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  1. The average skydiver only remains active for 7 years so a lot of times we "reinvent the wheel" because there is no history of what has already been done experimentally. I see and hear novices all the time using and doing things that they were told is the most modern technique without any clue of the actual mechanics involved. It is important to keep that information available. I no longer do any rigging or instructing (beyond a little impromptu coaching) but I when I see a novice struggling with something simply because they are trying to keep up with "what's cool" I am happy to point out any known solution that might already exist. Sometimes thats amusing, such as the time a fellow instructor asked to use my unpacked rig to demonstrate some things to his FJC class. My SOS, no RSL, bungee pilot chute, B12 snaps, equipped rig didn't quite fit the bill for what he needed to teach and he himself was confused with some of those features. For info this occurred in '99. There is a post on here right now, talking about lubricating the soft loop of the 3 ring to prevent hard cutaways. Ever since mini rings and risers came out, hard cutaways have been a topic of discussion. My last new rig, they called to make sure I actually wanted standard rings and risers and not the "cool" mini's. For a new gear buyer, I could see them accepting what their gear dealer recommends and not what is best for them in the moment. We are seeing it all the time now with jumpers flying canopies that they cannot land and the community response has been mandatory canopy training. Go out and watch a big-way land during no-wind conditions and you'll see from the circus carnage that that hasn't worked! But it keeps the jumpsuit repair people in a job. I recently had an old-time jumper, that was returning to jumping, ask me what happened to the days when you pulled down the toggles and the canopy stopped. He referred to it as the "golden age of parachute landings" and he was referring to the mid to late '80's when grass stained, dirty jumpsuits weren't the norm. I see novices with fall rate and tracking problems because they didn't learn the basic body positions before throwing in mega-booties, weight belts, and competition grips. I got my AFF rating without booties and am still one of the few at my DZ that does FS, up to 40 ways, without them. Yes! Keep offering your advice and opinions even if some may think they are outdated. If nothing else it will keep the "skygods" grounded in reality and points out the differences of what really works and what is the latest faddish technique. Sorry, long post. Rant over!
  2. I think I'll stick with my large rings while you guys work the bugs out.
  3. This is/was a big topic on the antique tractor forum I follow. Leaded gas was used to increase librucation on engines without hardened valve seats. A lot of older tractors didn't have that so it was recommended that a lead additive be used if the antique tractor was going to actually be used heavily. This increased the tractors engine life. Aircraft engines have always had hardened valve seats and heads so a lead additive usually isn't neccesary. I run regular unleaded gas in my '48 Ford tractor with no ill effects.
  4. Linda and Jack. At my wedding in 1995. RIP
  5. I believe The four-way is still at the San Diego Air and Space in Balboa Park. I haven't been there for about 10 years but it was hanging from the ceiling then.
  6. Strangely enough, the first time I had escargot was in Pohang, Korea for a military exercise. The hotel restaurant had it and I was hooked. Love the stuff. Being stationed and visiting various places in the Far East, I have eaten a number of things, good and bad, that were a bit off the usual palette.
  7. jimjumper

    Gas prices

    Hemet CA was $3.43 on Friday, down 5 cents from the week before. But that is at the cheapy place not a name brand. Still a slim chance that Prop 6 will pass on Tuesday and reduce the taxes by 12 cents a gallon but Californians love to tax themselves. Diesel was taxed even higher and is close to $4 a gallon. I work as a courier and the Prop 6 tax alone costs me $4.50 a week.
  8. Meat Loaf-Bat out of Hell One of the bet produced albums going even if the music itself isn't your style. He also produced an album for his back-up singer Karla DeVito with the same stunning production qualities.
  9. I used the automated postage machine at the P.O. to ship mine. Got there in 3 days with delivery confirmation. They shipped it back the same way. Why speak to a clerk at all?
  10. The complacency sounds a lot like what happened at Skydive Sussex but that would really be a sore point with the Board in both how it was handled and how some GM DZO's get a little bit more privilege.
  11. I follow a tractor operation/repair website and in the general forum the subject of 4th of July celebrations came up. It was mentioned by one of the forum members how much he enjoyed the skydivers bringing in the U.S. Flag to a small private airport near Balls Creek NC. I just thought I would pass on my congratulations for a good job and, even though this was one of many demos on the 4th, you were appreciated! Not often I hear about skydiving on a tractor site but you never know how far your positive influence extends when you do a demo!
  12. Just a quick add, if you have a pickup make sure you can get the lock off that allows you to lower the spare to the ground. My Only AAA call was because the lock was rusted and wouldn't open.
  13. A lot of people mentioned a good tile saw. A number of tool rental places rent professional quality tile saws for really cheap rates. If your only going to rarely use it, renting a good one sounds better than buying a cheap one.
  14. I'm a retired Navy Mineman and we were tested annually as part of our explosive physical. Hate to hook up the wrong wire on the circuit board!😃