3rd Tuesday, penultimate month, fourth year.
Busy day in history, this. In 1620, the Plymouth Colony Settlers signed the Mayflower Compact on this day, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. While they had begun to address the issue of religious tyrany, sadly, they knew nothing of geocaching as it had not yet been invented. This is one of the major reasons that a geocachers Bill of Rights and Groundspeak Tyranny is not enshrined in the documents that later formed the basis of our culture. Just a few years later, in 1676, The Danish astronomer Ole Rømer presents the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light. This is of huge significance, as relativistic calculations are inherently required for the later development of a satellite based global positioning system based on time difference, without which there would be no geocaching. This led directly to the publishing of a paper in 1905 by Albert Einstein that leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula, E = mc²,it is published in the journal Annalen der Physik. Guess what date? Yup you got it, 21 November. Ha!
On this day in 1920, during the Irish War of Independence: In Dublin, 31 people are killed in what became known as "Bloody Sunday". In 1922, Rebecca Latimer Fulton becanme the first female United States Senator on this day. The Alaskan Highway was completed on this day in 1942, in anticipation of a surge of geocachers headed northward once geocaching would be invented. In 1961 "La Ronde," the first revolving restauarnt in the United States opened in Honolulu. Sounds like a big deal, but really, you couldn't see any caches from there as caching STILL had yet to be invented. Bummer. The Verazzano-Narrows Bridge opened on this day in 1964, in anticipation of a surge of geocachers headed northward once geocaching would be invented. At this point in history, it was the longest bridge span that humans had created, all in service of expediting the movers of geocachers from place to place. We were becoming more confident at this point thast satellite navigation was around the corner, and geocaching would soon become relevant! You can tell, because just a few years later, in 1969 the first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and SRI. Arpanet was a packet switched network based on the TCP protocol, a precursioor to the internet, which would be necassary for geocaching to have web pages.
It is Goldie Hawn's birthday. She shares it with François-Marie Arouet, AKA Voltaire. One thing they both had in common was that neither, as far as I could tell, had ever even conceived of geocaching. More's the pity. Robert Stroud notorious criminal and ornithologist (the Birdman of Alcatraz) died on this day in 1963. Bill Bixby died on this day in 1964. He starred in "My Favorite Martian." Neither of these fellows had anything at all to do with geocaching.
The Carroll County Caching Fellowship (C3F) cordially invites you to enjoy the pleasures of the social side of the geocaching hobby! To find out who we are and what we're about, please visit http://c3f.finditlogitspreadit.info. Come on out and meet fellow cachers, share stories of your trials and tribulations (or Trials and Tubulations!) in searching for that elusive hide, and swap travel bugs and geocoins. Here's a chance for you to experience the part of the hobby that doesn't feature poison ivy, ticks, mosquitos, chiggers, leeches, cockleburs, beggar's lice, thorns or greenbriar! Instead, come observe the oddities of human behavior as your fellow cachers wander 'round the parking lot scribbling down codes from trackable vehicles, shooting photos of each other's nametags, and generally examining each other closely to insure they have not missed a trackable t-shirt, bracelet, earings or necklace! Hear tales of DNF woe (bring extra kleenex, would ya'?). Hear tales of FTF triumph (bring extra champagne will ya'?).
Regular attendees at this monthly event include some truly stellar cachers from our local area, who are filled with caching wisdom, friendly, and eager to share their experience and help answer questions if you need assistance. If you are new to geocaching, we are eager to get your caching career off to an excellent start! We have master puzzle cachers, master woodsmen, geotrail kings and queens, prolific cachers, and once-in-a-whilers. We have Rogi! We have bugs! We have a travelling Little Free Library of geocachiong books! We have way too much hype and excitement!
But beyond all that, with all sincerity, we have a tremendous group of regular attendees who are always looking for ways to give back to the geocaching community, and are truly a pleasure to be around. All are welcome, so please come and join the crowd!
For whom: This event is for YOU!!! Regardless of whether you have found a handful of caches or thousands of them, or you just have a burgeoning interest, all are welcome! We don't bite (well our zombies do, but we don't) , we're really nice! Honest! Ask anyone!
When? 6:00PM to 8:00PM, on Tuesday, 21 November 2017.
Where? Panera Bread, 6300 Georgetown Boulevard, Eldersburg, Maryland (or just use the convenient coordinates posted above!).
Why? Have dinner. Meet a cacher. Tell a tale. Trade a coin or travel bug. Meet Rogi! Find out what "Be the Bug" means!
IMPORTANT NOTE: You are not required to purchase anything to attend this event.
This month's raffle may feature a variety of materials useful to cachers, possibly including, but not limited to: unmentionables; not just a bustier! That's right unmentionables (pathtags). Sometimes we also include: 6 volts of surging power, test tubes, tesla coils, erlenmeyer flasks filled with eau de manbear, a tone wheel, leftover unused materials from the zombie vats, surplus from the Mercury program, a Winnebago, a haiku puzzle cache, a fully operational TV-B-Gone, a Soma Cube, magnetic toroids, an excellent recipe for oysters kirkpatrick, a stuffed whistle-pig, india ink, the ball from an IBM Selectric typewriter, an armillary (maybe two!) meatball cupcakes, or at least a recipe for them, U-bolts, lug nuts, a yodelling pickle, filberts, a pheasant claw, a mummified squid, night-vision goggles, geocacher cremains, a hanidtaur (or maybe two, one for each hand), Windex, marbles, a lego lamb, a meteorite, one hobnail boot (left one, men's 45), a funnel (it was not used in the production of more turkeys, we promise), a mixed variety of animal footprint shoes, two potatoes, a virginal, coriander, a skeleton key, a lock of Edgar Allan Poe's hair, a scrimshaw travel bug, a Toot-A-Loop transistor radio, an exultation of larks, tweezers, an egg cuber, a hard copy of the budget of the Unites Sates from 1953, eyeglass repair kits, a condom autographed by "Smokey" from Las Vegas (we found it in a cache at the Pinball Hall of Fame), a wee bit of uranium ore (we got it on Amazon) a quill pen, a birdacage gand crved from a vegeatable crate using nothing but a straight razor, by the Birdman of Leavenworth, a uphayinaphu (but not the juice, that's not permitted!), O-rings, D-rings, Sawyer, un-hatched Man-Goose eggs (fertilization status unlknown), anisette biscotti, scratch-n'-sniff test cards, a FrogKing, filet mignon, a 5.5 ounce can of unicorn meat, flibberty-gibbets, Janet Jackson's infamous nipple shield (yes, that one, we got it on eBay for a song!!!), a harpoon (BUT NO HATCHETS!!!), a signed copy of Omoo, one unused but fully operational fornistat and a Bergonic Chair (we tried it on Alzarius, but it didn't work).