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Everything posted by danornan

  1. How did getting rid of NAFTA and replacing it with USMCA, an updated version of the nearly 25-year-old, trillion-dollar North American Free Trade Agreement cause the baby formula shortage?
  2. From Rice University... https://news.rice.edu/news/2021/biden-continues-trumps-benign-neglect-usmca "The Biden administration and most Democrats in Congress appear to be in lockstep with the Trump administration about the USMCA, according to Gantz, especially when it comes to seeking to create new American jobs and investment in the U.S. auto industry rather than in Mexico."
  3. John K ------ https://www.wsj.com/articles/governments-baby-formula-shortage-abbott-mead-johnson-tariffs-wic-fda-perrigo-democrats-11652996346?mod=hp_opin_pos_1 another side...
  4. Merlin suits that are made in Deland.. https://www.merlinsuits.com/ By Ulla....
  5. Maybe next with two Otters and 10 skydivers in each from 15,000. I'll float.....
  6. I didn't know Bruce but really appreciated your tribute and pictures. Sounds like a good friend and wonderful person. My condolences...
  7. I just noticed the above and cannot delete... :-( https://www.fox13news.com/news/johns-hopkins-study-shows-lockdowns-only-reduced-covid-19-death-rate-by-2 BTW John, 2% is a large number but 7,500 people die everyday in the US for lots of causes and this is not necessarily in addition to...
  8. I'm not a doctor.... The same happened to me in the late 80's while SCUBA diving and it was a one time thing as it's never happened again. I had no pain, but after a normal 70 foot dive, come to the surface with what felt like cotton in one ear and sounds were muffled. It was later diagnosed (ENT) as the same as yours, a barotrama and after a while, the stuffed/cotton feel went away. I still do a lot of diving and it never happened again. I was left though with tinnitus in that ear. In your situation, you might consider a decongestant, after seeing an ENT and not jump with a head cold or if you are stuffy and congested.
  9. I had two Spectra and got slammed by one out of maybe 1,000 jumps. I'm pretty sure it was the packer because at the boogie, several others had the same happen to them. My present Pilot 132 has 600+ jumps and all great openings. I just ordered another Pilot but 168 for a bit more canopy above my head.
  10. Or as others have said, don't be a rigger in the sky. Go with the odds and chances are it will be a non event.
  11. Earplugs unless you want tinnitus.....spoken from a sufferer...
  12. An old thread and it was alluded to, but I'd also want to know where it was jumped. Out in the desert with all of the sand and dust, or East coast with grass...Sand from a few dirt baths will probably shorten the life of gear by half.
  13. Maybe wear bicycle shorts under your jumpsuit.
  14. Landmissle, watch someone flat pack and you will be surprised how much sense it makes to see everything laid out as you fly it. It just takes more room....
  15. Do most students learn to Flat Pack first or do they generally go to PRO first. I learned to Flat Pack first and still prefer to see it laid out for a quick inspection.
  16. I've sold several rigs and had them all inspected by ChutingStar. They gave me a 2-3 page detailed inspection report and handled the money transfer. I was very satisfied..Check with the used prices on this forum and you will get close to the value of your gear.
  17. Old school here...An audible with 3 preset altitudes (break off, canopy out and flat-line) and analog altimeter on my mud flap. Mudflap is always there, easy for me and other to see and out of the way. Little to remember...
  18. Not sure of the point as a D qualifies you for all aspects of the sport. While we're at it, eliminate the night jump from the D license. Not necessary and dangerous. No one has to make a night jump accidentally or unintentionally.
  19. Give some thought to analog on the mudflap. It's away there, easy to read and not in the way. For me, so much more convenient and it's eaisly shared with your friends..
  20. If my memory is not too fogy, this happened at Z-Hills and was caught on video, maybe 10 years ago.
  21. Get some skydiving gloves at your local gear store. They are the right tool for the sport and that will be one less thing to have to think about. Later as you get more experience you can try other types. Keep it simple.
  22. I do a lot of swimming with fins and that really works the larger muscles in your upper leg. According to previous PT therapists, that has made a big difference in my not needing any pain medication or a TKR.
  23. I'm following this because I had a TPF (tibial plateau fracture) about 20 years ago and was told I'd need an artificial knee in about 5 years. I'm long over due but not in any discomfort and don't take any medications. Turning 70 in January with about 3600 jumps. Maybe 1500 jumps on the fracture and no sign, in the future of a new knee, yet. I was told by one of my doctors, after the last of 5 operations, that if I didn't gain any weight, didn't run or smoked and drank moderately, his handiwork might last 20+ years. 3 out of 4 ain't bad.....
  24. Good friend of mine, who doesn't skydive had both knees replaced several years ago. Prior to the surgery he was told to loose weight. He didn't loose any weight, had the surgery and there have been some complications. It's been several years and his weight has increased. He had to have the surgery but is not satisfied with the results. Bottom line is that everyone is different and if you are over weight, loose the difference before your surgery and keep it off and don't run on the new knee.