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  1. You're absolutely right about the design! Because of the up and down tabs, I have never had the toggles move at all; not even in the hardest openings I've had. Hence my desire to get a replica set of these! Well, I'm heading to Mirage tomorrow, and hopefully someone there will be able to recognize these and manufacture a new set for me. But thank you very much for the confirmation and the info guys!! If anyone else has more concrete info to share, that would be spectacular too, thank you!!
  2. Hello everyone! I've got a pair of risers that came with a Mirage rig that I bought, and I absolutely love the design on these risers. I'm trying to get a new set of these risers, but the only problem is, I can't figure out who was the original manufacturer... I've called Mirage, and spoken with some of the other major manufacturers, but to no avail. If any of you might know who built these risers, I'd really love to hear from you please!! Thank you for your time! Cheers, Tan
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  4. One would think that he would learn to use gloves after the first or second flop right?
  5. I'm no VBA expert, but you could use the default Record Macro in Excel to record these keystrokes and then extract the code. But because Alt+PgDn moves the "one screen", and each screen is a different size, the number of offset cells is different depending on the screen being used. Perhaps you could use this for a start: ActiveWindow.LargeScroll ToRight:=3 ActiveCell.Offset(0, 29).Select Change the "29" to however many cells fits into 3 screen widths for you. Hope it works for you?
  6. Thank you for making me rethink my procedures! I've always flown on rears to keep things slow and maintain altitude while making my canopy and harness adjustments, but given the number of Youtube videos showing locked steering lines, I'm definitely taking up your point here.
  7. I think it's better practice to finish whatever you want to do to the slider before reaching for toggles, because you'll eventually want to do that as standard practice when you do bring the slider behind your head. In fact, I think you should manage everything (slider, chest strap, etc) while the brakes are still stowed, because the canopy is flying slower and flatter, therefore giving you more reaction time. Once your hands are in the toggles, concentration should only be on flying the canopy. To be specific, theoretically, there usually shouldn't be a problem adjusting your slider after your hands are in the toggles, but if you have significantly shortened brake lines on your canopy, reaching all over the slider could induce unwanted toggle input, however minor it may be. In any case, don't you guys think that in terms of line wear, bringing the slider behind your head in fact reduces even more wear on your lines than collapsing it? We all agree that the slider constricts the horizontal spread of the lines, which means that every time we pull a toggle with the slider up, the brake line would definitely be pulled through and against the grommet on the slider under significant tension right?
  8. Actually, the translated version means "we're currently fucking".. Probably not something you'd say to Jackie in a gunfight.
  9. Ok I've just had my procedure done on the 5th of March. Epi-Lasik, therefore no flap. 4 days later, I'm now zooming-in Chrome at 300% as compared to 500% originally. Other than the inconvenience of the shades, it's truly amazing to walk around without glasses, and without the dry eyes that come with contact lens wear. I've read many of the earlier comments, and I'd like to share my motivations on why I decided to carry through with this procedure. With regards to the use of contact lenses as an alternative, I agree that they provide adequately corrected vision. However, unless you're prepared to pay top dollar, they're unlikely to come with astigmatism correction; and trying to spot the landing direction arrow from a mile away becomes a real challenge. I've also had contact lenses fly away in the tunnel, and I certainly don't want to risk that during freefall, or else depth perception is gonna be affected under canopy. Or worse, both contacts fly out and I won't be able to see anything under canopy at all... Lastly, I've also suffered from GPC a few times due to prolonged contact lens wear, and each time that happened, I had to stay away from contacts for a month or two - which would also mean no jumping during that period. Now, some of you may think of the above as just minor inconveniences. However, I like to travel, and in fact, I'm about to embark on an extended travel trip. I cannot guarantee that I will always have access to clean running water and soap so that I can insert and remove my contacts; and furthermore if I lost my glasses, or if they broke by accident, I might be effectively blind for a week or more (I can't read the big E either..). So in this case, quality of life does make a difference; plus I won't have to carry a few months worth of extra lenses and cleaning solution. Also having no flap is good here, so I won't have to scurry for emergency surgery if it might dislodge. However, DrDom mentioned one point which I'd like to debate. By and large I truly do believe that doctors act in the best interests of their patients. However, I wonder if that statement only holds true to the limits of their abilities and their equipment? And if this might even be more prevalent in such a case whereby the surgery could be considered more cosmetic than medically-necessary? Lastly, just a heads up here. "YMMV" is absolutely true. We all know / have heard from others, that the procedure is supposed to be completely painless. And it indeed was, for the guy that did the surgery right after mine too. The removal of my epithelial cell layer however, was searingly painful for both eyes, despite the anesthetic eyedrops (I'd call it a 7/10 here). And because I'm allergic to the painkiller eyedrops, I struggled to get through the first two days with the help of A LOT of sleeping pills... But as of the morning on the 7th, Best of luck to FlyGirlla for your surgery!!
  10. How coincidental! I have an appointment on the 1st, and I'm told that my surgeon specializes in Epi-Lasik, which as I'm reading, is supposed to be similar to PRK and LASEK, with the only difference being the method employed to remove the epithelial cells. That being said, I'd really like to hear from the community, if anyone here has undergone any eye procedures which adversely affected their skydiving?
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    Best Pickup Play

    Which one were you? At the start of the night, the short one. Thanks to my buddies After 5 drinks to return the favour, the tall one.
  12. tan

    Best Pickup Play

    How about this one? http://youtu.be/xGvNE9y5POI
  13. Based on the splash pattern, some of it got back into the car huh..
  14. Wow! I can imagine, riding along that coastal road, in the late afternoon with a low sun... And that's a sweet ride!
  15. tan

    Your poison

    Hibiki (Japanese Whisky) 17 years normally; 21 years if I have the extra cash to blow $150 a bottle..