sbell111's misadventures

Monday, April 18, 2005

Went geocaching, kind of...

I took Cathy to LA for the weekend. While we were there, I showed her some of the touristy things that she wouldn't necessarily find on her own. Left on her own, she'd go on one of those cheesy homes-o-the-stars tours (yawn). She got a kick out of visiting the fire station used in filming the old 'Emergency' TV series. She has a serious crush on Randolph Mantooth. I don't get it, but I guess I don't have to.

We were only there for the weekend, so I didn't really plan to do any serious caching on this trip. I checked the immediate areas of each place we were going and didn't see any caches that I hadn't found, so I just dumped a gpx file of caches nearest our hotel into my 3+ and pda and headed out.

While doing my quick and dirty reasearch, I noticed that Dru Morgan had a little cache that had been missing for a while at Universal. I asked him if wanted to replace it for him and he said yes, but he didn't give me a clue as to where the cache had been hidden.

I went to the location and put it in the best place I could find, based on the clues. Of course I was wrong. The good news is the cache has been placed. He is going to go out and move it to his preferred spot. I tried to do him a favor. I'm not sure that I was successful. Oh, well.

I had to try to limit my whining about my back during the brief trip. Cathy was giving our dogs a bath a few days before we left and lifted my do the wrong way. It was her turn to get pity; not mine.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Geocaching? Oh yeah!

Can you believe it, I actually found a few (easy) caches today. I got out of the airport this morning at about 7:30am and didn't have to be at my office downtown until 11:30am, so I hobbled about and found a few. Granted, they were almost all easy drive-ups, but a few actually had me head into the woods.

I basically started at the nearest one to where I was and hopped from cache to cache in the general direction of my office. I skipped two that were advertised to be a higher terrain rating than I dared undertake and ended up finding 13 and getting skunked on 1.

I think I'll go home and whine to my wife about my back hurting. That sounds like a good idea.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The doctor. again.

This morning, I had to have another procedure done on my back. This was my second spinal epidural steroid injection and the first in a series of three. The injections will, hopefully, relieve the pain caused by the damage done in a collision with a drunk driver last June. Kids, if you learn nothing else, do not stay out until 4am drinking with your friends and then drive your truck home down the wrong side of the interstate. Bad things will happen.

Anyway, my orthopaedist wants to try these injections prior to surgery. He didn't sound that hopeful.

The injection hurt like crazy. The 'pinch' the doctor warned me of was more like the sting of a two-pound bee. It went away fairly quickly and was replaced with a pain not unlike the one that I came in with, plus a dull pain into my rump.

Hopefully, I won't be such a whiner for the next two weeks until my next one. Then, I'm going to do it again.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Last summer, I made a mold of a rock so I cast my own geo-rock caches. I casted the rocks using a mix of portland cement, white sand, a hardener, various dyes, and water. I'm getting pretty good at matching the look of real rocks.

I've sold a few of these on ebay, but I may stop selling them. Since they are heavy, they can be costly to ship. This high overhead results in very low profits. I've even had to send a couple at a slight loss.

I've sold some other geocaching items, also. Last summer, I camoed some ammo cans and sold them. I had pretty much the same problem. Ready-to-go caches can be costly to ship and there was no consistency in sales price, so I gave them up.

I've had better luck with my dark painted bison tubes and tiny magnetic caches. People seem to like those.

When you get right down to it, though, there really hasn't been much profit through my ebay activities. Its more of a hobby than a profit center. My wife lets me indulge in it as long as I don't have a negative gain and don't let it take over the house. She's made it clear that the ebay stuff is to stay in the garage.