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  1. Never the less, here he is. Why give him bad advice? You've made your statement about how you deal with risk. That's not relevant to him, only to you. We generally like to advise people to proceed on the safe side. If you promote the opposite you can count on push back. Not for your sake, but for those who come here and don't know better. No he is not. He checked out of thread and the bickering continued. His last post said simply "I've accumulated all the advice I need from different sources and I got my answer quite clear now." My statement when he was still in thread was to NOT come here for advise because we all have different risk acceptance and skill sets. This thread is done as far as the op. Just people arguing for a past time now. As a side note. Funny storry. The day we landed our crossbraced stack there was a canopy course being held on the dz by a well known individual. Within two weeks there were three seperate injuries from participants of the class with the worse being a broken femur. These were all very conservative pilots trying things learned in class That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  2. Giving him shit for what. I am selling reclaimed barn wood. I can take a much higher risk in the winter when I am selling from my computer than if I have a valuable barn that needs to come down for supply. He doesn't deserve shit. Some people make risk choices based on their job. Others make job desisions based on there risk choices. I left construction to become a Sales manager because of my addictions. It allowed me to work hurt. I had to do a presentation for lowes with a few hundred people on crutches after a broken tibia plateu that destroyed the ligaments. I share that with Lindsay. Only problem is I was unable to use the mic and I didnt have a headset. I woud have been screwed if I was still in construction. Office or home job I can take even higher risk. You just feel the need to give people shit because they make different choices? And the op had already been made well aware thi is a stupid place to come for downsizing advise. I would never let some stranger on Internet advise me of risk management That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  3. It is an indication on how much risk each one of us is willing to tolerate. I would bet that a single parent relying on a job to make ends meet and the job requires walking has a different risk profile than a single multi millionaire that does not know what to do with the money. (Just to give to different extremes). What Bill is saying is that regardless of what job you have that broken bones should not be acceptable for any canopy decision you make. That would you're such a shitty pilot that you can't keep from breaking a bone but you're so confident that you don't think you'll die. This demonstrates an amazing lack of understand of the margins involves in canopy piloting. This goes hand-in-hand with the worst canopy piloting advice I've ever heard, that "You need to put yourself into the ground at least once so you know what it feels like and know where that edge it." The person who gave that advice ended up getting carted to the hospital with internal injuries and almost died. He no longer flies high performance canopies. The truth is that there's ALWAYS a chance of breaking a bone and you should always make the gear choices that mitigate this risk because you ALWAYS don't want a broken bone, not just if you have a desk job. Your first part of your post is missing a word but are you saying if you broke a bone you are a shitty canopy pilot? Laughable. Broken bones and injuries are not always related to skill, so much as they are to risk for some people. Is Linsey Vonn an untalented skiier? I have had 11 orthopedic surgeries. Countless other injuries. Is that because I have no talent? Hardly. Clearly I disagree with Billvon's way of thinking. If I was going into sports with the mentality that no broken bones is the main goal I would not have enjoyed the experiences I have During my first year skydiving I suffered an injury that required surgery to my ankle. I used the off time to save money and sold my first canopy (190) to purchase a 107. It was winter so it worked out perfectly timing wise. My desicion. My risk. Years later I swooped sdc's unlit object riddled swimming pond at night. A memorable yet risky jump. I demoed into a fairground motocross(sx style) race in full gear with an 85 sq ft canopy with my bike on the line waiting for me. Having a high risk threshold does not mean you lack intelligence though. Common sense and judgement yes. My buddy broke his leg swooping into the "backyard" surrounded by a fence and full of trees. It was great playground and he was hardly and idiot or bad canopy pilot. While I have never been injured myself skydiving, that same friend almost ruined that for me when I was on the bottom of a compressed stack on my 84 shooting for that same backyard to land the stack. Top guy has all control and he didnt abort in time(with heavy encouragement from me) and flew us into a hill. I can not believe some of the last comments I have read. Do you think Linsey Vonn goes about skiing with her main goal of not breaking a bone? Winning and not dying are much higher on the list. And getting injured does not make one incompetent. I had a major dislocated shoulder when I fell backwards barefoot water skiing a few years back. Does that make me a shitty skiier? Or does that mean I have a low IQ? Let others decide there own acceptable risk , as long as their risk doesn't put others at risk. I am clearly offended by some of these comments regarding risk. Have a good day That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  4. We used to get accused of swooping to show off. Attention seekers. Some of my most memorable swoops were landing out with no one around while I rip a line with no outs. That said, never waste a crowd That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  5. I weigh 170. My first canopy was a 190 f111. My second was a 107, my third was an 84. What the hell are you asking dz.com for? Justification? What if I gave advise based on my first two years? Luckily I won't. Rent, borrow, or demo. Discuss this at home. This is a dumb discussion for the Internet. It can either hold you back or kill you if you listen. (As you can guess I never listened) That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  6. Priceless. Glad you lived. You know, your next post talked about "what would the guys say back home?" Every time I think of doing something stupid or making the wrong decision, I always think "How stupid is the write up in the Incident Reports in Parachutist going to look?" It always seems to remind me of my mortality and how far better than I have gone in before. I always found it amusing that with seconds left in life when I knew I was terribly low and my pillow wasn't there, I still had such a clear vision of those boys shaking there head commenting on my death. All without affecting my attempts to not die. Prettiest thing ever that yellow 106r over my head in time. But it also reminds me of a student one time. Off topic but anyway. I was on lake skiing and watching some static line class doing there first jumps , feeling a little guilty I wasn't there to pack the student rigs, when I noticed a student in trouble. Had a perfect opening but was unresponsive under canopy. We used one way radios on first jumps. She flew with no input landing in a tree in a wooded residential area next to the creek feeding into this lake. I was first on scene besides homeowners in the yard talking to her. She claimed she never heard radio (checked out fine) and couldn't find the airport. There was absolutely no good areas or outs the direction she was flying (on heading opening up wind). She never looked over her shoulder where the airport should have been. Another girl jumper tried to get her up as soon as possible to get over it and I pulled that instructor aside and shook my head. It is not for everyone. Different people react so different when faced with crises. She made her own. Sorry for off topic That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  7. Actually my last thought as I rotated my mlw open to look inside was that the boys at my first "home" dz were going to be saying "we told him so" as they were playing cards at clubhouse upon hearing news. I had a perfect vision of that scenerio just before finding reserve pillow. The "told him so" was a combination of lack of safety devices including AAD and rsl type devise. But like many incidents this was a chain of events. A practice 4 way that was smoking along so well we all took it low started it. My girlfriend purchased me an alti(been stolen years earlier) and I ended up getting an audible also. Tried to keep deployment at 2.5k after this if possible. That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  8. After. Wasn't where is was supposed to be. Flo green pillow against black jumpsuit. Low main opening and spun up like I can't even describe. 72 sq ft xbraced at 2.6 lbs/ft I considered it at about 500 ft agl that day. That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  9. The only time I used two hands to cutaway almost resulted in a fatality. There were other factors in the string but I would never go back to a two handed pull unless I had two for some reason at that time. No rsl type device though or the two handled pull wouldn't have as scary had I had one. Found my reserver Pillow closer to hip and hidden on a very tight fitting harness. Hard to believe I had such harness shift. I expected a hard cutaway as I was spun up down into risers in less then seconds and had no riser inserts. The only reason for two handled pull was an assumed hard pull. Low break off, seperation issues, pulled last as a result, and violent malfuction. Side note, I have never noticed velcro resistance and have never peeled. Just punched. Pillow handles. That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  10. I didnt ask for help. I have a huge Rubbermaid container full of cleaning supplies. From apc to strong solvents. I am good at what I do with them. And if his couch is made out of your uniform maybe, but only maybe it was a good suggestion. As they have substitute that are not the real thing despite how labled. Go buy some TSP in wisconsin. Thing there is really any P in it? I ony use your uniform cleaner for gun barrels That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  11. Are you serious? Or just showing off you know wat it was? This is why internet forums are dangerous. Trichlorethane could eat polycarbonate. Suggesting this powerful solvent on an unknown fabric? Wth? This is an expensive furnishing. Lets try something else! That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  12. Type of fabic is also very relevant. Chemical guys among other auto detail companies make very good products. Heat (or even better steam) works well for some fabrics on some stains. But beware that some protien based stains will not be friendly with heat and could become permanent. Think hard on what it could be. But what type of fabric is it? That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  13. You said he is a good pilot. Let him make his own desicions. My first canopy was a f111 pd190. Borrowed a sabre 150 for a bit then saved up some money after sitting out because of an internal fixation surgery on my ankle and bought a 107. Borrowed a 120 before I jumped it. A few on a 150 coming off of crutches to be careful. Then later went to wffc with a year under my belt and demo's. Fell in love with Velocity but knew I wasnt ready and slowed down progression for a year. 200 jumps and a good pilot? Have him jump a 150 for a day but it is not a major deal for a competent gifted pilot. (Not saying he is) That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  14. Why not put some tape over hole if it bothers you that much. Experiment poking smaller holes. To me this is a non issue. Is it really hurting your ears? Or messing with concentration? Bigger things to worry about imo. Slow down if its that big of deal or put tape over it. Problem solved That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.
  15. Yes the Poly added to the issue. If they were worried about the existing slab being to "hot"(dry and thirsty), they could have sprayed it with water before pouring. Mix could have been too wet. But more I suspect that because of the aforementioned issues the the finishers simply got on it to soon mixing the bleed water into the surface. now just let it cure awhile and there are several types of sealers out there if need be after scraping the surface for loose concrete. You do not mention location, humidity, ventilation ect That spot isn't bad at all, the winds were strong and that was the issue! It was just on the downwind side.