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  1. You'd don't need a GPS either. Anyone who can't use a paper topo map and a compass shouldn't be out caching. Don't need your own computer or interent access either --if you don't know how to use the public library you're just wasting your money If you spend one day a week caching, membership costs 57 cents per caching day ($30 / 52 weeks). Membership gives me three things I think are worth the money: Access to Pocket Queries, access to certain "closed" areas of the GC forums, and access to some caches that basic members don't get. There are a few other things but that's what I'm paying for. Worth it to me. We'll see.. I do want to support them, and if I DO pay the membership it would only be to pitch in and help, not for the benefits that come with it. I know I would never use the PQs and all of that... Never use the PQ's?!? Why the heck not??? It is sooo much easier to define an area you're going to cache with PQ's, and download all the caches in that area in one quick easy click or two. Example: I have a PQ that is a 25 mile radius around my house. There are over 170 caches, automatically loaded into my unit at once. Can you imagine how much time that would take to do it manually one at a time?!? And the cache descriptions, logs from other cachers and hints make finding them much, much easier! I probably wouldn't even bother with caching if it wasn't for the premium membership.
  2. Jumping in here kind of late, just saw the thread. I picked up a killer deal ($125) on an eXplorist 400 around Christmas 2007. It was a bundled package, that had the unit, an SD card, carry case, cable/charger, and Mapsend Topo 3D bundled with it. It has worked great for caching for me. Always very accurate, and points the way right to the cache if the given coords were accurate. I'd like to get a newer model that can do paperless caching, but I picked up an IBM c500 Wordpad (Palm 500) for $15, to store the cache info, which works for now, but a newer model would simplify things greatly. Loading up caches and maps right now for a trip next week to California, Arizona and Nevada.
  3. Ya know, I haven't changed mine since right after Christmas... Time to go to the "Simpsonized" version of me....
  4. 50 waypoints? Nyet. Why does the area "need" a cache like that?
  5. It doesn't run very smooth, does it?
  6. Okay, it looks much better now.... You can view it HERE - GEOCACHE!
  7. Okay guys (and girls)... it took a while, but I finally got it captured and posted. The hard part was finding a posting place that would take that large and long a file. Because of a glitch, I missed the first minute or two of it, but it's about 90% there... Oops, I uploaded it converted to the wrong format.... let me try that again....
  8. There is actually a reasonably positive review on THIS THREAD concerning the Triton. I'll wait a year, and see what's what next Christmas...
  9. People have died eating a croissant in a French bakery, but I still chew on the flaky goodness.Name one.Chocolate. (That was a wierd question.) Was that Mr. Chocolate, or Mrs. Chocolate? It was a chocolate croissant. You asked me to name a croissant.No, I asked you to name a person that died from eating a croissant, but I think you knew that.Are you taking the position that no one has ever died while eating a croissant? Henry Heimlich would spin in his grave if you meant that (if he were dead). BTW, Roberto Villegas died while eating a croissant. I'm sure that lots of people have died either while eating a croissant or from eating croissants. What did he die OF? Was it the pastry that killed him, or did he coincidently have a heart attack or stroke while eating?That guy? He died of lead poisoning. The fast acting kind. Other people would choke and die or even have strokes or heart attacks brought on by the buttery yumminess. Diabetes could be a problem, also. All of these are possible dangers. I wasn't aware that lead was a common ingredient in croissants! Oh, so what you're saying is that it was something ELSE that killed him... Okay, so who (name names!) are these "other people"??? And link their deaths directly to croissants. Many here have given links that DIRECTLY link deaths to pad-mounted transformers (including yourself). This kind of Red Herring Arguement falls flatter than a tortilla in Kansas.
  10. I'm just the opposite... The older I get, the more I seem to want things to change. I'm with Briansnat, strip mall parking lots and the back of fast food joints just don't do it for me. I could have 10 times as many "smilies" as I do if I wanted to chase micros around the cities, but for WHAT? Wow, someone has 7,874 finds... That, and $1.00 will get them a cup of cofee. Unless they're "Stabucks People", then it's $5.00. I got into this sport to get out in the great outdoors, and see beautiful and interesting places, not running from parking lot to parking lot just so I can say "I've got more smileys than you!" I grew out of that kind of thing about 35 years ago.
  11. Do you really want me to give my canned speech on permission, yet again? Oh, I would just LOVE to hear it, juxtaposed against what I have previously posted concerning anything attached to, or in the vicinity (within the easement) of the utility's equipment. It does not matter if their equipment is on public property - which BTW, it is NOT, if it's in a commercial space. But even if it would be on public property, the equipment itself, and its' easement (usually 5' surrounding said equipment) is indeed the PRIVATE PROPERTY of the utility company. I'm sure that just about every utility company has the same sort of regulations, and I'd be willing to bet that just about every state has criminal statutes concerned with the tampering with these devices. And as a former (and current) public official dealing with public utilities (formerly a building inspector - and NEC nationally certified electrical inspector - with a very large and prosperous county in the suburbs of Wash DC, and currently a Project Officer dealing with damages to infrastructure with FEMA), I'm pretty familair with these kinds of laws nationwide, too.
  12. People have died eating a croissant in a French bakery, but I still chew on the flaky goodness.Name one.Chocolate. (That was a wierd question.) Was that Mr. Chocolate, or Mrs. Chocolate? It was a chocolate croissant. You asked me to name a croissant. No, I asked you to name a person that died from eating a croissant, but I think you knew that. Are you taking the position that no one has ever died while eating a croissant? Henry Heimlich would spin in his grave if you meant that (if he were dead). BTW, Roberto Villegas died while eating a croissant. I'm sure that lots of people have died either while eating a croissant or from eating croissants. What did he die OF? Was it the pastry that killed him, or did he coincidently have a heart attack or stroke while eating? I took your advice, though, and did some more reading. Here's what I found in 15 minutes: CLECO 2030 Donahue Ferry Road, Pineville, LA 71361 Teach children to recognize "Danger-High Voltage" signs and to stay away from power lines, substations and pad-mounted transformers. (Pad-mounted transformers are encased in metal on slabs of concrete in areas where there is underground electrical wiring.) Guess they should have worded this geocahers and children, eh? PEPCO 701 Ninth St., NW Washington, D.C. 20068 What are some electricity dangers outdoors? Although lightning is extremely dangerous, current electricity is the greatest electrical danger outdoors. Current electricity includes all outdoor wires, outlets and power lines. It's important to stay away from any power lines, substations or pad-mounted transformers (green metal boxes). Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Troy Lake Saint Louis Harvester Missouri Remind children to not play on or near pad mount transformers. LOWES WEBSITE Teach your kids to recognize "Danger" signs and not to climb in trees if power lines pass through or near them. They should also know that pad-mounted transformers (those metal cabinets on concrete pads) are not safe places to play. ElecSafe.info Website http://www.elecsafe.info/powerlines.html What is that mysterious big green metal box behind the hedge on the corner? It may be electrical equipment installed there by the utility company to help deliver electricity to your home from the high voltage lines near your neighbourhood. They should be marked with yellow labels as an electrical hazard and children should be taught to leave them alone. Don't kids also geocache? Don't they learn from what they see their parents do? "If daddy can mess around with those, they must be okay." NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION WEBSITE Stay away from overhead or buried power lines. Stay away from power lines, substations and pad-mounted transformers. Marquette Board of Light and Power Marquette, MI Teach your kids to recognize "Danger" signs and not to climb in trees if power lines pass through or near them. They should also know that pad-mounted transformers (those metal cabinets on concrete pads) are not safe places to play. (Seems Lowe's stole this verbatim) But let's get back to addressing the PERMISSION ISSUE. What happened to you "explaining your position", as you called it, IIRR. Just what was that "position" again?
  13. People have died eating a croissant in a French bakery, but I still chew on the flaky goodness.Name one.Chocolate. (That was a wierd question.) Was that Mr. Chocolate, or Mrs. Chocolate? It was a chocolate croissant. You asked me to name a croissant. No, I asked you to name a person that died from eating a croissant, but I think you knew that.
  14. Ahh, the Red Herring Approach once again! Have you even read the posts on this page before spewing (no pun intended!)? It is the PERMISSION and ILLEGAL TRESSPASSING issues that should cause these to be archived. If you want to take the chance of getting electrocuted, by all means, go pull the lid off your panel box and start playing. 220 is plenty enough to fry ya. But these transformer hides are undoubtedly illegal tresspassing hides, placed on private property without permission. This is in clear violation of the guidelines for placing caches, is it not? Come on, if you guys were creative enough to come up with the transformer idea, you can surely come up with something that doesn't violate the rules. And there are still plety of guardrails, phone booths and newspaper machines out there. Of course, those last two are also private property... First of all, I'm not sure that it's a red herring, since more people die from the heat in a year than get fried by a green box in a decade. Regarding your other issue, keep reading. Keep reading what? "This post has been edited by sbell111: Today, 02:59 PM"???
  15. People have died eating a croissant in a French bakery, but I still chew on the flaky goodness.Name one.Chocolate. (That was a wierd question.) Was that Mr. Chocolate, or Mrs. Chocolate?
  16. Ahh, the Red Herring Approach once again! Have you even read the posts on this page before spewing (no pun intended!)? It is the PERMISSION and ILLEGAL TRESSPASSING issues that should cause these to be archived. If you want to take the chance of getting electrocuted, by all means, go pull the lid off your panel box and start playing. 220 is plenty enough to fry ya. But these transformer hides are undoubtedly illegal tresspassing hides, placed on private property without permission. This is in clear violation of the guidelines for placing caches, is it not? Come on, if you guys were creative enough to come up with the transformer idea, you can surely come up with something that doesn't violate the rules. And there are still plenty of guardrails, phone booths and newspaper machines out there. Of course, those last two are also private property...
  17. When "everyone's fun" is being done illegally and potentially on dangerous objects like transformers and electric panals, it NEEDS to be stopped! It's this attitude (turn a blind eye and pretend all is well) which bothers me most! What you're saying basically is "be damned with the laws and guidelines, let us do as we please". As one said...at least you KNOW the potential for danger on a 5/5 cache...do these ever get that rating??? As has been demonstrated w/o a doubt, these hides are illegal. Maybe someone should report one of these caches to the power co and let them deal with it?? I mean, OBVIOUSLY, the persons hiding these either don't know...or don't care. Seems nothing will be done until someone steps up and puts a stop to it. OR...maybe GS should step up and end this by banning these hides? After all, it's their image which is in jeopardy! Just start submitting SBA's on the ones you come across.
  18. When "everyone's fun" is being done illegally and potentially on dangerous objects like transformers and electric panals, it NEEDS to be stopped! It's this attitude (turn a blind eye and pretend all is well) which bothers me most! What you're saying basically is "be damned with the laws and guidelines, let us do as we please". As one said...at least you KNOW the potential for danger on a 5/5 cache...do these ever get that rating??? As has been demonstrated w/o a doubt, these hides are illegal. Maybe someone should report one of these caches to the power co and let them deal with it?? I mean, OBVIOUSLY, the persons hiding these either don't know...or don't care. Seems nothing will be done until someone steps up and puts a stop to it. OR...maybe GS should step up and end this by banning these hides? After all, it's their image which is in jeopardy! Please note, after all of that, your sig file says the same thing that my one liner did... Did you mean his tag line that said "Is ANY cache really worth breaking the law for??" I agree completely!
  19. It's because they're so dangerous. When you walk up to them all the built up electricity makes them really shake, and if you're dumb enough to touch one you get killed. That's why we should archive all the caches that are on transformers. No, we should archive them all because they are illegally on private property without permission.
  20. Wow, thanks for "sharing" that scenic guardrail in the K-Mart parking lot with me! That was one darned rewarding experience! I can't wait for the dumpster behind the KFC, or the newspaper dispenser in the strip mall!
  21. People have died eating a croissant in a French bakery, but I still chew on the flaky goodness. Name one. Yes, and they need PERMISSION to be placed there, don't they? I'd be willing to bet that just about every power company in America has a similar policy to the ones I quoted on the previous page. Call yours and ask them.
  22. I went looking for my first benchmark last week at this one. Got there, went to where it said it would be, and all I found was this: No disc or anything, just this stencilled paint marking. This isn't a benchmark, is it?
  23. Geocaching is all about getting off the couch and going somewhere, plus it is generally frowned upon to randomly shoot and blow up others while geocaching. Hey, this is starting to sound interesting now!
  24. Here is a screen shot of my eXplorist 400's about screen:
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