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Featured Cacher For April 2011 - PlusOne

PlusOne of Deer Park, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
PlusOne: My husband got in Geocaching back in late 2002 by watching a TV show featuring Letterboxing and Geocaching. Later, he went an event down near Webster and saw what was going on. He talked so much about the event, we started looking for a GPS. From then on, you see what he has become.

How did you decide on your caching name?
PlusOne: Nealon was wondering would be a good name for him, I came up with PARKERPLUS which is his last name and to include his wife as his partner I added PLUS. Later, he came up with PLUSONE for me.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
PlusOne: For me, I don’t have a GPS, I just use his GPS which is a Magellan Sports Trak which we used for many years until we lost it. Then we got a Garmin 60CXs.
What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
PlusOne: No doubt, it has to be BARNEY SMITH, the TOILET SEAT MUSEUM in San Antonio.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
PlusOne: We were on a trip to visit some friends in Marble Falls TX, we went to visit BARNEY SMITH. Since we had a series of caches that we were planning to search for that day, we planned for taking only 20 minutes to go in and look around then leave. Barney showed us the toilet seat covers for the geocachers he had made. Okay a couple of more minutes. Then I spotted a toilet seat cover he had made for the Church of God of Tennessee. Since my grandfather was a minister of that group, I asked Barney why he made one for them, and then the game was on. We had to stay longer and talked and talked. Not knowing Barney will talk your head off, we stayed for THREE hours listening to him and his many stories. He showed us his VCR tapes, his well-kept books and some of his other pieces. It was the most enjoying caching time I had.
After we left, we talked about Barney Smith for a long time and had to skip several caches along the way to Marble Falls. After meeting with our friends there, we had to find a hotel. We passed up on a couple of them then stopped at La Quinta Hotel and got a room. When we got to the room, we stepped out onto the balcony and had a view overlooking the lake. What a surprise to cap off that day. We really enjoyed the visit with our friends, the visit with Barney Smith and the whole day.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
PlusOne: None that I recall, maybe the one where we stopped near a guard rail and a State Trooper came up behind us and asked us what were we doing. We told him we were looking for a cache and he was okay with that but he asked us to move to a safer place. We did.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
PlusOne: The easier ones.

What is your favorite local cache?
PlusOne: Probably BUBBLES for the fun we have there.

What other hobbies do you have?
PlusOne: I love to spend what little free time I have singing and performing with the Houston Choral Showcase, playing the piano and the flute.

From Employee notes at MDACC
While working as senior administrative assistant in the Integrative Medicine unit at MDAnderson Cancer Center, she was a mentor, as well as a keen listener who anticipated needs, exceeded expectations, and was passionate about work and compassionate in her interactions with patients and families.
She was volunteer for the annual Living Fully with and Beyond Cancer Conference, many a health fair or exhibit, hosted thousands of visitors over the years, and was proud of the role integrative medicine plays in the lives of our patients and those who care for them. And, she was humble. When sent kudos or recognition, she was always said she was just doing her job.
A survivor of both Hodgkin’s disease and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – at once, as well as time spent as a caregiver to a family member with cancer, allowed her to empathize with patients, visitors, and co-workers.
Her co-workers say she exemplified MDACC Caring value. “She always remembered a special date, event, or challenge we might be facing professionally and personally,” says Laura Baynham-Fletcher, a director at the Integrative Medicine unit. “She had an amazing grace about her that reminded us of what reall important and to stay focused on why we’re here. And, she gave great hugs. She was an amazing person and we’ll miss her immensely.”

From her Mother – Marlene Sapp
When she was little and would travel with her PAPA (her grandfather) and NANA (her grandmother), standing in the front seat with her arm around PAPA . . . he would roll the window down and she would say, “Now Papa that wind is blowin my cuuls” and he would roll the window back up.
When he was pasturing a church, she loved to go into the church and play the piano with the hymn book upside down. Papa would ask her if wanted to turn the hymn book right side up and she would say no thanks! I can read it just fine.

From her Daughter, Cristi
She was an amazing wife, daughter, mother, friend and would have soon been a wonderful Nana-Mama to her first grandson in a few weeks. She always took others in as her own family and did everything that she could possibly do to provide and love on them. She was a woman of true integrity, strong work ethic, a mentor, and a truly talented flutist and singer. She spent much of her free time during the past 18 years singing and dancing with the Houston Choral Showcase as well as other music groups.

From her Husband, Nealon
Sharon, you are my love.