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Thread: Might have lost a TB

  1. #11
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    Jan 2005
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    TB's come TB's go....geocaching is forever.

    OK, here is my tale of woe. I released 2 TB's (Brother Sun and Sister Moon). Brother Sun made about three pit stops and was lost due to park maintenance muggles who probably removed the container because their instructions were to "toss anything that doesn't belong in the park". I have not put him in the TB graveyard but I should. Sister Moon has made a herky jerky journey towards the west coast. Sometimes she moves 2-3 times in a month; others, she will idle either in a cache (normal) or in a cacher's possession (rude).

    At the same time I released my 2 bugs I helped my youngest son release his 2 TB's. They were taken from their first cache and promptly held for a total of 4 months! I was new to the game. After the first month, I emailed the guy. I emailed again a week later. I think he finally answered me after the 3rd email. He explained his intentions. It was cool. Until he didn't follow through. I emailed again. I finally arranged to pick them back up. I had to physically meet him and get them back. This person was not a novice cacher. Everybody has a story, an excuse or a reason. After a while you get a bit disenchanted and just kind of hold out hope they will resurface. Good luck. STW

  2. #12
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    Aug 2004
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    Little Rock (south of), AR.
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    I doubt that we as a group are any weirder then any other group so if very few of us have listed our M.I.A.T.Bs then I doubt if most cachers, hopefully the others have just as many members rowing with one oar and hoping for the best as we do, have listed their Tbs as MIA.

    So just for funÖ..how many Tbs or what percent of your Tbs are you missing and how many of those do you have listed in this one TB cemetery that contains about 2100? I have a sneaky feeling that the real number of Bug Collections is staggering even if you donít count the Jeeps and GeoCoins.

    I doubt the numbers will exceed that of the double hands full of napkins that are taken from fast food places but I bet it would be an eye opener.
    Lets see, an average of $5.75 per tag, times thousands and thousands and thousands and......???

    I think instead of buying any more tags and just wasting my time, I will just buy wooden nickels and drop those for those who collect stuff.

    As for me, 3 out of 3 are missing, none are listed. (not counting the new money mouse TB that I'm keeping to make the hunts trackable)
    Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

  3. #13
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    We've lost 1 out of 1, so I guess that's a 100% loss rate. Our TB is listed in the graveyard to which you referred above.

    Here's our log for that sad day:

    April 19, 2004 by Gaddiel and OrangeDanish:

    So long, Big Guy. We only knew you for a short while, but we will miss you forever. You were our first TB and will always be our favorite. We'll always remember how popular you were at the cache event in Clarksville, Arkansas where everyone wanted your number so they could say that they had known you, even if only for a few seconds. Hope you enjoyed the view at the lake where you were last seen.

    We would also like to say "thank you" to cachecrazies for being such a good friend to WorldWide. It means a lot to us in this hour of our loss.
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  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaddiel
    April 19, 2004 by Gaddiel and OrangeDanish:

    So long, Big Guy. We only knew you for a short while, but we will miss you forever. You were our first TB and will always be our favorite. We'll always remember how popular you were at the cache event in Clarksville, Arkansas where everyone wanted your number so they could say that they had known you, even if only for a few seconds. Hope you enjoyed the view at the lake where you were last seen.

    We would also like to say "thank you" to cachecrazies for being such a good friend to WorldWide. It means a lot to us in this hour of our loss.
    Gaddiel, <<sniff, sniff>> That was the dad-gumdest, <<sniff>>, nicest <<sniff>> thang you done said so Iíve just added you to my will.
    No, it wasnít to leave you my favorite cammo boot socks, (ma sister is a gettin those) it was to have you give my eulogy.
    PS. So far that is 1 listed out of 4.
    Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

  5. #15
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    Jun 2004
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    We have lost 2 out of 6 with 2 more not looking so good.

    "Best Friends" TBG3C3 hasn't been moved since Feburary. "Whitetail Deer" TBG7RD is not in the cache it is suppose be in. (maybe it just hasn't been logged)

    Crater of Diamonds TBG2VM is still doing ok. We have a new one that hasn't been released yet. If we release any more I think I will just attach a rock from the Caddo River to it.

    I gave a TB to my nephew and he attached an old rusty Railroad Spike to it, and it has done pretty good. Yea you guessed it, He named it "Spike"

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by cachemates
    We have lost 2 out of 6 with 2 more not looking so good.

    "Best Friends" TBG3C3 hasn't been moved since Feburary. "Whitetail Deer" TBG7RD is not in the cache it is suppose be in. (maybe it just hasn't been logged)

    Crater of Diamonds TBG2VM is still doing ok.
    The first Lab is MIA, Digger is MIA, Whitetail Deer is MIA, Gorgie is MIA. That is 4 more missing but only one of them (Gorgie) reported missing.

    Of course this is without all the precincts reporting in but that works for the expert predictors, so thatís 8 to 2 so far and that is just about what I expected the numbers to look like, 80-90% missing and 10-20% (maybe as low as 5%) reported as missing.
    Maybe the high mortality rate just makes them more fun for some folks, sort of like making a hole-n-one playing golf, but as for meÖ...I have one left and I think I will just keep it with me.
    Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

  7. #17
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    Jun 2005
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    Conway, AR
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    Misery loves company. I knew I wasn't the only one having TB woes.
    I released my first TB that consisted of a hotel key found very randomly in LR while caching. I thought that would make the perfect TB. It made it from Conway to GeoWoodstock 4 in Houston! What a cool beginning! From there it landed in Colorado and promptly vanished from the radar. The owner of the cache where it supposedly is temporarily disabled it. The previous post was a 'Found It,' so I can't imagine what happened. That was almost a month ago.
    I bought the four pack of tags and have two others going now. They seem to be doing well. I will probably release the last when I find something I care to make into one and then call it quits on the TB's.

  8. #18
    I have put out one travel bug and it was moved to washington state ( I was thrilled it moved so far) and burned up in a forest fire.

    walkingshadow

  9. #19
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    Aug 2004
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    I think I can, I think I can, I think I can,Ö.bah hum bug.
    Who said positive thinking works?
    Iíve been positive thinking until Iím blue in the face (would that make me a blue-beard?) about my TBs and now that Iíve given up, one is on the move and I found another one traveling around in Europe with the cacher who picked it up back in 2004 and got a promise to drop it.
    Maybe TBs are so positive they need, or are drawn to, negative polarity???
    Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

  10. #20

    One of the Guilty

    I hate to say it but my family and I carried a Mickey Mouse Bobber TB to Orlando and took a pic of the kids in front of one of the parks with it. It was lost on the return trip. I emailed the owner and told them I was sorry. I also moved the Black Lab that cachecrazies had from south Arkansas to Jacksonville where it was muggled along with the cache it was in. I guess my luck has not been the best with TBs either.

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