Sunday, April 1, 2007

Back in the world

Spring Training Deployment complete: 85 jumps; 1 hr, 17 min, 49 seconds of freefall. This is the one time during the year when I truly feel proficient at everything I do in the realm of parachuting, from video, to instruction, to relative work, big ways, and demos. Best demo moment from this trip: 2 seconds out the door for a demo to Earth Day at the Phoenix International Raceway (which turned out to be to the parking lot across the highway for a crowd of about 10,000, give or take 9,980 or so) I broke 10 hours of total freefall time and finished the jump by dead centering the T. Accuracy inversely proportional to the size of the crowd. :-)

Over a hundred e-mails to sort through at home. Probably three or four times that many at work. Tomorrow will largely be dedicated to sorting through that mess. And to finding someone to repair the transmission in the Jeep, which lost fifth gear and reverse as I crossed the New Mexico border yesterday. Drove the rest of the way home in 4th gear. Took two extra hours at the lower speed, but increased my gas mileage by 25%. Turns out the wind resistance was a bigger factor than RPMs in fuel efficiency for what has to be one of the most un-aerodynamic vehicles on the road.

And last but not least, added a bottle icon to the door frame below the driver's side window as I logged my second confirmed assist in a DWI arrest. More on that in a separate post to follow. Meanwhile, glad to be home.