The packers at TSC worked their butts off to keep us in the air all weekend - Josh, Dawn & David (are the ones I met) - did an awesome job.
On my first jump of the event, one of the ladies came in hot and hit my forearm. It hurt so bad that I was concerned I wouldn't be able to flare properly. As I tracked way from that jump, I decided to pull a little higher than normal and practice flaring. I was okay, but I couldn't imagine pressing the air out of my canopy with my arm.
When I landed, I found a packer named Josh. Debbie told him that I NEVER pay for a packer and I explained that I had some bad experiences and so I had a hard time trusting packers. Fortunately, his pack jobs were just as soft as mine! He was awesome!
Since I only had a few hours of sleep Friday night, toward the end of Saturday I was a little loopy! Everything seemed more challenging than it was supposed to be. At some point, I was having a hard time figuring out how to make the video play on the TV. One of the local videographers (James) came to my rescue - THANK YOU!!! When I travel without Matt, I realize just how much he does for me. He's my technology manager and I'm lucky to have him around to help me!
On Saturday, as I was walking through the hangar I noticed a familiar face - AnnMarie! She was shooting tandem videos. I really wish we would have had more time to talk, but she was working most of the day. Either way, it was nice to see her again and her absolutely adorable daughter!
I also have to mention Dawn! When they introduced me to Dawn, she said she recognized me from somewhere. Later in the day, I realized that I had met Dawn at CSS when I was a newbie! When I was dirt diving, I accidentally pulled my reserve handle...ooops! We were on a short call so they took me inside to get help from the rigger and that's where I met Dawn.
Dawn is a packing machine and so is David. Greg is very fortunate to have these people on board as well as the other staff members I didn't meet!