Pulling the plug (finally)

15c39829-2c30-4cf4-871a-32c2937f8931_zpsb90c5765I deleted all my deployed Munzees today and closed my account. Every time I would get an email from Munzee about the activity on my tags, I would laugh. Each email would tell me that have 1 capture. I had 47 deployed at the time of my account deletion. It became a joke that I wasn’t receiving any captures – then today I actually logged in to pull the plug on my account.

It’s statistics like this which caused me to lose interest real fast…
2 deployments placed over 1 year ago – 0 captures
3 deployments placed over 2 years ago – 0 captures
1 deployment placed over 3 years ago – 0 captures

I also reviewed the Munzee’s that I had captured … to date, most have not been captured in over 3 years. I am amazed by the lack of players, or perhaps they had grown tired of it as well.

I’m not here to talk bad about Munzee – it was fun for awhile, but very short lived for me. To be honest, I almost felt bad playing Munzee because Geocaching has always been the shit :-) and Munzee just didn’t do it for me. I’m assuming there are lots of people still into it, and that’s great for them, but I’m glad I won’t be getting that update anymore. I had removed the app from my phone well over a year ago. I just feel that if I took the time to choose great places to deploy them, it seems like it’s not worth it if no one bothers finding them. If you read back through this blog, you’ll see my dilemma with those playing the game and the nonsense that took place.

At any rate, so long Munzee … it’s been real.

Neglected Blog

This blog has been neglected for quite some time. I’ve (again) let life get the best of me and keep me from enjoying this activity. About 4 months ago I started a new job and went from working 2nd shift to going back to working 1st shift. It’s been nice coming home like most people, to enjoy the evenings with my family. The other job had a lot of overtime and I wouldn’t get home until 2:00am. I was tired all the time and didn’t feel like caching, or anything else.

My caching has been sparse during these past 4 months. I have a lot going on in my life right now, and it seems like I have no time at all to do the things I want to do. It’s cold and snowy now, and caching is a little more difficult, but I’ve never really let the weather interfere with my fun.

followmeI’ve just started up on Instagram for geocaching, and I’m following more and more people every day, but the number of people following me is low. This is to be expected since I have very few photos posted online. They are unsure about someone having 2 photos on their gallery of photos. If you’re reading this and are into geocaching, feel free to following me on Instagram – thanksforthehide

I will be attending the Midwest Geobash this summer along with my brother. It will be his first caching event and he just received his order of pathtags, so he’ll be all good to go. I keep debating whether or not to make a new pathtag design.

Again, I put this out there … I welcome guest authors who want to contribute to this blog. If you have a story or geocaching tips to share, please get in touch with me – thanksforthehide @ gmail.com (with no spaces).

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Caching Bro’s

It was a very cold and windy day to cache this past weekend. A mere 26°F with occasional wind gusts that cut right through to your core. I try not to let the weather interfere when geocaching … we’re definitely not fair-weather cachers. Last Sunday my brother arrived to cache with me, which is something we don’t get to do very often. He lives about an hour away and both of us have jobs that take up way too much of our lives, so it nearly takes a rare planetary alignment for us to be able to spend a few hours caching or just hanging out.

LyndeThe first cache (GC4A2Y7) I took him to was one that I had already found some time ago, but I wanted him to enjoy finding it as much as I did. As we arrived at GZ, I had him bring up the description on c:geo and read the details about the cache.

He was shocked, just as I was when I learned that the cache was within feet of the grave of comedian Paul Lynde. We grew up watching Paul Lynde on the Hollywood Squares and Bewitched. I had no idea Paul was from Ohio, let alone that he was buried here as well. He rests next to his brother and sister, and his parents grave is right next to them.

birdhouseThe day remained cold and windy, but we continued to make our way from cache to cache, until finally stopping at a local restaurant. One last stop for the day, as I took him to a cache that I had already found, but wanted him to experience. A clever hide at the end of a driveway by the cache owner, it proved to foster some thoughts of making a similar cache container that we could place sometime in the future.

Apathy Toward Geocaching
It continues to amaze me at how much people literally do not care whenever I post something on my Facebook page about geocaching or the really cool location of a cache. Any other topic or comment about my day or experience yields comments from friends and family. But let me mention geocaching, and the silence is deafening (except for the single cricket chirping in the dark recesses of the comment box.) I am not one to push things onto people … to constantly post the same topic over and over. I may post a caching comment once a month, if that. It is consistently left hanging out there and treated like a turd in the punch bowl. Noses are turned up and it is immediately dismissed. I have made offers (twice) to meet with any of my FB friends, family, or anyone to explain or teach them about geocaching, and you’d think I’d been arrested for beating puppies.

It’s hard because I want to share this cool activity, but it’s just not something that anyone seems excited about. I look at it two ways … they have no idea about the fun that geocaching brings … the locations they would never have known about, the fellow cachers you sometimes meet for the find, or the meet-n-greet events that are fun, etc. But I also think, ok … that’s one less person I have to beat to win a FTF. But seriously, I guess I should just stop worrying about it and just enjoy geocaching for what it is … one of the best activities that my immediate family (and GeoDog) can enjoy together, and leave it at that.

Maybe I’ll run into you someday looking for the same cache container. You can trust that I won’t treat you like you’re from a leper colony. Unless it’s a potential FTF … then you’re on your own!

Happy Caching!

Geocachers … A Show of Support #ImOnBoard

As a family of geocachers, I wanted to pass along a small request to other geocachers in support of the NASA Orion program. Following up on the recent post on Facebook by astronaut and fellow geocacher Rick Mastracchio, I was hoping we geocachers could offer a simple show of support by taking a selfie and post it to Twitter with the hashtag of #ImOnBoard

The #ImOnBoard campaign supports the Orion program and NASA’s ongoing space program. With the recent photo of a travel bug floating in space aboard the International Space Station posted by Astronaut Mastracchio, and given that we geocachers rely on satellites circling the Earth to let our GPS know where we are … I think it’s fitting that we offer a show of support for NASA and our space program.

The Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) is based on the Orion design requirements for traveling beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

As we are out caching today with our geodog BristolDobe, we will be sure to upload our selfie and show that we too are on board!

Additional information:

https://twitter.com/NASA_Orion

https://www.facebook.com/NASAOrion

Plastic Munzee Tag Manufacturing Comes to an End

I have enjoyed meeting, at least virtually meeting anyway, many Munzee players from around the world, when they have placed orders for Munzee tags that I have been manufacturing. It has been a great experience knowing that tags that I have manufactured, have been deployed from coast to coast here in the United States, as well as in other countries such as Germany, Portugal, Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand and others.

But all good things must come to an end, and the plastic Munzee tags I sell will no longer be offered through t4th.net or traditionsengraving.com.

This website, t4th.net, has and always will be, primarily a source of information and sharing with others, the great activities of Geocaching and Munzee. I have enjoyed both activities for a number of years, and this website is a way to share those experiences. As always, I welcome comments as they relate to both activities, and guest authors to share their stories as well.

As for Traditions Engraving, the product line is expanding as the business continues to grow, and the Munzee tags are a product that was decided upon to discontinue. Traditions Engraving’s focus has shifted, to provide a greater diversity of products, and that decision has been a very good one. Items in the outdoor recreation division that relate to geocaching, hiking, camping and fishing will still be available.

Should you decide on placing an order for plastic munzee tags from Traditions Engraving, you have until Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:59pm to place that order. Traditions Engraving is the only company that offers a variety of the plastic Munzee tags in size, shapes, or colors. But, as mentioned before … all good things must come to an end.

Once again, a huge thank you to all you munzers who have purchased our tags. We hope they have enhanced your experience with this great activity and made it easier for other players to cap your easy-to-read, durable tags.

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