Our third birthday issue, #33, hit the mail running yesterday like a good ‘Murican. If you are a subscriber, you should see this little bad boy soon. If you do not have your Issue #33 (July) magazine by July 18, please contact Kolla@blueskiesmag.com.
If you’re not a subscriber, this is all just to tell you what you’re missing. You can fix that by clicking over to blueskiesmag.com/subscribe.
And now for the big reveal – just what is in this glorious issue?
- Tempting Phate by Nicole Smith
Updates on Nicole’s amazing 50-state skydiving journey. [quote]I hope you never lose someone you love, but chances are either you have or you will. Life is fleeting! May each new day be cherished, celebrated and enjoyed. Pain in inevitable but overcoming is a choice.[/quote]
- A Scumbag’s Guide to Adventure Living, by Douggs
Vehicles and jobs, how to get. [quote]I bought a cheap car in Idaho once from a pretty girl (mistake #1); it had a great stereo in it (mistake #2).[/quote]
- The Funny Farm, by Faith Hewitt-Treadwell
The legend returns. [quote]Meanwhile a newly installed pole has sparked excited whispers for a much anticipated act amongst the jittery crowd.[/quote]
- A Road to a World Record, by Anna Howerski
What it’s like becoming a big dog. [quote]The girls in Lodi are bad-ass flyers and the girls that came to the camp were…well…in a phrase, “totally fucking out of my league.”[/quote]
- Carolina Fest! by Brian Buckland
It’s hard to quote pictures.
- Breaking the News, by Jason “Jace” Grimm
How does a mama’s boy tell his parents that he’s now a motorcycling skydiver? Or a skydiving motorcyclist? [quote]My parents don’t know about that early problem jump, and since they don’t subscribe to Blue Skies Mag, probably never will.[/quote]
- Who Are We? by me, Lara!
We had you guys take a little survey, and here are the results. You’re weird. In a good way. [quote]These types are the most independent, take-charge, and least likely to accept authority based on title alone. Um, yeah, sounds like just about every skydiver I’ve met.[/quote]
- The Return of Sparkles, Rainbows, and Unicorns; by Sydney Owen
Our hero returns to the sky. [quote]Sure, when I say “I broke my back” it sounds all dramatic, and part of it is, but it’s not like I was in a coma, or paralyzed, or told I’d never walk again. But the mental game? That’s the tricky part.[/quote]
- Do It Live: Adrenaline and Endorphin vs. Virtualin, by Kurt Gaebel
[quote]It’s my worst nightmare to imagine meeting all those cool people, my team buddies, and the other competition lovers, judges, videographers, packers, manifest, etc. only on Facebook in the future. “Hey, my team scored 15 points yesterday for 6, D, M, 7. Please like it, so I can win a discount coupon at Winn Dixie.”[/quote]
- No Means No, by Dean “The Fuckin’ Pilot” Ricci
Did you really think the pilot would *not* have an opinion on this? [quote]I’m normally not in the business of throwing stones at people I don’t know (total lie), but when I watched this video I knew an article was soon to follow.[/quote]
- A Skydiving Love Affair, by Melanie Curtis
By popular demand! [quote]I guess because of my skydiving-and-life-coach status, I get asked about this subject a lot … whether we’re the breaker or the breakee, how do we deal with a breakup in skydiving?[/quote]
- SkyGod Portrait Relay, by SkyGod Skygodsson
[quote]So again, SkyGod is providing you, his loyal minion, with just another opportunity to eternal happiness by serving SkyGod.[/quote]
- I’m Back! by Jason Yergin
Recurrency jumps might not get you laid, but they should. [quote]I’m pretty sure the first rule of something not happening is you don’t talk about it not happening—and you certainly don’t type it up and put it in a magazine for everybody to read.[/quote]
So that’s it. #33. Patrick Roy’s number, the age Tom Cruise’s wives decide they’re out, the most number of birthday candles Jesus ever saw, Arsenic, the number of racers in the Indy 500, something about Rolling Rock, Baghdad, and Disney’s Club 33.