America's Cup 1999 Skydive Houston
July 17 & 18, 1999
First, your dufus host here forgot to consider that this here laptop running OmniSkore! can't hold a third PCMCIA card - so there won't be a webcam running this weekend. My fault folks, sorry!
BUT - it looks like a good turnout, we've got a two teams from Florida, one from New York, two from Arizona, and several local teams. Round 1 is in the air right now, so I'll have some results up shortly.
Skydive Houston is a neat little drop zone. I guess it isn't so little; there are two Otters here, kind of reminds me of a cross between the Ranch and DeLand, with a small east-Texas-town kind of atmosphere. Very nice.
I should have remembered I was in Texas when I ordered my lunch. They handed me a dead cow ground up on a huge bun. Enormous. Yummy.
I believe this is the first competition of its type ever held by Skydive Houston, and they are doing a marvelous job. Debbie and Gloria are bending over backwards, uhm, really helping things out here. It is hard not to take advantage of their "ask and ye shall receive" attitude. Thanks girls!
Speaking of girls, how are the expecting ones doing back in Arizona? You know some e-mails wouldn't kill us over here, okay? ;-)
8-Way! There are six teams registered for this event. This is the first meet in memory where there are more people doing 8-way than 4-way (they like big in Texas). Besides Airspeed (jumping with Mike Scott in Alan Metni's slot) there are at least two other practiced teams: Deguello and Warp Factor, both of which looked good on round 1. This is going to be a fun one to watch (of course, I say that about all of them, don't I?)
BONUS - My parents rolled in this morning, and my dear mom -- who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her 21st birthday today -- brought some of her famous fried chicken with her. This is turning into a really great weekend ;-) This is a picture with my AFF L1 jumpmaster from 1985, Mike Smith, and mom.
8-Way round 1 is done, yep, gonna be a good one today.
After 2 rounds, we've got a real battle for 2nd place bragging rights between Frostie G (Frost and Genesis) and Deguello, with Warp Factor alone in 4th (all based on raw points). The weather is holding up, and it's time for some of mom's fried chicken. HOOwah...
BTW, it's Tim on location here. Send Ted voluminous e-mail in support of this monster he's created, and send messages to competitors to me.
The weather gods became jealous of the fried chicken, and now we're on a hold.
See NEXT TIME at CROSS KEYS NEW JERSEY!