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  1. I know you are all out there having tons of fun, and you probably don't or won't care that those of us too far away and couldn't make it are curious... but we are!

     

    Post (fractal?) and let us know how things are going/progressing/panning out... keep us up-to-date.

     

    Enjoy yourselves! Hope the weather is nice for you!

     

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

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    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  2. Boy, how stupid of me. Funny how people get into habits... I only check the Northwest and General forums... occasionally the Ham Radio or Unusual. I just don't have time to read them all. If I did, I'd never have time to Geocache.

     

    Thanks!

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

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    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  3. Well, I'll be brief, and I still don't know if it will help:

     

    We have a fool-proof way to keep mosquitos out of the yard between rains. Mix equal parts lemon juice, lemon-scented ammonia and lemon-scented dishwashing liquid (like Dawn); place mixture in the type of lawn sprayer that attaches to a common garden hose and spray the all of the lawn, trees and bushes in your yard or area. It doesn't have to be doused, but get some on all shrubbery, etc. Repeat after each rain.

     

    If someone could find a way to make this usable for humans, let me know. I can't imagine dousing myself in ammonia...

     

    Also, light-colored clothing attracts mosquitos like a summer porch light attracts moths. The darker the clothing the harder to find on the bugs' radar. Any perfumes, hair sprays, etc. are mosquito, bee and hornet magnets. In the summers I use a half-cup of lemon-scented ammonia in each load of laundry. Not only does it make my laundry cleaner (and my whites whiter!) but it seems to counter the perfumy effects of most laundry soaps, limiting the attraction quotient for annoying flying/biting critters.

     

    Just my own personal experiences...

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

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    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  4. Yep, I like the subliminal message too... seems I've seen it somewhere before...

     

    Peacock family? Just glad I ain't, like, related to 'em or sumpthin'!

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  5. Yep, I like the subliminal message too... seems I've seen it somewhere before...

     

    Peacock family? Just glad I ain't, like, related to 'em or sumpthin'!

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  6. They say its 30 feet now, but out in the "open" I have been 5' form a cache and the gps tells me I am 5'. It's all up to certain variables.

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  7. In the past few weeks I have noticed that the number of caches in my little neck 'o the woods goes up one day and down the next.

     

    I suppose that this isn't so strange. I don't have every cache on my watch list so I can't say which ones are disappearing (not being temp archived, anyway).

     

    It does seem weird to me. Any ideas?

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  8. It is really difficult for me to understand how a sixteen year old could have any idea what "the kids and XYL" issues are...

     

    Or a "learning disabled" daddy's boy with no life, for that matter.

     

    DOD stands for Daddy's Only Dreg, right?

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  9. Rad Dad - These days becoming a ham is much simpler in that there are so many more readily available resources to aid in learning what you need to know. Online, you can take a simulated test and there are plenty of free programs to teach both the theory and code.

     

    Now there are only three classes: Tech, General and Extra. To become a Technician class, all you need is to get 80% correct on a written theory exam. Most of it is common sense stuff. To upgrade to General you need to pass a tougher written theory test and be able to correctly copy 5 words per minute code test. The upgrade written exam for Extra is TOUGH. Lots of electronics theory, etc.

     

    A word of warning: Sometime in June the ARRL is going to change the tests for the General class. I believe for both written and code. And six months from then the Extra will be changed, and again six months after that the Tech test will change. They will all be a bit tougher or have more restrictions. I'm not 100% sure of this, but I have been getting warnings (every day!) that I'd better hurry up and study my code. I've already passed the General written, but I'll have to take it again because it was over a year ago.

     

    Fuzzy - You can't grandfather into the General upgrade. You will have to take the General written if you've already passed the 5-wpm code test for Tech-Plus. It isn't that tough if I can pass it!

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  10. #1: It amazes me the number of humans that purchase, eat and play with the plastic that passes for AMERICAN processed cheese. Sure it's cheap, sure it will fill you up, sure it is the core ingredient (of those that can be easily pronounced) in CHEEZ WHIZ (another cool AMERICAN invention)... but really? EAT the stuff? Come on! Everytime I let my dog eat what passes for processed or "guh-mint" cheese, nothing passes. Think about it.

     

    #2: I am also amazed (from a web design perspective) at the work and skill that went into designing and producing that website. Is a dangerous spoof of a hobby so widespread that someone put THAT MUCH effort into publicizing it?

    I guess so.

     

    #3: I think that the "don't try this at home" disclaimer was pretty weak and rather irresponsible... yeah, maybe it is what passes (there is that word again relating to cheese!) for dry, Brit humor, but come on! Wear your Big Mike hockey mask for this sport, kidz!

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  11. quote:
    Originally posted by CaveDiver:

    but she must have a waterproof GPS to carry it where I think she carries it (think about it, you'll figure it out - it has to do with being in a perpetually bad mood!).


     

    Darn it! I don't get it! I've tried imagining what you're infering (sp?) in every way from mild to downright rude and crude and still can't visualize why her GPS would need to be waterproof...

     

    Will someone educate me through email so as not to incriminate themselves? Please?

  12. I've been driving off-road vehicles of one type or another since 1976. I love quads, would dearly love to own a sand-rail or a dune buggy (so would Steak) and Steak desperately wants a Jeep or another Baja.

     

    I own a nice newer long wheelbase truck, and have never hesitated to take it out in the boonies to get scratched up, have the tires bruised by some radical rocks/stones, or head out on trails that, in some of the hairier spots have left me requiring the use of a spatula to get my a$$ out of the seat (can you say pucker factor?). It also comfortably carries my two cache-rats (kids) and rides sweet on the highway for those long cache excursions.

     

    BUT it would be hard to tell you what you should get. Do you like caching in all seasons, all weather (need something enclosed, preferably with a heater)?

     

    Do you want something that WILL go ANYWHERE (ATV's have limitations on terrain - just try to get one through two feet of snowpack, something my Ford will do)?

     

    Do you want something that CAN go ANYWHERE (adding a trailer to your equasion (sp?) can completely change your financial requirements and if you need to traverse city/state/county roads you'll need a permit for ATV's, buggies, etc.)?

     

    I think that a high(er) ground clearance Jeep or 'Zuki Suicide might be better all around. Cheap upkeep (for older models), you don't need to be a rocket scientist to fix stuff yourself on most of them, parts are cheap and readily accessible and they can be modified to do anything and go anywhere. They haul your gear, your grub and your GPS. Sounds like the ticket to me...

     

    But I could be wrong... Hell, you can tell I haven't put much thought into it. icon_rolleyes.gif

     

    As my brother always says: "Not bad for a girl!"

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  13. I've been driving off-road vehicles of one type or another since 1976. I love quads, would dearly love to own a sand-rail or a dune buggy (so would Steak) and Steak desperately wants a Jeep or another Baja.

     

    I own a nice newer long wheelbase truck, and have never hesitated to take it out in the boonies to get scratched up, have the tires bruised by some radical rocks/stones, or head out on trails that, in some of the hairier spots have left me requiring the use of a spatula to get my a$$ out of the seat (can you say pucker factor?). It also comfortably carries my two cache-rats (kids) and rides sweet on the highway for those long cache excursions.

     

    BUT it would be hard to tell you what you should get. Do you like caching in all seasons, all weather (need something enclosed, preferably with a heater)?

     

    Do you want something that WILL go ANYWHERE (ATV's have limitations on terrain - just try to get one through two feet of snowpack, something my Ford will do)?

     

    Do you want something that CAN go ANYWHERE (adding a trailer to your equasion (sp?) can completely change your financial requirements and if you need to traverse city/state/county roads you'll need a permit for ATV's, buggies, etc.)?

     

    I think that a high(er) ground clearance Jeep or 'Zuki Suicide might be better all around. Cheap upkeep (for older models), you don't need to be a rocket scientist to fix stuff yourself on most of them, parts are cheap and readily accessible and they can be modified to do anything and go anywhere. They haul your gear, your grub and your GPS. Sounds like the ticket to me...

     

    But I could be wrong... Hell, you can tell I haven't put much thought into it. icon_rolleyes.gif

     

    As my brother always says: "Not bad for a girl!"

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  14. You know, I'm not sure if I'm jealous or curious as to how the CCCA logs so many caches.

     

    It is obvious by their logs that there is two or more adults out all caching separately in a day and that would be the only way two responsible adults with nothing better to do and two small kids COULD log that many caches in such a short period of time....

     

    It also seems obvious from their logs that they are doing it (Geocaching) for the score, not the enjoyment of the destination.

     

    But it is very foolish of ALL of us (me included) to speculate and be critical of their means and methods when we weren't there and don't know the facts or what motivates them. It is RUDE to talk about others in a forum like this just as it is RUDE to talk about others behind their backs. This thread is really no different than that.

     

    Now James on the other hand, is prime R.H. material, as there is no way to post behind his back because he hardly ever goes Geocaching (can't get his Daddy to drive him and he's probably too lazy to WALK - excuses) and instead sits around the house sucking on other people's bandwidth and making rude comments and statements with no basis in fact... of course, I could be doing that exact same thing right here, right now...

     

    So Jeremy? Why don't you please lock-up this thread? No need for it to be self-perpetuating. Either that, or someone (the REAL bug - definitely a family member ::SPECULATION!:icon_smile.gif could invite the CCCA to respond to everyone's accusations. Oh, hey... you know? I bet they don't have time. THEY are out Geocaching! Like the rest of us should be doing this time of year.

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  15. quote:
    Originally posted by kd7mxi:

    MATH AND READING

    i don't know math because it gives me a headache.

     

    i can read at the college level but hate to study and read long sentences and articles.


     

    James:

    You have just informed the world that you are farking lazy, not learning-disabled. I hate doing my taxes and my kids give me headaches, so does traffic and people who CHOOSE to be illiterate so that they can collect that Stoopid check from Social Security.

     

    I'm sorry, but if you are smart enough to pass your ham license, you should be able to hold down a job. The nimrod at the welfare office you've got convinced you're retarded must be more ill-bred than yourself.

     

    And for crying out loud! YOU are not a Cachu-Nut... please stop posting their HUGE pic when all you type is one (incomplete) sentence! It is rude AND unnecessary...

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  16. Just like in the Central Valley of California, bugs in agricultural areas have a higher concentration of $%|^ in them... the more of that, the higher the stick ratio... therefor, one requires a high-powered $%|^ scraper to get them off of one's windscreen...

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  17. Just like in the Central Valley of California, bugs in agricultural areas have a higher concentration of $%|^ in them... the more of that, the higher the stick ratio... therefor, one requires a high-powered $%|^ scraper to get them off of one's windscreen...

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  18. In relation to both this thread and the one by Jeremy concerning the ability to auto-archive caches, I looked at all of the caches within 100 miles of my zip. I checked for attendance. Only some of the toughest or most out-of-the-way caches hadn't been visited in the past two months.

     

    I'd say that that is pretty good for this area.

    Now, in Klamath/Butte Falls, if a cache goes one day without being found you can bet that some nuclear disaster has struck or some type of mass plague...

  19. What I want to know is: who is buying the lobster?

     

    Obviously the poachers couldn't sell it to a broker, but instead must rely on a middle man or word of mouth to sell small quantities of the shellfish at a time.

     

    And offloading it from the boats to the dock would attract some attention. These guys need to police themselves. Steak worked for many years as a commercial fisherman on crab boats and bottom fishing vessels. Guys who didn't do real well during the peak part of the season might try to bring in more than their quota and sell to restaurants or private parties for more than market value.

     

    Chances are the poachers are commercial lobster fishermen who are trying to make an extra buck on the side.

     

    If the fisheries people are really worried about it, they need to put a tighter squeeze on the market and the people who are BUYING the illegal crustaceans.

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  20. I doubt that this is a *REAL* geocacher who did this, but instead someone who might read the site and go look for "excitement". They might even read the forums to get a chuckle from your distress. A$$holes are like that.

     

    After reading some of the other logs prior to this incident, though, it seems like this spot is pretty popular with an unpopular crowd. Whenever you find an area where there are a lot of empty beer cans and people just "hang out", you can bet that the cache will be found and looted or, as in this case, worse.

     

    Retreive the container (or not) and place another cache in a less trafficked area. I'm sorry that this happened to your first cache placed. It has to kind of sour you a bit. Take heart in knowing that it is those of us who seek and enjoy your caches that really matter.

     

    "Powerful the Darkside is, yes." - Yoda

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

  21. I doubt that this is a *REAL* geocacher who did this, but instead someone who might read the site and go look for "excitement". They might even read the forums to get a chuckle from your distress. A$$holes are like that.

     

    After reading some of the other logs prior to this incident, though, it seems like this spot is pretty popular with an unpopular crowd. Whenever you find an area where there are a lot of empty beer cans and people just "hang out", you can bet that the cache will be found and looted or, as in this case, worse.

     

    Retreive the container (or not) and place another cache in a less trafficked area. I'm sorry that this happened to your first cache placed. It has to kind of sour you a bit. Take heart in knowing that it is those of us who seek and enjoy your caches that really matter.

     

    "Powerful the Darkside is, yes." - Yoda

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

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  22. Thanks, CJ. That really brought a lot home to me.

     

    I/we tend to be cache-hogs, over-zealous about new hidden caches and enjoy being first, but I'm not too worried about our found numbers (we're hovering right around 70).

     

    Like you, I have neat memories about almost every cache. My favorites all have something to do with my kids or good friends, though.

     

    Like the first time Muffin Man (8) and I went alone to find a cache, and on the way there it began to pour down rain. We finished it anyway, in the rain, in the dark and we went out and celebrated together afterward with a hot fudge sundae;

     

    Or the time that Steak and I got an overnight sitter, kidnapped my best friend Dave and went out for just a few caches before dark, and ended up logging twelve caches and staying out until 6 a.m. because we were having too much fun and enjoying each others' company too much to quit;

     

    But the coolest of all was the trip we planned around visiting the Contact Cache in Hillsboro, Oregon. We didn't score big on caches up and down the Oregon coast, but meeting and spending time with Contact's creator, fractal, and actually visiting the cache site has been the highlight of all of my months of caching.

     

    I'd like to thank everyone who places caches for giving me something fun and family-oriented to obsess over!

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    Lori aka: RedwoodRed

    KF6VFI

    "I don't get lost, I investigate alternative destinations."

    GeoGadgets Team Website

    Comics, Video Games and Movie Fansite

     

    "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is." - Yoda, Jedi Master from Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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