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Wayne Dowler

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  1. So latest update: All fixed! Good to go! Just need to build up some coordination and endurance in the leg. May even salvage a little outdoor flying this year!! If not, at least indoors. For all of you that had me in their thoughts - Thank you!
  2. Never trust that most store bought sets are good! Closest I've found are those from The Kite Shoppe. Theresa make great sets on any length, most strengths. Highly recommend her..
  3. Healing pretty well so far. Swelling is going down in my operated leg. PT has given me exercises to strengthen the leg and increase flexibility. Got a dr appointment to remove staples and assess things. Looking forward to being able to put more weight on it. Gradual improvement......
  4. Update. Surgery went really well. Home recouping, limited in weight allowed on repaired leg. Stiff and sore, but still a bit mobile. 3 weeks check up to see if I can put more weight on it. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!
  5. Sorry to have been quiet for so long, but life has dealt me a setback. I will be getting a new replacement hip on Thursday. Something about my body is rejecting the replacement I had done in 2009. The doctor isn't sure what he will find until he gets in there and sees for himself. I'm not kidding when I say I'm a little nervous about this. When they were replaced them before, I knew why. This time - not so sure..... Any way, I thought I'd keep you up on the latest and promise to post as soon as I am able. Fingers crossed and all that...... Wayne
  6. Told you the sky was falling .......TIMBER!!!!
  7. Wait - I'm picking myself off the floor!! This spoils my perfect record!! I never win!!! Oh dear - the sky might be falling!!
  8. That is my usual job. Must be falling down.....
  9. What could you use in the middle, if you wanted to use these in a quad? or would they not work??
  10. Just be aware that some rod suppliers have firmer foam than some others. I have sets that use a very dense, firm foam and a set of JB's with thick, but squishier foam. Many options, just gotta look....
  11. To answer 1 question - the venting on the 'B" is slightly more than a vented SLE sail. Look closely, and you will see that the vented panels are ever so smaller on the SLE. Agree with riff - 'B" pros were almost always a special order item. Most fliers liked to pick their own color combos. There were a few standard combos that some stores might have gotten as display pieces. But I'm guessing those were gone pretty fast.
  12. Wouldn't mind adding this one to my quiver at all! Getting close!!!
  13. From the pix, it looks to be an older SLE in the 1.5 size.
  14. Thanks for some levity - needed some! PS: how do YOU measure minutes??
  15. Closed to most, here in Oregon, too. Sorry to have been silent for so long, been in training for new work - security. Had to do state training, job training, and had my first couple assignments. Interesting work as a floater!
  16. Also - please don"t take my mentioning of AWOC as a pure endorsement of the store, there are many others out there. The Kite Shoppe, Ocean Shores Kites, ITW, The Shook store, I'm sure most, if not all, carry bulk line. I have done business with all these and more - satisfaction on my end!!
  17. Unless you fly alone - I do NOT recommend fishing line. Same material, different weave. Look on the major online kite stores for bulk spools, sleeving, and don't forget winders. Look on A Wind of Change for components. I find you can usually get 2 sets for the price of 1, but you also invest the time it takes to make them. All comes down to what your time is worth... I buy commercial sets, then equalize. Saves me the time of setting up and getting it all arranged. One adjustment and usually I'm good to go for a awhile. One more adjustment and usually pretty safe, unless flown in extrem
  18. And don't assume that new lines are equalized either. Many times I have gotten new sets that seriously needed attention.
  19. I will again stress this - it all is set up by your footwork. The pressure that makes for successful changes in direction, is all set up by getting your feet and body moving in the correct direction, first! Indoors with no wind to help, everything you do is dependant on you providing the source of power. Footwork is key!!!
  20. Looks like they are planning to wind down - to what, remains to be seen. They have closed all of their retail stores, here on the Oregon coast, including the Lincoln City location. Evidently, rent and other costs were just too high for them to continue. There is one kite shop left in Lincoln City - Windriven. North of the "D" river on 12th Street. With the closing of the other store, they might improve their selection and quantities on hand.
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