+SylvrStorm Posted June 20, 2003 Share Posted June 20, 2003 Starting a new thread because I think this is a separate issue from the cachers who were airlifted by SAR, it's something worth discussing, and I don't want to get in the middle of a Seneca/Jomarac5 debacle. (Incidentally, I live near these guys, have met one of them in person and hope to meet the other, respect them both individually for their intelligent insight, and am often annoyed when they let their rivalry get in the way of otherwise intelligent discussion.) Anyway, in that other thread, Seneca brought up something he coined "must-find-the-cache-itis". I was intrigued by this idea, as I've experienced it myself. Never to a degree that would put me in danger, but close enough that I'm alert for the warning signs. The premise is that when you're on a cache hunt, you sometimes get an almost overpowering determination to find the cache, no matter what. You may be completely blind to it, and just push on. Or you may get a niggling feeling that if you stopped to think about it, common sense would tell you to quit and try again another day, but because of that you force yourself to not stop and think about it, but rather push on with a fierce determination to find it. For me it's usually a time thing. Maybe it's getting dark and I'm not prepared for night caching. Maybe I told my wife I'd be home by a certain time, and I'm running late, but I'm just sooo close - don't look at the watch! My experiences have been relatively harmless, but I can easily see that in other circumstances the same feelings of determination to "complete the quest" could be very dangerous. Because of that, I'm alert to the warning signs, and (try to) force myself to do the rational thing and be objective at times like that. So, anyone else have any thoughts or experiences like this? SylvrStorm *** Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry, and they laugh at you. *** Quote Link to comment
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