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« Reply #7695 on: January 21, 2021, 05:46:58 PM »
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By the way, for my 55th birthday coming up in a little over a week, my daughter is taking me skydiving. This will be my first time. Obviously it will be tandem. That said, I have 377's Cooper twenty and plan on jumping with it on my person. Therefore, I'll be able to brag that this particular bill has only dropped from an airplane twice, once with me, the other with DBC.

Happy birthday and congratulations on your upcoming jump! A suggestion, if you're interested and your daughter hasn't already finalized the reservations. I believe you're in the Pheonix Arizona area? There are a handful of drop zones near you. You'll have a fun wherever you go, but most of them are smaller operations. There probably won't be a whole lot of people around, you'll show up, make your jump, and that would probably be about it. I would suggest Skydive Arizona in Eloy. It's actually one of the major drop zones in the country and even the world. If you go on the weekend, there will be a lot of people and activity. You'll have more people to talk to, more to observe, and you'll get a better experience of the overall culture. In any event, have fun and post the video!

Thanks for the kind words.

I believe we are jumping at Skydive Arizona. Also, it will be filmed by a second jumper. I'll post the video once available.
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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #7696 on: January 21, 2021, 06:01:09 PM »
I never took the plunge skydiving but did the bungee jump down on the beach. the video below is the crane I jumped from. it's the same year but this was in Miami..the crane was set up at Penrod's on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. the video takes you back to when the strip and beach was a different beast compared to today..


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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #7697 on: January 21, 2021, 09:40:04 PM »
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By the way, for my 55th birthday coming up in a little over a week, my daughter is taking me skydiving. This will be my first time. Obviously it will be tandem. That said, I have 377's Cooper twenty and plan on jumping with it on my person. Therefore, I'll be able to brag that this particular bill has only dropped from an airplane twice, once with me, the other with DBC.

Happy birthday and congratulations on your upcoming jump! A suggestion, if you're interested and your daughter hasn't already finalized the reservations. I believe you're in the Pheonix Arizona area? There are a handful of drop zones near you. You'll have a fun wherever you go, but most of them are smaller operations. There probably won't be a whole lot of people around, you'll show up, make your jump, and that would probably be about it. I would suggest Skydive Arizona in Eloy. It's actually one of the major drop zones in the country and even the world. If you go on the weekend, there will be a lot of people and activity. You'll have more people to talk to, more to observe, and you'll get a better experience of the overall culture. In any event, have fun and post the video!

Dudeman do you jump at Eloy?  My actual jumping experience was in the mid-1960s.  A few years ago, I went through the vertical wind tunnel at Eloy and discovered that I couldn't go into the free fall arc without getting cramps in my lower legs.  When I straightened out my legs to get rid of the cramps, I always went head first into the tunnel wall.  That ended my wind tunnel experience.
 

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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #7698 on: January 22, 2021, 04:12:34 AM »
Getting Vaxxed in Cooper Country, Update

The Seattle Times is doing an expose on what is going on with the vaccination program, at least in Washington State. Multiple issues:

1. The Feds. Besides lying to the nation about how many doses they have shipped and those that remain in stockpile, etc., they apparently have lied, misled, or mis-informed states on the size of shipments and projected arrival dates. In turn, planning and scheduling by state officials is faulty.

2. Washington State has compounded the above problem in multiple ways. First, they were very slow to grasp the full nature of vaxxing six million people twice. By September they began selecting software programs that could track shipments, register individuals, offer and record appointments, and give prompts to people when and where to receive their shots. These programs would also inform the feds. A program that had been used for several years to track Seasonal Flu vaxxing was selected. However, WA ST officials decided they needed to upgrade the program for Covid vaxxing due to "security concerns." The software company promised the software changes would be ready by November. They weren't, and only delivered the software in December as the first shipments of vaccines were heading out on the freight trucks.

Washington State has a three-pronged distribution program: small pharmacies in small towns, such as Eatonville, and CVS and Fred Meyer (Kroger) in the suburbs and cities. One small pharmacy in Bremerton, across the water from Seattle, was interviewed by the Seattle Times. This drug store was the only approved vaxing site in that county, which has a couple hundred thousand people living there. The pharmacy has four employees and received 300 doses in late December, but only received the software last week. In the interim, that pharmacy has to record everything by hand, answer all phone calls, and make appointments individually, overwhelming the small staff.

3. Local: My pharmacy in Eatonville is the only vaxing site in southern Pierce County and is rural "Cooper Country." But this county is huge and is the home of Tacoma and McChord Air Base, and has 800,000 residents. CVS and Fred Meyer are handling everything north of me to Tacoma. My pharmacy had no external signage giving instructions to the public on the vaccines as of last week. Their website is up and running, however, and is user-friendly, including their appointment calendars. However, the website calendar says they have no appointments available through the end of March.

When I try to navigate the CVS websites, they are nearly impossible to get information, let alone an appointment. Worse, all the CVS's in the southern half of the county are inside a Target, which suggests that handling hundreds, if not thousands of individuals for a vax will be complicated if not endangering many needlessly to Covid exposure. How long will people have to wait in line for a vax? Unknown at this time. What happens if someone has a side-reaction???

I did have a bit more good fortune at Fred Meyer. Their website is somewhat navigable, and tells people that doses are not currently available. Regardless, I went to my nearest Freddie's - where I usually shop for groceries - and the pharmacy there appeared completely unprepared for any vaccination program: no signage, no chairs, no place to sit and wait for the 15 minutes to see if any side-effects occur, etc. I talked with the pharmacist on duty, a young gal about 25-30, and she did not seem prepared to answer questions about the vaccine, let alone assist in a major public undertaking. Nevertheless, she was pleasant and said she didn't think the vaccines would be ready for another "couple of weeks." This is in a major injection site and the State was supposed to be administering doses to first-responders and health workers weeks ago.

Apparently, WA State is using only the Moderna vaccine, which does not need the fancy freezers that Pfizer requires. Thus, small pharmacies do not need a big infrastructure to handle vaxing lots of people. But they do need nurses and some special areas inside the stores to safely handle everyone, and I don't see that at all.

How the Covid Vaccination program got so screwed-up, even down to the local town level is mind-boggling. I really don't understand it.
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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #7699 on: January 22, 2021, 02:14:36 PM »
Gayla, Greg the Techie Guy, and yours truly managed to obtain appointments for the first dose of the vaccine come February 3rd. We were lucky. Remaining slots filled up in minutes. We're all on the same day, same place, although a total of about six hours apart between the three of us.
 

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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #7700 on: January 22, 2021, 04:42:17 PM »
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Dudeman do you jump at Eloy?  My actual jumping experience was in the mid-1960s.  A few years ago, I went through the vertical wind tunnel at Eloy and discovered that I couldn't go into the free fall arc without getting cramps in my lower legs.  When I straightened out my legs to get rid of the cramps, I always went head first into the tunnel wall.  That ended my wind tunnel experience.

No, I'm in southern California, I jump at Elsinore, I'm an instructor there. I actually haven't been out for a while due to the Covid. There's just no way to 'socially distance' in that environment. You cram like sardines into the plane, and the tandem students literally sit in your lap as you attach them, then in freefall everything they exhale blows right in your face, and a fair percentage of them are the 20-something super spreaders. I'm a bit older (60), so I'm being paranoid about my exposure. Hopefully the vaccines work and I can get back to it soon, because I miss it terribly.

Ahh, the tunnel. It's definitely more exhausting than actual freefall. Part of that is that you spend more time in there than an actual jump, and newer (or uncurrent) people have a hard time arching without tensing up a bit. And straightening legs is the main part of forward drive, so yeah, that wall is right there.
 
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Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Reply #7701 on: January 22, 2021, 10:37:10 PM »
Vax Update in Cooper Country

Apparently the State of Washington, at least locally here in Pierce County, is bailing on their original distribution plan of CVS and Fred Meyer pharmacies, along with selected tiny rural pharmacies. Today, the call went out for one-day, mega distributions at giant parking lots run by large-scale medical teams, such as Virginia Mason and Multi-Care. The latter is my outfit.

I tried about six-times to enter my data into their requisite pre-registration form but failed every time, even when the county health department sent me a notice saying they had fixed their technical issues at the website.

Apparently RMB and his crew got appointments. One site is the State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, and another is near Tacoma at a huge Community College. 1500 doses at each place. 8 am-5 pm. That's 3,000 down, 797,000 people to go. On their first dose....

I figure ol' Grampa Joe Biden is gonna have to write Moderna a good-seized check and buy the formula for the vaccine, and then give it to every drug manufacturer on the planet to produce the 700-plus million doses we need in the US of A.

Makes me think the Boys down in the Sinaloa are slacking. Imagine a Covid vax in an edible marijuana brownie... The World would be permanently inoculated, no? With Uncle Sam picking up the tab for production and shipping????
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« Reply #7702 on: January 22, 2021, 11:13:34 PM »
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Vax Update in Cooper Country

Apparently the State of Washington, at least locally here in Pierce County, is bailing on their original distribution plan of CVS and Fred Meyer pharmacies, along with selected tiny rural pharmacies. Today, the call went out for one-day, mega distributions at giant parking lots run by large-scale medical teams, such as Virginia Mason and Multi-Care. The latter is my outfit.

I tried about six-times to enter my data into their requisite pre-registration form but failed every time, even when the county health department sent me a notice saying they had fixed their technical issues at the website.

Apparently RMB and his crew got appointments. One site is the State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, and another is near Tacoma at a huge Community College. 1500 doses at each place. 8 am-5 pm. That's 3,000 down, 797,000 people to go. On their first dose....

I figure ol' Grampa Joe Biden is gonna have to write Moderna a good-seized check and buy the formula for the vaccine, and then give it to every drug manufacturer on the planet to produce the 700-plus million doses we need in the US of A.

Makes me think the Boys down in the Sinaloa are slacking. Imagine a Covid vax in an edible marijuana brownie... The World would be permanently inoculated, no? With Uncle Sam picking up the tab for production and shipping????

ol' Grampa ?

so you are against grandpas too! is it the authority figure thing again ?  :rofl:
 

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« Reply #7703 on: January 23, 2021, 02:17:27 AM »
No, I love calm, wise, ol' Grampa's.
 

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« Reply #7704 on: January 23, 2021, 08:18:15 PM »
Count me a satisfied customer.

Just got my Cooper Tee shirt from Eric. 2X is plenty big enough for us Big Boys.
 

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« Reply #7705 on: January 24, 2021, 07:48:17 PM »
Good News in Cooper Country, Vax-Wise

Finally, WA is getting its head outta its ass and coming up with a realistic program to inject six million of us in the Evergreen State, twice.

All the hospitals and large healthcare systems are now on board with distribution, setting up drive-through and clinic areas, replete with full staff. The State has publicly stated that these programs will have six staff per needle: one to do the injection, one to pre-screen and get medical hx, another to monitor post-injection reactions, one to handle doors and exits and foot traffic, one to relieve the others for potty breaks and lunch, and the sixth does something important that I forget.

So, now Pierce County has about two dozen major places to get an injection, plus the little pharmacies, CVS, Fred Meyer, etc. Websites are up and running, with user-friendly pages and links for appointments and info.

All everybody is waiting for are the vaccines.

And the pop-up rejection windows are so cheery! "Thanks for requesting a vaccine appointment, but our calendar is filled for today. Please try again tomorrow, early."

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« Reply #7706 on: January 24, 2021, 10:24:06 PM »
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UPDATE: This producer keeps emailing me with questions, some of which I can answer, some I cannot. It might be a good thing if a couple of you out there in Cooperland decided to stop being stubborn and contact me if you want to be involved in all this.

Robert, the begging needs to stop. you have posted constantly about wanting help that you apparently are not going to get. If the producers really want to speak with people they should know how to find them. you use everything as a tool. Minnow was award winning and you spoke highly of them until they bypassed you. now they are garbage?

You have been bad mouthing just about every single person for the last 5 or 6 years. now, you try something and expect everyone to open there arms for you. the thread is dead thanks to you. nobody comments there except Flyjack and even he has you on ignore.

He contacted you, so it will be you holding things up by not giving any information. stop blaming it on others. nobody sends emails that have not been included in something and asked about you. it's you that sends emails (poison pen) several times with things that had nothing to do with you. your a hypocrite and a liar. I don't want anything to do with you. take a good look at the DZ. you made it the way it is today. you go back all night long changing the posts.

Get the hint...the change is in your hands and not mine. grow up and take responsibility for your actions. you haven't shown any improvement since I've known you and don't expect you to change. make sure you lie more and say Greg sent you the latest comments..

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you guys have been nothing for us but a pain in the neck.

You really have issues Robert..who is being a pain in the neck. nobody has said a word in weeks..more hypocrisy.
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« Reply #7707 on: January 24, 2021, 10:38:36 PM »
R99, you are showing up twice in the online box  :rofl:
 

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« Reply #7708 on: January 24, 2021, 11:15:36 PM »
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ROBERT: That's your opinion. Sorry I can't 'buckle up and comply' to your standards. Your failure to support anything Cooper-related simply on personal issues

Maybe I should just tell this producer that because of the endless in-fighting, lack of mutual support, and almost no cooperation within Cooperland.


No, I'm not going to support anyone who backbites on every post made for researching the DB Cooper case. that's all you do. I have nothing to do with the comments on another forum. it's not up to me to apply any rules. my job is here on this forum.

You tell the producers what ever you wish Robert. keep in mind that's exactly what stops forwarding of the case. you are now making it personal. more hypocrisy. everyone else gets along basically fine. it's only you that throws a wrench into things.If I am asked about you, I will respond, period. you keep posting  "cooperland fails" with the little toolbox all the time. you removed it the other day. it's only you people don't get along with. get that straight.

Nobody hates you either, Robert. it's your personality that is the problem. you play dirty tricks you claim others do. you have personally attacked me with politics several times. you have spoken ill of a friend who died recently while you posted. you "warn them about us" to producers, television, radio, podcast etc. who ever you can reach. then claim we do it? why the fuck do I need to get involved with you. a camping event? now, you want to play hostage with things to try and bribe people or shame them, really? I don't have time for all your DRAMA and I'm not going to go back and forth here or on your new thread on the DZ.

You think it goes nowhere. then why do you post night after night with the same nonsense year after year. move on already? we have..nobody speaks about you here until you constantly post a bunch of crap causing a reply.

I'm done dealing with you..
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« Reply #7709 on: January 25, 2021, 02:08:54 PM »
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R99, you are showing up twice in the online box  :rofl:

A PM will be headed your way shortly.  I have no idea what is going on but I do have a couple of questions.