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Featured Cacher For March 2007 - Geek-Qualizer

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.
What kind of equipment used (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)?
Geek-Qualizer: Currently I use a Garmin 60CS and several different software applications. GSAK, MapPoint, MapSource, Google Earth, etc. Recently I got a “Smart” phone running Windows Mobile5. It has GPXSonar, Bee-line GPS and Mapopolis installed in conjunction with a no-name Bluetooth SirfIII GPSr. I don’t feel it is very practical for in the field navigation. I’ve tried many times to use something other than my Garmin. However at the end of the day, nothing beats it. So it’s back to the Garmin and the XV6700 smart phone is back to note logging duty.

What are your all-time favorite cache/s and or adventure whilecaching?
Geek-Qualizer: I’ve enjoyed all the times I’ve cached the Four Cache Loop. It’s the only cache I’ve willing done more than once. There was a cache in Julian California I really liked. The name escapes me, but it was up in the Mountains. The scenery and weather was perfect and the whole time TexasPoohbear kept thinking she was going to become mountain lion chow. Of course I found this rather amusing. I really like caching in the hills of Austin. Don’t enjoy the chiggers so much though. Most of all I really enjoy the people. Such a diverse group with some of the most interesting personalities. So I try and make it to every event I can. I would rather go hunt one cache with a few good caching friends than find 1000 caches alone. HGCS was born from the desire to give back to these great people.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Geek-Qualizer: I enjoy shooting my bow (archery). I haven’t shot in awhile though. Lately I’ve been learning as much as I can about dogs; training them, understanding their dietary needs, and behavioral issues. I also like working on computer hardware, playing with different operating systems and the like. I have no programming experience so HGCS is always fun as I’m constantly learning something new.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Geek-Qualizer: I jumped off a bridge (Bridge II far) to retrieve a box I thought would make a good cache container. I thought I was jumping into mud, but it ended up being very deep water. I got tangled up in the lily pads and couldn’t move. Team CountryStylin (Deb) had a look of complete shock and horror on her face. However that was short lived and was superseded by hysterical laughter as the first words from my mouth were “Well isn’t this nice “..oozing with sarcasm of course. Team CountryStylin (Rob) extended his walking stick and pulled me to the bridge. It took every bit of my strength to lug my 20lb water ingested boots that were strapped to my feet from the depths of hell and up on to the support beam where I eventually climbed to safety.
I’m truly thankful that I had Rob pull me to safety. Our caching adventure wasn’t planned. We just happened to meet on the trail that day.
So be nice to geocachers. One just might save your life.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Geek-Qualizer: My caching name is derived from a name that was giving to me a long time ago. I needed a name I could use while playing online games and wasn’t taken already. So a real good friend of my suggested it one night while I was mopping the floor with him in Quake. Honestly I don’t like the name however I lack the whit to come up with anything better and it’s rarely ever used by anyone else.

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Geek-Qualizer: Traditional caches that involve me testing my physical limits or my inability to make smart safe choices regarding my physical well being. Ooh.. Look.. let’s go pet the alligator….

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Geek-Qualizer: It has four wheels and rolls in a general forward or reverse motion and has room for me and my dog. The glassy part most people call a windshield is a highly technological advancement in rock magnetism. It also generates its own gravity field; it draws in nearby dysfunctional people who can’t drive. The plus side is that it has front and side impact airbags.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Geek-Qualizer: I have no caching goals. I had one once. It was to attend more events than Snoogans…

Is it all about the numbers?
Geek-Qualizer: 42.

Any closing comments?
Geek-Qualizer: 2+2=5.