RMK

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  1. Age 36 In 2002 on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa saw an advertisement for a dropzone (“Skydive Cape Town” near Melkbosstrand) and thought I’ve always wanted to do that. So the wife and I went the next day and both did tandems. On my video the tandem master asked me “If you like it; do you plan on taking up skydiving?” I replied “Yes, I think so”. I flew back to South Africa a few months later and did AFF. Why not AFF in the UK? In the 2002 the South African Rand (ZAR) had crashed against the UK Pound (GBR). So AFF was the equivalent of £350, tandems were £65 and I even got a custom-made carbon fibre helmet (rare in those days) for £40. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    Lodi skydiving?

    Why? Lodi is a bit shit. About the same driving time will get you to Skydance near Davis, CA. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    Burner phones

    There are two levels of security/anonymity: 1) The other party can’t trace you by number (or see your “real” number) 2) The other party cannot even link the physical device to you (higher-level stuff like hiding from the Law or NSA type stuff; not avoiding an old acquaintance) For basic anonymity, you could either use: 1) physical burner phone 2) physical SIM card put in any phone for the purpose 3) software solutions such as “Burner Apps” If you have need for an anonymous number on an ongoing or frequent basis, I’d opt for buying a pre-paid or pay-as-you-go SIM Card and put in an old phone. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    Nice pic of Major Jeff Mullins at work

    Great photo. I've got a array of three 24" monitors and it looks really cool opened across all three monitors as one photo. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    OK. Game on!

    I'm curious about the non-lethal mousetraps. So it works and I now have an angry/scared mouse in a box - what am I going to do with that? I also live in London, so where is this wilderness that I am to release it, so that it lives out its days with its mouse friends? "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  6. Is that true? I'd love to get a chance to jump that. Any more info anywhere? "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  7. Watching the news, the one item that works great are their outdoor microphones - they've definitely got that tech sorted. The reporters may be barely able to stand against the wind, but you can hear them crystal clear. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  8. Watching the weather (NC & SC areas for Hurricane Florence), it seems the public gets fixated on the Hurricane “Level” number and don’t really look into the details which can potentially be disastrous. I have friends that live in these coastal areas and been speaking with them on the phone. One contact noted “I’m on higher ground than “in town”, but I just looked at the elevation map and town is 6ft elevation; he’s only 8ft. He’s 75 so I’m certain he’s not ever checked this on the internet. Being a pilot and yachtsman, I’ve studied weather for years, but note now that even though we have the best available resources, models and methods to disseminate the information – we’ve “dumbed” it down. I’m watching this on television now and there is not a single mention of the air pressure. With silly descriptions like “heat index” and “wind chill”, the mainstream weather reports today just simply about “do I need a jacket or umbrella today”. I hope that those that think a category 1 or 2 hurricane is nothing to really be concerned about, don’t find the contrary. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  9. Seems I was born on a good month: http://playmate.uw.hu/html/6612.html "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  10. 1) Your FAI "A" doesn't expire (whether provided by USPA or BPA), however your USPA/BPA membership(s) expire every 12 months and must be renewed. 2) At 50 jumps and a 10yr layoff; yes some refresher training is definitely advised. 3) Cypres (of prior years) expired at 12 years past date of manufacture; the 4 & 8 year service intervals had a +/- 6mo grace period. As you noted it was a Cypres 1, it is quite possibly expired and now a paperweight. Take your logbook and all equipment to the DZ and have a chat with them; they'll get you back in the air. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    goin out in style

    On a complete side note, living in the UK, we never see Alaska Airlines planes, so whenever I see a photo of one of their fleet, my first thought is "Why is there a picture of Bob Marley on the tail fin"? Only when I can see the rest of the of the photo, do I realise "Oh, Alaska; it's an Inuit" On the event, I did like the attached photo which was on a pilot forum. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    Gas prices

    But we spend it on stuff like healthcare and get the upside of not having file to for bankruptcy over a simple hospital stay. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    War bird rides?

    OUCH... I flew an hour in the P51 "Crazy Horse 2" in Kissimmee. On the way out to the practice area the instructor asked if I wanted to take it easy or fly more aggressively. I replied "I've paid a lot of money; I want to fly the hell out this thing" - which we did; a lot of fun and highly recommended. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    Tiny Desk

    Had a look and found this: https://www.npr.org/2018/06/22/622540597/john-coltranes-lost-album-a-buried-treasure-for-jazz-fans?t=1529828564493 Pretty cool, I hadn't seen this on the news. However as it's positive for society, I'd keep quiet and low-key on creating awareness, lest the orange-faced dictator come along and cancel it's funding. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  15. That is also a very good choice. I consider the best two providers to be either DogTag or IHI Bupa (both links below) www.dogtag.com https://global.ihi.com/ Real insurance costs real money; however, you do get a great pricing advantage if you can take a family policy instead of a personal policy. For those looking at “what is cheap”, they should always look to see what is actually covered. The policy isn’t worth anything if it doesn’t cover what you do – just saying a policy covers skydiving is not enough as most of us would also do other “interesting” activities. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  16. The purpose of the post was the show the percentage change for global activity coverage. There are annual underwriting changes which affect all "global coverage" policies - doesn't matter where you live. I've had specialist cover for 25 years with a mix of providers. A 26% change is significant in one year; I haven't seen a change of this magnitude since around 2001. This was not a "I found some cheap insurance" thread. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  17. Just an update/FYI for persons looking at global travel cover for skydiving. I’ve had a family policy (4 persons) with global coverage (inc US/CAD) at Extreme+ sports level with DogTag UK for several years. Each year when I renew, it seems the pricing has fluctuated quite randomly. Last year was £456, however this years covers dropped to £336 – a nice surprise and sizeable price drop. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
  18. Best place for a HALO is Skydance near Davis, California. http://skydanceskydiving.com/halo-skydiving/ Last time I did them, the pricing was $650 initial HALO jump and $525 for subsequent jumps. This includes full briefings and multiple training jumps using the equipment. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    SCUBA in the Keys - recommendations?

    This is pretty cool; an underwater hotel in Key Largo: Jules Undersea Lodge www.jul.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ3jr35MPX4 Stopped by myself when in Keys. My wife doesn't scuba dive, so we couldn't spend the night; but they let me go down to have a look. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    RIP Stephen Hawking

    In the late 1990’s, I had just landed from a London to Los Angeles flight. I am at the baggage carousel waiting for our bags and one comes by that looks like my wife’s and I check the tag and see the name “Stephen Hawking”. I think to myself “cool; like the physicist”. I go back to staring blankly at the carousel and his caretaker wheels him right next to me. I would have loved to speak with him, but know how laborious that is with his synthesiser and of course we just got off a 12hour flight. I nod and smile to him, but didn’t try to strike up a conversation. I was standing there with him for about 10-15 minutes and it felt really odd that I was standing next to one of the smartest guys on the planet – and I can’t talk to him. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    16 year old skydiving

    In much of Europe (not UK), it is often size/weight limited with confirmed authorizations from both parents. Example: minimum 35kgs and 130cm for Spain. My oldest son did his first tandem last year at age 10. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    engineering questions

    We're legally/technically metric, but yes use mph. A few other countries also are metric, but in practice have a few leftovers. I always berate people when they use "stone" for body weight. This is truly the most antiquated half-assed and medieval of all measurement - you are effectively saying "I am as heavy as this many big rocks". "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    engineering questions

    Good point "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    engineering questions

    It’s Angola & Myanmar (just three nations). The US is in good company in the non-metric club of nations. I remember the 1970’s metric plan; it was a really half-hearted attempt. It has to be a pain being a mechanic with two sets of tools. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"
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    engineering questions

    I”ve got a query. It’s 2017, why is “inches of mercury” still being used in America. Hectopascals dammit; get with the programme. "Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to attend his classes"