Special Events

Aug
16

A few weeks back, several quite cool things happened. I would have posted about them sooner, but things have been busy. At least I'm still able to keep having this fun without posting about it :).

First off that weekend, I convinced my dad to try skydiving again after a 42 year hiatus. He stopped jumping the first time after his main wouldn't open on a jump and he had to pull his reserve--decided he'd rather live than jump, although he did one last jump after to prove he still could.

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Caveat Emptor

Aug
14

So, in the past, I've done most of my trip planning myself or relied on close friends and family (like my dad) to handle the same. Recently, though, I've been planning a few trips with different organizational, logistical, legal and other issues that have pushed me towards some externally planned packages (like the guide requirement for Killimanjaro--you can't legally climb without a licensed guide). While most of the people I've dealt with have been very helpful on this front, one recent experience has given me even yet another reason to do what I can myself when possible.

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Discreet understatement

Aug
13

I haven't had a lot to say about Andrew's recent trips. His own posts are pretty vivid, particularly if you read them, although I wouldn't recommend that. They're full of these excruciating little details."Simple errors like an improperly adjusted harness or slight imperfections in parachute packing can easily lead to greater than intended forces being exerted on small regions of the body." An innocent sentence until you start thinking about particularly small regions of Andrew's body, when it brings tears to the eyes.

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Pushing Limits

Jul
22

So, over the past few weeks, I've been doing a lot of skydiving. In doing this, I've come across quite a few "limits" and am enjoying how easy it's been to push on and exceed those limits.

One of the more obvious limits when talking about skydiving is terminal velocity, where wind resistance balances out the force of gravity and stops you from falling faster--about 120 miles per hour for a human jumping out of a plane. But that limit can be changed simply by adjusting body position (and, therefore, drag). Playing with this is part of what makes skydiving fun.

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Roughing It

Jul
19

Some people go on multi day canoe trips so they can "rough it" out in the wilderness. Others manage to do the exact same trip while living better than I do at home (which, admittedly, some people might consider roughing it)--they're out there to enjoy the wilderness. This past week, I got the chance to do this second kind of trip with one of my cousins (and a few others). Definitely a good way to get out there and enjoy nature (Ralph Bice Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, in this case).

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The Memorial

Jul
10

So normally I'd write all about how I had a great weekend going skydiving and visiting Niagara Falls but this weekend I got to participate in something a bit more unique.

Several years back, a young man suffered head trauma in a serious skateboarding accident. He ended up in a coma and died a couple days later. This past weekend happened to be the anniversary of that tragic event.

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Project Peregrine

Jul
04

So what's a good way to make an amazing weekend? Taking things you love and combining them into a crazy smorgasborg that barely gives you time to sleep. And that's exactly what I did this past weekend.

As those of you who have read some of my other postings probably realize, I love climbing (and, more generally, exploring).

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Perfectly Good Airplanes are Boring

Jun
26

So I did something really dangerous this weekend--I drove to the airport. Now some might say, "WTF, are you crazy?". Many would even continue with, "You went skydiving this weekend!" To them, I suggest they trust their gear and training and check the statistics: their hour plus daily commutes each week have a higher risk of injury than skydiving every weekend. Your chances of dying in a skydiving accident are about the same as your chances of a fatal car crash driving about 500 miles. And I bet you I'm having a lot more fun.

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Ithaca is Gorges

Jun
06

Company retreat in Ithaca starting Monday...perfect time for a camping weekend! So Jeff and I drove down to enjoy beautiful (or should that be gorges) Ithaca.

Stopping through in Rochester, we grabbed two Garbage Plates for lunch. Note that Jeff did not eat both of those, and neither should you. That can be hazardous to your health--Jeff confirmed this several years back. He would not have such a smile on his face after that. But one makes for a quite perfect meal.

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Breckenridge Ski Trip 2013

Jun
05

So...this post is a bit late. It's not my fault! My camera was unavailable for the trip and it took some time to gather photos from my co-conspirators. Also, in case that didn't make it clear enough, I did not take these pictures (well, more accurately, I do not own the camera that took these pictures--there are a few where I was holding the camera anyway). They're what I have, though, and quite nice, too.

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