This is our 1,000th post and we wanted to make it special.
We also like every chance we can get to help one of our contributors (and probably your personal favorite), tit4tat.
tit4tat is a breast-cancer awareness campaign started by skydiver Joe Alary.
Every month, we feature one (100% anonymous) photo from their campaign in our magazine.
They have a calendar for sale, with proceeds donated to breast-cancer research.
I’ve been wondering lately when exactly boobs became sexualized.
They’re not sex organs and their sole purpose—feeding babies—is so very not at all sexy time.
And yet here we are, looking at boobs.
We’re such odd creatures, humans.
They’re mesmerizing, aren’t they?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Blue Skies Mag’s expansion pack – black cards – for Cards Against Humanity.
Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack – white cards
Melanie Curtis Grillet, Highcomms.com, and Jorge Alonso started it with one at Skydive Carolina. As if there’s any other way for these things to start.
… by Carolina Skydiving* …
… by GO Skydive …
… and by Nouvel Air …
… Chicagoland Skydiving Center …
… Jumptown …
… Verona Skydiving Center …
… YOU? …
2 July 2014 update! * Carolina Skydiving was the first to respond, and the only one I left out of the original post!
2 July: Skydive New England not only accepts the Drop Zone Dance Off challenge but asks, “Can you touch this?”
5 July: A 4th of July accepted challenge from Sky’s the Limit:
8 July: Team Control Tower, while not *technically* a drop zone, accepts the challenge with Control Tower Drop Zone Dance Off: Swooper Edition! Filmed at Parachutisme Nouvel Air.:
10 July: Skydive Arizona and their pool:
16 July: Performance Designs accepts:
21 July: Skydive Fargo, home of the mustache ride, accepts:
24 July: Maple Bacon Beaver Jumpers and their MBBJ girls:
4 August: Skydive Bad Lippspringe all the way from Germany:
We have a brand new feature at Blue Skies Mag! Cartoonist Alejandro Yegros will be drawing a monthly cartoon for you to caption. So get to it – comment here with your caption:
Caption This: October 2013
by Ed Lightle
As morning’s breeze and Heaven’s blue do open up our eyes,
We see our friends all gathered here – this precious day in time.
Chutes are packed and dreams are made, and jokes they do abound,
But all in fun, camaraderie, not meant to bring us down.
5-minute call then loading zone then off to board the plane.
The engines hum a welcome tune: “Yeah, jumping once again!”
As we ride up to altitude, Earth far below our floor,
We let our troubles fall away and single spirits soar.
Open door, see clouds go by, Earth’s beauty at our feet.
A taste of Heaven all around; ah, atmosphere so sweet!
Climb out, line up and hear the count; now ride the mighty blast.
Earthly things don’t matter now; just let this feeling last!
As through the yonder blue we come, from ground we look like ants.
Then suddenly our chutes do bloom; we’ve given life a chance.
We savor one last thrill to soul as we come touching down.
Eager to do it all again; temporary is the ground.