D22369

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  • Main Canopy Size
    85
  • Main Canopy Other
    Stiletto 135
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    120

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  • Home DZ
    Westplains
  • License
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  • License Number
    22369
  • Licensing Organization
    uspa
  • Number of Jumps
    2055
  • Years in Sport
    19
  • First Choice Discipline
    Swooping
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1700
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1000

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  1. D22369

    dumbest way you've pulled a muscle?

    Hmmm, I guess the dumbest way ever was thinking that yoga crap was eeeeasssyyyy and letting my ego run wild... Back when I was in the USMC shortly after bootcamp I was on leave for a few days, I flew back to Washington to visit my family, my mother was teaching Yoga so I went down to the studio and her assistant said I had to participate or wait outside... I was in fantastic shape - how hard could this sissy stuff be? ... no sweat I got this... She didn't say it was the advanced class which emphasized stretching which wasn't exactly something the Marine Corp stressed - But shortly I came to understand the wicked smile she gave me I pulled everything and found muscles that may not even have a name... That shit kicked my ass worse than shouldering an 80lb ALICE pack and going 15k at a forced march. I think I turned in my man card that day Roy PS: 30 years later my mother still likes to mention this... They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  2. I once read a story about a guy doing 75mph in a 55 zone. Rabbit ran out in the middle of the road and stopped. As he approached, it jumped straight up. Went through the grill, *and* completely through the radiator. Back in 97' or 98' a friend of mine started working for skydive Las Vegas and I took his van down to him and his girlfriend a month after they moved - those long highways in Nevada are like death central, everything goes to the road to die. About 60miles from Vegas I got passed by a very large 4x4 with huge mudders, I could hear the tires before I could hear the engine and as he got in front of me a rabbit committed suicide by diving under one of the tires - those tires threw the carcass into the grill and blood sprayed over the entire front of the white van... and a rabbit has a surprising amount of blood in such a small body The grill was damaged but Luckily it didn't damage the radiator but boy did it look like a prop from Texas chainsaw massacre - and wipers don't work all that well on blood, and I had no wiper fluid... Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  3. D22369

    Quitting my job and the owner's response

    I worked at freightliner in Yakima, Wa. I put in my two weeks notice and was fired immediately and told to leave the property... So I got a nice two week vacation before starting my new job
  4. D22369

    AAD use - let's hear it!

    So I can feel good about not having it? That is not in the equation at all. Nobody at the dz even knows I don't have one unless they specifically ask, and nobody has so I think we can rule out an ego stroke. Its merely personal preference. Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  5. D22369

    AAD use - let's hear it!

    You notice how much you sound like a non jumper speaking about skydiving in general? - to them its pure stupidity to jump from an airplane no matter what. You will never understand people who just want to live by their own rules. Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  6. D22369

    AAD use - let's hear it!

    There is nothing watered down about the term I used - forcing people to use a piece of equipment they do not wish to use for their own safety is exactly that. skydiving even with all the safety devices could be considered a pretty selfish act, if you have anybody who cares about you or relies on you. every skydive has the potential to go catastrophically wrong and end your life no matter what safety devices you use. Me and my son went to the memorial weekend boogie at westplains in Washington state last week and had a great time camping and socializing but I never jump when he is on the dz as I have seen first hand what happens to the family that is forced to watch when something goes wrong, and if it ever does he will be informed of it, not watch it. Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  7. D22369

    AAD use - let's hear it!

    I don't use one and other than when I was doing back to back tandem vid's on the dz rigs with them in them I haven't ever used them. I think overall they are a good thing to have - but having said that I will never own one. when I was younger I enjoyed freeclimbing - climbing in safe mode never interested me. This is my life, I will jump free from the nanny state mentality as long as I can - when they become mandatory I will Base exclusively. Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  8. D22369

    Jumping with tandems.

    When I worked At Richland skysports it was a judgement call that both the TI and the vidiot (me) both had to agree on the jumpers skill and heads up-ness or they did not jump with us. Bit me in the ass one day - Instructions were given and this jumper had displayed good skill before on regular dives, but got excited as it was his mother doing the tandem and held his dive too long. My only indication I was about to get hit was the oh shit look on Todaks face right before impact that luckily my container took the brunt of. We jumped I lived but I was very very angry at the jumper and myself for agreeing he could join us and it was quite a while before anyone got to sting a tandem again - and when they did I knew damned sure they had the skills to do so safely Its not just another skydive, the tandem has limited mobility and extra crap you can get tangled with, the vidiot cannot be watching out for the approaching diver. Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  9. D22369

    Hard opening and your groin

    No need for a cup but definitely make sure your junk cannot get under a leg strap (guys) Only happened once but it made a 5 min CRW jump last a lifetime and for some reason my mind kept wandering away from the rotations we were doing... Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  10. D22369

    Do you like black Licorice?

    Speed skydiving? Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  11. D22369

    Bridge Day Registration

    Once... Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  12. say.... what was that woosh!~? lol, my bad Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  13. Years ago In the Bill Booth student training video's he made reference to death, dying, and injury many many times and still students chose to jump after watching them - I don't recall any ever backing out because of that video stressing the potential carnage. Personally I would rather see students confronted with the "what can happen" and make a fully informed decision than have them peering at their choice to jump through rose colored glasses because of the typical DZ bullshit of how reliable ram air canopy's and AAD's are. - each and every jump has the potential to go catastrophically wrong no matter if its your 1st or 10,000th. Perhaps a few would rethink their decision once they were informed that the insurance was available but I am pretty sure the numbers would be really low. Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  14. D22369

    Digital Logbooks

    My early jumps were written down in exact detail, some with drawings but then I got ratings and started doing back to back loads with no time to write down the what/when/who... then at the end of the day I would write the dive down with info on the where and when but nothing else. then I stopped logging altogether kinda wish I hadn't done that now... Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.
  15. D22369

    Digital Logbooks

    In theory Its supposed to keep a newer jumper from pencil whipping his way to an expert license and/or getting on jumps they are probably not ready for. But it doesn't keep a determined cheater from doing so. Roy They say I suffer from insanity.... But I actually enjoy it.