+dprovan Posted May 6, 2014 Share Posted May 6, 2014 I remember a time I met a couple of geocachers in the field. One I recognised because I'd met him previously at an event. The other I didn't, so I said hello, we traded caching names and chatted a while. It wasn't until later I realised he was one of the most prolific cachers in the country. But for the purposes of a random encounter the fact he finds more caches in an average year than I found in a decade is irrelevant - he obviously didn't feel the need to mention it and it wouldn't have added any value to the conversation. I disagree it would have added no value to the conversation. You spent time chatting about geocaching with one of the most prolific cachers in the country, someone with a wide range of experience in many different areas. And you had no idea who he was. Although I have no problem with him wanting to be anonymous, at the same time, I think that information would have, in fact, added value to the conversation. Unless, of course, you immediately got into your head, "What a braggart!" and focused on that instead of taking the information as simply helpful context rather than immediately assuming it was a display of ego. Of course, the odds are he didn't say anything because he assumed you'd recognize his handle, perhaps suggesting an even bigger ego that you're giving him credit for. Me, I don't worry about how much ego someone has. They've found N caches. That's just a fact, and it really makes no difference to me whether they're telling me because they think I'd like to know or because they hoping it will crush me with the weight of their superior geocaching abilities. Quote Link to comment
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