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WhereRWe?
04-18-2006, 10:22 AM
I wold like to caution people to use caution when removing TB's from a bug hotel, ESPECIALLY those near airports.

Bug hotels are great places for bugs to meet up with someone who can help the bug get closer to the owner's goal. And when someone puts a bug in an airport bug hotel, it's usually because the cacher knows that the bug needs to go some distance.

So... Please try and find out the bugs goal before you temove it from bug hotel. I know it would be easier if bug owners would attach a note specifying the bug's goal, but even when they don't we should try and help the bug on it's way. If a bug is in the Portland jetport, and the goal of the bug is to get to Florida, it doesn't help if someone grabs the bug and moves it to Augusta!

IMHO... :D :D

Beach Comber
04-18-2006, 06:45 PM
Welllllllllll, if it is Augusta, Georgia it would be ok :p

Hiram357
04-18-2006, 07:07 PM
hmmmmm.... sounds to me like you're trying to single somebody out....

FuddsGirls
04-18-2006, 07:14 PM
I think that sometimes a post like this comes from a specific incident. I also think we can use it as a learning experience and as informational for new cachers who might not have thought about that. I for example never used to read the goals until after the grab and I haven't attached tags to to first two bugs. Thanks for this post.

Haffy
04-18-2006, 08:36 PM
There is also one thing that I have always tried to do and that is if the TB doesn't have the informational goal sheet with it is to just print out a new one and put that back with the TB. Now everyone knows what the TB's goal is before they take it the next time.

Hiram357
04-18-2006, 09:01 PM
There is also one thing that I have always tried to do and that is if the TB doesn't have the informational goal sheet with it is to just print out a new one and put that back with the TB. Now everyone knows what the TB's goal is before they take it the next time.

yeah, I've picked one up at a TB hotel before that had an unclear goal once... **cough**bruce**cough** :rolleyes::rolleyes:

Beach Comber
04-18-2006, 10:45 PM
I, too, have made an effort to help TB's achieve their goal by adding information. I have gone so far as to laminate it and attach it to the TB in such a way that it won't separate from the item itself. I have also repaired some on occasion and am proud to say they left my hands in better shape than when I picked it up. I admit, I don't always take the time to do so now, but try hard to be aware of their mission. It is tough though without information attached. Since I don't cache with a laptop I am at the mercy of the TB itself to help me know what it wants.

WhereRWe?
04-19-2006, 07:10 AM
hmmmmm.... sounds to me like you're trying to single somebody out....

No - I see this quite often. No particular cacher. And I repeat that it IS ANNOYING that bug owners list specific goals for their bugs, then don't bother to attach a tag letting people know what that goal is... :D :D

WhereRWe?
04-19-2006, 07:11 AM
There is also one thing that I have always tried to do and that is if the TB doesn't have the informational goal sheet with it is to just print out a new one and put that back with the TB. Now everyone knows what the TB's goal is before they take it the next time.

Great idea! I do this myself sometimes.

Mainac1957 did a great job at one of the events where he printed a sheet for each of the TB's that was logged into the event. :D :D

WhereRWe?
04-19-2006, 07:16 AM
I think that sometimes a post like this comes from a specific incident.

No, I repeat that I see this quite often. No particular cacher or specific incident. Goto the listing for any bug hotel, click on "See the history" of the TB's that have been in the cache, and you'll see many entries that support my concern.

firefighterjake
04-19-2006, 11:14 AM
Not that it has a direct bearing to this thread, but I released my first official TB today in Bangor. I was going to set it loose in Waterville and hope that Haffy could snap a picture of it to post on-line, but I figured with the anniversary date of the Great Bangor Fire (April 30, 1911) it would make more sense to start it off there.

Incidentally, I not only attached a laminated sheet listing out its goals (to travel to areas with "Great Fires" and "Great Disasters" . . . I even listed out some specific areas such as Peshtigo, Wisconsin for example), but I also included a short history about the Bangor Ladder. All this made it a bit bulkier than most TBs I've seen, but I thought it would add to the TB experience.

firefighterjake
04-19-2006, 11:16 AM
. . . I have gone so far as to laminate it and attach it to the TB in such a way that it won't separate from the item itself . . .

I did this once as well . . . I need to do it more often though. It's sad to admit that I found and released two TBs lately that did not have their goals attached to them. I should have taken the time to print out their goals, laminate them and repackage them in baggies, but I didn't. Mea culpa. :( Next time. . . .

dí76
04-19-2006, 06:49 PM
I wold like to caution people to use caution when removing TB's from a bug hotel, ESPECIALLY those near airports.

Bug hotels are great places for bugs to meet up with someone who can help the bug get closer to the owner's goal. And when someone puts a bug in an airport bug hotel, it's usually because the cacher knows that the bug needs to go some distance.

So... Please try and find out the bugs goal before you temove it from bug hotel. I know it would be easier if bug owners would attach a note specifying the bug's goal, but even when they don't we should try and help the bug on it's way. If a bug is in the Portland jetport, and the goal of the bug is to get to Florida, it doesn't help if someone grabs the bug and moves it to Augusta!

IMHO... :D :D

Hey Thanks for the input Bruce. I never really thought about that much. I thought that If I could help alittle that would be great but now that you mention it if it stayed there a bit longer would almost certainly find a cacher that would probably be going in that direction much farther

Again thanks