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  1. mpuettman

    Marvin's Boogie

    Yeah, I think Marvin only came to one of the St. Patty's Boogies, but I think Ronnie made it to all of them but one. And speaking of Marvin and Ronnie, it would have been really fun have jumped at Smithville when Ronnie and Marvin had their DZ there, but I didn't know either Marvin or Ronnie back then...but I've heard some of the stories...
  2. mpuettman

    Taking Up Skydiving in Mid-life

    I started jumping 9 years ago at age 50 -- just needed a change of scenery...
  3. mpuettman

    What do you drive?

    2009 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT/TRX 1988 Porsche 911 2003 Yamaha V-Star 650 Silverado
  4. mpuettman

    T-6 Texan

    I jumped one once a few years ago. The pilot took the plane up to 4500' and then nosedived the plane and did an inverted roll at 160 knots. She (the pilot) told me to stand sideways in the seat prior to beginning the roll and that I would fall out when the plane was inverted. WRONG!!! I got sucked out about 3/4 of the way into the roll, my arm hit the plane's canopy and my leg hit the sit of the plane on exit and I got LOTS of bruises. But that was not the worst part...I hit other unknown parts of the plane and in the video (she had a camera mounted to the tail), I passed right over the camera!! Actually, I felt like I was a pinball in a pinball machine. Fortunately for me and for the pilot, I did not hit the tail. I lived to tell about it so it was a great jump! However, I do not recommend standing sideways in the seat to exit. If I were to do it again (and I'm not sure I would), I would stand facing the front of the plane to avoid lots of bruises and I would think that you would probably get a cleaner exit away from the plane. I don't know, though. I'm just guessing. Just remember that if the plane is in an inverted dive, the tail is above you. Let us know if you jump a T-6. I'm curious to know your exit and how it went.
  5. mpuettman

    Who rides motorcycles and what is your ride?

    Nice! How do you like it? Did you take the MSF course? I love riding it is a great freeing feeling on the ground. Yes, I did take the MSF class. Since I had never had a bike before it was very helpful -- especially since my only other experience with bikes was as a passenger on a Goldwing. In hindsight, I probably should have started off on a smaller bike, but I've gotten pretty comfortable with it.
  6. mpuettman

    Who rides motorcycles and what is your ride?

    Yahama V-Star 650...I just started riding about 6 months ago.
  7. mpuettman

    Marvin's Boogie

    You’re right. That was Marvin’s last jump. I was fortunate enough to be on that jump also…as well as many other interesting fun jumps with Marvin. Somewhere I have a photo of everyone on that last jump. If I can find it, I’ll post it. Marvin was, without a doubt, one of the most fun people I have jumped with and he even tried teaching me CRW a few times. I sure do miss jumping with him and going to his boogies. I just ran into him and his wife a few weeks ago at the 127 Sale and he’s the same old Marvin…but just enjoying different hobbies (fishing and kayaking).
  8. mpuettman

    Any Other Bikers Here?

    my toy
  9. mpuettman

    For the pilots out there...

    About 5 years ago, I got to jump one of the old T-6’s – during an inverted roll at 160 knots. Got quite a few bruises from hitting the plane’s canopy on exit and who knows what else and ended up just missing hitting the tail (she had a camera mounted on the tail because she was giving rides so there was video). But it was definitely fun and worth every bruise on my body!
  10. mpuettman

    Skydiving with friends, scared as hell

    And another grandma here (58 years old). I didn't start jumping until I was 50 and my only regret is that I didn't start jumping much earlier! And, after I started jumping, both of my daughters did tandems and, if it weren't for $ and small children, they probably would have done more than just 2 tandems. I was scared to death my first several jumps -- but the feeling during and after is what it is all about (well, that and all the great people you meet and friends you make)! But, if you're not totally comfortable with it -- there's always another day. That's one thing you learn jumping -- always trust your gut.
  11. I totally agree! Thanks, Mike!
  12. mpuettman

    Funny Things Said by Police

    I got stopped on the interstate once for "speeding while impeding the flow of traffic." Those were his exact words...! He finally realized how dumb that sounded and didn't give me a ticket.
  13. mpuettman

    Favorite Exit Platform.

    Hey -- I got to do that for free, too -- twice @ Rantoul. Fun...! But, probably the craziest was exiting an inverted T-6 Texan (stood on the seat and dropped out).
  14. *** If it cost more for riggers to their job I would expect them to raise their price. Just like every DZ I know raising their prices this year. Its not costing them more to pack less. Its that they are working less so they will be making less. There is a difference Well said...!