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Jimrky

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  1. I love how many different posters have defined what is, and what is not, Geocaching® to their hearts desire - and in so many different ways. And, yes - I put that Registered Trademark in for a reason: Geocaching is defined by Groundspeak, period. Bryan Roth has stated that A.L.'s are coming into the main app in its' next iteration. So, like them, don't like them, do them, don't do them - they aren't going away no matter what you personally may think of them. On the subject of non-physical caches there is a long history of Groundspeak maintaining a presence, and even promulgating different types. At some point it may represent another Revenue Stream for them, or maybe not, but the continued interest of the Corporation is there to be seen. They have had several iterations and still don't kill the idea. Personally, I like A.L.'s a lot better than trackables, and a lot less than placing or finding a physical cache, going to an Event or watching my best Geocaching friend (who has 10,000+) learn to relax when he goes caching with Bethie_Biker and me, and even get a good meal while caching. We're still dubbing at less then 3K finds - but it's OK. Geocaching® is one place where you can take whatever you want and leave the rest without suffering at all, or taking a single thing away from anyone else.
  2. JimRKY (Mission 1) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661970 MISSION ARRIVED: October 8, 2020 (per USPS) MISSION RECEIVED: October 16, 2020 9505512463270287585446 Thank you, Great Pumpkin for making my Halloween wishes come true. I will honor your gift by waiting until Halloween to open my gift! ??? Bethie_Biker (Mission 2) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661963 MISSION ARRIVED: October 9, 2020 (per USPS & Recipient) MISSION RECEIVED: October 7, 2020
  3. JimRKY (Mission 1) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661970 MISSION ARRIVED: October 8, 2020 (per USPS) MISSION RECEIVED: Bethie_Biker (Mission 2) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661963 MISSION ARRIVED: October 9, 2020 (per USPS & Recipient) MISSION RECEIVED: October 7, 2020 Bethie is all set - I am putting my wishes up to 'The Great Pumpkin' for a successful receipt ???
  4. JimRKY (Mission 1) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661970 MISSION ARRIVED: October 8, 2020 (per USPS) MISSION RECEIVED: Bethie_Biker (Mission 2) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661963 MISSION ARRIVED: MISSION RECEIVED: October 7, 2020 Bethie_Biker received a package on 10/7 with really neat Halloween Stamps on it (!!) She had me save the stamps and says she'll try to wait until Halloween to open the package.
  5. The ghostly Mission rises high Beneath full moon in Halloween sky To whom shall fall the onerous task Of opening it when spell is cast? We hope our gifts though passing small Will find favor with y'all! (The Southern Bronte Sister ?‍♀️) JimRKY (Mission 1) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661970 MISSION ARRIVED: MISSION RECEIVED: Bethie_Biker (Mission 2) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: October 6, 2020 9405503699300064661963 MISSION ARRIVED: MISSION RECEIVED:
  6. Sorry for the late post - updating eluded my mind until today! JimRKY (Mission 1) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: MISSION ARRIVED: MISSION RECEIVED: Bethie_Biker (Mission 2) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: September 23, 2020 MISSION SENT: MISSION ARRIVED: MISSION RECEIVED:
  7. Hello GeoCharmer81! Thanks so much for hosting this fun Mission! I have emailed, so hopefully we'll get a 'helpful' LOL! Both Bethie_Biker and I would each lke a Mission, please, although we'll compile in one post series: JimRKY (Mission 1) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: MISSION SENT: MISSION ARRIVED: MISSION RECEIVED: Bethie_Biker (Mission 2) EMAIL SENT: September 14, 2020 NAME RECEIVED: MISSION SENT: MISSION ARRIVED: MISSION RECEIVED: Just a little "signal" of what's to come ???
  8. Easy - Microsoft 'Woof to Text' Conversion . Also available in Amphibian and other animal 'tongues'.
  9. This is in my Outlook Calendar for February. Still working on getting Howard Wolowitz to hack the Mission Code so the transmission of the Trackable Code comes from our property on Mars, nicknamed "Smiling Cat Cottage, Mars". ?
  10. Hello. Smory! I am intuiting that you may be new to Geocaching? If so, Welcome! As you've seen, if you've read the replies, this game has been around a while. There is 20 years of history, and reasons why a great many things are done, and not done - some merely because Groundspeak (the company owning Geocaching) wants them that way. That said, it's not really "hidebound" as there is quite a bit of 'laissez-faire' latitude in some ways. A lot of freedom to create. If I could suggest, try contacting someone(s) in your area who has a good amount of experience to bounce questions off: a mentor. We Geocachers tend to be "our" own best resource. Most cachers will help you. With the lack of Events due to Covid-19 that may be a bit harder than usual, but you can always try messaging the Cache Owners of local caches to you who have experience. And please remember - We were all new once, too - most cachers will be willing to help you if asked. Enjoy Geocaching! JimRKY
  11. lotuscaching - As I haven't seen it anywhere above WELCOME TO GEOCACHING! You're in a very special time: You are a Newbie, the life-blood of our Sport! So many things to learn, experience, add your unique contribution to - enjoy. As you can see, everyone has their own 'take' on SWAG (Stuff We All Get). From giant plastic bugs to individualized GeoCoins, the possibilities are endless. And, yes, as you've found most of them have already been monetized as industries - Challenge Coins have been around a long while (although not trackable) for instance. I try to follow a few, simple, things when selecting/creating SWAG: 1) Durable AND Waterproof 2) In some wise unique or identifying of us (Bethie_Biker and I cache as a couple most often) 3) Within the means of the Average Cacher in-the-field to TRADE EVEN (or better) 4) Just basically attractive After that it could be anything. Hope this, in some small wise, helps! ENJOY GEOCACHING !
  12. Shall we listen to Rimsky-Korsakov's lesser known work 'Flight of the Mosquito' wjile we munch?? ?
  13. You're more than welcome, Helder! Sorry that it couldn't have been more - you waited far too long ??
  14. Hello, Friend Helder_SSA! I wasn't your original Mission Partner but when Claire asked if I was still available to do a Replacement Mission, especially considering the wonderful package which you had sent to me - how could I refuse?? I have messaged the information for the package to you separately. Let's hope all goes as USPS says it should! Here we are looking towards Easter - how nice to have a little 'left over' Christmas Spirit! JimRKY
  15. Shhhh...it's more fun just watching. I've noticed that most statements of substantial SOLUTION get ignored in the Forums, while oldies battle like (bleep) any opinions that don't agree with their own. It's the best fun there is next to finding or setting caches ? When all's said and done, GS owns the 'bat, ball, ballfield, radiostation, concession stand' and makes the guidelines. Anyone else is just bleeding CO2 into the atmosphere. ?
  16. Actually, no. Not stated was that there was an effort to resuscitate the cache after it had been Archived for want of a caring CO and at that point it was discovered that the new guideline you mentioned was in effect. Now, the case can obviously be made that Groundspeak doesn't have to 'care' about this - that the Guidelines (as we must always remember) are there - and cast in Silly Putty. However - if GS doesn't care, Who Is Going To that can make any active difference? It's that there was no way to have this adopted until it was too late. It's a Challenge that Kentucky Geocachers now can no longer participate in - and other such challenges in the country can be adversely affected by mandates with no consideration for this effect. In my original post, I put forward an idea for abandoned caches to be put in for Adoption by 'Credentialed' Geocachers (please see my original post) in an 'Orphanage' run by GS. Wouldn't take much, especially as the numbers seem low - and would put 'eyes on' for the caches in question. Any not measuring up could then be archived. This puts in a level of appraisal that is currently lacking, and I can't see how it would be in conflict with any of the comments regarding archiving caches that any of the cachers in this thread have put forward.
  17. Thanks for the quick reply. Then I'm a little puzzled...200 of 13,000 caches - ~1.5 Percent? There is a major campaign on over 1.5% of caches? That just doesn't BEGIN to resolve the issue as stated by HQ - making ROOM for caches for new cachers. Is there another initiative to cleanse the databases of all data for CO's whose caches are closed out by this initiative? Now THAT I could understand - old data, unused types and icons, dead weight on the hosting servers all going away - that makes sense even for 1.5%.
  18. I listened to Brian Roth on Podcacher and have read the posts by HQ on this "Clearing the Gameboard" initiative. I still have to wonder: What happened to Reviewers killing caches by the Health Scores?? Anything with a "Needs Maintenance" against it will surely show up on that, and I'm seeing this as part of the issue with caches that have wrapped to the "Lonely", or better abandoned, criteria for the experiment. Oh, and I always keep the Last Expedient in mind: "No decision regarding any one cache..." That said, do I think there are caches that need to be disabled or Archived? Yes. Do I also think that HQ needs to develop a better way for caches that are active and don't have an Active CO on them to NOT be Archived? YES! Why not take the caches that are to be archived and put them in an announced 'Orphanage' for active, credentialed Cachers? (Credentials as HQ put on applying for a 20th Anniversary Event, perhaps)? Then cachers could apply for them and save 'good' caches. Any that weren't good could then be archived by an active cacher with eyes on the situation - something that a Reviewer OR HQ Can't do. We had our Kentucky DeLorme Challenge go by the wayside for this sort of inability - and, of course, it can never come back. Just my two-cents.
  19. Dear Laval K-9 and all the wonderful Missions Joyeux Noel 2019 participants. Tonight is the long awaited eve when all over the world cachers await Santa Claus. I am thankful this year for all the people put into my life with whom to share fellowship, a grand sport and the best of life. Thank you! Especial thanks this year to Scrabblehounds and Helder_SSA for the fabulous packages which I received and have opened tonight. Helder- So Many Trackables! And wooden trackables too! And the Logbook! So thoughtful! And the coin! Oh my! Scrabblehounds - what a thoughtful decoupaged box - Bethie_Biker and I spent time identifying each picture along our Geocaching path - so much time that, and the hat and potholder must have taken you. And the lovely coin and trackable. We will remember this for a long while. Thank you all again - but enough thanks cannot be given to Claire, watched over by the spirit of Wyatt Earp, always. Helder-SSA's wonderful package ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Scrabblehounds fabulous package ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And a final small offering for a Christmas Eve, whether snowy outside or not... Merry Christmas to all!
  20. Happy Winter Solstice! To all those up North (waaay up North) - I envy you this night, the longest of the year, yet without a sunset.
  21. I want to thank everyone. I had generated a Pocket Query with the caches I was looking for within 5 minutes of Max & 99's first reply! This was a great experience with fast and relevant responses.
  22. Yeah, we had realized the above. We're looking at having a Meet & Eat followed by "non-compulsory" caching. There are ways to placate the 'Guidelines Any Decision Regading Which Are Not Enforceable On Any Other Cache' lol.
  23. I'm not a newbie but I don't utilize much of the tools for caching - most never. I am trying to find Night Caches in a given area for a member of our local Geocaching group who wants to have an Event for finding night caches next month. Since it's not a "type" of cache I know it used to be possible to search by Attribute. Is this still possible and, if so, how? I can't seem to find that in the new, streamlined, whicketty-fast "Search". Perhaps I'm just stupid? Thanks for all replies (not necessarily as to whether I'm stupid). JimRKY
  24. I regularly pack up for the field with a set of USGS maps for the area of caching, a transit and chain set, compass, dividers, straight rule, pencil(s), (of course) my trusty octant and a solar-powered calculator with a solar-powered flashlight backup - and a Cyalume in case everything fails. I tried GPSr's, phones, ET's with galactic level navigation capabilities - they all let me down in one way or another. Of course my present set of gear limits me to one or two caches a day - max about 6 sun up to down, but that's OK. I never cache in cities because people look at me as if I'm strange carrying all this gear. Here's a few thoughts: what other "features" of a smartphone work - that are germane to Geocaching - when the signal is down? Also - what good is a GPSr when the batteries go low? Cache with whatever you like- I've had my octant for many-a-year and the API has never outstripped it! If you believe this, then I have Operators Standing By (!) to take your $40 for a Geocaching Express GPS6000 !! Happy Holidays!
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