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Wherigo workouts

Even without getting sidetracked, this Wherigo - "Curiouser and Curiouser" (GC5MCET) - took me just about four and a half miles. Whew. I almost gave it up, but I was lucky enough to have the cache at the end not so far from my house. Yay. No time for pictures along the way. But here are some images of the cache itself:
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The trail to "Curiouser and Curiouser" after the cut...Collapse )


Scenes from my first Wherigo

Wherigo is like Geocaching... but a little more intense. There are more things you have to do, more ground to cover, and it definitely takes a bit more time to find the cache. This one took me 1 hour and 45 minutes. I did go on a rather long tangent because I didn't know what I was doing. Ha! It's all good. I got a lot of exercise in and successfully found the cache. So it all worked out.

This is a rather new Wherigo, placed in the park in December. It's part of a series of Wherigos that reference Alice in Wonderland. In fact, this one was called "Wonderland" (GC5HX45). There is an even newer one that takes you around the Haight called "Curiouser and Curiouser" which I'm looking forward to doing soon.
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"Wonderland" begins at the Golden Gate Park fairy door.
(This photo was actually taken a couple of days ago. The Makers Mark bottle was gone when I looked in today.)

Apparently squirrels really like dried apricots!
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Kids surrounding the original fairy door that was taken down by Rec & Park, but then had to be rebuilt after the public called them out for it. Rec & Park had destroyed the original fancy fairy door so they put up their own - rather shoddy - version. Still, these kids were enjoying it. One little girl was so obsessed, she didn't want any more of her little classmates to find it. "Why, why did I have to see this!" she wailed as she realized, 1.) her classmates were indeed about to discover it, and 2.) she would eventually have to leave and allow more people to see it as well.

The second picture there is a shot of some steps near the big playground near Sharon Art Studio, which is probably where the tiles in the steps were made.
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The cache! And look! I found the white rabbit!
The "Wonderland" route is after the cut...Collapse )



Geocaching in Golden Gate Park = a grand day out. If you haven't tried it, you should!

Local cacher "hrc333" has placed a series of caches based on the George R.R. Martin books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. This one is "Melisandre" (known as "The Red Witch" in the books.) - GC5675F. All of these caches have a custom made box. Awesome!

Inside the "Melisandre" cache I found this pathtag. I had never seen one before, but I have since found out that you can take them home and create a collection. Pretty cool. I wish I had taken it. This one is called "The Man in the Moon" and was created by Santa Cruz cacher, rainbow_guyz.

Yesterday we had a pretty big storm... rain and wind. In fact the waves at Ocean Beach were the wildest I've ever seen out there (but I didn't go out and take a picture.) Lot's of debris around town, like this tree limb across the path in the park.

Second cache of the day was Tut's Pets - GC1YE8R - right next to a huge dog run that I didn't know existed. One of the coolest things about geocaching is that you discover new places right in your own backyard!

Today's travels...



Writer's Block: Secret song

What's the most embarrassing CD or track in your music library? How often do you listen to it? Do you share it with your friends or keep it to yourself?

Let's see. I have several songs on my iPod that would make a number of people cringe. One of my favorite albums is the Alan Parsons Project Definitive Collection which I play over and over again. (You know it is bad when one of your father's favorites becomes your own, especially after he has already 'moved on' from it. sheesh.) Then we could just take the first song listed alphabetically: 'Abracadabra' by the Steve Miller Band. (ouch)

But really, the worst song in my iTunes library is... (drum roll)... 'My Eyes Adored You' by Frankie Valli. I even cringe to think about it. In fact I don't even listen to it, but I have to keep it. You see, it was the first record I ever bought in my entire life. I was seven years old and addicted to the radio. I loved ALL the sappy songs: 'Seasons In the Sun', 'Billy, Don't Be A Hero', and Neil Sedaka's 'Laughter In the Rain'. Scary, no? But it's true, and when my mom took me to the store and said, "Okay, you can have one record. (45rpm)" I chose Frankie Valli.

I could picture the song in my head and thought for sure that was how my life would be. I would meet some cute girly bookworm, we would be friends, she would pretty much ignore the fact that I was in love with her, and then - years later - we would look back and share some fond memory of days gone by. And, um, that's pretty much how it went... with EVERY girl I met in high school. Damn. Stupid song.

Things That Blow My Mind or, Today's Photo

SNOW on the beach by Parisa.

Coney Island - Dec. 24, 2009 - 5am.

I always feel like somebody's watching me.

I found another wonderful tidbit while at work the other day. This time it is an ad:

Here is the small text:
     What you see is a microphone transmitter; a tiny radio station that can go anywhere you go and broadcast anything you say to someone who is tuned in a quarter of a mile away.
     The implications are frightening; the consequences are expensive; but, you can do something about it with our help.
     We make a device that detects the device. It's a sensitive, sophisticated piece of electronic genius that informs you of the presence of a surveillance transmitter anywhere it might be placed.
     It's expensive, around $400; but, it could save you a lot. Up to now equipment like this has only been available to them. Now it's available to you.
     For complete information about this and other counter-surveillance equipment, write or phone: ...

This was run in a special supplement of the Detroit Sun focusing on the SLA (which was why I was making copies of it.) It is dated January 22, 1976.

This sort of blew my mind for a couple of reasons. First of all, were people really that paranoid about being bugged? Did it have something to do with Watergate? That was four years earlier. The excellent film The Conversation came out in 1974, maybe that had something to do with it. Secondly, who is the "them" in "equipment like this has only been available to them?" Spooky!

I guess the point I'm trying to make is how we sort of take it for granted that people are watching and listening to us at all time. The internet is probably the most to blame. People "Google" each other, troll Facebook to see what they are doing, feeling, and who they're talking to. (Not to mention Twitter, and all the new apps that tag where you are geographically when you post or "check in".) In fact, we have become hyper-aware that people are watching us and we have started, not only to take it for granted, but to play up to it as well. We create our own 'reality tv' every time we post a 'shout out' or blog about our lives.

I wonder what the average American from 1976 would think about the incessant sharing of personal information that we are so fond of today?

Long time no see

Yeah. I don't know what it is with the internets, but once you start... you can't stop - right? I now have so many blogs/twitters/facebooks that I can barely keep them all straight.  But then I figure, this was my first... I should keep it going... at least for a little while more.

You never forget your first love, or at least that's what they tell me.

[Characters in Girls High School show "The Love Pirate of Hawaii"] 1927 Jan. 5
Photo courtesy of the
San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, San Francisco Public Library.

Tidbits ~ The Wild Women post

Dangerous! - Don't Mess with the (Women of the) U.S.!
New York, August 28, 1941 ......... Feminine residents of New York learn how to handle firearms - for the national defense - under sponsorship of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Post of the American Legion. At tonight's lesson at the 77th Division headquarters, Regina Tunney (left), and Florence Grab, riddle that ol' bull's eye as teacher, John Sugrue, of the Post's rifle team, looks on.

P, I think you should start this up in New York again and become a defender of the free world!

Fearless! - First Female Aviatrix and her Fabulous Flying Machine!

March 3, 1934 ......... As if flying wasn't hazardous enough in the old front seat pusher planes, Ruth Law used to make it even more dangerous, just for fun. Here she is racing Gaston Chevrolet around a Montreal race track, the wheels just over Chevrolet's head.

Okay, to be fair, I only found out about Ruth Law because someone was researching her. But what a story! She first started flying in the early 1910s and had her own flying circus where she would do everything from loop-de-loops to getting out of the "cockpit" and walking on the wings. Later in her life she lived in San Francisco where she gave an interview reflecting on how it all started. Apparently a male friend of hers had convinced her to take a ride in a plane and once they were up in the air, he offered her the controls. At first she said no, but changed her mind, telling the interviewer, "I didn't want him to think I was afraid!" Apparently it wasn't scary at all because she just kept doing it. She bought her first plane from the one and only Orville Wright.

Gruesome! - Like Greek Mythology!

Los Angeles, September 11, 1933 ......... "Well, I'm glad I won't have to worry about him any more." This was the statement of Mrs. Rosa Ciani, charged by police with having poured gallons of boiling lard over her husband's face and then hacked him to death with an ax, while he lay asleep in bed. In another room of the house, Mrs. Ciani's four children were asleep when tragedy struck their home.

Right out of the House of Atreus if you ask me. And, you know, if she's got that much boiling lard lying around, well, it's probably not for making doughnuts.

Don't forget folks, you too can find these lovely tidbits! Just come on up to the Sixth Floor of the Main San Francisco Public Library or go on down to your local city's archives, they'll be happy to see you!

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