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Sky Pigs Unite!

 

“I’ve done this before,” I said to myself as I was packing my own parachute, again and again, making sure I check all the critical points (uhh, can you define “critical? because it’s all critical to me.”) At this point, I have well over 60 static line parachute jumps. The difference being with a static line all you have to do is jump. (Easy right?) The parachute deploys by itself and you fall for approximately three to six seconds. The aircraft is relatively low, usually 1,250 feet above ground level. In free-fall parachuting, you fall for 40 or more seconds, control yourself during the fall and deploy your own parachute. The height varies usually from about 12,500 feet up to 25,000 feet above ground level. And in static line you don’t pack your own parachute, trained professionals do … or so I am told.

It all started when I was selected to become a Warrant Officer. You get what is colloquially known as “dream sheet.” Being an astute NCO I searched out the Warrant Officers in my sphere and asked “hey, any suggestions on what I should put on this?” Resulting in sideways looks (“go away kid you bother me…”) and usually the “no idea, never filled it out…” standard response. So I ran with it. Special Forces, known as SF, also stands for Schools Forever. There are a number of schools most SF guys want from survival schools to Sniper school, language training, and Close Quarters Combat training – the list goes on and on. Then there’s the vaunted W9 identifier meaning you are both Military Free Fall (MFF) and Combat Diver qualified (scuba school). The difference being one is high profile, low physical stress, zoom and boom course, the other is a watery nightmare. I’ll let you decide which is which. Anyway, I put about a dozen courses on the sheet never expecting any of it to see the light of day. Lo and behold when my orders arrived after graduating Warrant Officer Training I was off to Military Free Fall school.

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The following is a family story that was passed to me. It deals with a certain personality and made a point that was useful. Many, many years ago Grady and his young brother-in-law Monroe would make some drives on old route 29 passing from Yadkin to the railroad oriented town of Spencer. With the railroad […]

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Since the release of Star Wars VII, The Force Awakens, it’s become common news that Disney plans the release of a Star Wars film a year. The main trilogy will be spaced every couple of years or so, and there will be other films that run parallel or outside the stories of the main plot […]

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Everyone has at least one personal story, the details of which dramatically changed the way he or she experiences life.  For some of us, the tale begins with a choice, for others an unexpected or unwelcome event.  To demonstrate the depth and breadth of experience here at Ricochet, will you share your best story in […]

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As mentioned Addiction is a Choice’s posting the other day, Archie is to die in a comic spinoff series which explores the life of the Riverdale gang as they mature. A lot has been said about this, on whether this is a good or bad thing, but I mentioned I believed this storyline was an […]

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Ever neglected on my limitless “To Do” list, like those of so many others, is to write a novel. I’ve jotted down a thousand ideas, scenes, and conversations over the years. But I never actually get around to the skin and bones. At least my pride is no longer so loud that I feel it […]

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