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Anne Bonney

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  1. I never have and never will consider the actions of any Nazi Party member as heroic. It's not that they fought for their beliefs--their beliefs were told to them, and the majority were forced to become members of the Nazi Party or die. There was no concern for others from the Nazis--it was all about saving their own, individual hides. OK, fair enough--we all have that instinct. HOWEVER--to actively work towards the extinction of others is massively offensive to me (I will speak for no others). Defense of your country is one thing--selecting a race/ type (or two or twelve) of people to exterminate is completely off the scale. Let's not forget the goals of the Nazis, and their embryonic neo- splinter groups that won't go away. (This is more in response to some posts in this thread that aren't about the bug and it theme, but of the history involved. I'll get to the bug issue.) I have a range in which I place offensive actions/things/people. Some are mild irritants and I can just put them aside and move on whilst shaking my head and wondering when someone or another will grow up. Slaughtering of humans, irregardless of a belief system (forced, religious or otherwise) is one that I feel cannot, nor should not be ignored. Therefore I speak up. Given that the discussion is about a TB that is perpetuating a glorification of an annhiliation of peoples, would I be the cache owner, I'd email the bug owner, get a mailing address and mail it back explaining how offensive it is to those living in the area the bug was traveling to. I can think of several ways the bug could be "remade" and sent along to meet the goals of the owner that would not be as tumutuous as what this one seems to be doing. As it is I have a series of 3 TB's that have a piratical theme. I can see where some may find pirates to be offensive. I would hope that: A) Anyone who did would just not move the bug along; SECOND: Would email me with their concerns; C) Would not destroy the bug since I don't know what I did in creating the bug with that them that was offensive to them; LAST: Let me consider their concerns and decide if I want to change the theme/goals or not, or restart it in another location that may be more accepting of the bug, theme, goals. I think we all fear getting flamed or of having someone going off on us if we contact them directly anymore. And we are bombarded daily with: Don't confront people--call the police. It is a scary time. But, I'd rather get an email of well-stated concern to alert me to my oversight or insensitivity than lose my bug and never know why. Word of the day for me: Civility
  2. As a former history teacher, ain't I lovin' this thread!!? Way to go Kiddo (and the rest of the crew.) You do all of us, and geocaching proud. Any plans for your next TB? If it gets to Colorado I'll make sure to move it along--if I can get it before the rest of the locals snag it Congratulations on your awards and recognition--it is well deserved! Anne Bonney--famous female pirate
  3. My kids are my two terriers, Lego and Maxx. But, to broaden horizons, I have taken on a protoge in the form of a 13 year old, home schooled male who is the son of a friend of mine. While my friend frenetically tries to complete her Bachelors' degree, I get her son away from the computer, Gameboy, XBox, et. al., and have gotten him pretty hooked on caching. He's proficient with the GPSr, is getting better about logging his finds, and has as many toys to trade as toys that he takes. It's all good. He's getting smarter about finding caches and better at reading maps, but once the cache is found he does tend to focus on the toy more than picking up trash or something productive. That will change, I can assure you. We brought his mom along with us last week and we've both decided that she can't come anymore. Too much of a mom, ya know? She has told me that he'll be getting his own GPSr in the next few months so I can cut him loose. I don't think I will. He has developed his own geotokens and, being a shy kid, he's opening up much more. He has too much fear of critters, ticks and spiders, for my tastes, though. Maybe I'll subject him to virtuals in and around the city and no more of this bushwhacking for better swag! I'm glad to have him around with me. It'll give him something to show his friends and he be top dog at something; which, as we all know, is crucial at his age. I guess I'll keep going and picking him up. I guess. He does laugh at my jokes more often than not....Yea. He can keep caching.
  4. The avitar to the left is me! Lego! I go geocaching often with my mom. She calls herself Anne Bonney and fancies herself a pirate. She's been leaving me at home now that my brother Maxx has to reduce his activity due to seizures and congestive heart failure. (Aren't my goggles COOL?) (Reverse googles!! HA!) Gotta go, Mom just got back.... Lego, the geocaching terrier from Northern Colorado
  5. I'm--plain and simple--a gadget gal. I got a Leatherman Juice at the same time I got a locking blade knife and my Garmin Vista. I was also the only girl in high school to wear a Texas Instrument calculator on my belt for chemistry.(I'm dating myself, huh?) I was shamed into never doing anything like that again--until cellphones, PDA's, pagers, etc. became de rigour in the '90's. Whew! Did I feel better!! Why just two weeks ago I had to pull a big chunk of barbed wire out of my tire (sorry--the rhyme can't be helped) while geocaching. True the Juice did nothing to help me with the tire change, but pulling the barb out of the tire kept my 13 year old protoge busy while I wrestled the tires on and off. So, double duty for a Leatherman (are you reading this "Leatherman"?): keeping an easily bored child busy with cause and effect AND providing me a way to stop the hissing of air from my tire. Heck, I've even been able to pull a cactus hair (what would grow up to be a cactus spine, but is still in a developmental stage, and therefore harder to get out) with the pliers on the Juice! Of course, I could've resorted to using my Swiss Army Knife for that, too, but I felt so much more...(dare I say it?) BUTCH...using pliers instead. See? Gadgets just rock!
  6. Yea, yea. Garmin 60cs. But me? I had to get my GPSr two years ago and am stuck with a Garmin Etrex Vista that suits me just fine, thank you very much! It does more things than I can do and some day I'll figure it ALL out. For now, it's pretty much all I need. I'll borrow my friend's 60cs next time I'm in Tucson since I'm the one who talked her into buying it I would have to be put in the anti-Magellen group, too. I did a lot of research before getting the Vista and I didn't find one reputable reference on Magellens. Any of 'em. Must be past their prime--which means: Watch out! They'll be out with a kickass one soon. (I love dream states, don't you?) Good luck with your poll.
  7. Still testing on the tail end of the bell curve
  8. Testing outside the normal range
  9. This was a couple of weeks ago, but I found a section of spine from some critter. Didn't look to be domestic. There was about 7 or 8 vertebrae still aligned, some dried "meat" on 'em. Couldn't've been too fresh, my terriers paid it no mind. Of course, I brought it home and added it to my collection that I got in my pre-caching days--deer parts mostly. If I find enough different parts maybe I'll create a whole new animal--geocachius mutitudinous et obscura
  10. With my Travel Bugs, I print out the TB info sheet, reduce it down and laminate it and my bugs have actually been left at caches due to the cachers realizing they won't be helping the bug along if they take it. I have specific goals for my bugs and sending them 3000 miles out of the way would really irk me. I shake my head when I see that others do that with TB's--then I realize that they may not know the goals for the bug. I've also grabbed bugs and have no idea what they're goal is until I get it home and look it up on the website. A couple of times I've taken a bug out of its way and I don't like doing that. The extra info really helps, and is seemingly helping my bugs get closer to meeting their goals faster. And lamination is a very good thing. Please consider using it--it's not that expensive, esp. considering how long it lasts.
  11. Don't I wish everybody logs! My two pooches won't touch a writing utensil. (They much prefer to leave a doggie geocache along the trail.) They hate getting their paws covered in ink, too, so it's always just me.
  12. LOL! I can see where that would work. I was dressed in professional clothes a couple of times (Not THAT profession!), but I was also pressed for time. I also condsidered taking out the digital camera and just go in shooting. A call to the local police crossed my mind more than once--but then I realized that maybe I was getting a bit too zealous about logging this one. I'm going that way later today--and I'm taking my hard hat and tool belt! Thanks for the wardrobe suggestion--let's hope we don't have a malfunction
  13. If they weren't so expensive, this would be a good one: Staedledter makes a mechanical pencil in various lead sizes and each full-length pencil has a pencil sharpener in the metal eraser cover. It can get messy, but it's a rockin' sharpener. And tiny, too.
  14. I like the idea. Given how much time one has to wait for a flight these days it would be great to have something to do besides eat, spend money on tacky trinkets or read for so long that the snoring and drooling starts. HOWEVER--I think the risk of a cache being misunderstood/-interpreted is huge, and why risk that much stress to anyone? I think the best idea is a virtual or a multistage virtual. That way we can cache, the muggles can rest easy and none of us have to wipe the drool from our shoulders. Maybe a new version of a cache could be developed?
  15. I got a simular e-mail informing me why they were claiming my cache that they never found. I was the one who posted this one and I explained to n0wae the reason why. I also told him that I would try again to get to the cache to sign the log, since that's part of the sport. I am not going to expose a cache (I know exactly where it is) nor am I going to wait out an entire afternoon while the men cruising each other are exposing themselves, either. I made 3 honest attempts. I'm confident I've found it--I just can't get to the log! I will post a note/email n0wae when I do. It's on my list of things to do. I guess this is a good example of laying claim with clear intent to finish it when possible. I've passed by the location a half dozen times since and the cruising activity is still rampant. I'll be in the area a lot more in the coming months, and it's in my plans to get back to this one. I just wish it was winter so I wouldn't have to make so many trips--it is 30 miles away from home. I'm not one of those "other" claim jumpers that the rest of the thread is about. That just ain't the way I play the game. I hope this hasn't tarnished my burgeoning image with y'all. I'm a good egg and an honest cacher.
  16. Solar yellow will go really well with my Chili Pepper Red (CPR) Jeep Wrangler! Count me in!
  17. I know my Garmin Vista went whacko when we were in UT at the end of March. We were caching along the perimeter of a nuclear waste site (and I thought they were all in NV!). The compass needle was going every which way and we just had to go on basic instinct to find the cache. It was verrrrry strange. We had to get a mile or so away from the waste site before the compass went back to normal. We checked ourselves for a glow level after the sun went down... Anne Bonney; Evans, CO P.S.: Maybe the missing satellite reception was due to reassignment of the satellites to help search for WMD's?? Yea, vortexes in Sedona IS more reasonable, isn't it?
  18. I'm a Jeeper with no trunk, as well. The back seat is reserved for the 2 dogs and at least one section behind a front seat is for all of their "necessities". Sacred space and all. Behind the back seat is stuff to save my life should I ever find myself having led myself (and the two dogs and others) into danger. Since I got a big duffel bag for these tidbits it's a lot roomier back there. Here's the list: small shovel, tow rope, assorted tools, long metal hollow pipe (to loosen overtightened lugnuts), air compressor/emergency light/radio thingie, blankets, towels, gloves, green gunk for tire fixes (I have tire issues....), insulated bag for emergency picnic supplies and--what ALL of you have missed: a kite. There's jackets and sweats jammed under the backseat and my platypus hydration pack has it's own long list of must haves, too. Why, if I hadn't had my Platypus yesterday, I'd still be stuck somewhere between a cache and home. I managed to pick up a piece of barbed wire in a rear tire. To quote my protogee--"What are the chances that this piece of wire would roll just the right way to go into the tire like that (full length--that of a corkscrew--he measured it!)?" With a last name of Murphy I know I need no explination. We pulled the offending item out with my Leather(wo)man and used most of the tire fixin' items from the duffel. Yes! I was proud of myself and my foresight! No, I'm not pleased that I have to go fight with Sears now over their crappy-a** road hazard policy. (Yes, this has happened before!) I got a cache that's eluded me for 9+ months, though! It's all good. "Anne Bonney"; Evans, CO
  19. While I try to get away with not carrying much, caching with my dogs is like hauling two toddlers around! My essentials are: Platypus hydration pack (which always has in it): leather(wo)man flashlight trading items Travel Bugs map(s) gps batteries writing utensils spy camera water extra layer of clothing footbag sunglasses cell phone geocaching hat sunscreen bug repellent snacks The dogs' pack is much more well-rounded and food-oriented. The Jeep has it's own stash, too. I guess I don't ever travel lightly. I guess that's why I'm here at home and not stuck on some muddy mountain road or anything.... Anne Bonney; Evans, CO
  20. I take my two pooches with me most times. They've actually learned what I'm saying when I say, "Let's go geocaching!" Now I have to speak in first-letters-only-speak so they don't get themselves whipped into a frenzy before I pack the leashes, water bowl, "cookies", towels, back seat bed, harnesses, pooch seat belts (for the days the top is down on the Jeep ), dog cover (for the days the top is down on the Jeep II ), caching trinkets, TB's, maps, GPSr, sunglasses, DEET-laden lifesaving spray (I'm at death central for West Nile--Weld County, Colorado)--ah heck y'all know the list. Somewhere around the leashes and water bowl part of the sequence they've figured it out, so, I'm packing amid howls and hoots and hollars. They (Maxx, a 13 year old Schnoodle and Lego the 4 year old Pound Puppy) actually get pissed at me if I don't take them and they sniff it out. Y'all take the kids, I'll take m'dogs and maybe we'll share a cache or two! Here's to all of us--Anne Bonney, Evans (mosquito death central), CO
  21. I must comment on how caches out in the wilds of wilderness don't/won't/can't get muggled like the wild city ones can. While vacationing throught NM, AZ and UT a few weeks ago I went after a 2/3.5 cache that was in between cities, up on a good sized hill, of which the last 250 feet dadgum near killed me. And, once I got to it, the cache was chained to a tree! It had been muggled a month or so before (Monumental Ed. There isn't anything around for over 10 miles. The hill is definately not one that day-trippers go to to picnic at on theri way to Sedona or Camp Verde. It's off the interstate, requires a 0.7mile walk in, and free ranging cattle that must've weighed about a ton each. It was definately the most work I'd ever done for a cache, and I was greatly disappointed once I opened the ammo can. But, this is the nature of caching. Sure, many of us have our lazy parts...let me rephrase: many of us have our times of being lazy, many of us try to cache as cache can in our rushed and overloaded days. When I have the time, I will definately go after the out-of-town ones and the ones in the mountains. But, I don't have that luxury often. But, I have found some of the neatest places for solitude, fishing, wandering and all sorts of diversions from chasing caches that aren't so far out of town, or are even in a town. I grew up in AZ and some of the caches I picked were minimum effort ones, but I saw views of AZ that I'd never seen before. There's something to be said for some of the easy ones, I think. The trip was going to be a nice one for me for many reasons, but the caching is what made it memorable. So, forgive us who are lazy some days, and look behind you on some of the more difficult ones, 'cause ya never know, us lazy butts can get moving when we have to! Thanks for the chance to offer my bit. "Anne Bonney", Evans, CO ============+++++++============ "Struggle is good!" Ms Murphy, 7th grade teacher
  22. I'm not one much for forums, but I'll always answer the call of being female in a setting that men seem to think is theirs. I had heard of/read about geocaching from several different sources over the last couple of years, but never had another reason to invest in a GPSr, so I didn't. Until...my Jeep got broken into and I just felt that I should've had one in the Jeep, so the insurance company bought me one. Imagine. To fend off the boredom of unemployment, I ventured off in search of treasure after finding the website. Living in a world of my own creation (that of being a pirate in a former life) I also felt the need to modernize and recreate myself in an image of my own making--it's from all of that, and a good chunk of reading and teaching history--that I brought Anne Bonney back from the obscure depths of history. I AM Anne Bonney--though I think Grace O'Malley is a better grrrl pirate, but that's for another geocaching femaleto take on. I'm completely hooked and have 4 or 5 protogees who are interested; and a very tolerant S.O. Our two geocaching pooches usually join me and Maxx-the-Schnoodle has found some that I have overlooked, bless his fuzzy little nose. Except for the dogs, who adore Jeep rides, I usually go it alone, which is fine with me, I don't tolerate slackers very well, so's y'all can just stay in the Jeep, drink some water and wait 'til I get back Hair color is important? You redheads just think you're sooooo special, don't you? I think it has more to do with eye color, personally. How many others women cachers are blue-eyed? OK, then, let's hear it for the domination of blue-eyed, female, geocachers! (We could have teams: The Hairballs vs. The Other Recessive Gene Team!) But, seriously, gals, we rock, we know it, and I'm dadgum glad to know y'all are out there tromping around. If yer ever heading to CO send me an email, if I can swing it I'll show ya some quick caches. Cache on! "Anne Bonney"
  23. While vacationing in NM, AZ and UT a couple of weeks ago, I was most successful in finding all the caches I felt my partner and dogs could/would tolerate from me on a daily basis. Then, we get to Utah and my lawyer/friend says she wants to find out all about geocaching. This is my second cache-virgin in one week! So, off we trek. My lawyer/friend had recently had gall bladder surgery and was still on prescription narcotics to help stem the pain, so while she won't do the final bit of caching (trekking up hills and such to actually see what a cache looks like), she still wants to cache. We decide to go find Nizhoni cache on Blue Mtn., not far from where my lawyer/friend lives. It had rained and snowed for the past two days, but heck, we're Jeep-ers so we don't bother with small fry stuff like wet, muddy clay roads, and off we go. Well, the wet, muddy clay road got worse as we rose in elevation, so I decide to turn around and did turn around once we had also determined that we were getting further from the cache rather than closer. Long story short: I didn't take a good line on a banked curve and my narcotic-laden lawyer/friend tried to save us by taking over the driving, only to get us truly on the edge of the road. Her retort as we're shoving rocks under the tires and trying to keep her on the road: "Oh, that pine tree down there will stop our fall--we won't roll ALL THE WAY down the mountain!" Lesson learned: don't listen to your lawyer or your friends when they're on narcotics--legal or otherwise. Resolution to story (which allowed me to be home in CO typing this): Lawyer/friend had client who owed money, but also has big truck and winch and was more than willing to clear his bill. We gave him a $150 bonus for his punctuality, since it was close to dusk and snow was threatening once again. Our shoes are still soaking in hopes of saving them following this escapade. Thankfully no one suffered anything more than a bruised ego. Can you say: "Thank you At&T Wireless and The Hell with Roaming Charges, as long as the battery lasts me one more call?" I can, did and still do!
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