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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Texas State Record, day 4

The weather gods are definitely not smiling on us this week. It's not as windy today, it's cloudy instead. Breezy and cloudy so far. Hopefully we'll get just enough wind to push that mess out of here without it being too windy to jump. There are way too many airplanes here that don't like sitting on the ground any more than we do...

Last night the clouds thickened up and we got enough rain to drive most people into the hangar for a Pappas Catering tortilla dinner. Later on, the Anvil brothers started prepping tonight's barbecue; we hear there are about 500 pounds of meat on those smokers already. I don't think anyone will go hungry or thirsty tonight, as they've also got a new homebuilt beer trailer that holds who knows how many kegs.

As for entertainment, the spotlight will likely be on the foam pit. Before the rain started yesterday it got tested out by one of the local drop zone kids:

Foam pit in the making

Foam pit in the making

Trying out the foam pit

Trying out the foam pit

Why a foam pit? It was explained like this: There are negatively charged ions in the foam that attract the positively charged ions in women's clothing, effectively negating the clothing. Or something like that...

Anyway, whether you're in the pit or spectating, make sure to catch an Anvil brother and get your free T-shirt.

Beer and power tools

Beer and power tools... yup, the Anvil Brothers are definitely here.

Stay tuned for more updates on today's jumping (hopefully) and festivities (definitely!).

Update (10:20 am): The clouds are thinning out a bit, but it's still windy. Load 1 just went on a call, and the 160-way is standing by to see how things go. We just got a nice report on the current World Team goings-on, which we'll discuss shortly in more detail. (Update: Report is now posted.)

Update (11:20 am): Load 1 landed well enough, but it's still pretty windy. The 160-way will stay down waiting for lighter winds. The helicopter got here a bit ago, but unfortunately it's on a wind hold just like the rest of us. :-( Here's a few pics of what's going on here today.

The Journey

There's a group of tandem skydivers and friends here with the Journey, an under-30 group from Lakewood Church.

Face the fear shirt

And they're all wearing this on their shirts... cool.

TSR spectators

On the ground wishing we were up there... mostly.

Tandem CRW... not really

Tandem CReW... OK, just kidding. They're not quite as close as they appear.

Anvil Brothers BBQ

The Anvil Brothers just pulled up with smokers ablaze to serve lunch.

Update (1:40 pm): Well, it's still too windy to jump, but not too windy for helicopter rides!

And we've just been handed some more photos of the foam pit from last night. Thanks to TSR participant Chris Ives for these, who says that indeed the kids were playing! (Does this look like a bunch of skydivers or what?) That's Chris in the first photo, on the left.

Big Hats

What was that about everything being bigger in Texas?

Foam party

Foam party

A little soap in the eyes?

A little soap in the eyes, perhaps?

Foam pyramid

Clearly no one's drunk enough yet. This looks way too coordinated. :-)

Sit dive

Since they can't skydive, they settled on a who-knows-how-many-way sit dive.

Update (3:15 pm): And that's it for the day, at least for the 160-ways--they're released until tomorrow morning at 7 am. The clouds are getting thicker and it's starting to drizzle, so the beer light is on. The evening festivities are supposed to be occurring over at the pond (by that already infamous foam pit), but if it ends up raining like it did last night the food, at least, may move into the hangar. Dinner's now at 6 pm, and there's 500 pounds of brisket, 300 pounds of chicken, and 250 pounds of ribs being cooked up by the Anvil Brothers. Hope you're hungry!

Oh, and did I just hear there was a band and free beer! I believe I did. :-)

We'll update you later on or tomorrow with some pics from tonight's fun. And if you have any pics or exploits you think should be featured here, send them on over to Christy.

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Blogger cpives said...

TEam Awesome provide the entertainment!!!! ;-)

April 25, 2009 3:47 PM  

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