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Spies Like Us

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  1. When my wife and I started geocaching in 2005, it was a way for her to agree to go off-roading in my Jeep. At first, we pretty much ignored the stats we kept. We were in it for the novelty, and even more so, for the places the game took us. Places where we would not have visited were it not for geocaching. There was also a social aspect to it. Finally, in the last two years or so, we have completed nearly all of the typical matrices one sees on a profile page. (We only lack in finding a few of the oldest geocaches around.) It was nice to see those grids filled. Now, we are mostly going after caches because a) we are in the area, or B) the caches sound interesting. I also have to admit to some power trails. On January 1, the two of us found 366 caches...a cache a day for the year, so to speak. It was a long day, but an interesting one on old Route 66!


    The stats have their attraction, no doubt. And I am nerdy enough to keep all sorts of odd stats, too. For instance, my D/T ratings of my FTFs (which is much higher than my overall D/T rating). But then. I do love baseball!

  2. I have read many of these posts and, while I don't think I am adding anything unique to the conversation, I felt compelled to put my two cents' worth. So here goes...


    I enjoy going after FTFs. Some have been those "just discovered it's been published" caches, but others...many others, in my case...have been off-road or hikes and not just P&Gs. The average D/T rating for my FTFs is pretty high, much higher than my overall average. Often I am not FTF, but STF. While a disappointment, I put it in perspective. I have also allowed others to go after FTFs while I sit on the couch. Probably because I don't want to be 'THAT' guy.


    Recently, I went after an FTF that had been languishing for well over four months! A little five-mile hike and the FTF was mine. Why others hadn't made the trip before me was an enigma. I don't mind FTF hounds. We have plenty in my area, and it really is a race sometimes. Often I will run into cachers at GZ. Then we spend some time telling geocaching war stories. Too fun...regardless of who got the FTF.


    In just a couple of days a few months ago, I grabbed 16 FTFs, while saving about a dozen for someone else. Could I have gotten them all? Sure, but then again, I would be 'THAT' guy. No fun in that. Also, no prize either. I seldom take swag from a cache, unless it is a specific FTF prize (and I still leave it there from time to time).


    That's about all I have. I can see the OP's point of view...to a degree. Where I am (Southern California), you have many other FTF hounds to beat, so the hunt can become intense. But that's OK, and it's also OK if someone beat me to it. All I have to do is wait...it will be my turn eventually!




  3. OK, so is there a simple or easy way to see all my logs? That is to say, all the TEXT of all my logs. I am looking for a specific item mentioned in one of my logs, but I have no idea which cache it belongs to. I don't want to search hundreds of cache logs, so is there a way to see the text of the logs?


    -- Joe Spy

  4. First time in a long while I've been in these forums. Hadn't noticed this topic. I'm glad it's here.


    Well, 26 plus years, mostly Naval Reserve. Did four years active duty right out of high school, then 20 years or so in the Reserves. I got recalled after 9/11 and served 13 months active duty before I finally retired in 2003.


    I was an fancy electrician for the first 12 years, then I transferred into Intelligence. Boy, was being a spy FUN! Anyway, I miss the paid travel, the camaraderie, the institutional food, the 100 hour work weeks. Oh yeah, did I mention the food? Seriously, if it weren't for the fact I retired, I'd be with my friend in Afghanistan.


    To all here who have served, thank you. If you are still serving, I say, "Stay safe!"


    -- Joe Spy (USNR-Ret)

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