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  1. The first and only cacher to retrieve my coin (TB26J90) grabbed it nearly 9 months ago and has yet to move it. The last 5 emails I've sent him (5/9/09, 5/27/09, 06/25/09, 07/13/09 and 07/22/09) have gone unanswered. He caches infrequently, but was out on 07/01/09 and dropped some trackables he's been holding on to for many moons - but not mine. I've tried to be patient with him, but I'm at my rope's end. My last email asked simply, "IS THERE ANY REASON I SHOULD NOT REGARD THIS COIN AS STOLEN?!". No answer. I'm about to change the name of the coin to STOLEN BY ARNMAKER
  2. I second that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me three - may it be a sign for you of more goodness coming your way! clupea
  3. Speaking of the event... I note that a Fallen Heroes Geocoin I sent in my package shows as still being in the event inventory. It would be nice if whoever grabbed the coin updated its location... In Honor of Cpl. William I. Salazar (TB2F7FD) cheers, & cache on (safely)! clupea p.s. 6 other travelers are also still listed as being in MAGC ~ Cachers in Combat
  4. Congrats to the 121 posse members who have been roped in! If the bandit minted 300 coins, then we're not even half way done!
  5. I checked with and heard back from arnmaker. My coin is safe and sound, and chillin' out in WI awaiting better weather. Perhaps the Easter Bunny will bring it
  6. Shoot howdy... well, butter my butt an' call me a biscuit! Might 'swell been pole-axed when the pony express came t'day an' ah sawr what they had f'r me in th'r mail pouch. Ah done been roped in, too! Been shakin' a hoof an' grinn’ like a possum eatin’ a yaller jacket ev'r since. Geo_Bandit, ya' done outdone y'rself. Thanks fer findin' my neck o' the woods in Orygun. This was such a professionally designed and assembled packet - and done with such care and love, I am simply overwhelmed! And what timing! After a month-long medically forced hiatus from caching, I finally got out today to bag a few caches and got home to find this totally unexpected treat. This completely made my day, and gives me yet another reason to be thankful tomorrow (and every day). Bless you, Geo_Bandit, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. May you kvell continuously for your random acts of kindness. clupea (deputized with badge #146 and now a proud member of the posse)
  7. Interesting approach, albeit high maintenance as burgessfour noted. It works to the extent that it does not show up in the current contents of the cache's inventory. A clever cacher can still look at the See the history link of any cache in which it was ever placed to see where it was last dropped. Still, it seems like a workable solution to not advertise a coin you suspect will attract thieves. clupea p.s. That's a beautiful coin!
  8. I have read this entire thread. I can see the benefits and downsides of the various solutions suggested to what is a very real problem in Portland, OR (burgessfour and I are friends), and I suspect in other locales as well. I have a public bookmark (gonif) that details the disappearance of 14 coins, all apparently grabbed by the same "cacher" (term used loosely). The coin that burgessfour owned and placed that quickly went missing was placed into one of my caches (Honoring Imi). It is maddening, frustrating and makes me sad to see coins (and TBs) go MIA, especially when it's not due to apathy or ignorance. I do look at the inventory in a cache before I set out to find it - for two reasons: (1) to see if there are any trackables that catch my fancy, and (2) to read the mission for each trackable to see if I can help further its goal. I always do a discover on trackable I find but don't move. Now, to the proposed solutions: (1) Asking Groundspeak to allow coin owners the option of whether or not to display the coin in the cache's inventory. Based on few times I've communicated with them, I doubt they'd implement this - at least, not in any year with a zero in it . As much as I'd like to think this might offer some protection, I tend to agree it should not be done for two reasons: ( a ) It would selectively remove a feature on which many cachers rely, and ( b ) it would mean the coin would not show up in the "See the history" link in the cache's inventory. I often use this to gauge how safe a cache is as a repository for trackables. (2) Dropping a coin without logging the drop and including a note along the lines of what burgessfour suggested in post #42 in this thread.. I especially think this would be appropriate treatment for Delorme Eartha coins and the ilk since it's the initial find that is being protected. How well it would work in the general case remains to be seen since it requires cooperation from those moving the trackable (including the clueless). One slip and the cat's out of the bag. (3) Drilling and tagging coins. I personally eschew drilling coins - I consider it defacing beautiful art. I do, however, always attach via non-destructive means a mission statement with all trackables. Usually, I put the coin/TB and mission statement in a ziplock bag - knowing full well they may become separated en route... but it's better than nothing. (4) Placing coins only in PM caches. This is a personal choice, but unenforceable in general for all cachers who move trackables. As an owner of two caches, one of which has been the victim of coin theft, I would consider creating as PM caches future placements to discourage shenanigans. Note that if an already placed cache is converted to a PM cache, anyone watching the cache (including Basic members) will still be notified of activity. The only way to prevent that is to archive the cache, move it and create a new PM-only cache. (5) Limit the ability to see cache inventory to PM only. Not workable as long as cachers make note in their logs of drops and grabs. (6) Education. I'm all for it! Will it work? Only for honest, involved cachers not already needing clues. In short, it would miss the audience needing the information. But at least when I email a clueless cacher, I could simply point them at the link in lieu of writing my own dissertation (which I've done too often, and will continue to do). (7) Posting warning notes for FMC (frequently muggled caches). Limited usefulness - subsequent entries would eventually relegate the note to distant log pages... Raising a Needs Maintenance flag for the cache would be more visible, but I don't think it would be appropriate - and would certainly annoy the cache owner. Emailing the cache owner directly stating concerns about the high muggle rate of the cache would be more appropriate - even if it risks getting back a nastygram. (8) Deer cam and baseball bat; lining up the miscreants and meting out a Tonya Harding solution. No comment , but let me know if you'll be selling tickets to the event! Having said all this, I'm sorry to say I don't have any ideas to protect coins/TBs from thieves which are any more workable or acceptable than those already presented. I'd like to note that Lemon Fresh Dog's Post #77 is on point and goes to the core of this issue. If you've made it this far, thanks for listening! cheers, and cache on! clupea
  9. Latest update on my outgoing/incoming coins... 1. Participating - Email sent - YES 2. Nick/destination received - YES 3. Outgoing coin mission details attached - YES 4. Outgoing coin released- YES (and now in the hands of Oakie's Family, retrieved from Shuffle on down GC19F7V in North Carolina - travelled 2259.7mi towards its Reminderville, OH destination) 5. Incoming coin- YES , started (dropped/regrabbed for mileage, launched in Lost Souls on 24 Aug 08), finally picked up by another cacher (arnmaker) on 1 Nov 08. 6. Incoming coin picked up GC???- not yet
  10. Glad to help... hope the event is fun (but not a blast) clupea
  11. I'm really sorry to hear that! Mine has been in limbo in the cache where it was originally dropped - assuming it's still there. I just posted a note for it. *sigh*
  12. The difference between $10 and a geocoin is the former is legal tender and the latter has no intrinsic value to the thief (it's unlikely anyone would be interested in paying for a geocoin on eBay that is activated but not owned by the seller). There are certainly cases of malice aforethought vis a vis raiding coins from caches. See my public book mark list gonif (saga of missing geocoins) for a well documented example. As for the meanderings of the Map@Syst geocoin, the cacher who logged the drop into GC1E7FK and then quickly corrected that by dropping into GC18EFG may well have been made an honest mistake. Unlike the case I documented in my bookmark, this cacher has been a member since 2003 (albeit not premium) and has 160 finds (enough to know the ropes by now) -and- has a picture of himself on his profile page, which to me indicates he is not trying to be evasive. my $0.02, clupea
  13. It took me a bit longer than I had hoped, but my mission is complete. I sent 3 packages out this morning. Hopefully they'll arrive in time for the event. I posted a note for the event (CC1FMHE) listing the package contents. cache on!
  14. I got an email from Dave, too - and sent a reply. My package will be going out tomorrow.
  15. I have a few Fallen Heroes coins left to place in caches. I'd be happy to send one of them to Iraq and let the recipient grab it from me and place it in a cache there. I just need a recipient name and snail mail address to 'make it so'.
  16. The gpsvisualizer.com link has expired. If you're curious, you can create a .loc or Pocket Query (.gpx) from my 'gonif' bookmark list and load the file into an application such as Google Earth.
  17. I see the cache you did find is Summerlake Circuit, a multi. You shouldn't feel bad - I DNF'd that one on my first attempt. I also see burgessfour weighed in - you'll be in /very/ good hands with them mentoring (they're personal friends and wonderful people). Don't despair - cache on! p.s. One technique which may help is when you arrive at GZ (ground zero) and your distance to the cache is under 15 feet or so, the arrow can get pretty wonky. Switch to the view that shows your actual current coordinates, make sure you've got a good lock on the satellites and then move slowly until the GPSr coordinate readout matches the cache coordinates. Then it's time to develop your geosenses. If *I* were a cache, where would I be hiding? What looks subtly out of place or too orderly here? Hope that helps.
  18. I'm posting this heads-up to warn PDX area cachers that there appears to be a cacher (Laura the explorer) who is pilfering caches for geocoins. I sometimes go back to look at logs for caches I've visited. I recently noted that a coin I discovered in a cache was subsequently reported as not being there two finds later. I emailed the cacher who found the cache after I did and she replied that the coin was not in the cache at the time she logged her visit. I checked the history of trackables for the cache and made a very interesting discovery. The coin had been grabbed by a cacher who never logged a find for the cache itself. In fact, this cacher shows 14 coins in her hands. She has NO cache finds. In every case, she retrieved the coin with the comment "found and moving". The date of retrieval in many cases precedes the date it was dropped - and sometimes precedes the date she created her geocaching.com account! Two days ago I emailed her and posed this subtly facetious question to her... I have not gotten a reply. She has logged into her account since then, and fortunately her coin count has not increased. I've created a public bookmark list (gonif) which shows the caches she has raided. Here's a link to a mashup showing where those caches are... http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display/12216...7.109.69.4.html I don't know what can be done about this. I'm tempted to ask geocaching.com to investigate, but nothing prevents her from creating a new username.
  19. Pretty much the same here. My outgoing coin has traveled from Oregon to North Carolina en route Ohio. My incoming coin is right where it was first dropped in Wisconsin in the Lost Souls cache. I hope that's not prophetic.
  20. I sometimes go back to look at logs for caches I've visited. I recently noted that a coin I discovered in a cache was reported as not being there two cachers later. I emailed the cacher who found the cache after I did and she replied that the coin was not in the cache at the time she logged her visit. I checked the history of trackables for the cache and made a very interesting discovery. The coin had been grabbed by a cacher who never logged a find for the cache itself. In fact, this cacher (resisting the temptation to use an accusatory word) shows 14 coins in her hands. She has NO cache finds. In every case, she retrieved the coin with the comment "found and moving". I emailed her and posed this question to her... I'll be curious to see what reply, if any, I get back. I wonder if I should report this to geocaching.com.
  21. Status update: 1. Participating - Email sent - YES 2. Nick/destination received - YES 3. Outgoing coin mission details attached - YES 4. Outgoing coin released- YES (and now in the hands of sonorazark) 5. Incoming coin- YES , started (dropped/regrabbed for mileage, headed to actual launch cache) 6. Incoming coin picked up GC???- not yet
  22. Sorry, e-mail on its way Email received, thank you fairyhoney! Also received my email, fairyhoney. Thanks!
  23. 1. Participating - August 8 2. Nick/destination received-Yes 3. Outgoin coin mission details attached- Yes:TB2ENGR 4. Outgoing coin released in cache GC - 17 Aug in Fun, Games & Lemonade! GC1DT5X (grabbed by sonorazark) 5. Incoming coin picked up - not yet I have yet to hear from whoever is gifting a coin to me clupea
  24. 1. Participating - August 8 2. Nick/destination received-Yes 3. Outgoing coin mission details attached- Yes:TB2ENGR 4. Outgoing coin released in cache GC - 17 Aug in Fun, Games & Lemonade! GC1DT5X (grabbed by sonorazark) 5. Incoming coin picked up - not yet I have yet to hear from whoever is gifting a coin to me clupea
  25. Shari (burgessfour) alerted me to this wonderful coin in time for me to grab two, but way late for my daughter (Broadway Star) to participate in the design phase or get her name listed. This concept for a coin is beyond fabulous! Any chance a version 2 will be designed in the future?
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