Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts

Saturday, August 05, 2006

101, 101, 101, 101, 101, 101, 103?

Geocaching in Texas during summer is always a hot experience. For the past 6 days in a row, we've been hitting an afternoon high of 101°. Last night, a local weathermen came on the air and said the words we've all been waiting to hear, "It won't be 101° again tomorrow." Unfortunately, he soon followed that statement with, "Instead, I predict that the afternoon high will reach 103°."

With temperatures like these, it is almost too hot for even the local park-n-grabs. Unless things cool even slightly, my geocaching activities are on hold. Until we get back down into the upper 90°s, consider me "out of the kitchen" because I can't stand the heat!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Request for Prayer

I would like to request from any and all of you who pray, please say a prayer for me. Monday morning, I will be undergoing a collection of 4 relatively minor surgeries. Even though they are all minor individually, having all four at once is likely going to create a long, hard, and painful road to recovery over the next three or four weeks. I won't be doing any geocaching, but I will still try to get an informational article or two posted during this time as I feel up to it. Please pray that the surgery goes well and that my recovery is as quick and pain-free as possible.

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Original - Part 2

Prior to the GPS Stash Hunt website that I mentioned in my previous post, there existed one single defining event in the history of geocaching - the first cache! On May 3, 2000, Dave Ulmer (photo below from cache page) posted a message on the sci.geo.satellite-nav USENET newsgroup announcing to the world that he had just hidden the "first stash hunt stash" in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon. With a single message, Dave Ulmer began the sport of Geocaching that has grown to include over 240,000 active caches in 220 countries!

From: Dave (
Subject: GPS Stash Hunt... Stash #1 is there!
Newsgroups: sci.geo.satellite-nav
Date: 2000/05/03

Well, I did it, created the first stash hunt stash and here are the coordinates:

N 45 17.460
W122 24.800

Lots of goodies for the finders. Look for a black plastic bucket buried most of the way in the ground. Take some stuff, leave some stuff! Record it all in the log book. Have Fun!

Stash contians: Delorme Topo USA software, videos, books, food, money, and a slingshot!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Lillian Claire

"God has blessed you forever...
God has anointed you with the oil of gladness." - Psalm 45:2,7

Emma Kate proudly announces the arrival
of her beautiful baby sister and future Geocacher,

Lillian Claire
March 2, 2006 at 2:51 p.m.

7 pounds 13 ounces
20 inches


Monday, October 31, 2005

The Politics of Caching - Part 2

Main Entry: tact
Pronunciation: 'takt
Function: noun
Etymology: French, sense of touch, from Latin tactus, from tangere to touch

1 : sensitive mental or aesthetic perception
2 : a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense, skill and grace in dealing with others

Almost 9 months ago when I found my first geocache, I would have never guessed that someday a fellow geocacher would be so angry after finding some of my caches that he would just quit! There is a little more to it than that, but that will suffice for the short version.

If you feel like sticking around for the long version, here you go! Over the past several months on the normally friendly and passive H.O.T. Geocaching forum, there has been an increase in the number of disagreements (for lack of a better or more P.C. word). Almost all of these have involved one particular cacher named *deleted* in some form or fashion. Without hesitation, I can summarize *deleted*'s philosophy of caching as being an independent sport. He doesn't make any attempt to hide this fact and quite often publicly criticizes those who cache differently.
"Being a Lone-Wolf cacher is the style that I prefer; no phone-a-friends, no geo-herds, no geo-guides, no 'since I was there when it was hidden, I'll claim it', etc.. It's just you vs. the cache. What you 'find' is what 'you' find. No Barry Bonds here!!!!!"
This is an admirable way to play the game, unfortunately, diplomacy doesn't seem to be one of his strengths. While expressing his opinions about the way he plays, his complete lack of tact and respect for others has caused him to have a "reputation" of sorts. This weekend, that reputation reared its head in the ugliest way both in the online logs of two of my caches and in the H.O.T. Geocaching forums.

Sunday afternoon, I was reading some of the logs written by the finders of my caches and came across this in Bad Medicine.
"You get an 'F' for originality, a 'D' for a dumb idea, and a '???' for location. Why put out something that may prove to be a hazard to a child who may innocently stumble upon it???? Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play? *deleted*"
Shortly after reading this, I read another log from *deleted* posted in just BEEhave.
"An absolutely capitol idea for a color scheme; NOTTTTTTT!!!!! TFTC *deleted*."
Normally, I welcome constructive feedback when something might be wrong with my cache or even if someone might disagree with my description or rating of a cache. I'd even be o.k. if they just didn't like the cache. However, I grew up hearing the rule, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all," and this surely didn't come across as nice to me. As history would tell, most other cachers who read the logs that day didn't think so either, and it didn't stop there!

*Deleted* decided to bring this attitude back into the forums where he blasted my caches again and made uncivilized comments about my cache hiding in general. While the public forums are not the place for these type of comments, it is certainly better than the cache pages themselves. Soon, one thing led to another and the next thing I know is that half-a-dozen local cachers have joined the conversation.
Not too long after this occured, the board's moderators locked the thread and eventually deleted it, but the murmurs it created continue to rumble. By this morning, I decided it would be best to just let bygones be bygones. To this end, I have deleted all of the questionable log entries by *deleted* and those that referenced *deleted* left by others. In addition, it appears that *deleted* has deleted his account at H.O.T. Geocaching and possibly might have quit geocaching in general.

Now, it is all water under the bridge.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Politics of Caching - Part 1

This past weekend and week, I finally got around to hiding several of the caches that I'd been preparing for several weeks.
Unfortunately, not all of these have gone without incident. One of the simple ones in the base of a street light was called Guard Dogs. The name of this cache came from its proximity to the Ramada Inn on Hwy 84 in Woodway, TX. Just to the side of the front driveway of this location, the hotel has placed two small dog statues dressed in seasonal attire. Shortly after I noticed that the dogs had recently been re-dressed in Halloween shirts, I decided that this would be the perfect spot for a geocache and hid a small film canister cache in the base of this lamp post just several feet from the street.
During the first few days that this cache was hidden, several local cachers had a chance to successfully log this find and all made pleasant or humorous comments about the dog statues. That was until I suddenly got this email message from Rodger Fussell.
"I found a person snooping around my hotel. His excuse was 'he was geocaching'. NO ONE asked to use my property for any reason and that is a shame. If I catch anyone else, they will be given to the local authority along with a complaint. Who do you think you are that you can come on private property without permission. rcfussell"
Apparently, this email came as a result of a confrontation with a local cacher attempting to find this cache. "He lifted the skirt, pulled out the cache, and looked like he wanted to choke me and anyone else in the immediate vicinity. I encouraged him to open it up and read what was inside. He then informed me that I was on private property AND that the Texas he grew up in, he would SHOOT me for doing this."
Well, Mr. Fussell, I'm sorry that you feel this way. Rest assured that I will definitely advise EVERYONE I know including all of those geocachers from out-of-town looking for a place to stay to avoid your hotel. We certainly don't want the general public going on your hotel's property, do we?

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Easter Egg-Caching Training Session

After learning that dinkumator and jarvuss are beginning to out-cache us, Geo-Baby and I set out for a day of cache (egg) finding practice at our Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt.
I think she is definitely getting the hang of finding hidden treasures! After these practice runs, we beat the college boys to Dude, ya got a pen? and were co-FTF's with another group of youngsters.