Genego

Members
  • Content

    87
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Feedback

    0%

Everything posted by Genego

  1. As did many many others I got my Rigger Rating from Handsome Dave. I came back to his loft for several years after to help teach. Dave loved jokes, but wasn't the best at punchlines. One night after class, Dave was in the loft, (which was in his basement), and he heard two jokes back to back. The first was "I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous" and the second was "I'm an atheist, Thank God!" He bounded up to the kitchen and loudly announced "I'd give my right arm to be an atheist!!!" The next year I taught I was looking in his desk for something and I found 3X5 cards of jokes with the punchlines,,, He will be missed.
  2. Having had similar problems I would encourage you to consult with an Ear Nose Throat Doctor. It may be more that just an allergy type problem. I discovered that I had nasal polyps which required different medications to remediate the problems.
  3. How many Californians does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, Californians screw in hot tubs. I dated a twin for a while. People always asked if I could tell them apart. I said that it was easy, Sharon always painted her nails red, and Bob had a Dick. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  4. Think I found him for you. Sent a PM with the name and address. Also found the rigger with LPW symbol, second PM sent to you I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  5. Not to belabor the obvious, but a forum search for stowless bag, magnetic bag, or lazy bag returns a huge number of entries. Some of these may help you find the information you need. gene I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  6. As I recall the tool is for putting pins into cones, at least I've used it for that (many years ago). Use the tool to push out the temp pin, then put the end of the ripcord pin against the tool and push it back out with the pin. Might consider asking Handsome Dave DeWolfe, I'm sure he's got a box full of them somewhere. Benny I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  7. Jim Garrison did jump for a while at the Independence Memorial Airport, which is no longer in existence due to urban sprawl. Jim worked at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence MO. I am sorry to report that Jim was killed while riding his motorcycle to the airport, he was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver. This was in the mid 1990s, I haven't been able to find the exact date. Sad
  8. http://www.dropzone.com/forum/Skydiving_C1/Gear_and_Rigging_F6/Rigger-roll_for_canopy_P4223510/ I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  9. http://performancedesigns.com/faq.asp#5 Clickified I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  10. Homeless. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  11. http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/358395/3/Mo-proposal-makes-parents-tell-schools-about-gun-supply Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, wants to make it mandatory for parents who own guns to notify their children's schools about their gun supply. What's next? I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  12. http://www.benchmade.com/products/5 This looks to be similar in type, if you can't find the one you're looking for. It also functions as a bottle opener for "Beer Thirty". I carried one of these as a police officer and they are very sharp. I have no relationship with the Benchmade company, This is only my personal recommendation. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  13. Learn tensile strengths of materials. Heard Handsome Dave ask a (female) rigglet what the tensile strength of type 13 webbing was, and she replied after a few moments thought "Wicked strong". The more book learning you can do before hand, the better off you will be. It's easy to study the FAR's, and other material when you can't do anything else. The course will teach you the mechanics of packing and sewing, but the FAA written test is going to be on the FARs. If you've got that down already, then that's one less thing you've got to try to cram into the course. Nylon is hygroscopic, readily absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. It will also readily absorb moisture from your hands, some lotion at the end of the day isn't a bad idea. You'll have a great time, Handsome Dave has forgotten more about rigging than most people know. You can open a Poynter's Manual at random point to a picture of some esoteric hardware, and Dave will say, "Ya, I got one of those right over here." 1. Dave loves jokes, so come prepared with your best. 2. Don't leave your rig unattended around the loft, back in the day we managed to put every shot bag in the loft and a fire extinguisher in a student packed NB6 rig before he had it checked by an instructor. 3. Sewing patches with a hangover is a bitch, be forewarned. Another former DeWolfe student and instructor. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  14. I work for a large railroad. We deliver freight trains to coal fired plants. A single coal train will deliver about 38 MILLION pounds of coal, most plants get multiple trainloads per week. Just how much wood would you have to harvest to supply a single plant, and what is your lead time to regrow and re-harvest? I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  15. So Twinkies which were suppose to survive a nuclear holocaust die three weeks before the end of the world? Well played Mayans, well played......... I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  16. Funnest thing I've see in a while. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8kVUMrjCLI Made it click for ya! I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  18. Not so bad for whom? I work for the largest railroad in the country as a Freight Conductor and Servicing Engineer. An average loaded coal train (137 cars and 3 locomotives) weighs about 39 million pounds, running at 40 Mph using every brake on every locomotive plus every brake on every car it takes about a mile to stop. Imagine if you were driving down a road, and a woman walking along the side of the road stepped in front of your car and stood there looking at you arms spread until you ran her over, imagine also that you couldn't swerve or even slow down even a single mile an hour and you had no option but to kill her. Might this just have an effect on you? If you want to commit suicide that's your prerogative, but don't make me the unwilling instrument of your demise. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  19. That's why it's a good idea to invest, if you can, in roadside service plan. Many insurance companies sell them (not recommending any specific one). Another good idea is to learn to change a tire yourself. I've taught all 5 of my sons, and one of my daughters to change tires, check oil, transmission fluid, and even where to add the windshield washer fluid. That said, I always stop to offer "help", I'm a retired cop, and even if the person is leery of my offer of assistance, I know that they are safe with me, I can't be sure of the next person who might stop. All of that being said, skip the Friday night party, get some sleep, and then drive thru the night if you want. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  20. Racism without action is an opinion. I believe anyone is entitled to their opinion, regardless of what it is. No one is required to like, love, adore, or glorify any race, creed, color or national origin. What they are required to do is treat them without discrimination, and that's all anyone can be held to. No one has the right to dictate what my opinions must be. In attempting to do so, that person has determined that his opinion is superior to mine and I should conform to his way of thinking. My actions, however, are governed in law and it is my actions that I am perfectly willing to be held accountable for. If I don't like people of "X" race, and hire them only because it is the law, provide them with equal pay and benefits, equal opportunities, equal treatment, and equal respect, then why is my personal, private opinion of any consequence? To finish, I should note that both of my parents were from the south, and were without a doubt very racially biased. I grew up in Detroit, and I realized fairly early on that my parents had their opinion about race, and that I didn't agree with their opinion. So I don't hate/discriminate against any race, creed, color, or national origin. Now if we're talking stupid people...... I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  21. Got to agree with John, the Racer is one of the easiest rigs to pack. Over the past 27 years I've owned 6 Racers. I've also owned a Vector, Centaurus, Javelin, and a Vector Tandem. If your rigger won't pack an airworthy Racer (his decision of course) ask him to recommend someone who is comfortable with the Racer. I did have the benefit of learning to pack the Racer from John at a PIA conference in Muskogee OK, (which does date me as an "old" rigger). And we both worked for Chrysler! I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  22. The door was open. I didn't like the inflight movie. The stewardess pissed me off. They ran out of the little bags of peanuts. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  23. A quick Google search brought up multiple vendors for helo rescue harnesses. With no disrespect to any riggers out here, having a harness that is ANSI labeled (for example) can assist in managing liability. If you're a government entity, or contracting for a government they are going to be concerned with liability in all circumstances. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.
  24. Yeah, of course you're way better than the rest of the jumpers for whom a 200 jump minimum is recommended... The key word is recommended. not required. and by no means am i way better than the rest of the jumpers. But atleast i seek advice from my instructors before trying ANYTHING new! Gotta love JEEP jumpers, (Just Enough Experience to Perform), reliance on semantics to justify their actions. USPA has no authority to require anything, hence they recommend minimum performance standards. After all it's not like USPA recommendations are based on discussion with and feedback from Instructors, Manufacturers, Riggers, and Jumpers. Some of whom have two or even three times the experience that the OP does. Over the past 29 years I've seen too many sub-100 jumpers push the limits, and far too often with regrettable to tragic results. I know you're a wonder-kid in your own mind, and nothing anyone else will say will change your estimation of your mad skills. I hope you survive and someday realize how foolish your actions were. BTW the Lol's were a nice touch. I live with fear and terror, but sometimes I leave her and go skydiving.