1. I just want to be worshipped as the true geocaching god that I am. Worship me dammit!
2. Thou shalt sacrifice thy travel bugs unto me.
3. Blessed are the micros for they shall inherit geocaching.
4. Speaketh not of the wetness of thy neighbors log and ignore the mold on thine own.
5. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors geocoins.
6. Thou shalt not holdeth thy neighbor accountable to thine own aesthetic sensibilities.
7. Thou shalt holdeth thine own self accountable for thine own choices of how to spendeth thine own free quality time.
8. Thou shalt always remember that geocaching is dependent upon the good will of other cachers who hideth the caches for you to findeth and hosteth the events you attendeth.
9. Thou shalt looketh after thine own safety and the safety of thine own valuables and remain alert for danger at all times.
10. Thou shalt not bear false witness to muggles, and always explaineth that you are geocaching.
I actually reversed my opinion of wanting to see TC die this year. I just hate to see it suck resources from what could be a real Texas based mega event that would bring in visitors from beyond Texas. Live and let live. Leave TC to the die hards.
If this year's TC was really a mega based on actual attendance AT the event, I'll eat a bug. I didn't see it. That wasn't really a mega event anywhere but on paper from my observation. There I said it.
Most folks won't travel for 2 big Texas events. I say put it to a TXGA vote. TC or a real Texas mega event. When the Texas mega wins, let the die hards take turns hosting TC until it dies on its own. Set it free. TXGA has been keeping it on life support since 2006 when Centex changed the format or it would have died long ago.
I'm not a bleedin' heart PC liberal and I believe in winners and losers, but introducing competition into a community that exists because of the good will of the next guy who wants to hide a cache is counter productive in my not so humble opinion.
I go to the Texas Challenge to see folks from around the state that I don't usually get to see... But even after the competition is over, the groups stay segregated by region like a prison yard does by race. It's interesting to watch people drive as much as 6+ hours only to hang out with the people they see at local events. My new favorite meme is "The adventure begins where your comfort zone ends."
I stopped participating in TC after the wonderful display of sportsmanship in 2005. I wish Texas could host an annual Mega Event without the competition. Hopefully The Texas Roundup will become that event and TC will be left to the die hard competitive cachers.