TriGirl

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TriGirl last won the day on February 4

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  • Main Canopy Size
    170
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    Cypres 2

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    Z-Hills
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    USPA
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    53
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    4
  • Years in Sport
    10
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    Formation Skydiving
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  1. As a judge, I loved working competitions (especially Collegiates) at Lake Wales. Betty was always so attentive to the judges as well as the competitors, because she wanted everyone to have a great time and a great meet. So sad to hear this news. I'm sure the crew at Lake Wales is really hurting, but I am also sure they are supporting each other.
  2. What they all said ^^, particularly regarding the weight loss (congrats!) and not doing this for anyone else but yourself. Plus, yeah, the sky will always be there if/when you ever change your mind and want to go back. A couple of things I will add: if your wife ever gets into competition of any kind, consider getting a judge rating. You can help out your home DZ by judging local competitions/boogies/records, and you will be able to travel with your wife to competitions (she as a competitor, you as a judge). Also -- learn to pack. It's one way you can support her and save money (not every single time, but on the days you want to hang out at the DZ with her). Depending on the DZ, you eventually might consider getting a job on the packing mat. Again, to save/make a little money while she's spending it. You'll feel much more involved in the sport and share friends that way. I know you said the tunnel is quite far away, but U.S. Indoor Skydiving is now a thing. Many tunnels will be starting up weekend or evening leagues for all skill levels. Others have mentioned the tunnel, so if you like it, again, that's something the two of you can share (even if only the occasional weekend getaway to a tunnel to do some recreational flying). Regardless, you are now, and will always be, a skydiver. Don't beat yourself up about keeping your jump numbers in the single digits. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  3. Okay, but you can sleep on the high-speed ferry! ETA: oh wait, but the ferry doesn't take vehicles. So yeah, I guess that hurts. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  4. Don't smoke anything while you're trying to heal. It reduces oxygen in your system, which slows the healing process. You also have less ability to absorb calcium and other essential minerals that are building blocks for recovery. Eat well, get lots of sleep, get some fresh air and some kind of exercise, and use ice for pain. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  5. If it makes you feel any better, we only stopped jumping Style at the nationals a couple of years ago. We still do accuracy. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  6. Yep! So it looks like USPA is taking resumes for his old job. Anyone interested? See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  7. One thing no one has referenced is that you said you're doing another tandem first. Tell your instructor that you will be starting AFF soon, so you'd like to get a little more instruction. He or she will be happy to start educating you for your tandem jump. If you have too many questions for a tandem, you likely will be told politely that those details will be answered in your first jump course, and pull you back to what you can learn on your tandem jump.
  8. I flew to Jacksonville and drove from there. Not a bad drive. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  9. Much better, thanks! See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  10. Well, you didn't write THAT!! You wrote "Sunday." And the FB page said Aug 20 (which is Sunday). That's what I added/fixed. So, where's the party Saturday night? See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  11. FIFY. Thought you meant THIS Sunday. I'll see you there, brother. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  12. All those pics of the freefall and canopy flight, and the one closest to landing still has him several meters off the ground. Then the "high-5s" at the landing area. Must not have stood up the landing. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  13. To the OP: everyone is different. I couldn't find a used rig that was 1) close enough to my size (would have spent the same $$ on used rig + resizing the harness), and 2) fit the sizes of main canopies I wanted. So, I ordered new. It's comfortable, I like it, and it not only fits the canopy I still use (170), but will fit one size smaller when (if) I'm ready to downsize. The main I have in it was bought used, but it was a demo canopy. Right around the time the skydive shops are getting the new model for demo, they'll have last year's demo for sale at a reduced price. It was about as close to new as you can get, and I knew it had been stored and inspected correctly by the shop. Also a good idea, but if you're not within the "average" sampling of height/weight, you may be waiting quite a while. It does take some work and time to find that used gear -- or some may fall into your lap. But everyone posting here has brought up some really valuable pros and cons (mostly pros) for being patient for used gear. Your situation, however, may vary, so take those elements into consideration. I wouldn't judge you just for getting a whole new custom rig, if you can afford it, and if it gets you just what you want. And now you realize the risks of lost value, but it's up to you. But yeah, there is some good stuff out there if you're willing to wait if necessary. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  14. I don't know if someone else addressed this, as I've only made it to your post in reading this thread so far. The raise in dues (as you would also have gathered from reading Ed's letter) includes being able to pay the employees of USPA. I would like to know how much each director and each employee is paid. I do know that most of them cannot afford even to live in that area just on what they're making at USPA. I wonder whether the board even knows what each employee earns. Employee salaries are much more of the expense than what it costs to have one more board meeting per year. And the purpose of moving the BOD meetings around is so that members are more likely to be able to attend one near their home at some point. I went to the last one, since it was sort of near me. I encourage everyone to plan to attend one sometime. Really want to know what they talk about? Go there and listen, meet your regional director, express your concerns, and make your voice heard. See the upside, and always wear your parachute! -- Christopher Titus Shut Up & Jump!
  15. That sucks!! I remember one Halloween party at ZHills. He brought his adorable little girl in her tiny wing suit costume. He taught her correct body position, which she would demonstrate when asked.