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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ten Fictional Characters Who Would Have Made Great Geocachers

Geocaching hasn't exactly found it's niche in cinema.  Sure, there's Splinterheads, but outside of that, not much else.  In addition, you never see it on television.  I've heard it was mentioned once on an episode of Law & Order, but I have yet to see it for myself.  There are plenty of movies and television shows out there, and as such, I find it hard to believe NO ONE on those shows geocaches!  So, let's suspend belief for a few moments and reflect back on characters in recent (and not-so-recent) memory.  For various reason, aspects about these ten characters, in my opinion, carry over very well into the game of Geocaching.

Tim "The Toolman" Taylor from Home Improvement- Tim was always modifying some household object or objects in order to get them to accomplish something they weren't really meant to do.  Haven't we all, at some point or another, looked at something in our home and thought to ourselves "Hey, that would make a great cache container!"  I rest my case.

Ogilvie from The Bad News Bears- Not the most athletic of the squad, Ogilvie was the bookkeeper and the unofficial team dork.  He also had a way with numbers.  I bet if you gave him a puzzle cache, he'd be able to crack the code without even breaking a sweat!

Emilio from Mr. Deeds- The eccentric butler from Adam Sandler's 2002 Comedy Mr. Deeds had a knack for showing up, unexpected, wherever his employer, Longfellow Deeds, happened to be. "I'm very, very sneaky!"  Sounds like a FTF hound to me!

Steve Urkel- "Did I do that?"  Urkel was the consummate nerd.  His science projects never quite lived up to expectations, but he did whatever was necessary in an attempt to win the heart of his neighbor, Laura.  Had Family Matters been set in the present day, I could imagine Steve Urkel geocaching, whenever he wasn't harassing the Winslows.

Cliff Clavin-  If there's one guy who could have written one heck of a cache description page, I bet it would have been Cliff Clavin.  He was a walking encyclopedia, knew a little bit of what seemed to be everything, and was quite articulate.  He also always paid attention to detail.  This Cheers mainstay would, undoubtedly, write a very descriptive cache log, as well.

Raymond Babbitt- The famous autistic savant from Rain Man was kidnapped by his brother, Charlie, and together they took a little trip out west.  I wonder how Raymond would do with those five-star puzzle caches out there?  Do you think the "impossible" code would appear to him?

Kevin McCallister-  Not unlike Tim Taylor, this Home Alone focal point altered household items, giving them a secondary purpose.  In this case, however, that purpose was to thwart the Wet Bandits.  More importantly, Kevin knew how to get himself out of a jam.  His resourcefulness and sense of logic would be a welcomed addition to any geocaching team.  Plus, he popularized the line "Keep the change, ya filthy animal!"

Lassie- You can keep Timmy Martin, I'll take Lassie, anyday.  Perhaps the world's first Geo-dog, Lassie was bailing Timmy out of jams on a weekly basis.  I bet she would have been able to sniff out caches!  "What, Lassie?  The cache is behind the fallen oak tree, covered by rocks?  Good girl!"

Forrest Gump-  Forrest got to see the world.  He met presidents, and just happened to be a witness to some of the most historic events of the twentieth century.  Had geocaching been around then, he'd have collected smileys from around the world!  He wasn't a smart man, but I bet he'd be able to figure his way around a GPS.  Not to mention, his memorable quotes and one-liners work well within the realm of the geocaching world.

"Geocaching is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you're going to get."
"Lietenant Dan!  A geocoin, Lieutenant Dan!  I found you a geocoin!"
"My mama always said you've gotta sign the log before you can move on to the next cache."

MacGyver- Oh, come on, geocaching or not, who wouldn't want to hang out with MacGyver?  This mild mannered special agent had a profound knowledge of science.  More importantly, he was able to make great use of even the  most mundane objects.  Have you ever been to a cache site, and spotted the cache, but couldn't figure out how to get it, or how to open it?  I bet MacGyver would have been able to grab or open it, probably with a wad of gum or, perhaps, a rubber band.


DctrSpott said...

I'll add one: Sherlock Holmes. He would've loved a good mystery (cache).

Big_Dog1970 said...

Eggscelent Smithers.......Cool that you saved the best for last. I agree MacGyve would be AWESOME at geocaching.


Let's not forget the awesome geomobile "KITT" from Night Rider. He could take you to a cache, figure out the puzzle on the way and set up an awesome route for you and that's just for warm ups!
Great article!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Lol. Funny post. The Forrest gump one was hysterical!

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

hrm... no Indiana Jones? He'd be doing 5/5's like a boss.


DUH! How could we forget Indiana Jones! Thanks Dave!
Since these are all guys, let's suggest a few of the more adventurist Ladies that would have been great Geocachers.

I'll start off with Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz. They team up for geocaching adventures that always seem to end up with Ricky saying, "LUCY, you have some "splainin" to do"

Dodger said...

Team UmiZoomi, the Fresh Beat Band, and Dora the Explorer make the list.

Urkel and that Macaulay Culkin kid get to stay home with Sponge Todd Sweat Pants.

BigAl said...

Elmer Fudd: Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting for a Geocache and I'm goin to be da fist to find. "huh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh".

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