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Mike Chmi

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  1. Congrats, I haven't been around much and was happily surprised. Last I knew you were still around 300, truly impressive how many you guys have been racking up lately. Mike "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  2. quote:Originally posted by Teamo Supremo:You realize, of course, that we were watching you for the sheer entertainment value -- you concert attendees are freakier than the people at the Bangor State Fair! the state literally takes in MILLIONS of dollars during that time (mostly in beer sales!). Bring 'em on! Oh, and did you know that you can dowmload audio files of the complete show at livephish.com? It's about $23 for mp3 files, and about $30 for FLAC files which supposedly have great sound quality. Kelli of Teamo Supremo Yep on both accounts, from the articles I've read in the Maine papers it's between $26.5 million and $37 million that is pumped into the local economy because of the show (seemed high me but I suppose their counting what the band spends to rent the area, plus airfares into the area, etc. etc. etc, staff of 1000 people and so on.) You can also download any phish shows for free (off various sources on the net, though unfortunately they tend to be in MP# or OGG format) or you can get into a taper circle and trade FLAC or SHN discs.... however none of them are direct from the soundboard like the livephish one's are, they're all from the taper section instead, so obviously the sound quality isn't as great. I'd go with the FLAC files myself if your going the livephish.com route. I don't blame you on the crowds or traffic thing, though I'd definately say it's worth it at least once, the vibe is still pretty good (even though it's lost a lot of the love, used to be you could leave your wallet out in the open near your coat and most likely it would be there when your returned, not anymore, to many people going just to get messed up.... "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  3. quote:Originally posted by Natureboy1376:Hey Phisheads how was IT? YEY? Natureboy1376 Personally I thought it was great, there were positives and negatives, the traffic situation was horrible and should have been avoided if it was better organized (last minute rains screwed things up..though being a cacher I should've been prepared with alternate routes, unfortunately I left that up to a non cacher and a cacher who doesn't do much when it comes to planning routes... so I can't complain to much), the control tower jam at 2:00 am blew my mind, sure you've heard all about it but if not fire me off an email, think I've got a few pics. The sets were ok, no one set stands out it my mind though there were some pretty sweet songs that really stood out. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  4. I forgot to mention the one thing that made it more bearable was how amazingly nice the people in Maine were. All along route 1 were people waving, welcoming us, and just hanging outside to watch. The cops were unbelievably cool and I've also heard stories of locals offering people food, showers, water, and just about anything else they needed for free. In fact one lady actually went on a 45 min drive to show a lost group the fastest backroads to 95 after the show. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  5. traffic was absolutely horrible, it wasn't to bad on 95 for me but when we hit 1..... let's just say it took 12hours to go the last 10 miles, hit the end of the traffic around 10:30 pmand didn't get to the gates til 10:30 am, absolutely horrible. I swore I'd never do a Phish festival again sat as I rolled in, though by the end of the weekend I had changed my mind. Not only were 60-70,000 phish phans there, but I believe there was also something like 100,000 people in Rockford for the lobsterfest. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  6. Yep I was there, actually I was looking for fellow cachers before I headed out. It topic in NE forums But since I've got no way of getting net access out there nothing happened. Was wondering if anyone would place a cache up there for the weekend. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  7. Well the list from the stats page is missing some (think maybe because I switched user names) I know that the only states I'm missing are: Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont. However these are all I'm showing so obviously I'm off somewhere, but you get the idea. Eventually like others I'd like to have 1 physical cache (don't do virtuals) in each state Pennsylvania 83 California 35 Delaware 17 Washington 15 New York 15 Florida 12 Montana 9 Ohio 12 Arizona 8 Utah 8 Alabama 6 New Mexico 5 Idaho 5 Texas 5 Kansas 4 Georgia 4 Indiana 3 South Carolina 3 Mississippi 4 North Carolina 4 Louisiana 4 Arkansas 2 Kentucky 3 Illinois 2 Iowa 2 Tennessee 2 West Virginia 1 Minnesota 1 Illinois 1 Missouri 1 Maryland 2 Oklahoma 1 Nevada 1 Oregon 1 "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  8. Thanks for the vote of confidence Lep, I have to agree Tprint's lagoons multicache (the kayaking one is great) I made it my 300th a few weeks ago. I also forgot to mention that local cacher MsKardiac will be there with a both selling her famous home made candles that have been fiercely sought after by many of the Ohio cachers. Shame you can't make it up. Hopefully I'll see some others though. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  9. Looking for something to do Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Then come out to Erie for Discover Presque Isle. The weekend festival will include tons of live music from country to oldies to rock, historic events, civil war encampments, a climbing wall, pontoon boat tours, children's area, pancake breakfast, a sand sculpture contest (bringing contestants from around the country), beach blanket bingo, a duathalon, tons of kite flying, a volleyball tournament, bonfires, a chance to win a Big Screen TV. etc. etc. etc and kayak demos by Gander Mountain and yours truly at the Perry Monument, come on out visit and try out a variety of kayaks. Plus hit some of the many fine caches that are located on the park (including my Fellowship of the Ring cache) and get a chance for a FREE GPS plus help clean up the park by doing my "cache in trash out to win a GPS" cache. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=77114. For more info on Discover Presque Isle including times and events visit http://www.presqueisle.org/event_schedule.html. Hope to see you there, Mike Gamehendge Ranger "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  10. If your into Tolkien, you'll probably think mine is sweet, if not then you'll probably find it really boring. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  11. quote:Originally posted by Sissy-n-CR:I'm curious though, are these counts of the caches as they are now, or as they were when they were found? CR http://img.Groundspeak.com/user/72057_2000.gif It goes by what they are now, found out because I was checking mine and was horrified to find that it listed me as finding 2 virtuals (I avoid them like the plague), confused I checked and realized that those caches had been changed to virtuals, would be nice to have it the other way but I'm sure it's near impossible, involves way to much coding, and really isn't worth the effort. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  12. Thanks guys, One thing I've always heard about and noticed while I was interviewing there is how friendly everyone is. When I was down it was winter though and I didn't get much of a chance to explore. I was a little concerned that I'd be surrounded by farms and no forests or woods would be available so I'm glad to hear that isn't so. I think I'll just stick with my little otter kayak, I was considering getting a whitewater one before I left (for the sole purpose that I can get them dirt cheap at work right now til I leave, but I'm not sure I'll get to use it much) Any recomendations for the best caches in that area, I'll have a few days before grad school starts up in full swing and while I'll probably bag them all i'd like to hit the better ones first. Especially since I'll be introducing some of the other grad students to the sport. Thanks again, Mike "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  13. Hi everyone, I'll be moving to Iowa within the next month or so to start grad school and coming from PA (where great hiking, backpacking, caching and huge forests are plentiful) I'm interested in finding places to hike, cache, kayak, etc. I'll be atttending the University of Iowa so I'm in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids area. Does anyone know the area and can give me some info. Is there anywhere nice nearby to go hiking, caching, backpacking, and kayaking (if so are we talking fast rivers, slow rivers, lakes, reservoirs, etc.) Can anyone suggest the best caches in the area? Looking forward to meeting up with you Iowa cachers. Thanks, Mike "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  14. Hi Quills You need to go to yahoogroups NWPAGeocachers and register that's about it. See you there. Mike "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  15. I've been to national parks that require you to pack it out (at least they supply the "rest stop to go2" and I can understand why in those places) but since we can't cache there it probably isn't necessary to do so. Just remember to do it away from the trail and far enough away from creeks, rivers, and lakes. And make sure to wipe with that little plant that has 3 waxy green leaves, it's quilted just like charmin. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  16. excellent no more cruelty to smilies "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  17. Getting rid of the boiling smiley face (best description I've heard) would help, though I'd like to see it switched entirely to an ammo can or something of the sort. The rest of them are ok, and you definately can't miss the mine tag anymore. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  18. I like most of the icons and the big redcheck is a great change!!!! To be honest though I think the smiley faces are a little cheesey but everything else is great. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  19. So I was out golfing the other day..... And on I'm in the clubhouse ording a sandwich and I almost $@*& myself. Cause Chi Chi Rodriguez is there. So I walk over and ask him how he's doing. He says "Not so good man... I ain't got a caddy, will you caddie for me man." I of course immediately followed him onto the course without eating my lunch. At this I'm pumped I mean Chi Chi wants me to be his caddie, so of course I say yes........ We start and to my complete surprise he totally hooks the ball on his first shot.... I was a little surprised by that but you've got to figure hey it even happens to the best of them........ Well after that things got back to the way I figured they should.... the man was just amazing to watch golf........ 2nd hole he birdied........ 3rd hold he birdied........ 4th he got a freakin hole it one, I mean I was pumped I'd never scene a whole in one before and not only did I got to see one but I got to see CHi Chi freakin Rodriguez hit one, I coulnd't have been happier..... ANyway we do hi fives and what not tip back a celebratory brew and continue golfing..... 6th hole he screwed up double boggeyed it but I was so pumped about the whole in one that I didn't care..... Around the 7th whole I realize how hungry I really am, I mean I'm freaking starving after all I didn't eat all day. Anyway Chi Chi hears my stomach rumbling and asks if I'm ok. I say sure Chi CHi I'm fine (I mean I'm not going to tell CHi CHi I'm hungry and need to eat it'll ruin the day).... so after Chi Chi's drive it happens again, I really starting to hurt now but I figure if I can just hang on for two more holes we'll be done. 8th whole and my stomach is killing me I really feel like I'm going to pass out if I don't get any food.... but I can't just can't bother Chi Chi.... fortunately he birdied the whole so it didn't take long. We walk up to the 9th and I'm thinking thank God I can barely stand it I am about to pass out from hunger but I know I can make it through this last whole, and then I can eat. Well Chi CHi birdies the last whole and starts to head off to the back 9!!!!!!! I HAD THOUGHT HE WAS ONLY going to do the FRONT 9. By this time I had to eat I said he CHi Chi I'm really sorry but I can't caddie for you anymore..... He said "why not mon?" I said Chi CHi I'm starving I HAVE TO EAT" He said "don't worry maaan, I've got a sandwidge right here in my bag" "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  20. I too miss the found and not found split, also it would be nice to have the sorting options listed at the initial search page (though that may clutter it up), instead of having to click through. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  21. ...the answer is forty two... "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  22. Round trip caching runs of 300-400 miles aren't uncommon for me and my friends. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  23. Like the logo, and just a side note I was contacted by presque isle so it appears the parks do have the info and know what's going on. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
  24. I emailed the head ranger at Presque Isle a few days back about registering my Fellowship of the Rings cache, and haven't heard back yet. In the past he was pretty prompt with his responses so I'm wondering if they know what's going on yet or not. "...Not all those who wander are lost..."
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