During this unprecedented time in history, we are all being forced to adapt and make changes that can be uncomfortable. While we wait to see when we return to the skies, we wanted to document what members of our community are doing during this time. This snapshot will serve as an interesting reminder of how we all coped when we look back and reflect on this time. Enjoy this snapshot of KT Lee.
Katy Lee (aka KT)
Role (if any) at Wisconsin Skydiving Center:
In the past at WSC I have been a coach and tracking queen, but I’m hoping to bring my mad rigging skills to the DZ this season.
Where Do You Currently Live?:
Madison, but essentially Sun Prairie.
What kind of work do you do? How has your job been affected in light of Covid-19?
I’m a public elementary school teacher and my job has been affected dramatically. I’m currently in the middle of creating a new “normal” for my particular position as a bilingual resource teacher, where I usually teach multilingual students while also supporting teachers. Each day I’m learning something new about how to do my job differently in the virtual environment.
What have you been doing to occupy your time during the quarantine?
Honestly, I thought I was going to be ultra-productive with painting and other creative projects, but I’ve been spending more time digitally reconnecting with family and friends, taking my dog on extra long walks, and exploring my somewhat rural neighborhood on foot.
I also do jigsaw puzzles while eating copious amounts of peanut butter M&Ms.
There have been many negatives related to the coronavirus. What have been the silver linings?
I’m not sure how to explain the details, but it has made me and my coworkers very good at communicating and being patient with each other. Everything has slowed down, so I think we’re able to be more intentional with how we approach our work.
What are you most looking forward to doing (outside of skydiving of course) when you get on the other side of the quarantine?
Hugs! I also look forward to going to the Union Terrace with a crowd of people to watch the sunset and listen to live music.
What’s your secret superpower that few people know about?
In the nearly 20 years I’ve been in the sport, I’ve never packed a cutaway for myself or anyone else. I also have 4 saves as a rigger. Booyah!
I’m also really good with a frisbee and playing cornhole. I’ll accept a bags challenge any day.
What are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
“The Power of Now” for sure, and also “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn. I would also have to say “The Anatomy of Love” by Helen Fisher.
What is the most useful thing you own under $100?
My dog, Maya, although I’m not sure if “priceless” also means “under $100.” I also have trouble keeping my feet warm, so my little heating pad is probably one of my most valuable possessions. It’s essential enough that I travel with it anywhere I go.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I’m told that being a rigger and to really enjoy packing a rig is absurd! But, to me, the gear we use is a compilation of individual pieces of art. The skill and craft involved in constructing the gear that saves our lives is just astounding! But, a lot of people just don’t like packing their gear. During my rigger training, I told my mentor that my favorite part was stowing the lines. He said, “That’s crazy! But that’s probably why you’re a rigger. No one else has a “favorite part” of packing.”
Outside of skydiving, I’m told that it’s unusual to eat peanut butter, lettuce, and mayo sandwiches. Those are my favorite, yum!