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Friday, February 11, 2011

TNLNSL???????

As a responsible cache owner I recently did my regular maintenance on some of my hides either by myself or have emailed friends to assist and report the findings (thanks guys). You know, make sure the cache is not negatively impacting the immediate area, check out the container, make sure it’s dry, replace the log with a new one or make sure it has enough room for another 30 or so visit and replace the pen/pencil. Then comes my favorite part, I add some swag and look through the swag that others left for some neat stuff. But wait, where’s the swag???? I make damn sure when I place a cache that it’s filled to the brim with treasure. After all it is a treasure hunt, right? You can imagine my disappointment to see half of the swag gone and not many different items other than what I put in them. I suck it up, fill them up and move on but I ask you, “Whatever happened to trading up?” Or, how about even?

I’m cool with a TNLNSL log, but it appears that in many cases the TN is FALSE, the LN is TRUE and the SL is accurate most of the time (however, I have seen some inconsistencies and you know who you are).


Take a kid caching and see how important good SWAG is....














My expectations as a newbie were awakened by the reality that about half of all geocaches are either not maintained well or/and that they have been robbed of most of their swag. You hit a good one now and then that’s really filled and it’s actually a refreshing change from the frustration of getting skunked. You would think that after awhile you would get beat down and just give up but guess what? I'm still going to continue to load up those caches because I know that some little kid out there is going to open that cache and go "wow, awesome, look at this and that" and I have received emails from folks who appreciate it. Let's face it guys, this sport is pretty cheap. I mean once you get the gear, you're pretty much set. It’s not like golf where you can drop $100.00 in one day no problem (one of the reasons I do not personally partake in that sport. That and chasing the little white ball around, I don't know, not for me).To go to the dollar store and spend $20.00 for a bag full of stuff is actually part of the fun to me. Adding items that I think little and big kids would like is my personal touch to a cache be it mine or others.




Let’s never forget, IT’S A TREASURE HUNT! Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not all about the trinkets but, some little kid who just walked what was 10 miles in his/her mind, got scratched, bumped, yelled at a few times by Mom and for what? Junk! Next thing you know the kids don’t want to go any longer, so you can’t go either because there is no one to watch the kids, the caches don’t get found, so hiders give it up and then before you know it, it’s history. Don’t believe that the youth drive the future? Just ask the ex-CEO of a burger franchise named Jack in the Box who said 25 years ago “We don’t have to compete with the youth market. McDonald's can have them”. That coupled with the 1993 E.coli breakout the killed 4 little kids and made 600 more seriously ill pretty much put an end to the company. This from a company who had a more aggressive marketing strategy than today’s top dog McDonald's but, just didn’t think that kids and food safety were all that important. Think about that the next time you drive by the Dollar Store.

1 comments:

Erika Jean said...

I am a swag JUNKIE! So I totally agree with this whole post. I did a little swag bag give away on my blog a while back and it was a big hit.

When I can I like to put homemade (quality) gifts in them, key chains, necklaces and whatnot.

My least favorite swag - golf tees, golf balls and army men.

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