Archive for January, 2018

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 Р2007.  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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Already going to post another bit about the Way of Kings.

My #1 New Years Resolution for 2018 is to read the Way of Kings.

I’m on the 4th day of 2018 and I have almost completed this task!¬† I started on November 23, which is obviously in 2017.¬† So I have cheated a little.¬† By the time I will be done, it will have taken about a month and a half.¬† It is a thick book!

One struggle I have is the bad habit of only reading in bed before going to sleep, as I mentioned in my previous post about this issue.  I have been trying to break this limitation with some success.  I can carry the book with me anywhere since I am using the Kindle app on my phone when I do not actually have my Kindle with me.  So I am trying to have a bit of a read when I have some downtime as opposed to wasting that same time checking social media.

I backed the Black Piper Kickstarter album Kaladin, and it’s just really surprisingly good.

I have not been listening to the Graphic Audio version of the book.

What I lack is someone to talk to about this book, although I do have one friend who has read it.¬† That helps, but he read it a while ago; I’m behind.

I wish I was in a book club, I have always wanted to be in one.


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

Polyphenol  Рstarted 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 Рbest 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 Рthrew 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 Рwow 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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