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Featured Cacher For April 2012 - BBQBob2

Mar 15 2012 01:25 PM | Team Four Paw in Featured Cachers

BBQBob2 of Southeast Houston, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
My friend Tim (Sparky) got me started in December 2007. He called up the GC map and showed me all these things that were hidden all over Houston, and some that I drove by every day. We started hunting at lunchtime and after work and I was hooked by Day 2. My wife Pat still remembers the old pre-caching days when a trip to the store only took an hour and didn’t result in heat stroke, PI and big thorn scratches on my arms.

How did you decide on your caching name?
We moved to Texas in 2003 and that was the first time I tasted true BBQ. My son Bobby and I soon started searching out good places, so bbqbob2 seemed like a good handle. He never caught the caching bug, but we still enjoy a BBQ run to Luling or Lockhart to see my daughter Beth.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
I started with a Garmin blue Legend that Tim lent me, then bought my own and after a few hundred finds switched to a Garmin 60Cx. I’m an old school guy, and the 60Cx has gone from cutting edge to old school in just the few years I’ve had it. Love the accuracy and reliability of the unit, for me it’s one of the best things Garmin has done.

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Featured Cacher for September 2005 - Bosun

Aug 01 2005 07:19 AM | Team Four Paw in Featured Cachers

Bosun of Missouri City, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Bosun: I first learned about Geocaching while browsing a web site on GPS navigating, which also linked to other sites and Geocaching was one. Just being curious I checked it out and then I found another use for my GPSr, which I only used on the boat for navigating in the fog.

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Featured Cacher for April 2006 - Red Eye Rebels

Mar 29 2006 08:37 AM | Team Four Paw in Featured Cachers

Red Eye Rebels of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Red Eye Rebels: A buddy of mine named Wes Green was the original Red Eye Rebel. He and a couple of my other friends started caching one year when his parents got him a GPSr for Christmas. For about a year they found a cache here and there and he tried to talk me into going. I always said no!!! Finally I gave in but the first 3 or 4 we searched for we couldn’t find, I had about quit already. Eventually we found a couple and as I started to play with the site I became interested in its features, though it was very limited then. Soon after I was hunting down caches closer to my house, and the thrill of new caches on my front search page began to pull me in for good. My buddies quit going long ago, they had found about 20 that first year…I think I found over a thousand the second.

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Featured Cacher For June 2006 - MAES

Aug 16 2006 01:48 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

MAES of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
MAES: Our children Amy and Scott who cache under the name Team Tulip took us caching the first time and then gave us a GPSr for a combination Anniversary and Christmas gift in 2005. That intro got us hooked.

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Featured Cacher For August 2006 - ATMA

Aug 18 2006 07:34 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

ATMA of Dickinson, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
ATMA: Mrs. ATMA bought an eTrex Legend GPS to help navigate around town and day drives while camping. During some searches for GPS related articles we kept finding information relating to geocaching. We read a bit about it with some interest but didn’t take any action to try it until 10 months later.On 7 August 2006, we decided to give it a try with a friend of ours so we manually loaded some coordinates, printed some cache sheets and headed out to a small park about 2 miles from home. After looking for a short time, found this ammo box full of things to look at and a log book as described on the site. It took about 30 seconds to hook us. That cache is archived now but we remember it like it was yesterday. We found 4 that first day and had 1 DNF.

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Featured Cacher For September 2006 - MedTexPlac...

Aug 30 2006 11:15 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

MedTxPlacer of Meadows, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?SockPuppet: I was visiting with my only brother in California. His brother in-law was over and he mentioned that a friend of his had been geocaching. In the cache he had found a neat paperweight with floating dolphins. At that point I wondered why anyone would spend all the time and energy just for a paperweight. At that point I was still not interested in caching.

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Featured Cacher For October 2006 - HoustonControl

Sep 30 2006 10:41 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

HoustonControl of Baytown, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Houston Control: You know, what amazes me is how long it took for me to discover caching. I’ve always been somewhat of a techy guy – not to the degree that some of these computer techs/IM folks on this site are, but pretty savvy for an old guy. I had a laptop, with DeLorme mapping software installed, to which I attached an external GPS receiver and used for navigation. I think I first used it on a motorhome vacation my wife and I took in the summer of 2000 with my Dad. We used it for several other car trips, but the laptop and all the wires got cumbersome to deal with, so I started shopping for a standalone GPS unit I could use in the car. In February of 2005, I ordered a Garmin iQue M5 PDA-style GPS just for that purpose. After I ordered it (but before it came in), I was surfing the net one night at work and a post about GPS use on the Baytown Sun (newspaper) online forum caught my eye. Someone was asking if anyone knew anything about geocaching. I started reading, went to geocaching.com, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Featured Cacher For November 2006 - Muddy Buddies

Oct 31 2006 11:20 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Muddy Buddies of Alief, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Muddy Buddies: Kathy first heard about geocaching through one of the Girl Scout adult training session she attended. She came home very excited about it and looked up the geocaching.com site. We checked out the website and started searching for a suitable GPS. After several weeks we got our Christmas GPS and started down the one-way road of Geocaching Addiction Syndrome (G.A.S.)

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Featured Cacher For December 2006 - Two Dog Knight

Nov 29 2006 10:55 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Two Dog Knight of Sugar Land, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Two Dog Knight: It was June of 2001. I was visiting family in Denver, Co. There was an article on Geocaching in the paper. It peaked my interest, being one to be always on the inquisitive side when it is about something new and different. It was a matter of cutting out the article and filing it for future exploration. I did not own a GPS and I was headed for Las Vegas, then Utah, then Wyoming, then Montana, then Idaho, then Oregon, then Nevada, then Utah, then Arizona, then New Mexico, then home to the Houston area. It was just at the beginning my planned trip for the summer. Upon my return to Houston I came across the geocaching article that I saved while unpacking. I wound up buying the little yellow Garmin Etrex and used it for the 1st time in January of 2002. My first find is now a letter box cache, but, it is still active.

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Featured Cacher For January 2007 - GrangerFam

Jan 04 2007 08:37 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

GrangerFam of Sugar Land, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
GrangerFam: My sons and I were on a Cub Scout campout in April of 2005 in Stephen F. Austin SP. A good friend of ours brought a GPSr and we hunted an elevation marker on the trails of the park (Don’t Dtub Your Toe). Before we left the park, we attempted a few other caches, but they were pretty daunting for first-timers with really young kids. On the way home, we did our first cache in Katy. A few weeks later I got a Garmin ETREX Legend and we’ve been hooked ever since.

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Featured Cacher For February 2007 - Popeteers

Feb 01 2007 03:34 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

The Popeteers of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Popeteers: We were introduced to caching by one of Papa Popeteer’s coworkers, Mrs. ssmw. In the time since we started, we’ve done about 1800 caches and they’ve got about 150. We’ve embraced the sport a little bit more avidly than they have.

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Popeteers: We found about 1200 caches with a Garmin E-Trex Legend (Ole Blue as we call him). We got a Garmin Vista this past year which has a lot more bells and whistles but we don’t think that it gets us as close as the E-Trex. For paperless caching, we use an Ipaq 3000 series PDA with GPX Sonar and Mapopolis.

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Featured Cacher For March 2007 - Geek-Qualizer

Feb 27 2007 12:33 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Geek-Qualizer of Katy, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Geek-Qualizer: Back in early 2003 a co-worker and good friend of mine had stumbled across a Wardriving website that had a link to geocaching.com. We both were into Wardriving around town and I had just bought an eTrex Legend to use with Netstumbler. Geocaching sounded cool to me and it was another reason to use the GPSr. It didn’t take long for us to start wasting our lunch hour going out and finding nearby caches. My friend unfortunately burned out after about 30 caches or so. I continued on finding caches although lately I’ve slowed down quite a bit. I seem to cache in spurts nowadays.

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Featured Cacher For April 2007 - Dyfen

Apr 02 2007 08:51 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Dyfen of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Dyfen: In July of 2005 my sister Wolf Grrl introduced me to geocaching. I found my first cache July 2, 2005. Wolf Grrl was on the phone with me every step of the way and I have been hooked ever since. Even though we live so far apart, we still cache together via the cell phone. Thank goodness for ""in-network"" usage!! We sure do miss each other though. When we are together, we cache together. We do have a blast!

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Dyfen: I started out with a Garmin Etrex Legend but the screen started to get bad lines through it so I got a Garmin Etrex Vista Cx and have since added a 1gb with the maps of the USA loaded on it. I have a Palm Trio PDA with mobipocket to go paperless but have not done it yet. I use GASK to download coordinates to my GPS. It took me a year to know that I could do that. Computer savvy I'm not.

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Featured Cacher For May 2007 - OHL Hockey Guy

May 01 2007 10:47 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

OHL Hockey Guy of Friendswood, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
OHL Hockey Guy: I honestly don’t remember how I learned about caching. Most likely it was the same way I learn about other internet related topics… either CNN or an accidental Google find. At first I wasn’t very active less than 100 caches in the first 22 months but then in the last 18 (since the first coin quest game) I have been going full speed (over 700 since Nov-05).

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
OHL Hockey Guy: I use a Garmin 60CSx that I recently purchased as an upgrade from my 60C. I also typically carry my PDA that has the ebooks for my PQs.

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Featured Cacher For June 2007 - Georeyna

Jun 11 2007 10:10 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Georeyna of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Georeyna: I learned about caching through my neighbors and friends “The Popeteers.” Momma Popeteer started out by inviting my daughter to go geocaching with their family. It took her about two months to convince me to geocache. One day she called and said “Get ready, we are going geocaching.” She took me to her caches in Meyer Park and we searched for all her caches there. After the very first find, I was hooked. We had so much fun and about 2 weeks later I officially joined the geocaching community. I have been involved with geocaching since 2005.

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Georeyna: I use Garmin. I have two Garmins right now, Garmin Vista and Garmin 60C. I love the latter of the two because of the mapping system if offers, color screen and all the updated features that comes with the GPS.

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Featured Cacher For July 2007 - FSH & TDW

Jul 02 2007 10:02 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

FIVESECRETHUNTERS & Texas Dreamweaver of Katy, TX & Richmond, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?

FIVESECRETHUNTERS
I worked with a cacher by the name of Du’s Crew. He started talking about this “treasure” hunt game and drove me crazy with the stories of night caching, hidden treasures and good times. I love to hike but getting my kids to actually go hiking was like pulling teeth so I thought maybe this would suffice as a carrot to get them to go. The big problem was that I didn’t have a GPS and didn’t want to spend the money so I held off. Cody (Du’s Crew) came in one day completely tweaked up about a cache that he was going for – Quantum Leap. The story he spun and the bread crumbs he left out started to wet my whistle, not to mention the intrigue he laid out about the cache owner – Snoogans……..I couldn’t stand it thinking of road trips, world travel, and flat out adventure. I borrowed a GPS and the rest is history………well, until I found a likely victim then passed it on…….Enter Texas Dreamweaver……

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Featured Cacher For August 2007- Nov64

Aug 01 2007 08:17 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Nov64 of Willis, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Nov64: I first heard about Geocaching on the forums at WheresGeorge back in 2004. Then my Mom, Nov2, and I went on a cruise in April of 2005 with a friend, tafolla. So, when we were at St Thomas, tafolla dragged me along to find Dock Sider (GCHBMC). After about 10 minutes, tafolla lifted up a light skirt… I was thinking how cool was that? I was hooked. Came home … dusted off my Dad’s old Magellan……..

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Nov64: At first I tried to use my Dad’s Magellan… but that was like a Model T… wasn’t Geocaching friendly. So, after few attempts, I gave up on the Magellan and bought myself a Garmin Etrex VistaC. Since the first Garmin, I’ve upgraded. I now have a Garmin 60CSx with City Navigator 8.0 maps installed.
I use a Zire72 Palm and GSAK7 for PQ’s and am caching paperless.

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Featured Cacher For September 2007 - Team Skammer

Sep 04 2007 09:48 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

TEAM SKAMMER of Spring, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
SKAMMER: We had read about it on the internet, thought it interesting, then back-burnered it. Months later, we were bored one Sunday and since Robert already had a GPS (albeit ancient) we decided to log onto geocaching.com to see how far we would have to drive to find one. We had nothing else planned and decided that if we had to drive a couple of hours to find one, that would be fine. So we typed in our zip code and were stunned to see hundreds of them all around us, the nearest one within walking distance! We were so excited and hurried off to find our very first—Ivantofindit’s Crop of Pines. We couldn’t wait to try another one and went looking for the next one out in The Woodlands. We realized pretty quickly that Robert’s old GPS was not going to cut it when it took us 45 minutes to find an ammo can and we only found it after we gave up looking and tripped over it on the way out. I vowed no more caching until we had a new GPS.

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Featured Cacher For October 2007 - One Step Closer

Sep 30 2007 12:57 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

One Step Closer of Houston, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
OSC: One evening back in May of 2005, Mrs. OSC and I were watching an Episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and the plot involved the murder of a geocacher. The next morning while we were talking on the phone about the episode Mrs. OSC asked me to look into Geocaching because it sounded interesting. I said something to her about a co-worker, Rick, of One of the Texas Vikings, who I had heard talking about this Geocaching thing before. Well, one look at the website got us intrigued so we went out to Walmart and bought the little blue Garmin eTrex Legend and found our first cache the next day down at Cy-Fair Community College. It was called “Popular Culture Cache” (GCN97C).

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Featured Cacher For November 2007 - Wolf Grrl

Nov 01 2007 09:48 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Wolf Grrl of Central Valley, CA.
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How did you learn about caching?
Wolf Grrl: A friend of mine introduced me to it. We were cycling on a path in my old home town, Morgan Hill. She said, “I have some coordinates in my GPS would you like to find a few caches?” I replied, “Sure.” I actually found the caches on my own. That was back in 2004. On Mother’s Day in 2005 I received an eTrex Legend and the fun started.

What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Wolf Grrl: My GPS’r is a Garmin Vista Cx. I use my Treo for paperless caching. I utilize GSAK and De Lorme Mapping.

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Featured Cacher for December 2007 - WTT-B2

Dec 03 2007 01:06 PM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

WTT-B2 of Dayton, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
WTT-B2: A few years back I bought a Magellan Sportrax Topo GPSr for an Elk hunting trip to Colorado. When I returned home I got hold of Magellan Support and told them that my unit had lost all of the waypoints that were entered into it while hunting. They said that they had those problems with some of their units and to return it for a refund or replacement. I wasn’t too happy with a replacement knowing that the next unit could loose the waypoints out in the middle of Colorado’s wilderness like the last one did. That’s how and why I started using Garmin. Oh wait a minute this should be how we started caching. There was a brochure in the GPSr box about Geocaching.com and on a Sunday afternoon at work I pulled the website up and was intrigued by it. When I did a quick search for caches around my area I was stunned by the amount of them. One I recognized pretty easily and on the way home I stopped by that big old oak tree in Baytown. I did not have my GPS with me but found the container pretty quickly and after reading the logs I was amazed. I logged my first cache on October 16th, 2005 and was caught: Hook, Line & Sinker. It was HoustonControl’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon [GCQ136]. The next day after logging my first cache I received an email from HC welcoming me to his addiction and offering any help I needed. That email was well received by myself and to this day when I see a relatively newcomer log one of my caches I make it a point to email them and welcome them to OUR addiction.

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Featured Cacher for January 2008 - AggieJWP

Jan 04 2008 10:30 PM | Snoogans in Featured Cachers

AggieJWP of Missouri City, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
AggieJWP: Before I moved to Houston in July to teach, I was in school at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In my last moth of college, my church friend Jon (MuJonny) told me he wanted to take me out geocaching. I figured it had something to do with hidden money. After realizing the difference between cashing and caching I went out and did a cache run with Jon and was hooked. I felt like I had been open to this hidden world of treasure hunting that involved technology. I was in Heaven!

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Featured Cacher for January 2008 - Mudfrog

Jan 09 2008 02:16 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Mudfrog of Lumberton, TX.
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How did you learn about caching?
Mudfrog: We were camping up at Martin Dies State Park back in March of 2002 when a good friend of ours mentioned it to me. He had gotten a hold of the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper which had an article about geocaching and thought it sounded like something I would be interested in. I guess it's pretty evident that I was because I haven't slowed down since!

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Featured Cacher For February 2008 - Cherokeecacher

Jan 31 2008 03:00 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Cherokeecacher of Spring, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Cherokeecacher: About six years back when I was working for a local sports team, a season ticket holder knew I was into outdoor activities and told me about this “new activity” using GPS to locate items hidden by other players. I looked into it and immediately knew I would like it. Fast forward 2 years…. This awesome girl I knew way back in college (nope, we did not date in college) comes back into my life after 13 years... (Finally a girl comes into my life that enjoys the outdoors AND can take my “stuff”) so we started mountain biking and hanging out together. With both of us enjoying the outdoors, I told Michelle about Geocaching. She seemed interested, so I asked for a GPS for Christmas and on December 25th I/we got a GPS.

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Featured Cacher For March 2008 - Team_J

Feb 29 2008 10:20 AM | ATMA in Featured Cachers

Team_J of Upstate New York
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What got you interested in caching?
Team_J: dadJ read an article in the Houston Chronicle about geocaching in late 2001, written by a newspaper reporter named Jeremy Irish.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Team_J: Let’s start out with some clarifications. Bill is dadJ, Lissette is momJ, Robert is bobJ, Jonathan is jonJ and Savannah is labJ. Collectively we are known as Team_J. Bill is also sometimes known as Biff.
The name Biff started when Babslover made the mistake of asking me on April Fool’s Day (2003) what my name was. I changed my profile to read that I was lead singer for “Biff and the Beltones”. I remembered that Sesame Street had a character named Biff, the goofy construction worker, hence the avatar.
As many of you know, we used to be called Team sigJ. Since sigJ is also the name of my corporation, I decided to change our geocaching handle a few years back to separate business from pleasure. My first choice replacement name was TFKATS (Team formerly known as Team sigJ), but my wife reminded me of my extreme dislike for all things feline, so we opted for Team_J instead. The true definition of sigJ is a closely guarded secret. Some of you have fallen victim to dadJ’s misdirection on this one. The only truth I will tell is that the J does stand for Jersey, our former home state.

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