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  1. Hi all,

    My wife is in London and returning to the US on Thursday - she is going to grab a couple nearby caches tomorrow and is wondering if there are trackables that might want some miles.


    She is near Paddington tube station, and flying home to Sacramento, CA, USA


    If you are aware of trackables in geocaches near her, let us know (she does not have a car so won't be venturing too far out of the Paddington area).


    Thanks :-)



  2. I would like to suggest that we could use a new Attribute for our caches; specifically Big Vehicle Accessible. Occupants of big trucks and larger RVs could make good use of such an attribute to allow them to filter their queries to help them find caches accessible to them in their travels. Caches at rest areas and truck stops are good candidates for such a designation.


    FWIW - I think this is a great idea... or something close to this. I know there is a "parking" attribute, but maybe more specific choices would help. I used to manage truck stops and know that parking is a big issue for truckers; also, long haul truckers would probably enjoy caching, already have GPS devices, and be great for moving trackables - lets make it easier for them.


    (BTW - I am not a trucker, but think it is a good attribute to have available)

  3. I have a puzzle cache (GC1TN73)... my brother came up with the puzzle and at the time I thought it was a good idea. I've been having second thoughts - I'm just not very happy with it. Every person who's "solved" it got stuck and used geochecker to finish solving the puzzle.


    I have anouther idea that I think is quite clever... if I don't say so my self :P. At this point I have three options as I see it... 1. archive the cache and re-list it, 2. Change the cache page directly 3. Leave the cache as-is.


    I'm just not sure what to do and I would like your (general geocaching public's) opinion on the matter.


    - Arrow


    I really liked the puzzle, and did not use geo checker to solve it (those little lines actually have a specific meaning and pattern - just not obvious). I think it is a good puzzle. I have not been up there yet to get it (my actual caching has slowed a LOT in the last couple of months - school is taking over).


    I would like to see the next one - let us know when it is ready to be tamed!

  4. Log out and then log back in twice.

    It works every time.


    Thank you for the suggestion :D Seriously, though we do have our differences, I appreciate the civility in the suggestion... speaks well for civil dialogue.


    Didn't seem to work -- probably has to do with the synchronization of the forum and caching db servers. I'll grit it out B)


    I am nothing, (snip).


    Sorry Bittsen - I really have nothing against you, just couldn't resist some levity here :P:)


    You forgot lighting a cigarette, eating a Big Mac, Putting on Makeup and so many others that are distracting.

    I have decided that when I see a police officer behind me I will turn off my cell phone, put my phone to my head and wait to get pulled over. The law says you can't talk on the cell phone. I won't be talking and I will have my cell phone bill presented in court as evidence. Yeah, I know its a hassle for me but the time I will take from the courts will be about the cost of two tickets so it will be a negative revenue flow for that one citation.


    I can't think of something more distracting than talking to your GPS unit and getting frustrated because it doesn't listen very well. That would be very "distracting".


    Sounds brilliant... make sure you let us know how it turns out!


    (bolding mine)

  6. Don't dig holes, period. The guidelines don't address using a stream of water from a power washer to dig a hole, but you are still digging a hole.


    So, are you telling me that all the hours that I spent training my badger to dig on command has been spent in vain? Dang!!!


    (yeah, I know, I know... "we don' need no steekin' badgers" ;) )


    To: Associate of Chad

    Re: Proper role of "Straight Man"

    Date: 23 June, 2009

    CC: Forum Moderators


    Dear Chad, Acquaintance of -


    When setting up a joke in the forums ("playing the Straight Man") it is considered proper etiquette to defer to the forum "jokesters" to follow up with the completion of the joke. It has come to our attention that in your post of 23 June, 2009, you did in fact play a dual role in your joke referring to badgers (said pun being a play on words between a Badger [animal] and Badges [shiny emblem]).


    In the future, it would be appreciated by all "jokesters" on these forums if you would allow a suitable time frame to allow those "jokesters" to reply to your "set up". Further disregard for this common courtesy will force us to report you to the forum moderators, who may be forced to block any humor posts from your account.


    Thank you!



  7. I happen to own a micro cache that utilizes a seven-dimensional film canister.




    To find it with a GPS you have to enter the latitude, longitude, altitude, timeitude, sideitude, diagitude and rounditude.



    I think I tried to find this one... Does anyone else have problems getting a good diagitude reading on an eTrex - or do you know if they have addressed this in the new Oregons?

  8. I'm just curious... which of those two containers... an ammo can or a film cannister, can hold the most swag? Any opinions?


    It really depends on how big the log is....


    That reminds me of a question... Is it OK to delete bad logs if they are too short, or are used for challenges? I apologize if this topic has already been covered in the forums, but when I searched for the terms "delete" "log" and "challenge" I kept getting an overload error.


    Thank you in advance for your helpful replies :)

  9. If you are looking for a lot of finds and that is your goal, then put out easy to find and easy to get to caches. Pick up some hide-a-key containers from your local big box store and slap them on guard-rails, hide them under lamp post skirts or stick them on utility boxes. The key is to place them in areas that are extremely easy to get to and require little effort. Sometimes having to park and walk a short distance can disuade folks from finding them. Try placing the cache in a location where the hunter can roll down the window to grab it and not even get out of the car.


    Another great idea is to find a really nice park and place the hide-a-key container in the parking lot. That way, the hunter can check out the park while they drive by, or even roll down the window and smell the fragrant flowers from the park.


    These are just a couple of my ideas. I'm sure others have some good ideas too


    Hey, wait a minute..... were you being sarcastic?



    (bolding mine)

  10. Hello Searcher!!


    Pretty nice of you to put everything back - and to add to it as well. I hope that you decide to start geocaching someday as you seem like a person that enjoys wandering around looking for things anyway.


    Nice to meet you and hope to see you around :(

  11. 12,449 miles (+/- 1 mile).


    Did I win? Was the contest to figure out what is the furthest we could possibly hide one from our home?


    Anyway - back on topic.. It has been done many times, I think that the key will be convincing the reviewer that it will be maintained, or that there is reason enough for an exception to that. I know of a couple caches on small remote islands that are maintained more by future cache visitors than the CO, but reviewer probably thinks it is worth it because of the uniqueness of the location.


    If it is right next to Mom's house, and she will maintain it - then I think it will work.



    Sorry, I think this practice is childish.

    You misspelled trollish.


    That is sort of what I was thinking :D


    I do happen to have an extra 2 cents laying around, so here goes...


    I hate "TNLN" logs, but just ignore them and get on with my day. I agree with the OP's desire to see better logs, but it just isn't going to happen, and his idea to delete logs is going to be met with nothing but negativity from all sides (I think he may have known that).


    BTW - in the beginning I think I did some "TNLN" logs because I thought that is how it was done, and then a cache in our area that required some log other than "TNLN" made me think about it (its probably gone now due to the "ALR" rule).


    Now, if I leave a "TNLN" log it is because I am following the rule from the Bambi movie - "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"


    Last bit of advice for the OP - make hides that force them to comment more. The really good ones have good logs because people can't help but comment on the quality of the hide, or beauty of the area, etc. (If you build it, they will log!)

  13. (snip)

    The first cache that I hid, with the help of my son-in-law, had these coordinates posted:

    N 41° 10.231 W 080° 21.812

    We placed his GPS on the cache site and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.


    This is the post of the FTF:

    FTF #17!!! Jjust finished lunch when i got the notification that this cache was published so i went off to get it. nice short hike through the field and found it.i took an average of the cords and got

    N41 10.230 W80 21.813


    Now I ask you, is that picking the fly specks out of the pepper? :laughing:


    I know that some people ALWAYS post coords on their find log - not sure if that was the case in the subject of your OP here.


    As for the FTF guy above, I wonder if he did it because it was your first hide and you mentioned for people to let you know what they think. I know that many people on their first hides aren't confident of their coords, and others will re-assure them the coords are good. Maybe he was doing that. If he was doing it to say "Hey, Dummy... your coords are wrong!" ... then he is a jerk!


    BTW - never heard the "picking the fly specks out of the pepper" saying - I will have to start using that one!!

  14. My historic DNF/Find ratio is 17.8%. My DNF/(DNF+Find) ratio is 15.1%. So use whichever you want. I typically go for the harder caches so I'm surprised the ratio isn't higher. And of course this doesn't count the puzzles that I've attempted and never figured out.


    Incidentally, in the last week on vacation to and from Pensacola, Florida, I had 11 finds, 5 DNFs, and 2 DNAs (did not attempts because of blocked access, recorded by notes). So my ratio for attempted caches was 7/11=63.6%, or 7/18=38.9% failure rate, depending on how you look at it.


    I'm pretty confident that four of the DNFs are actually missing. All the tourist muggles, new construction, and hurricanes are apparently hard on caches.


    Well, I was thinking I was about 20%, but your math works better and I think it puts me at about 16% (85DNF, 470 Found).


    There was a person on the forums (can't remember who) that had a link in their sig line to their "unresolved" DNF's. I kind of liked this for myself as I like to have closure. I don't know if there is software to calculate it, or she just did it herself.


    I do like to go back through my DNF's and see which ones do not have "closure" and keep trying them. (Closure would be that either I did find it, it was archived, or I am not capable of completing it for physical or mental reasons).

  15. I always have 1 or 2 ballpoint pens and a sharpie in my pocket (caching or not), and haven't had a problem yet. Sometimes a wet log will hinder signing, but otherwise, it doesn't seem to matter.


    BTW Arrow - I solved the puzzle, and will try to make it up there to your new cache this week. Your FTFer is a buddy of mine, but this one is just outside my notification area so I didn't see it come up!! Oh well - nice puzzle. You should come to the local events sometime.

  16. Just thought I'd let you know that in your statement above about spelling words correctly you spelled Shakespeare wrong (missed the 'e' at the end). :D:D


    Actually, your wrong(*). In Shakespeare's time spelling was fluid and was always phonetic. Shakespeare himself was known to spell his own name in many different ways. Shakespeer would almost be more correct in light of that :D.



    *: I could just be remembering a fever dream... this all comes from along time ago I don't recall the source.


    You are probably right (I am definitely not a Shakespearean scholar!), but I am pretty sure that when chephy was bashing the OP about spelling he was not aware of it so he still looks pretty silly.

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