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Title: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Allen Carter on February 20, 2011, 08:46 PM
Those little buggers are escape artists, so it's inevitable. At some point you'll walk back and forth staring at the ground while bystanders start to wonder.

Today I had to laugh at my self and then take a picture.


I had given it up and had been flying a different kite for an hour when I discovered it, about 5 feet from my kite bag.

Those are my footprints from when I was searching, going past the standoff in both directions.   :D

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_F5Tie9CF8ts/TWHoyxgsXVI/AAAAAAAAC0A/6wPduhR_CrU/s640/Photo%20Feb%2020%2C%205%2010%2032%20PM.jpg)


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: DWayne on February 20, 2011, 08:55 PM
Looks like you almost stepped on it.........
Twice.

Denny


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Ca Ike on February 20, 2011, 11:33 PM
Hehe I did that with a US for about an hour till I found it on the tailgate of my truck.  DAmnned if the thing isn't the exact same color as my bed liner.  I only found it when I gave up, was about to leave and saw it fly across the bed of my truck after closing the tailgate  :D


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Flying Fish on February 20, 2011, 11:37 PM
Last year I lost a stand-off on my normal flying field (dark grass and moss mostly), spent half an hour bent over searching for it, gave up. Next weekend, I went flying again, same field. Arrived, put my bags down .... hey, there's my stand-off!!


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: jaydub on February 21, 2011, 01:55 AM
Ditto flying in a field of long grass with a roll bar for my Talon.  Spent ages looking for it and gave up.  Flying in the field four weeks later, I looked down and there it was.  I now have a spare!


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Hadge on February 21, 2011, 02:24 AM
Several of my kites use the HQ clip on yoyo stoppers and I've lost several of those in unexpected air to ground incidents ( nosedives) and they are almost impossible to spot. However, I often find them again days or sometimes weeks later on another trip to the same field!


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: bigpappo1 on February 21, 2011, 06:12 AM
Just happened yesterday while flying my VRev in 15+ wind one of the vertical rods. Usually the grass is brown out here so if you move about 10' and scan over the surface they usually appear. Hard to believe what's out there on the playground.  :)


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Jynx on February 21, 2011, 11:00 AM
A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: bigpappo1 on February 21, 2011, 11:03 AM
Jynx that's too simple for us guys.  ??? great idea!


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Allen Carter on February 21, 2011, 12:59 PM
A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...

Lets see, 40 kites x 2, 4 or 6 standoffs per = a lot of taping to be done...

 ;)


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: indigo_wolf on February 21, 2011, 01:31 PM
Lets see, 40 kites x 2, 4 or 6 standoffs per = a lot of taping to be done...

 ;)


Krylon Fusion.... gather some friend to together on a weekend and have a stand-off marking party.  Beer optional.... popcorn and photos required.  ;)

ATB,
Sam


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Bob D on February 22, 2011, 04:52 AM
I've lost a few from my Nirvanas so I super glued them to the stand off connectors. After breaking a bunch off at the stand off connector I figured out how to wiggle them loose from lower spreader. (Steve's got the new type of connectors that use screws to fasten them. That looks like a great solution.)


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: mikenchico on February 22, 2011, 07:36 AM
A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...

Lets see, 40 kites x 2, 4 or 6 standoffs per = a lot of taping to be done...

 ;)


And don't forget the 39 upper spreaders, (that TTUL doesn't have an upper), if you don't mind feathered edges you could pickup a can of surveyors paint and spritz them ... party and beer not recommended with fluorescent spray paint in the house   :o

 


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: stapp59 on February 22, 2011, 08:34 AM
Yep!  I've 'lost' the occasional spreader, standoff, even tail weight only to find them some time later at the field.  Helpful to normally fly in the same spot  :D

Have had poor success leaving lines at the field for long periods - pesky lawn mowers  :-[


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: Francois on February 22, 2011, 04:11 PM
A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...

I tought of it but the weight of the tape did change the pitch of the kite ???


Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: kiteking on February 22, 2011, 09:47 PM
I too have lost a stand-off only to find it another day...

But I have a more recent Needle in the Haystack story.

I was packing up the house in Tucson last week and had numerous cardboard boxes left over so I took them to the local recycle dumpster. As I was tossing in the boxes I felt a strange thing, looking down at my left hand I knew what happened, my wedding ring had flown off my finger into the dumpster....

Luckily I was tossing into the bin closest to the door, and the dumpster had been emptied the day before. I opened the door and about 50 bundles of newspaper spilled out, I moved the bundles to another dumpster begin sifting through the dumpster,shinning my flashlight around in search of the ring, after about and hour and a half I moved a chair out and shined the light around and WOW!! there was my ring... I was both relieved and amazed, after that I wore gloves while unloading the boxes. The next day I went to get my ring re-sized....




Title: Re: Ever lose a standoff?
Post by: indigo_wolf on February 23, 2011, 06:00 AM
But I have a more recent Needle in the Haystack story.

Oooohh...  I have one of those....

Some years back, I was working for Verizon in midtown Manhatten. One days, I had a recently acquired tanzanite and diamond ring in my pocket.  It was in a cotton lined film cannister.  Unfortunately I was wearing a pair of pants with extremely shallow pockets.  At the end of the day, I noticed that it was no longer there.  Frantically looked around for it, and then asked one of the cleaning crew, if they had seen a film cannister around my desk.  They said that they had thought it was just trash, and it probably went downstairs with the last batch of trash. 

After many internalized obsceneties, I went down to the security desk and asked where the trash was gathered.  I explained the situation and they let me back into the dock area  where all the dumpsters were.  As I climbed into one of the dumpster the security guard asked me what I was doing. I explained that I was going to find my tanzanite and diamond ring and asked him what he would do in my situation.  He thought about it for a bit and finally relented.  He said I couldn't make a mess and that the garbage trucks would be coming around midnight to haul stuff away.  Oh goodie.... now I had a deadline.

The average size office building tower in midtown Manhatten generates an obscene amount of trash in a given workday... honestly I don't think most people think about it past the little trash bin underneath their desk.  It's certainly a different proposition when you look up at the mountain from the loading dock and the end of the day.

For the next 6 or 7 hours, I methodically dismantled the company's daily offering to the trash gods.  As I searched, I was also looking for clues as to what floor and department's trash I was working through, hoping I could work my way back to the trash from my floor. Shortly, after midnight, I became more and more worried I would soon hear the groan and strain of the large doors letting the garbage trucks in.  I was sweaty, tired, and a tad more odorous than when I had I started.  Then, like some cheesy movie, I started recognizing  discarded mail addressed to my floor (small internal "yip"),  then mail addressed to co-workers (larger internal "yip").  At that point, I was pretty much in dog-after-a-bone mode.

Wait!!!... was that a flash of black & gray?  Does black & gray actually flash? No... it could just be someone else's film or empty canister, but then there wouldn't be a happy ending. I climbed back on the dock. Opened the canister, and verified it was in fact mine (big "Yeeeeessss!!" echoing off the walls). Instead of my pocket, the canister and it's contents went immediately into the internal pockets of my knapsack.  I double-checked that there was little or no evidence of any havoc on the docks or in the dumpsters(?!?!), before I went up to the security desk to let them know that I had found my ring (they were a little shocked and all wanted to see it). Then I headed off to Port Authority to catch the last bus home.... it had been a long day.

ATB,
Sam