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  1. Wow!! What a strange coincidence, huh?
  2. Thirty years ago, it would have been a small circle in Connecticut. 20 years ago, it would have been in Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. <cue scary music here> If you live in North America, it is coming. If you do rural caching (vs urban caching), it is coming for you. Austin The animation starts in 2002 and shows growth in lyme disease reports through the years. Our hobby's popularity has steadily grown since that time as well. Wonder if there is a correlation? Haha! Good question. Started on the wrong coast, though. Can you work that into your theory, somehow?
  3. Thirty years ago, it would have been a small circle in Connecticut. 20 years ago, it would have been in Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. <cue scary music here> If you live in North America, it is coming. If you do rural caching (vs urban caching), it is coming for you. Austin
  4. Thirty years ago, it would have been a small circle in Connecticut. 20 years ago, it would have been in Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. <cue scary music here> If you live in North America, it is coming. If you do rural caching (vs urban caching), it is coming for you. Austin
  5. Some people here have logical reasons for complaining. This isn't all just a bunch of random whining.
  6. I didn't realize the Stats pages used Flash. If that's true, I agree. There is a huge push going on right now to dump Flash everywhere.
  7. It's no different because you can't contact the geocacher or the muggle. Even if e-mail addresses are validated doesn't mean they're going to read their e-mail, anyway. The only difference is you have an ID for the geocacher, but I fail to see why that actually matters, since what's important is being unable to talk to them. I'm not arguing against validating e-mail. I don't understand why they don't validate e-mails since it makes so much sense for many reasons. I'm just arguing that unvalidated e-mails does not make much of a case for the message center. Geeze, do I have to spell it out for you? Of C.O.U.R.S.E. its no different... today. It S.H.O.U.L.D. be different. It U.S.E.D. to be different. There are at least a couple of dozen APIs online that can be used to validate an email address from within an app, not to mention that I'm sure Groundspeak devs are more than capable of doing it themselves. Before you enable the app, you prompt for an email address. You then send an email to that address containing a link to the validation address, telling them to click on that link. The validation site receives it and sets a flag in the database for that user. It ain't exactly rocket surgery. I sure would like to hear from the devs why it is so difficult.
  8. I don't understand. I don't expect to contact a cacher with an unvalidated e-mail, either. I don't see that the cacher having an identity makes much difference. Apparently you don't understand. I was responding to your statement: It IS different than a muggle stealing a cache. Or, at least, it should be. It used to be. We all had validated emails. You couldn't contact a muggle that had stolen your cache, of course. You can't expect to. But you could contact a newbie geocacher that ran off with your cache, not understanding the game. He wasn't a muggle... he was a player. And being a player, he had a valid email address. That is the difference that you say doesn't exist.
  9. Oh... they HAVE a vaccine for humans. Or, had. I've heard that it was pulled from the market due to lack of interest, and also that it was pulled due to reported side-effects. http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v20/n7/full/nm0714-698.html (4th paragraph) But apparently there is a new one on the horizon: http://www.medicaldaily.com/new-lyme-disease-vaccine-shows-promise-preventing-bacterial-sources-infection-312910 (this article also mentions the previous vaccine in its final paragraph)
  10. In my early caching days, I also felt as you do... not sure if I should join (also not sure I wanted somebody else to join me) but once I got to know a few other cachers, those feelings went away, and geocaching became more of a social thing than it started out to be for me. Join in, and welcome others to join you. You'll make more friends that way.
  11. Often, the people do get the early symptoms, but wait to see if they will go away... which they will. Before they come back with a vengence! And if you DO contract Lyme, the treatment involves being injected with chemicals. I was told by a DR. that the test for lymes is no good till about 2 to 3 weeks after infection. At my local clinic a DR. went to a tick symposium and just about kicked another DR. that saw me. I had come in with a golf ball sized welt from a tick. Type unknown due to I lost it after pulling it out. DR. said do nothing and it will get better. Two days after seeing that DR. The other one (DR. from symposium) heard about my visit and got out my file. This DR. was not even my DR. and went balistick on the DR that had seen me. Then That DR. put me on docyciclin. That DR. learned that it is better to give drugs and worry about test later due to how long you must wait till the test can be done. None of my tests ever showed positive. A side note both DRS. are female, one was superior to the other. After that episode now any time somebody comes in with a tick bite they get Doxy. There is also another tick disease to think about. Anaplasmosis: It has the same symptoms as Lymes and is spread by all ticks. I had my doctor test me this spring (I got a small tick attached to my chest early this spring, before I had treated my clothing). Because of his small size, I was unable to get the head out, and it infected. Anyway, the doctor actually had them run two tests... one to show early Lyme infection (from this bite) and one to show an old infection from past bites. So there may be some new technology since you dealt with that. (I was negative on both tests)
  12. For security reasons this is a bad idea but it may work. Also, there may be tracks that lead to the owners home and of course, the added bonus could be there are solved mysteries loaded on this unit That urban wisdom doesn't hold water. Why would "tracks to your home" or a waypoint called "home" make your house any more vulnerable to thieves? The common argument about that generally has to do with car navigation systems. Well, all a car (or GPS) thief needs to do, at least here in the U.S., is to open your glove box and take a look at the registration. It has your home address on it in plain sight. Anyway... I guess that's not what this thread is about. Just wanted to mention that.
  13. That's a big shrug. If they haven't validated their e-mail, why would you be the least concerned about deleting their log? I wouldn't just delete it, I'd delete it gleefully. The unvalidated e-mail doesn't seem that important to me for this case. It's no different than a muggle stealing the cache, since I can't contact a muggle, either. Except that you never have expected to be able to contact a muggle. You should, however, expect to be able to contact a fellow geocacher. That is the difference.
  14. And that may be some of why my thinking is the way it is. We don't hear of lyme disease as much down here. I might think differently if i lived in an area where it was more prevalent. It is true that i do think about most all chemicals when used around me. I'm glad we have them since many of them better our lives. But i do still weigh the pros and cons when it comes to using them. When talking about bugspray (no DEET) for instance,, what's worse, fighting off thousands of mosquitos with increased odds of contracting something bad, or using bugspray? Not my first choice but i'll certainly use the spray if the situation warrants it. For what its worth, I don't generally bother with mosquito repellent, even here in Minnesota. Mosquitoes are, for me, mostly an annoyance (yes, there is West Nile Fever and meningitis, but those are rare). But ticks are another story for me. I don't know how prevalent ticks are in your part of Texas, but Lyme is only one of a number of troubles they can bring into your life. Rocky Mountain Fever is one of several. I very rarely use any repellant at all but i will use a non deet spray, mostly on the outside of my clothing, when the skeeters are swarming. Not because i'm skeered of contracting anything but because they bug me like crazy. Can't think of too many things more annoying than trying to sign a logbook while swatting at thousands of mosquitos intent on making me welt up and itch. You do realize that a "non deet spray" is still putting chemicals on your body, don't you?
  15. Nope. If I keep the free App open, MC notifications happen regardless of paid or other Apps. This is how it's likely gonna be for a while. So there's no need to wait, enjoy it today! So, the free app does need to be open to receive MC notifications? Or does it simply need to be installed?
  16. I walked through a newly hatched nest of ticks once, years ago. They were barely visible, and crawling all over me! Ewwww!! I "felt" them on me for weeks after that! According to this, the ticks are there in the summertime, but we don't see them because they are just tiny nymphs: http://lymediseasecentralmass.com/think-there-might-be-fewer-ticks-in-the-summer-maybe-we-just-dont-see-them/ Incidentally, one potential method of tick control is to put balls of permethrin-treated cotton out in the areas that have populations of the white-footed mouse that host deer ticks.
  17. Often, the people do get the early symptoms, but wait to see if they will go away... which they will. Before they come back with a vengence! And if you DO contract Lyme, the treatment involves being injected with chemicals.
  18. I think that most of us that frequent these forums have come to the conclusion that our opinion on matters like this is pretty much ignored. However, I would like to know how many unique members have voiced negative or skeptical opinions here about the MC, and how you interpolate those numbers into actual numbers... how many geocachers do those of us that are vocal about it represent, statistically?
  19. No, I cannot block you, as far as I can tell.
  20. I was considering leaving mine un-hidden due to it being such a pain to un-hide after hiding. Especially if I might forget which conversation was which, and must send a new message to get a hidden conversation restored. In order to keep things sorted and searchable, maybe I'd save the emails (the notifications of the Messages) on the phone as well as on the PC. This IS an improvement, right? Right? Isn't it?
  21. Nothing stops deer flies, except maybe a head net. Those flies are vicious. They're fortunately rare around metro Atlanta. A 2 lb. hammer seems to work well, but be careful if they land in your hair. Good to know. I wonder what causes that? Too hot for people to go outdoors, maybe?
  22. You're in MN? Focus on finding caches by the following cache owners and you'll start to enjoy the game again.. - berresfamily - bflentje - knowschad - Diehard50248 - pfalstad - ruderat +1! Head on down (or over, or whatever) to Whitetail Woods County Park (Dakota County) for a day of some extremely enjoyable caches! Then head on over to Schaar's Bluff (Spring Lake Park Reserve) near Hastings for some of an entirely different nature.
  23. And that may be some of why my thinking is the way it is. We don't hear of lyme disease as much down here. I might think differently if i lived in an area where it was more prevalent. It is true that i do think about most all chemicals when used around me. I'm glad we have them since many of them better our lives. But i do still weigh the pros and cons when it comes to using them. When talking about bugspray (no DEET) for instance,, what's worse, fighting off thousands of mosquitos with increased odds of contracting something bad, or using bugspray? Not my first choice but i'll certainly use the spray if the situation warrants it. For what its worth, I don't generally bother with mosquito repellent, even here in Minnesota. Mosquitoes are, for me, mostly an annoyance (yes, there is West Nile Fever and meningitis, but those are rare). But ticks are another story for me. I don't know how prevalent ticks are in your part of Texas, but Lyme is only one of a number of troubles they can bring into your life. Rocky Mountain Fever is one of several.
  24. Others use good spam filters. e-mail is by far the better technology that offers so many features that the MC will never offer. Not every user of email makes use of those features, but those who do will typically not be happy with the MC. In my opinion the MC serves a completely different purpose and that's also the reason why the reviewers insist on using email and not the MC for cache communication. True. I get very little spam, myself. But moreover, my phone doesn't notify me of every email that comes in. It notifies me once when it refreshes my email and there is something in that batch. True, it may or may not contain an email notifying me of a Message Center communication. Of course, it also might contain an email notifying me that my sister was in a car accident and is in the hospital and I'd better get there asap. So just in case, when the notification goes off, I check it as soon as I can, because it may be MORE important than a MC notification.
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