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  1. Good luck on the long road man. Things sometimes tend to all turn to shit at once. Good thing is that is really does always get better over time. Keeo your head up. Serious injury messes with your head alot. PTSD is no joke either. Keep at it and keep talking to people about it.
  2. totally agree! Ive paid as much for all my tattoos over the last 20 years that I could have bought a nice piece out of a museum by now.
  3. I wouldn't mind if someone skinned and tanned me after im dead. What do i care. I do have some awesome tattoos so I know tattoo folks would appreciate them and probably pay to go to a museum that held exhibits like that.
  4. sounds pretty obvious to me that it was a setup using stolen card numbers to buy gear. Can't say I haven't seen that exact plot play out a few times before with non skydiving gear. Now they have a $4000 rig that they can sell for half price and still have $2000 more than when they started.
  5. Welcome to a fellow Iraq veteran jumper..
  6. I love Skydance. That's my recomendation. Lodi is another big one in the region but i have not been there myself yet.
  7. The toilet paper in the nose shot is easily my favorite.... The cat perched on the shoulder really drives home the awesomeness.
  8. Hamstring pull during "adult play" time with a girlfriend. Being creative while pushing off of a wall with my foot only got me writhing in pain while she stared at me in confusion and concern. It was worth it but i didn't walk right for almost a week for the wrong reasons.
  9. Make sure the leg strap pads are positioned right and under canopy position yourself comfortably as if sitting in a chair, i actually cross my legs most of the time. Wont solve all your issues but the soreness does tend to stop after a while. I got it the first few weeks i jumped.
  10. Thanks for all the great replies folks. I have been having people show me what they are doing when they pack and combined with the FAA book and the step by step guide contained in it as well as the videos I have been watching i think this should be no problem to get down. Being a military guy, I work really well with processes and checklists and the thing I am seeing is that the process is pretty much the same everywhere. I happen to be planning on camping at the DZ overnight the night before my class so i suppose that would be as good a time as any to get to know the packers a little better. Thanks again for the awesome replies!!!
  11. So I am preparing for a packing class to continue advancing in my competency and for A-license sign offs. I always like to learn as much as I can in advance of courses so that I can get the most out of the teaching rather than trying to play catch up as i learn a slew of new information. Right now I am trying to get a really good grasp on all of the different components that make up an entire rig. I have looked around a decent amount and find bits of info here and there. What i am hoping someone can point me towards is a resource that in detail fully breaks down an entire container and harness systems into an easy to look at exploded view of all of the components with descriptions as well as all of the components of the canopy and lines. There are a lot of different things i am still learning, like the differences between Slinks and hard links, differences in riser length, etc. This is obviously a n00b question so be gentle and help a guy out.
  12. from another n00b. It doesnt get any cheaper man. If you don't think you can afford it then you are probably right. Once you finish the expensive instructor and coach jumps required for A licnese you think it gets cheaper but then you start wanting your own gear and the trade off begins. Not to mention beer...
  13. This. I can't imagine how much arseache it would be try and sneek around behind your loved-one's back. yeah, exactly. I have a wife of 15 years and 2 girlfriends that my wife knows and has great relationships with. Cheating is for people that refuse to recognize their own desires and if they do they dont have the guts to speak it to their spouse. I love my wife more than anything and anyone else on the planet. I also dont have a problem loving more than one woman. just like loving more than one brother or more than one child. Love is not meant to be limited.