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  1. Now let's see what your definition of "retribution" is?

     

    If you are aghast with an "OMG!" you must have some pretty severe thoughts of what retribution would be.

     

    If you can not see how this and other comments, either standing by themselves or in a group, are not encouraging retribution, no definition or amount of logic will help you.

     

    If for no other reason than you have already open yourself up to at least closer scrutiny if something unfortunate does happen, I would stop posting were I you.

     

    So my question goes unanswered. OK.

     

    Tell me this.

    Have you ever watched a criminal get apprehended? Did you do anything?

     

    I have seen it. I watched. I had no love for the criminal. I didn't even know, for sure, that a crime had been committed. But I watched.

     

    Once, I did get involved and for my trouble I was treated to a down-the-barrel look at a loaded hunting rifle about 10 feet or less from me. I, now, prefer to watch when there is no stake in it for me.

     

    Human beings are curious creatures. They are quick to fault others but rarely examine themselves. A person might become outraged and speak of how they would do something in a certain situation, the reality is that when placed in that situation they behave completely different.

     

    I am honest with myself and others. In that regard, if neighbor A steals from neighbor B I would sit back and watch if neighbor B punched neighbor A in the face. Would I encourage that confrontation? No. If the confrontation happened, would I watch? Certainly.

     

    I KNOW there are people reading this who feel the same way but I'm almost certain that they don't want to admit it, some won't admit it to themselves and others just don't want to admit it publicly.

     

    Humans are interesting sometimes.

    I never feel bad for what happens to criminals.Most get what they deserve either by the law or the person they wronged while commiting the crime.

    The only thing that sometimes bothers me is all the attention that the criminal gets.The people who feel sorry for the criminal if he is going to get executed or gets years behind bars.The victim and their family get pushed to the side and their feelings are seldom heard.The media is good at this type of thing.

    If my neighbor was being robbed and he was fighting back I can honestly say I would probably be fighting too.And if the robber got banged up in the process,thats just the price he pays for his actions.

    I once tried to break up a fight at a bar where a husband and wife had a few too many and were getting physical.I pulled the guy off his wife and guess what I got for my troubles?An ashtray off the back of my head.And who did it?The wife.Then they both were on ME...I learned quick to stay out of domestic fights and just call the cops.

  2. I know for a fact my daughters would love the book markers and bracelets.I think your ideas are great!There is something special about things that are hand made that makes them more desireable.I am going to give my daughters the same idea you have.Very creative.As far as water damage to the bookmarks just punch a larger hole in the bookmark before you laminate them,then punch a smaller hole through the same hole in the marker after you laminated them.The hole would be sealed. <_<

     

    Sorry swizzle..I posted this before I read yours...oops...Great minds think alike? :)

  3. Hey neighbor!I live in Lorain Co. too.In Vermilion to be exact.Welcome to Geocaching.I have only been in a couple of months but am hooked.Hope to see ya out there.

  4. Edited for gun content as I missed the moderators post..oops..

    Anyways,I hope your bad encounter doesnt ruin the game for you.I would sure try and know my location and the phone number of the local authorities where you plan to cache next time.I think that is good advise for all.Best wishes whatever you decide :wub:

  5. I personally don't think for one second that Mr Repak is bipolar, a sociopath, autisic, childish, or even shows negative behavior. I think he simply has a different value system than ours, and he holds onto it very strongly. Some of the "Leave No Trace" folks take their mission and beliefs to what most of us would consider extreme. I really believe that in his mind, he was doing good. Don't get me wrong... that doesn't mean that I agree with it. But I strongly believe that his motivation essentially CITO.

    I agree..not bipolar or other.Maybe a bit misguided..He might have thought he was doing no wrong or at least no harm.CITO? could be.I am vey curious to hear his thoughts,in his words.

  6. Theft is never ok, regardless of the dollar amount. The issue in my mind is that the ends do not justify the means in this case. If all they are going to charge him with is the theft of a $4 magnet, then what's the point?

    I think that you just answered your own question in your opening remark. What part of "Never" did you not really mean?

     

    This reminds me of something I was taught about raising children. Choose your battles. Sometimes my 14 year old does something "wrong" and I decide to do nothing. My not punishing him does not change the fact that what he did was wrong. According to your logic, my choosing not to punish him means that I condone what he did. Forgive me Sarah Palin, but that's a retarded position.

    According to my logic you are making the kid think you condone it or confusing the kid with mixed signals about what you believe regardless of your beliefs.

    So if the court just drops the case against Repak what is he going to think?

     

    If they drop the case, he'll thank his lucky stars.. Why would he possibly think that it means what he did was ok? Morality is not based on the law... The law is based on morality. I think you may have it a little backwards.

    Why would he think what he did was ok? Because he is obviously being childish.

    Put my answer aside and I'll counter you with a counter question.

    Why wouldn't he?

    After all it is only a couple bucks and it will just be a repeat if he gets caught again. If it just simply gets dropped.

     

    Now because he is an engineer we can make a statistical assumption that says he has a propensity to lean towards high functioning autism (lots of people live with it and nobody knows, or they get misdiagnosed). If an autistic doesn't have enough repercussion they don't learn the negative behavior is bad. (repercussion start out at simply talking and escalates from there in severity)

     

    Lets say he is simply a sociopath, dropping the case will only validate him.

     

    A bipolar my be so elated if the case got dropped that they would hit a manic phase and increase the negative behavior with a fervor they have never exhibited before.

     

    There is something off in the head of a maggot and because of it a lack of enough repercussion will only encourage them.

    I dont think him getting off easy would let him think for what ever reason that he should go out and repeat the actions that got him in this mess to begin with.

    As for "bipolar",you kinda have that wrong.Bipolar mania has more to do with mood than behavior.People who are bipolar have extreme mood swings,not behavior swings.And these swings have little to do with what is going on around them,its more random.Chemicals released for mood seem to happen at the wrong time.When these swings in mood happen they dont make you do bad things,they are just confusing.Kinda like feeling very depressed when you know nothing is wrong and you should be happy.Most bipolars function fine unless they are extreme.If he were an extreme bipolar he wouldnt be able to hold the type of job that he has.I think he just did something stupid,will get a small punishment,a good dose of embarassment and get on with his life and not try stealing caches again.

  7. Well, the transmitter is currently down (frequence stability sucks)

    but heres the link to my FM transmitter cache :-)

     

    http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f9-16d3a39c2704

     

    It's a small FM transmitter powered by USB port and Windows Media player plays a loop.

     

    Happy caching,

    Martin

    Thats why I strongly recommend PLL..no frequency drift..great stability..only downside is higher cost..My unit is a Ramsey FM25B from hobbytron.I have been using it almost nonstop for 6 years with no issues.You can build it yourself and save a few bucks!

    You can also very the output power to only covor the area you need.If I crank the power up on mine it is about 1/4 of a mile.

  8. I once hid the keys to my fire safe,you know,in a place so I would never forget where they are..Three months later I couldnt remember where I hid them.Four months after that I found them right where I hid them.I was thrilled to find them,but did feel the need to brag about it.I dont think anyone would have been impressed with finding my own keys right where I hid them. B) I should have used my GPS to hide them :unsure:

  9. For me, each cache that I find really is a milestone. I used to weigh almost 500 pounds, and every time I can run up a hill, or hike a trail, or just jog a couple of miles to find a cache, I am reminded of how far I've come. I'm working on the fizzy right now, and every cache over a 2 terrain is a huge accomplishment for me! I've lost enough weight to make up a whole big person... unbelievable to me B)

    Wow..Way to go! I am 375lbs.I know how hard it is.You also give me much needed inspiration.I want to be a normal weight man.Its really tough being who I am right now.Its easier to give up then to try sometimes.I dont like what I have become,but only I can change that.Every new adventure in this game gives me a little more hope that I can beat these problems,or at least accept them.Right now my goals are small,but they are big to me.This topic has been a real "feel good" read for me.Thank you all :unsure:

  10. Numbers milestones never meant much to me, although the golden ammo cans I got from my local Alabama Geocaching Association pals at 1k and again at 2500 and the Golden Nut I got from my California NUTS (Northern Unusual Treasure Seekers) friends were certainly memorable and appreciated.

     

    Two 'milestones' stand out... the cache that hooked me on this game, and a difficult 'target' I had set my sights on.

     

    The first was early in my geocaching life, a cache named Pig Iron, which is an old iron foundry site. The first thing that interested me was that it was a national memorial park right in the middle of where I grew up that I never knew was there. Then, for some reason, history hit me like a ton of bricks while I sat and looked at the ruins of this old foundry. The sign told me the basics and imagination and some reading online when I got home fleshed out the rest. Toward the end of The War of Northern Aggression a Mississippi foundry owner named McElwain, who was making cannon and other weaponry for our brave fighting men, got word that a Yankee mob known as Wilson's Raiders was headed his way, bent on destroying our infrastructure so that our gallant Southern men would have nothing left to fight with. McElwain had heard of, but never seen, an interesting valley over 150 miles east in Alabama which had water, sulpher, iron ore and coal (the makings of iron and steel) all in one place and close enough to the surface to be quickly mined - a rarity essential for foundry operations. He disassembled his foundry, packed it and the household belongings of fifty-something employee families, and moved them to the Alabama valley. On mule carts. Without roads. Or maps. I had driven to this site in fifteen minutes in an air-conditioned SUV, led to the exact spot by GPS. He had to cut his own roads through uncharted woods. Oh my, how times have changed! How easy my life and how trivial my troubles become when I think of what these men did. He set up his foundry and named it Irondale Foundry due to the abundant iron ore seams near the surface in this dale (valley). Iron dale.

    Irondale... That's the name of the town I live in. My kids went to McElwain School. I never thought to ask where those names had come from.

     

    So, my first geocaching milestone was a lesson. Pay attention to how things came to be, and appreciate what I have and how easy I have it.

     

    When I started geocaching I was a sick puppy. After twenty-four years of surgery featuring years of hospitalizations, forty-two bone grafts, an amputated leg and a broken neck I was in constant pain, incapacitated to the point of being useless, and badly addicted to the narcotic pain medication Fentanyl. Geocaching provided a path to recovery. It motivated me to quit the drugs and find caches as a way to recover both my mental and physical health.

     

    The second milestone became a cache called Higher Than A Hawk, which is at the peak of the second-highest point in Alabama. I could see that mountain top out of my window, but after years of being nailed to the couch there was no way I could see myself getting up there. So that became my goal. I would get that cache, and when I did I would know that I had recovered, that I could do whatever I wanted, that I had my life back. So I cached. At first I would do one park-and-grab and get home exhausted. Then I could get five. Then I could hike a half-mile. Then two miles. Each week I could do more and harder, and after six months of caching daily I climbed that mountain and signed that log. Then I sat on a nearby rock overlook and cried like a baby for the first time in my adult life. I had signed that log. Thank you, Jesus. I thought I was going to die on that hike, but I kept going. What takes 'normal' cachers an hour-and-a-half took me six hours, by which time the park was closed, my car locked in the parking lot, so I had to bushwhack down the back side of the mountain to a road and hitch-hike home. Now THAT was a milestone. That was the day I knew that I was back in control and would never be a weak victim again.

     

    Milestones. Yeah, for me they have nothing to do with numbers! :)

    I would say my first,because it represents a new begining for me.

    AlabamaRambler,you have no idea how much your post hit home for me.I have not gone through near the things you have but I can relate.Ten years of back trouble and pain to the point of having to take a buy-out from my employer of 16 years at the age of 39.Several surguries and on fentinyl patches and percocet for almost 3 years,and slowly slipping into a deep depression.I am now off the drugs and have a positive outlook on life,even with a spinal cord stimulator implant and my cane.I can almost walk around the block "1/4 mile".I discovered this game by accident last winter and knew I had to do it,get outside,clear the cobwebs and get myself happy and as healthy as I can.Finding my first cache let me think that I can do it,and after reading your story,I KNOW I can do it.My find count is low but to me it feels like a thousand.Thank you for your story,the inspiration,and letting me know that there are people who have went through much more than me and climbed back to the top.Happy Caching!!

  11. Seems to me she has blown this whole bad eating experience way out of proportion.Feeling kidnapped,held hostage,thinking of sueing and flashbacks?A little over the top for me.All of us have had a bad day at a restaurant a time or ten.Most just chaulk it up to experience.Maybe they were shorthanded,the chef was ill or something.She might be an overly picky customer.My wife waites tables at a local establishment two nights a week and has said some people just cant be pleased,others arent happy until they have sent their dish back once or twice.

    In this situation there seems to be a much bigger underlying issue than simply bad sevice and overcooked prime rib.Some counseling or other help may be needed.And I say this with all due respect to the original poster.In no way am I attempting to be condescending or otherwise.

     

    Perhaps posting to help make the case for the trauma that was suffered?

    Could be..Sometimes I think people just like to feel they are not alone in their anguish.Having others to agree,or side with them makes the anger feel more justified.I can sometimes understand that feeling,but anger can put thoughts out of perspective.I honestly hope she feels a little better after putting it into words.We all need to vent,but dont always know where to do it,or who will understand.

  12. Seems to me she has blown this whole bad eating experience way out of proportion.Feeling kidnapped,held hostage,thinking of sueing and flashbacks?A little over the top for me.All of us have had a bad day at a restaurant a time or ten.Most just chaulk it up to experience.Maybe they were shorthanded,the chef was ill or something.She might be an overly picky customer.My wife waites tables at a local establishment two nights a week and has said some people just cant be pleased,others arent happy until they have sent their dish back once or twice.

    In this situation there seems to be a much bigger underlying issue than simply bad sevice and overcooked prime rib.Some counseling or other help may be needed.And I say this with all due respect to the original poster.In no way am I attempting to be condescending or otherwise.

  13. First of all, THANKS EVERYBODY for the posts here and a few private messages that really steered me right. It's beginning to look like the best bet is going to be an unlicensed (but FCC legal) AM transmitter, the kind that they use for real estate, is going to best fit the bill. It's going to push the range but I believe it will work as long as I can slide it to a frequency not used by any nearby commercial AM station.

     

    Now I don't know if a car stereo will be sensitive enough to pick this up or if I'm going to have to throw a cheapo radio in a stage of the cache, but I believe that this is going to work. I'm so confident that I've already placed the final and put a bid on ebay on a transmitter. I hope my `Lincolnshire Poacher' works out well. :laughing:

    I think you will find car stereos plenty sensitive enough to pick up the signal,much better than a cheapo radio.Remember,thats how real estate agencies intended them to work.

    One quick word of advise.Buy a transmitter with a quartz lock or "PLL synthisized tuner",They stay on frquency much better than the ones that you just "tune"to the frequency.Small temp changes and other things even indoors will cause the "non-quartz"transmitter to drift off frequency.This can be a real pain if you give the frequency and people try to tune it in and the transmitter has drifted off frequency.Spend the extra few bucks for a quartz locked "PLL" transmitter.

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