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Welcome to Omnibits for Saturday, 24 October (Day 3)
morning!!! ANOTHER unbelievably beautiful morning is brewing outside. I
poked my head out of the RV around 4am and was nearly blinded by the
stars. Eloy is in that sweet spot between Phoenix and Tucson where it
is spared the light polution. Nice to see that hasn't changed in 25
Yes it will be 25 years next month since Larry & Lil
broke ground in Eloy when they relocated the DZ from Coolidge. What an
operation that was! Everything got pulled up and moved except the
swimming pool and hangar. This place was a dustbowl for 18 months. Now,
a generation later, it is Eden in the desert for skydivers.
yeah, VFS will continue today, while belly flying competitors
matriculate their way through registration. I'll be poking my head in
there frequently looking for old friends.
Back to Skydive
Arizona ... about the only thing that's changed here that I'm not
overly fond of is the after hours atmosphere. The Bent Prop Salloon
used to heat up and be a reliable "entertainment area", and if that was
too tame for you, there was always the bon/campfire over by the
bunkhouse. I don't see that anymore ... the BPS has 24/7 security
cameras watched by Powers that Be from remote locations, and all
employees, even packers, have to pass regular drug screenings. All
this, I'm told, is trickle-down from the military business conducted
here, so while this hopelessly square family man can't complain about
any shortage of wild life, it still saddens a small part of me to see
Now, the food in the BP .... well, it's the best it's
ever been. Best salads, cheeseburgers and breakfast burritos in town.
The surf & turf for dinner last night was excellent.
0830We're still waiting for VFS to start, don't know why the delay, it's a honker duckie dinger jamboree weather day out there.
for some minor tweaks in the streamed video today. The word "REPLAY"
will appear by itself when the DZTV server is simply replaying previous
jumps. "LIVE JUDGING" will appear for the live stuff, with "REPLAY"
added below it when the judges are giving it a second or third look.
This will clean up any confusion about what you're actually seeing.
today we're going to keep Channel 2 on replay only, while Channel 1
will prioritize the live stuff and only go to replay during judging
1000You should have seen by now that VFS Round 5 is under way :)
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experiencing some odd behavior from my DZTV server software during
"replay" playbacks. (Not live judging.) The working time is not
starting until a few seconds after it should, resulting in the
appearance of the video stopping too soon, with a few seconds left
before working time experies. If you see this, know it's being worked
FS competitors start to matriculate through registration.
The Rigging Innovations tent ... where'd you go Saundy ... ?
There are enough b0rken rubber bands around this packing area for someone to start a business.
Ah, the old bunkhouse and fire pit. If those walls could talk ...
Maria Woodford checks gear
Judging VFS Round 5.
VFS wrapped up right under my nose while I was busy gnarfling the
previously mentioned garthok. Looks like tomorrow will be an off day,
except for the mad rush at the end of the day that will be the FS
briefing and getting ready for Monday morning's tornado!