Forum: Geocachers Meeting Geocachers!
Topic: Who are we and what do we do?
started by: Quinn
Posted by Quinn on Nov. 16 2001,11:33 pmI have often wondered what type of people Geocaching pulls into the game. Maybe some of you would like to speak up and tell us a bit about yourself like what you do for a living and or what seems to keep you interested in the sport.
Most of you guys I know just from your user name and nothing more.
Do you have other sports and or things you like to do on your free time?
Posted by Gimpy on Nov. 17 2001,3:40 amBeen a machinist for the last 31 years. Really cuts into my caching time, but it keeps me in GPS units.hehe. Love the outdoors & caching has gotten me to more neat parks & other scenic spots in the last 7 months than in the previous 30 years. Met some great folks too.
Posted by YardBoy on Nov. 17 2001,9:42 amIn & out of the computer biz since 1965 (last 5 years managing Internet HelpDesks). Hiatuses have included West Point, marriage, a brewpub & the Caribbean. With respect to the Dead: "What a long, strange trip it's been".
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Posted by Caron on Nov. 18 2001,1:29 pmI AM A GRANDMOTHER AND MOTHER-IN-LAW TO QUINN
I LOVE TO BE OUTSIDE, NAVICACHING, WALKING, HIKING, CROSS COUNTRY SKIING (NEW),READING AND FINE DINNING.
ALSO LIKE TO BE THE FIRST! I WORK FOR XEROX, AT ACC/ATT AND HAPPEN TO LIKE MY JOB.
Posted by barrington on Nov. 18 2001,4:53 pmI'm retired, worked as an Engineering/ R&D technician for 40 or so years. I like most anything "techie", and the outdoors, so geocaching fits right in; also, it keeps me moving so the joints don't seize up . Other interests are hiking, birding, nature photography, Ham radio, woodworking, computers, gardening, cooking, mineral collecting, camera restoration, and whatever I discover that I haven't tried before. I sort of fit the description of being "so well rounded he's not pointed in any particular direction".
Posted by mikechim on Nov. 18 2001,10:35 pmI'm 25, have no job, and am currently living with my parents ( yes ladies you know you all want me , did I mention I have my own room .... nudge nudge wink wink know what I mean)
Alright guess I should explain. I just graduated college in spring of 2001 and will be heading to grad school to get my PhD in psychology and ultimately will be a professor. However, I had no idea where I wanted to go (plus I just wanted an excuse to travel the country) so I bought myself a truck threw a cap on the back, bought a national parks pass, a gps (strangely enough, if I'm not in the woods I got lost easily) and after working a menial job for a few months for some extra cash I took of on my travels. I've done the entire north (had to come back to recover (lost 20lbs and woke up covered in frost many mournings) and to take the GRE's, hence the reason I'm still living at home, no reason to pay rent in PA when I'm living in my truck across the US ), and will be leaving again to do the south after thanksgiving.
Why do I love geocaching: well I love nature and being outdoors (one of the reasons I wanted to visit the grad schools don't think I could handle 5 years in a concrete jungle ) and geocaching has taken me to the tops of mountains with amazing views, to glaciers, to river valleys, and many other cool places I wouldn't have gotten to during my travels because they aren't advertised or well known.
I also like people and even though geocaching really isn't a team sport there is still a very real sense of community.
Lets see other hobbies and interests obviously outdoors, backcountry camping, hiking, etc. Music (Phish, string cheese incident, bela fleck, grateful dead, jazz, and classical to name a few). I also enjoy reading (J.R.R. Tolkien's lord of the rings). What else, sports (although I've gotten lazy as of late, swimming, snowboarding, beach volleyball).
Anyway if any of you geocachers in the south are looking for someone to cache with I'll be all about when I hit your state.... should let you know, during the NW leg of my trip showers were hard to come by
Posted by Gimpy on Nov. 19 2001,12:08 pmmikechim. I'm jealous. Wish I was 25 again!
Posted by Quinn on Nov. 19 2001,2:09 pmQuote from Gimpy, posted on Nov. 19 2001,2:08 pm
mikechim. I'm jealous. Wish I was 25 again!
25? you would be happy being 55 again you old fart!
Posted by mikechim on Nov. 21 2001,1:00 amQuote from Gimpy, posted on Nov. 19 2001,2:08 pmQuote:
mikechim. I'm jealous. Wish I was 25 again! :thumbsup:
Yeah, but after around 19 it's all downhill anyway (those first two years of college can destroy you ).
Posted by dgridley on Dec. 03 2001,5:33 pmI have to say it.. the title of this topic always reminds me of the line from Kindergarten Cop: "Who is your daddy and what does he do?" (in your best Arnold voice).
Posted by Blackwatch Clan on April 03 2002,6:57 amGamma Kitt here , I am a retired Vice-Principal, Reading Teacher, and First Grade Teacher who served almost 30 years in the Rochester City School District, mostly at Schools 11/33 on Webster Avenue; Bay Street area. I've been retired 10 years. I did some substitute work in East Rochester and Fairport as well as the City. I've decided to stop that this year so now I'm as free as a wild "coyote", I guess. I still love helping little ones learn to read and I collect kids beginning to read books as well as "Night Before Christmas" Pop-Up books. I have so many varied interests; antiques, sports, gardening, art work, etc., as most teachers do, that Coyote sometimes has trouble keeping up with me. Caching just gives us a good excuse to play my favorite school game in a new way; Huckle Buckle Beanstalk in the middle of the woods.
Posted by dannreed on June 06 2002,8:31 pmI'm a caretaker for a couple of large estates up here by Bar Harbor, Maine. Do some geocaching, metal detecting, and gold prospecting.
Posted by mrski on June 07 2002,7:00 amI am a Web Developer for Human Kinetics Publishers (http://www.humankinetics.com), a leading publisher of sport and sport related materials. It is nice to have a job that allows me to be online and in touch all day long. And to think they actually pay me for what I used to do for fun!
Posted by Guest on June 09 2002,8:20 pmI work for a well-known family restaurant in Chili, New York, and my husband Duane builds houses all over the state. His job depends on the weather, but he says it's never to bad out to go on a navicache adventure!!!!!!!!!
So if there is a house going up, with a cache in the vicinity, he will probably find it!!!!!!!!! LOL
The Hughes Family
Posted by Road Kill on June 09 2002,10:32 pmI responded to help wanted add at a well known Rochester butcher shop. They were looking for someone with a drivers license and a sharp knife.
I do process engineering for the food and dairy industry. Pasteurizers, homogenizers, tanks, pumps, valves and a lot of stainless piping. The people who make milk and cheese use our talents.
Posted by DxChallenged on June 10 2002,1:05 amHey Grandama Kit.......I met you at the picnic and thought you seemd like a very nice person now I know from your occupation that you are!
I am a private speech pathologist working with preshoolers in my town. We have a Head Start here and most of my caseload is based there. We also have a reservation in Akron so a fair number of the children that I work with are native American. One of the greatest perks of my job is to see a child enjoy talking/communicating. One year I worked on developing a sense of humor with a little boy who used to avoid people........It's so great to see him smile now!
I'm not sure if Roadkill's headgear would make them smile or run away.......
Posted by Morseman on June 10 2002,3:39 amI work in the Electricity Suupply Industry in the UK, for a company called Powergen.
I used to be an Electrical Engineer, once upon a time, then I became a Technical Aviser, now I'm a Contract Co-ordinator.
Very boring - Sorry.
I take the name 'Morseman' because I like to use Morse Code on the air. I'm a Radio Amateur, for anyone who couldn't tell.
Posted by dgridley on June 10 2002,9:14 am
I've always been interested in short-wave, morse, and DXing since I was a kid.. is it still as "big" as it used to be?
I'd love to try it someday..
PCMedic used to be a big CBer.. talking skip all the time in the old days..
Posted by Hinge Thunder on June 10 2002,11:12 am
Don't know about them. It scares the crap out of me though!
Posted by Bitmaster on July 07 2002,3:16 pmWell, for the last 12+ years, I've been in the computer field, managing some of the best networks around.
My job has taken me to such great places as Kodak, NRO (National Reconnaissance Office - you know - the place that puts the spy satellites in the sky), and the White House (yes, the White House & no I do NOT know Monica Lewinsky).
Before that, I was in the U.S. Army for 9 years, some of which I spent overseas in Stuttgart, Germany. Most of those years were spent serving at the White House. Travelled a WHOLE lot & saw some pretty cool stuff!
I love working with computers & have been doing it since the early 80s, back in the day of the TRS-80 and Apple II, hence the handle....
Posted by Road Kill on July 07 2002,6:22 pmGod - Am I old. I started on a "Compucolor" about a year before the trash 80's came out. By 1980 I had that sucker solving the Rubic's Cube within a whopping 16K RAM marvel of the times.
Posted by Firemedic on July 07 2002,7:11 pmYeah, and I first went online with a 300 baud modem. Remember "gopher" for internet?
I retired after 27 years with USDA (Agriculture Department) and currently work part time as a Paramedic for Rural Metro in Corning NY. I told my wife that we could follow her career for a while, so we moved to NY.
I was raised in New Mexico and Texas and enjoy camping, hunting, and shooting. I have permits to carry a concealed firearm in NY, PA and VA. I've sent for the paperork to add FL. (I may be moving there soon.)
I served in the Army from 1969-1972 then went to New Mexico State University and earned a BS in Agriculture.
Politically, I am a conservative (you probably hadn't guessed that yet) and feel decentralization of the government to the most local level is best. I don't vote a party line because I feel the issues are important. I feel that Gun control is wrong as I do the government interfering in the abortion issue. They should butt out!
I am a Captain and the President of my local Volunteer Fire Department. I volunteer for habitat. I have managed a homeless shelter.
I am complex!
Posted by Rob on July 07 2002,8:22 pmI'm a 52 year old shop supervisor for the San Diego State Physical Plant. My dad is a retired naval aviator and attorney who introduced us to all parts of the United States. It was a great experience though I was always the new kid in school scanning the horizon for trouble.
Became a professional student in the late 60’s and was finally forced to graduate in 1974 from San Francisco State with a degree in social science. I always loved the outdoors and worked for several municipal park departments before ending up at SDSU.
First computer a TRS model 1 with tape drive.
Posted by Bitmaster on July 10 2002,7:54 pmLOL @ RoadKill... Isn't a Compucolor one step up from an abacus?
Not to make fun at RoadKill, but those for me were the good ol' days... Didn't have to worry about hardware working with your OS, software almost always worked (a heck of a lot better than today), and you didn't have to worry about upgrading every five minutes!
Oh, for the good ol' days!
Posted by DxChallenged on July 11 2002,12:02 amOk, so I remember my senior year in high school joining the computer club. We went to Elmira College in NY and they taught us Fortran. Had to punch weird holes in these manilla 3 times the width of an index card, cards. What I remember the most was that I always misplaced the holes and after punching a begillion of these cards, the program would never run for me............
Hey I was even directionally challenged then and I hadn't even left the building!!!
My opinion, 'puters are way better now..........I was a major mac head.......I got it on that system but then Fearless led me to the "other side".......I still think Mac's rule but I'm ok on IBM compatibles.
Posted by Morseman on July 11 2002,2:14 am
Sorry for the delay in replying. For some reason I missed the follow up posting!
There's still quite a number of active Radio Amateurs round the world. Listen on the 'popular' bands like 14MHz (20m) or 21MHz (15m). Personally I prefer VHF and UHF - 50MHz (6m), 144MHz (2m) or 432MHz (70cm) via Sporadic-E or bouncing signals off the Aurora curtains.
Lately I've not done much, and have only recently put some simple aerials back up. I started at the end of the 1970s as an AM CBer (which was illegal over here at the time) and got my first licence (code free, as they say in the states) in 1982 and my "full" ticket about a year or so later.
Hope this helps.
Posted by mikechim on July 11 2002,11:13 am
Gopher can't be that old, I'm the young buck here and I remember it. Then again my first comp was a TI-94, learned a little basic programming on it. My DOS is stlill pretty good.
Posted by Hinge Thunder on July 11 2002,1:30 pmI am a computer programmer for a small payroll company in Rochester, NY. The first computers I worked on were the original Apple II (not E, not plus, not anything), with 16k mem which was really cool cuz it was better than 4k. I also played on TRS80s, PETs, and whatever else I could get my hands on (I think maybe even a Compucolor). Had to save our pragrams to cassette tapes on a plain old tape recorder. 300baud modems were great when we find got access to one (couldn't afford one). Accoustic modems were cool! I hacked into some of my first computers at 300baud! Played alot on Bulletin Board Systems (BBS), and even met my wife on a BBS, though she wasn't my wife at the time.
And Roadkill's hat still scares the crap out of me!
Posted by mrski on July 12 2002,6:40 amI met my last wife on a BBS.
Got divorced because of the Internet.
I guess there are pluses to modern upgrades!
Posted by PC Medic on July 12 2002,3:50 pmCould have sworn I had already posted here, but just noticed I hadn't.
I am currently a Level II tech and was at one time in my life a Medic in the U.S. Army, hence the name PC Medic.
Originally froim the Rochester, NY area, I have traveled a great deal and am currently (6+ years now) living in Virginia with my wife and 5 of our 6 children (trying to work my way to Key West ).
Been working with PC's since about '81 and love em. Got into Geocaching and love it too as it give the family something challanging to do outdoors.
Posted by Morseman on July 15 2002,3:33 am
My first computer was a Sinclair ZX81. Had funny flat keys and a tempramental saving to tape system.
I remember using it for packet radio, and being able to reload the program quickly, before the RF link to the BBS dropped out, after it crashed.
Posted by barrington on July 15 2002,6:49 pm
My first computer was a Commodore VIC 20, bought at "Toys 'r Us". Only 4k of memory, so I handwired 8k more, 32 IC's on a plug-in board so I could use it for a Ham Radio application (RTTY). As soon as I fired up the transmitter the added memory (that I spent a week wire-wrapping ) was toast from the RF.
Posted by South Cache on Jan. 16 2003,12:47 pm47 y/o Records manager for major oil company based in the Netherlands. I also do software support and build databases. I work in downtown New Orleans four blocks from the French Quarter. Prior to the oil business I worked for NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans east were we built the Space Shuttle External Tank and parts for the ....hmm better not say... some missile thingy
My first computer was a TRS-80 with 8K Ram and a tape storage system. I built an interface that connected an army surplus teletype machine to the computer as a printer. I had to wear earplugs when printing.
I actually live 60 miles from work and commute in my SUV with three other guys. (we take turns )