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  1. Absotively! I began geocaching a month before moving from California to Washington, and it was a fantastic way to learn my way around and meet new people. I think I know more about Washington state now than some natives! At the rate you move (physically, not residentially) I think you've SEEN more of Washington state than a lot of the natives.
  2. If you attend the event each month, then it is only reasonable to claim one "attended" for each such attendance. However, there is no obligation to do so, and rather, you are free to do what you want. And, on the reverse side of the coin, I have at times created quite a stir among event cache owners in my area, simply because of the fact that I have sometimes logged tens of thousands of "attended" smileys for a single event at which I had spent about two hours. I have done so because of the simple fact that every time a radionuclide (i.e, an atom of a radioactive element such as radon or a radionuclide of astatine, iodine, lead, radium, uranium, radium, etc.) in my body breaks down and emits a photon of ionizing radiation, it is transmuted into a different element, and thus, as a result of the breakdown of that radioactive element, my body has been entirely changed from what it had been a moment before because its basic elemental composition has been altered, and thus I become a new person perhaps two hundred times per second (see footnote #1), and thus get to claim a new "attended" smiley for each of those new instances of myself. Footnote #1: It should be noted that my body contains a level of radionuclides that is about 18X higher than that of a typical resident of the USA, due to the simple fact that I supplement my diet of raw animal products (that is, raw pasture-fed meat, raw fish, raw eggs from free-range chickens and raw grass-fed dairy products such as raw milk, raw butter, raw cheese and raw cream) with water from my radioactive water jug (aka "radium water jug"), which dispenses water which exhibits a radioactivity level of about 180,000 pCi/L due to the presence of radon and radon progeny (aka radon daughters; they are quite hot), and I eat a lot of Brazil nuts and also spend two hours per week breathing radon gas in my own personal customized "radon gas chamber". Shouldn't each new person log under different accounts? I also reasoned that way, and I did try that route for awhile, but Groundspeak admins got rather upset with me for all the tens of thousands of new geo accounts that I had created, and they convinced me that since each new post-nuclear transmutation Vinny was only marginally different from the old Vinny, and still bore the same name and wore the same clothing and lived in the same place, etc., that I should use only the main Vinny & Sue Team account. This raises another question. My wife and I cache as a team, and have not yet attended any events. When a team attends, do they typically log one "attended" for the team, or one for each member?
  3. If you attend the event each month, then it is only reasonable to claim one "attended" for each such attendance. However, there is no obligation to do so, and rather, you are free to do what you want. And, on the reverse side of the coin, I have at times created quite a stir among event cache owners in my area, simply because of the fact that I have sometimes logged tens of thousands of "attended" smileys for a single event at which I had spent about two hours. I have done so because of the simple fact that every time a radionuclide (i.e, an atom of a radioactive element such as radon or a radionuclide of astatine, iodine, lead, radium, uranium, radium, etc.) in my body breaks down and emits a photon of ionizing radiation, it is transmuted into a different element, and thus, as a result of the breakdown of that radioactive element, my body has been entirely changed from what it had been a moment before because its basic elemental composition has been altered, and thus I become a new person perhaps two hundred times per second (see footnote #1), and thus get to claim a new "attended" smiley for each of those new instances of myself. Footnote #1: It should be noted that my body contains a level of radionuclides that is about 18X higher than that of a typical resident of the USA, due to the simple fact that I supplement my diet of raw animal products (that is, raw pasture-fed meat, raw fish, raw eggs from free-range chickens and raw grass-fed dairy products such as raw milk, raw butter, raw cheese and raw cream) with water from my radioactive water jug (aka "radium water jug"), which dispenses water which exhibits a radioactivity level of about 180,000 pCi/L due to the presence of radon and radon progeny (aka radon daughters; they are quite hot), and I eat a lot of Brazil nuts and also spend two hours per week breathing radon gas in my own personal customized "radon gas chamber". Shouldn't each new person log under different accounts?
  4. Any success? Looks like it worked. If you click on his name in his post, it now connects you to user Andrew & Barbara.
  5. Well, I've never been mugged by one, but they sure hang out in some unsavory areas. I'd be warry, but wouldn't say they are out of control just yet.
  6. As someone once said, you're entitled to your own opinions, but you're not entitled to your own facts. A cache prevents anyone from placing a cache within a 528ft radius around that cache. That's about 20 acres. You can draw all the circles you want. It doesn't change the facts. I have to give this one to Prime Suspect. No matter how many overlapping circles you have, the initial cache is still blocking 20 acres. Its just that other caches are ALSO blocking some of that same area.
  7. If only there was a beta.geocaching.com or something similar in which these features could be more wide spread tested by users before major rollouts! Beta sites always SOUND like a good idea, but when it gets down to the logistics, a wide-spread beta of an already running website can be more pain than it is worth (been there, done that). Which users will be on the beta site? Will they be using the same database as everyone else (not always possible), or a copy? If a copy, how do you merge the data afterward? Or will it be an independent test, where any changes to the data are just test data and not real? In this case, Nate mentioned stability issues. These often don't show until you get a lot of data and a lot of users, not practical on a beta site. I would suspect that they do a limited in-house beta before a release, but for a wide-spread beta, the live site is it.
  8. I did't know that they defined the start and end of days differently in Canada, but if it's coming in around noon, around here that's still the same day, so would be considered 'on time' for somethng that is defined to be run that day. Maybe it's not as early as they arrived at some time in the past, or as early as you feel you are entitled to, but they are 'on time'. I have eight PQs run each week, two each on Monday through Thursday, and typically receive them between 10AM PST and 1PM PST. I would consider all of these to be 'on time'. Sarcasm is pointless in most of these discussion. You misread my earlier posts. My twice weekly PQ's are the one's that are not coming in on the day that they should be. Someone posted a "get around" of using 7 versions of the same PQ and run each one daily. MY POINT in my reply was that even when using that 'get around" response time seems to be degenerating. They started out arriving around 0200, now it is around noon, next week it will probably be 1400, etc. etc. No, I did not misread your earlier posts. In the post that I responded to, you stated that the queries that you ran weekly were not arriving on time. MY POINT was that anytime during THAT DAY would be considered on time. I can't foresee the future, so I don't know at what time mine will arrive next week, but as I stated earlier, mine typically arrive between 10AM PST and 1PM PST, and no trend towards later has been observed.
  9. I did't know that they defined the start and end of days differently in Canada, but if it's coming in around noon, around here that's still the same day, so would be considered 'on time' for somethng that is defined to be run that day. Maybe it's not as early as they arrived at some time in the past, or as early as you feel you are entitled to, but they are 'on time'. I have eight PQs run each week, two each on Monday through Thursday, and typically receive them between 10AM PST and 1PM PST. I would consider all of these to be 'on time'.
  10. In the Read First! Geocaching Frequently Asked Questions post pinned at the top of this thread, click on the link for The Official Geocaching.com FAQ
  11. It's based on the size of your PayPal deposits to the reviewer's account. Or what sort of gifts you give. Chocolate is highly prized among several Reviewers. But you should try to figure out what your Reviewer prefers. Before sending chocolate, check on the species of your reviewer. The theobromine in chocolate can be toxic to dogs.
  12. I agree completely with briansnat on this one.
  13. I don't agree with that statement. One local cacher uses a older Garmin eTrex to place caches and his coordinates are consistently off by 10 to `15 meters. Which is a real pain because he tends to hide very clever micros......in the woods. I have a 7 year old eTrex Vista and it is not nearly as accurate as my 60CSx. Tequila, If you look again at his posting, he says that he FINDS them as well as someone with an Oregon. He doesn't claim he can HIDE them as accurately. The OP was looking at what GPSr was used in finding a cache. In most cases, the cachers ability has more to do with the finding of the cache than the accuracy of the GPSr. I think that if this was included, the statistics will closely reflect the distribution of what GPSr's are owned, and have little to do with accuracy or any other meaningful result.
  14. Just because someone wanders by half-naked, mercilessly flagellating their bare bloodied back with a vinegar-soaked horsewhip, you assume it's Vinny?
  15. I agree with 9Key on this. Disable it until the investigation is over and they decide what to do next about the bridge. You can always archive later if you wish, but keep your options open at this time.
  16. Thanks! I've actually got it all scripted out now so that it automatically breaks out the layers by type and generates the DeLorme .an1 files. If people want to take a look, I've posted the results at http://cid-46fe9a111e6619cb.skydrive.live....%7C_DeLorme.zip. Take a look and let me know your feedback; if all seems okay, I'll make this a regular part of Northwest Trails releases. You just made my day (again!) While I'll have to wait to try this out, I really can't wait. Thanks so much! Ditto. I'll try to look tonight. Thanks very much!
  17. Personally, I think your approach is quite defensible, especially if you are learning to cache on your own. Sometimes the forums can be tougher than any cache! Hope you continue to enjoy the caching experience and meet many friendly cachers along the way. Bean 2 DNFs on different caches before our first find. Logged them both.
  18. THAT is why I don't schedule any for Fridays (and maintain an offline database).
  19. If it makes its way up here, I can help it with all those parts of its mission!
  20. One of you would log the retrieval from the cache, and the drop into the next one. The other would post a Discovered log. Both of you then will see the icons in your profiles.
  21. You could add a travel bug tag to it and release it as the Travel Bug travel bug. On second thought, that would really confuse people. Never mind.
  22. Congratulations! You have successfully passed the first three tests for new posters in the forum. 1) You posted a clear and understandable posting. 2) Excellent spelling. 3) You avoided the dreaded Double Post! Too bad most of the people have been on here so long they've been grandfathered in and don't have to meet these requirements. Don't know why, but the timeouts do occur occasionally. Welcome to the addiction!
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