Godspeed, and thanks, Tom. For those friends and family, this news hits hard especially at this time of year. Remember, then, his laugh, and his smile, and lift a Busch beer in his honor. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    D B Cooper Unsolved Skyjacking

    So don't be afraid, to let them show... 'Twardo, some people are here to help if they can, and are curious to see what transpires if they can't help. I think it's great that you've been doing your best to help Jo out. You're right - she's asking for nothing other than didja know this guy. Not money, not fame, not anything other than help that only a few can give. I'd be very interested to know, as well. Howeve, I disagree with your statement that her life was a lie. Her life wasn't. She loved true, and she didn't lie about that. Whom she loved was whom she loved. If he hid things from her, that's his issue...and does not reflect on her. Yes, of course I understand the curiousity; as an adopted child, I had to seek and find my birth family. I know that sort of driving curiousity. But it doesn't mean anything that Jo felt/feels for the man she loved was a lie - from her. perhaps from him, but not from her. Not saying you said that, just wanted to reach out to Jo and let her know what I thought - love, honest love, is never a lie. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    D B Cooper Unsolved Skyjacking

    Does that mean you're leaving? Happy Thanksgiving!! Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    D B Cooper Unsolved Skyjacking

    MrGuy, you're outta line. Akarunway, I think you're pretty close, too. Someone is asking for help. If you have no ideas or suggestions to offer, perhaps not posting to her threat would've been a really, really good idea. To refrain from making assumtions about lifetstyle, judgments about same, and especially to base it on absolutely NO information shows your disdain and contempt for someone you don't even know. I certainly hope you are not ever in a position to ask for information from strangers. If perhaps you are, I most certainly hope your needs are met with far greater respect and helpfulness than you two have shown. (Akarunway, you have shown me sympathy and offered me help in the past...I'd like to think you would extend the same sort of courtesy and hand of friendship to someone else, too.) Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    Josh''s accident info

    Victoria, how blessed you are to have had Josh. Yes, at times it's overwhelming. When those moments come, reach inward for those cherished memories. See his smile, hear his laugh, know his love again. Find them in the rays of the sun, the whisper of the wind, the soft warmth of a fireplace...and know he lives on forever, and is reaching to you to let you know he's not gone, not really...just gone for now. You have had a rough, rough few weeks, and have been in the prayers of many here. Rest assured that you will continue to be in our prayers, and that if there's anything that you need, all you need to do is ask. Godspeed, Josh, and peace to you and yours, Victoria. Blessed be. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
  8. Sparky, you most certainly were that guy, and in spades, both at the DZ and away from it. Your retirement is a huge loss to the sport, and to me personally. Who else will let me target them with my mad tracking skillzzzzzzz and be able to duck when I forget I'm the one who's moving and not you? Bozo, maybe...you and Bozo are "that guy" for me. So thanks, Sparky. Thanks a ton. And Bozo, thanks to you, too. A ton as well. Ciels and hugs to you both- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    AFF - 'kicking on exit' issue

    Thanks for the clarification, Matthias. I appreciate it. Had me a tad worried there. One thing new people don't realize is how bad things can go and how quickly. And it's not something one should learn from first hand knowledge, you know? Thanks for realizing it, and I do understand the desire to fight for stability on your own - that's a huge part of skydiving successfully. However, as you see now, it can be an incredibly dangerous choice, and your instructor will do what's right (even if it means pulling at 11K). I was unclear about your exit - are you facing the door or are you hanging onto the bar and actually outside the plane? I think you're still inside the plane, and facing the door rather than sideways, but can you clarify that just a bit? If it's the exit I'm thinking of (diving), there is a trick I've used often to have a rock solid, no kick, right into my arch exit. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    AFF - 'kicking on exit' issue

    Hey, Matthias, I was wondering why you've not answered the comments about your instructor pulling for you for your own interest/safety. Two of the above comments make it uber clear about why they pulled; and yet, you haven't changed your position about asking for him to wait with you until 6k to pull. Seems to me you're missing something if you don't really, truly understand why you were pulled for at 11k. Trust me, it wasn't for the spectacular view... Moving on... What sort of exit are you doing? I know that I blew exits until I was very clear as to where to put my legs on a particular exit. It would help to know what sort of exit so those who have experience can sort it out. But I'm mostly curious as to why you think it's appropriate to wait while out of control until a certain altitude. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    tandem jump/ mental health question

    My questions would be how long has she been on meds? What do you mean by "unpredictable"? And what sort of panick attacks does she get (if any)? There are definitely people with mental health issues who should never jump. Bi polar people are not generally prevented from jumping or any "life activities", however. I have a friend who is bipolar, and has made several tandems and also completed AFF. This person did fine, so I wouldn't believe it's an automatic no. The questions above need answering though... Ciels- Michele Edited to add: on her down cycles, do you know if she gets actively suicidal? And do you know when she's cycling down? It can be tough to tell... ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
  12. In reading this thread, a thought struck me. How amazing, wonderful and absolutely perfect that Mariann's world was so large, and so filled with love, that the two things she loved - her horses and her skydiving - can share memories, thoughts, condolences, and love on the same page. How complete that seems to me, how perfect and wonderful. Thanks, everyone, for showing me who she was. I never met her, but I feel as if I have now. My heartfelt condolences to all those that lost a mentor, trainer, best friend, and sister...shine on with her memory, glitter for her. And love the way she did - big and hard and 100%. Rest peacefully, Mariann. You made a difference, and you are missed. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    tcnelson

    How exceedingly wonderful. It's never good when someone dies; but if people can live because of the organ donation, that's wonderful. I'll keep those patients in my prayers - and thank the family for being both willing and able to follow through with Ted's wishes. Not an easy decision, but one which will affect many families. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
  14. I don't have any memories or funny stories of her, but I wanted to add my condolences to those who will be suffering badly now...her family, friends, and colleagues. May peace come to you soon. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    tcnelson

    Fly fast, fly free...but by God, FLY! My condolences to all who knew him. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    practice plf?

    I have always had difficulty with the PLF the way it's taught. Not that it's wrong - nope, not at all - but because over my life I've ingrained a different way to displace and absorb the energy from an impact. I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, have dabbled in Karate and Judo, was a competitive figure skater and springboard diver. Most of my training has to do with forward motion - i.e. not falling backwards, rather taking the energy and using it forward (which is the way my body was going mostly). I remember when, during AFF, I was taught how to PLF. I couldn't master it, although the feet/legs were together. So I showed my instructor "my" way, which was a motion roll from Tae Kwon Do. He approved it, and I used it often and regularly. When I switched DZs, and did my first PLF there, I was called over by the school and asked "what the fuck was that?? Don't you know how to PLF?" So I showed them...and they were all right with it. The times I've been seriously injured on landing were the times when I couldn't/didn't PLF - once breaking my tailbone (very, very late flare...like, non-existent), and one day while using rental gear that had bad brakes (again, no flare, even though hands were down all the way...). I suppose what I'm getting at is find a way to fall which is both acceptable (i.e. doesn't break body parts) but also is "natural" for you. If you can't get help from the guys at the DZ (which is the best place to get it...), try a local martial arts training center. 1/2 hour spent with one of the masters/senior students will get you the basics of a roll, but it's up to you to practice and perfect it. I scare people regularly with my PLFs, because they look so weird. But they work very well for me (I can't land very well). Above all, learn how to PLF effectively, instinctively, and without second guessing. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    Re: [scaryshari] JumperConway...RIP :(

    Our loss is Heaven's gain. But man, it's just not fair. I owed him one of my hugs - he made me see bright when it was dark, and when he was standing by his mother's side, guiding her through to Heaven, I was able to (virtually) return the favor. His faith stood him well, and he always knew he'd see her again. Just maybe not so soon. Conway: your love was big-big. Your smile bigger. Your laugh was the most contagious, even through PMs. Your life was well and truly lived, and your death - far too early, too quick and shocking. I miss you. And I know that you miss us. But now, you're playing in the heart of God, and you're dancing a jig with the angels. Your arms are wrapped around your Mom, and your love smiles on each one of us... For those who knew him well, my prayers are with you now. And to his father - rest easy, knowing your son reached thousands of people, touched their lives with his life. Rest easy, knowing he and his Mom will wait for you, and greet you when you cross the barrier. Know that there are few things outside the boundary of time; love, the love of a son for his father, and a father for his son, is outside those boundaries. His laugh can be heard - close your eyes and listen to the wind. His love can be felt - reach up towards the warming sun, and know it's him again. His joy can be felt again; touch your heart to his. ANd know, know for sure and certain, that Conway was dearly loved, admired, respected, and thoroughly enjoyed. My prayers to all affected, and all who will face challenging lonliness in the coming days. Remember you're not alone...he lives in your heart. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    GirlFallDown...BSBD

    She is. She is completely at peace. Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    GirlFallDown...BSBD

    For one of the first times ever, I'm struggling with something to say. All I know now is that Shannon was all about love and fun and laughter; and to get there, it seems, I need to cry a lot about this. But I have this strange mental image of her meeting St. Pete at the Pearly Gates, screaming she's a dirty pirate whore, what the hell was she doing there!!! And where was the wine, anyway? Fly, girl. Fly, swoop, chase the clouds, dance on raindrops and sing aloud. Know that your leaving has left a space in us, that will, in time be filled with memories; but for right now, it's a gaping wound that only tears and grief fill. Love you, Shannon. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    TF incident? (Monday 29 May)

    Geezus. I got a note from her the other day; she was so excited and happy to be doing this. I am breaking apart right now... Vibes and many, many prayers to her family and fiance. Know that she loved - was passionate about - all of you; spoke of you often and was finding the love she had for all of you returned a thousand-fold. She will be missed desperately, and we know your loss. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to pm any one of us. We will make sure you all get whatever you need. Blue skies, our silly happy love - blue skies. Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    Any photography buffs out there?

    Bob.dino, you are totally correct. Thanks very much for catching that. I didn't put the Http in front, and I've got it bookmarked, so just click in. At least I think that's what's wrong, no HTTP...and no hyphens. I've edited it now. Appreciate the link... Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    Any photography buffs out there?

    You're right, I could get the 1.4...but I've had nothing but softness from another extender I have...and so I'm somewhat burnt on that. Still, it's something to consider...cost wise, it's a bit more expensive, but it's also a tad more versitile... In any event, I haven't the cash, so it's not something I need to decide right now anyway. LOL! Yeah, watch it with that rental stuff...it gets under your skin, and you then sit there, and look at what you have...and are dissatisfied with it. Why do you think I want the 800? that's professional glass there...like newspaper, television type of professional...but I want it.... Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    Any photography buffs out there?

    Mike, you're right, the Omnibounce is good...but if I can make do for now with what I have so I can save for some glass crack, then that's what I've got to do...but someday, my friend...someday! I want the distance, frankly. Because I like to shoot wildlife and things flying around in the sky (jumpers), my measly 75-300 doesn't do for me. I love that lens, don't get me wrong, but I want the distance a lot! Shoot, I was considering the 600, and the 800; both L glass. Both a down payment on a house. So... Well... Maybe I'll just have to get both. Yeah, like that's gonna happen anytime soon... Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    Any photography buffs out there?

    1010, I agree about the flash. I was thinking about getting something less expensive, but decided to go full bore. I love, love, love it. I had to learn it all as well as learn to shoot, but I've got a decent handle on it. A photo tip...if you're somewhere you really wish you had a diffuser but there is none in sight - it's at home in your photo trunk - you can use a "rain coat" device or...and very apt for this board, a bit of a light panel of a parachute...or, a tissue - but remember to use white, or you might get some interesting color swapping happening (yes, I forgot and used a pink tissue; when processing that series, I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out why everything had the slightest, wee bit of pink floating...LOL! *[it was so faint it was an easy adjust in PS, but still...shouldn't have been there in the first place!]). I now use the rain coat to diffuse when in a jam. Not perfect, but if I need it, I'm glad I've got it! Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~
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    Any photography buffs out there?

    He was up for Emmies at different times during Seinfeld, but never got the nod nor the award. I think he should've gotten it for the episode "The Bookstore", but I'm not one of the voters. LOL. I'll pass along the appreciation. Ciels- Michele ~Do Angels keep the dreams we seek While our hearts lie bleeding?~