The easy things and the hard choices
Sometimes everything goes well. People ask my opinion of where to put a cache. Someone has has a nice cache high in the mountains wanting me to publish. That's the great part about being a volunteer. Everyone that has reviewed here has told me how great all the people here are that they reviewed for. The friendliest, and the most enjoyable to work through problems with.
There are even those unpleasant things that I have to deal with that are easy. If someone with a lamppost hide, or a mountain hide has ignored everyone posting Needs Maintenance, Should Be Archived notes, or when I post a note that is ignored, its easy to archive them. Its sad to see some of them go away, but that is how the game goes. Or when someone asks for me to publish a hide in a wilderness area, national park, or like what happened a while ago, in a courthouse tree, those are also easy. There are strict policies on how we deal with them, and in some instances how the government will deal with them.
Then there are the hard things. Someone places a fantastic hide, but it is in a questionable area, a well loved virtual, or traditional cache that is being treated as such. Sometimes I cannot believe some of the hard choices that I have been asked to make. I thought they would be easy. They may have been easy, if they were in Colorado, Arizona, Kansas, or other places. I am not caching there, I do not go caching with those people, I do not see you at events. It is much harder when I know who and when someone will send me an email. At times I need to do what the lily pad needs me to do, and other times I can do what you need me to do. I am the umpire, or referee. I don't make the rules, I just try to make everyone follow them.
I just wanted people to know, that I do take it seriously. Some cache owners do not, but I do. It hurts to see some of the caches go away, because of development, government regulation, or just being ignored. In many instances I find myself caught. I argue points with the lily pad lackeys and other reviewers when I think a choice is bad, and with cache owners when they are doing things wrong. Thanks for those that send me words of encouragement, it means a lot. Thanks for the help. Above all thanks for the caches, cache placers, and the hunters. Without them, the game would be over. -BR-