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Title: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: Jannie on March 21, 2009, 09:03 AM
The sun's been threatening the inside of my thinking this morning; yesterdays squalls and high winds abated into this mornings tranquility with a covering of frost on my car and the church across the street from my window.

Across the room the light finally reaches a kite set up in the corner; I rest back in my chair with a mix of full bodied coffee watered down with 50% decaf-reluctantly; but it's still coffee and I relish this part of my day more than any other.

Maybe today will be the day, it looks hopeful, springs approach has been more like the coming of winter, with snow only a few weeks past and rain, rain, rain since then. I look toward the closet wondering the whereabouts of my back brace, knee brace and the Extra Strength Tylenol for my arthritis; I want to fly today.

Beyond the computer table is a bookshelf filled with self help books which all say the same thing; that what I think about is probably going to be the direction I'm going. Norman Vincent Peale tried to tell us that decades ago but I simply couldn't put my trust in a polyanic do-gooder with  Orvile Reddenbocker hair - oh well, I learn with age-or not.

The best part of aging is I can choose my memories and here's where old Norman is right; I can choose only to think about the best of times and I'm remembering one this morning.

I was down at the flats, it was early on a summers day before the crowds would come. I had the field to myself and the wind was close to the bottom of the kites wind range when I started, but once going I simply could not stop.

Sun streaking across the field I started doing a Jacobs Ladder, over and over, I must have continued for an hour or possibly more, the memory doesn't serve this part, only the experience. I remember writing about it here, there was a man sitting in his Jeep wearing a white cowboy hat watching the entire time - I tried to ignore him, this was my time, my kite, my experience and I remember not wanting to particularly identify with the rest of the human race at that time in my life.

But the flying was incredible, we used to say in the groove but I just kept doing it, no backspins, no nothing but Jacobs Ladders. I remember doing them well but it doesn't matter, the wind was perfect, the early sun warming my bare feet in the grass and I was flying, pancake to fade, lateral roll up into a lazy susan...

I'll try again today, to build another memory, maybe Mr. Peale was right, maybe it is the power of positive thinking that gets us where we want to go. I'm at least liking the memory.

Have a great day, I hope you get to fly...

Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: gwm on March 21, 2009, 09:21 AM
  Jannie, You write well, really nice to read.

Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: mikenchico on March 21, 2009, 01:42 PM
Sure Glad Jan came back just as the new forum got started. Missed her posts in her absence, great to get a fresh start.


Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: Jannie on March 21, 2009, 03:15 PM
LOL, I'm having so much fun reading your posts, er, sort of, I should say I really think your avatar is fun watching it bob up and down lol. :D

Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: Jannie on March 22, 2009, 05:30 PM
There is no wind again today, just a light rain and I spent the afternoon with some of my friends and then went for a walk in the light mist. It was absolutely lovely out, almost as if the city was taking a nap, it was so quiet.

"But my bags are packed, I'm ready to go", down the the flats with my kites in tow...

Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: tpatter on March 22, 2009, 07:00 PM

Where are the flats?

I live in Seattle and fly all the time at Kite Hill mostly since its the easiest place for me to get to.

I recently started a new job downtown and have been looking for a spot to fly closer to downtown during a long lunch once in awhile.  I am literally 2 blocks form Myrtle Edwards Park right on the bay, but it looks like I would have to use pretty short lines there.

Any info appreciated!  :)


Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: Jannie on March 23, 2009, 06:17 PM
Golden Gardens, just past Shilshole. When you go all the way to the end and pull in to park, there is a huge lawn in front of you; I used to call that Goose Poop Flats because there was so much Goose Poop that I had to give my shoes and my kite a shower after flying there. I guess they've killed a lot of them off as they aren't around very much anymore.

The flying is iffy there, the trees and bushes have grown up; sometimes we'll go out onto the beach to fly which is very narrow, with lots of people walking by. When the tide is at a low, way up at the end there is sometimes a wide area you can fly there, but have to land in one narrow area because of the rocks and barnacles on them.

Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: tpatter on March 23, 2009, 09:28 PM
Thanks for the info - I've flown there quite a few times.

When the wind is right, I really like flying my HQ SHadow on short lines there in the Summer.  I like it best when the wind is coming off the bay so I can stand in the surf.

Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: grayflyer on March 24, 2009, 06:52 PM
i to remembered golden gardens as a pretty good place to fly...not anymore.  trees have grown up too much to get any steady undisturbed breeze.   :(  guess we can leave it to the frizbe/vollyball crowd. 

Title: Re: Jacobs Ladder
Post by: Jannie on March 24, 2009, 06:55 PM
More like dogs chasing tennis balls!