Thursday, 15 April 2004

Yes, I jumped out a perfectly good airplane.

Yes, it was a blast.

Yes, I will do it again.

Want to see? Click here. It was a bad hair day, but hey - what the heck. These day's they're all bad hair days. Not enough to go around anymore. :-)

If you ever happen to be in the Southern California area looking for a fun weekend, check out Jim Wallace's skydiving school in Perris. Jim, Gail Sims and crew are truly awesome. Jim has more than 17,000 jumps and more than 276 hours of free-fall time in his career - Number one in the entire world! He's the one in the yellow t-shirt in the video. And on top of that, he's a really great guy. Gail's also a world-record holder.

In fact, I had more fun this past weekend than I have had in a long time. Not only did I do the free-fall thing, I also had the opportunity to spend a few hours walking and climbing all over the USS John C. Stennis, a *huge* aircraft carrier, with my friend David, who is stationed on the ship. He's also the one I went skydiving with (we both had birthday's this weekend, and it seemed like both the best and craziest thing to do to mark the occasion). We spent four days pretty much just wandering around southern California with no real plan. Unplanned time - wow, what a concept, and quite a relief from the usual!

I also purchased a replacement for my digital camera that was stolen last year. I managed to find a Nikon D70 kit, which was quite a challenge because they have not shipped very many since its release a couple weeks ago, but we found one out in the middle of nowhere. It's a great camera, but more on that later. In fact, it was that camera-finding detour we took that routed us through the skydiving capital of the Western Hemisphere, or maybe even the whole world: Perris, California.

Our original plan had been to go to California Adventure up at Disney - that was going to be our fun for the weekend - you know, roller-coasters and stuff. While driving between the town where I bought the camera and Anaheim, David looked out the window and saw a bunch of parachutes. Now, understand that he works on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and pretty much anything that flies is cool to him. So, since we didn't actually have a real plan or any kind of schedule to follow, we decided to take the nearest exit and check it out. Within 30 minutes, we'd decided Disneyland/California Adventure was for wimps, and that we were going to jump out of an airplane instead.

So, that's what we did. Captured on video for all to see. It was great.

And then we went ahead and drove to California Adventure, anyhow. Heh. This new Disney park is pretty cool - the big roller-coaster there is damn fast and they have some good fast-action rides. They closed at 10, so we ran over to the Disneyland park and did the obligatory Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides (classics and still great).

I wished I could have spent another week in California, but my Mom's birthday was Tuesday and she turned 60 (happy birthday, Mom), so I flew there from Cali and got to spend a couple of days catching up with family.

It was a great weekend. Not sure I can match that one again, but I am sure I will try sometime. Pictures coming soon.

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Saturday, 17 April 2004 15:07:29 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg! I am so so so happy you had a GREAT birthday and a belated Happy Birthday to your mom as well. Hope they are doing well, think about them quite a bit, you as well. Happy belated one to you too!! Gotta run, gonna go see the movie file you did ....... Smile.
Saturday, 17 April 2004 23:29:52 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Im glad you and David had so much fun =) So when are you gunna come see my new place there Greg? Huh?? Maby we go have dinner, you fly ill buy.
Sunday, 18 April 2004 02:46:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Found a PC here at work that was fast enought to acctully run WMV's, All I can say is WOW that was something, David didn't jump?
Sunday, 18 April 2004 05:56:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
> All I can say is WOW that was something

Heck yeah!

> David didn't jump?

Oh, yes, he definitely *did* jump - I'll need to post a few pics of him (just gt some developed and his video is on another disc). He had that characteristic s***eating grin across his pace the whole time. Since you jump with two instructors in th accelerated freefall program, we jumped separately, but we were on the same airplane load - he jumped out right after I did.
Sunday, 18 April 2004 12:23:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Aw man that looks like too much fun!
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