Great Birds

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  • Birthday 06/21/1960

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  1. Great Birds added a post in a topic 5th Annual CLAPS Moonlight Paddle Event 12/6   

    Ya, that is something you can do for your own party, but not for a spouses.    Thankfully, my wife works with interesting people that, when pressed, can talk about something other than office politics.
  2. Great Birds added a post in a topic 5th Annual CLAPS Moonlight Paddle Event 12/6   

    Bummer for me.  The wifes company christmas party is the same night.  So I'll be drinking mediocre wine and eating buffet horderves instead of paddling on the festive bayou waters.  
  3. Great Birds added a post in a topic 5th Annual CLAPS Moonlight Paddle Event 12/6   

    Your generosity in this matter outshines even your reputation for magnanimity.  It's on the calendar.  
  4. Great Birds added a post in a topic Need help hosting event for out of towner   

    This is the place.  Post an event and they will come.
     
    http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/houston/
  5. Great Birds added a post in a topic Revise Memorial Mob?   

    "But officer, the cache is just on the other side.  And it is sucha long way around."
     
    And there was also the trip to the emergency room for one of the cachers whose previous fence climb had been in childhood.
  6. Great Birds added a post in a topic Revise Memorial Mob?   

    I was part of a memorial Mob day or two.  We started with a "breakfast" even of a box of donuts on a tailgate.  The day included spending an inordinate amount of time finding the smallest container I had seen up to that time. Then there was the fence.  My map of Memorial park used to be all smileys.  That has has been a while so I am up for another day of caching there.
  7. Great Birds added a post in a topic BB's Nov 16 Flash Mob in the Pines!   

    I'd love to go along but we have plans for the RenFest.  That is unless it is raining too heavily, in which case we'll skip the RenFest and.....
  8. Great Birds added a post in a topic MidTown Bike Trail possible gunshots   


    My two caches aren't on the trails over there. I tried to put one near the new rail track but Neal had used the area for the final of his multi. My two caches are on industrial streets,
    Home Furnishings Warehouse is in a pretty much abandoned block but there are a few houses near Saftey Follows Wisdom. I haven't felt unsafe at either location, but each has a daytime only attribute and a daytime warning is prominent in the description. The hints contain the specific location for each container. I did worry a bit about feral dogs on one visit.  

    I am a great believer in practicing situational awareness and liberally applying discretion when geocaching.
  9. Great Birds added a post in a topic Anybody Else Had This Happen?   

    60CSX  IIRC.
  10. Great Birds added a post in a topic GC Login Trouble   

    I had loads trouble with my overnight GSAK refresh and there was some chatter on the GSAK forum about spotty service from an errant server at GC.  The refresh macro is running fine right now so the problem must be fixed.
  11. Great Birds added a post in a topic Anybody Else Had This Happen?   

    I feel your pain, that is what happend to mine.  I never could get it reglued properly and that led to its ultimate demise from water infiltration. Fortunately it was my backup GPS by then.  
  12. Great Birds added a post in a topic inflatable kayak opinions?   

    From every time I've been on the water with somebody in one, that is pretty much the way they are.  They are good for playing around on still water or going on slow moving water.  I will say the one's REI carries are the best I've seen.  If you get the full package, the kayak can be set up as a singly or tandem has a metal backbone that keeps it rigid.  Compact for transport and storage, but for the price, you could by a medium priced hard side boat. 
     
    For $1200 you can get some very nice light hard side boats that weigh 40 lbs.  And there are various rack options that are cheaper than Kirbydox's nice setup that also minimise lifting.  
  13. Great Birds added a post in a topic Houston to have massive park that rivals Central Park in NYC   

    It switched to the Buffalo Bayou is under redevelopment excuse after my shoulders got well enough to paddle.  Much of the work in that proposal has been done or is underway.  The last bridge, the Jackson Hill crossing near Waugh is practicality complete.  If I had put out a cache series, the containers would have been ripped out with the removed vegetation.  It is still on my mind but I don't cache as much as I used to so I am not making any promises.
     
    For anyone that has not been along Buffalo Bayou recently, it has changed to a wonderful place to go.  The  trials are wide and there is lighting under the bridges.  It is particularity welcome in the area that used to be known as the "catacombs" for over grown vegetation and the dark and dank atmosphere.  I was cycling along the bayou Friday night after watching the bats leave and the place was pleasantly busy with other cyclist and foot traffic.  The current construction appears to be adding a separate foot and bike paths in places, which will be quite welcomed since being buzzed by bikes just as disconcerting as wandering pedestrians. 
     
    If you want to do a fun short kayak trip , put in at Sabine Street and go upstream to Waugh to watch from the water while the bats emerge at sunset.  Just don't get under the bridge like I did. 
  14. Great Birds added a post in a topic Groundspeak Update   

    I don't see the new menu you posted.  I opened a few caches in FF 21 which had the normal menu then updated to FF22 with no difference.   Maybe you caught some test  code that is not yet meant for use.
  15. Great Birds added a post in a topic Garmin Montana   


    Well that is an awful mess, You don't need a retina display, but really.   Look at what the new Google Nexus 7 tablet does at ~ 1/3rd the price.  At least they are looking forward.  It is just too bad they are unable to make one with reasonable specks at a reasonable price.