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Anne Bonney

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  1. Howdy All! I'm a former resident of Cleveland Hts. and, after 7 years of it, I HAD to move back west (Y'all don't have enough sunshine for my AZ desert-doggie skin). I'm now in CO which has 300+ days of sunshine/year vs. y'all's 60-something. (Are my stats causing some envy, or are y'all ready to pummel me?) My intent, beyond the two choices above, is to actually give notice of my return to Clev. this summer for a visit ! I've been checking out some of the caches in the 44118 zip code and am thrilled at how many places I once knew will be familiar to me as I bound around in my attempt to meet (or exceed) my goal of 50 caches whilst there. It looks more than do-able, so far. If any of you are interested, I'm up for meeting any of you who can spare a moment or two. I do have some major obligations in between all the caching, but I'll be available via email to make arranagements. I will also try to induct some muggles into the far superior existence we share as geocachers so you have some more fun folk to keep an eye on. Feel free to email me with enticements to do YOUR caches, or suggestions of Not-to-miss caches. I'll be hitting Columbus for the better part of a week, too, if you have any news of caching down that way. Thanks in advance. I got to know Cleveland pretty well and you folks are still among the best in the world--despite yer weather conditions. I'm quite excited about this reunion. Looking forward to hearing from some of you... "Anne Bonney" aka: Julie from Evans, CO (northern part of the state)
  2. Google my caching name and you'll get a good chunk of hidden history (fair warning for you history and non-history sorts). Anne Bonney was a woman pirate "back in the day". I really like the idea of a woman as a pirate, and the dicotomy of having a piratical identity as a geocacher in which one doesn't pillage, but plays along with finding hidden treasure is involved intrigues me as well.
  3. I leave only my sig. item anymore. Sometimes I'll add to a cache with dimished swag, but I'll always leave a geotoken of mine--or more. Usually I don't take anything unless it's another sig. item. And I ALWAYS sign the log. For me, my sig. item (an Anne Bonney Geotoken) is an alternative to McToys--which most of the cachers around here abhor. There's a pretty decent number of cachers in the surrounding states who issue sig. items, so there's a nice "adult" level of "toy" trading that, for me, is very satisfying. It's nice to have something original to trade for. I don't mind leaving a geotoken and taking nothing. I really don't need junk to move around, and I'd like to think that I'm improving the potential for swag around here. A lot of visiting out-of-state cachers grab the geotokens and place them "back home". I never get emails about them placing a Beanie Baby (McDonald's issue) fish or Mardi Gras (knock-off) beads, ya know? And the geotokens fit my definition of swag.
  4. One point not touched on yet is: not getting your caches approved. I've got a little better than 50% average in this realm. It's very frustrating to me. I try to follow the rules, and believe I do, but I'm met with a curious amount of resistence. I'm not going to run down the reviewer, 'cause there's a lot involved on all sides of this issue. AND that's not the point. The point is: I'm just trying to improve caching in my area (and apparently am, given the posts I receive) and make folks aware of some of the secrets of my area. But, it gets pretty disheartening, I must say. So, there are those of us out there who are trying to place caches with more ingenuity and creativity but we are stymied with such frequency that we may well stop altogether. And then what will we be left with?
  5. I usually cache alone or with my two little terriers. The only cache I was ever had concern about was in a rural park where there were a half dozen or more males cruisin' each other. I never felt threatened, but I know better than to hang around THAT sort of activity. I actually had to return to the cache 4 times before I could sign the log book. Partly because I wanted to have a better sense of being safe, partly 'cause I'm getting older and less fluid in my movements, and partly 'cause I'm tired of sticking my paw in places that varmits live, I made my own walking stick. It comes in dang handy on all three counts, let me tell you. I took it with me to do some caches in CA (I live in CO) and went on an urban trail that had 19 caches along it. I had more dogs bark at me than I can ever remember, and every single one of the owners said that it was because of the stick I was carrying. NOTE: I was the only walker in LA with some sort of visible protection!! (LA IS safer than you think, actually.) So, if a bunch of dogs find the stick threatening, maybe it does have some impact on humans (short of direct contact, of course). Suggestions: The obvious ones, and ones previously stated. Also, don't let fear of the unknown hinder your caching, let caching allow you to meet others and make some cool friends.
  6. Heartiest congratulations Team GeoHoy! I, too, recently hit the Century mark while caching in Pasadena, CA on vacation. Here's to us Colorado cachers who are in the top 5% of all geocachers, worldwide!! Anne Bonney; Evans, CO
  7. I developed two series of signature items that we call "geotokens" out West. Some geocachers from WY (TH&G) put theirs out and I claimed one and loved the idea. And, frankly, I was getting tired of McToys. My first series of geotoken was the "lame" type--but I hadn't figured out what I wanted to do yet, so I created what I could at the time. They seem to have been well accepted, given the emails I got. I upgraded the second series by cutting slices of a tree limb, branding each slice with my cactus brand that I got in AZ, then handwriting the info I want on it (mention it when claiming cache, find link by profile to email me of finding token, keep, trade or just pass on and a number, just for my own logic--or lack thereof). Some get decorated with tiny little dog bones or paw prints that I get from Hobby Lobby's scrapbooking dept. to add to the interest. They don't cost me much, but I do put a good amount of time into them and keeping that branding iron hot gets costly given the winds in CO. I'm much more likely to grab someone's sig. item than toys anymore, and I'm finding many geocachers (usually ones without kids) are more interested in the geotokens and other sig. items since it's geocaching specific. There's another thread somewhere in these forums that discusses, and shows many sig. items if you want/need some ideas.
  8. My best wishes to your full recovery, dude. If I win the Jeep I'm emailing you so you can come pick it up. Seriously. You deserve some ease and comfort after this incident. I faced a similar situation 25 years ago when I was in college. Thankfully the bonehead drove off the side of the interstate after zipping past me. He had a fiery death. I shed no tears. I was rattled for days. Give yourself the OK to recover at your own pace and do so. Again, best wishes from Northern Colorado.
  9. When you're driving back home from the big city and see Zoltig (or any fellow, local geocacher) driving like a fool and doing all he can do without crashing us all, trying to get my attention while I'm scoping out the landscape for cache locations. (Just happened today, actually!) When you wish that your new job would start so you could start REALLY investing in your geocaching habit after a full year of unemployment. When you have to leave the aging geocaching dog home because the excitement of geocaching triggers seizures When the deputy at the County courthouse sends you back to your vehicle with your keychain-sized Swiss Army knife, 'cause there's no knives allowed in the courthouse, and you look for cache-like sites to stash it in so you don't have to make that walk to the Jeep yet again. (Another true story from this week.) When you find out that your final destination for vacation (at the In-laws') is so thick with caches you know all you have to do is put magnets in the toes of your boots to find the ammo cans but are stymied as to what you'll do to find the Tupperware.
  10. The AS thread is necessary so there's a place to keep the ones who feel a large posting number is important and the lurkers who love them--and possibly understand them. I see no other redeeming factor. The title alone is sufficient to keep me away.
  11. In less than an hour I have learned the following: A cache was administratively archived. Retaliation is felt. The geocaching community thinks so, too. Some don't. Geocachers galore want an explination. Temporary unarchival. Waddup, PTB? Mob forming. The Devil made public his short list. A few flames escaped from Hades. Flames fly from earth. A man from a mountain (and his dog) and others called for peace. A shortlister called for popcorn (before the flames flew). Lines were drawn, names were called, dinner with the wife was had by The Devil. The flaming raged. Calls for peace were ill-timed for the electrocuted cat, but heard none-the-less. TPTB will decide, in time, and advise the masses; or not. Snoopy squishes Woodstock. (In a good way.) The East-coasters have gone to bed and arisen already, only to see that the battle still rages. Us West-Siders are getting sleepy. Very sleepy. And the cache remains unarchived. This is the start of a great soap opera: When Cachers Collide. Next installment: Will the Admin ever explain himself? What will Jeremy and Hydee do? Will the cache see a spike in number of finds/day out of respect, or fear of losing it forever? Will there be enough popcorn to get us all through? (Now where's the little button that will get me where I want to go???)
  12. Imajika is right about TH&G. Their number of TB finds goes up daily, it seems. I know they've found several of mine and I'm thankful when they do because it gets the bugs out of the vortex that is Colorado caching. One of my bugs that's still caught in that vortex has traveled 100+ miles in 6 weeks and only seen 4 caches between Northern CO and Denver metro caches. I'm thinking of snagging it myself and taking it out of the cycle to parts unknown to see if it fares any better. Congrats are in order, still, to Centris. (Gotta stick up for us folks out here in the West, ya know?)
  13. What a generous offer, El Diablo! Count me in, as I find more and more uses for one each time I venture out; thus finding myself cursing that I didn't bring one along 'cause I haven't ordered one from you, yourself. TIA, Anne Bonney, Colorado
  14. OK! I want to add to the pile: Demographics(little to no relevence, but it's nice to draw pictures in our heads-- sometimes): female 45 unemployed In a marriage not yet legally recognized by most state governments 2 dogs (read: child substitutes) live in a 105 year old haunted house former jock(ette)--track, softball, rugby, hacky-sack, video games (national contender in Ms PacMan championship, owner of an original tabletop Pong game!) Intellegence is relative to application--and average is for the majority, of which I've never belonged. Skill Set: instigator suprema curious beyond words electronics has grown up with me voracious reader think kids are the greatest invention EVER can find the answer to almost anything can't understand why people have ever thought within a box Past Influences That Lead to Interest In Geocaching: Left time capsules all over the place Drew maps with maltese crosses on 'em and burned the edges with a lit match Love myths and legends Have been searching for my birth parents since I was 12 (the greatest geocache ever, if I find 'em!) One of the first to own a TI calculator--and was shamed for the next 25 years into NEVER wearing anything on my belt--Thank goodness that all the closet geeks are coming out. I now proudly wear up to 4 or 5 things off my belt now! (cellphone, leather"wo"man, GPSr, locking blade knife, PDA, etc.) Reading and escaping into stories Building forts and caves and dodging the crazy lady at the end of the block as she shot rock salt from a 00-6 shotgun. Being the only girl in a neighborhood full of rough and tumble boys Being a tomboy (see above) Having to look up words in the dictionary to check spelling, but could never find 'cause I COULDN'T SPELL THE WORD correctly to find it. I love being outside. I love tromping around with no one to bother. I don't like NOT knowing stuff I love the history of pirates. What the Future Holds: I have a teaching job starting in August. I will have 100 geocaches before summer's over. I will get my students hooked on geocaching. A yellow Jeep.
  15. In the Northern Colorado area that I hunt about in, I've come across homemade geotokens and was so enamored of the idea that I stole it. I started with small ones made on cardstock and cut to size, then laminated. But, I wanted my geotokens to be more of a sig. item so I upgraded to slices of a tree branch from the woodpile out back. I had purchased a mini branding iron whilst visiting in Arizona a couple of months ago. The image is of a saguaro cactus. I branded each wood slice (propane torches are soooo handy!) and handwrote instructions on the back. I haven't gotten any responses from the few geotokens I've put out, so I may have to reinvent my geotoken idea once again. Which is fine. I like to try out new stuff. Fima dough seems like an option. And that shrinky-dink material is a great idea, too. I thought the mentions I was reading in other threads were the boxed and themed shrinky-dinks from my childhood. I wasn't so hot on that one. But, this personalized stuff--now that's cool! I really like the connection I feel (make up, invent, create invisible friends) when I snag other sig. items, too. It's really improved my desire for the game. (I'll add a pic when I can figure it out.)
  16. As a middle school and soon to be high school teacher, I've found that the kids I get unsettling vibes from are very often nudged off-kilter with a simple Hi! and direct eye contact. It unnerves 'em to no end. Mostly they will move away from an authority figure (teacher, cop, adult) and pay you no more mind--if they're not up to something. Some will get a little smart-alecky and want to engage you on a topic that they expect will unnerve you. A nod and a turn on the heel usually settles that scenario. Most kids, esp. teens, get a bad rap and I try to give 'em a chance first. The direct eye contact and a verbal Hello gives me a good idea what I'm going to be dealing with. But, I could tell you tales of menacing and threats, too, from kids who are out looking to "roll" anyone they come across. So, the point is as was pointed out at the start--keep yer head up and yer eyes moving and don't disengage yer brain. Oh, and I've not yet come across a snake geocaching--well, except for the Viper cache here in Colorado. I won't even start about the dozens we have in our backyard. If I need a reminder to not put my hand in dark space, all I have to do is go out to the compost pile and lift the tarp! Cache on, folks!
  17. In regards to the poor battery life in a Garmin Vista, I've found that the Energizer E2 lithium batteries last about 10 times longer than standard batteries. Yea, they're more expensive, but you can get 'em by the multipack at Sam's Club for close to what regular batteries cost. Finding and using the lithium batteries have definately cut down on my stress worrying about when they're going to run out. Give 'em a try
  18. I'm in the Greeley-Evans area in Northern CO and am willing to help you out with your tag scattering. How much fun is THIS going to be????
  19. It seems our TB owner is MIA. Given how heated this thread is getting--not to mention how personal, too--I'm all for pouring a beverage, popping some corn, putting my feet up and wait for the owner to own up. Or, at the very least, show up in this forum and give some response to us, the unsettled masses. I'll wait.
  20. Yea, give the Noob a find. At the very least you turned your GPSr on and provided anyone watching a moment or two of wonderment at what you were doing, right? Well, then--that's all the rest of us are doing--most times. Congrats and welcome to the club! Now, go make more caches available in your area
  21. I'm looking up the definition of "good" right now.... You last two posters sure cracked me up! Fugiddabout da kid--I wanna hear more about fat wood ticks laying little ones in a glass jar and how briars purify our blood. Much more interesting...
  22. I think you'd have better luck if you weren't hanging upside down while you were caching Maybe creating a totally new direction for caches to find in your area would perk ya up. Like those really neat ones that others (in other places from yours and mine) are doing (fake pine cones, fake bolts, etc.) Or, you could just quit hanging upside down while you were caching. (I hope you find a "good" answer.)
  23. LOL--Ain't that the most honest, truthful and downright right response? Well, I think so, anyway. Thanks--gotta go log 1 DNF and not even mention the one that was completely inaccessable due to massive street construction
  24. Ya know, y'all are keeping my 13 year old protogee pretty spooked with all this tick talk! I can't get him to tromp through anything that doesn't resemble cement or tarmac. Maybe you should all come to Colorado. I haven't seen a tick in over five years. None showing up on the two geocaching terriers, either. (Maybe that $30 tick repellent really is working!) What the heck, we'll just geocache here in the "tick" months and...somewhere else when it snows. (Would somebody please write something nice about ticks so I can get the 13y.o. out caching again? Thanks.)
  25. I think what got me going on this thread was this closing statement by the bug's owner. That's the rubbing point for me. The bug owner also states that his uncle was "Trained to fight the Resistence". Hmmmm. The questions regarding what the bug owner may or may not know about the actions/level of complicity/etc. of his uncle is hard to know, but "got some medical training" may just be a spin to cover the bug owner's very through knowledge of what may be his uncle's participation in annilitating "enemies". Or not. I'd sure like to hear from him on this. (He sure has an audience waiting for him, huh?) Whether any of you respondants to this thread like/buy into/support "PC" or not, there's something way beyond that in what is represented by the figurine used, the listed locations to travel to, and the extremity of the actions of the reigning German regime. And, bottom line for me: If the survivors of victims are this offended, then respect needs to be given to their response. This isn't just one guy getting miffed. It's an entire region, or more, based on what the Austrian respondants are telling us. Yes, we can learn from history (if we choose to) but, even better than that, we can learn from the ones who live with the aftermath, or success (depending). There's no better source, as any vet I know will tell you. My respect goes to those who are feeling such offense. It's my way of trying to make sure I listen before I put my preconcieved notions out there. I sure would want someone to listen to me if I were in their shoes. It's a lot better to listen and politely disagree than to just slam the door and stay entrenched. IF that's PC, so be it. I consider basic human compassion and as much reparation I can afford. And, it's so much more meaningful than a fistful of money--or would be to me if I needed to make a choice. I'm with the poster who suggested the bug's goals be co-opted and redirected by those who might consider doing so. I, too, would pay to have the bug sent to me, and I would pay to replace the bug tags with the owner. I have a couple of uncles in Britan who have some feelings about what is represented by the figurine.
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