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Posted: July 29 2002,10:46 pm QUOTE

OK, if anyone can top this one, let me know because it will make me feel better! † :)

I was caching this weekend & was at Upinyachit's Candie's Cache. Everything was great... Nice & sunny and warm... Nice quiet walk with nobody around... Found the cache with no problems...

On the way back, I get this sudden urge to check my pockets... I quickly dump all of the contents of my pockets onto the asphalt path... Cache goodies, change, Magellan 315 (that one went down easy though!), and car keys... Oops, wait - where's my ignition key? (quickly looking through all of my keys)... OK, I've got the car door key, but where's the damn ignition key?

To make a long story even longer, my ignition key was a Toyota key that had a hard plastic end on it. That snapped off a while ago, so it couldn't go on a key ring at all, so it has been loose for a while. I was actually figuring on getting a new copy right after I was done caching for the day, but that was a little too late...

So, now there is an extra added cache prize at Candie's Cache. I looked around for quite a bit, but I couldn't find it... The mosquitos ate me alive while I was trying to find it, but try as I might, I struck out. $113 later (for the locksmith to make a new ignition key) and getting my car back on the road, I feel much better...

Sooooooooooo, if anyone finds a Toyota ignition key at this cache site, I would gladly trade you a couple of Where's George dollar bills for it (LOL)!

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Posted: July 30 2002,6:16 am QUOTE

Hmm....I can't top that but have a similar story.

Last year while still being newbees at the sport, I decided to have the familiy do 6 caches in letchworth.  Well the troops started grumbling around cache nuber 4 and by the time we got to the last one all but Fearless we leering at me so hard I could feel it.

But being determined.......I pushed on and did the "Hogs back Vista Cache" last.  Very beautiful place a few twists and turns and the hanging vines that we encountered helped reduce the leering from the young ones as you can't swing and leer.......

We found the cache.......now I am tired.......trudge out......youngest discovers she has left trade near cache......trudge back get the trade.........ready to go trudge to the swinging vines and then  Sweety gal discoveres that she has no retainer in ($150 to replace) is sure she left it at the cache site....it's Barbie pink....trudge back........my knees are buckeling.........get their no retainer.......I wanna cry......we go threw the leaves........

Fearless has a brain surge.........asks Sweety to open her mouth wide........the retainer was in their all along............

Just then I had a picture in my minds eye of Roadkill grinning :0o

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Posted: July 30 2002,4:13 pm QUOTE

Not quite as bad, but I keep getting back to the car to find I have the pencil/pen from the cache still in my hand!

I've also managed to leave the car without any swap items, or my small digital camera, or my coat/gloves (in winter) or torch (in the dark).

I also seem t leave the cache details behind, in the car or, even worse, back at home!

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Posted: July 30 2002,5:49 pm QUOTE

:grinnin  Thanks Dx I'm grinning now.

I too did nearly the same thing.  June 2001 at a Chicago cache called "Accelerator".  It happened to be a federal park where they do accelerated partical tests, but it was open to the public days for jogging, biking and such.  As I go to the cache I'm a bit concern about being there with a backpack and new fangled electronic gadgetry (a GPS). The park was open for another hour but I was sure someone was watching me.  Found the cache in short order but back at the car I found the keys locked inside. So now, an hour later, with the park closed, I'm a man with a back pack, electronics, and breaking into a rental car when park security shows up.  Luckily this was before 9/11 and I wasn't wearing THEE hat.

I guess my story was too far fetched to NOT believe it and he supplied me with a coat hanger and watched me break into the car.

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    Posted: July 31 2002,9:19 am QUOTE

Hmmm...can I top it.... How about this. I was doing a cache in the Naples, NY area. As I was climbing up a pretty steep hill, I hear a 'riiiipppp'. A cool breeze, lets me know the crotch of my jeans is tearing. It's a warm day, so it is not that bad. With each reaching step upward, I am hearing little 'rip, rip, rip' noises, as the seams are going. Not sure if it was because they were cheap jeans, or had been exposed to some household cleaner that didn't agree with them. But I keep going. I managed to reach the cache, but the  seams are torn about a foot down each leg from the crotch. I am headed back out from the cache. As I am climbing back down the hill, the seems are continuing to rip, the flapping fabric from the crotch of my jeans snagged a branch, the seam on the right leg tore all the way down to the ankle (stopped at the hem). So I am climbing down the hill with my pants flapping in the breeze. Did I mention the poison ivy in the hill? I have never had a reaction to poison ivy, but why take chances, so I was very carefully making my way down the hill. I got back to my car, and found my keys no longer in the pocket. I sure wasn't going to climb back up to look for them. There was no one around. I ended up walking the few miles into Naples (in my flapping pants), and called my wife on a pay phone collect. She wasn't happy about it, but she drove the hour from Rochester, and brought another car key. Thankfully I didn't have a reaction to the poison Ivy.

Oh, and by the way. I made all this up. I really don't have anything to top the previous stories, and hope not to. :)

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    Posted: July 31 2002,10:04 am QUOTE

So Hinge,

Have you ever heard the expression...."Self Fulfilling Prophesy?

I think you may have some very interesting cache experiences in store for yourself  :0

Dx

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    Posted: July 31 2002,9:49 pm QUOTE

Quote (Hinge Thunder @ July 31 2002,11:19 am)
Oh, and by the way. I made all this up. I really don't have anything to top the previous stories, and hope not to. :)

Dx could be right.  I had a very similiar story actually happen to me.  While I was reading your post I'm thinking to myself I feel your pain :grinnin. Though it had nothing to do with geocaching.  So I figure I'll share my most embarrising moment with all of you (looking back it doesn't seem to bad but at the time it was horrible).

Back in elementary school I used to wrestle.  Anyway during the begining of one practice, my sweatpants started to rip exactly like hinge described.  Every jumping jack and squat made it worse.  Before long it was torn wide open and there I am in my tighty whitey's trying to keep anyone from noticing.  So I go over to my dad (parents used to stay and watch the practice later in the story this will be important as both father's, mother's, and siblings were there) anyway I'm like dad I gotta go home and change look.  Now I have to admit I wasn't a fan of wrestling practice as it was, our coaches never taught us a thing and we basically spent time running laps and doing calesthenics (sp) in the basement of the H.S. which just happened to be adjacent to the boiler room so you can imagine how hot it was, plus that was back in the day when they didn't believe in letting you drink water while you worked out.  I'm not sure if my dad figured I wanted to get out of it or what his problem was but he basically said get back out there boy you ain't going anywhere.

So here I am trying to keep the pants from ripping anymore, well they must have been really old or something because everymove I made no matter how slight ripped them more.   It got to the point where the entire crotch was ripped from the elastic in the front to the elastic in the back.  Then it came time to run laps.  Just imagine me trying to run laps while keeping my knees together in an attempt to not let my tighty whiteys show (I think it was shortly after then I started wearing boxers).  The worst part was mother's and sisters were there and since it was a small area you had no choice but to run right beside them, they couldn't have been more then 20 ft away while at most at any time and probaly 3 feet away at least.  Needless to say I was extremeley emberassed, at that age it was horrible, the 2 hour practice dragged on forever.  Me being more and more humilated each passing moment.  Even though I look back on it, laugh and think that wasn't bad, to a 12 or 13 year old it was horrible.  I don't think I will ever be more embarrassed then I was at that point.  Granted if Hinge's story happened to me know, I'd probably just waive as I walked to town.

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    Posted: Sep. 04 2002,7:49 pm QUOTE

Hey, a follow-up to my story...

After spending 2 hours cleaning out my car (hey, it's a geocache hunt in itself), guess what popped out of the seat cushion? Yep, my car key. It must have fallen between the car seat & console and really wedged in there because I looked heavily around this spot for quite some time.

Anyway, that was a $145 dollar lesson I could have gone without, but hey, at least I have a spare key now!  :sick


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    Posted: Oct. 16 2002,6:34 pm QUOTE

I remember once I was out for a fast cache while waiting for a business partner to show up for lunch. I figured I had 30 minutes to kill and a cache was within grabbing distance while I was in maine. It was just a 1/1 rating and the cache was placed at the edge of a narrow trail next to a man made pond.

I was wearing leather black shoes, slacks, tie and decked out with watch and jacket.

I found out it doesn't pay to rush a cache when the night before it rained. The trail had one slick spot I quickly caught with my foot and while trying to regain my balance I pretty much cart wheeled right into the pond head to toe...blah! :angry: Mud-mud-mud...I still made my meeting but had some explaining to do to a laughing partner.
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    Posted: Oct. 16 2002,8:20 pm QUOTE

Magpie, nice story. Nice avatar. Nice nickname. (I always liked Heckle and Jeckle.)

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Posted: Nov. 27 2002,12:28 pm QUOTE

Don't know if this will top Bitmaster or any other story in this forum, but it sure makes people laugh when I tell it. Last March Mr Mom, the Goo and I went to do Mike Chim's "Mouse's Tree House" in Erie PA. We arrived shortly before sunset. After crossing a wide creek (in 35 degree weather and my old boots were not water proof) we took a wrong turn and ended up along the lake. The wind was extremely high so we had to time the waves to jump from rock to rock as not to get soaked. Then the GPS pointed straight up a vertical cliff. We climbed and climbed straight up, Mr Mom first then I would pass him the 7 year old Goo and then up I would go progressing just a couple feet at a time. We then went through a wooded area where we needed to pass a very small ditch about 2 ft wide, 3 ft deep. I ended up tripping and landed face first in the mud. My flashlight literally was buried in the mud and I was covered head to toe!! We found ourselves on top of a ravine with no way down and the cache somewhere out below. Cold and wet in the dark I wanted to give up but Mr Mom forged on. Finally he agreed there was no way onward so we decided to head back. The only way was up again and over a fallen tree that was chest high (and I'm not short!). We ended up in someones back yard and headed down a street towards the main road. After a couple minutes Mr Mom yells "It's over that way!" takes off running down another hill with Goo close behind and me rushing to catch up stumbling down another ravine. We did find it and then walked 3/4 of a mile down Rte 5 in the dark to return to our car. Man, that was the best time ever! †:D
PS- We went out to eat afterwards with me in a muddy coat and my muddy wet jeans rolled up my shins!!! †:grinnin
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    Posted: Sep. 25 2003,8:46 pm QUOTE

I know it's been a while since anyone posted to this thread, but I have one I won't forget for a while:
I was ready to go out the door on a cache, and I was talking on my cell phone to a friend. I turned around to pick up something I had forgot to bring, but couldn't find it. I knew it was RIGHT THERE, I had just set it down a second ago. I was getting a little upset as I continued to waste 30 minutes tearing up the house, looking for my cell phone that I had been talking on all the time....  :withstupid


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    Posted: Feb. 24 2005,8:26 am QUOTE

I had a bad experience involving a key when caching with my cousin. Trying to be nice Iíll just say heís frugalÖ no heís cheap. He purchased a used Jeep Cherokee for his wife and it only had one ignition key. Only his wife drives the Jeep so he wasnít in a hurry to get another key. One day when he drove her Jeep to the local hardware store he thought perhaps he should get a spare key made, but at the hardware store they told him that only the dealership could make him another key. So he stopped in at the dealership and he went ballistic when they told him a spare key would cost $170. He was mad as heck, and said no way is he paying that much for a key that he can have made elsewhere for $1. He goes back to the hardware store and picks out a similar key and told the protesting clerk to just cut the key itís his $1. He goes outside and tries the new key and the Jeep fires right up, so he put the new key in his wallet and forgot about it, other than having to tell everyone that would listen about how he had proven you donít have to purchase your key from the dealership and how they are a bunch of crooks. So me and the Mrs. met him and his Mrs. at this out of the way cache. After locating the cache the ladies wanted to go shopping, so they took our car shopping, and we guys took their Jeep caching. The cousins wife says oh here let me give you the key, and he says no donít you remember I had a spare key made and I have it in my wallet, and once again goes into his spiel about the dealership trying to rip him off. Well we made plans to meet up with them later and off they went, my cousin started the jeep and off we went, for about a block, and the Jeep died. He tried to restart it, he cursed, he looked under the hood, he cursed, and it would not run. Both he and I think something is wrong with the Jeep. Here we are stranded out in the middle of nowhere, no way to contact the ladies, no way to phone for help, so we walk to the nearest phone, and call for a wrecker to tow the Jeep to the dealership. The dealership checks it out and says sir like we told you before only a coded key will work. It turns out a non-coded key will start the Jeep, but will only allow the engine to run until the electronics figure out that its not a coded key. So then not only does the cousin have to pay $170 for a key, but $150 for the tow.
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    Posted: Mar. 03 2005,2:07 pm QUOTE

A horror story about hiking in Missouri
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    Posted: Mar. 06 2005,12:31 am QUOTE

I ended up losing my truck keys out on a cache in Spokane.  Got back to the truck, realized the keys were gone. We hiked back to the 2 or 3 caches we found but found no keys to be found.
Ended up just calling up AAA and joining right then.  They sent out a locksmith and the cost of the AAA basic for a year is cheaper than the actual locksmith bill.  The locksmith made new door and ignition keys and I was set to go, with a year more of road service to utilize.
I was going to have someone fedex me a spare set from home, but this was quicker.  Got out of there by dark anyways.
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    Posted: Mar. 06 2005,7:00 pm QUOTE

Bigfoot...sure hope they flatbeeded that Cherokee. They can't be towed due to blowing the trannys right out of them unless they have the flat tow package used to haul them behind motor homes.

I just bought a new 05 Impala which has onstar. i keep a spare set in my car now and if I lose my other keys I simply call onstar and they unlock my doors.  :)


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    Posted: Mar. 08 2005,9:56 am QUOTE

Quote (Quinn @ Mar. 06 2005,9:00 pm)
Bigfoot...sure hope they flatbeeded that Cherokee. They can't be towed due to blowing the trannys right out of them unless they have the flat tow package used to haul them behind motor homes.

Yep! They used a roll back.

Not a caching story, but has to do with 4X4's and transmissions. Years ago I purchased a new '79 Ford Bronco and didn't realize until a few days later that the cruise control didn't work. It was a full time four wheel drive with a factory upgraded suspension with two shocks on each wheel. When I took it back to the dealership for repairs it probably had less than 500 total miles on it. Today when I take a car in for repairs they take the keys and say call us in a couple of days, but back in 1979 I could actually wait for repairs. This dealership had a huge picture windows in the office/waiting room so that you could watch out into the shop area. So I'm watching this guy working on my Bronco, and he jacks up the rear axle with a floor jack. It's pretty dad gum obvious what he is about to do, so I run out into the shop and yell "What the heck are you doing", and he says he is going to do just what I thought he was going to do, put the Bronco in gear and run the speed up to check out the cruise. I said you can't do that it's a full time 4X4 and its going to pull itself with the front axle, and he said sir I'm the expert on 4X4's and I do this all the time. So I go back into the office and grab the first guy that looks like he knows whats going on, and I'm explaining my concern, and we're watching this mechanic out the window, he jumps into the Bronco, puts it into drive, and floorboards it, and let me tell you what a thrill it is to watch your brand new Bronco run out the back wall of the shop.
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