On a lark, I decided to make a blog entry, I needed the points to get the extra spin. The last time I blogged here was in 2008. And I didn't remember doing that one. As I read about a 7 mile walk I did all those years ago, I couldn't help but ma... Read more
7 Mile Walk
Our community has a Spring festival, celebrating the county's lumber heritage, called Forest Festival. One of the events is a 7 mile run/walk or a 2 mile run/walk. This year I did the 7 mile walk. No running, just walking.
For years, my ... Read more
Stage One Complete
Yesterday, after a day of frustration due to weather, I finally completed the last three jumps to get my skydiving license. The first was a quick jump from a small plane at low altitude. I had hoped to use that dive as my check jump (in air te... Read more
Back In The Saddle Again, I Hope
Well, it has been a while since I blogged so I thought I would give a quick report on things in my life. (I know people don't really read this stuff, but it is like a diary for me later.)
After my return from Haiti and a new low in my weig... Read more
Today I did my Accelerated Free Fall Level 7 jump. I passed with flying colors, pardon the pun. I have graduated to solo jumps. I have a lot to learn and practice before I get my license, but I have passed a big hurdle. I am pretty excited.
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Pack My Own
Today I went to parachute packing class. My friend Mike and I were the only students in the class. The teacher took us step by step through the process. At the end of each step we took a turn until we finished the process. The project is not... Read more
As I sweat away on the treadmill yesterday, an advertisement for a diet pill came on the TV. (That is one of the benefits of a fitness center, TV and sweat in one easy location). The commercial talked about why people are overweight. There w... Read more
The Big Jump
Today, Monday, I made my first Accelerated Freefall. Up till now the six jumps we have done have been Static Line. That is 3000 feet and a line hooked to the plane which pulled the parachute. Freefall was about 2 seconds.
This time we we... Read more
Sadness Comes Calling
Yesterday, Tuesday, we received the sad news that a dear friend of ours, and a member of our church committed suicide. The news was both devastating and not totally unexpected. I am not going into details about her, but this lady lived a hard ... Read more
Quite a Week
This has been quite a week for me. I finally got some new suits. After losing my weight none of my clothes fit. As a preacher, one piece of clothing I have missed is a suit or jacket. I was given one by my sister and have been wearing it, an... Read more
Bringing People Up To Date
I haven't blogged for a while, so I thought I would spend a little time bringing people up to date.
This week, maybe for the first time I really felt skinny. I know I am not there by any means, but I felt it. Over the last week I have m... Read more
I made my second skydive today. This time it was a little more challenging because it was raining. The cloud ceiling was a low. It was a little scaring getting out on the step.
But once I stepped off, it went well. I actually saw the pl... Read more
I was looking at some pictures of our trips to Haiti for a friend. As I looked, I saw how heavy I was. I very thought of myself as being that big. I always said, "I don't want to be that heavy." But I was. I never really saw it.
The in... Read more
From the Sky
After a lot of talking, planning, and threatening, I have actually sky dived. I did a static line jump, which means that a line was attached to the plane and when I jumped the chute was deployed for me.
We went to a class, visited the plan... Read more
For years, like a dozen maybe, I have dreamed about sky diving. It was something I planned a number of times only to be blocked by several things, including my weight. Well tomorrow I am going to fulfill that dream.
My friend asked me ton... Read more
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