Do you have a problem with geocaching? Oh! I didn’t think so either (yea, right!).
Indulge me a moment as I offer an objective method of testing the extent of your alleged addition to geocaching. Only you can truthfully answer the following questions about your habits, feelings and motivations. If you have a ‘problem,’ it is time to face it, admit it, and deal with it. Based upon the results of the quiz, NOT finding this cache could be your first step toward recovery.
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
If you say “Yes” to three or more questions, you may want to reassess your priority you have placed upon geocaching to establish a better balance in your Life.
Think of each question starting with
Do you …
Have you …
Would you …
Is your …
1. Ever left work early or cut classes or rescheduled appointments to allow for geocaching?
2. Own two or more GPS units?
3. Justify geocaching because “it helps you relax?”
4. Justify geocaching because “it helps you get exercise?”
5. Planned to go without geocaching for more than two weeks, but failed?
6. Have geocaching equipment in a dedicated bag or backpack so you can grab it and go at a moment’s notice?
7. Read the encrypted HINTS about a cache without clicking on ‘decrypt’ or without looking at the ‘key’ to translate?
8. Log in to geocaching.com more than once a day?
9. Email filled with more geocaching-related email than you get from family or non-geocaching friends?
10. Keep noticing places to put potential hides as you go about your normal daily routine?
11. Put a geocoin into the office coffee fund jar and then move the jar out of the line of sight?
12. Prepare for a business trip by researching what geocaches are nearby the hotel or meeting place?
13. Have strong emotional reactions when you read that certain local geocachers have already claimed FTF on caches you intended to find first?
14. Think in terms of where geocache locations are when asked to give directions?
15. Keep a spare water bottle, flashlight, printouts of caches, and extra batteries in your car or at work as backup?
16. Plan vacations or holiday outings around a location because of the geocaches nearby?
17. Have trouble sleeping when you know a newly published cache is ‘out there’?
18. Logged a cache even when you really didn’t find it yourself just to run up your total count?
19. Get into trouble (questioned by security, parking ticket, shot at, chased, etc.) because of geocaching?
20. Hire a babysitter so you could take time to go geocaching?
21. Have large numbers of empty containers (pill bottles, film cans, plastic coffee cans, breath mint tins, etc) saved up so you can ‘some day’ use them as hides?
22. Made geocache containers to give away free to other geocachers to hide so you could find them and thus increase you total cache count?
23. Have geocaching.com set as your home page on your web browser?
24. Get anxious about going geocaching more frequently as you get nearer to significant milestone totals of caches found (100th, 500th, 1,000th, 5,000th, etc.)?
25. Urge to geocache gets proportionally stronger each day you do NOT go looking for a cache or actually log a find?
If the results of the quiz above show you said “Yes” to more than three or more questions, then your goal is now to NOT FIND THIS CACHE! Begin preparing yourself for withdrawal. Seek help when you see a new cache posting. Avoid staring at the caches listed online that have no red check next to them. Purge your house, car and office of those hordes of containers by putting them into the recycle bin.
But how long can you last? Can you resist searching for this medium sized Folgers coffee container (being recycled as a geocache container) filled with swag and exchange items? There will no longer be invigorating hikes over breath-taking, rocky trails, no more thrill of FTF after an early morning excursion, and no more exchanging and tracking unique Travel Bugs and colorful, exotic geocoins. You must resist this drain on your mind and energy.
Most addicts have setbacks at some point in their path to recovery. If/when this happens to you, at least go at night so the darkness and solitude will help hide your shame, your humiliation at not being able to resist finding and logging it … “just one more time.”
TO LOG THIS CACHE: (when you backslide)
When you log the find for this cache, I think it would be fun for you to tell me how many of the 25 questions or to what % you admitted to saying “Yes," and/or I would request that you also log a statement why you think you are NOT addicted to geocaching, even though you took (failed?) the quiz and still went out and found and logged a cache specifically designed to deter addiction to geocaching. Of course you can also just log as you normally would but what fun would that be? Here is your opportunity to be creative, to "tell us a story" about your geocaching habits. ;)
Special thanks for the owners of these other variations of this “Are You Addicted to Geocaching” theme caches after which I modeled this one. Similar caches are from England: GC1F7RT, GCXG0G, and GC1W411; from France: GC1VV57; and, from Washington state in the USA: GC1N3GM. If you are fortunate enough to travel to the areas in which these caches are located, stop by and find them.