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.


My New MP3 Player

For a few weeks I was forced into using my wife's iPod because my old MP3 player quit working.  After a couple years of abuse the batteries finally gave out.  I could have replaced the battery in my old MP3 player, but as with all small electronics, the batteries are really expensive.  So I opted to use my wife's iPod until my new device arrived.  I cannot put into words my hatred for iPods.  I have never been a fan of Apple, but using that backward piece of junk for just one day confirmed my anti-apple bias.  How in the world has Apple been able to fool everyone into thinking they have a superior product.  iPod has even taken over the language.  Just as Asprin, Kleen-ex, or Scotch tape became synonymous for their products,so has iPod.  People don't say MP3 player anymore, they say "iPod" when refering to any portable music device.  At least with Asprin and Kleen-ex their products work.

First there is the DRM on the ipod. Then there is the problem of not being able to  just drag and drop songs on the blasted thing.  You can't even delete anything off of it.  You have to use their clunky proprietary software to do anything on the ipod.  YOU CAN'T EVEN BOOKMARK AN AUDIO BOOK?!?  The backlight never goes out, and because of that, it has horrible battery life.  I could go on for hours about how much I hate this thing.

So after using the much hated ipod for about a month, I finally bought me a more useful MP3 player:
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