DougH

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  1. More like mental illness. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  2. DougH

    BEER RULES!!!!

    I searched the forum because I wanted to know this. I'm really new to the sport and am faced with the "Beer Rules" which I'm a bit uncomfortable with. I don't drink, not because I have anything against it, but the DZ is 30kms from my house and i will NOT even have one drink and then drive home. So I shouldn't say I don't drink but I don't ever drink at the DZ after a day of skydiving. Of course I want to hang out and take part in the camaraderie but I don't ever drink any beer offered. I have bought 2 cases of beer for a couple of occasions but I'm a bit uncomfortable with it. So I was thinking about bringing in something else (soda, or cookies, or something else...?)but didn't know if it would be weird or offensive. I still feel like the new kid on the block and have trouble fitting in anyway... so it's like I feel pressured to buy beer that I don't know much about and don't even drink myself. Would it be weird to bring in something other than beer? Will it be looked down on? Sure you can bring things other than beer. Some pizzas in the middle of a day are a great substitution. Cookies, unspecial brownies , water, drinks. If the DZ has a freezer a box of ice-cream treats are great too. I buy beer because I drink it, and frankly buying a case of beer is way easier for coordinating something else. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  3. Eh, I think the two responses are a bit dramatic. Plenty of people go through the coach courses and never end up regularly coaching students. Their course dollars spend just as well as the next guy. To a certain extent course directors need bodies to fill courses and make it worthwhile. Even if you don't use the coach rating you are going to learn a lot going through the course. Having to teach something is a great way to identify gaps in your own base of knowledge. You don't need to teach students to have the benefit your overall skydiving. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  4. Normally no, depending on the design. Many have a piano hinge around the whole boc, and the instructor deployment involves pulling an handle connected to the cutaway cable that hold the piano hinge together. This either opens the boc up, or in some cases disconnects the whole boc from the rig, pilot chute and all. It isn't designed for regular deployments. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  5. [South Park] Craaaaaaab people. Look like crab, talk like people [South Park] "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  6. I know one guy who has a left sided BOC, so it wouldn't be a first. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  7. I having ratings so I always renew by email/fax. I would just call them and get them on the phone. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  8. Does pulling the release on this system actually open the container, or just release the drogue which is then supposed to open the container? "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  9. When I broke my ankle the retail costs before discounts and adjustments for the ambulance ride, two days in hospital, two surgeries, and one ER visit when I thought I was stroking out was over 250k dollars. The health care industry can straight up go fuck themselves. They deserve what ever crushing regulations are dealt to the whole bunch, from the hospitals to the insurers. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  10. DougH

    Irma is coming....

    Be careful folks. It sounds like the models are starting to have a high level agreement that FL is going to get battered. https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/category-5-irma-5th-strongest-atlantic-hurricane-record "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  11. Guessing this isn't a serious team. No video slot? Not manifesting as a team plus video? Why would the team members individually manifest? "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  12. I wasn't talking about the OP. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  13. It is leading me to infer something about social skills. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  14. That is a terrible canopy in general, and an ever worse choice to start learning to swoop. You don't need to be hucking large amounts of rotation and making long swoops to bust yourself up, or worse. My best advice is to try to find a mentor that isn't over a web browser that can give you advice. Get a new one if they tell you it is a good idea to start self-teaching high performance landings with a Diablo! A Sabre II, a mentor, and coaching will get you a lot further. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  15. Forget about the civil war. Many haven't even gotten over desegregation yet. The outrage of sharing a lunch counter, and having your kids go to the same schools. Maybe they can start with that and work their way back. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  16. I hope so too. Wow! I don't have much of a dog in this fight, I am a weekender at a great dz with a great DZO and S&TA. If I ever find myself at a place where I can't ask pointers, and the instructors aren't comparing notes due to some misguided goal of keeping up appearances, then I won't be there for long!!! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  17. I have no qualms about shit talking their asking price, and their mentality on the Facebook buy and sell forums. I would also call bullshit if someone was trying to pull that locally and I caught wind of it. Some will say the market will pay what the market will pay. But I think that is bullshit when prices are up because you are getting unwitting new jumpers to buy your "new" shitty gear at inflated prices! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  18. They way I look at it, any rated Tandem instructors should have the common sense, and professionalism, to ask other experienced instructors for guidance in new situations. New airplane, ask others. Student with physical impairments, ask others. New drop-zone, ask others. You should have the skill set already, you just need to know the differences when approaching new situations. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  19. Unless there is a rigger in Boston he may be looking 1 hour plus anyway. Several riggers at my home DZ, Skydive Danielson, which is about 1 hour 20 from Boston. It is located in North east CT. Brian Grady is the master rigger that runs the loft at Jumptown, in Orange mass. Also 1 1/2 hours away. Maybe check Brian, I can't remember if he lives near Jumptown. He may end up being closer than the actual DZ. The DZ could help connect you with him. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  20. Not really the place for this question. There is a considerable difference in how to approach a 182 tandem jump versus a turbine jump with a door big enough for a crouched or stand up poised exit. Differences on how to get a good exit, different snag hazards, different approaches to hooking up. That being said any rated tandem instructor should have the skill set to transition from one to the other by getting a quick briefing on the ins and outs. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  21. My ex-wife dealt with a bunch of unprofessional ridiculous behavior as a waitress, and she worked at Chili's. That is a national chain with a corporate HR department that should limit that sort of shit. My take is that even these chain restaurants have this mix of young untrained workers in the kitchen and waitstaff that need adequate management, and horribly unprofessional (or worse) management that aren't capable or don't care about keeping a professional work environment. I was kind of blown away that corporate would be willing to bear the risk of having such poor managers. It was a lawsuit landmine, but I think most of the employees just quit when faced with unfair and or illegal treatment. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  22. DougH

    North Korea

    KJU biggest risk doesn't come from the US, the west, or the outside world. His risk is that he will be overthrown. The nuke program, the crazy rhetoric, is all about pandering to his base. Kind of like another man with small hands and a bad haircut. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  23. Your assumption would be wrong, unfortunately. It was not tested in any sense. A prototype of was sloppily machined, it was sloppily tied on to an existing bridle with a curved pin, and was jumped a handful of times. In my mind testing requires set criteria, data points that you are evaluating, and an objective review of the results. They require repetition and enough quantity to allow statistical patterns to arise. If you count those jumps as test jumps then I would assume would number no more than 100-150 life to date, and no more that 50 before it was held out for sale. The designer has shown other patterns of inconsistent data, like coming back from an injury and time away from the sport with the enough jumps to get a D license. So I personally wouldn't take any test data you could get your hands on with a grain of salt, and a heavy dose of professional skepticism. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  24. It doesn't really solve any problems, real or otherwise. It was a stupid fucking idea when I first saw it, and everyone gave advice to that point. Multiple riggers gave similar feedback. It was a stupid idea, but now that it is being sold AND PURCHASED it is a really stupid flat out dangerous idea. Hence my motivation for my post. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  25. The same shit that is on the website. One of the arguments for example was "tandem students can't push your pin out now while they are messing with your gear". Thank god, because that has happened to me every weekend for the past 11 years. Goddamn tandem students! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P