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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighterjake View Post
    Wolf . . . I apologize if you were offended. As mentioned, it just seemed that we were getting a bunch of folks coming on here to hawk their stuff with little interest in geocaching.

    However, I still stand by my statement . . . in all other forums that I am a member, it is rare to see someone come on board and in their very first post list something for sale . . . I don't think there is any written statement prohibiting this . . . it's just considered good BBS etiquette . . . it's akin to someone joining a site and then posting something inflamatory in their very first post . . . in either case folks will wonder what is behind the person's intent . . . are they truly interested in the BBS or are they simply there to sell an item, stir up trouble, etc.

    After reading your thread here I think it is clear that your post was in no way meant to stir up debate or start up a "career" selling merchandise on line . . . it was simply a way to list an item that you thought geocachers would be interested in.

    I for one obviously judged your post too quickly and so again I apologize.

    I was being sincere however in welcoming you to the forum and from the sounds of it you have been and will be getting into geocaching . . . I truly hope you don't stay a stranger . . . even if it is to post a quick note . . . because the folks here are a good lot who have helped me out immensely.

    I will also point out that judging folks too quickly can be a two-way street . . . you may find that myself and others at this forum are quite friendly and in fact very accepting of new members (I mean if we accepted Hiram, trust me you can't be any worse . . . and yes, this is a joke.) The problem as mentioned earlier is that first impressions -- whether in person or through a post in a forum -- can sometimes be wrong impressions.

    I personally feel that all members who join and actively contribute to this site are valued members . . . for me personally, geocaching and geocachingmaine.org is not all about the numbers (well other than this past weekend with Hiram and Medawisla since I was specifically working for some numbers) or what can I personally gain . . . for me it's about seeing new places in Maine and the world . . . it's about being brought to a scenic area or a historical site that I never knew about . . . it's about the thrill of finding a cleverly hidden cache . . . it's something that I truly hope you get to experience as well.

    I suspect that once you get to know the personalities here and perhaps even in person you'll discover that the folks here are truly caring folks . . . some of whom you might even become good friends with . . . at least I know personally I have made some good friends . . . close friends, such as Hiram and Medawisla, whom you will learn you can trust implicitly.

    Also, for the record, you don't need to post finds on line . . . in fact I have met geocachers that do not post their finds for whatever reason. I suspect that some simply do it for their own personal enjoyment and don't feel compelled to keep a tally -- whether as a competition against others or for their own sense of accomplishment. Do not feel compelled to post on-line, but definitely take some time in your busy schedule if at all possible to go out and explore what Maine and geocaching have to offer.

    Finally, how many posts are required before you can offer something for sale??? Well, you've got me there . . . zing . . . I for one can't really answer that since there is nothing, absolutely nothing that says you can't or shouldn't post something for sale in the 1st, 5th or 50th post. I guess all I can say once again is that my past experience with BBS is that most folks will post at least a few other posts before they offer something for sale . . . this shows an actual interest in the activity and shows that the person is real and not simply someone looking to sell something.

    Again, just to make this absolutely clear . . . I apologize for my post . . . but was also very sincere in welcoming you to geocaching and geocachingmaine.org . . . I truly hope you will not be a stranger and will come to enjoy geocaching and may even come to like some of us.


    P.S. I'm like you in one way . . . I don't like big crowds and tend to be a bit anti-social that way, so you'll rarely find me at events . . . however as you may have noticed I do tend to get a bit verbose when typing on-line.


    Verbose,,,I didn't even notice..
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    Verbose,,,I didn't even notice..
    Wise guy.
    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."

    "Death is only one of many ways to die."

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefighterjake View Post
    Wise guy.

    Kudos to you FFJ. Short and to the point. hahahahahahahahahaha!!!
    There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.~~Albert Einstein
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    Many wise words are spoken in jest, but they don't compare with the number of stupid words spoken in earnest. - Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980)

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    I think Jake summed it up very well. One thing I would like to add , Alot of people don't post their finds on line. I like to leave little notes on the log page and read what others say. Some don't, I feel you should, however sign the log book in the cache for the owner and if you decide to take a TB or Coin to move along, you have to post it so people can keep track of their trackables. Other than that there is no need to post.
    And, you don't have to worry about Hiram, just his parrot!!!!!LOL!!!!!
    Opalsns

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    Welcome to Geocaching Wolf207. It's great to have another cacher downeast. Maybe I'll see you on the hunt!!!!!!

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    Default Water over the Bridge

    It is good to see that miss-understandings can be straightened out. I apologize for stirring up any arguements. As mentioned before I am easy going and things that roll over me roll off my back pretty quick. So I consider it water over the bridge and now that the bridge is gone it's time to start over and build a new bridge. So I say let by gones get gone and start the day afresh. So before I mis-quote to many other cliche's out there I will just say thanks for the welcome and no biggy on the confusion.

    Thanks Again to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf207 View Post
    It is good to see that miss-understandings can be straightened out. I apologize for stirring up any arguements. As mentioned before I am easy going and things that roll over me roll off my back pretty quick. So I consider it water over the bridge and now that the bridge is gone it's time to start over and build a new bridge. So I say let by gones get gone and start the day afresh. So before I mis-quote to many other cliche's out there I will just say thanks for the welcome and no biggy on the confusion.

    Thanks Again to all!
    No apology is necessary . . . well except for using all those cliches!

    Incidentally, based on posts like this I think you'll fit in here just fine! Once again, glad to have you on board.
    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."

    "Death is only one of many ways to die."

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    Wolf207 -

    Welcome to the hobby and the website. Join the fun at an event at some point. The energy in a room full of cachers is craaaaazy!
    ~ Beach Comber ~

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