Online Log, circa 2001: Thank you for leading my family to such a beautiful location. My dog and I spent 2 months meticulously planning the 12 mile hike to retrieve this stash. On D-day we were off at 6 am for the 152 mile drive to the trailhead. The weather was a perfect cloudless 72 degrees with light winds from the Northeast. We picked delicious wild buffalo nuts and ate them on the trail. The dog was in charge of seed dispersal to start another generation of trees. Our GPS unit picked up 5 satellites so the accuracy was very good. The bucket was less than 70 feet from the coordinates… (on and on with 300 more words)
Online Log, circa 2003: Yours was the last of 21 caches I found on this record weekend!! Thanks for leaving the AA batteries. I took 2 because my ni-cads won’t hold a charge for more than 2 hours. I left a dollar and a big rubber lizard in exchange. Oh, I think it’s a great idea to use surplus military ammunition boxes as cache containers. The hand painted camouflage was a nice touch. Thank you very much for an enjoyable find.
Online Log, circa 2005: The caches around here are only a mile apart! 12 of us drove in a 5 car convoy and found 79 of them before rushing home to watch Battlestar Galactica. Now I see how those mega cachers who do this all the time got 3,000 or even 4,000 finds!
Online Log, circa 2007: We found a whole bunch of caches today and this was one of them. TFTC
Online Log circa 2009: Found w/new app. Used geosense for the last 30’.
Online Log circa 2011: Found all 800 in 14 hours. Whee!
Online Log circa 2013: (blank)?
An Annoying Trend?
An occasional single word “TFTC” logging on one of my caches doesn’t bother me. After all, most of mine are urban “numbers” hides. But even numbers hides require SOME effort to place and maintain. So a whole string of “TFTC” loggings mildly elevates my blood pressure.
Then an out-of-area cacher logged 1 word, “check,” on 7 of my downtown caches. This ticked me off enough to send him an annoyed e-mail. He didn’t respond but sarcastically changed one of his “check” logs to a page-long diary filled with the minutiae of his time at GZ. It amused me enough to forgive the rest of his “check” logs. I was glad to see that he stopped logging “check” on others’ caches.
Now I see a log type that’s going to send me screaming into the street if it becomes widespread. Some cachers are inputting BLANK find logs without even a “TFTC.” These aren’t caches on massive power trails. These blank logs are appearing for local urban caches. At first I thought that something went wrong with the logging process. Then I realized that these are incredibly selfish, lazy cachers who enjoy the results of the hiders’ time and effort and then, instead of saying “thank you, they say,
by inputting an utterly blank log.
There ARE some local cachers who sign physical logs and for whatever reason, never log online. That doesn’t irritate me at all. They’re not part of MY game. I just don’t want to see more blank logs online. I think that you don’t want them either. Let’s do what we can to discourage the proliferation of blanks.