It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Tooy » Thu, 12 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>But I honestly feel that every single student ... no matter by which
>method
>> they train ... should have to make that first jump by themselves ...

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Ease up on the pain meds boy, how a AFF
Geek gonna do the first jump by themself?
That gonna***off a lot of AFF JM's but it
will damn sure weed the weak out. ha ha ha
send me sum of yer pills :-* snuffy
 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Dead Mik » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Snuffy!  Time to get that other half of the brain in gear buddy!!  Those
weren't my comments, I replied, alas, I didn't clip her name with it...  You
see those little '>' things in the front of the line mean I copied it from
another message....

And, then there's the matter of me disagreeing with that statement...

On second thought, Snuffy, I don't think the *** I'm on are nearly as
strong as the one's they got you on!

LOL!!!

- dm
http://SportToday.org/
"dive long and prosper"

Quote:


>>But I honestly feel that every single student ... no matter by which
>>method
>>> they train ... should have to make that first jump by themselves ...
>***********************************
>Ease up on the pain meds boy, how a AFF
>Geek gonna do the first jump by themself?
>That gonna***off a lot of AFF JM's but it
>will damn sure weed the weak out. ha ha ha
>send me sum of yer pills :-* snuffy


 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Tooy » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Those
>weren't my comments, I replied, alas, I didn't clip her name with it...  You
>see those little '>' things in the front of the line mean I copied it from
>another message....

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No shit? I thought those thingys ment sumone
wuz gitting jubbed with an arrow. I likes
jubbing people with them arrows :)

Quote:
>On second thought, Snuffy, I don't think the *** I'm on are nearly as
>strong as the one's they got you on!

>LOL!!!

***********************************
No shit mine are 240mg the MD's give me
the max to keep the ass kicking down in
their waiting room but they ain't fer pain
they fer brain. Lakk Dr. Frankinstien they
trying to recreate me, ha ha ha lots of luck
is all I can say : I  me, I me ferever and
ever :-*.***
Quote:
>dm
>http://SportToday.org/
>"dive long and prosper"


>>>But I honestly feel that every single student ... no matter by which
>>>method
>>>> they train ... should have to make that first jump by themselves ...
>>***********************************
>>Ease up on the pain meds boy, how a AFF
>>Geek gonna do the first jump by themself?
>>That gonna***off a lot of AFF JM's but it
>>will damn sure weed the weak out. ha ha ha
>>send me sum of yer pills :-* snuffy


 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Rita » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Every time I look out the window of that cessna and see some static line
> student snaking his way out, dropping and***, and then looking back in
> stark raving fear, my little heart does a little pitter patter.  And when I
> watch them drop off, my heart goes in my throat.

LOL ... well, if your heart is doing a little pitter patter, just imagine
what their's is doing! :)

Trust me ... their heart is in their throat from the time the jm opens that
door! :)

Blue ones!

--rita
Arizona-bound in about 10 hours! :)

 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Rita » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> It is the same for us all, we all come about to that conclusion.  When you
> make a solo, it doesn't matter at what jump it is, you feel how lonely it is
> with all that space.  :^)  (glorious space at that!)

It's funny ... but the whole time I was in student progression, I sort of
dreaded the day that I would be on my own ... truly on my own ... without a
jm even watching me in the air or from the plane.  When I finally finished my
long student progression, wrapping it up via AFF, I distinctly remember the
feeling of emptiness when my JM told me "okay, you're on your own now.  Be
careful.  You can spend the rest of your day doing solos ... just manifest
whenever you want some air."

I walked away to think about that.  It just didn't seem real.  It
couldn't be.  "Manifest whenever you want ... "  My lord!  I don't need to
wait for a jm?

For about an hour, I couldn't even begin to move towards the manifest window.
I just sat there at a picnic table ... in a sort of combined state of extreme
exhilaration (my God, I really graduated?) ... to one of deep dread (what the
hell business do I have being up there alone?).

I passed my time gloating to all who would listen ... "what to hear about my
awesome Level VII dive?"  I was stalling ... trying to put off the
inevitable.  Finally, in his own perceptive way ... I guess he knew I was
scared shitless ... James gently told me ... "hey, why don't you maybe like
just shut up and jump?"

Maybe that's the motivation I needed.  I finally picked myself up and got on
a load.

That first solo ... strange ... geared up extra careful.  Check the straps
... check the flaps ... "does this look okay?" I asked a passing jm.  "Looks
fine to me!" he responded encouragingly.  "But you can take the radio off
your chest strap.  No one will be talking to you on it.  No one's been
talking to you for the past three jumps anyway."  Good point.  I put the
radio away.

Walk to the plane ... check ... double check.  Everything's looking good.

I thought that ride to altitude would be sheer torture ... slower than
watching the grass grow.  I was wrong ... dead wrong.

I climb aboard a Super Otter and take my position way up near the front ...
directly in front of a group of tandems.  "Oh, shit!  I have to sit here?"  
Now I've got real problems.  Can't let the tandems see me scared out of my
wits.  That wouldn't be fair to them.  Their first jump ... no one should
spoil that for them.  I'll just have to play this cool ... sit here quietly
and keep my agony to myself.

As we are riding to 'tude, a tandem student leaned over to me.  She must have
noticed my student jumpsuit and gear.

"Who are you with?" she asked.

"Huh?"

"Where's your instructor?"

That's when it dawned on me.  I'm on my own now ... because I *can* be on my
own ... I have proven the ability to be on my own.

It was with pride that I told her ...

"Nope!  No instructor.  You see, this is my very first solo dive.  I just
graduated AFF this morning."

Amid reminders not to forget to buy my beer, I suddenly realized that all
of a sudden ... all the worry and all of the anxiety had just seemed to wash
away.  It was at that exact moment in time that I realized ... I have what it
takes and can be trusted to do everything in my power to keep myself alive in
this "high risk" sport.  My jm's had confidence in me ... and thus, I should
have confidence in myself.

We turned onto jump run, and I watched the others exit ahead of me.  As we
moved closer to the door ... I felt myself smile.  As my turn came, I turned
around ... flashed a thumbs up to my newfound friend ... "Have a blast!" I
told her.  "You are about to have the most awesome experience of your life!"
With that, and a quick glance at the spot, I spread my wings ... and took
flight.

To this day, my solo dives are among my favorites.  I only wish I could
recapture that moment in time, though ... that special feeling.  It is one
that few people in this life ever have ... and we skydivers are blessed to
be among the lucky ones.

Blue skies!

--rita

 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Jonjum » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

but oooooh....how that first solo seems to make time stop in relation to how is
passed when performing for the jms......i loved it....all three of
them....actually....when i get back....i could be happy doing solo after solo
and so on

ya done well Live Mike....have not seen the bridge day pictures but....how bout
Iron Mike

Jon...skyslug

 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Jonjum » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

can i have some.....pweees

jon...skyslug

 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Jonjum » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

you hit the spot....same for me...i was gonna open at 5k...but jms on plane
with other students said...no shit jon....no way...you gotta open at 4 as these
students have to open at five....skydivers open 4 and below....and they all
gave me a thumps up....did a floating exit and the students were waving at
me.....i still think i could solo forever....

jon...skyslug

 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by RHallif » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>Whether it is your first jump or your graduation hop-n-pop or a solo level 8
>(like I did) or a solo after you graduate.  You, as a skydiver, will jump
>alone and will make that realization.

Well, Mike, my memories of student jumps are starting to dim.  Since I have
become a skydiver, I've consumed 12,423 cases of beer, much of it "cheap," and
destroyed 746 billion brain cells.

But I'll give it my best shot.

I walked into the drop zone upset at why it would be the only way I could get
"freefall" was if I had some idiot stuck on my back.  But I kept my mouth shut
and did what they told me.  After a bunch of jumps, I still had this idiot
chasing me around the sky and groping me at most times.  It was just
"un-man-ly," if you get my meaning.  Then by the time they told me I had to
jump alone, I got bored in that big blue sky by myself and asked if I could
help grop others (the golden rule!!) because I'd gotten real attached to this
"sport."  They said "sure."  I've been doing 2 ways, 3 ways, and 4 ways to my
heart's content ever since.  

True tales form skydiver Bob

Blues all.

 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by RHallif » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

I always enjoy reading your posts, Rita.  You do such a good job with writing.

You remind me of my thoughts at the videos I bring home.  I look at these
things and say "wow, those clouds are beautiful... the shadows of them on the
ground are too much."  ...  But I seldom see these little things while in
freefall anymore....  

Maybe I'll have to reinvent my own skydiving...

Enjoy Arizona....  Oh, and stay away from the jumping Cholla cactus at the
truck stop.  They're as wicked as rattlers...

Bob  

 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by Tooy » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Date: 11/12/98 Wrote:
>Static line program is removing from DZs. Why? If I could chose AFF in my
>country, I would have selected AFF course.
>I should have given up learning skydive if I had found just fun!! in this
>activity. (like other says~)

>Skydiving is just fun?? I don't know yet!
>One thing is true that I like speed. :)

>Blue Skies~
>Hun

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Wow! that makks me feel better. I wuz afraid
the USA was saddled with all the Yuppie attitudes. Good to know the feriners
are
going down hill to :-P snuffy
 
 
 

It took one year to be comfortable during freefall!

Post by SkyRange » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:


>> It is the same for us all, we all come about to that conclusion.  When
you
>> make a solo, it doesn't matter at what jump it is, you feel how lonely it
is
>> with all that space.  :^)  (glorious space at that!)

>It's funny ... but the whole time I was in student progression, I sort of
>dreaded the day that I would be on my own ... truly on my own ... without a
>jm even watching me in the air or from the plane.

[snipped to save save and time]

Along those same line of firsts and fears;  how about the first time you
packed your chute without someone watching and them jumped it to boot.  Talk
about pucker factor.  Did I get it right????  Will it open???? Quick let's
review emergency procedures ---- Jump, Fly, Pull, aaaaaawwwwww shitttttttt,
Open, YEAAAAA.

Bubba
A-31095

It's not how long you live
It's how well you live