As crazy it sounds, I started skydiving almost 3 years now. I got out from the service; US Army. I was in college at that time, I remember watching Alter Ego on youtube.com, I didn’t really know who they were. It was a man on a blue cool uniform flying so fast 5 feet above the ground then a woman with pink skydiving suit. I didn’t even know they were together or in a relationship. Suffering from PTSD, anxiety and all sorts of disabilities from the service, not to mention all the abuse when I was a child appeared right in front of me at the moment of my life. So I keep watching and decided to call a drop zone and sign up for accelerated free fall (AFF) course. When I move back to New Jersey, it was last year, I can never forget I saw it on Skydive Cross Keys that they were doing a canopy course. I signed up, it was my 186 jumped. During the introduction of the course I think I was the youngest jumper of the class if not the second. I was flying my saber 2 170 with my cookie g3, Viso altimeter, such a noob. I am not going to lie, I was so star strucked, I mean, “I am getting coach by the world champions the skydiving industry!?” I still can’t fathom I met them that day. I’m not going to lie, I still didn’t know how to pack. Curt approached me and jokingly said “you should get a smaller canopy” I just smirked, ’cause really I still didn’t know if he was being sarcastic or not. I mean it was a swooping course. Anyways, I have followed them, traveled around, chasing them to learn how to swoop, and now I still don’t know how to swoop. LMFAO!
Until one day, I just couldn’t take it anymore I asked them for a meeting, they acknowledge me, “butterflies in my stomach” as gay or cliche or people say you’re a faggot by saying that. I do not care, because I can say it with pride that I have the best canopy pilot coaches in the world; The Alter Ego Project, it is Curt and Jeannie Bartholomew. Looking back, I see them on tv swooping the fuck out of that water, entering the gates and excuse for my language, because I do not care about being politically correct. I am just excited and ecstatic writing about this and sharing it to others and hopefully I can inspire new jumpers like me.
During the meeting, I shared Generosity Mutual with them, I guess they like the idea, but really Generosity Mutual just cares about growing the sport. Long story short, they are the reason why I created this company. Now, we work with them, they are our coaches and at the same time inspiration, and I still get star struck when I see them even during canopy course. They are super heroes to me!