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  1. airathanas

    Texas - where to sepnd the weekend?

    I second the recommendations for Skydive Spaceland and Skydive Dallas. There is a bar/pizza joint nearby Skydive Dallas called The Loft- highly recommended as well. Be sure to check out iFly in Austin along the way!
  2. airathanas

    Kapowsin Air Sports

    I jumped at Skydive Kapowsin while in on a business trip. The people are super friendly and the vibe is great overall. People were helpful from my arrival and I immediately got on some 10 ways. The views from up top are beautiful and scenic! They are based out of a huge hanger. Lots of packing space and a huge landing area. There is an onsite ATM and a snack bar (cash only). Cheeto was organizing and I was welcomed to jump on some 10 ways. They have a huge, fully stocked beer fridge. I was a little surprised at how lax they were though. No calls for the loads, no 2 min warning. Manifesting was signing up on a piece of paper on a clipboard. No red light; just cut and go without checking the spot. Still, I would jump there again in heart beat and I really recommend it.
  3. While it will be warm enough to jump, the winds traditionally will be up and gusty. It's usually iffy to jump in the spring in Texas
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  5. airathanas

    Ft Hood Skydivers in 1970's

    There isn't a Fort Hood Parachute Club anymore. The closest dropzone is Skydive Temple in Salado Texas. That might be a good place to start but it wasn't around in the 1970s. BTW I'm a jumper and I work at Fort Hood (Army contractor, been here for 4 years)
  6. airathanas

    Newbie skydiver

    Welcome to skydiving! There is a Skydiver with Disabilities forum here so that may be something you're interested in checking out. Also, there is a Womens Only forum too. All best and blue skies!
  7. airathanas

    3000 tandems, 4 chuckers.

    185 tandems, one puker. Under canopy. I didn't mind that it splattered all over the cut away handle and my arm. It was the smell that was horrible. Rancid Yuk And we were caught in an updraft so it took forever to get down too!
  8. airathanas

    Fitting in as a new skydiver

    You could easily go to the 2 hour dropzone. I drive 4 hours one-way to my home dz, passing at least 3 other dropzones along the way. People ask me all the time why so I go to one so far away. Simple - THE VIBE! Vibes can make or break a dropzone. Breaking into the social scene can be difficult for experienced jumpers too.
  9. I didn't know Hippie that well but from the few times I hung out with him he was a great guy. Fly free Hippie- we miss you!!
  10. airathanas

    input on knee replacement

    I had an acl replacement a year ago. I also have extensive cartilage and meniscus damage. I am probably going to have a meniscus transplant, as well as an allograft plug in my articular cartilage. I am opting for this because I'm only 31 and knee replacements only last 10 years or so. Maybe that is something to ask your doctor about.
  11. Your cartoons are awesome! Once you have a butt load of jumps, you're going to look back and smile at what you've accomplished. There are a lot of threads on about being nervous when you jump. If you haven't already, there is a lot of great info out there about it and stories of other jumpers' experiences too. Blue skies!
  12. airathanas

    Jack Hammer

    Wow - this is a shock. I knew Jack when I was jumping in Georgia a few years back. He was always very encouraging and supportive. He helped me out when I was working towards fulfilling my coaching rating requirements. We miss and love you Jack. See you on the other side.
  13. airathanas

    My first rush

    There were a couple of students that I took on tandems that did not get a rush. They were EXTREMELY mellow to begin with and did not express emotion much to begin with. Or maybe you're just dead inside.
  14. airathanas

    Noob Cartoon: Chicken of the Sky

    I LOVE your cartoon! it's so true and so funny at the same time. The really cool part (for me, the sport psychologist anyway) was the self-talk (the other duck). It plays such a vital part of skydiving! The self-talk duck never really goes away; it just gets quieter and at times says different (more positive) things. Blue skies!! Are you going to get your A license?
  15. airathanas

    downsizing lesson learned...

    I was jumping a Stiletto 135, which I thought was well within my ability range, given that I have 1000 jumps. I was wrong. I couldn't land it safely when I jumped out of the balloon when there was no outs. Knee surgery and 6 months of physical therapy is no joke. I've upsized to a Pulse 150 and I'm not going to be doing any balloons ever again.