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Ok - you asked for it and we listened. Team Phoenix has plans well underway for the first ever Victoria night caching and BFL extravaganza. We've been scoping out locations and putting together ideas.

 

Now we need some input from you - what night of the week would be best for you? Would you be willing to contribute up to $10 to go towards prizes?

 

We don't want to give away too many details in advance - we love suprizes.

 

I love the smell of Lock 'n Locks in the morning...they smell like $$$

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Originally posted by peetz:

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I was waiting for someone to pick up on that.Actually I live on Vancover Island, and my partner lives on the east coast . We got hooked on this when she and her son were visiting here.We found our first 32 caches together,,,,now we are hooked. She will be back here chasing tupperware with me in no time.

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We'll see, or maybe not... perhaps darkness is better?

 

Did my first dashpoint today (geodashing), yay. look forward to more difficult ones.

 

I have plans to incorporate caching and dashing together, from a hiding perspective first off.

 

Aren't the forums fun?

 

Goodbye for now.

 

kuuzadanac

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Preparations are well underway. Team Phoenix has been carrying out night ops in order to prepare for the event.

 

We would like to see a minimum of 16 participants. Once we have heard from a few more people we will work on picking the date. It will more than likely be a week night, but this is still open for debate.

 

I love the smell of Lock 'n Locks in the morning...they smell like $$$

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We have the event all worked out - now the hard part, getting everyone to agree on the date. We know we won't be able to keep everyone happy but we'll do our best. Once we've got enough feedback we'll go with the majority.

 

Here are some suggested dates - please let us know your preference:

 

Mon 14th

Fri 18th - long weekend

Mon 21st - long weekend

Fri 25th

Mon 28th

 

We're open to other options - we want to try and please as many people as possible.

 

A few other details to keep in mind:

 

- the event will start once it's dark out

- it should run for approximately 2 hours (followed by beverages somewhere for those who are so inclined)

- you will be competing in teams of 4. If you have someone you want to team up with please let us know. For those of you who do not have team mates we will match you up with someone

- a fun time is guaranteed icon_cool.gif

 

I love the smell of Lock 'n Locks in the morning...they smell like $$$

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CG - I think I can handle the BFL envy - we're much too slow to be competitive in any case. (So slow, in fact, you should maybe team us with Canadazuuk. Haven't met the guy but he sounds like he could use a steadying influenceicon_smile.gif) What I'm more worried about is getting blinded by them all. But curious and looking forward to finding out what all the fuss is!

 

[This message was edited by Loonie Easter Bunnies on April 05, 2003 at 11:10 AM.]

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BFL Night in now confirmed icon_biggrin.gif. Here are some brief details:

 

  • Date: Friday April 25th
  • Time - approx 8:30 p.m.
  • Location - T.B.A.

 

A event cache page will be posted later this week, watch for it icon_eek.gif.

 

Entry fee will be $10 which will go towards prizes.

 

If you want to take part you must email your confirmation to Team Phoenix - we will collect entry fees the night of the event but you must be pre-registered.

 

You will be working in teams of 4. If you want to be on a particular team please give us that info. If you do not have team mates please tell us and we will match you up with other cachers.

 

A fun time is guaranteed for all. For those of you who cannot make it on the 25th we're sorry, we went with the majority. There will be future Team Phoenix events.

 

And lastly - official instructions will be sent to participants by email prior to the event. Don't you love a mystery icon_eek.gif

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I sent this to the TEAM last week, and was in turn asked to pass it on to others. I sometimes think that we get a little to self absorbed in our own small lives, and forget to look around to see how others might be affected by our actions. This is how someone ELSE was affected by Team KFWB GPS:

 

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Hi TEAM KFWB GPS,

 

By now you have no doubt heard that we are at a temporary disadvantage, when it comes to looking for small boxes in the woods. Having that knowledge, I think you should know what happened on Sunday morning, April 13, as it concerns you directly.

 

Cacherunner was in bed when the fire alarms went off, and hastened outside. I had been called in to work a midnight shift for someone who had phoned in sick,and was just waiting for a chance to head home to bed,when I heard from Cachrunner about the alarms going off.

 

My relief came in at about 5:30 AM (I was scheduled to leave at 7) and busied himself puttering around in our dispatch office ,making coffee, chatting, and generally being a pain. I was in agony waiting for him to say " Why don't you go home, and see if you still have a home?" but he never did. I asked him if he could cover me at about 6, but he said he was busy. By 6:30 when he said "Go ahead", I was ready to climb out of my skin. I got home minutes later, and instantly knew that we no longer had a place to live. Since we had been burned out about 18 months before, I was very aware of how difficult it would be to begin the rebuilding process, after just completing it a year ago.

 

Then I noticed, standing there in the pouring rain, that a fireman had a DBBFL. He was simply looking at the burning building, while he gulped some much needed oxygen from outside. I called to him, "How do you like that light?" He said he called it the "DAYLIGHT" because that was what it made the smoky rooms look like. I told him that I had one just like it, and that some wonderful people had left it behind a fire hydrant for me, and a similar one for Cacherunner. He said he didn't know where the Dept. got his, but that he wasn't ever going to a fire scene without it again. Then he said he thought it belonged to another Dept., but that he was going to appropriate it. Later on, on another break, he

told me how he had just used it to see into an adjoining suite to the fire suite, and that he had just BARELY seen a kitten through the smoke with it, and managed to save the little guy, who was now with the SPCA fellow.

 

I thought that was pretty cool, DBBFL's and firemen go together. Man, I thought, the TEAM knows where to get this industrial strength stuff that the Fire Dept uses. I did note however, that there was only that one fireman who had one...

 

Then I didn't give it much thought. I visited the Fire kitten that the DBBFL had saved, and tried to calm the little guy down. Just then the 12 year old girl who belonged to the kitten showed up, and started to cry when she picked up Miracle Kitten, and said thank you over and over to the SPCA fellow, who told her that the Fireman with the big flashlight found him, not him.

 

About 3 hours after the fire was out, we were escorted up to our suite to see if we could salvage anything, or grab some clothes or ID (clothes smelled so bad, that we didn't bother) and I noticed that the DBBFL was missing off the charger table I had made for it. I asked Cacherunner if she had seen it, and she said no.

 

On Monday, we again were at the building, and were escorted up to our suite by the asst. fire chief. I asked him about the DBBFL. He looked at me and said, "What do you call that thing?" I told him that Vector makes them, and that each bulb was a million and a half candlepower. He asked where I would have seen one. I told him that some wonderful people had left one behind a fire hydrant for me, and a similar one for Kim.

 

He was stunned. He then grinned, and said. "Do I have to give it back?" He said that a fireman had searched our suite for anyone possibly trapped in it, and had seen it on the table. He presumed that civilians would have no need for anything like that, and that it had to be a fire dept. tool, that a firefighter had put down for a moment, and then forgotten. He took it for his own use, and the battery lasted 3 hours, just by using the trigger when necessary.

 

I asked him where it was. He said on the wall in the station, beside pumper truck #3. We hurried down to the Station, to find.a black, sooty, soaking wet, DBBFL, ruined lens and all. The Asst Chief asked if I still wanted it, and I said I didn't care if it worked or not, because it was a gift from some people that I care about very much.

 

I brought it to our hotel, and started scrubbing. Most of the soot is gone now, but some remains ground in. The lens is pretty nearsighed and scratched up, but that is unimportant. I knew that both chargers had also gone missing, but I didn't care, because I still had my souvenir. Then I tried plugging it in to Cacherunner's CFL charger. It WORKED! It's usable again, and now it looks MEAN!

 

The moral of the story is this: After all was said and done, and I was so happy to have a working DBBFL again, I though of the kitten, saved with the light that KFWB GPS indirectly gave that fireman. They made a 12 year old girl cry tears of joy, when she most certainly would have lost that kitten without that light. I think KFWB should sit back and consider that because of them, she kept the most important thing in her life, next to her Mom.

 

There is always a silver lining in every cloud, and a story like this in every disaster. I have posted this story with the permission of TEAM KFWB GPS, not to blow their horn, but because we thought that the community here should know all of this.

 

We move in to our new home on Wednesday, April 23. We have visited our cat every day since Sunday, and seen Miracle Kitten a couple of times since, at the SPCA.


 

I also note that TEAM KFWB GPS has donated DBBFL's to the Esquimalt Fire Department. Maybe we can get the Dept. to enter Friday's event.

 

Happy Easter to all.

 

54199_2500.gif How much intelligence does it take to sneak up on a piece of tupperware?

 

[This message was edited by marinerBC on April 20, 2003 at 11:13 AM.]

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Wow, what a great story. We were really worried when we heard about the fire, but relieved to know that MBC & CR came out of it ok (and your cats as well).

 

I know this may sound corny, but to think that the DBBFL saved a life...it doesn't get much better than that.

 

I didn't know that the TEAM had donated DBBFL's to the Fire Department. All I can say is wow and thanks. You truly are fine people.

 

So does anyone know someone on the Fire Dept? We'd love to have them take part if they're interested - could they consider it a training activity??

 

I love the smell of Lock 'n Locks in the morning...they smell like $$$

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So many emotions came to the surface while reading this. Sure, I may be a sap who cries at everything, but I think that there are lessons in this story. It may sound korny, but right now I really think we all need to stop and take a look at what is going on around us. I've been caching for a month now. In that month, I have heard many stories of politics, loathing and basic "we can't play in the same sandbox". Here is a real feel good story about how things were shared, how people came together and how some basic generosity caused some terrific things to happen. Isn't that something that geocaching could be about? Could we please take a page from the TEAMs book? Help eachother, share friendship, knowledge and foster teamwork. Think what would have happened without it. Here endeth my little vent.

Thank you TEAM! And thanks to Mariner and Cacherunner for sharing the events. Hope to see you back in action again soon. Has anyone thought of just calling the fire station and inviting them?

 

Step away from the tupperware!

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Maybe this is a sign they should be giving all their expensive loot to the outfits who truly could use them, like the Fire Dept, and not just a bunch of people playing a game. Same with the dough - I can think of several organizations doing incredible work helping people build better lives and which are always in danger of losing their public funding. I repeat what I have said before - cachers in general do not need the toys and money.

My opinion.

Cachewidow

 

It's not difficult to meet demands; just turn around and there they are.

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I can use it and I want it. I need the toys and money cause it's not cheap cause I don't believe in the tooth fairy. icon_smile.gif

My opinion, icon_rolleyes.gif

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Mariner sorry to hear about your mishap. I'm glad I moved out of that place before it caught on fire again. There's been a problem with that place eversince they build it. Glad to hear you are all okay. Good story, wish I could write like that. icon_confused.gif

 

There are two kind of people in this world... Those going nowhere and then there are those going somewhere.

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Well, we know that the TEAM is giving to at least one organization in need. Perhaps there are others that we don't know about. Thats their business, and personally, I think it should stay that way. If someone has worked hard enough to be the first to find one of their special caches, it is entirely up to them what they do with the money. Maybe people who know of places in need should work hard to win and donate the money themselves. For those who have received a BFL and are only stubbing their toes on it, find a volunteer fire department. I guess what I'm saying is who knows what good works people are already doing. Not everyone toots their own horns.

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Originally posted by GroundClutter:

So many emotions came to the surface while reading this. Sure, I may be a sap who cries at everything, but I think that there are lessons in this story. It may sound korny, but right now I really think we all need to stop and take a look at what is going on around us. I've been caching for a month now. In that month, I have heard many stories of politics, loathing and basic "we can't play in the same sandbox". Here is a real feel good story about how things were shared, how people came together and how some basic generosity caused some terrific things to happen. Isn't that something that geocaching could be about? Could we please take a page from the TEAMs book? Help eachother, share friendship, knowledge and foster teamwork. Think what would have happened without it. Here endeth my little vent.

Thank you TEAM! And thanks to Mariner and Cacherunner for sharing the events. Hope to see you back in action again soon. Has anyone thought of just calling the fire station and inviting them?

 

Step away from the tupperware!


 

Groundclutter, I find it sad that in a month you have been exposed to the politics of people in this activity. I think you will find the vast majority of people that engage in this hobby mean well, are honest in their intentions, and try to get along. There has been a bit of local history, and resulting mistrusts, but for the most part people are positive and are getting along well. Those that don't get along tend to stay away from each other in an effort to keep the peace for the others present. The catch now will be to see if staying away from each other will do the trick. It is impossible to impose our own expectations on others. Perhaps those that you write about can read your words and move forward in a positive and mature manner.

 

Personally, virtually every person I have met out in the field geocaching has been great fun, respectful and helpful. I would expect that will be the case for you in the future, so stick with it.

 

I hope you can see the positive in this activity and simply ignore the negative you may bump into. The negative will pass with an overwhelming positive attitude.

 

I think the team activity that Team Phoenix has organized will go a long way to bring people together to have fun, in a different manner than regular Geocaching, with this activity. It should be fun!

 

As far as the experiences that MarinerBC writes about, this certainly is a sad story with some moments of positive in it. I, for one, am thankful that Mariner and Cacherunner are both physically ok after such a crazy event in their life. It is amazing to think that a tool given to them by Team KFWB could also be used as a tool by the fire department in such an event. It is great to see such a positive and community outcome to an otherwise nearly solitary gift.

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Originally posted by Yellowcode3:

 

Groundclutter, I find it sad that in a month you have been exposed to the politics of people in this activity.


 

Me too! I just want to have fun!

 

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The catch now will be to see if staying away from each other will do the trick. It is impossible to impose our own expectations on others. Perhaps those that you write about can read your words and move forward in a positive and mature manner.

 

That's exactly what I am hoping for. That mature people could work through differences. Nothing will be resolved through avoidance. It only fosters negative feelings and draws in more people.

 

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Personally, virtually every person I have met out in the field geocaching has been great fun, respectful and helpful. I would expect that will be the case for you in the future, so stick with it.

I hope you can see the positive in this activity and simply ignore the negative you may bump into. The negative will pass with an overwhelming positive attitude.


 

Whoa, don't get me wrong. I'm not giving up. This hobby is way too cool to let a few spoiled eggs wreck it. I do see the positive, and thought I had expressed that in my last post. I was hoping that others saw it too and stopped the feudin' and a fightin'. I'm ready and willing to meet up with anyone and everyone who wants to cache with me. I don't care who their friends or enemies are. Unless someone has stolen my chocolate, they all get a fair shake.

 

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I think the team activity that Team Phoenix has organized will go a long way to bring people together to have fun, in a different manner than regular Geocaching, with this activity. It should be fun!

 

I couldn't agree more. Does that mean you are playing on Friday?

 

Step away from the tupperware!

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