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TinmanJones
08-27-2013, 09:47 PM
After thinking about posting my "streak story" this afternoon, I came here to see what others have said about their streaks. Now, my story doesn't seem like such a big deal compared to some others I read here. Nonetheless, I still want to share it, because I KNEW I had it coming & I know that others who have been "streaking" have probably done the same thing.


So I took a few months off from the caching trail. Well, 18 months to be exact. After my short hiatus, I chose to jump back in on Aug. 1, the day I realized started the 2013 August Streak challenge at GC.com.
I had no intentions of doing a streak EVER, but decided after finding another cache on Aug 2nd to jump all in & try it.


Today, I had an important afternoon meeting. The last 26 days I've had plenty if time after work to stop by & grab a smiley here & there. But today I needed to make sure I was at my meeting. So, right after work I ran home, showered, & headed to my meeting.
All the while thinking, "I need to grab my cache." But I continued to tell myself "It'll be ok. You've left yourself some close, easy caches to grab, just for this occasion."


My meeting ended at 7:30pm. I hopped in my vehicle & started out toward a brand new Arkfiremedic cache, hoping to score a FTF. As I pulled up my caching app (b/c I didn't have my GPSr) I notice my battery life is at 20% & I do not have a car charger handy. iPhone users will understand how I feel about this. Not only is my battery life low, it's soon to be dark. The new cache was at least 10 miles away & I knew I couldn't be there before dark, so I had to choose a "reserve" cache. One of many I had been saving, just in case I found myself in this situation.


So I head to my reserve. I pull up to GZ at 7:40pm & give it a really good look. I mean, it's a 1 1/2 difficulty, I should've had it by now. NOPE, not that easy. I know I'm on a time crunch w/ sunset & a quickly dissolving battery, now at 18%, & so I'm in a rush to find it.
I give up after a couple of minutes & decide to head a few blocks over to reserve #2.


I pull up to "Rock Island Row" (the name of this cache) & the place us covered up with muggles. NOT good, not good at all.
Its 7:50pm & I'm down to 15% battery & without a flashlight.


So, I've only got one chance left before my phone app is gone & I'm completely in the dark.


I quickly pull up my last ditch effort to save my cache streak. A cache that I really needed to save for a "family cache outing". At this point I can only hope Mz. Muggle will forgive me for going & getting this smiley w/out her.
You see, this cache is at the place where I proposed to her, 18 years ago.


Without thinking about it too much, I drove straight to GZ. My third & final shot at 27 consecutive caches for the month of August. Right where my heartfelt proposal took place.


By now, it's just too dark to see, so I just start grabbing for containers in the dark. My phone is at 12% battery life & it's 8:05pm. At that moment, my hand brushes against the prize I've been searching for. A very small, plastic, semi-waterproof container, that is holding the piece of paper I need to jot my name on. WHAT, my pen won't write? That is correct.
I start scribbling, round & round on an old envelope I found in my floorboard trying to get some sort of ink out of the only ink pen I have available.


I do manage to poorly sign my initials to the log, along with the date.


Luckily I learned to leave myself a few caches available close to home, thanks to reading some posts here in the forums.
I'm very thankful for you seasoned cachers, who post here, tips, tricks, & ideas so that others, like me, will have a better chance of surviving these sort of situations.
I could have very easily ended my little streak at 26. But because of you all & local cachers who love to hide, I've survived to see another day to streak.


By the way, my plan is NOT to stop at 31!


Now I've got to figure out how to make this up to Mz. Muggle. Maybe a new pair of flip flops will help.


Happy caching & thank you.

thefab5willisclan
08-27-2013, 10:17 PM
Thanks for the story!!! I love reading about other Cachers "streaks" and their adventures, and misadventures! Just think you are almost almost 1/12th of the way through an entire year.... O.K. that may not have been very encouraging 1/12th don't sound like much, but it really is. Keep it up! :D

drmo913
08-28-2013, 05:04 AM
Awesome story!

Adventure, romance, treasure.

Can't wait for chapter 2!!!!

:grin:

likestocanoe
08-28-2013, 06:05 AM
Love it, Tinman! Thanks for sharing and you better add something to those flip flops to sweeten the pot..... LOL

arkfiremedic
08-28-2013, 10:29 AM
Great story Tinman. Glad you were able to grab an easy puzzle FTF for your streak today. I've placed a couple more for you to help make your streak continue on into September and B E Y O N D...........

TinmanJones
09-13-2013, 04:24 PM
Happy Friday 13th y'all.
Just checking in.
I'm still streaking. Day 44 complete. WhaHoo!

thefab5willisclan
09-13-2013, 06:20 PM
Awesome!!! Keep it up!!!!

ronwhite
09-15-2013, 06:54 PM
Looking good, TinmanJones!

Steal Your Cache
09-16-2013, 08:22 AM
you can do it!!!

TinmanJones
09-30-2013, 05:41 PM
you can do it!!!

61 in the books. Bring on tomorrow!

thefab5willisclan
09-30-2013, 08:51 PM
It is starting to become habit now, You got this!

TinmanJones
11-09-2013, 12:22 AM
Day 100 in the books.

Who knew I'd ever find 31 consecutive finds in August & then continue to streak to 100?
A big shout out to my wife, Mz. Muggle, for supporting me in my effort.

Bring on tomorrow.

arkfiremedic
11-09-2013, 08:02 AM
Whoo Hoo!

MathSeeker
11-09-2013, 10:15 PM
Day 100 in the books.

Who knew I'd ever find 31 consecutive finds in August & then continue to streak to 100?
A big shout out to my wife, Mz. Muggle, for supporting me in my effort.

Bring on tomorrow.

Way to go Tinman!

paladinds1961
11-11-2013, 07:44 PM
Congrauts TinmanJones your are well on you way, You have made the first Hurddle and next time you out near Cabot stop and sign the 100 day streak challenge.

floaten
11-12-2013, 12:47 PM
Congrats Tinman!

TinmanJones
12-15-2013, 03:47 PM
Well ladies & gentlemen, it looks like my streaking days are over. Ending with 133 days. December is a VERY tough month. It's just so busy & tiring, that when I finally got a moment to get out & grab my daily cache, I was just too tired & had just too many things on my plate.
I didn't think I could streak for a month (back in August -31 days), much less 133 days. But, with the help of many LA (lower Arkansas) cachers, I was able to conquer a lot more than 31 days.

Thanks to everyone here for the encouraging messages, texts, emails, & phone calls. It means a lot & I'm glad to be part of the community.
I have a new found respect for you who streak for 366 days. Y'all are truly elite!
Cache on cachers.
TinmanJones

arkfiremedic
12-15-2013, 06:53 PM
Sorry to see it come to an end Tinman, but I know you have got to be tired. You have made a many a trip down to the State Line Road to grab caches to continue the streak. I'm sure the way I work I can never pass 133 much less get anywhere near it. Good Job!

TinmanJones
12-15-2013, 07:06 PM
Sorry to see it come to an end Tinman, but I know you have got to be tired. You have made a many a trip down to the State Line Road to grab caches to continue the streak. I'm sure the way I work I can never pass 133 much less get anywhere near it. Good Job!

Thank you AFM for helping it happen. If not for you, I wouldn't have surpassed my personal goal. I just hate I didn't atleast get all the ones inside the city limits before it was over. I mean, there's one hidden on my fence at work that I've let sit, just so I could use it as a "stand-by".
Oh well, no looking back now & I actually feel a little weight off my shoulders. LOL