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  1. OK - that will do. Now to start shopping. Thanks. Mike.
  2. I would like to add topo maps -IN- my Garmin GPS-map60CS. I would prefer general topo maps of the TX-NM-AZ area, not just parks. What is the latest best software for loading topo maps INTO the GPSmap60CS? Thanks. Mike.
  3. Hmmmm is there something we can do to get GC.com updated? If it is a matter of $$$$, I am sure we can all send a few to cover it. Anyone got an answer???
  4. Everyone... Gear02 is a man true to his word. Just got the antenna in the mail, and it is everything he promised it would be. I would certainly deal with him again. Gear02 - thank you sir.
  5. Read "More Guns - Less Crime" by Professor John Lott, University of Chicago Press. (Yes, a very liberal university in a gun-banning city in a gun banning state). The results are quite clear and historically are proven out. That way, we can keep this on topic - which was don't cancel your trip to dangerous parks, just be more alert and aware of your situation. Really, this is good advice for life, not just geocaching in certain areas. You never know when a giant meteor will fall on you, and you might spot it in time to run.
  6. Well, I did not mean to start any kind of arguement. And I may have missed the date info. However, I do not believe it has improved much. OTOH, don't cancel a vacation just because of this information. Just remain more alert and go about your trip.
  7. Hmmm.... way I see it, the articls IS NOT 1 year old. A few months at worst. It is the final info for the year 2003, which ended just 8 months ago +/-. Give them a few months to tally the data and write the report. I would say it is pretty up to date. Remember, this was only the top ten. There could be other places nearly as bad. This is why I said to be careful out there. How you choose to take that advice (or not at all) is up to you. Wish they would print the top ten BEST places too.
  8. Move to Las Cruces New Mexico. I will be glad to let you have the hike reporter position for that area. I have enough to do with El Paso. But since no reporter existed in Las Cruces, I took the job when asked. Was nice getting two states worth of TOPO.... but still.... And as you all know... I hike WAY more than I cache!
  9. Well, take it for what it is worth. As I said in the beginning, most of the folks in the south-west know what it is. We live here, and see it daily. (If we are looking). The real questions are not being answered. And that is, we know they are not staying here. So where are they going? Being a volunteer in a state park near the border.... I know what I know. And not being paid, I have no ax to grind. And I an not a member of any rangers union, if such even exists. VOLUNTEER is the operative word here. I don't mean to redicule anyone here. But if you doubt the reports, I can set you up with an AZ rancher to spend your next vacation with. He will even supply you with the night-vision gear. Can probably set you up with a nights ride with the Border Patrol. Its real. But you-all are welcome to experience it for yourselves. Again, where are the going? And for what purpose? I never meant to make it sound like you should stick your head in the sand. Nor did I advocate you are up. The last words of the post were.... Be careful out there! Surely no-one will dis-agree with that????
  10. No, I think you just provided us with an answer. We will just move it all over to the Abject Silliness thread. Seems like almost anything is appropriate and tollerated there. Thanks.
  11. Another thread SLAMMED SHUT becaues keystone approver didn't like it. See it HERE. In closing it he mentioned that another thread was GRANDFATHERED. However, THIS ONE which he also closed was supposed to be part one of the latest one. Somehow the dates confuse me. The third link pre-dates the second link by 362 days, but IS NOT GRANDFATHERED ????? I am sure we will see some sort of explaination. It is all just soooooo confusing. Don't nobody mention the "G" word, or this will be closed too! EDIT: My HTML got tangled.
  12. I can only speak for my area.... but being a relatively alert person, and also a ham operator, I often listen to the local forces on the scanner. More than once... TOO OFTEN in fact, I have heard engagements by the border patrol that made my heart pound as if I were back in combat again. Once you hear it, you recognize the stress in a voice. That screaming whisper in a radio when they are calling for back-up RIGHT NOW! Shots have been traded across the border here. It is unknown if the illegals are using vehicles painted as, or if the Mexican Military has been bribed to help out.. but vehicles and people dressed as the Mexican Army have crossed the border and engaged the Border Patroll more than once, trading shots with our forces. For 4 of my last 5 years in the army, I worked the soouthern borders +/- augmenting our forces. This worked well until a Marine shot a "goat herder" who I believe was a scout for a border incursion. The herder shot first, and twice, before the marine neutralized him. The herder was 14, and the resulting flap has left our borders much less secure. Leading from the second article, the local sheep would rather have the border unguarded than put military forces there. Again, the sheep-dog's teath that they see scares them more than the wolf hiding in the desert. This isn't any worse than traveling the woods where the moonshiners or the marijuana growers are. There are dangers everywhere, but only a sheep-dog sees them. My point - just be carefull out there. Caching, hiking, vacationing, and yes even in your daily lives. Especially in your daily lives!
  13. Some of us - mostly westerners it seems - have spoken about going armed in our daily lives. And yes, even while geocaching. Many of you have not been able to understand us. Perhaps this will help. It pays to be careful, even while caching. The ten most dangerous. Perhaps THIS THREAD will give you a better understanding too. Sorry it isn't all rosey. But would you rather not know? Be careful out there!
  14. For the most part you are correct. But the footprint covers a large part of the country in a pass. I have digi-peated to both coasts, AK and HI this way. However, if you want to contact someone outside the footprint, the mbx is the only way. (But the internet is much more efficient). The reason mbx operations are so difficult is that in most areas there is so much digi traffic the mbx never has time to get/give the full connection. Since you have never given a callsign, I have just assumed you were like the rest of us. Your comment about "The vast majority of the ISS foot print when it is in range of me is over open ocean. " tells me this is not true. In your case, with the decided lack of other users, reliable mbx operation is not a problem. As to the computer problem up there, who knows WHEN it will be right. All it takes is time. I am waiting for them to enable the SSTV camera. The pictures from space are much more interesting than the digital comms.
  15. SOLD !!! Money order is in the mail.
  16. Well, there you go. Have at it. Or perhaps you might check the AMSAT web pages. http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisspak.htm A direct connect to anything causes twice the number of transmissions. It is just the way packet works. Using UNPROTO is the most efficient and courteous means of working it. And as hams we all want to be courteous. Don't we? BTW - the crew CAN use the PMS. Not by radio, but by direct connection through the keyboard. Think about it, who turns it off and on up there? However, they don't have time to read and answer much, so they save it for personal messages.
  17. Actually, you discovered why it is considered "Bad Form" to connect TO the ISS. If you hit LOS , and leave the system hanging, there is a 5 minute period where the system is locked up. Until that lost connection times out and resets, it is unavaliable for use. There are a few stations around the world using the mailbox to send and receive family-type messages to/from the ISS crew. They usually have everything set up to go, and get in and out in seconds. Most usual is to digipeate THROUGH the ISS. That way, when LOS comes, you are not leaving a hanging connect.
  18. Well, thanks for the kind words. I wish I could take credit for writing it. But I cannot. However, it does pretty well sum up my feelings. I guess I don't mind being an old sheepdog. I really don't mind being the protector of the sheep either. And even after nearly 10 of retirement from the army, I still look forward to meeting the wolf on the field of battle. Although I make 3x the $$$ with 1/3 the work in this job, I often regret retiring from the Army now. Especially since 9-11. All I ask of the sheep is that they let me keep my teeth. So, some would ask what does this have to do with Geocaching? Well, nothing and everything. It is more about the way you live your life I guess. Some folks hunt a cache by following the GPSR to the exact point, then look at their feet for the cache. Other folks spot the cache 50 feet out from the cache location. All in the way you live your life. Barely alert, or fully alert, or somewhere in between. This applies in Geocaching, and driving, and yes even in walking down the sidewalk in the city. ESPECIALLY in walking down the sidewalk in the city. As the story said, if you are alert and do not look like a victim, you will most likely not become a victim. And the wolf isn't just in the woods anymore. Here's hoping that by my birthday on the 30th my jeep is back out of the body shop, and I can spend a day hunting benchmarks or something. Being a sheepdog gets tiring, and I could use a break.
  19. I just got a NEW E-Trex yellow in the sealed blister-back off E-Bay for $75. Look on E-Bay under consumer electronics, lots of good deals there. Gives you an idea of the market if nothing else.
  20. For me it is simple. When I was a hunter, I never shot anything close to home. Always leave that for a time when you NEED it, and don't have time to travel. Well, there are still not a lot of caches here. Whe I started there were less that 25 in the area. We are now approaching 200. Still, it is the same as hunting. I want to leave some close ones to do for the times when I want to cache, and don't have a lot of time.
  21. We had a nice civil discussion going on, lt ran a long time. LINK HERE. I was sorry to see it closed. But the moderator said tone it down, and they didn't. So - SLAM. As the discussion wavered back and forth, I realized that I was not good enough to get the situation across to some. Perhaps this is why there was so much misunderstanding. Well, someone else, much more intelligent than I, and a better writer too, has done a superb job of it. I wanted to share it with you-all. Even at the risk of getting moderated. The sheep cannot help being sheep no more than I can help being a sheep-dog. And I NEVER leave the house saying "BAAAA". I assume we have no wolves here at all, Geocachers are too good for that I hope. - - - - - - - - - - ON SHEEP, WOLVES, AND SHEEPDOGS By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, RANGER, Ph.D., author of "On Killing." Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997 One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: "Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million. Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep. I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin's egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators. "Then there are the wolves," the old war veteran said, "and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. Then there are sheepdogs," he went on, "and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.” If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path? Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia and walk out unscathed. Let me expand on this old soldier's excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids' schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial. The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours. Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn't tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa." Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog. The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door. Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero? Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones. Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, "Thank God I wasn't on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, "Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference. There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself. Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I'm proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs. Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, "Let's roll," which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers - athletes, business people and parents. -- from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground. There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. - Edmund Burke Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn't have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision. If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior's path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door. For example, many officers carry their weapons in church. They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs. Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to massacre you and your loved ones. I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, "I will never be caught without my gun in church.” I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Fort Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy's body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, "Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?" Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for "heads to roll" if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids' school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them. Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, "Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones were attacked and killed and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?" It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up. Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn't bring your gun, you didn't train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear, helplessness and horror at your moment of truth. Gavin de Becker puts it like this in Fear Less, his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: "...denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn't so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling.” Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level. And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be "on" 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself... "Baa." This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth. - - - - - - - - - -
  22. Very good. I will take it then. To where should Isend a money order for the $45? Thanks.
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