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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #105 on: October 06, 2015, 02:09:06 AM »
Bruce wrote: "...wondering, writing...and cashing my royalty checks. $122 last week!  Whoo-Hoo!!"

So are you even close to making real money in the Vortex Bruce? Must have taken hundreds of hours to investigate and write your book. What's your hourly wage to date?

Those sloppy alien cow surgeons ain't got nuthin on American engineers.

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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #106 on: October 06, 2015, 02:22:26 AM »
Just a little scary...377. And watching my dentist suture me up after an extraction last week seemed down-right medieval compared to da Vinci. Whew.

AS for making money in Vortex, I figure I'm in double digits by now - at least .10 per hour! But I'm having lots of fun.
 

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« Reply #107 on: October 06, 2015, 12:30:01 PM »
Well, even at 10 cents an hour I think you are well ahead of Galen.  ;)

I wonder if his book is permanently stalled? I was really looking forward to reading it. Of course a few Cooper twenties from a Canadian safe deposit box would propel his book sales through the roof but so far nothing.

I got a kick out of that NYT Cooper piece, especially "military chutes open automatically at 200 feet".

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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #108 on: October 06, 2015, 05:02:33 PM »
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Just a little scary...377. And watching my dentist suture me up after an extraction last week seemed down-right medieval compared to da Vinci. Whew.

AS for making money in Vortex, I figure I'm in double digits by now - at least .10 per hour! But I'm having lots of fun.

It's okay to spend hundreds of hours writing about DB Cooper if you do so on an online forum; the moment you spend the same amount of time putting a book together suddenly you're a loser unless you're making money at a socially acceptable rate.
 

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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #109 on: October 06, 2015, 05:34:37 PM »
That's exactly what my mother thinks, Andrade!

Speaking of mom, I think she has found a spot in her heart for me, even though I have been such a disappointment. My poverty/writing lifestyle also affords me the opportunity to visit with mom at length - so, I'm a mixed bag for her.

If you're ever looking for a new mom, Andy, I'll let her know. That would make us brothers, though...
 

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« Reply #110 on: October 06, 2015, 05:39:02 PM »
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Well, even at 10 cents an hour I think you are well ahead of Galen.  ;)

I wonder if his book is permanently stalled? I was really looking forward to reading it. Of course a few Cooper twenties from a Canadian safe deposit box would propel his book sales through the roof but so far nothing.

I got a kick out of that NYT Cooper piece, especially "military chutes open automatically at 200 feet".

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Not sure what's happening with Galen. I think the book thingy stalled for two reasons: one, he wants to solve the case before he published his book.  Two, he's coming to terms of life in the in-between - that state of being where he can't solve Norjak, is exhausted from trying, and other aspects of life are emerging as more important - i.e.: Women!  Money! Etc.

Another possibility is that Galen's living down the street from Sarah Palin, and her influence might have had a bigger impact than anyone has expected...

As for the NYT, UG. That piece depressed me enormously. How could a writer be both good enough for the Times and yet so wrong with her facts.  And where was the NYT Fact-Checking Team??? A bad day for the rag biz, all around.
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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #111 on: October 06, 2015, 05:41:14 PM »
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Just a little scary...377. And watching my dentist suture me up after an extraction last week seemed down-right medieval compared to da Vinci. Whew.

AS for making money in Vortex, I figure I'm in double digits by now - at least .10 per hour! But I'm having lots of fun.

It's okay to spend hundreds of hours writing about DB Cooper if you do so on an online forum; the moment you spend the same amount of time putting a book together suddenly you're a loser unless you're making money at a socially acceptable rate.

I admit it. Posting is playing it safe. "Its just a hobby." "It's just for fun."

If you write a book all of a sudden you are an author, a pro, and you gotta prove yourself in the harsh harsh market or face doubt and scorn.

Some day, maybe somebody will break the Cooper Vortex Poverty Curse.

I shudder to think how much Geoff Gray spent on the Portland Symposium. maybe the FBI chipped in?  ;)

I wonder what Musika Farnsworth made on her Parachutist articles about Norjack? Probably just a few hundred per installment.

And all that work TK and his Citizen Sleuths associates Allan and Carol have done, and not a penny of revenue. It ain't cheap keeping SEMs and EDS machines running.

I've spent a bit on this madness. Bought an NB 8 rig, a Cooper twenty, a 727 flight engineer panel door status annunciator, Seafirst cloth bank bag, books, trip to Portland etc. but it was worth every penny. I had a great time at the Portland DB Cooper Symposium meeting so many interesting people. I liked everyone I met. Really shame that Georger, Snow and Jo didn't make it.

Jumping again on Oct 17 with even more radio gear, including an APRS telemetry beacon that will broadcast my GPS position, heart rate and blood oxygen level. 

Turning 66 in a few days. I am so blessed to be able to continue skydiving. Most of the cohorts I started with in 68 have hung up their rigs.

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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #112 on: October 06, 2015, 05:43:16 PM »
Happy Birthday, 377!

And I turned 66 two weeks ago, too!
 

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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #113 on: October 06, 2015, 05:45:45 PM »
Bruce wrote: "Another possibility is that Galen's living down the street from Sarah Palin, and her influence might have had a bigger impact than anyone has expected..."

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Maybe Galen got lucky?

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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #114 on: October 06, 2015, 05:47:56 PM »
BTW: Galen says that he's kicked in 50K over the years on his Norjak pursuits - that's over the decades. Maybe since college.

Me, I'm taking a broader view. I consider my social security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Paratransit, etc., all part of society's subsidized writing grant. So, thank you Mr. and Mrs. American-Taxpayers for helping me keep my keyboard humming. The royalties are just icing on the cake.
 

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« Reply #115 on: October 06, 2015, 05:49:15 PM »
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Bruce wrote: "Another possibility is that Galen's living down the street from Sarah Palin, and her influence might have had a bigger impact than anyone has expected..."

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Maybe Galen got lucky?

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Maybe.

But I wouldn't call it luck. At least not in the usual sense...
 

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« Reply #116 on: October 06, 2015, 05:52:26 PM »
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I wonder what Musika Farnsworth made on her Parachutist articles about Norjack? Probably just a few hundred per installment.

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I wouldn't worry too much about Mooshie. When she left the Portland Symposium she told me she was heading over to Nordstrom's to do a little shopping.

That was also when I knew Mooshie and I were not destined for each other...
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« Reply #117 on: October 06, 2015, 05:53:18 PM »
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Bruce wrote: "Another possibility is that Galen's living down the street from Sarah Palin, and her influence might have had a bigger impact than anyone has expected..."

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Maybe Galen got lucky?

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Maybe.

But I wouldn't call it luck. At least not in the usual sense...

So you would turn her down Bruce? What a principled gentleman. I think even hard core lefty Sheridan Peterson might go for it.

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Re: The DNA/The FBI/DB Cooper...Whats The deal?
« Reply #118 on: October 06, 2015, 05:57:07 PM »
Principals have nothing to do with it, 377.

Although inertia is my biggest problem, even bigger is the fear that if I got an STD from Sarah it would really mess-up my mind. I have enough problems to discuss in therapy this week, thank-you-very-much...
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« Reply #119 on: October 06, 2015, 06:20:03 PM »
I am going to send Sheridan another cheer package this holiday season. That crusty old codger doesn't have to be nice to me. I know he will appreciate it. Look at how much he appreciated the first one before he got all paranoid and accusatory. We old skydivers have to look out for each other.

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Sheridan took incredible risk building and flying his own bat wings. Similar experiments proved fatal to many. Eagle Eye Pete definitely thought way out of the box when it came to skydiving capers.

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