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I'm not a pancake.

Pretty big picture (just one) under the cut. Video etc. to come later.

That's Ernie with me. He's their Safety Leader and I was his 13,337th jump. He's uh, pretty chill. :D Check the altimeter: we're just under 12,000 feet. 5 seconds after we bailed at 13,500, that's how fast you're falling: 120 mph. DUDE.

I landed, hugged everyone, high fived, and then walked in and booked jump #2. I'm now officially a junky (and in the AFF school.) I'll be doing all of those sweet barrel rolls and formation jumps in no time.

Now, I go take a nap - I got maybe four hours of sleep last night. :)


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Aug. 8th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh my God. Congratulations, but I have to say, this is the sort of thing that scares the shit out of me. Well done!
Aug. 8th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Not one ounce of fear. Didn't get butterflies, nothing! It's like I belong up there. :D
Aug. 8th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Good for you! That is SO COOL! i can't wait til I get to do it! maybe for my 50th birthday!
Aug. 8th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
DO it whenever! I say don't wait. Come out here, crash at my place, and we'll do a few jumps in a day. I'm a total junky now, I swear.
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Aug. 8th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)

I will jump vicariously through you. **g**
Aug. 8th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
And I am (apologies ahead of time for the earworm) living la vida loca!

Aug. 8th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
OMG! That is totally awesome! but zee ground! she is so far away! I got vertigo just looking at the pic.

Huzzah to you for doing that. So cool.
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Lol - the ground doesn't whoosh up at you at all, weird, huh?

Aug. 8th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Go you! I'll live vicariously through you.
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, alrighty! We're going again in a week, so get ready. ;)
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
What a great birthday present! Go you!
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and wasn't it?? <3
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that worked out so well for you. Congrats!!
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
It totally did! Thank you!
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)

I'm so freakin' happy for you, babe. It's a joy to see you doing the things you want to do. Things that are just for you. You go girl!
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
THANKS!!! Dude, it's a freaking blast. And really peaceful, not adrenaline laced like I imagined, But then, I wasn't the one pulling the ripcord. :D
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad you did it! And enjoyed it! And are not a pancake!

So fucking glad it was *not me*.
Never me.
Aug. 8th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I have to say, it was absolutely peaceful up there. I landed and really felt so mellow, it was crazy! Mmmmm, can't wait to go again!
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Aug. 8th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
You are a lot gutsier than I am.
(but I'd secretly love to give it a try)
Go high or go home, eh?
Aug. 8th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
DO IT! Ain't no thing to it but to do it. ;)

Ahahaha, that's my new favorite thing: go high or go home!
Aug. 8th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!

wowsers, what a view. that looks like so much fun. fantastic. now, THAT's what g force is. not hamsters.
Aug. 8th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
hahahahha, SERIOUS G force! But so, so fun. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! (And I'm too old to move off lj to greener pastures, so I'm sticking around, too!)
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Aug. 8th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Holy moly, you GO girl! That looks freaking terrifying. Who took the photo?

I am so glad you had such a fantastic rush of a birthday! <3

P.S. I saved this pic to my hard drive and called it "Laura in the Sky with Divers." BA-DUM-CHING!

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Aug. 8th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)

We had another guy, Justin, jump with us - he carried the camera. He jumped first to catch us jumping out and then kept up with us just before we pulled the chute. I've got loads more pics to share later!

It's such a good day I'm having!! Love you!
Aug. 8th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)

go you!
Aug. 8th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Aug. 8th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Dude, you are hardcore.

That picture made my stomach flip (::is scared of heights::)

::covers eyes::

Happy Birthday, you wild woman!
Aug. 8th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
ACK! Sorry! Harm, I didn't get nervous AT ALL. I was totally expecting to be flip-floppy in my stomach, at least when I stood outside the open door, but I was just taking it all in - no time to get scared!

And thank you very much! I'm on my breather portion of the day - friends and family due in a few hours. <3
Aug. 8th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Deeply cool.

That looks thrilling. I'm of the "the more firma, the less terra" camp, but it still looked wonderful.

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Aug. 8th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
It was totally cool - I can't wait to go again! I feel like I didn't see/feel all I could because I was on sensory overload. Such an amazing and calming feeling!
Aug. 8th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Your ankles are intact. Woot! Not that I ever doubted Ernie, who used to double date with Chuck Norris, I've heard.

I like how your knuckles are G-forced in the pic, BTW. Now I want to do something cool, too. ::ponders::
Aug. 8th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
My face is G-forced, too! My cheeks were creeping up over my goggles. And some chicks go naked! Can you imagine the black eyes you'd get? Hahahha.

I didn't get ankle-hip-olitis (when the ankles are driven directly into the hips) so I consider it an overwhelming success!
Aug. 8th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on no longer being a silk-virgin!

Happy Birthday, you awesome person!
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you!!
Aug. 8th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
OMG That is too cool that you did that. And yeah, I will totally live vicariously through you. :) Me + Heights + Control Issues = Oh yeah, will watch and smile and support from the ground. :)

CONGRATS!!! Happy birthday!!!!!
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Well, when I go for jump 2, I only ask that you go to the bathroom before we get on the plane (me, actually on the plane, you vicariously) so we don't have an accident. ;)

Thank you very much!
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Aug. 8th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
whee! awesome!

Happy Birthday!
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
It totally was!!

Thanks so much! <3
Aug. 9th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!

Is it totally pervy to mention that your boobs look spectacular at Zero G?

Aug. 9th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha, NEVER. That's always appropriate! Thank you, sugar! (SOme people do this naked. Um, G force on actual boobs in the 160mph wind? That can't look good. It just can't.)

Aug. 9th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
You are insane. Happy birthday lover girl!
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
This is news? HEE. THANK YOU, MY SWEET!
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Wow! That looks absolutely terrifying. I mean fun. What a great birthday thing to do. I do stuff like go to a taping of "The Price Is Right" (old school, I needed to see Bob Barker in person) or cook a lobster. My "must do" lists never involve heights. Ever.

Happy Birthday!
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I have a whole post coming about the experience, more pics, etc., but I will say this: I didn't get a single moment of that swoopy/oh crap! feeling in my gut during this. I really expected it, too. WHo knew?

THANK YOU for the b-day wishes! It's one of the better ones I've ever had.
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Massive congratulations, Stoney! Just out of curiosity, is it mandatory to have to wear jump suits, or can you go with you plain clothes?
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
It's mandatory for students who are in training to become certified (like me or any other first time jumper.) Once you're certified, you can wear whatever you're comfortable in. I watched a group of geriatric men go in shades, helmets, and tighty-whities before I headed up. !!! AHAHAHAHA.
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Aug. 9th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
I snuck into work to use the computer to a) make sure you were alive, b) to go HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

My god, that looks awesome! But that's enough about your rack, my hat goes off to you and hey, you couldn't have asked for more perfect weather.

Aug. 9th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA, did you really!? This is why I love you. D, it was AMAZING. (Is this ever something you would do? because maybe one time you need to have a vacation with me here in Texas - I live minutes from the best drop zone in the country! This is where film actors, military, etc. all get trained evidently! We'll do 5 - 10 jumps a day then booze it up all night, whooo!)

IT WAS GLORIOUS. I'm going again. And again. I signed up for the freaking AFF certification training (meaning, I'll be able to go any time I want once I'm proven to not be an idiot.) WHich will clearly take years.
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