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1. What attracted you to the sport of skydiving?
RK: I always wanted to go skydiving. Don’t know why. Something different. Never thought I would ever go. Even after my first skydive I never thought I would ever do it again.
2. What influenced you to actually make the phone call to make your first skydive?
RK: I didn’t make a phone call. I was told I was going skydiving. I was going to visit my brother in Oregon State. A week before I was leaving he gives me a call and tells me he just went Skydiving. I thought that’s pretty cool. Then he tells me we are going skydiving when you come out.
3. What’s the most memorable skydive you’ve ever been on?
RK: I have a lot of memorable skydives. Here’s a few:
Skydiving over an island in Florida with Bo and landing on the beach.
Midnight Jump in Arizona on New Years.
High Attitude Jump form 24,000 Feet
Jumping form a Helicopter
Jumping from a Hot Air Balloon
4. Who / What inspires you?
RK: People that don’t let anyone or anything get in their way to find their passion in life.
5. Of the places you have visited – what is your favorite place and why?
RK: I’ve been to all 50 States, Mexico, Canada and Japan. Japan would probably be my favorite place to visit. I was there only once but I was there for 7 weeks for work. The people there are so nice and helpful even if they spoke very little English or none at all. Had to play lots of Charades. The food is the best food I have ever had. All the cities I went to were so nice. There are a lot of people there, but it is so peaceful. When I was there /http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/ opened. I tried to go in to see it. There was a long waiting list. I even played I’m leaving tomorrow card. That didn’t work. So I have to go back to get in there.
6. What other interests do you have outside of skydiving?
RK: I enjoy traveling. Taking road trips. I’ll wake up and then right there decide to go on a cross-country road trip.
7. What is something about you that few people know about?
RK: Might be how I got started in Skydiving. If you read Question 2 you know about how I did my first jump. After my first jump I went home to Illinois and went to visit my grandmother in Eau Claire, WI. a month later. On my way back home from my grandmother’s there was a detour that took me right passed the Drop Zone. I saw the Skydiving Center sign which I drove past. I probably drove a couple miles thinking about skydiving before I decided to make a U-Turn and go back. I walked in and told them I would like to make my second skydive. After that jump I talked to my tandem instructor (Paul) and videoflyer (Ken) about how I can get started. They told me about AFF and everything else and then I talked to Bo. After speaking with Bo for a while, he said to come back next week and learn how to pack. I’ve been coming back ever since.
8. If you could meet anyone in the world for a coffee and a chat (alive or deceased) who would you wish to meet with?
RK: I really like to laugh so I think I would really like to have coffee with Robin Williams. I think he would be able to make me laugh so hard that I would pee my pants. RIP
9. What do you do for work? If you could do anything as an occupation – what would it be?
RK: I’m in my forth year as an Electrical Apprentice and before that I was a Customer Service Rep at an Electrical Supply Business. As a kid I always wanted to be a veterinarian at a zoo taking care of all the wild animals there.
10. What are your future goals?
RK: I want to skydive in all 50 states and all 7 continents.
So far I have 8 states and 1 continent.