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Everything posted by psipike02

  1. Wow, I couldnt believe this when I heard it saturday. Dan-O, you were my FJC instructor and you and I always talked about how I was doing and you were always encouraging me to keep jumping... I'll never forget what you told me after my first jump when I forgot to flare but did a perfect PLF, according to you...haha I'll def. miss you, but I will never forget anything you taught me...Thank you... Blue Skies buddy... Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  2. Haha you are just refusing the tunnel as much as you possibly can.... Whatever though man....different strokes for different folks, have fun Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  3. So its tough to interpret sarcasm and jokes online through text... Are you kidding or actually being serious? Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  4. Me being a huge advocate of getting kids learning in the tunnel as early as possible, I thought I would share a video of Justin and Kayla Tinucci. You can definitely tell that they love the sport and it's always fun to have them around the tunnel, as they benefit and we (the staff) do as well. If you ever get a chance to meet/fly with them, take it, these kids are great to have around.
  5. Hey Shorty, PM me and I'll give you a full list. I work @ SVCO and can get you in contact with all the instructors. They're all amazing and will definitely be able to help you. Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  6. Listen to BIGUN and talk to some dropzones bro... I did a tandem and went through AFF and have my own gear.. I'm 6'5" and 252 lbs in good shape and workout everyday... Keep trying man, if you really want to, there is a way and people will help you...I know how frustrating it can be to NOT be able to do stuff because of height and/or weight... Just know that you're not alone out there bro... Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  7. IMHO that's not a very reasonable analogy...I smell bitter jealousness. Hmmm....amazing how I'm not the only one who saw that. I thought it was a pretty horrible analogy too, but I let it go... Funny how others keep proving my point. Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  8. Then why haven't you done so? I'll take this to a PM and save everyone else the trouble of reading more bullshit... Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  9. Hahah And thanks for the comment....that means alot...not an instructor yet but working my way up and hopefully soon, so once you get a chance to visit, maybe i'll be at that point... I know I came on strong, but I pick on and treat these kids as if they're in my own family....and when someone has a problem or says something negative about my friends (who are nothing more than extended family to me) doesn't go over well with me. I agree with Rehmwa 1000% as well not trying to play the tough guy role but trying to be real and let people know how I felt about it and how ridiculous some of the talk was.... Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  10. I've refused to jump in at this point because it wasn't too bad of a conversation until, like Tunnelmom said, people started generalizing. 1. Don't put unfair rationalizations and generalizations on these kids who have tunnel time and can fly HD and do all this other. They are are picking on children. Does saying "what will their impact on the ground be" make you feel like a better person or skydiver? 2. 95% of the people who post on these boards probably haven't worked with some of these kids. I interact with the kids in kid's league here in CO AND Tunnelmom's kids on a weekly, if not almost daily basis. You have not met them and therefore can't say shit about them. As Hooknswoop posted MUCH earlier in a different thread, THESE KIDS LISTEN FAR BETTER AND WORK MUCH HARDER than most skydivers I know personally and have come across. With some of the attitudes on this board, I wouldn't want Justin or Kayla flying with any of you. That's the problem with the sport. People make judgements about shit they have no fucking clue about and its starting to piss me the fuck off. If ANYONE has anything negative to say about these kids or how they will be when they turn 18, keep it to yourself or you can bring it to me. At SVCO, ALL the kids (including tunnelmom's) have an interest in going further in the sport. They have met great skydivers who have had a positive impact on them and they watch the tunnel staff (who the majority are skydivers/instructors) and I think they do look up to us for guidance and such... The last thing we should be doing is tearing down other people, kids or anyone else. Support them or honestly shut up. I'm sorry but I'm just sick of people bashing these kids for no reasons when they don't even know them or their personalities. They're just JEALOUS (yes i said it....JEALOUS) because these kids are great tunnel flyers and have the ability to become great skydivers. You will have a problem with me if I hear these kids getting bad-mouthed, but in essence I hope it makes your skydiving egos feel better about bashing 11 year olds. They aren't claiming to know everything about skydiving or anything at all, unlike some people I know on these boards. They are kids. Period. Either cheer them on and support them and come fly with them if you have a chance, or don't say anything at all. Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  11. Just a view from the opposite side of someone who bought (and is still in the process of paying for) a new rig. I wanted to get used gear at first and took everyone's advice, but also you have to look at yourself and what you want. Everyone says "you'll only use it for the first 200 or so jumps...etc" and that may be true, but just because everyone else did it that way, doesn't mean you have to do so. I chose to buy new gear because I'm huge and couldn't find used gear to fit me and I looked for at least a good year and half or two....and didn't find anything I liked. However I like the idea of my gear fitting me and me wanting to use it for a long time. I also didn't just go out and jump on the most popular rig choice. I talked to 3 or 4 of my friends who are riggers and had them help me with my decision. I have a new Pilot canopy and will have my new Wings container soon. They are letting me make payments because of financial troubles i was having a being a new grad w/ loans and crap to pay off, which is awesome of them.... Nothing wrong with used gear at all, but getting new gear isn't the devil either....ultimately its up to you...IMO, the choice b/w used or new won't make or break your skydiving...a bad choice in size or something along those lines might though... Just make sure you do EXTENSIVE research whichever route you go....if I biff my landing and my rig gets what....its part of the sport. It's gonna happen sooner or later.... And for anyone who wants to flame me for saying buying new gear isn't that bad....I am 6'5, 250 lbs (not exit weight) Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  12. On my very first AFF jump, I forgot to flare when i came in to land, but I PLF'ed and my AFFI's came running over because they thought I had at least broken one leg or something. I got up, brushed myself off and said "son of a bitch, I forgot to flare didnt I...", laughed and then walked to the trailer as they stood there and looked and couldn't help but laugh too.. I def. used it after that, not too many times, but it definitely comes in handy when things don't pan it the way you intend them to upon landing
  13. I personally think that you're making an over-generalization about the sport and the social aspect and that just because people fly in tunnels means that they aren't social. Maybe i'm incorrect in what you're trying to say and don't seem to understand.... This is my opinion and my reply to you, take it however you want. I went through AFF when there wasn't a tunnel here in Colorado. I still went and flew in the Vegas tunnel to improve my skills. The idea of having a tunnel for training is awesome. Had I not gone to Vegas, I would've spent EVEN MORE money re-doing levels to try to diagnose a problem for 45 sec. - 1 minute of every jump. I'm in skydiving because I like it, I like the challenge of the sport, and most importantly the friends that I've made, IN SKYDIVING AND THE TUNNEL. Everyone has their own reasons as previously said. Am I looking to compete at some point in the future, quite possibly. So why not supplement that and increase my skills by going to fly in something that simulates freefall and that will make me that much sharper and more precise in my movements? That's like criticizing a commercial airline pilot in training for using the flight simulator instead of just going out and flying the real thing in different situations. If you actually gave it a chance, you'd see that the same friends you can make at the DZ, you can make at the tunnel as well. I have MANY friends who jump and work at the tunnel with me, we do both. So I disagree with you when you say this: And for myself, I personally have never and probably won't jump during the winter. I already don't like the cold as it is (even though I've lived in the north all my life). So having a wind tunnel around so I can still socialize and fly and keep my skills up to par is definitely better than sitting on my ass doing nothing and not seeing my friends for 6 months. A windtunnel (at least ours and few others that I know) is nothing more than a DZ indoors. Except no plane and no rigs. Give it a chance at least and then if you don't like it, criticize it all you want. Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  14. Yeah my cell phone does that, just found that out after i called in an accident for my friend. it goes into "Network GPS mode" and makes this cool little sound and shows a map of where they are relative to my location...never knew my phone did that...ha Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  15. DAMNIT How did I miss this thread....let me get my popcorn and grab a seat... *runs to grab popcorn* you were
  16. Oh wow. Blue Skies Tonto, thanks for your PM's and your help when I needed it. You're in a better, happier place now. Losing one of your own in this sport is ALWAYS hard, regardless if you ever had the chance to meet them in person Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  17. Well, here I am, a little after or almost a year later since you left. I want you to know that I miss you buddy. I almost didn't come to colorado just because I thought it would be harder because I knew everytime anything related to Colorado would come up, all the memories would come flooding back. The remaining semester at school was incredibly difficult to deal with, especially the fact that the last time I talked to you as Kristen held the phone to your ear, was the day before my flight was supposed to leave to come out to see you. You are a great friend and I know you're watching out for me every single day, but sometimes I still can't believe that you're actually gone. I've taken everything you taught me last summer and locked it away. Every now and then I get this voice that tells me when I'm doing something stupid and ironically it sounds like you...but I also hear it when something awesome happens too... Time has helped, but some days are harder than others. I can't be more thankful for the friends I gained not only through jumping but by knowing you as well. Every now and then you'll cross my thoughts and I'll look up at the sky wherever I am and a smile will come across my face because I know you're better off now and you're just waiting for the rest of us to get there an manifest with you. I talk to your mom and Kristen as much as I can, and even found your Victoria's email and your dad's and passed on my thoughts and photos to them. Anyways, just wanted to say that even though you're my boy and its tough to think about you being gone, I know that you're right beside, watching, and helping me get through everything. I miss you buddy.... Carl Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  18. Ready To Go - Republica The Hand That Feeds - NIN Trick Me (Remix) - Kelis Thunderdome Force Trance Mix - DJ Light Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  19. I feel your pain bro.....still renting here too... Being a big guy, it was tough to find used gear that fit me and I didn't want to chance it not fitting, so I had some friends of mine order new gear. My gear is ready but can't pay for it yet because of some unforeseen circumstances involving my family... So sucks but hey, a skydive is a skydive in my opinion Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  20. I have the same problem, but its getting better..... And we're about the same size. I'm an inch shorter and 20 lbs lighter.. Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  21. psipike02

    Empuria brava

    I've been looking for another reason to come to Spain, other than living there and practicing my spanish of course... Now this does it.....I gotta get there now... Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  22. Damn you kai, you've made me more anxious for me to get my Pilot now...hahah I can't wait to get mine!!!! Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  23. I'm sure every tunnel has subtle differences as well as similarities, so I can only speak of the tunnel I work at here in Colorado. At our tunnel as a first timer, you'll have the intro flight class which will teach basic body position and hand signals that you'll use in the tunnel. After the class you'll get geared up with everyone else, where you will receive a jumpsuit, goggles, helmet, ear plugs, knee pads and elbow pads. The time you're there is dependent mostly on how much time you get during the flight, but here the entire process could take anywhere from 1:15 mins to 2 hours, depending on how busy we are and how the day is going. Everyone here jumps in street clothes as you just put the jumpsuit on over your clothes. You'd probably be better off making a reservation too... Hope that answers your questions...have fun and let us know how it goes Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  24. Before I exit, I do a chest pound with my fist twice and point to the sky to signify God and my grandfather and my best friend Josh watching over me while jumping and then say "Its GO TIME" Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----
  25. TO COLORADO SKYDIVERS AND ANY OTHER SKYDIVERS IN THE AREA: Watch your friends and tunnel rats go through the CARNAGE during their intense monthly instructor training session at Skyventure Colorado's first invitational SAFETY MEETING PRIZES! Cheap time! FOOD!!!! Guest flyers! BYOB!! Enjoy a cold beverage while watching Skyventure staff train, special guest flyers and even discounted tunnel time! Be there on 9.11.07 at 8 - 9:30 pm Puttin' some stank on it. ----Hellfish #707----