They vary with the seaons and my mood, but they include, in no particular order: Video editing, Web surfing, Home improvement, Landscaping, Gardening, Photography, Reading, Movies and TV and, of course, flying my b-series Revs.
rmesm is in Spokane. He hasn't been on the site in a long time, but I know he still flys. Send him a private msg here on the forum and I will try to remember to email him at home tonight to have him check in here.
Yes, exactly. Keep 'em busy. Easier on the body. I'd change it up as many times as possible in that 5 minute block as well. I might go so far as to suggest the first group "perform" dead centre in that 5 minutes before clearing the stage for group two to join and so on.
From a visual standpoiint bringing in four groups of 25 will never look as smooth as rows going up because it will be more building block into corners. Combat that with using as much sky space as possible with each group going up with corners "shrinking" in as the sky becomes full. IE, group one performs as required. When group two is ready to launch group one forms up their quad in a top grid position wiating on group two to form their grid. At that point they perform as 25 in whatever logical fashion is dreamt up until group three is ready. Etc. Hard to properly put into writing what I'm getting at. Hope it makes some sense!
Personally I feel that the top 50 hanging out for 5-10-15 minutes is unrealistic even for experienced people. That is an endless amount of time to hover in a grid. Maybe they need to be performing something in that time frame that morphs into a larger and larger display as the quads come in.
Yes people move around and not everyone is there all week so there will always be floaters in every group of 25. That fact will never change, but generally the more people that can stay on a specific "super team" the whole time the better I think. I think this for a couple of reasons. One, everyone will get familiar with the flyers in their group as to strengths and weaknesses so as a group a good spot can be figured out for each flyer and two, the grid building practice can be lead by four different super team leaders throughout the week at various times and places instead of random throw it up sort of things on the main Rev field here and there. Not to say the Rev field should not be used for practice runs, but there is lots of room to take a quad off to another spot for some practice so two or three quads could be up at once working out the kinks out of each others way.
I think next year there could be some really cool stuff happening in the air because the majority of the people involved will have been in some form of large grid in the last two years so the concept is not new and the nerves are more at ease which opens the mind to take on something bigger both in number of kites and what "show" will be seen in the air. Doesn't all have to be threads and ball bursts.
I would be kinda cool to set up as many teams of 16 as possible the week of WSIKF and fly those as teams as much as possible (everyone has a team and sticks with that team so not musical chairs or as few musical chairs as needed there will always be people coming and going throughout the week). Each being their own "Super 16" and doing whatever the skill level of the group can do throughout the week. Come together for the big 100 push as required.