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  1. I've jumped at Orange on and off since 2002. Last summer I took my fiancee out there to do a tandem, and I requested Muppet as her instructor. I guess that tells you what I thought of him, despite the fact that he always used to rag on me about how ugly my rig was. He was great - one of those people you always looked forward to seeing when you rolled up in the parking lot. This is a terrible loss. JD
  2. I've spent about 3 years at Jumptown, spread out over a few more than 3. Gary was a generous and humble spirit - always focused on helping the people around him have fun and stay safe. Jumptown will always be "The House that Gary Built"... with a little help from his many friends, and the many people who learned from him over the years. It's a sad day. Joe
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    I have jumped at about 14 dropzones around the country and I can say that Jumptown is hands-down the best one I've been to. Big-league people (world record participants walking around doing 2 and 3-ways with low-timers) and facilities (Otter all the time, big nice new hangar with all the amenities), but the best vibe I have ever seen in terms of having fun, looking out for each other, and welcoming new jumpers. It is a very unusual place. I jumped there fulltime for about 2 yrs but then moved out of New England.
  4. I just wanted to say that I had a hell of a lot of fun down there. It's good to see Lake Wales back on its feet (pretty much) after the hurricane. I don't know what the rebuilding plans are, but I wish them the best of luck. I also wanted to say to anyone that jumps with Harry Hopkins & Kim and Mary (I don't remember which TX dropzone they jump at, unfortunately) - you lucky bastards. All three of them are wonderful company on the ground and in the air. Their attitudes, personalities, & stories pretty much epitomize what I love about the sport. I'm glad I got to meet them & honored that we got a jump in as well. Anyway, that's all I got. Peace out - Joe
  5. Ian, If you're going to nitpick on linguistic issues.... it's "truly". Love, Joe
  6. Thanks... but it was actually a question for you based on your previous post. Joe
  7. Actually, the answer you get depends on how you define "safer." If by safer you mean "more forgiving of fuckups," I would really like to hear you argue why driving is more dangerous than skydiving. I know more people who have died skydiving than who have died in car accidents... and I know a LOT more people who drive than people who jump. Joe
  8. I think the incident stats are more disproportionate than the participant numbers. One good thing to remember when people start talking about skydiving vs. driving a car is that driving a car you can be dumb or unlucky enough to total the f'in thing and walk away from it. A mistake of that magnitude in skydiving and you are DEAD. You are moving your body faster than it's designed for near other solid objects, and you do not have 3000 pounds of metal and plastic to protect you from impacts. Joe
  9. There were a lot of people at Tyco and Enron who were just doing what they were told too. They did such a good job of it that they got to go to jail. There's no nobility or valid excuse in "just doing your job" when that job is LYING to people. Joe
  10. If anyone would like to make the fine folks at Google aware of specific examples of fraudulent Web related (linking, copying, hijacking, etc.) behavior by Skyride, with the goal of getting Google to blacklist their sites, the appropriate place to send those is: search-quality@google.com My friend at Google tells me they are good about responding to emails sent there, and usually do so within a couple of weeks. Enjoy. Joe
  11. Yep, got this info off a Maryland govt. site. The key stuff for me, though, is characteristics of the properties sold... beds... baths.... etc. I also tried ZipRealty which unfortunately has no sale data for my region (Baltimore - 21230). Joe
  12. Any of you folks want to help a fellow jumper get comp data? I'm looking for some way to get full MLS listings (with asking price, sale price, and all the other goodies) for all properties sold in my ZIP in the last two years. Anyone with MRIS access who can do me that favor? Or any ideas on where I can get that data myself? Thanks! Joe
  13. Bottom line is while they may be bending some rules, they seem to be playing the game very well.. good on them. Flame away. ___________________________________________________ The game of lying, cheating, and stealing, you mean? Yeah, I really admire people who play that game well. Kind of like the folks who call old ladies up and talk them into investing in BS stuff where they lose all their money. Someone might be able to run a business like that on the right side of the law, but they'd still be a edited by Slotperfect. The practices described in this thread are NOT "good hard-nosed competition" - they're sneaky, deceptive, and wrong, and I think it's clear to everyone that they are not isolated incidents, but rather the MO of the people running the business. What part of that strikes you as worth defending? Joe
  14. There are such ways. There are also such things as DOS attacks against web servers hosting Skyride sites, etc. Come on, I know we have some geeks out there!!!! Joe