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It Is Just Sad

Today’s society is so screwed up, twisted, and uncaring that it is really sad that a person that would consider themselves a ‘Good Samaritan’ has to second guess everything they do because you never know when it will end up biting you in the butt. The other night my buddy and I were out trying to snag a few geocaches out of boredom and we found ourselves in a less than safe and pleasant part of town. Not a big deal, I generally can hold my own so to speak but as we were leaving, a woman approached my truck smiling and waving. She was probably in her 40’s or 50’s and dressed semi ‘dressy’. She was rambling about her car, some guys telling her something about her car, Christians and Jesus. She stopped telling me random things and just looked at me. Now this is one of my pet peeves. I can’t stand when someone tells me random things and assumes I know what they want or are talking about. So I ask her kindly, “So, what can I do for you ma’am?” She basically wanted me to jump start her car. Easy-peasy as far as I am concerned however her car is located on the other side of the parking lot and near a tree line of the nearby woods. I cannot as a man leave this woman out here at night but my overwhelming concern was that this was a set-up. Call it what you will but my ghetto wisdom is pretty sharp, having been raised in one for part of my life. I hated to pawn off the labor but I looked at my buddy while we were idling across the parking lot to her car and asked him if he minded doing the ‘jumping’ part

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Another 100 Moment

While out geocaching the other night, I reached the 100 ‘found’ mark. We, Jonathan and I, are trying to close out the Clayton/Zebulon areas and work our way back to Raleigh. There are only a handful in the Knightdale area I have left to log, being the 2 behind the Target shopping center, 3 behind the library, and a handful that are off on some back roads. We’re both off Monday so maybe we can plan to kill those off during the day. We are also trying to come up with a ‘team name’ so we don’t have to waste two spaces on the log when we both sign it. Any suggestions? On a different note, I’m once again behind on my PhotoChallenge shots. I need to snag my Silk and Shoe shots. I know what I want to get but need to obtain the items. Anyone have a pair of pink ballerina shoes? How about a silk belt? Oh well. I’ve got all the ones I need from that point to present. I need to stop being lazy and just make them happen. Here’s that Zen thing I owe you all… – Jason

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An Entire Post of Zenage.

While cruising around on lunch Friday, I came across an exit ramp with a field of flowers on it. The colors grabbed my attention and forced the truck to the side of the road and into ‘Park’. I grabbed the camera and walked a few feet to the field and begun to shutterbug away. Here are a few of the flowers out there.       – Jason

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So I’m up late again…

More like up early. It’s my weekend to get up at 0200 and apply security patches on the systems at work. I generally do this at least once a month. The other times I’m up this early its for production issues and isn’t as fun because it isn’t planned. I’m also applying firmware updates to my Blade servers which takes about 15-20 minutes a piece since there are 3 to apply to each blade so this is dragging out longer than normal. Usually an hour or two and I can crash again for a bit before the normal work day. Today… I’ll probably just go shower in a bit and head in early. No sense in sleeping for an hour only to wake up irritable. 🙂 Ok, well I’m finally done. and in only 3.5 hours. The sad thing is I ran out of time. I still have about 7 blades to update but I will have to do those on the next rotation. Oh well. I tried. On a different note: I snagged about 30 Geocaches (spelled that way just for you Jon!) over the course of the last week. I’m now up to 56 or so. Look out Jonathan here I come! Now I just need to fly to N.O. to get the ones he snagged from down there! Oh well, more to come later, right now I need to get moving I guess to make the most of my day. Your moment of Monday Zen…   – Jason

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GeoCaching

I’ve put it off long enough and it is time for me to shake the laziness and finally find a ‘round TUIT’. I will now go into more depth about GeoCaching. GeoCaching is a modern day ‘Treasure Hunt’ system run by the very people that do the hunting. What I mean is, anyone can search and anyone can hide these little ‘treasures’ assuming you follow the few basic rules and own a GPS system. This is great fun for people and families of all age ranges and is virtually free entertainment minus the initial purchase of a GPS system and gas money. Coordinates and locations to these locations can be found at GeoCaching.com. To give you an idea of size of this WORLDWIDE phenomenon and what it holds for those interested I’ve mapped out about 600+ within 25-30 miles of my home alone, most of which are in Raleigh but are also in the surrounding towns and cities. As of now I’ve only located 11 but finding time to do it seems to be the biggest challenge. Most of the ones I’ve found so far are small (Micro) Caches only containing log books/rolls. BYOP (Bring your own Pen/Pencil) types of caches. There have been several with containers containing odds and ends including marbles/stamps/toys/etc. The key to this ‘Treasure Hunt’ is that if you take something with you, leave something of equal or greater value behind for someone else. There are GeoCoins and GeoBugs which are have a little more specific agendas but the aforementioned rule is the general basic. So while learning the process of downloading the cache locations to my GPS I noticed that the default icon is wiped and a generic (?) stood as the icon. My OCD kicked in and I had to once again fix it.

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GeoCaching

So I’m kind of liking this GeoCaching thing. You’ll have to excuse how I capitalize it. It may not be the ‘correct’ way but my OCD makes me do it. Ok, either way this has become quite addictive and works well with photography. You can use the camera as a ‘cover’ for rummaging around off to the side of parking lots or in the woods. I bought a handheld GPS because my automobile one was not granular enough to get me off of the beaten path in which most of these things are. It was also not geared to measure in ‘feet’ even in pedestrian mode. I bought the Magellan Triton 500 which is MSRP’d at much higher than I wanted to pay but REI had a deal starting May 1st that dropped the price to only 20 or so dollars more than what I was going to pay for a much lesser model. I did not want to drive all the way back to REI the next day so I sweet talked and negotiated the sales person/manager into letting be buy it a day early at the sales price. I did buy a membership to REI but the benefits in owning a membership would have encouraged me to do that anyways. Either way I saved 50-70$ on a nice GPS. I’ve been using GSAK for the caching but its been a very time consuming experience. If you buy an annual membership to geocaching.com you can download cache points in bulk and better data files at that but I’m not so sure I want to do that just yet. Currently I go to the geocaching page and do a search based on my zip code. Once the results are displayed I download them 20 at a time to a .loc

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Pushing on

So I’ve gotten lazy and busy with other stuff and I’ve slowly let this place fall behind. The bad thing about falling behind on a blog is that with limited time already a problem you find yourself struggling to find time to do the extra work to catch up on all that has been missed. I’ll do the best I can. Regarding the Somalian Pirates: Apparently (if it even came to be his direct decision) President Obama took a tougher stance than I expected on getting our Captain back. We’ve arrested one and snipers took out the two holding him prisoner (with headshots woot!). Long story short…. Our boy is back home. Hoorah! My best friend came to visit me from Florida. By best friend I mean my mother and I miss her already. She was only up for a couple days but as usual we had a great time. Her and Dan are always great company and we got to all spend some good time together running around, taking pictures, and eating lots of food. Come back and visit soon! One bad thing about the fact that I’ve picked up Photography again is that my Motorcycle fun has taken a back seat to it. The weather has been spectacular lately and I’ve not taken advantage of it the way I’ve wanted. I can strap the camera to my back and jump on the bike but there are other complications. Oh well. I’ll learn balance eventually. As of today I’ve quit smoking for .. .. 33 days. One month down… many more to go. (hopefully =P) I think I may have an additional hobby. (geez thanks Jonathan) but at least this one can coincide with photography. Geo Caching. Look it up. I’ll write up more on it later. Until then

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