Welcome to my World of Wonderment

Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.


Mike Gravel and the National Initiative

Early on during the presidential primaries, I was pulling for John Edwards. Later on I heard about Mike Gravel and after doing some research, he became my dark horse. Unfortunately for America, neither one of these candidates are black or a woman, so the press just pretty much ignored them. And in our "American Idol" society, if you don't appeal to 13 year old girls, your candidacy is not valid. So we ended up with a rock star, with no background, that claims he is a liberal, but the few things he has actually voted on in Congress have not proven he is any different than the previous administrations. Any one can spout out "hope and change", but I have yet to see any thing different from this guy other than his skin color, and his ability to turn a phrase. (And who knows, maybe those aren't even his words, but some paid speech writer?) George Bush says he is a christian, but if you ask a christian what are some of the most important tenants of christianity, don't lie, love thy neighbor, do unto others, don't kill, well this asshole doesn't fit that bill. As for Obama, we don't know anything about him, other than he looks and sounds cool. But what I don't get, if everyone wants change, why get behind a politician that is exactly that, a politician? Instead of saying, I am a liberal, I am against this unlawful war, I am against warrantless wiretapping, and I am against what the current administration stands for, he says he wants to reach across the aisle and compromise. He said he would keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. He voted recently to give telephone companies immunity for facilitating the government's warrantless wiretapping. And he even says he will continue on with Bush's illegal faith based initiatives. Why, to compromise? To reach across the aisle in friendship? Well screw them. Take a stand. Have a backbone. But that is not going to happen. As for him being a liberal with hope and change, there is hope but probably no change. Barack doesn't fit the bill either.

So if like me you hope for some change, check out these videos. The first one is Mike Gravel being honest and not a politician, also not being very popular.

The second video is about an interesting idea that Gravel is behind, The National Initiative.