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  1. Catching Wild Pigs A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Professor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government. In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?' The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. ' You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in The last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity. The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America .
  3. I only ask for hints on days that end in 'y'.
  4. You might want to get rid of that shirt that says "WHERE'S THE BEEF?"
  5. Rockin Roddy, I whole heartedly believe in the law as well. But, I am also smart enough to know when there is a bad law. In Denver, Colorado, it is ILLEGAL for a cat to walk down Main Street without an illuminated red light attached to it's tail. IT IS THE LAW. Although this is an extreme case, there must have been some reason for it at the time. There are literally THOUSANDS of such laws across the United States. As I posted earlier, you can't outlaw stupidity. Whether it is a motorcyclist accelerating from zero to 70 in 2.7 seconds, a person talking on a cell phone who can't walk and chew gum at the same time or a person putting on make up while driving. Personally, I wear a helmet on a bike, I buckle up, I keep cell phone talk to a minimum, a never drink and drive, I have NEVER done a controlled substance in my entire life. And not because it is the law, but because it is WISE. I have even used a cell phone while driving to report a Drunk Driver on a Los Angeles Freeway. I just don't like the idea that the government thinks it can take better care of me than I can.
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  7. Remember, the Founding Fathers of our country were considered "paranoid" by the folks in Great Britain.
  8. Hey, while we are at it, let's make a law about how much red meat we are allowed to eat, and vegetables, and fruit, etc.... That way, we reduce our risk of a heart attack or stroke while driving and we don't endanger other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Let's outlaw smoking while in the presence of ANYONE else, second hand smoke kills. Let's outlaw climate control and radios in cars. Let's outlaw mirrors that have to be adjusted by hand, only steering wheel remote control mirrors are allowed. Let's outlaw bicycling on roads, they don't pay taxes to build and maintain the roads anyway. Let's require BOTH HANDS on the wheel at all times. You MUST stop to change gears. The only exception being a manual transmission but only 3 seconds per gear shift. Let's require a 4 point restraint system. Let's require a full face helmet for while you drive. Let's require an automatic fire supression system on all vehicles. Mommy Government will TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!!
  9. The last two summers I ran into another cacher at an older cache. I have also run into cachers at first to find caches. I guess it has to do with the types of caches and the type of area we are in, high in the Rocky Mountains. Many cachers here are on vacation, and they are searching the same caches us locals are searching. And with winter closing down caching here, our time window is narrowed. It is great meeting folks out in the field!
  10. "mean ole gobment people". That saying really makes me LAUGH. I would prefer "stupid, ignorant, clueless, mean government employees." Last year, a "mean ole gobment person", aka La Plata County Sheriff, killed 3 teenagers who were sitting in a PARKED CAR, because the Sheriff was too lazy and stupid to park his car correctly. Mean? I know a person who had an IRS audit. They found he had underpaid his Federal Income Taxes by $9,000. His final bill? $45,000.00!!! Hardly a conspiracy! "MEAN" doesn't even BEGIN to describe the US Government. I think "COMPLETELY CORRUPT", "INEPT" and "UNINTELLIGENT" need to be added. As for looking at a GPS while driving, I believe this would fall under "Reckless" or "Careless" driving in most states. Why do we need to narrow it down? Cell Phone-Drinking Coffee/Soda-Eating French Fries-Changing the Radio, etc.... can all cause reckless or careless driving. If the government would try to list every single thing a person does that distracts them while driving, they would have a 1,000 page NOVEL to cover 'distracted driving', when all we need are the laws we have now against reckless or careless driving. Maybe I can talk on the cell phone and drive BETTER than most folks can who have both hands on the wheel and staring straight ahead. Maybe the same thing with a GPS unit! That government is best that governs least! Henry David Thoreau (but not sure if he said it first)
  11. I am always torn when it comes to the government making laws that supposedly "protect us." While it is smart to require every auto on the road to carry a spare tire, is it smart to require everyone to wear a seatbelt? As for me, the day I got my learner's permit, in 1975, I wear a seatbelt if I am driving more then 20 feet (if I pull the car from the driveway into the garage, I usually don't buckle up). I got my last moving violation in 1981. I have received 2 parking tickets since then though. I do believe that the government has WAY overstepped it's role. In the US. National Defense, Interstate Commerce, International Trade, and a few other things are the perview of the government. It is NOT the governments job to take care of you, to make sure you get an education, to make sure you have a job or that you even eat. It is the government's job to make sure you can EARN these things. One of the problems I see with the government giving itself more and more power is that the government becomes more and more corrupt. The most corrupt people in the US are Police Officers, Lawyers and Politicians. Why? Look at the power they have! I have friends who are Police Officers and they BRAG that they LIVE for the fight, for the "take down", for the 'arse kicking' they can give that day. So my belief is that you CANNOT govern away stupidity any more than you can govern away immorality. The fewer the laws, the better. Yes, to a point, you need civilized society, but NOT controlled society. We believe in FREEDOM!
  12. When you log a DNF and the next day someone logs the FIND, and you remain depressed all day. Then you look for it again, DNF again, and then someone finds it the next day. Rinse and Repeat, happened to us, and we found it on our FIFTH try, the cache is 70 miles from home and up at 9,500 feet elevation. Thank God for Lexapro. When you find a difficult cache, you feel like you won the lottery! You bought a vehicle that is BETTER than what you had, with Geocaching in mind (Jeep Wrangler Rubicon here). This actually happened, on a cache I hid with my mother in California, we had a bet who would be FTF between two cachers, and one of them got the email alert, left his own BIRTHDAY PARTY to grab the cache. Read the first log here: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...=y&decrypt= You place a cache as close as possible to a prohibited place, such as a National Forest or Tribal Land. I have three caches that you can reach out and touch the boundary fence for a National Forest when your hands are on the cache.
  13. Whistler, I had not read your post. I was not posting with reference to your post, I was posting just to the original poster. If I repeated anyone else's post, then I apologize. My post to the original poster was just a post to his post, not a post to anyone else's post, so keep on posting!!
  14. Here is a cache hidden on August 10, 2002. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...3f-9460c9bfea2b It has been found a total of 9 times. A virtual cache that is over 12,000 feet high. Is it 'mean' to have a difficult cache like this and NOT have a log to sign? Is it mean, nigh impossible, for most cachers to not be able to hike up here? Mountain Climbing, SCUBA diving, rock climbing is a sub culture of geocaching and is not meant to be 'mean', it just serves a small percentage of Geocachers. I think there can be a "mean" cache hider, but where that hider crosses the line between difficult and 'mean' is hard to tell. While putting a nano cache in the middle divider on an LA Freeway would be mean, maybe a cache that is always in view of the public and requires superb stealth is not mean, but just challenging. A fake pinecone in a pine tree with 10,000 pine cones may be mean to one and challenging to another. If a cache hider places a hide with the intention of it NEVER being found, then I would call that "mean." I mean, what is the purpose of that. But if a cache hider likes to have fairly equal numbers of finds and "DNFs", then he just likes to place challenging caches. Here is an example: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...c2-88c35a5ca1e7 29 finds, 19 DNFs For those that can't find it, it appears MEAN. To those that found it, they all say what a clever idea. So my final answer is: to each their own. If a hider doesn't want a cache found, then I will oblige and ignore it. But if a hider loves to challenge cachers, I LOVE it.
  15. http://emcofnorthridge.wordpress.com/2009/...colorado-style/
  16. The wife and I grabbed our latest find Sunday, 7/5/09, via bicycles. Durango, Colorado has a biking/walking trail all the way through town now, so we park at The Durango Mall at the south end of Durango and ride the trail clear up to North City Market. For any visitors to Durango, you can grab at least a dozen caches doing this trail, 4 are Multi's. Every cache on this trail I found via bicycle, but probably on about 6 different trips. By the way, my backside is telling me that I rode a few miles on Sunday!
  17. I like the waterproof match holder sealed inside a Zip Loc Snack bag sealed inside the Zip Loc Sandwich bag sealed inside the Zip Loc Gallon bag sealed inside the Zip Loc Storage bag sealed inside the Snap Loc container sealed inside the Tupperware container sealed inside the large ammo box sealed inside a 5 Gallon paint bucket sealed inside a 55 gallon oil drum. Oh yea, it's a MICRO! PS: Woo Hoo, my 100th post, it took me only 7 years to reach it!
  18. The title of this thread is "The Lost Art of Logging..." So let's take it to it's ultimate. Since we can't leave a blank log, I think my next log will be: . Hey, it's a log and has no acronyms.
  19. Maybe I did misread it Sbell, and if so, I need to slow down. Here is what you wrote, "You can tell a LOT about a person just by what they read into other people's logs." So I interpreted it to mean that you can tell a LOT about me by what I read into other people's logs. IE. Someone posts "SL" as a 'find log' and I figure they are either lazy, don't know English, hated the cache or have no manners. If they are lazy, not much I can do, just as if they don't know English, there is nothing I can do. If they didn't like the cache, then maybe I can do something to improve it. If they are just classless and have no manners, then I will call them on it. So your quote says that you can tell a lot about me by what I read into other's peoples logs. So my question is, HOW do you know what I read into other people's logs?
  20. "You can tell a LOT about a person just by what they read into other people's logs." Sbell111 WOW! Now we have telepathic Geocachers who can read our minds as we read folks logs on our caches.
  21. Muggle is the word used in the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling to refer to a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born into the magical world. (A non-magical person who has wizards for parents is a Squib.) The word occurred in popular culture and literature prior to Rowling's adoption of it. However, the Harry Potter series popularised the word, and it has come into common usage in other contexts. The term Muggle is sometimes used in a pejorative manner in the Harry Potter books, the first of which was published in 1997. Since "Muggle" refers to a person who is a member of the non-magical community, the Muggles are simply ordinary human beings rather than witches and wizards. According to Rowling, a quarter of the annual Hogwarts intake have two non-magical parents;[citation needed] thus far in canon, there have also been some children known to have been born to one magical and one non-magical parent. Children of this mixed parentage are called Half-bloods (strictly speaking, they are 'Literal Half-bloods'); children with recent Muggle ancestry on the one side or the other are also called Half-bloods. In the Harry Potter books, non-magical people are often portrayed as foolish, sometimes befuddled characters who are completely ignorant of the Wizarding world that exists in their midst. If, by unfortunate means, non-magical people do happen to observe the working of magic, the Ministry of Magic sends Obliviators to cast Memory Charms upon them causing them to forget the event. Some Muggles, however, know of the Wizarding world. These include Muggle parents of magical children, such as Hermione Granger's parents, the Muggle Prime Minister (and his predecessors), the Dursley family (Harry Potter's non-magical and only living relatives), and non-magical spouses of witches and wizards. Rowling has said she created the word "Muggle" from "mug", an English term for someone who is easily fooled. She added the "-gle" to make it sound less demeaning and more "cuddly". The word "muggle" or "muggles" is now used in various contexts in which its meaning is similar to the sense in which it appears in the Harry Potter series of books. Generally speaking, it is used by members of a group to describe those outside the group, comparable to "civilian" as used by military personnel. * "Muggle" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003, where it is said to refer to a person who is lacking a skill.[2] * "Muggle" is used in informal English by members of small, specialised groups, usually those which consider their activities to either be analogous to or directly involve magic (such as within hacker culture;[3] and Pagans, Neopagans and Wiccans[4]) to refer to those outside the group. * "Muggle" (or geomuggle) is used by geocachers to refer to those not involved in or aware of the sport of geocaching. A cache that has been tampered with by non-participants is said to be "muggled".[5][6] * Among Lindy Hoppers, "Muggle" is a reference to "non-dancers" or "non-dance friends".[7] * Amongst members of the fetish community, a "muggle" is a one-off visitor to a fetish club who has visited to watch rather than take part.[citation needed] * Students at the Richard Ivey School of Business (The University of Western Ontario), frequently use the term "muggle" to describe undergraduate science and social science students who are not enrolled in the HBA program. * The NBC science fiction drama series Heroes features a dog named Mr Muggle's, who is owned by the Bennet family. The writers of the show have stated that the dogs name is an allusion to the Harry Potter series as, like Harry, Claire Bennet has been adopted by a family who does not have any special abilities.
  22. "To Each Their Own...." When I was in Grade School, whenever an adult walked into the room, ALL the children stood up to show respect. I still open the car door for my wife. I hold the door open for women, elderly, handicapped, and just about anyone else that I can find whom I can help. The problem with the world today is not who is in the White House, or which Wall Street Brokerage ripped off it's customers, or Iran or Iraq or North Korea, etc.... The problem with the world today comes down to each individual person. My wife always says there is an invisible sign over the front door of our home that reads, "Here you will find honor, respect, courtesy and love" Something that is extremely rare out in today's world. Most cachers that I have run into have been different from the norm, I have met wonderful, friendly and very gracious folks. We just met a couple from Texas with 2,800 finds up in Silverton, Colorado and we had a Co-FTF even though they found it before we did. They even gave us a coin to pass on. Our log for the find contained a compliment to the cache hider and a compliment to the wonderful and gracious folks we met. Their log contained similar comments. But there is a small percentage of cachers who have no COMMON COURTESY, no respect, and especially no graciousness. We won't even talk about honor. Four years ago, my mother, who is a Geocacher in California, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She received over 70 Get Well cards from fellow Geocachers in California. THAT is what geocaching is about. Sure, mom has over 1,100 finds and we are approaching 500 finds, but those 70 Get Well cards meant a heck of a lot more than 1,100 cache finds. Meeting that couple from Texas meant more than the dozen caches we found that day. I guess some cachers want their Grave Stone to read "He found 12,729 Geocaches". Personally, I would prefer something along the lines of "He was a Great Friend!" Yes, absolutely, "...to each their own...". You can tell a LOT about a person just by reading their logs.
  23. "...the cache served it's purpose..." TheTexasGringo I am curious then, what is the purpose of a cache? Is it so that someone can just add another number to their finds? I think NOT! The ORIGNAL PURPOSE of Geocaching was to combine "High Tech" with getting "Outdoors". I just placed a cache that I have over 10 hours in creating and placing. It is at an entrance to a National Forest. Once you find the cache, then you can spend the weekend Mountain Biking, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Jeeping, ATVing, and a lot more. Therefore, in my opinion, since I spent more than 10 hours, I do not think it is asking too much for someone to spend one minute to say, "This was fun, took a little while, but we found it. Thank you." Cut and Paste? Please, have more respect for the effort cache placers have put into placing caches!
  24. This is getting worse, especially from NEW cachers. Several emails I got today from my "watched caches" had the lengthy, well thought out log of "SL". Nothing else. No thanks. No comments. Nothing. I have these on my watch list because they are very well done caches, lot's of time to create and install. Now, I am just waiting for the inevitable "X" log. Come on folks, be at least as creative as the cache hider. Have a great 4th!
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