SivaGanesha

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  1. SivaGanesha

    current status of Lodi

    Does anyone know if Lodi still offers courses that lead in any way to a USPA A license or any other type of recognition by USPA? I was checking out their website and I was quite surprised to see the name of an instructor listed there who I understood has been kicked out of USPA: Accelerated Training Program Is USPA in any way lending an air of legitimacy to whatever goes on at Lodi these days?
  2. SivaGanesha

    DB Cooper

    On this map are the red dots supposed to represent before Cooper jumped and the blue dots after he jumped? If so they seem to be off by one minute since I think he jumped at 20:13 but the 20:12 dot is already shown as blue. Anyways I don't quite understand why a jump in this terrain is so often described as unsurvivable. The closest communities to the location of the aircraft at 20:13 seem to be Heisson and Battle Ground. The elevation of Heisson is 440ft and the elevation of Battle Ground is 295ft. Doesn't sound that mountainous to me. A jump in this area should have been survivable. It doesn't make sense to me that this terrain is often described as so mountainous that Cooper could not have survived.
  3. While I don't deny that it was so at some point in the past, I think what you describe is further back than 30 years ago. My first jump was nearly 36 years ago at SWOOP (South Western Ontario Organization of Parachutists) then in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. Student jumpers at SWOOP jumped Sierra round canopies, not military surplus gear. And SWOOP was actually a bit behind the curve. The other DZ at the same airport--Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Center--was already using ram air canopies for first jump students even as far back as 1983 IIRC. I wouldn't describe every landing under a Sierra round as being like "someone hitting me with a lump hammer". Some landings were like that, but those were definitely landings on which I didn't do a good PLF. The openings under Sierra rounds, however, were much harder than anything I've experienced under a modern square canopy (once I progressed under the S/L student system to delays long enough to have a Sierra opening at terminal).
  4. SivaGanesha

    DB Cooper

    I'm curious why you'd say that. Cooper is generally described as being in his forties in 1971. In my view, the accuracy of your statement above would depend on whether he was in his early or his late forties. If he was in his late forties, and old enough to have served in WW2, then your statement would definitely be true, since I believe the vast majority of young men in that generation did serve. If he was in his early forties, though, he would have been too young for WW2 but also probably too old for Vietnam. Yes, he might have served in Korea, but that is a much smaller group than WW2 veterans, so I'd question the "almost certainly" part of your statement.
  5. SivaGanesha

    FBI serve search warrant in Lodi

    I just read a news article at recordnet.com. Can't easily cut and paste the link since I'm on my mobile device right now. But according to that article the answer to your question is 'yes': Bill was very much open for business today. "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  6. SivaGanesha

    For those who think an age gap does not matter...

    But you also bullshitted the guy...presumably because you, too, also grew up in North America. I mean--you told the guy that you wanted him to show up at the next karaoke party. If you truly don't feel like sex is such a dirty shameful thing, why did you stop short of a direct invitation to your apartment in the next 10-20 minutes? You are claiming that you embrace a certain "European openness" but your behavior is definitely that of "North American mixed messages". Just saying'. And his age has nothing to do with it--I'm probably 10 years older than you but my reaction to your behavior is no different than it would be if I were 10 years younger than you. "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  7. Hello, I wanted to ask the "greenies" why my message posted to the following thread: "Fatality - Ontario, CA - 27 April 2008" dated: "Apr 30, 2008, 7:50 PM" was censored and sent to the Recycle Bin? I recall at the time there were some concerns expressed about the content of the message but I was trying to express my condolences in the best way I knew how--and I didn't fully understand either the concerns or the actions you appear to have taken. This concerned a thread in the 'Incidents' forum regarding the first ever fatality at Skydive SWOOP in Dundas, Ontario, Canada involving a skydiver named Ahmed. Perhaps I never properly introduced myself when I initially joined these forums so let me do so now. My first jump was on May 28, 1983 at Skydive SWOOP--then known as the South Western Ontario Organization of Parachutists in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. Back in the day I made 81 jumps on a log book I no longer have, but subsequently returned to the sport in the USA and completed my A license at Skydance Skydiving. I'm not current at the moment but recently did 90 minutes in the tunnel and expect to get back in the air soon. Although I didn't personally know Ahmed, his death--being the first at the DZ where I initially started--cause me personal grief. The censorship of my message seemed to me to cut me off from an ability to share that grief with other members of the skydiving community, and I feel I've earned the right to understand why you did that. More recently, I've lost several friends of mine I did know personally at Skydance Skydiving and have attended their ash dives/funerals. Just trying to understand what was going on since this censorship felt weird to me. Thank you! "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  8. Seems to me that the real question with regard to Charles Manson is this: If it were necessary to grant Roman Polanski immunity from US prosecution so that he could enter the US to testify against Manson so as to keep Manson behind bars--would you do it? "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  9. SivaGanesha

    Funny Skydiving Nicknames

    Back in the day, at my first DZ in Canada, I was considered the coolest of dudes, and was known as the 'Iceman'. "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  10. SivaGanesha

    instructor etiquette

    It's not just a question of etiquette but more that each DZ is likely to have strict rules over when a student can and cannot get on the aircraft to make a jump and which instructors (AFFI's) may or may not jump with students. Waiving those rules will require the permission of the DZO unless you are the DZO. An unknown AFFI and an unknown student can't just hop on an aircraft together at any DZ in the country, no questions asked. On two instructor AFF jumps, waiving the standard DZ rules might require the cooperation of the other AFFI too in addition to the DZO. "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  11. SivaGanesha

    Tax time already?

    In recent years I've usually tried to file as early as I can. That's often not until late February as I usually don't get all the information forms I need until mid February. And last year TurboTax wasn't ready with all the forms needed until late February. However, this year I just realized that I may be able to claim an additional deduction for 2014 but to do so I'd first need to amend my 2013 taxes. If I do so I'd wait to see whether the IRS accepts my 2013 amendment before filing for 2014--possibly getting an extension until Oct 15. I'm weighing whether it is worth it to do so. The last time I filed an amended return, it triggered a major audit that took years to resolve. I came out ahead in the end but was left with the sense that the hassle may not have been worth it for the relatively small amount of money involved. I just learned something a bit disturbing about TurboTax: I can't access my prior year tax returns on TurboTax unless I first purchase the TurboTax Deluxe or higher product this year. Seems a little strange to me because I was a paying customer for the past years in question regardless of whether I use their services this year or not. Good thing I saved copies of my returns offline. "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  12. SivaGanesha

    imposter on Remembrance Day?

    But I get your point. In any event isn't summary conviction a relatively minor offense in Canada? Not a cat-of-nine-tails scenario? "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  13. SivaGanesha

    imposter on Remembrance Day?

    Therein lies the rub. It sounds like it wasn't sufficiently similar to actually fool anyone. "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014
  14. SivaGanesha

    imposter on Remembrance Day?

    Actually I don't have a big problem with one of the other options listed--spending time with real Pathfinders. It's just that a permanent criminal record doesn't seem to quite fit the circumstances unless he caused some tangible damage. "It's hard to have fun at 4-way unless your whole team gets down to the ground safely to do it again!"--Northern California Skydiving League re USPA Safety Day, March 8, 2014