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  1. Lizard

    Back to the sky

    This is probably out of place, but I want to get this off of my mind to people that will understand me. My last jump was a military jump on 26 Jul 2008. I miss the companionship of fellow jumpers. My last civilian jump was 27 Mar 2004. Going on 12 years now. I'm 44 years old, single, no worries about about family, so I want to get back into jumping. I guess I'm in my second childhood, not sure. I've been out of the loop so long, that it makes me nervous, but it is something that I have committed myself to do, just to prove to myself that I'm not to old to still do it. I quit jumping after losing two friends. After that, I just did my military jumps to stay proficient and that was it. Chris Martin / Harry Parrish, Harry took me in and trained me in the military and Chris was the awesome fun guy to hang with on the weekend. I was in Afghanistan when I learned of his death and then Harry passed during training a student. With all of that, I walked away from the sport except for what I had to do for the military. I have not jumped since 26 Jul 2008 and I hope to make that change in the next week or two. Just wanted to share what this all means to me. Its hard to discuss this subject with people that have not "been there and done that". I know you all understand why I need to get back in the air, I could never explain it to someone with words.
  2. I have not posted on here in a very very long time, but I have to reply to this one. 14-1/2 years I've been with this company and they are closing our maintenance base. (Airline). We will close on or around July 15th. Maybe before, maybe after, you can transfer or take the layoff. If you leave before we lock the door, you lose your severance package. (4 weeks pay, 5 years recall rights). Basically every company has you by the balls. I was lucky to start part time doing contract maintenance for other airlines, (big pay cut, but still income). I work with guys with homes and familys' and they are stuck not knowing where to go or when to leave. Houses, children in school and all that life stuff. If they leave, they lose that generous 4 weeks of pay. If they transfer to another base, well, figure out a place to live after we tell you when you can go there. Company's do not give a damn about you as a person. I love my job, but in reality, its just a paycheck and I have to view it as such as we are all just an employee number. No loyalty. I understand its just business, but they are screwing with alot of peoples lives. I wish you well at wherever your heading.
  3. Just because you pour syrup on shit, doesn't make it pancakes.
  4. Man who runs behind car gets exhausted
  5. "I woke up in between a memory and a dream"- Tom Petty
  6. Either way, I'm going to have you tonight, you might as well be there to enjoy it.
  7. I blame the airlines. They are the ones that outsource to the lowest bidder. You get what you pay for.
  8. Friends will bail you out of jail Good friends will be sitting next to you saying "Damn that was cool!"
  9. Beautiful work, and the best part is the fact that your doing it yourself, that is a great satisfaction.
  10. The 3 most dangerous things in aviation.. 1. A ramper in the cockpit. 2. A pilot with a screwdriver. 3. A mechanic with an inkpen.
  11. I would want to be like a whale... A six foot tongue and a hole in the top of my head to breath through....
  12. I just lurk on here and have not posted anything in a very long time.. but I've known John for quite a few years. Congratulations to you both and I wish you to have long happy lives together.
  13. Tennessee Technology Center. Nashville, TN campus. It's a pretty good program that is 18months. Thats how I got my certificate through them. Tuition is not very expensive being a vocational school instead of a college. Hope this helps.
  14. "Either way, I'm gonna have you.... you might as well be there for it."