Reader question: Rookie of the Year

This month’s reader question: Who are the hot young whippersnappers we should know about? The up-and-coming big-way goddesses? The future world champion swoopers? Next decade’s Bill Booths? Douggs’ protege candidates? And most importantly – why?

Select responses will be printed in the June 2015 issue of Blue Skies Mag. Comment here with your name, exactly as you want it printed in the mag, or email responses to me at lara@blueskiesmag.com.

Let the prognosticating commence!

i64 desktop wallpaper: Golden Knights’ VFS by SFC Jon Ewald

We’re sticking with the head-downers in this month’s centerfold. No civvies this time though, these guys are Army Strong.

Blue Skies Mag i64 centerfold: Golden Knights' VFS | blueskiesmag.com

i64 Centerfold: The U.S. Army Parachute Team has added a vertical formation skydiving (VFS) team to its roster, calling it the Golden Knights Vertical Program (GKVP). Here, the team trains at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida in preparation for this year’s USPA Nationals, where they plan to compete in the VFS open category. (l to r): SGT Dan Osario, SGT John Long, SSG Trey Martin and SSG Reece Pendleton. Photo by SFC Jon Ewald.

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It’s OK to Feel Nothing When Someone You Love Dies

People dying sucks. It hurts and they’re gone and you can’t bring them back and you’ll never get to hug them again. Sometimes it takes all you have to not cry for just fifteen minutes a day.

And then sometimes you feel absolutely nothing at all.

The site What’s Your Grief — besides being an awesome resource for all things grief — has a really good article if this is you.

Feeling Nothing During Grief: The disorienting experience of emotional numbness

The emotional numbness sometimes experienced in grief can feel especially disturbing because after a death you expect to feel so much. You might wonder, “What is wrong with me?!?! Why don’t I feel anything?!? Maybe I’m not a human being at all. Oh no, what if I’m a sociopath?!? Or a robot?!?” Feeling nothing during grief is alienating and isolating because everyone else seems pretty in touch with their feelings. You know you’re sad about the death, but you can’t actually access the emotions and so you feel different than others grieving the death.

Give it a read, and maybe check out the rest of the site as well. And know that you’re not alone.

Source: http://www.whatsyourgrief.com/feeling-nothing-during-grief/

i64: Pachangon

That’s just fun to say, even though I’m probably saying it wrong. Pa. Chang. On and on and on.

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We’re not normally huge fans of boogie articles. No one cares what you ate, everyone knows manifest worked really hard and no kidding, there was a weather day. BUT. Actual boogies are crazy fun, and Benjamin Forde gets how to capture the fun; you might not understand exactly what happened, but that kind of sums up the actual boogie experience, in our experience.

No one knows what they ate at Pachangon, we’re pretty sure manifest worked hard and no kidding, Benji Forde and his girlfriend are both that hot. As for the true identity of Anonymous? Let’s just say he’s the jumper who loves a good boogie; Pachangon was no exception.

Blue Skies Magazine i64: April 2015 | blueskiesmag.com

i64: April 2015 | Cover Photo and Story: Josh Ruiz-Velasco above the Riviera Nayarit during SkydiveMex’s Panchangon 2015 boogie. Photo by Norman Kent • www.normankent.com

In this issue (full details and links to online versions here!):

  • Cover Photo and Story: Benjamin Forde takes you on a journey through the fear and loathing in Mexico. Photos by Norman Kent
  • Featured Photo | Samantha Schwann captures John Blackburn, Wade Baird, Andy Locke and Friday Friedman in the Skydive Arizona tunnel.
  • Cheers to 50 Years! | Curt Vogelsang got to crash Bill Booth’s 50-years-in-skydiving party
  • How to Ride the Unrideables | Annette O’Neil chats with Red Bull’s Jon DeVore
  • Photo Interview: Nancy Koreen | Zach Lewis shoots and interview’s USPA’s hottest staff member. Sorry, Ed.
  • Centerfold: The U.S. Army Parachute Team has added a vertical-formation skydiving (VFS) team to its roster, calling it the Golden Knights Vertical Program (GKVP). Here, the team trains at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida in preparation for this year’s USPA Nationals, where they plan to compete in the VFS open category. (l to r): SGT Dan Osario, SGT John Long, SSG Trey Martin and SSG Reece Pendleton. Photo by SFC Jon Ewald.
  • Welcome to the Wisconsin Skydiving Center | By James La Barrie
  • Tough Deal: Knock Out Airspeed | Turning Points By Kurt Gaebel
  • My Last Fuckin’ AFF | By the Fuckin’ Pilot
  • Weird | By Melanie Curtis
  • SkyGod’s Spring Break | By SkyGod

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Reader Question: How do you recover from your dumb mistakes?

We have ALL made dumb mistakes, and don’t you even try denying it.

Maybe you forgot to turn on your AAD and the entire plane had to stop so you could turn it on? Maybe you downsized too fast, against everyone’s advice, and pounded yourself into the ground? Maybe you got on that load when the wind sock – and your elders sitting down – should have told you otherwise and you ended up in a tree?

In skydiving, BASE jumping, paragliding, speed flying — when you seriously cock something up, how do you get back on the horse?

Is it a phrase you say to yourself? A trusted friend to put things in perspective? Run and hide until people have forgotten? Mega mea culpa on the DZ’s facebook page?

Selected responses will be printed in the May issue of Blue Skies Mag. Comment here with your name exactly as you want it printed, or email answers to lara@blueskiesmag.com.

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