Sadly, today I sold my Lightning 116. The Lightning was the canopy I had purchased to do Canopy Relative Work (aka CRW) before I got injured last year. CRW is a sub-discipline of skydiving and funnily enough, is one of the few things that will generally scare the daylights out of most skydivers. For me though, the skill and technique that you have to develop in order to fly your canopy next to another person is really amazing. While I was going through the student progression to get my A license for skydiving, I would watch Youtube videos of CRW to psyche myself up enough to make myself drive to the dropzone for my next student jump. My favorite video was from the last world record, a 100 person canopy formation.
CRW takes a lot of upper body strength, so even if my shoulder heals enough to skydive this season, I know that there’s no way that I’ll be able to practice CRW for at least another year. Even worse, Roger, my CRW mentor, decided to retire last year. With all that in mind, I decided it would be prudent to sell my canopy and purchase a new one when I’m ready to jump again.
Here are a couple of pictures from a couple of years ago. I apologize for the image quality; these are captures of pictures captured from a video. In this first picture, I’m piloting at the top (yellow and orange canopy) and I’m taking Roger for a ride (black canopy). We were in a hard spin; if you look at the ground relative to us, you’ll realize that we’re almost parallel with the ground!
Boyfriend and I drove down to the Applebee‘s in Renton to meet up with Roger and Tony, the new owner of my Lightning.
I hadn’t been to an Applebee’s in a long time. After looking at their menu, I decided to split the Roast beef Bacon, and Mushroom Melt with Boyfriend, and augment my meal with a cup of their tomato-basil soup, leaving the fries for him. The sandwich was very tasty, but I think the meal would have been way too heavy for one person! In general, that was always my take on the food at Applebee’s- tasty but unnecessarily heavy. I was happy to see that they are trying to lighten up the menu by offering a number of entrees that promise big flavor for 550 (or less) calories. I hope other restaurants follow suit!