“Maybe your mailman is stealing your magazines” is not just something we say to get rid of you on the phone.

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Our mail carrier here in Deland is fan-flicking-tastic and will go out of his way to deliver amazing service and good stories, but there are some less than stellar ones.

We present exhibit A, straight from the hometown news, “Mail carrier … accused of stealing mail from customers:”

According to co-workers, the woman was caught after she took her private vehicle to a garage for repairs and mechanics found mail addressed to other individuals.

The mechanics thought they were only turning in a mail thief, but investigators quickly learned the suspect was a postal worker herself.

The United States Postal Service says theft by carriers is very rare. In 2013, only 339 were fired for the crime out of a half-million employees. Much more common is non-employee thieves who steal mail from boxes after it’s been delivered.

While I would quibble with the verb tense in that last sentence, it is true that thievery is out there, and not just by corporations. Blue Skies Mag must make an especially stealable little piece, what with our beautiful people and amazing photos on our covers and all.

If you’re missing your magazines, please let us know. The monthly email notifications will begin again with the August issue, so you’ll know when your mag will be arriving.

If your mail carrier is as awesome as ours is, on the other hand, give him or her a big thank you from us!

Boobs

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This is our 1,000th post and we wanted to make it special.

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We also like every chance we can get to help one of our contributors (and probably your personal favorite), tit4tat.

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tit4tat is a breast-cancer awareness campaign started by skydiver Joe Alary.

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Every month, we feature one (100% anonymous) photo from their campaign in our magazine.

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They have a calendar for sale, with proceeds donated to breast-cancer research.

Buy the tit4tat calendar at www.tit4tatcanada.com!

Buy the tit4tat calendar at www.tit4tatcanada.com!

I’ve been wondering lately when exactly boobs became sexualized.

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They’re not sex organs and their sole purpose—feeding babies—is so very not at all sexy time.

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And yet here we are, looking at boobs.

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We’re such odd creatures, humans.

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They’re mesmerizing, aren’t they?

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Donate to the U.S. Parachute Team

Donate to the 2014 U.S. Parachute Team

Quick links for short attention spans:


The meat of the matter:

The 2014 World Parachuting Championships are in the Czech Republic (FS and artistic) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (CF and SA) this August, and the U.S. teams have been selected. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. teams don’t receive any government funding. The limited assistance they do get is interest from USPA’s Team Trust Fund (which you can also donate to here: TTF donation).

Team manager Chuck Akers has set up a GoFundMe project to raise additional money for the FS and artistic teams (www.gofundme.com/ay5dh4), and Eli Godwin has one for the CF and SA teams (www.gofundme.com/bv48u8). Both goals are $5,000 but I’m sure no one would mind if those were smashed ;)

The money raised will be evenly distributed directly to the teams. Each team is responsible for its own travel arrangements so money raised will be reimbursement for whatever they have or will purchase to get them to Czech Republic.

And now, meet your 2014 U.S. Parachute Teams!

4-way FS: Arizona Airspeed
4-way FS female: Golden Knights Female
8-way FS: U.S. Army Golden Knights
4-way VFS: Arizona Arsenal
Freefly: Elsinore Ignite
Freestyle: Animare
CF: Clean Air
Style & Accuracy, Men’s: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy
Style & Accuracy, Women’s: Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

2014 U.S. 4-Way FS Team: Arizona Airspeed (Chris Farina, Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Thiago Gomes, Justin Price)

2014 U.S. 4-Way FS Team: Arizona Airspeed (Chris Farina, Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Thiago Gomes, Justin Price)

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2014 U.S. 4-Way Female Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Laura Dickmeyer, SFC Dannielle Woosley, SFC Angela Nichols, SSG Jennifer Davidson, SFC Jennifer Espinosa, SFC Scott Janise)

2014 U.S. 8-Way FS Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Sean Sweeney , SFC Kurt Isenbarger , SFC Matt Davidson, SFC Larry Miller, SFC Joshua Coleman,  SFC Justin Blewitt , SFC Drew Starr, SSG Michael LaRoche, SGT Jeshua Stahler, SGT Matt Navarro)

2014 U.S. 8-Way FS Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Sean Sweeney , SFC Kurt Isenbarger , SFC Matt Davidson, SFC Larry Miller, SFC Joshua Coleman, SFC Justin Blewitt , SFC Drew Starr, SSG Michael LaRoche, SGT Jeshua Stahler, SGT Matt Navarro)

2014 U.S. 4-Way VFS Team: Arizona Arsenal (Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Ty Losey, Brandon Atwood, Nik Daniel)

2014 U.S. 4-Way VFS Team: Arizona Arsenal (Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Ty Losey, Brandon Atwood, Nik Daniel)

2014 U.S. 4-Way Freefly Team: Elsinore Ignite (Damien Germano, Felix Castillo, Andy Locke)

2014 U.S. 4-Way Freefly Team: Elsinore Ignite (Damien Germano, Felix Castillo, Andy Locke)

2014 U.S. Freestyle Team: Animare (Brian & Amanda Festi)

2014 U.S. Freestyle Team: Animare (Brian & Amanda Festi)

2014 U.S. CF Team: Clean Air (Fio Antognini, Chris Gay, Eli Godwin, Brian Pangburn, Yuliya Pangburn, Mike Paolin)

2014 U.S. CF Team: Clean Air (Fio Antognini, Chris Gay, Eli Godwin, Brian Pangburn, Yuliya Pangburn, Mike Paolin)

2014 U.S. Style & Accuracy Team: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy, Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

2014 U.S. Style & Accuracy Team: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy, Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack

Blue Skies Mag's expansion pack - black cards - for Cards Against Humanity.

Issue #48 seemed like just yesterday, didn’t it?

I mean, it really could have been just the other day. Time flies when you’re having fun, so there’s really a great reason why I haven’t posted the thing I said I would in that issue. It’s a great reason. I haven’t quite been able to articulate it yet, but I’m sure it’ll come to me.

So in that great and very recent issue, we had a skydiver expansion pack for the game Cards Against Humanity. [If you haven’t played yet, go to www.CardsAgainstHumanity.com and buy a pack ($25) or download it (free!).]

From their own mouths: “Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.”

Here, in digital format, finally, is the official Blue Skies Mag Skydiver Expansion Pack. Cut out and laminate if you like, and add them to your deck for even more totally wrong fun. There are blank cards to add your own cards, too. Click each image for a printable pdf.

Post your best hands or custom cards here in the comments, or email them to me at lara@blueskiesmag.com!

Blue Skies Mag's expansion pack  - black cards - for Cards Against Humanity.

Blue Skies Mag’s expansion pack – black cards – for Cards Against Humanity.

Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack - white cards

Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack – white cards

Choosing between a digital or an analog altimeter?

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My first job in the skydiving manufacturing industry was in customer service/marketing for Alti-2, so I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the good ol’ altimeter.

John Hawke, the new Alti-2 GM, has written a nice synopsis on dropzone.com, “Digital or Analog Altimeter.” It only uses Altimaster products as reference, but you can substitute any digital/analog product.

A while back, Nils Kløcker Predstrup at Skydive Voss in Norway conducted a study testing the use of digital altimeters for students: “Digital Altimeters for Students.” Larsen & Brusgaard (L&B) altimeters are referenced here but again, you can extrapolate the study to any altimeter.

There’s a difference between the mechanism and the display, so here is a (hopefully) helpful chart of the most popular visual altimeters, to tell what’s what:

Product Photo Hardware Display Manufacturer More Info
Altimaster II AltimasterII_Alti-2 Mechanical Analog Alti-2 LINK
Altimaster Galaxy AltimasterGalaxy_Alti-2 Mechanical Analog Alti-2 LINK
Altimaster N3 AltimasterN3_Alti-2 Electronic/Digital Digital Alti-2 LINK
ALTITRACK ALTITRACK_LandB Electronic/Digital Analog Larsen & Brusgaard LINK
VISO II VisoII_LandB Electronic/Digital Digital Larsen & Brusgaard LINK

Note: Audible-only altimeters are not listed here. That’s another discussion altogether! 

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