+Snoogans Posted July 24, 2008 Share Posted July 24, 2008 (edited) Something strange happened to me today which gave me an idea that sorta builds on an idea I had a few years ago (for GW4) to give amnesty to TB violators who wish to release TBs they are holding with no questions asked. Today, I opened up my P.O. Box and discovered a TB in a package. This particular TB is one I gave to a new cacher I met at an event, in March, who promised to place it in my nearby TB hotel later that afternoon. The TB never got there. The person I gave it to never logged the event or my cache or any of the nearby caches. The TB owner emailed me several times asking about their bug and I was at a loss for what to tell them. In the package was a note explaining that these folks had decided against caching as an activity and that they wanted to get the TB back into circulation. Great! I'm glad they had a conscience. They must have gotten my P.O. from one of the threads where I offered trades for my smashed pennies or for my refrigerator door community TB project. I didn't give it to them. And so was born a possible solution to (some of) the M.I.A. trackable dilemma...(T.B.A.I.) Have you held a TB too long for whatever reason and want to repair your karma? Now you can send it to Travel Bug Amnesty International. (T.B.A.I.) Mail to Snoogans (T.B.A.I. Project Headquarters) C/O Press Your Luck P.O.Box 516 Missouri City, Texas 77459-0516 No questions asked. Resurrectees will be celebrated in this thread. No names or origins of packages will ever be mentioned. If you would like a smashed penny in return include S.A.S.E. and one will be sent back to you. The second part of my idea is to build a network of cachers who wish to participate. You would need to post a P.O. Box (It's unwise to post a home adress.) for your chapter of T.B.A.I. and solemnly swear to return all TBs you receive to circulation A.S.A.P. I would also like for everyone that participates to post links to the TBs they help resurrect here in this thread. This project (if it works) could use a chapter in all regions of the U.S. + alaska & Hawaii and in every country that has an active cachin' community. This will help folks decide where they want to ship to and cut down on international shipping fees. (A possible side effect is that it will give the greater community a place to launch a TB from.) There is no approval process. Post a T.B.A.I. chapter on this thread and you're in business. Link this thread to your local and regional forums and let's get this network rolling! Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Chapter postings? US Regions where chapters are needed: (Based on GC.com regional forums) Just post a P.O.B. and claim your region. Alaska - ??? Hawaii - ??? Great Plains - ??? Mid-Atlantic - ??? Midwest - ??? New England - ??? Northwest - ??? (It would be totally cool if that was Groundspeak Headquarters. IMO) South & Southeast - Snoogans / T.B.A.I. Headquarters (See address above) West & Southwest - ??? International chapters open: Arabian Peninsula/Middle East Australia Belgium Canada Finland French Speaking German Speaking Greece - Hellas Italian Speaking Mexico and Central America New Zealand Portuguese Speaking Scandinavia and Baltic countries South Africa South America Spain United Kingdom This is a cache network too. I'll be posting a T.B.A.I. cache as soon as I find a very secure, yet accessable spot to hide a new TB hotel. Edited July 24, 2008 by Snoogans Quote Link to comment
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