DougH

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  1. I blew my ankle up on a tandem work jump. Weird winds that day and I got some lift and then sink off a thermal on final, we landed hard despite a flare to my toes. I let my legs take as much of the impact as possible, and my left ankle "stuck" as we continued forward. The result was an unharmed student, and a dislocated left ankle with a bimalleolar fracture. It looked like my fibula was hit with a sledge hammer, and I had several surgeries to include external fixation, then internal fixation with one plate w/ 6 screws, and another 2 screws on the opposite side. It was 3 months before I was weight bearing, and almost 9 months before I was jumping. Do as much as you can to maintain mobility in the ankle, and do as much PT as you can get coverage for. Don't rush back to jumping, and also work on your balance and proprioception. I am probably 95% 5 years later. I do have less mobility in that ankle, and it does get cranky sometimes, but most days I barely noticed that it happened. Best advise I can give would be to get a knee crutch if you have any extended period of time before getting weight bearing. Google iWalk 2.0. It will make your mobility 10000x better and it will help will help you fend off some atrophy in the upper leg. Worth every single penny.
  2. I struggle with this subject, and I have a lot of conflicting viewpoints. I think that the government and higher education institutions are largely to blame for the huge increase in the cost of a college degree relative to inflation. Where is the pound of flesh from these universities and colleges that enriched themselves and their staff offering degrees with low return on investment that came with ever increasing tuition bills. What about the lending industry that was protected by the fact that student loans aren't dischargeable. I also think that the US society at large has responsibility for this blind promotion of college. There are a lot of dumbass boomer and gen x parents out there that pushed their kids to go on a college path with zero plan, backed up by their kids high school guidance counselors. These kids were following the plan laid out for them, and were stuck paying grossly inflated tuition that others used to make a tidy profit from. From a personal responsibility stand-point it does chap my ass. I have paid off all of my college debt, almost 50k, that I incurred earning my BS in accounting. Do I get a rebate? I think any forgiveness plan needs to be paired with a complete overhaul of the system in general because right now it is nothing short of another tax payer funded ponzi scheme.
  3. DougH

    covid-19

    Sorry just couldn't help myself.
  4. Nothing. Our country is worse off, our veterans are worse off, the region is much worse off. The defense contractors are rich, fat, and happy though. We still can't manage to get a well run VA for our soldiers that we maimed in the process.
  5. DougH

    covid-19

    Libertarians don't ever make it out of the "safety" meeting.
  6. DougH

    covid-19

    You must be a communist! How dare you set us all on the slippery slope of considering our impact on others. You are both giving up privacy by volunteering your sacred health data and are on board with the invasion of your person by wearing a minorly inconveniencing item on your face. Freedom must be unfettered by any personal responsibility. Never forget, my body my choice, unless it is some 15 year old rape victim in a conservative state, then it is gods life gods choice > my body my choice.
  7. DougH

    covid-19

    I need to get my winter boots because my feet are getting cold! I wonder if the residents of hell got a frost warning before I almost typed the exact same response and saw yours instead. Not wearing a mask isn't about taking a chance with your health, it is about taking a chance with everyone else health by putting those around you at a higher risk of infection. Keep it up you super patriots!
  8. I made a choice early on that since people knew that I skydived, and later on they knew that I was a tandem instructor, they could come to me to if they had a genuine interest in making a jump. At the end of the day despite all of the "company lines" skydiving is an unnecessary dangerous pursuit. I find it to be an amazing fulfilling experience, but it isn't for everyone.
  9. I had responded to a post earlier on FB today when a similar article popped on a local community group. Some asshat had a response, something to the tune that their missing parents must not be looking very hard to reconnect. Literally one of the most callous things I have heard. I don't care about your political leanings, your feelings about immigration, your assertions of their parents culpability. I honestly think you are the lowest level of human shit if you aren't horrified that children were separated from their parents, and some will never be reunited.
  10. Probably the same reason why people have thought that there was a spaceship hiding behind a comet, or why genocidal strongmen are allowed to rise to power. Lack of critical thinking, cognitive dissonance, and blind dedication to charisma.
  11. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Trump just goes straight to the damned lies. That is it the genius of his greatest mind, the same efficiency that he has used to run his highly successful business empire.
  12. DougH

    Prepping?

    That might help some, but honestly I don't think most people understand the true potential cost of having to defend themselves after a self defense shooting, even if it occurred in their own home and they did everything right. I have this bookmarked on my youtube account, it was one of a few informative discussions on the topic.
  13. DougH

    Prepping?

    I hope you have considered being a member of one of the firearms legal defense organizations like USCCA. I came to a realization that if I ever used my firearms to defend myself and my family I would likely find myself embroiled in a costly legal defense that could deprive us of my freedom and finances. Alive but in jail and draining our savings isn't a position I want to find myself in.
  14. DougH

    Prepping?

    Your best bet would be to run it by the clown department, we are lucky to have a resident advisor right here in this thread!
  15. DougH

    Prepping?

    You have zero basis to make that claim. Buying an extra pack over a long period of time bears no relation to the actions of the people that caused the TP shortages earlier this year because they decided to buy their 60 rolls all at once. I buy an extra bag of rice and other non-perishables from time to time. That must mean I am one step away from a manifesto! I am going to go inventory my stockpile while I chuckle to myself about the irony of your claim that other people's posts are outing them as ridiculous clowns.
  16. Look at Chuck's post replying to me, post #13.
  17. Thanks Marcel! Congrats to you and your family as well. This is great information, I will take a look at Principal.
  18. Just like the 99.9% that attend protests and "don't do the looting". Crazy thing this right to free speech and right to peaceful assembly.
  19. You can still cry in a exotic car, but it is better than crying in a run down geo-metro.
  20. I am surprised. That is awesome, thanks for sharing that. I have a Jack-the-ripper on every one of my jumpsuits including the pants I wear for tandems and camera suit, but I had always thought it would have a hard time in this circumstance.
  21. Updating this reply after seeing the videos that Chuck shared below. I have always assumed that in this scenario the drogue would be hard to physically cut, but maybe I underestimated the hook knives function here. I think your best outcome is still relies on the tandem instructor following the procedures to a t, so you can free yourself once the tandem pair is free from you.
  22. More sour grapes? Shocker! I found Bill's post infinitely more interesting than your response but that is par for the course. Is there anything even remotely involved with skydiving that you haven't become upset and bitter about? Have you stopped to consider why you may be feeling this way, and how you may be contributing to all of your poor experiences?
  23. There is no concept of benefit versus cost. Just look to all the individual freedom loving, pro small government "conservatives" that would love to enforce mandatory drug testing for state aid recipients. They would gleefully spend millions to take a few 100k of benefits away from people.
  24. My Prius has been a great purchase as a commuter car, and I don't mind driving it at all, despite having owned large lifted trucks and sport cars along the way. I bought it as a commuter car with 30k on the ticker to drive a 100 mile round trip commute. 200k miles later it is still going strong, and all I have ever done for service was to replace the non-hybrid battery, and change the oil. We are slowly moving in to our new house and I am amazed at the amount of stuff I can stuff in it with the seats down because it is a hatch back.