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  • Main Canopy Size
    135
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    MC1-1D
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    170
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    Cypres

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  • Home DZ
    Raeford Parachute Center
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    24601
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1250
  • Years in Sport
    10
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    700
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Style and Accuracy
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    150

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  1. “You never do blow before? Sometimes your heart stops, start up again. Read a book!" Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  2. John Spartan, you have been fined one credit for violation of the verbal morality code... Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  3. Heeeeyyy Macarena! Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  4. Actually, I think the cute little beagle will just sit patiently while the big guys with spring loaded batons and pepper spray try to beat the stupid out of you while putting your new shiny bracelets on ya... Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  5. Sometimes Darwin just needs a little helping hand is all..... Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  6. You thought the spots were long before that brass was installed.... Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  7. The distance of the video makes me wonder about the experience of the videographer. There is an argument to keep a safe dstance for the TM to correct the issue but try and stay in the same zip code... Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  8. The silver plate is from "MARKSTRÖMS GULDSMEDS AB K G" silversmiths (KGMGA/B) in Sweden (1913-1992). It was made in 1927 (A7) in Upsalla, Sweden. Hj is a Swedish Abbreviation for the first name 'Hjalamar'. I have no information of a town of Bred in Sweden, but it translates to wide-ranging (babylfish). Discrepancy in the dates may be due to teh plate being made later and added to the item, with the silversmith merely dating his piece of work. Just my .02 Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  9. Did someone say Duckfarts??? Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  10. There is only one side being told because we, as an organization, cede the 'big media' space to whoever is doing the reporting. The folks at Lodi could have contacted local media, who would likely love the opportunity to get their reporting national distribution. They could have contacted the national networks and made a statement. USPA could have done the same. Silence from our side of the fence is just as bad as the incomplete reporting that has become the norm in main stream media. The sacrifice of the complete story to be the 'first' with the news has become the norm. To try and make it touch the primeval fears to get people to watch is an effective means to increase viewership. With this environment, those responsible for providing media with the fodder for this type of incident have to be proactive in letting the organization governing the sport know the full details and likely media reach of each incident. That way USPA (or CSPA or FAI) can be knowledgeable enough to become a source to speak on incidents to the media. Without our reaching out to the media as an organization, they will not look to us as a counterpoint source and keep writing whatever will sell papers. Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  11. Hiding it from 'public eye' is precisely what will sink us in the end. Like any other industry, there will be screw ups. The key is to be open about them and let folks know how we dealt with the issue to restore trust in the industry. If we are not holding true to our self governing rules by publicly disciplining violators of safety and professional standards, then we deserve everything we get. Where all these stories have failed so far is that the actions by the DZO and our governing body have not been heard. We have allowed the media to take control of the narrative of this story and sensationalized it rather than showing how our self governing works. Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  12. I spent time down there but never made Chile. Stay in contact with her guest home chaperone and have them send you a list of their recommendations. Also, check the Department of State Travel Advisory page for Chile DoS Chile Home Page This should be a starting point but looking for some more folks with first hand knowledge and boning up on the issues is better. It's a great opportunity and hope she has a great time! Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  13. Would love to find a new paracommander to jump tho! Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  14. I did the sky-ride (no relation) thing a couple years ago throwing a rig on the back of the bike and riding off for about 5 weeks. I'd ride until I hit a major highway, flip a coin and keep riding in a random direction for a while them look at a map and see what was interesting and where I could jump before sundown. Sometimes it was a landmark or museum and a night under the stars, others was riding up just in time for sunset and night jumps. Keep an eye on the weather and let that help ya choose daily locations and camp sites, tho, skydivers are great folks and I found myself on many a new best skydiver buddy couch when rains closed in. Take pictures, get names and contact info in your log book, find someplace you never thought of seeing before, forget schedules and just enjoy being on the road. Oh, and don't forget to bring a case a beer to the new DZ's for your first jump! Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range
  15. And teh move to SC in 5...4...3... Hearts & Minds 2 to the Heart- 1 to the Mind- Home of the Coconut Lounge, Spa, & Artillery Range