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I did another Geocache and have noticed a trend that I’m not so sure I dig.

There are many that are just stuck underneath the cover of parking lot lights.  Seems mundane and boring.

I am still formulating my opinion on this.  Obviously, I can just ignore them.   Yet when I try to do other ones, which are not simple park and grab, I feel like I’m suspicious.

And in the above picture, I AM being suspicious.  What the hell!  This poor slob is out there minding his own business. Unfortunately, he’s right by a cache.  So I have to wait for him, in my car, watching him, and even taking his picture!  That’s not right.


Inside the cache is some rubbish.  Maybe I’m missing something.  Who would want a dirty eraser thing, a paperclip, or 12 cents?  I never really want anything from these things, and just sign the log that nobody cares about.

So I had a bad experience.  Maybe Pokemon Go, Ingress, or the forthcoming Harry Potter thing are more to what I should be doing.

On the other hand, I do like the physicality of things.  Many times I have loved and enjoyed geocaching, so I will do a little more exploring on the state of it in 2018.

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Well I’ve had this blog for almost two years.  I am using it much less than I thought I would.  But, it’s still here.

I put most of my stuff up on Instagram.  It’s very easy; thoughts and postings are so disposable.  They may only exist for a moment or two before disappearing into the flood of content that is the Internet.  Instagram a good fit for this type of consumption.

I’ve been watching some of the Overwatch tournament.  Blizzard is pushing it hard.  Houston even has a team!  I doubt any of the players have actually been to Houston, but that’s ok.  Our team is called the Houston Outlaws.  The logo is pretty cool, and I think the Overwatch Esports push is pretty fun.  I hope it makes it.  I’m skeptical.  Maybe I should buy a shirt before the Outlaws go away.   I do like the logo.

Heroes of the Storm seems to be about 1/10th the size of Overwatch, but I’m much better at it.  I’m diamond in Heroes.  I get it, even if I’m getting slower and slower.  Sometimes I can’t dodge the Q.  They also have a tournament going.  There was a team called the Old Gods, and I liked the name so I decided they would be my team.  However, they got picked up by a sponsor and now have the company name instead of their own.  And then they lost.  I don’t have a team to follow at the moment.

I’m the only person I know that is watching any of these.   That doesn’t bode well.

In other news I did a couple more geocaches.  Sadly, some of these caches make me feel like I’m behaving suspiciously.  I like the physicality of of it over, say, Ingress or Pokemon Go, but those latter two seek and find endeavors are not very suspicious.  I’m looking forward to the Harry Potter one.

Disc golf is still really fun, although we need one or two more people.   We pretty much have a game every Sunday.

My Wednesday group is now playing on Sundays.  And my weekend group is now playing on Thursdays.

I’m loving reading the Stormlight Archive.  I read a bit each day, and it’s just wonderful.

Patti and I went on one date, but we need another for the month.  Need to get in 26 dates this year.  She wants to see The Post which is fine with me.

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We used to do a bit of geocaching back in 2005 – 2007.  It was a good thing for us to do with the kids that got us out of the house.  It helped us explore the area.  Back then it was a little more difficult, there were no smart phones.  I had to connect my Garmin GPS to my computer with a serial connection and input the destination, then I printed out the cache information and off we went.  It was a bit of a process.  Here is a picture, taken on March 12, 2005 with Paige and Jonah opening a discovered cache.

It was really fun.  Anyway as with all things we moved on.

I stumbled on the website again, and surprisingly all my login information worked.  Looking at my profile, we did 42 caches.  Seems like so many more were done.

I downloaded the app and it’s now amazingly easy to do these things.   First, the app shows you where the cache is.  No more arrow and distance estimates in real time, you pretty much know where the thing is.

In this case it took me to a light pole, and I knew somehow it was connected to that pole.

I lifted up the square base and the cache was just laying there.  Easy.  I’ll need to do one that is more difficult and see where the challenge is.  I think this one would have been easy even in the old days.  The cleverly hidden ones were the most fun.

The cache itself is like they were, a log to sign and sometimes a trinket or two to take, if you have something to leave in it’s place.

I like dice, maybe I’ll take a handful of dice with me and put them in a cache or two.

It was fun to do this and another cache right by my house, maybe I will dip my toe in a little more and see if it’s something good.

I had forgotten about geocaching.  These days, this has been somewhat replaced by Pokemon and Ingress, and I wonder if the real physicality of it will be fun.

The problem is that there are no caches at places like the zoo.  And, boy do you look suspicious driving out to the corner of a parking lot and messing with a light pole!  Or maybe that is part of the appeal.

Browsing through the caches I did at that time, and the names of the people who were active locally, all but one that I can see have pretty much dropped it as a hobby.  There was a local website which is still up as of this posting but is not being renewed, and will vanish soon.

People come, and people go.

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2017 had some nice little things happen that I am pretty happy about.  Here is a list:

Polyphenol  – started taking antioxidants and my skin feels so much better.  New agey pills have always seemed stupid to me but no question of results.
Tree trim – best purchase of the year.  Trees look great and easy to mow and drive under
Shelves in garage – been wanting to do this for years, purged the old crappy b&n shelves and put good ones up at high cost.
Attic purge – threw or donated so many items.  Attic is clean now, very little left
Ugly chairs / table outside garage sale – I love the outside table set and the ugly chairs.
Pulled tree in back yard – was going to be an issue in 20 years.
Waterpic – wow oh wow!  Teeth feel so clean after using this each night!
Power washer – need to have one of these to maintain house.
2 monitor computer – I will never go back!

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It’s been a good year for us.  There is much to be thankful for:

  1.  My parents coming for Thanksgiving.
  2. A good, well paying job with excellent benefits, great co-workers and a good manager.
  3. A nice house
  4. Wonderful family life.  Our last full year with Paige before she heads off to college.  Big changes coming, today I need to just enjoy while all four of us are here.
  5. Plentiful friends.
  6. We are all healthy and happy

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So far in 2017 there are three purchases that I like the most.

  1.  a little window air conditioner in our bedroom.  We make the room so nice and cozy, and I didn’t see the electric bill go up at all.
  2. airpods – I have wanted blutooth headphones for a long time, and these, by Apple, are amazing!
  3. A second monitor for my computer.  This has been an amazing change, so invaluable, I will never go back.  I can play and watch and surf all at the same time.  Highly recommended.

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So I have a few updates on my 2017 resolution progress.  Some good.  Some not so much.

2.  Control Kickstarter spending.  Only 6 for 2017 will be the goal.

I’m on track here.  I have only funded one so far, How to Write Adventure Modules That Don’t Suck.

At the moment, anything Goodman Games does I’m going all in.  I expect they will have at least 2 more and maybe three more this year.  So they are hogging up half my Kickstarter selections, but I’m good with that.

8.  Read a dozen more books.  One per month.

I’m behind.  I have only read most of one single book; The Handsmaid’s Tale.  Hulu is making an adaption of this.  But I have stalled out and honestly nothing is grabbing me like Appendix N did in 2016.

14.  find creative endeavor……  (I don’t know what this means.  I try things and they go away.  but I must have an outlet and this blog isn’t it)

Ok, so Treknologic is a podcast that I had a big part in creating but left after a year or so due to burnout.  They are going on a hiatus of sorts; so I am stepping in for a year or so while some members get some real life stuff done.  We recorded one episode a week ago or so and it was fun.  I’m rusty; at one point I was pretty good at this but it’s been years and keeping a good flow can be a challenge.  Also I know nothing about microphone technique.


So 2017 is mixed so far.  I’m doing some things right but need to keep some focus on what it is I want to accomplish in 2017.



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Here is a picture of the Alps in Bavaria that I took in March, 2014.

So the site is back looking exactly how I like it.  All is in place.

However the previous two years of content…..gone.  It’s a little sad, but I can’t blame anyone other than myself.   I’m actually not too bent out of shape.  I even cancelled the restore request; these guys are dirt cheap and it shows in their support.  When you get hosting for $4 a month, it’s pretty much all self service.

Nobody ever read any of my blog for the two years I had it running.  I would get a hit here, a hit there, probably from bots; but no following.  It makes me wonder a bit why I started it up again.  As I mentioned before, I have often done little projects like this.  Little corners of the Internet that are my own little place.

I did make a backup of this site, however.  I probably should do a test restore somewhere, I guess.  I probably won’t worry too much about it.


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So for me 2016 is going to be about balance. I’m going to try and do the things I want slowly and steadily, spreading out my attention among many things. Normally, I push to one thing and burn out.

So I’m going to try this. A few bullet points of things I’m going to try and do daily:

Always be reading a book. So far, I have read three books, and I want to read at least three more. I LOVE a good book. And when I have one, nothing is better. Going to try and get caught up on Mistborn. Somehow, there are four more books.
SLOWLY build up on an MMO. Right now it is Black Desert. I love MMOs, and I don’t want to not be playing one. But I need a guild, some people to play with. An MMO night. No need to rush to level 50 of whatever game I am playing.
Bike rides. I need to get more exercise. Two or three times a week.
Some kind of Wednesday game night. It seems my old Wednesday group has collapsed. For years it was stable, but things are not so good. Need to work on something here, but am not sure what.
Limit social media time. I don’t need to check these things 10 times a day…. so dumb.
Listen to more podcasts and audio books.
Get OK with one character in Overwatch.
Continue playing a Tabletop Simulator game asynchronously.
Move towards being in some kind of gaming community.

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Hello.  Here I go starting this blog / site yet again.  I begin again with some trepidation, and this time I will be making a backup.  I recently lost two years worth, and it does not look like I will be getting it back.

So the site, which was perfect, now is needing work again.  I will work to set it right, but I am in no hurry.  I have no visitors, and really very little vision for the site.  But I do like having a little corner of the Internet.

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