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Everything posted by aussiechick

  1. Only injury in 20 years of jumping was a fractured foot, which I got at a DZ party on the dance floor.
  2. dbcooper and Deb drdive Ladydiver madjohn monkycndo NWFlyer Pattersd rafael wmw999 Szky and Jeanne AnalMike Elisha Aussiechick
  3. It was amazing last year, wish I could make it again, but too much else on.
  4. When I started jumping 18years ago, I was completely poor, so packed to help fund my jumping. I've always packed for myself, but now that I can afford it, I sometimes use a packer, especially if I'm trying to get in as many jumps as in a day as possible. No one is forcing you to use use one, but why do you care that other people do? Packers have always been around, and I'm pretty sure they aren't going anywhere!
  5. Some Sabre 1's will just open hard no matter how you pack them. I had a Sabre 150 that I bought new. Every opening hurt. Everyone at my DZ had a solution and was convinced their way of packing would fix it. No mattner who packed it or how it was packed it was the same. This was back before the recommendation was just to get a different canopy! Eventually I ended up with two compressed vertebrae and got rid of it!
  6. ***Depends on what part of Mexico. But even in the better parts, just like any other 3rd-World country (which it is), if I got hurt I wouldn't want my medical treatment there. Spoken like someone who has no real understanding or experience of medical treatment outside the US. The place that I fear needing medical treatment (even with travel insurance) is definately the US. Have you ever had medical treatment in a 3rd world country?
  7. LOL! Yep, the most dangerous thing that happened to me at the Skydive Mex boogie in Puerto Vallarta in Feb, was the unlimited margaritas and other assorted beverages that were included in the price!
  8. It was my home DZ when I started jumping, but I haven't jumped there regularly for 12 years. I still visit a few times a year when I'm in Sydney.
  9. Possibly best to deny that I know you, for sure. Doing Summerfest as well, won't be the same at the bar without you. Shame I missed you in HK, but I remember during that time it was almost impossible to keep up with which part of the planet you were on!
  10. Aussiechick DBCOOPER Dr Dive Kdub Kingbunky (50% chance at this point, might bring Jon) Ladydyver Lucky Mike Parker Mike Poulson Pattersd Spoon Finally going to make it this year! It will be my first LP so please be gentle! Vader almost convinced me to go with him after Summerfest last year, but I couldn't make it happen. I'll be coming from Hong Kong, so that for sure puts me in the lead for longest distance travelled.
  11. I had the same problem and it was a fault with the Pro Track. L&B are fantastic, contact them and they will probably just send you a new one.
  12. I haven't used a paper logbook for the last 300 jumps, but instead use the IPhone skydive log. It's one less thing to drag around the world with me! So far it hasn't been a problem, most DZ's are fine with it it, 2 weeks ago at Perris,they simply asked me to copy out the last few jumps onto a ready made log sheet which covers their requirement.
  13. Don't criticize someone for choosing to chop a malfunctioning main just because YOU think you would have landed it. You'd feel like an even bigger dick if you broke yourself on landing, all the while having a nice unused reserve still in your container. He landed. He was unhurt. It was the right decision for HIM.
  14. Jump #250 Pilot chute in tow that I didn't cutaway from first. Side by side, chopped main, landed uneventfully.
  15. No you don't. You hate it. Just like all Canadians hate their universal medical care. That's what all my conservative friends here in the US tell me and there's no way that they aren't right. Public health care rocks. You guys need to sort your shit out.
  16. Your stats Jumps: 200 Years: 3 Disciplines: Swooping Freeflying Container: Infinity Main: Katana 135 ft² (1.52 lbs/ft²) Reserve: Optimum Reserve 143 ft² (1.43 lbs/ft²) AAD: Vigil As opposed to Jumps: 582 Years: 4 Disciplines: Freeflying Swooping Photographer: Yes Gear Container: Voodoo Main: Crossfire 2 139 ft² (1.55 lbs/ft²) Reserve: Raven Dash-M AAD: Cypres You confused me with this post. Who is the other person you are comparing me with? What is the point of this comparison? The biggest thing that stands out is that the second guy should REALLY get a decent reserve! Those Ravens are dangerous stall machines. You are being compared to the late Ted Nelson, are you really too thick to see that?
  17. Great DZ. Sorry, can't make it clicky.
  18. I started jumping when I was 22 and single. Back then I was poor, but had loads of time to jump. I stopped jumping from 32-36 and had a couple of kids. I started jumping again a year ago at 37. I now have a lot more money, but unfortunatley, not so much time to jump. I'm probably more motivated and in love with the sport than ever.
  19. [***reply]...marrying rich men and/or trading sexual favors for a ride to altitude with the pilots That's a rather sexist comment don't ya think? *** Hey it worked for me in the early days! (pilot, definatley not rich man part) Though i did agree to marry him in the end, even though he was no longer a jump pilot! To the OP, just start your AFF course, stop with the tandems. We all figure out ways of finding the money to pay for it somehow. It just means some of us take a bit longer than others.