Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last Day of the Year and Extreme Geocaching

Egads...the blog roll. If it wasn't a panic then it was an irritation. If it wasn't an irritation then I was whoring for comments. If I wasn't whoring then it was confusion that a comment still in 2008 would put you on the 2009 list. Well, I'll keep the list out there until I update the first 2009 list which won't be until Friday, Jan 9th. But every comment from tomorrow forward will build the new list.

Tomorrow, on New Years Day I will let everyone know what I’m doing with all of 2008's blog tally data. Meanwhile, it seems that everyone thinks I’m the baseball hat guy. And you know what a shy blog guy I am. But here are a few pictures just to prove to you that it isn’t me. Now be done with that.

Me standing in front of a hippo infested lake in Tanzania

Me holding down this huge bolder from floating away in Joshua Tree National Park, CA


Meanwhile…some humor…finally…

Extreme Geocaching

Hey….since I seem to be on this geocaching fixation of late why not explore it some more. No, I’m not actually participating in it, just overly amused with the entire concept.

The problem with it is its too passive for today’s generation! Today’s generation live with car-jacking, alien invading, war profiteering high action video games! There’s not enough action in geo-caching. Sure, it’s a challenge to find the location and a discovery of what might be there.

Here is VE’s idea for extreme geo-caching: Moving cache contests

That’s right. Everyone participates at the same time and tries to track down an item on the move. Here are a couple of event examples:

1. You put a locator on a helium balloon and let it go. The pursuit is on! Yeah…I’m worried about the environmental impact of this as well. It’s not a lot of fun to find it inside a duck’s stomach two days later. We’ll have to make balloons less appealing to wild animals. Perhaps wrap them in Wonder Bread…nobody but humans will eat that!

2. You attach it to the underside of an out of state vehicle. Enjoy the geocache chasers as they go from the “largest ball of twine” to the “Wall of Tiny Rocks” to the “Miniature Great Wall of China” tourist traps in pursuit of the car vacationers.

People will not be able to get enough of this kind of nonsense! The ideas for this are endless…

46 comments:

lime said...

i have a friend who is very into geocaching. when he went to bolivia he convinced his hosts to participate, until the cache he was searching for led straight into a very dangerous area that was controlled by cocaine smugglers. he was insistent that they were very close and it was just down the road a bit and not at all getting the concept that it was DANGEROUS.

Thinkinfyou said...

Where the hell are the hippos? You just like messing with people, don't you?That's just a sewage pond in your neighborhood,right? Be honest!!

VE said...

lime - Yeah...geocaching in Bolivia or Iraq or places where there are land mines doesn't sound like a wise hobby activity...

thininfyou - Well you got me there. I do like messing with people. The hippos are submerged. You can actually see one. It's that dark spot where the ripples are being generated from. You know, the spot that looks like a turd floating...

The Incredible Woody said...

Ooo - he does exist!

ReformingGeek said...

Hum....let's change it up a little more. Geocaching is like the traveling jeans but let's make it a cool hat. Once you find it, you wear it for a week and document what happens to you. Then you hide it and the next person to find it has to do the same thing.

OH NOZ!

VE said...

incredible woody - Yep..I'm real. I know you thought I was just some sophisticated progam in a computer gone awry...

reforminggeek - Or leave your underwear... ;)

Kanrei said...

I admit to thinking you were Sir Speedo. I am so sorry, but it is such a funny photo and you would do anything to make people laugh, so it made sense.

I hope 2009 treats you with all the respect and honor you have earned. I consider you among my good friends and I want to thank you for sticking with me in 2008.

cathouse teri said...

You always have such brilliant and fantastical ideas!

Love the pics. :)

Chris Eldin said...

Nice photos!
I had to scroll down to see the baseball hat guy, but I can understand the confusion...

Happy New Year! Even though this comment won't officially count. I think as long as you're counting comments, you may as well rank them.

I mean, a thoughtful reply probably deserves 5 checkmarks, whereas the "great post, dude" deserves only one.

I want your new system to be fair. Really fair. I'll think of additional rules and get back to you.

;-)

The Self-Deprechaun said...

VE-could you photoshop that baseball hat on your recent pictures. I just had this glorified image of you with a big baseball head (that's your superpower) and now I see you are normal. It's just anti climactic. Happy New Year Brother!

Memarie Lane said...

I love the way you (blog)roll. In fact I plan (resolve?) to emulate you in 2009.

How about if we put the cache (cash?) in a heavy duty amphibious remote controlled vehicle? I'd love to be the one pushing the buttons.

Sarah said...

Another geo-caching idea...when the kids are bad, bury their favorite toy in a local park and make them find it! JK :)

Memarie Lane said...

BTW I think I sat on that same rock at Joshua Tree. I distinctly remember the roundish pile of rocks surrounded by flat desert with Joshua Trees and creosote bushes everywhere. Oh wait, that kinda describes the whole park doesn't it?

Memarie Lane said...

Am I number 7 yet?

Memarie Lane said...

How about now?

gab said...

Or to Corn Palace or the car museum or even the doll museum! Now that would be funny. But seriously The balloon thing is very serious. I enjoy giving balloons as well as recieveing them but when your on your way out of store and one gets away I get really worried about where it will end up.

VE said...

kan - Thanks, man! You are a good friend and you've been here longer than nearly anybody. And just to set the record straight, those aren't actually speedos...I just synched up the trunks so I wouldn't have one of those ridiculous bicycler tan lines on my legs.

teri - Well I hope to see you next year. You always have kind words and you tell it like it is!

chris - Good one! No, no, no. I'm not getting into judging anything with my blog roll. Readers create the order themselves. I don't blackmail anybody into commenting (well normally...)

self-deprechaun - You're probably one of only a couple readers I need to appologize to. You're not in the proper order on the blog roll where you should be. Sorry about that. My manual method requires me to hand move you down from the top of the list all the way down to where you fit. That's a single click to move past every other one. You can imagine when you have four or five to put on the master list that is now really big it is tedious and takes forever. I'll fix that for next year.

marie - Aww...thanks. I hope yours works out better. The only part I didn't like about doing it for a year was that new readers coming on never really had a chance to make it to the top. But then again a full years ride was indeed an undertaking. And I like the amphibious vehicle idea. Heck, I just like to say amphibious!

sarah - Now that's the kind of out-of-the-box devious thinking I love! Well done!

marie - Wow, you helped keep that rock from floating away too? Good job...

marie - Nice try. One comment per post. You know the rules! That's exactly why I update the list manually rather than have the computer count them...

Gab - Corn palace? I wanna go to corn palace! I wanna go to corn palace! Maybe they should start wrapping all balloons in wonder bread to avoid problems...

Jeff said...

You mean I'm going to have to fight and scrap my way to the top 5 all over again?! No worries... I'll kick their asses. I'm very competitive that way.

I'm assuming that picture on your profile is you though right? With a tan and... and... WTH, Howdy Doody face?

Dee said...

lemme guess, oct 31st in Joshua tree park right?

VE said...

jeff - Yeah Jeff, that's exactly what it means. You be the man though. Megan has been sneaking up with you for months now. She just ran out of time or you planned it that way. Yeah, that is me in the profile. It's in Cancun, Mexico and no, they aren't speedos. Just swim trunks hiked up. And the Howdy Doody face is to protect the guilty (me) from my work managers (them) firing me for lack of work.

dee - Wow, pretty darn close. Nov 25! What made you guess that?

EmmaK said...

You are unbelievably sexy ;)
please keep me on your blogroll!
xxx hugs

VE said...

emmak - Thanks dearie! ha ha. And you know that you control who is on my blog roll. Just swing by after today and you'll be added!

Megan said...

Never thought I'd say it, but Mrs. VE is a lucky woman.

But man, you got kids right? Haven't you ever taken em to feed the ducks? Ducks will eat Wonder Bread until they explode. Not a nice memory for the little tykes, I agree...

Uncivil said...

Don't mind me....I'm just "Geo-commenting" ! Still tryin' to rack up them brownie points!
OK.....this makes "50" according to the official VE rules for commenting!

Roy Scribner said...

Are we supposed to believe that those pictures didn't just come inside the new wallet you got for Christmas?

Kurt said...

I saw Alan Smithee last night, and he was devastated about the whole comment thing. I told him to relax, just comment when he feels like it, but he started crying.

Starrlight said...

Call me crazy but I like the idea of the moving car one. Would make a heck of a road trip. And what ya got against twine?!

Bee said...

Come on, you knew I was kidding when I called you a whore, didn't you?

No money was ever exchanged so you are free and clear.

I'm trying to figure out what time zone you're in. That way I can be your first comment in '09...

VE said...

megan - No, but I've tried to feed them to the ducks. Apparently ducks are vegetarians. Who would have thunk?

uncivil - Keep climbing, buddy! Keep climing...

roy - Wallet? Should I be wearing a wallet? Do they hotter pictures in wallets? Damn...

kurt - I feel so bad for Alan. I really wanted him to surpass Diesel on the list. Alas, it was not to be. Give him a tissue for me...

starrlight - Actually, I've got nothing against twine by itself but when it gets organized like that big ball of it...lookout...

bee - I cried all night! Damn you and your whore calling ways! Of course I knew that...but it made good blog fodder none-the-less. And now everybody knows you made poor VE cry ;) ha ha. I am on the Pacific Standard Time zone. I have no idea when I'll be posting. Could be just after midnight, might be in the morning. Gotta keep you guessing you know.

Gladys said...

I totally dig attaching it to an out of state vehicle. Except all the vehicles here would go back to Alberta and that would be that. You could attach it to my butt. That seems to go all over the ding dong place. Let's see next trip in the virtual vault of germs should be next month and I'll be landing in ....Cabo? San Diego? Honolulu? Where Please tell me! Oh wait it will be Los Angels Ca.

you crack me up!

The Self-Deprechaun said...

No worries my friend. I will stack it up for 2009! Happy New Year!

Elizabeth said...

Wow, you're brave! Aren't you afraid of the hippos? I've never seen one in real life, but I've seen enough Discovery Channel to know that I would never be that close to them!

yellojkt said...

Those are cool places you visited. Shame you forgot to bring your baseball head hat.

I'm staking my claim on the blogroll. Know that I know about it, I'm going to rule it.

Maureen said...

I'm not commenting until tomorrow for when it really counts. Gotta start of the new year with a bang, ya know.

Oh, Dammit. I ended up commenting anyway.

Well, I'll still be back tomorrow... or at least just after midnight. Yes, I have no life.

Serena said...

Count me out on the geocaching but, hey, I love that hippo pond photo. The blogroll thing involves Math, and Math gives me a headache. Ugh. All I have to say right now is Happy New Year!:)

VE said...

Gladys - Welcome. Talk about a late comer to the year. Well...you just made and that's all that counts! Don't mind me...I ramble a lot.

self-deprechaun - Hey, I did it. You are in your proper spot now!

elizabeth - No, the hippos all stayed in the water except these two and I was just driving by them. The hyena's were very freaky though. And the crocidiles. Man were they huge. And a leopard did walk by while I was peeing once. Early morning though and he was tired from a night of hunting. Lucky for me.

yellojkt - I'm hoping if I write enough the stupid hat will be forgotten. What are my odds?

maureen - I have no idea when I'll be posting. Sometime after midnight I hope but then again, could be in the morning too.

serena - Yes...you just keep right on commenting...I'll worry about the math! Happy New Year to you too.

Gladys said...

Hey VE I was on some blog I don't remember and you looked intriguing so I popped on over. Oh by the way just so you know the corn palace is the bomb. Did you know it takes your body 24 hours to pass a kernal of corn. yeah I timed it. I'm sick that way!

Happy New Year.

You'll have to excuse me I seem to be PUI (posting under the influence) I believe there is a fine attached and three strikes your out rule. :) Hey let's party like it's 1999 oh wait! Let's NOT!

Jacki said...

Happy New Year!

I personally think you took that picture at the Disney Safari park..I didn't see any Hippos.

VE said...

gladys - Come on by under the influence or not.

Jacki - Happy new year to you. I don't think the hippos wanted to be photo'd with me. Maybe I didn't shower...

Practically Joe said...

Happy New Year! I fell asleep and missed the ball dropping.
When I awoke ... first thing I thought of was commenting on VE's blog.
Sad, huh?

quilly said...

Duh, VE -- engineers work on the engine's ears! Hello? What a maroon!

VE said...

joe - Sorry my friend...Pacific time zone...

quilly - I must be totally deaf! Damn...

leelee said...

what a fascinating life!

HUGS!

angie said...

Lucky for that boulder you were at the right place at the right time. :)

VE said...

angie - I know...I feel like I've saved it from floating off into space...whew!

Queen Goob said...

My GOD you're brave - did you know more people are killed by hippos than any other animal in Africa? Hmmm, the things you learn watching reality television.....it boggles the mind.