DougH

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  1. I am going to be at O'Hare for a work conference Nov. 9th through the 11th and I am trying to figure out if I should hurry back to CT, or if it might be worth getting a rental car and heading over to the DZ. How is the dropzone activity this time of year? I know the end of the season is approaching, and shit is getting chilly! How about weather, I know here in CT November is a crap shoot with winds? I looked at the calendar, no events planned. Option A: back to CT. Option B: Find an overpriced hotel in downtown and explore. Option C: bring my rig, get a rental car, and call the DZ to see if they have cabins/bunk available. Thanks! First beer is on me for any locals with some input! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  2. How long ago did strong switch to the clear coated cables. It must be at least 10 years ago, because I don't remember the uncoated ones being common when I first started in the sport, a we were a dual hawk dz. I wouldn't be thrilled about that dzo's level of expenditures on mx and upgrades. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  3. Bringing this back from the dead. Is there anyone out there that can mod a Vector 2 to make the reserve flap a tuck in type? I have a mint vector 2 that I want to use for a casual crw rig. I know there was a crw flap mod that upt put a bulletin out for, but a tuck in flap would be more secure from line snags in all directions. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  4. Yes that is my opinion of them. Too short of a recovery arc which leads to a lower turn, and a more narrow window for length of dive and rotation rate. I see way more people, especially jumpers newer to swooping, digging out of the corner on these short recovery arc ellipticals. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  5. Don't know about either, but unless it is a complete redesign I would think that the Crossfire 3 will continue to be a poor choice for learning high performance landings! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  6. Can you take pictures of the line attachment points, and the wear? "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  7. My apologies; and you are correct. Even each state in our 50 states may have specific law to negate what I posted. My post was in general of what basic tort law here in the US. Jerry Baumchen I try to avoid playing lawyer on the internet, and I am not a lawyer in real life. Knowing how to read tax code and tax court cases isn't close to tort law. I agree with what you said above Jerry. But I was approaching it from the non legal side. We operate to a certain extent on gentleman agreements that aren't written but I hold myself to, and I hope others return the favor. So yes if there isn't a written rental agreement it may be unenforceable, but if both parties are aware that the policy is that non-student jumpers are responsible to pay for damage and loss than the right thing to do is to replace the gear since jumping it is accepting those terms on a ethical level, even if it isn't a legal requirement. Same as jumping a friends gear, you break it, you lose it, you replace it. I don't whip out rental agreements to jump a friend rig, or let someone jump mine. Like I said above we are adults and if that is the DZ policy and it was made known we can do the adult thing and not jump the gear if we aren't willing to take on the risk of loss. I kind of think shirking that responsibility on a legal technicality is kind of similar to violating the unspoken pact that skydivers don't sue. Of course I am not the one dealing with the situation, so I don't know what was known by the parties, and how reasonable (or unreasonable) the DZ operators are being. If they stuck me with the bill for a brand new canopy I would tell them to pound sand at that point. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  8. Lots of grey area here. If known policy is that renters replace all damaged or lost gear, then you agree to that, or you buy your own gear and don't rent. I don't think students should be responsible for lost gear, it is a cost of business, and part of training students. Still you may be a student, but you are still an adult. If that is the DZ policy and you don't agree you should vote with your feet and go to a different DZ. Either way there shouldn't be the charge of a new replacement canopy. A new canopy was not lost. There should be the cost of a ragged out student canopy that needs a new line set! DZ should also try to keep their rental gear in better shape, it is in their best interest to do so, regardless of who has to pay for the loss. It doesn't sound great that this canopy was known to be having slider hang ups but was still being rented out. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  9. Who is running the event? If I recall it wasn't just finger prints and background checks that made many avoid the event recently. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  10. FAA physical is hardly a test of fitness. I am far from this decision, but if we are still throwing drogues in 27 years I will probably put a stress test on my check list. One of my friends was super fit on the outside. He was an older guy, ran marathons, could have ran circles around me. Died of a heart attack on a jump, which by itself was tragic, but would have been even worse if it wasn't a solo (he wasn't a TI). "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  11. DougH

    Tailgate lottery

    Grew up in NJ, drivers there think it is tank combat. I had a lifted truck with big welded steel bumpers, but people still insisted on tailgating and being dicks. I drove pretty damn fast back then, and I followed keep right except to pass. If I am passing someone at 85 wait for me to pass the person and so I can then move out of your way! You really cant wait the 30 seconds, you are going to fly up my ass with your BMW to hurry me along for 30 seconds? I put bright ass utility lights in the back for night time tailgaiters and piece of black shit pipe in the trailer hitch. At that point it wasn't as much of a brake check as it was a radiator punch. ;) "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  12. Looks excellent, I have one of the first Sony's with BOSS but I haven't been flying outside video much, so I never get any further than having exit equipment make me a custom box. This would be so much smaller and lighter. I am guessing the bigger camera body would still handle low light and other conditions better overall though. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  13. I heard a story of a bunch of jerks that brought a cat along on a 182 load with the intention of tossing it out and catching it. Skyball with claws. When they opened the door the cat turned into the tazmanian devil and started attacking everyone it could get to like a meth crazed buzz saw. All evil doer jumpers got a good ass kicking, and then jumped, leaving the pilot to fend for the cat. I can't verify the story, but if true they got what they deserved, including the complicit pilot! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  14. Do you have a recommendation for one that fits that bill? "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  15. I would think that you have to get the right people interested in the fact that a large volume of state consumers were being short changed something of quantifiable value. Then you would have to guide them through a way to verify that consumers are being short changed. It may not even be in the ballpark of something that they give a shit about, unless you tip off someone in that office to the fact that they were personally ripped off. Probably best to take the high road. I think you will win in the long run by being the DZ with better customer service, and a better atmosphere. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  16. Skydivers don't sue, and snitches get stitches, but just maybe the state Consumer Protection agency could figure this fraud out, you know... on their own. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  17. We are the government, we are here to help (push the agendas of various persons and parties at the expense of the overall population). "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  18. Are fellow DZ's experiencing a similar decrease? My guess is that the other DZ's are shitting where they eat, and unfortunately they are also shitting where you eat too. They are probably taking customers that may have gone to your drop zone due to you marketing campaign and website. These customers were going to jump regardless at one of the local DZ's, but they did their one lifetime jump or one annual jump through a groupon promotion. I haven't seen a decrease where I work as an instructor, but you have just as many local factors impacting business, as you do overall economy impacts. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  19. IMHO business that partner are the ones that are driving the race to the bottom. You have trained a good amount of your customers to sit around an wait for a deal. Why would you want to pay another business a large cut of your gross margin, for poaching customers that would have found your business if you hadn't used Groupon? Sure people use it to pay for that engine that needs a rebuild, or for cash flow, but they are still cutting huge into their margins. You would be better off getting a line of credit with the local bank, than salting the earth partnering with Groupon. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  20. Is Nylon similar to polycarbonate? Some flavored e-juice has been known to etch polycarbonate tanks that make up vaping equipment. The juices that etch and crack tanks are citrus flavored or cinnamon flavored. It isn't the PG or VG that causes the issue, it is some chemical in the flavor compounds. Does the customer know which asshole spilled the juice? I have no tolerance for people that put something that can be spilled near rigs. I would be fuming. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  21. Your point makes zero sense. The situation ended perfectly, unless you count the death of the aggressor to be a huge loss. No innocent lives lost. You can't prove that there were good guys with guns there in the first place. You can't prove that there was a direct situation that the good guys with guns needed to respond to. If I accept your "fact" that there were good guys with gun there, then we can all stop and recognize the fact that your alleged good guys with guns didn't make the situation worse, by turning it in to a wild west shoot out resulting in loss of innocent lives. That is a huge claim of the "gun-o-phobe" curl in a ball and pray to spaghetti monster crowd. The point of a concealed weapon is to be able to respond to imminent threats to the safety of yourself, your family, and others; WHEN A RESPONSE WOULD BE NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE! Responsible gun owners exercise restraint. The point isn't that they can make every situation better, the point is that they can do more to try to make a situation better when there are no other options than a bunch of helpless people with no ability to respond other than retreat or hide. I will say it again, I am very sorry for your loss Kallend. I am sorry that gun owners didn't kill a bunch of innocent people, I know this lost opportunity to further your agenda must be crushing. I am sorry that this wasn't some right wing nut job that was able to kill a bunch of people, it must be a real shame to know this was just workplace violence, how sad. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  22. Haven't had one in a while. I used to have ones where bad shit looked like it was happening to my buddies, but never did. For example I am watching my buddies doing a four way turning points right down to the basement, and they disappear behind a hill. I rush over and they are all walking back packed. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  23. Careful now.....depending on the gun free workplace and the religion of the shooter, workplace violence quickly becomes terrorism. I suppose the shootings in San Bernardino were just workplace violence. The guy was an employee and all. All buses are automobiles, but all automobiles are not buses. This might be correct, if he was pissed about someone stealing his red stapler, and being put in a basement broom closet, and was watching too much Office Space. Instead he was consuming extremist jihadi propaganda on the internet, and he sympathized with ISIS, instead of Ron Livingston. I am pretty sure that most of us could independently come up with the conclusion that was terrorism, and not workplace violence. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  24. According to similar research techniques, you sir, are a duck! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  25. I thought they only picked gun-free zones? Who is "they"? This was described as work place violence. People normally commit workplace violence at places that are their current or previous workplace. That is why the phrase "work place" is used in conjunction with the word "violence" to describe such events. Work places are normally the location or business where some one works or has worked. If this shooter excluded his workplace because it wasn't a gun free zone, and selected another persons workplace that was, it wouldn't exactly be workplace violence anymore, would it? "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P