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Geocaching: 15th State

With a cache in Ottawa, Illinois, I have now found a geocache in 15 U.S. states.  This cache was pretty darn easy.  It was on the way to Starved Rock State Park right along the Illinois River.  It didn’t take me long, which was good news.  That allowed me just enough daylight to do some hiking in the park.

I learned a little bit about geocaching vocabulary this trip!  At one point during our on-site visit, we had to solicit the aid of an I.T. employee.  After his work was done, the fellow stuck around a while to talk about Harry Potter.  Sadly, his audience was not ideal for the subject matter.  Neither ZJ or I had read any of the books, so we could not articulate knowledgeably on the subject.  BUT, that didn’t stop this guy from forging ahead with the conversation!

Did you ever see that Simpsons episode where Bart takes Santa’s Little Helper to dog training school?  Near the end, Bart is talking to Santa’s Little Helper and they show the conversation from the dog’s perspective.  Everything is gibberish and then suddenly a discernible word– “SIT”. 

That’s what the Harry Potter conversation was like with me and the I.T. guy.  He yammered on and none of it was making much sense to me until this familiar word hit my ear:


“What did you say?” I asked.

“Muggle,”  he said and went on to explain what it meant.

“Weird,” I said, “There is a geocaching term called muggle.”

The I.T. guy looked at me for a second and continued on with his thought.  I suspect “geocaching” was just as confusing to him as his musings were to me.

It turns out, the two words ARE related.  From the geocaching glossary:


A non-geocacher. Based on “Muggle” from the Harry Potter series, which is a nonmagical person. Usually this term is used after a non geocacher looks puzzled at a geocacher making circles with their GPS receiver, or when a non-geocacher accidentally finds a cache. Geomuggles are mostly harmless.

I never questioned where the word came from.  It’s pretty neat to stumble upon its etymology.

November 15, 2007 at 9:34 pm 6 comments

Simpsons and South Park Avatar

Stole this from Katie!  On the Simpsons Movie site you can make your own Simpsons Avatar.  Here is mine:

The Simpsons

Hair color is accurate….for now.  In a few weeks, the greys will be back and then it is anyone’s game what color I’ll dye it for Assateague.A ponytail would have been more accurate, but as I demonstrated with the Lazy Man’s Mirror,I do braid my hair.

I think that nose is very close to the Sawyer nose I inherited from my father.

I LOVE Green– gave myself a green shirt and drab green pants.  I own TWO pairs of hiking shorts that are different styles, but the exact same color of each other.  I love green.

I also love ducks (See Make Way for Ducklings) so it seemed fitting for my shirt.

The shoes are colored brown to be reminiscent of my Asolo hiking boots.

I wish they had glasses– that would make the character a bit more accurate. 

South Park 

Since we are on avatar subjects, here’s me as a South Park character from many years ago.

Hair is a pony tail.I have glasses.

I cheated and put the QualTrax logo on my jacket

I also put mud stains on me as I had obviously been geocaching!

July 3, 2007 at 11:20 pm 2 comments

The Simpsons and NOFX

There is a room in our house which goes by the name “The Simpsons Room”.  It’s main purpose is to house my husband’s collection of Simpsons figurines.  Even though all the figurines are sequestered in the closet at the moment (they were moved when the room was painted), that is still how we refer to that room.  For example:

“Have you seen the plyers?”

“Yes, it’s in the Simpsons room.”

Unopened Simpsons figurines, Simpsons games, Simpsons posters, and then two large bins full of opened figurines and their accessories.  See notes on Flickr for details.

Across the hall is my home office.  It dons hunter green walls, pictures of Kurt Vonnegut, an elevation cross section of the Appalachian Trail (sections I’ve finished have been highlighted), a picture of my grandfather from WWII, a number of dog hiking pictures and…. about 20 CDs from my favorite band, NOFX.

Often Sean and my interests are pretty different, but here a video (not by me) manages to fuse two of our loves together– the Simpsons and NOFX.

P.S.  The NOFX song is called “The Man I Killed” and can be found on the Wolves in Wolves Clothing album.

June 25, 2007 at 2:54 pm 9 comments

Three Stooges Syndrome and Purses

There was an episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns goes to the doctor and discovers that he has everything– juvenile diabetes, pancreatic cancer, hysterical preganancy– the works.  He even had some diseases that were newly discovered in his body.  The prognosis sounded bad, but then the doctor went on to explain that all the germs were perfectly balanced in Mr. Burn’s body.  To explain, the doctor used some toy germs and a toy doorway.

“Here’s what happens when all those germs try to get in your body,” the doctor said and tried to shove all the germs through the doorway at once.  There wasn’t enough room, so the germs got stuck:

I didn’t realize it, but my Bowman Handbag was capitalizing on that same phenomenon.  I currently have one of the small reversible Gwyn bags:

I typically have it filled beyond capacity– crammed with Dr. Grips, a checkbook, old receipts, coin purse, old MapQuest directions, contacts, various lip glosses, etc.   Everything was shoved in so tight that all the contents were stabilized and nothing fell out.  Last Friday, I disrupted that delicate balance by actually cleaning out the purse.  Without its ample padding, suddenly everything was free to shift around AND make its escape out of the handbag.

Luckily, with all the Christmas shopping I still have pending, I should have enough receipts in the coming weeks to stabilize my handbag once more.

December 6, 2006 at 11:05 pm 3 comments

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