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  1. I can't find the page to turn off auto-renew. I don't want to subscribe for another year. Can anyone tell me how to stop it? Thanks.
  2. Who bothers to verify log signatures anyway? And why is that a problem? Heaven forbid a cache should be challenging in any way. etc what?
  3. Ouch! He's got about 15 years on me... http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&...um=1&tab=wi
  4. How many small bombs in a package at a road-side have *ever* been detonated in the US by Islamic Jihadists? Let's see, the Atlanta Olympic bombing? nope. That was an American... Can you think of any? Any at all? There have been larger operations, like the first and second world trade center attacks. Can you think of even *one* that was a small package placed in a public place? Granted, this could all change tomorrow when one does go of and kill/injure some poeple in a wall-mart or something. But has it happend yet? Has there even been a non-successful attempt that was thwarted by a bomb squad?
  5. Don't you get it? The terrorists goal is to terrorize you. Quotes like the above show that they have succeeded.
  6. International waters? Doesn't that mean 200 miles off shore or something? You're gonna need a LOOOOOOOOONG anchor chain. Hey, Lobstermen put buoys out all the time by the hundreds. They are color coded to identify the owner of the traps. I don't know if you can put out your own buoys without a lobster license, but it doesn't sound that far fetched to me. Maybe a little research with the fish and game folks or the local harbor authority, or whatever authority covers your area could turn up some answers.
  7. A well panted ammo box: Yes, I have way too much time on my hands. No, my ammo cans are not painted with nearly the artristry I've seen in this thread. Sometimes I've taken the paint along with me and applied the final coats at the cache site, then sprinkled some local dirt over it while it was still wet...
  8. Perhaps that depends on location. I can easily find them in like-new condition here in LA. On the other hand, they're not nearly as cheap as others keep saying. They're at *least* $7 or $8 here for the smaller ones. Of course there are lots of rusty ones too. But I don't buy them. One funny thing is that if I buy one in Burbank and then drive "over the hill" as they say, to my home in the Santa Monica area (with about a 1000ft elevation change) they always make loud bonk noises from the air pressure change and scare the bJeezes out of me as I'm fighting the traffic on I-405. That's how I know it's got a good seal.
  9. That's very impressive. At 20,000 feet, the speed of sound is around 707 mph. Of course it varies with temperature too, and I'm sure you had the jet stream with you. Above 20,000 feet the speed of sound gets lower. at 35,000 feet it's considered to be 663.5 mph. Modern commercial aviation is amazing! There's a neat chart here: http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/atmosphere/q0112.shtml I think the fastest I've seen was 560 something. I don't remember the exact figure. We were at about 30,000 feet between LA and Boston. Incidently, with my garmin 60CSX, I was able to just leave it in my shirt pocket and had no problem at all getting reception (in a window seat). Love the new chipset and the helical antenna! I had to turn of the barometric altimeter and set it on satellite altitude readings only, because of pressurized cabin. On another note: My Garmin and my truck's speedometer never agree. The garmin reads a few percent lower, consistently. I bought the off-road package. Maybe it's a big tire thing? It's a stock option though, so I would hope that the speedometer would be accurate. Go figure...
  10. You can't be serious. The relevant fact is that literally *anything* could be a bomb. Those terrorists would be sitting there laughing their turbins off at us silly americans for blowing up everything in site for them so they don't have to. What kind of an idiot would waste perfectly good antrax by putting it into a box and chaining it to a street sign. I'm sure they'd have better ways of distributing it. Just because a non-trained overly-panicked citizen called reported an object as suspicious, doesn't make it suspicious. Some things are likely to be bombs, and some are not. It's the bomb squad and others that we have given the responsibility of realizing that. Cars for example, make excellent bomb containers. What should they blow up next? Fords or Toyotas? OH MY GOD! HE'S DOUBLE PARKED! CALL HOMELAND SECURITY!!!
  11. Wow, that sounds like an AWESOME idea. Just be sure the bomb squad doesn't blow it up. Can I steal the idea for an urban micro hidden inside a fake finger? It brings to mind the scene from the movie Blue Velvet where the main character finds an ear in a field. He brings it to the police and tells them, "Uh I found an ear". An absurdly funny moment. I've been thinking about a scarey night cache that would somehow trigger a sound, maybe an air hissing sound or something, from behind the cacher when he/she opened it. Maybe some body parts would add to the fun.
  12. I ran across one about 1/2 mile from I-15 at the Nevada/California border (GCH2ZJ - Welcome to Nevada). The lid was closed but the inside was as wet as the outside of a glass of lemonade on a summer's day. The log was completely soaked. Wow! you mean the *ONE DROP* of rain that actually falls in that area each year, just happened to hit that cache? Ah, but seriously, That brings up the point of having the container suit the climate. Several of the (admittedly small number of ) caches I've found have been in a used tin cookie container, and their contents seemed to be in fine condition. But those were out in the dessert. Of course Primm NV is pretty much the dessert... so go figure...
  13. Well that depends a lot on which National Monument. Some of them have very few muggles that go far past the parking lots. For example, one web site says this about the Temblor Range in the Carizzo National Monument: The Temblor Range contains some of the most inhospitable badlands one might hike in California. As such few have ever done so beyond local old timers that explored it for hunting or ranchers looking for lost cattle. However within its hidden labyrinths are some of the most spectacular wildflower wonderlands one will find anywhere. Unfortunately, there's not much to use for a verifying a virtual find in the middle of a wildflower field... There aren't too many terrorist targets either.
  14. One thing that's gotten popular over on "that other caching site" are wide mouth Poly Carbonate water bottles. ( you know like Nalgene or other brand ). They're more durable than tuperware. They hold a reasonable amount of swag, but it has to fit into the mouth. They're water tight, light and easy to carry. They're a bit pricey though, at $7-9 each. Like any plastic container, they should NOT be exposed to sunlight. The UV will degrade the plastic and make it crumble. As for Ammo cans, they're very very durable. That's the best reason to use them. I've got about 12-15 of them in the field and I know I don't have to worry about them much, other than fire or bulldozer or bomb squads. But they're heavy to hike into the woods with. They should be sanded a bit and re-painted first to avoid rust and to remove markings that might freak out some muggles. And I'd never use one in an urban environment because they look too much like a traffic counter. Although you could disguise one as a lite-brite advertisement and maybe get away with it.
  15. Aye, there's the rub. In my criticism of public officials, I don't propose that their job is easy. But making that decision is part of their job. And blowing up silly things just adds to the hysteria. How they make their decisions and what policies they enact, that's a tough question, and I certainly have sympathy for them in that area. On another note, If you were a terrorist, would you make your bomb look like a bomb? Would you use a small black metal box or pipe shaped object? Of course not. I'd build my bomb inside an old pizza box or something. Or maybe just put it into a public trash can or mail box in a busy place. After it went of, the bomb squads all over the US would have to start blowing up trash cans and mail boxes. edit: on second thought, after all the publicity, maybe a good bomb camo would be a light-brite box advertising Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  16. Gosh, I've been missing out. Next time you come to LA, can you show me around? Yeah, all of those things exist. And being a country boy at heart, I've actually considered moving up there to Portland, OR. It's beautiful up there. And I'm sure there are some great caches to be found along the route to get there!
  17. Actually, I'd say that it is our duty as citizens to question the intelligence, dedication and professionalism of our elected officials and the policies they enact through their agencies and government employees. They are over reacting, and they need to calm down. After all, more people die from the flu each year than have died from terrorism in the past several decades combined. (about 41,000 /year on average in the USA) http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/163/2/181 The public is going through a period of hysteria that is irrational. We should be more afraid of a greasy plate of french fries than an unidentified package on the street. We're much more likely to die from that cholesterol. Our public officials and agencies have a responsibility to recognize that there will be lots of calls about suspicious packages as a result of this hysteria.
  18. Everything you said is true. But there's still a line to be drawn. Why is it Boston that's been involved in a second embarrassing unnecessary over-reaction? In the case of the lite-brite advertising, one of the officials in one of the other cities was interviewed and asked if they had noticed them. He said yes, but they didn't appear to be dangerous. So they remained in place for weeks with no problems. What does the Boston bomb squad know about lite-brites that the others don't? In the current example, it's one of the cities own agencies (or state's?) that put the object there. Bomb squads should be familiar with these types of very common devices. Had they never seen one before? Was it a brand new type of traffic counter that they didn't recognise? Or is this just incompetence? While caution is always in order, there has to be a modicum of rationality.
  19. Wow, I live about 5 minutes drive from downtown Santa Monica, and I've never been to a "raw foods cafe", nor seen the "LA Iditarod"... It is true though, that I came from afar and never returned... I came from the Portland area, actually... The other Portland. The one in Maine that the one in Oregon was named after.
  20. Yes, but why didn't the other cities also freak out about the lite-brite advertising? There's CYA, and there's rationality. Something's wrong here.
  21. What the heck has the Boston bomb squad been smoking? First they're blowing up lite-brite boxes, and now traffic counters? These counters, are in use in hundreds of places throught the USA, and the world. The lite-brite box advertising was also in use in various other cities in the USA. How come Boston is the only place blowing them all up? Somebody's gotta get a grip and cut back on the caffeinated beverages or something. They should be embarrassed at their stupidity.
  22. That's great info. Thanks you. I guess I should have posted the specific place I'm thinking of. It's Carrizo Plain national monument. According to the map on this web site: http://www.summitpost.org/area/range/23022...l-monument.html It's almost entirely BLM land. And it's not on the above list. Thanks, Keystone.
  23. A couple of questions that I didn't find answers to in the FAQs/Guidelines. I know the US National Park Service and the US Fish & Game department doesn't allow caching on land that they manage. 1) What about "National Monuments"? The one that I am thinking of consists mostly of BLM and NFS land. 2) If the land is "Owned" by one of those agencies, does that mean that it is "Managed" by them also? Or might it be managed differently because it has been combined into a national monument?
  24. I've begun using my old handspring visor platinum. It's really old and clunky, but it seems to be working fine. I found a compact USB hot sync cable to replace he big clunky desktop thing that came with it at the .99c store! It's got 8MB or RAM. I've currently got about 1200 cache pages in it with 3 logs each. It says it's still got 2.7MB free. I'm sure a color screen would be nice. Also, being able to recharge it on a cradle or USB would be nice. But for a free find in my closet full'o'junk it seems pretty cool. Just a note: GSAK is not required. It's really cool, especially if you want to keep track of many hundreds of caches in a database on your computer. But if you just want to have the cache page info with you in your pocket, CacheMate has it's own no-frills desktop software to upload the loc/gpx files to your pda.
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