Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus

Thursday, July 3. Down to WesterCon



Work. work work work. Leave a little early, head down to SeaTac for WesterCon.



Friday, July 4. More WesterCon



Gym in the morning. Then down to WesterCon, did con sorts of things, including buying 3 books to add to my already excessively large to-read shelf.

Spent the night dancing and roomparty hopping with omahas



Saturday, July 5. Skydiving



Woke to the patter of little feet (Kouryouchan's) at 9am, and jumped up out of guest futon, and within a few minutes was driving south, to Kapowsin. I'm glad they had directions on their website, since the address doesn't exist in the standard online map services.

Anyway, a few miles from there, just as I started getting confused, a car blew by me with a skydiving bumper sticker. Aha! So I just followed him, and he lead me right to where I wanted to be.

So I checked in, paid my tuition, and then the AFF class started.

Four students. Two of us were computer geeks, myself and a Microsoft programmer from India. He said he had learned to want to skydive from watching American TV, but there were no DZ schools near his home there. So now here he is in the US, with money and opportunity. The other two students were adrenaline junkies looking for a new rush. One had done motorcross but now his knees are just too wrecked, and the other is a USAF cargoloader, who wants to learn to jump freespace sport style, instead military static line style.

As for the instructors, they were both adrenaline junkies. One had been an Army Ranger, and the other also a Motorcross Racer. But they were good teachers and seemed to be decent guys, anyway. If you've seen the movies "Terminal Velocity" or "Operating Dumbo Drop", one of them was the stunt double that did the skydiving stunts for those movies, including the "falling car" in "Terminal Velocity".

So, the class. Some listening to lecture, some time sitting in the parked Super Twin Otter, lots of time jumping out the side of a shack that has a door exactly the same size as the Otter's, lots of time wearing a fake harness doing reserve deployment decisions, and lots of time in a bellyboard practicing arching and PRCPs (practice ripcord pulls) and wearing a fake altimeter talking out the fall, and lots of time out in the student landing field practicing PLFs (parachute landing falls).

Unfortunately, the sky just will not open up. We need a stable hole of blue immediately overhead at least one mile in diameter. If the weather was good on Sunday, and I felt up to it, possible I would be able to do my AFF1 drop then.

So instead I elected to do a static line jump. A little bit more drill for how to jump out of a Cessna 182 (door opens. sit in the door facing out. feet down on the platform over the right wheel. right hand on the wing strut. pull self out. left hand on the wing strut. crouch. step sideway and off.)

I was scared spitless during the entire exit. tumbling rolling cant think cant see nothing makes sense my feet are down its wrong doing it wrong arch arch damnit ARCH! WHAM comes the deployment shock. And then I flew the canopy down decently. Was even able to walk it in, no need for a PLF.

After rolling up my canopy, and walking back to the building, the sky looked even worse, so I drove home.

On the way back, talked to my Dad, he had needed some help with his new Archos Player 20 that I had helped him pick out and order, but he and my little brother worked it out.

Back home, nap nap nap, then call omahas to arrange to meet at WesterCon. My motive being part that I enjoy much hanging out with her and elfs and with Kouryouchan, and in part because I always have a blast dancing and roomparty crawling with her.

And I did. (Have a blast.)



Sunday, July 6. WesterCon ends.



Woke up much stiff and bleary. Going back to Kapowsin, despite the fact that it looked clear and bright around SeaTac, didn't feel doable. So back to WesterCon, had a buffet breakfast, and then browsed and shopped and hungout until the end.

Hung out at the Sternberg's, enjoyed a very yummy and pleasant dinner with them, and then returned home to pay attention to my cats.

That evening, jezel came over and we made Rainbow Snows (familiar I'm sure to the Utahns in my readership), watched some L&O:CI, Gary The Rat, and Futurama, and clipped cat claws.



Monday, July 7. Back to work.



Back to work. Ug. The current task I'm working on will hopefully be done soon, one way or another. I'm not a tester. I hate being a tester. I enjoy whitebox testing my own code, I hate blackboxing and qual testing someone else's.

Tomorrow, I'm going to take a sick day. Between stuff I have to do, help I need to give to some friends, some sleep depravation I need to catch up, and a dentist appointment tomorrow...

Mmm... *grin*
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<b>Thursday, July 3. Down to WesterCon</b>

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Work. work work work. Leave a little early, head down to SeaTac for WesterCon.

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<b>Friday, July 4. More WesterCon</b>

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Gym in the morning. Then down to WesterCon, did con sorts of things, including buying 3 books to add to my already excessively large to-read shelf.

Spent the night dancing and roomparty hopping with <lj user="omahas">

</lj-cut>

<b>Saturday, July 5. Skydiving</b>

<lj-cut text="snip">

Woke to the patter of little feet (Kouryouchan's) at 9am, and jumped up out of guest futon, and within a few minutes was driving south, to Kapowsin. I'm glad they had directions on their website, since the address doesn't exist in the standard online map services.

Anyway, a few miles from there, just as I started getting confused, a car blew by me with a skydiving bumper sticker. Aha! So I just followed him, and he lead me right to where I wanted to be.

So I checked in, paid my tuition, and then the AFF class started.

Four students. Two of us were computer geeks, myself and a Microsoft programmer from India. He said he had learned to want to skydive from watching American TV, but there were no DZ schools near his home there. So now here he is in the US, with money and opportunity. The other two students were adrenaline junkies looking for a new rush. One had done motorcross but now his knees are just too wrecked, and the other is a USAF cargoloader, who wants to learn to jump freespace sport style, instead military static line style.

As for the instructors, they were both adrenaline junkies. One had been an Army Ranger, and the other also a Motorcross Racer. But they were good teachers and seemed to be decent guys, anyway. If you've seen the movies "Terminal Velocity" or "Operating Dumbo Drop", one of them was the stunt double that did the skydiving stunts for those movies, including the "falling car" in "Terminal Velocity".

So, the class. Some listening to lecture, some time sitting in the parked Super Twin Otter, lots of time jumping out the side of a shack that has a door exactly the same size as the Otter's, lots of time wearing a fake harness doing reserve deployment decisions, and lots of time in a bellyboard practicing arching and PRCPs (practice ripcord pulls) and wearing a fake altimeter talking out the fall, and lots of time out in the student landing field practicing PLFs (parachute landing falls).

Unfortunately, the sky just will not open up. We need a stable hole of blue immediately overhead at least one mile in diameter. If the weather was good on Sunday, and I felt up to it, possible I would be able to do my AFF1 drop then.

So instead I elected to do a static line jump. A little bit more drill for how to jump out of a Cessna 182 (door opens. sit in the door facing out. feet down on the platform over the right wheel. right hand on the wing strut. pull self out. left hand on the wing strut. crouch. step sideway and off.)

I was scared spitless during the entire exit. <i>tumbling rolling cant think cant see nothing makes sense my feet are down its wrong doing it wrong arch arch damnit <b>ARCH</b>!</i> <font size="+1">WHAM</font> comes the deployment shock. And then I flew the canopy down decently. Was even able to walk it in, no need for a PLF.

After rolling up my canopy, and walking back to the building, the sky looked even worse, so I drove home.

On the way back, talked to my Dad, he had needed some help with his new Archos Player 20 that I had helped him pick out and order, but he and my little brother worked it out.

Back home, nap nap nap, then call <lj user="omahas"> to arrange to meet at WesterCon. My motive being part that I enjoy much hanging out with her and <lj user="elfs"> and with Kouryouchan, and in part because I always have a blast dancing and roomparty crawling with her.

And I did. (Have a blast.)

</lj-cut>

<b>Sunday, July 6. WesterCon ends.</b>

<lj-cut text="snip">

Woke up much stiff and bleary. Going back to Kapowsin, despite the fact that it looked clear and bright around SeaTac, didn't feel doable. So back to WesterCon, had a buffet breakfast, and then browsed and shopped and hungout until the end.

Hung out at the Sternberg's, enjoyed a very yummy and pleasant dinner with them, and then returned home to pay attention to my cats.

That evening, <lj user="jezel"> came over and we made Rainbow Snows (familiar I'm sure to the Utahns in my readership), watched some L&amp;O:CI, Gary The Rat, and Futurama, and clipped cat claws.

</lj-cut>

<b>Monday, July 7. Back to work.</b>

<lj-cut text="snip">

Back to work. Ug. The current task I'm working on will hopefully be done soon, one way or another. I'm not a tester. I hate being a tester. I enjoy whitebox testing my own code, I hate blackboxing and qual testing someone else's.

Tomorrow, I'm going to take a sick day. Between stuff I have to do, help I need to give to some friends, some sleep depravation I need to catch up, and a dentist appointment tomorrow...

Mmm... *grin* <lj-user="daikitsune"> is online and has time to chat...
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