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  1. I just learned about this yesterday, and was devastated to hear Gary was gone. I rode many a load up with him during my AFF training, and he was many times a Tandem Inst, and we would kid around in the plane with the students. Several times we went out in a group afterward to share a cold one at the local Jumpers bar. Gary was truly a unique person, with a wicked sense of humor, and a kind soul. Wow. Will he be missed by us all. BSBD, friend, and Fly Free for us. Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  2. Sorry ...take the time to study everything ... heal well, then press on! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  3. Wow ...awesome job! Rock On! Stay safe, and WELCOME to the Skies!! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  4. Wow ...long time! WELCOME BACK TO THE SKIES! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  5. Welcome to the skies! Sounds like you caught a good instructor! Yes, it gets addicting, and more fun the more you do it. Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  6. CONGRATS! And welcome to the skies! A tweaked ankle happens, but generally not a lot. Stick with it! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  7. Welcome! You CAN do this! I was the same way, but it gets better. Now on the ride up to altitude, I am thinking, "I WANT my minute in the airstream! Get me up there!" That's it! A minute. Approximately 60 seconds in clear air, nothing to hit, just enjoy! I want my minute! I also try to stretch-out the canopy ride, because THAT is just as fun, too! Go for it ..... you will not regret it! BTW - I am planning on doing my "A" license Check Dive on my 63rd birthday in April! :) Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  8. I am a new jumper who moved over to Jumptown for training. One day, after an AFF jump that I sorta botched-up and had to re-jump, I was sitting at a picnic table grousing about myself. Gary was working on building the new packing hangar, and he walked over to me with simple encouragement: "Learning takes time; learning safely takes longer." In a few words he picked me up, reorganized my priorities, and my determination. He will be missed by many, many people around the planet. Another star blinks into existence in the evening skies, lighting the way for all left behind. Fly Free, D-6969. Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  9. CONGRATS! I started at 41. Got my POPS# before my A license. LOL! Me too! I hope to make my check dive on my 63rd birthday this April! Although the (&^$*^%$) WEATHER in New England makes that tough! That is why (mostly) it has taken this long! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  10. QuoteI passed my level 7aff last sunday and am all fired up about it! ****>> CONGRATS, Dude! I was cleared for SOLO status this weekend, too! Saving my first solo jump for next weekend. Now we can begin to learn more! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  11. *****> Hiya O! I have to do some H&Ps in my continued training at our DZ ... we should do some together!! I PLF'd two of three jumps this weekend, and planned to do them...they worked fine, and I walked away from each one unscathed, just dirty. I really do not care if the landings look too pretty at this stage - I am learning - and a well-placed PLF has done me wonders! I landed safely each time, standing or PLFing to me does not matter. No shame in a good safe landing! Let's do some Jump-N-Dumps together! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  12. WELCOME! It deserves a (!), as it is about the eager nervous anticipation of a beginning. You will love it! It can be a sensory avalanche of sorts, as you try to remember all the stuff in sequence, but if nothing else, try to look UP and about, BREATHE, and enjoy! That first canopy ride down alone is worth the price of admission! As a two-skill sport (body flight, and canopy flight) you get two thrills in one jump! Let us know how it went! GET THE VIDEO! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  13. LOL...I wasn't really sure about it all until I did my Water Training with YOU! I figured, Wow! This is gonna be Kewl! Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  14. Luck to ya, Chris! Been there, done that, with some other jobs/hobbies, but somehow life moves forward. I have revisited some of the things I left behind, and replaced some others (with Skydiving, for one!). You are adjusting your life to it's current realities - money, responsibilities, etc, but those may change also someday - not to worry. Play on, and jump again if you need to. Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118
  15. DUDE! You forgot ME! Reverend SkyPainter Dudeist Skydiver # 118 Live deliberately; Dare greatly; Land gently SkyPainter SOS 1304, POPS 10695, DS 118