SmilingPhoenix

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    Bay Area Skydiving / Skydive Houston
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    210009
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  • Number of Jumps
    49
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  1. No worries girl! I haven't been out to Byron lately, so from Texas you get a big thank you for the great images and the memories they brought me this morning. When anyone has news of services, or where I can make a donation in his name, please PM me. Thanks. Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  2. Another thanks to Lany. You always capture the heart in your images and to have these is priceless. Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  3. Thanks Jon, this gives me a great start of what I can research to get more information on the changes and upgrades since that time period. Trust me, with my friend Tom passing this weekend, you won't see me hooking it any time soon... Blue skies, Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  4. A beautiful post Wonderwoman. When I first met Tom, he seemed so hard to get to know. We barely spoke. Then I was able to bring him some love from a mutual friend and his eyes lit up and I was at once welcome into his life. I am so thankful I have that day to remember - the day he opened up to me and allowed me to be a friend. Thank you Tom for making the sky bluer and the planet more pleasant. You will be missed. Smiling to you in your heaven where you can jump all day and play all night... "Crazy Legs" - Thanks to your video... Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  5. (Re-post from Bonfire because I didn't know any better ) Hi Gang, I am visiting my dad here in Tampa and his secretary Frankie back in 1980 or 1981 had some type of accident at the Z-Hills DZ and didn't make it. She spent all of her time telling him how safe it was, etc. and then died on a jump. So, I am just wondering if any long-time jumpers might have known her and have some idea about what happened so I can try to explain it to him? I know we never know the whole story, but if gear has changed in the past 20 years or something, it might help me to assure him that while I am participating in a high risk sport, I am also not living a death wish. Thanks, Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  6. Brilliant! Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  7. Maybe I like being locked in cages Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  8. To me it's like anything else, we each have to make the decision of what we want to get out of the sport. I did 4 coached jumps yesterday with 3 different instructors. The first one rocked. He reminded me of all that I had stopped thinking about and gave me some great tips. I would have gladly paid $100 for that course because I learned as much as I did in any of my AFF classes. After that the next two instructors didn't focus as much on the training ahead of the jump, so maybe I didn't learn as much. But the fact is that after the first one, I had absorbed a lot so maybe there just wasn't any more room in my little brain. On one of the jumps I landed feeling bad - I mean, glad I was alive and all - but disappointed in my performance - you only get so many jumps in a weekend and don't we all want them to each be amazing? So I went and sat on a picnic bench alone after the debrief and just played it over a few times in my head. I decided I couldn't end the day there, it was time for one more. So the last jump I had filmed to put it all together. That video is priceless to me. Aside from the fact that the images are amazing and I can't wait to show them off - I learned more watching that skydive than I had even learned from the first instructor. I could see my body and know what it was doing and how it reacted to different movements - and how the instructors body moved as well. So I guess what I learned is that it may seem like paying to jump with people isn't always worth it - but even the jumps that feel less-than-successful can teach you that in skydiving, each person you jump with is different and has different capabilities - coaches and hotshots alike. Whether sitting with the long-time jumpers and talking to them about jumps and (SOON) participating with them or finding out what some of the newer kids have to say. Everyone has an opinion, a perspective, and something to add - even if what they add for you is - Don't EVER Do THAT. Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  9. Hey William, I just went down to Skydive Houston myself this week for the first time. They had a great bbq on Saturday that was yummy fun and I felt pretty lucky to have such a cool way to get to know the gang down there. They talked about trying to make it a monthly thing, just sign up for the newsletter on the website - you'll get a weekly e-mail and get the scoop on what's coming. Introduce yourself next time you come out - most of the gang don't seem to bite, but then, I haven't asked them to yet Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  10. I'm with the gang, if you can afford a video and they offer it - go for it! I play mine over and over and over and... Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  11. Hi Ken, Join the club! I am new to jumping and Byron too - and that shirt that says "Byron Love" is on the spot - I can't think of a better group of people to learn from and spend my time with. Best of luck on your license - see you down there sometime soon! Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  12. Sarah, It was so great to see you pass level 5 last week. You really are an inspiration for a newbie like me! I can't wait to see you again (this weekend I hope!) and maybe some day soon we will both be good enough to do a jump together! You Go Girl! Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  13. I’m glad the poll has the “odd moment of feeling terrified”, that is the perfect description for me. I was absolutely excited the entire time I was getting ready to go, walking out to the plane and climbing up to 14K for that first tandem. We got to the door and I was still thinking, wow, this is SO COOL. Then we stepped out and I realized there was nothing beneath my feet. Nothing to grab on to. Just nothing. HOLY CRAP! I screamed like no tomorrow. Then it took just a second for me to register that I could either choose to be afraid, or I could choose to enjoy what would either be the last few moments of my life or a whole new future. I chose to take a look around and see the world from a perspective most people don’t ever experience. And as we drew closer, I wanted to do more and more. By the time SBS pulled the chute, I thought nothing could ever be better than that experience and even if it was the last thing I ever did – it would be worth it. So then we slowly made our way down under canopy and I continued to enjoy having wings. Now, I have to admit that since I am on my AFF Level 5, I am getting a bit more nervous a bit sooner. I am responsible now for making sure I don’t die – not someone who actually knows what they are doing. Fortunately, between Gareth, Roy, Q and Clay, I think I have had some of the best instructors in the sport, so my confidence in myself is strong enough to keep me going. And every time I step off that plane it gets a bit easier. And every time I am more under my own power, it gets that much more invigorating. Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!
  14. Congrats on passing AFF1! That's awesome! I'm glad you got to actually do it - and even more glad you didn't have to do it in turbulence! I don't think I want the challenge of bad weather when I'm still trying to figure out what to do with blue skies! So, is next week level 2?! Jean Because life is an adventure - it may not be the one you planned, but then it wouldn't be an adventure!