All of mine were static line. I wanted to take advanced free fall when I got out, but it was too expensive, so a few more static line jumps. I sure didn't miss jumping with full gear, that's for sure. I've heard base jumping as you said was "shit your pants" scary. I would have loved it.
I've known several freefall folks and they said the same thing. I do hope to have some extra cash at some point soon. I'll get back up there, no doubt. I can always spend a hundred bucks for a tandem, but I still want to do it myself. When I was in the army, we called it "altitude adjustment"
I do know how to land a canopy, and having several jumps under a T-10, I know how to land from the side, rear, front, etc. At least the MC1-1B was a little better. I do honestly hate the idea of tandem, but advanced free fall is $1000 that I don't have. It's still on my bucket list