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Let’s pause for a moment to recognize a moment. Dad’s Hat Distillery canceled my tour for Saturday due to the extreme heat expectation. I did not become emotional. I just removed it from the calendar and continued on . . . Things are changing. Usually, as I come across things as I re-build this blog I become excited and then start thinking I should do that stuff again. When I come to Toastmasters posts, all of a sudden I want to do Toastmasters again. Homebrewing was the same. And geocaching has been too. But I’ve taken a break from the blog and from geocaching. I just came across some caches that I am posting. I noted that I have absolutely no passion for returning. Who knows what will happen, but my caching days may be over (save what flowers22 drags me to) . . . Carnitas! Now that’s some good stuff . . . One of the benefits of the no single-use bags mandate in New Jersey is that beneath my sink is neater. I have finally run out of single-use bags and am now working on the single-use bags I had to purchase. No savings here. Instead of recycling bags, I now actually purchase single-use bags. The system is flawed . . . Locks on doors. Broken handles, No way to live . . . We all want to be heroes, but reality says otherwise. We’re just humans doing human things. It’s not heroic, it’s life . . .

The Ultimate Trackable Lanyard – Digital Blue/Black Reflective

22-08-26 The Ultimate Trackable Lanyard - Digital Blue/Black Reflective

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

If one is going to have a GPSr, he might as well have a nice lanyard to accompany it. As my family and students know well about me, I o not like to carry stuff. That includes a GPSr. When I cached with Mopar, he had his GPSr on a lanyard. I finally adopted that philosophy.

This is made by GeoKnots.com, but I purchased it through geocaching.com. In addition to the lanyard, there is a leather tag that contains a trackable code. Despite wearing this lots, only one person has ever logged it.

There are two connections to the lanyard, one longer than the other to adjust the length when worn.

Overall, I have been pleased with this, but as I seldom use the GPSr, this isn’t getting much use these days.

Garmin GPSMAP 64st GPSr

22-08-25 Garmin GPSMAP 64st GPSr

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Almost 21 years ago I found geocaching. It has been a prominent activity in my life since then. Geocaching uses coordinates to locate something on Earth. GPSr units read where the user is and helps navigate that person to the geocache. Presently, this GPSr is the standard for the activity.

The thing is, geocaching has changed much in these 21 years. Where once upon a time I would be deep in the Pine Barrens seeking these things, that is no longer the case. Most geocaches are hidden far differently these days. Enter the cellphone. The cellphone, which everyone has on himself at any time, can read live cache pages and navigate one to the geocache as well. Because of the meshing with mapping programs, the navigation is better than a GPSr.

This GPSr is still better for the woods. And it is rugged. Drop this and all is fine. But it requires upfront work to put data onto it. The data are stale as soon as you do. It takes work to retrieve the data from it. Cellphones are just easier to use . . . as long as one has reception. Over time, my use of this device has diminished greatly.

Silva Starter 1-2-3 Compass

Silva Starter 1-2-3 Compass

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Fairly early in my geocaching career, I went to the Boy Scout Center near me and purchased a Boy Scout compass for the few caches that required a compass. I am almost 100% positive that I left it in Moose‘s Subaru after an outing. I never saw it again.

I toyed, particularly when I was immersed in letterboxing and exploring orienteering getting a really nice compass. I am happy I didn’t. I do not use this very much at all. It’s in the cache bag should something require compass use. I cannot recall the last time that was.

Condor Side Kick Geocaching Pouch

22-08-15 Condor Side Kick Geocaching Pouch

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Stuff. This is merely stuff to hold my stuff. In theory, it’s ludicrous.

Having said that, geocaching pretty much necessitates stuff. Try as I might, there are always things I want to have available to me. When I am truly into it, the car is loaded. But that displeases me. 🙁

This pouch has been pretty good for me to minimize what I take with me, but at the same time, have what I need.

Rarely do I carry this pouch with me when I leave the vehicle. It sits on the passenger seat and I use what’s in it as needed. Find a nano? I have the log roller available. A letterbox? The stamp and pad are here. Run out of batteries for the GPSr? Fresh batteries.

It’s small. When I am on a hike and suspect tools will be needed, this straps to my belt without issue.

PETZL, ACTIK CORE Rechargeable Headlamp

PETZL, ACTIK CORE Rechargeable Headlamp

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Early in my geocaching career, there were lots of night caches. I ended up with two headlamps for tackling them. One was quite similar to this one. Then night caches seemed to have disappeared.

Advance forward several years, my sister is big into night caching. We had several trips set up where I knew we would be doing some. I purchased this along with a high-powered flashlight. The night caches in West Virginia on the mountain in the snow were a lot of fun. Haven’t done many since. I suspect this will be recycled eventually.

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Working on one of my goals: have not logged into Google News in about a week . . . Love it when I find the perfect gift for someone! Have a gift on order for Mom for Christmas . . . Spent the last couple of days watching my son play a video game on the Xbox. Looked like my kind of game. Priced out my own system. Had plans. Then thought, let me play the game on his system a little. Reminded myself: I am no gamer. Plans scrapped . . . Tackling the My Things project. Going through and culling the fine stuff. Had hopes of getting below 400 items, but do not think that will happen. I have pared down as far as I am comfortable going. Right now I need to find 40+ items to drop below 400. I don’t think there are 40+ items I can find with what is left to go through. Frankly, will probably add a few items that aren’t on the list yet . . . Looked at the CIA for an associate’s culinary arts degree. $80,000 when I am 60 and two years of my life. I don’t see that happening . . . Long time complainer of concert ticket prices. Realized I could see Phish on Wednesday. $230+, I think not. I would go to AC again on the beach for $85, but I’ll be out of town this year . . . Everyone has his angle. My apartment complex has luscious green grass. At the beginning. Once you pas the office, it is all brown, crabby, and dead . . . Want to impress me? Don’t send me an e-mail telling me to honor my appointment when I didn’t make an appointment. I just unsubscribed from the Red Cross. Poor customer service through and through . . . The butcher I have used for 14 years totally did not treat me well the other day. Left disappointed. Will be using the other butcher for a while . . . It’s interesting to see the tabs left open from the evening before seeing what rabbit holes I was burrowing down trying to find ways to spend money . . .

BlazeOn Ideal Stamp

22-07-11 BlazeOn Ideal Stamp

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

My sister logs geocaches with a stamp. When I cached with her a lot last year, I saw that she and my niece have a stamp with both of their names on it. We cached so much together, my sister made two next stamps: one with her and my names on it and a second with all three of our names on it. It makes logging caches more efficient.

She thought I would like a stamp of my own, so she sent me this. It was nice of her to have done so.

GeoKnots Logsheet Roller

GeoKnots Logsheet Roller

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

Once upon a time, this was attached to my keychain! That’s how valuable this was to me. While I am much better with rolling those scroll logs in nanos, I still struggle on occasion. This ingenious invention has been a godsend to me countless times.

It now resides in my caching bag.

Trail Tweezers

Trail Tweezers

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

When one is geocaching a lot, this type of tweezer becomes a valuable TOTT. Getting logs out of those nanos is troublesome for me. These help. I’ve used them to retrieve flatty caches and all sorts of other ways on the hunt. This is an item that is the cache bag.