weekender

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  1. weekender

    uspa membership

    i don't know what to say... that is how things worked 25 years ago. at the risk of sounding like a wise ass, they could always raise our dues to bring their technology up to standards. im guessing someone would then create a post about that, though. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  2. weekender

    PD price increase

    Still, $90 for a canopy is not bad. Best post ever! "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  3. weekender

    Gear Buying Culture?

    a big difference is that you do not dive at your LDS(local dive shop), where you usually jump at your DZ and the pro shop is there. It is much easier in skydiving for the pro shop to add value to your life thus creating a more loyal customer. Many, if not most scuba divers do not spend their weekends at their LDS. i have been diving since the 80's and jumping about 5 years. I find my pro shop adds a large value to my experience justifying any markups. Which, fyi, they dont always do if you educate yourself on prices. I have never found that kind of value from a LDS. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  4. As God is my witness, I thought Turkeys could fly. an Arthur Carlson quote. i tip my hat. you sir understand funny. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  5. I'm an experienced person and any interview i go on people generally know me. I have not been asked personal questions during interviews but it does come up during drinks or dinner. I dont hide from it and have actually gotten a very positive response in my expereince. I have a job that is purely performance based and involves risk, so perhaps that is why i get that response. people really dont care about what i do on my own time. My boss actually brings it up to customers all the time. he thinks its a great conversation starter. but then again, im a known entity and skydiving is tame compared to my reputation for coke and hookers. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  6. weekender

    I thought I knew how to PLF until...

    i agree totally. I'm one of the lucky who has been to jump school and was trained well on the PLF. I only used it once as a student when i flared early and knew i was coming mostly down. worked great. I prefer to roll, as you described, when im moving forward with any speed. ive seen alot of bad landings with the jumper stating how they did a PLF and it worked. They did not by what i saw. they keep their feet together and just wiped out. thats not a PLF. AFF does not, IMO, train you long enough to do a real PLF. i also feel the training is outdated because unless your coming mostly down they arent the best solution. a good slide or roll is better. my 2cents "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  7. weekender

    skydiving oxygen system legality?

    I agree that it happens when the pressure is decreased. my point was you must first be saturated. in order to do that you must increase the partial pressures of the gases, like when scuba diving. going in a plane decreases pressure so breathing compressed air will not increase your risk of getting bent. my post might not have been that clear but i was responding to the other gentlemens comment and not discussing DCS in general. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  8. weekender

    skydiving oxygen system legality?

    i thought you got bent because the partial pressures INCREASE. In this case they are decreasing. Am I wrong? As long as the plane does not fly at an altitude below sea level or above 1ATA, you should be fine i would think. Also, someone mentioned pure o2 and fire hazards. I'd agree with them on it being something a lay person should not be cavalier with. I've blended plenty of scuba tanks with pure o2 and was trained to be very careful for a reason. I've read and seen some scary accidents just putting on regulators or turning valves. Slow and gentle is good. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  9. weekender

    Nipple rings and skydiving

    Recently saw a newly qualified jumper take a bit of a rough landing, get dragged a little and have the harness MLW pull across his chest and rip his nipple bar right out. He was wearing a t-shirt and jumpsuit. To the OP, I'd wear the plaster (uk speak for band aid) if you're worried. wow, you have totally scared me. It never occured to me that could happen. maybe i'll put a band aid on. i say maybe because, who am i kidding, i will never remember. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  10. weekender

    Nipple rings and skydiving

    I have had one piercing for longer than i have been jumping. in 430ish jumps i have never even noticed it. This is the first time i've ever even thought about it. I cannot imagine, as long as i am wearing a sleeved shirt, that anything could happen other than it getting rubbed. I imagine if i was an attractive girl i might wear something sleeveless but I'm not, so i dont. I'd like to hear how the women mentioned by another poster lost hers. I would very much like to avoid that. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  11. weekender

    Recommended Leg Strap Tension

    Thats me for sure. I remember being told to have them super tight so you did not get anything important slipping under them. I suppose it made me paranoid because i keep mine much tighter than my friends. ive always assumed they did not take the importance of it being tight as serious as me. your comment makes me think maybe i am being overly cautious. Why does it not have to be as tight as in the military? i assume it has to do with either the rigging is different, i dont remember it was 20yrs ago. Or the Sgt's just over emphasized the importance so we listened. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  12. weekender

    international purchase

    Oh, sorry. Let me try again. If you go to a post office, or a FedEx Office, or a UPS Store (or the many other retail shipping locations out there), a HUMAN working behind the counter will look at your package and its destination, put it on a scale, and tell you how much it will cost to ship it using a variety of shipping methodologies. Better? Although 1. Any place not owned by the shipping company (FedEx / Kinko's is OK; Mail Boxes, Etc. is not) will charge a (sometimes substantial) markup for that. 2. Each country has its own paperwork requirements. You'll have an easier time making duplicate invoices or whatever if you look that up at home. Mail boxes etc is owned by UPS now. they are called the UPS Store mostly. the few that are not, will be by year end or so. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  13. i second this. you want to make sure you get policies that do not overlap. i have travel insurance, which is essentially a gap. they will pay medical expenses that my primary doesnt cover. no need to have two policies covering the same thing. you will not get a check from both, as far as i know. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  14. weekender

    Catcrap Or Similar?

    I've found people who clean the inside of their mask have less fogging issues. there is some science behind this and you can read about it on commercial products websites. if your going to use regular soap, like dish soap, i'd recommend Johnson's baby shampoo instead. this way if you get it in yours eyes less chance of it burning. My buddies and i use that for our masks. Scuba and Skydiving both. much cheaper than commercial products and seems to work fine. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante
  15. The industry must pay after two years of signing even if you die during an exluded event. This was done by the gov't because they were using deaths from excluded events in their actuary tables to calculate premiums. since they charged for it but wouldnt pay for it, the regulators cried foul. they came to an agreement of two years. This prevents people from buying a policy and then killing themselves basically gifting money to someone. agents are paid commisions and many will not admit this to you since they get more if you pay up. it IS fraud however, if you KNOW you plan to skydive or commit suicide. no idea how they can prove it, though. i might be off on the specifics but i know i'm pretty close. i was a licensed agent once, have bought insurance multiple times and my wife's an industry attorney and expert. Dont take my word for it, look it up. im told you this to aid in your research and understand why agents might not be so upfront. "The point is, I'm weird, but I never felt weird." John Frusciante