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That speech that someone read at the last "Down With Admins/Approvers Rally" didn't go over too well. If I remember correctly, it went something like this:


A little less than one-seventh of one score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand registered Geocaching.com. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of hiker/thrill seekers who had been seared in the flames of withering boredom. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of wandering endlessly in the woods, without purpose. But three years later, we must face the tragic fact that there are still not enough caches in the world.


Three years later, the life of the geocacher is still sadly crippled by the manacles of cache denial and the chains of the one-tenth mile limit. Three years later, the geocacher lives on a lonely island of cache-less land in the midst of a vast ocean of hide-able environments. Three years later, the geocacher is still languishing in the corners of wilderness and finds himself an exile in his own land.


So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we have come to our benefactor’s website to cache a check. When the architects of our game/sport/adventure wrote the magnificent words of “Groundspeak” and “Geocaching.com,” they were signing a promissory note to which every Geocacher was to fall heir.


This note was a promise that all cachers would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of GPS, cache page, and the pursuit of geocaches. It is obvious today that Geocaching.com has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of cachers are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, Geocaching.com has given the cachers a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of Geocaching is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this website.


So we have come to cache this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of the hunt and the security of the find. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind TPTB of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of disapproval to the sunlit path of cache justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of the community’s caches. Now is the time to lift your website from the quicksands of cache injustice to the solid rock of cacherhood.


It would be fatal for the website to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the cachers. This sweltering summer of the cacher’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality for all caches. Two Thousand Three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the cacher needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the website returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility at Geocaching.com until the cacher is granted her citizenship rights.


The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of this website until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred in the forums.


We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into forum violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting admin force with soul force.


The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the geocaching community must not lead us to distrust of all admins/approver, for many of our admin/approver brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.


We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of cacher rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as our caches, heavy with the fatigue of disapporval, cannot gain lodging in the open spaces of the world and the woodlands of the counties. We cannot be satisfied as long as the cache’s basic mobility is from a smaller list of restrictions to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a cacher in Mississippi cannot hide her ideal cache and a cacher in New York believes he has nothing for which to hide a cache. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.


I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow disapprovals. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for a cache page has left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of admin brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.


Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the forests and cemeteries of our northern states, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the geocaching dream.


I have a dream that one day this website will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all caches are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former geocachers and the sons of former admin/approvers will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and cache denial, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four caches will one day be hidden in a nation where they will not be judged by the content of their containers but by the quality of their character. I have a dream today.


I have a dream that one day the website of geocaching, whose owner's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little cache boys and cache girls will be able to join hands with little admin boys and admin girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the cache shall be revealed, and all cachers shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the Forums. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will all be free to cache one day.


This will be the day when all of geocaching’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if Geocaching.com is to be a great website, this must become true. So let freedom for caches ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom for caches ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom for caches ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom for caches ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom for caches ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom for caches ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom for caches ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom for caches ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom for caches ring.


When we let freedom for caches ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of Geocaching.com’s children, cache men and admin men, approvers and posters, hiders and finders, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old cacher spiritual,


"Free to cache at last! Free to cache at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free to cache at last!"




Fact is that there is nothing out there you can't do,

Yeah, even Santa Claus believes in you...

Floyd of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, from "Can You Picture That?"


[This message was edited by Pantalaimon on October 28, 2003 at 09:34 PM.]

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astounding! Joe, Criminal, absolutely astounding!


Oh, man! I haven't had a good laugh like that in a while. Thanks, Criminal, JoeFrog, and Stunod.


Do ya think a head doctor would have fun in here?


lmaoHA ha ha ha ha ha ha! (for the cache idea, and the comment!) HA HA HA HA!


Keystone...ya crack me up !


Now thats sick...


Nothing suggestive in this post.



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