Staff returning to its owner (unrelated to Bobbitt)
Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:35 PM
So, fast forward to the Texas Challenge 2012. The game was on! As we were racing through some fairly tough 4/4 hides against a couple of opposing teams (Arrrrrr, scalawags they be), I inadvertently left my trusty staff behind at one of the GZ's after we SL and took off for the next hide. I realized I was light one staff approximately 300 yds straight up a hill as we were literally running to the next GZ. My team mates, 2katz and dangerman3olives, realized something was amiss. I shared my news with an obviously disappointing tone. They offered that we could head back to retrieve it, but I knew that we'd lose some precious time in a tough and competitive area. Besides, SURELY somebody will grab it and bring it to the lost and found after the game was over, I reasoned. They didn't. And, don't call me Shirley.
2katz hung around after most cleared out of the park and checked with the Rangers, but no es nada. So, after the event I made an entry noting the lost historical artifact in my log just in case anybody actually reads them other than the CO. I also contacted Team-DnD and the TXGA committee to be on the lookout, and they said they would. Months passed and I started breaking in a new less improved model caching staff. My numbers dropped. It took me twice as long to find even the easiest LPCs. The sun was in my eyes so much more often, I no longer saw a daily rainbow. I got chiggers. We had a drought, and, well, you get the picture. I was in a geocaching funk. Lassie needed little Timmy.
Today, I got an email. It was just like any other email, except this one was different.
Team DnD said she found my trusty hiking staff! She's got it in her possession in Big D! It's in Dallas. Wahoo! Iron-man's Power Puck! She wanted to know what I wanted to her to do! Oh man, what to do, what to do? I could send a car? Naw, too risky. I know! "kd solo" has been visiting some of our Houston events for the past couple months while working down here on a project. He's one of the new geofriends I met at a recent PnG event. I learned (at the event) that kd solo lives "up north" and was co-chair of the TC2012. See, I do listen to you people blathering on about yourselves. I thought to myself, "self, maybe he knows Team DnD and can retrieve my staff for me". A couple quick emails to each and voila! Turns out Team-DnD was the other co-chair of the TC 2012! They are dear friends and it looks like this is gonna happen thanks to kd solo who will see Team DnD tomorrow as it turns out.
Big Planet. Small World.
The moral to the story: Go to Events and "talk" to people, listen to people, record EVERYTHING. You may even get your staff back.
Seriously, it's very cool that this happened. It absolutely would not have happened if it weren't for diligent geocachers and events. Here's to both!
- Baytown Bert and TeamBlacklist like this
Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:56 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:02 PM
PS: He also has 20, 000 plus finds.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:12 PM
Once back in hand, we'll all have to work real hard to get the stick out of his hands when eating, sleeping.... This will have to be a group effort!!!
Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:23 AM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:48 AM
Good timing for the 2013 challenge.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:55 PM
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