Sunday, March 30, 2008

Another geocaching report

Yet another geocaching report. This day I was joined by my friend Dan. We started in Pangborn Park.

More of the park. It’s a nice park. Somewhere there’s a cache in the park. Don’t ask me where. Yet.

Nearby there was another cache. This pig is keeping an eye on the cache location from across the street.

From there we went to the nearby Fairgrounds Park, where we did not find anything, then to this bridge, where we did.

This was the noisiest cache I think I’m ever likely to encounter. Because there is one lane through a tunnel on a blind
curve (take that, highway safety engineers), you have to honk your horn as you drive through this tunnel. It’s
been years since I have been through this tunnel.

This is a Ford Festiva. It was made by Kia. Who knew? I was trying to take a picture of the cache location,
which is near a very busy intersection in town. Instead I wound up with the picture of the Festiva. But
you know, I am happy to have the picture of the Festiva, so that works. Also present in this picture, for
those in the know, is Item 13.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 

Category: Life

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Just another result set that confirms what I (think I) already know:

Introverted (I) 57.69% Extroverted (E) 42.31%
Intuitive (N) 63.64% Sensing (S) 36.36%
Thinking (T) 81.82% Feeling (F) 18.18%
Perceiving (P) 63.33% Judging (J) 36.67%

INTP - "Architect". Greatest precision in thought and language. Can readily discern contradictions and inconsistencies. The world exists primarily to be understood. 3.3% of total population.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 

Category: Life

Sunday, March 23, 2008

More geocache

These are tracks near where I live. I went off in search of a benchmark, described thusly: "A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED K 12 1935 AND SET IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE POST."

Unfortunately, this was the only concrete I saw around today. Maybe there was a disk in it once. The description of where the disc is supposed to be doesn’t really match the coordinates, either, so I don’t know, but i kind of doubt it is there.

But hey, you know what I did find? That’s right, another golf ball.

I had better luck today. I found the cache in here, but only because my GPS was spot on and I had plenty of time to look around undisturbed. Although somebody did drive back there again today.

And I found the cache in here.

And in here . . . . So I found three of the five caches that eluded me yesterday.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 

Category: Life

Another day, another geocache

Today was a rough day geocaching. My first attempt left me standing in center field.

Nearby, I managed to find this stuffed animal--or what was left of it. I’m not sure if the cache is located in it or not, but if it is, I might not be finding this one.

Next up, I tried to find a cache that is near this vacuum cleaner somewhere. I have no idea where because I never found it.

I tried to find another nearby cache. The picture from this angle might make this area look remote, but it isn’t, because behind me is a shopping center. And for most of the time, women on break (I guess) smoking. I basically decided to come back to this one later on.

On my next attempt, I discovered these fragments.

I assume from this that they once belonged to a deer.

I looked around for the cache, but all I found was this golf ball. I thought this one was a standard size. If I find out that it is a micro cache, maybe I’ll go back and take a closer look at the golf ball.

The golf ball was pretty far back a trail. I skipped over a small creek, walked through a field, and came upon this jacket. Whoever was last seen wearing this jacket--yeah, that person is probably not far from here.

Maybe in these sheds.

Or maybe this barn.

Could be, huh? There was definitely a large bird here that I disturbed very much by walking around.


Seriously, the sign ought to read, "Go ahead. Trespass. We dare you."

I gave up on the cache that lead me off into the woods and decided to go and try to find another one. I also thought the cache was a larger size, but I was confused. It really helps to know what you are looking for. This is what I found. This is not what I was looking for.

So I gave up on that one and headed to the spot where I took this picture. It is at the end of a cul de sac. The self storage place is the only thing back here. "Cul de sac" is French for "A random family in a U-Haul will drive back into the cul de sac and park there for no reason, thoroughly messing up your attempt to search for a cache in peace."

I was about to end the day with no finds when at last I was able to find a nano cache. Yeah, there were people still coming out to smoke behind the shopping center. But in between their breaks, I was able to find the nano cache, sign it, and put it back. The cache container is in this picture in case you are wondering what it looks like. Of course, you have to find it in the picture first. I put it back where I found it after I took this picture.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 

Category: Life

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Intrepid and Geocaching

So now that my camera is finally back from being repaired, I can take a picture of my Intrepid. It’s fixed now, more or less. I can drive it. It still needs some routine maintenance. Plus it’s now leaking power steering fluid, which it didn’t do before the accident. That’s where the spots in the driveway came from. I put some stop-leak fluid in and am hoping for the best. Once the weather warms up, we’ll see how the air conditioning fared. Probably not well.

I can also take a picture of my new car, a 2007 Hyundai Azera. Here are my two cars together. I’ll drive the Azera on hot days . . . .

I am also the owner of a Garmin GPSmap 60CSx. After nearly three months, I finally went geocaching today. This is the site of the first cache I found, on the campus of the college not far from where I live. The cache here is a microcache, which means that the container is just big enough to hold a log of the people who found it, and that’s it.

This is the second cache site. The second cache is in here, somewhere. First you need the GPS device to figure out where the somewhere is, and then you need to find the cache in the somewhere. This cache container (a gun ammo box) was actually big enough to leave stuff in. But I just signed the log for now.

This is where my GPS device said the third cache should be. My coordinates were a little different. I was going to take a better picture, but my camera ran out of power. Or got cold. Or something. Anyway, it wouldn’t take any more pictures. All in all, it is fun to find the caches.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 

Category: Life

Saturday, March 1, 2008

From Aristotle's Politics, Book 7, Part 16

"Since the time of generation is commonly limited within the age of seventy years in the case of a man, and of fifty in the case of a woman, the commencement of the union should conform to these periods . . . Women should marry when they are about eighteen years of age, and men at seven and thirty; then they are in the prime of life, and the decline in the powers of both will coincide . . . ."

"The constitution of an athlete is not suited to the life of a citizen, or to health, or to the procreation of children, any more than the valetudinarian or exhausted constitution, but one which is in a mean between them. A man's constitution should be inured to labor, but not to labor which is excessive or of one sort only, such as is practiced by athletes; he should be capable of all the actions of a freeman. These remarks apply equally to both parents."

Saturday, March 01, 2008 

Category: Life