T4TH Pathtags Finally Arrive!
The waiting is finally over – my pathtags arrived last week! The quality is amazing and I am very pleased with the final product. During the proofing process, I had a couple issues with how they appeared, but the problem was with my artwork and not PathTags.com. Now that I understand the process, I will use Adobe Illustrator rather than their tag editor program to create tags. My addiction for pathtags has only gotten worse. I have three additional tags already in my mind to create, and I’m sure there will be more in the future.
While attending the Midwest Geobash this past July, I happened to be standing in line to place an order at a food truck, when the guy in front of me turned around and read my lanyard that displayed my geocaching name and my real name. His voice trailed off reading my lanyard … “T4TH … hmmm, oh ok … thanks for the hi…… so, Jim … do you have any pathtags to trade?” He caught me off guard as I had never been asked that question before, and the other people who heard his question had also turned around, waiting on my response.
Suddenly, I felt like I had been taken back to the wild west. I could almost hear the whistle from “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”… it was as if everyone within ear shot of the question had turned around. Everything went silent and in slow motion as I noticed each person wore a pouch on their belt. Their hands poised over their pouch, as if a Hollywood gunslinger … a slight finger twitch, waiting … waiting for my answer and watching my hands to make the reach. Their eyes were trained on me, reading every move.
“Well…”, I began, “I had hoped to have them in time for this event, but they didn’t arri…”, and with that, the spell had been broken, and they turned their backs to me … their hands relaxed from hovering above their pathtag pouch … and in my mind, I heard the piano player start back up on another tune in a crowded saloon.
What the hell just happened? One minute, I’m waiting to place an order for food, and the next thing I know, I have 5 to 10 people ready to pounce on the opportunity to trade for a pathtag that they did not already have in their collection.
The significance of that moment makes sense to me now, as I look at the pile of T4TH pathtags before me. I will be very stingy with placing these tags in caches, as the pathtags are more expensive and a cache has to be very memorable before I make a drop. Instead, I will continue to use my T4TH signature tags as they are very inexpensive, yet incredibly durable. Still, I look forward to trade with others – in fact. If you’re reading this and have a pathtag of your own, please contact me and we’ll see if we can work out a trade.
As for upcoming pathtags to create … one for my wife, one for my business, and one to celebrate our new geo-dog, BristolDobe. I doubt these three new tags will be the end of this obsession, which is ok. Until then, I am ready for the next opportunity to trade.
Now, where can I find one of those pathtag pouches to hang on my belt …