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Matilda444
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 12:19 pm    Post subject: Travel Bug Beffudlement Reply with quote

On a recent visit to my local Caribou Coffee Shop I spotted a Caribou Coffee Card in the form of a key ring and immediately thought; "Great Travel Bug!". I funded the card and sent it on it's mission "to spread friendship across the land". That bug was picked up yesterday and dropped today - without the carrier upholding the TB's mission. Do people not look at the TB description/mission? Is my behaviour so far outside of that expected so as to be completely unexpected?!?!?! I'm not going to give up on this idea . . . . just yet.
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RubberToes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Different cachers react to TBs differently. Some always follow the mission if they can, some never do, some pick up the TB planning to follow the mission, but then they don't get around to it and they finally just move the bug along. Other cachers like to rack up numbers and will pick up a bug from one place and drop it somewhere else as quickly as they can.

The world of TBs is pretty random, and your bugs are at the mercy of a bundle of factors. Put them out, watch what happens. I'm always hopeful that I'll get an interesting, funny, or enlightening log when my bugs move, and every once in awhile I do. It's worth the wait.

Your TB is an interesting idea, but it's not entirely clear from the TB description that the card is active. Maybe the finder didn't realize what he had. For what it's worth, I've I get my hands on this TB, I'll be at the nearest Carabou in no time.

Rubbertoes (a.k.a. Coffee Mug)
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RINO SHAWN
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matilda444 wrote:
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it's mission "to spread friendship across the land". That bug was picked up yesterday and dropped today - without the carrier upholding the TB's mission. Do people not look at the TB description/mission?


I think what probably happens most of the time is:

people load a bunch of caches in the GPSr and go out not really knowing what they will find....I was guilty of this myself before I started using my Palm with the cache info on it.

Or...people loaded a bunch of geocaches in for an area they were heading and only got to some of them....at a later date they were nearby and noticed the waypoint nearby on their GPSr so they just "winged it".......I was also guilty of this before using the Palm and actually wasted a lot of time searching for 3 different caches that I later found out had been disabled.

Or... sometimes..it may just be a case of someone fairly new to the sport that hasn't grasped the concept of the Travel Bug yet

Rolling Eyes

I think that probably most of us that have travel bugs out there have had a similar experience or worse......PEOPLE JUST STEAL THEM AND DON'T LOG THEM Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

Laughing Shawn

NOTE: this should probably be moved to the Travel Bugs thread
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Arcticabn
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless the mission is written on the TB I don't necessarily know what it is until after I get home. On a long day of caching I may pick several TBs write their numbers down, and drop them the same day in a different cache. Other times, I may hold them for a week or two until drop them. So don't fret. Someone will read it and use it right.
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is a very clever and generous idea for a travel bug! However, as a non-coffee drinker, I would also probably just move it on to another cache without using it.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now if it was for a free 20 oz Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper he might have other ideas Wink
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
Now if it was for a free 20 oz Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper he might have other ideas Wink


Or Guinness!
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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm like a lot of you, I don't know what the mission is until I get home, I don't go to a cache looking for a TB, and I don't look to see if a TB is in the cache before I go. I suggest putting the mission on a laminated card attached to the chain that the TB is on.
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ice tres
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just be happy it was picked up and dropped in another cache within a day -- I wouldn't worry about anything else.
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towlebooth
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Topic moved to Travel Bugs forum.
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jambro
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
Now if it was for a free 20 oz Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper he might have other ideas Wink


Or Guinness!


Brilliant!
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King Boreas
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh

I have the travel bug, and I drink coffee. Now if I can just catch up to that Caribou to order a cup.
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Lyverbird
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can garentee (sp) that if I find it, it will be used and I will be happy. Laughing Cool
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