Bubble Wrap

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  1. 1993A10

    1993A10 Member

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    Received the following text from DS appointee today:
    I'm staying after school to work on stuff for bomb squad for Civil War days

    Should I be worried?
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    :yllol:
    Sounds cool.






    ...yeah, probably.
    We take calculated risks all the time. Do you put a new LT in a high performance aircraft when they have only 35 hours in it, and send them off to do advanced aerobatics? Yep. That's what I did today. It's all about managing things to an acceptable level. (i.e. I only did stuff I had been trained to do, and only stuff I had proven I was capable of doing safely.)
     
  3. Dadandgrad

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    You must have strong bubble wrap where you live if it's going to protect your DS while working on the bomb squad!
     
  4. Falcon15

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    There must be something in the air today. My DS appointee came home and asked if I thought it would be ok if he went bull riding this weekend (he's never tried it before). There is not enough bubble wrap around to get us through to June 23rd, God grant me patience!
     
  5. jwalsh1

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    Haha... ORM. We just had a huge training on ORM in my squadron. I wish I didn't have to worry about this UCI before I left... -.-;
     
  6. Pima

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    Bull riding? :eek:

    Good on you, my answer would be NO, not only NO, but He** NO!

    I would tell him it isn't about the AFA, but I would like to be a grandmother one day, not soon, but one day!:shake:

    If I decided not to go the NO route, I probably would have asked him if he planned to go to a NASCAR race track and drive after he was done with bull riding.:yllol:

    I might have also said: Do me a favor pour some rat poison on my salad tonight before dinner because that will kill me faster!:shake:

    I am not a worry wart mom, 1993's I would be like okay, afterall it is at school, and I trust them, but bull riding, made me stomach drop and he isn't even my kid.
     
  7. Packer

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    I know a few bull riders. It is not a matter of if they get hurt it is when and how bad.
    Some former bull rider I know say "yeah . . I used to ride bulls until my brains finally grew in".
     
  8. luckymacy

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    Ha, I know a former professional bull rider. He's got a great belt buckle and a couple of sweet airplanes including a decked out SR-22 so it paid well. However, he acts more like a former boxer cuz sometimes it seems his brain gets a little crosswired, freezes or goes somewhere out there, if you know what I mean. I would not be allowin' that one with a kid with an appointment!
     
  9. pinkharley99

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    Wow...DD called to tell me she was going rock climbing this weekend at Garden of the Gods. OMG I say, one day before exams start...jeez :confused:
     
  10. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Good luck with that bubble wrap

    Bull riding? This mom would give an emphatic "I don't think so!!!" Last year our DS (an avid freestyle skiier) broke his collarbone in Feb. needing surgery and a titanium plate to repair it. Didn't get full medical release until mid-May, just a month before I-Day. A few sleepless nights for these parents. You can't (and shouldn't) really keep them from their usual physical activities, but I would discourage them from taking on any new, unusually dangerous sports.
     
  11. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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    Just wait until they send you a self-portrait cell phone picture of themselves hanging upside-down from a rock ledge with nothing but 13,000 feet of Colorado air underneath them. :biggrin:

    Stealth_81
     
  12. Pima

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    I think many who have walked the path feel what you are saying Mikeandcris. It is that fear, an almighty one at that, of the calendar. You start playing that mindset game, okay if you do this and get injured (broken bone) add 6-8 weeks where does that leave you for I-Day?

    Right now a broken bone if it was to occur today, could place your child on medical turnback.

    I would be like Mikeandcris, and I would say to them, enjoy life, but let's not push the risk factor, because if you do and get injured at best it is a DodMERB waiver or a turnback for a yr, worse, it is a medical waiver process that will impact your military career for forever. Injure the back and they can say no fighters for you since the ejection seat is a factor. Good, good friend played football for AFA, injured and was cleared for fighters. 8 yrs later playing flag FB with the squadron he was injured. Was never cleared to fly fighters again because of that injury...a squadron football game ended his career due to an old injury from his youth.

    DD did barrel racing at 9 yo. It was common place in KS, so I get it. I get that everyone does it, if she was raised in NYC the sentiment would have been different. However, I have to say that it would be a no if this is the 1st time. Knowing a broken arm, leg, shoulder because they were thrown could risk the apptmt. would force me to lower the hammer and say hate me, call me a worry wart, or other names, but I am still the parent.
     
  13. kumano

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    I am the same way now. I so want to wrap him in bubble wrap and put him in a room till that day. We are taking him boating just prior to the 23rd, I would love to tell him, no you are not water sking, knee boarding and tubing, but you can sit in the boat and fish.
     
  14. Christcorp

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    I didn't have to convince my son. He knew what he wanted, and he knew how badly he wanted it. He had been a 3 sport athlete every year since 7th grade. Football in the fall; soccer in the spring; and baseball in the summer. After the state championship football game was over, and he received his early appointment in November, he put all his sports stuff away. His varsity soccer team was a little upset that he wasn't going to play soccer in the spring, but he decided he didn't want to risk it. Soccer has ALWAYS been more dangerous than football. At least for my son. He's had minor concussions, slashed legs, twisted ankles, broken fingers, etc... He didn't even take a chance. Plus, with also being recruited for football, he didn't want to add an additional risk.

    His girlfriend's father wanted to give him a graduation present, where he could do a tandem sky dive. My son politely thanked his girlfriend's father, but said he couldn't use that gift. So for me, I didn't have to worry. My son knew what he wanted for about 6+ years. Everything for his application worked like clock-work. Finished his application in record time. Passed every interview, test, medical, etc... Received his presidential immediately; and received an early appointment. He wasn't going to let a few moments of fun risk his appointment. Now; once he got through BCT, he could start taking all the risks he wanted to.

    Am I telling people they shouldn't have fun and enjoy the end of their senior year? No. But I am saying that they need to measure the risks they are willing to take, and compare that to what they want. If you've got 2-3 backup schools with full ride scholarships, and it doesn't bother you if you have to give up the academy and take one of the other options because of an injury; then go have a great time. Only you can make this choice.
     
  15. 1993A10

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    He followed up bomb squad with rock climbing. Is it any wonder I'm bald?
     
  16. usafahopeful1

    usafahopeful1 Prospective Cadet 2017

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    Now THAT sounds like fun!!
     
  17. NVappointee2015

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    Ha I pole vault. It kind of freaks out my mom sometimes but really if you are smart about what you are doing even activities like pole vault and rock climbing can be completely safe. Just think it through.
     
  18. Bundy

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    Our son participated in a local play, of all things, and got a slash near his eye during a scripted sword fight in one of the acts. This was just a month prior to BCT. He is on the USAFA fencing team and has fenced for many years, but it was the other, inexperienced person with whom he was "sword fighting" on stage that got a little too close. We promptly contacted the director of the play and made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that if he didn't make a change to the scene that he would have to find himself another fencer!
     

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