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  1. Oh, bother. The cache isn't even in the now infamous vulture tree. The only "fix" to this is perhaps coords to the infamous tree, and the cache description reading something like "it is not a good idea to stick your head in the hollow of this tree as you progress to the cache. Beware of barfing vulture." Then again, should we warn against every hazard, like this hazard on one of my caches (cool photo, too!)? A good perusal of cache attributes (lol, perhaps Jeremy should add one for Vultures? That would look good with the serpents!) and on-line logs would avoid all this angst, too.
  2. My thoughts exactly. This bird could also be harmful to cachers, since their defense repetoir (besides being adept at pecking out eyeballs) is quite an aresenal, one tool is barfing on perceived predators. I've had this happen, unfortunately. I was flying along one day, and a vulture got caught up in the rotor system, and thrown through the greenhouse into my lap. Just in case the lacerations and bruises to my lap were not quite enough, the poor bird, in its last dying act, decided I fit the "predator" or "threat" discription well enough and vomited on me. Vulture vomit consisting of stomach acid and decomposed flesh is, well... being a country boy, I always assumed skunks were one of the worse critters that could give the gift of stink. I was wrong in that assumption, since a skunk has nothing over turkey vulture vomit. On top of the vulture vomit stench itself, the stench causes an involuntary vomit response, this in turn naturally adds to the smelly conundrum. It took us months to get that helicopter somewhat tolerable. Besides any danger to geocachers, while Turkey Vultures are quite prevalent, perhaps we should indeed endeavor to avoid future disturbances. Regardless of protected status, every critter deserves the respect of having some nesting room.
  3. Let's see. I'm getting neigh on 38. I would be shot if I mentioned my wife's age. Daughter 2, son .33 (4 months old). So when we all go out geocaching together, our "average" age is 19 years old. That's a pretty young average. Oh, and while Sawdust92 may be 46, if you average in the age he ACTS, then he's in his early 20s!
  4. Alas, the Queen of Peace, slayer of Ansgt. Listen to her wise words. Besides, debates are best saved for the courtroom.
  5. The OP stated a "burned" disk. Now, the OP's idea is bad based on that alone, as Carleen already pointed out in a non-angst and quite friendly sort of way. The argument is quite plausible. You assume all kids that make it to caches do so on their own, and this type of kids can get access to any music they want. This is not the case. Many kids get to caches along with their caching parents. Alas! You point out it is a parental duty to safeguard children from such material if we believe it is not appropriate for them. I agree.... However, given that there is no warning label on the disk preventing a good parent from knowing what is on the disk. I apologize, but I do not know every explicit lyric group out there. Also, given even Bluegrass has some weird names for groups, there's no knowing what type of music is on the disk. If the disk was burned, I'd throw it in just to make sure it wasn't a perfectly legal home-recording (wow, that would be a cool signature item!), and normally I'd do so without kids around... then again, sometimes 2 year olds can be, well, two year olds, and I can easily see some parents throwing in the disk in the car if their toddler screamed loud enough...
  6. Hmmm. I ran the original qoute through babelfish's non-angst translator. This is what it came up with: "Greetings, kind and gentle soul. My organic environmental sensors indicated that there is a very high probablility that you very well may have stopped by my earth-friendly sporting collection device. While out and about on unrelated business to our shared joy of our sport, it was decided upon by a 2/3 majority of those presently assembled to visit the earth-friendly sporting collection device. The intent of the spontaneous visit was to ensure the viability of this device in continuing to selflessly serve future visitors. It was noted that your signature was mysteriously nonexistant in the logbook. Since I understand that you are a completely honest geocacher with a kind and gentle heart, I fret over the mysterious universal conspiracy that endeavors to eliminate your writings from logs! I fear that the same conspirators could possibly have lead you to a doppleganger cache, so if you could be so kind as to provide me a description of the cache so that I can rest assured that you were not unduly mislead by these conspirators. If the very slight chance exists that your writing device jumped out of your pocket and rolled down a storm drain, I would be happy to meet you at the cache with a writing device and bravely ward off conspirators. Please have a nice day as defined by your upbringing and culture!" Wow. I then ran this non-angst translation through the bablefish redneck translator and received this result: "You said you logged this stinkin' cache. I'm always lookin' out fer fellers who say they found my caches but really ain't. You know the type I'm talkin' about, they be the ones who always say they went and caught a big fish, but didn't get nothin' but bait minnows, and those they done put on the hooks theirselves. Yeah, well, I think you are one of those folks, since you didn't put yer mark in the log. Hell, you coulda' even pissed on it, and Old Blue woulda sniffed that out. But you didn't, so I know you ain't been to the cache. If ya'll wanna nother chance at keepin your liar log, then you better tell me what you think the cache looks like, ya hear? If'n not, I'll scratch out yer lyin' scribblin'!" And if'n you lied, piss off. Hmm. To each their own.
  7. I think we may be pleasantly surprised by this number being higher than expected. I'd bet it is a pretty high number. 1/2 the cachers I know found out about the sport through word of mouth. To be more precise, they found out from word coming from my mouth.
  8. Uh-oh. Up until a few moments ago I was very reluctant, thinking something along the lines of "man, those reviewers are awesome, but how do they do it? I would never want to be a reviewer." However, as I ponder my love of geocaching, I cannot think of anything I would like to do more than be asked to be a reviewer.
  9. Sunset? SUNSET? Why can it not be SUNRISE? You people got a problem with MORNING CACHERS? I will not tolerate this discrimination against morning cachers! (you have been angsterized)
  10. In this case the cache owner is incredibly responsible and reliable. A DNF did the trick. That way, if he opted to disable the cache and then replace it, why bother the cache reviewer with a should archive? In the case of that cache, the cache owner did request archive, re-made the cache in a different location. I'd never request archival on a cache that has a responsible owner. Same for posting a reviewer note.
  11. The Burbank Travel Bug Lock Down is a combination lock cache that I stopped at and thought was particularly very well done.
  12. Some folks would say this is a "cache machine." A dapper and debonier one, at that.
  13. Hot dogs. I really like to find hot dogs in a cache. Especially if I bypass lunch to log another couple of caches (like on a work day). However, since the evil TPTB have stated in the guidelines (who reads those darn things? ) that food is a no-no... Anything unusual is a sure bet for popularity. Bird guide books, poisonous plant book, anything antique. I've noticed watches tend to get snagged up pretty quickly, regardless of their state operation.
  14. If I make an attempt to find a cache, and don't find it, I DNF. I personally see no shame in DNFs. It is part of my caching history. With 138 finds, I've got 14 DNFs. Two of those were on the same cache that was a multi and had bad coordinates for the final. That was very important info for the cache owner and fellow hunters. Five were DNFs for caches that had gone MIA. Very important information for the cache owner and fellow hunters. One was for a cache I'd previously found, and just wasn't there (stopped by to drop off a TB). Very important information for cache owner and fellow hunters. One was for a cache I'd previously found, but is a VERY devious cache. I just found humor in not finding a hard to find cache after I'd already found it. Nonetheless, very good information for fellow hunters on the devious nature of the cache. The remaining five were just bad hunting on my part, or lack of time to search at the cache site. If due to lack of time "hey, I only spent 5 minutes on this one since I was on a lunchtime caching adventure, and knew there were 3 others in the area I wanted to hit before I had to get back," or "only spent 5 minutes searching since the family was waiting in the cachemobile" or "got distracted since my toddler jumped into a stream" I state as much in the DNF logs. That way, the cache owner knows the hunt was not an all-out search, so no need to panic, yet other cachers get the info that the easy 1/1 involves more than a cursory 5 minute hunt. I've got a cache very near a virtual. The virtual gets more logs than my physical cache, and the cachers have found the "easy finds" in the area, but write NADA on my cache and another harder one nearby. I know darn well they've gone for the two harder ones, didn't find, didn't log. What a shame, since I'd like to know the traffic that my cache generates at the site of a museum, finds and no-finds alike. Also, last weekend, on my weekly cache-maintenance run, I found it out of the hiding spot (and making the clue irrelevant), and those that logged the find on the virtual and didn't find this cache, well, I could have put it to the top of the maintenance run priority list, getting back up as it was designed quicker. In my opinion, DNFs, if not just as important, can be more important than finds. Then again, that is my particular caching style, that I do not endeavor to force down others' throats. EDIT: Further note on the DNFs for my cache above. In my experience, DNF hunters tend to tear up the location of a cache more than quick finds. With respect to the environment the cache is placed in, DNFs are important in that I know to survey the damage or geotrails in the cache area (even if I know the cache is still there, due to follow on find logs).
  15. Unique? Yes. Brand new? Of course not. There's several in my immediate area. I won't post links, since if one does not pay attention to subtle hints in the title or description, the cache is somewhat of a surprise. To answer the OP's question: These are great hides! One of them was one of my favorites. Unfortunately, it is unarchived, but when it was active I would stop by the cache just to admire it. Yes, I know, very, very sick...
  16. Be careful. Homeland Security may come a'knockin' at your door now.
  17. You might be a geocacher if your two year old daughter wants to go "geocaching" EVERY DAY because in her little toddler brain she equates geocaching to: 1) Parks with playground equipment. 2) Parks involving really fun and adventurous hikes. 3) Crappy neighborhood parks that have no redeeming value save for the fact that she can run around and scream. 4) Parking lots of stores with lots of toys (and fun dollar items) such as Walmat, Target, etc... 5) Family Vacation. 6) Disneyland. 7) Going out to eat (we traditionally go to a restaurant to fuel up for caching). Sometimes a restaurant that happens to have a cache there, and we stop and eat... 8) Rides in Daddy's Jeep and listening to "Kidstuff" channel on Sirius radio. 9) Getting new toys or new jewelry. 10) A beach. The ocean. I didn't realize how bad it has been getting. On Saturday she kept hollering "geocache! GEO-CACHE!" I said "well, we better go geocaching, or she'll just get more adamant about it." As I was happily grabbing my GPSr, my wife stated "by that she means she wants to go to the park. Watch this: honey, you want to go to the park and go on slides?" 2 year old: "ok." Oops. So much for geocaching passes every time toddler states she wants to go...
  18. I have waged war on caches within 25 miles of my home coordinates. I do not like unfound caches within that radius. They are evil. I find them so they don't appear on my "Search for nearest caches from your home coordinates" mouse click or my pocket query results. Once I've cached out that 25 mile radius, I extend to 30, then 35. I've never gotten to the 35 cache-out point yet, though. Folks keep putting in more caches. They are worthly opponents in my quest to have my home turf clean of unfound caches. I continue to wage war, and my find count increases. Now, once the evil caches within 25 miles are all found, when I do a search and (filter out finds), then anything that pops up within 25 miles, and right there on the first listing page, are new caches in my area. Alas, premium members (a mere $30 a year), can also set up pocket queries that will list only new caches. Someone already mentioned this in a previous quote. I have that PQ built, and use it to find new caches that are farther away than 25-35 miles. I really don't care much about these, since I work way too much to compete with local FTF fanatics in my local area (I have two FTFs, both are within 6 miles of home coordinates, and I was out and about already), but have the PQ built just because I can since it is one of my "premium" features.
  19. Why buy when geocaching can get you to the right place to snag one, like this cache? You can do a search of caches with "bamboo," and perhaps contact someone locally to get you one. My dad acquired a new walking stick from the cache area. To be environmentally friendly, he snagged one that was already knocked over and dead. Plus, he didn't have to fret about drying it out. I may have to return to the cache to get one for myself. Come to think of it, I have a really nifty shed 6 point antler from a deer that I grabbed on a cache earlier in the day that I could make a nifty handle from. Hmm....
  20. I had a similar experience as Ramapo and Briansat. When electronic devices were allowed on a recent flight, I pulled out the GPSr and fired it up. A flight attendent asked what I was doing, I explained, all was just fine. Except for the fact that I couldn't get reception. Held it against the window in varying degrees of angles. I even moved on the plane to another window on the other side of the isle. Sure enough, one satellite at a time popping in and out was the GPSr could manage to get a signal on. I gave up and put it back away.
  21. An official "you are not welcome here" to an innocent, completely perfect, and very nice forum member. So typical of gc.com volunteer Moderators/Approvers/Tyrants. Oops! Methinks this post is perhaps angst-ish. In case anyone misconstrued my earlier post... The bit about evil volunteers picking on innocent forum users was complete sarcasm, and actually devoid of any angst... or devoid of intentional angst, at least. Some private messages to me suggest some may have been angsty about all of this. I have no complaints about any moderators/approvers, other than a keystone is approving caches in the Buckeye state, which is abhorable, but OOOPS, that is angstful and a good 1200 miles away from me to boot. I apologize for any confusion or angst, and am glad the post did not foster any other angstiety. I'm anstful over where the heck the "edit" button went, but I'll move over to another forum with this angst.
  22. You obviously didn't hire a good lawyer. Then again, is there a such thing as a "good" lawyer? As usual in a discussion such as this, how much are you willing to pay? Features you'd like to see? Did you like the unit your rat-bastard ex-husband took with him?
  23. An official "you are not welcome here" to an innocent, completely perfect, and very nice forum member. So typical of gc.com volunteer Moderators/Approvers/Tyrants. Oops! Methinks this post is perhaps angst-ish. Back on topic. In six months of caching, I've been active at times and not so active at others. One drop in caching activity directly coorelates to my wife giving birth to our son. A spike in activity directly coorelates to about when he came home, and there were diapers to change. Oh, yeah, and my activity tends to increase a bit on a day when my two year old daughter begins saying "geocaching?" as soon as she wakes up and through the day until someone takes her geocaching. This generally occurs on Saturdays. When I figure out how to chart out all these variables, I'll be sure to post it.
  24. Uh, yup, a GPSr is a critical piece of equipment in my line of work. My profile pretty much explains this obvious point.
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