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Poll 69: Are you a FTF hound?
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Are you a FTF hound?
Yes
16%
 16%  [ 9 ]
No
32%
 32%  [ 17 ]
Once in a while
30%
 30%  [ 16 ]
Used to be
20%
 20%  [ 11 ]
Total Votes : 53

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TazD
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Poll 69: Are you a FTF hound? Reply with quote

You are sitting at home enjoying dinner with the family and suddenly the phone goes off. You check and see it's a new cache. Do you drop everything and race out the door? If so, you are probably a FTF hound.

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Peppermill 6-Pack



Joined: 08 Nov 2007
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Location: Fairport, NY

PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'sniff sniff' - I am a recovering FTFaholic. Have had my text notifies off since the end of Hale's challenge, and its been nice. Never know when I may fall off the wagon tho.
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HaleStorm



Joined: 14 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a bunch of Liars!
Eleven votes, and I am the only one to answer yes!

I go through streaks, sometimes I am a hound, and other times, I could care less.

Right now, I am trying to get to 100 FTF's. I am currently at 94.
Then I will quit chasing them.
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Captain Jon



Joined: 11 Nov 2007
Posts: 443
Location: Geneva, NY On the Boat in Summer!

PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now who's lying?!?! YES YES YES. FTF hound with my hound. ( Sadie) OK my heart pounds alittle when I see a new published one. I did cut my notifications down to 20 miles instead of 40. Although in Geneva, not too many get published these days.
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tber1981



Joined: 25 Oct 2009
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Location: Palmyra, NY

PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will drop what I am doing if, a) I am not doing anything "important", and b) It is within a few miles of home or wherever I happen to be at the time. I love the rare opportunity that this happens, but as I said, it is rare.
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WAM86



Joined: 03 May 2010
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Location: Henrietta, ny

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to vote "Used To Be" as Gas prices now prohibit FTF runs.
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sno_man



Joined: 04 May 2009
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Location: West of Rochester

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am when I can be. I got one in Florida in March because I add notifications whenever I travel, and I got another one yesterday near here.
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Wheelygood



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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a wanna be.
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TazD
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to be one, but I burned out on it. I still get email notifications so I can keep up with what's coming out for new caches.
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chilehead



Joined: 07 Nov 2007
Posts: 1297
Location: Fairport, NY

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TazD wrote:
I used to be one, but I burned out on it. I still get email notifications so I can keep up with what's coming out for new caches.


I'm a used to be as well. Used to be that I'd jump up any time day or night to go for a FTF. Sometimes it got to feel like a bit of a burden, where I felt I had to go. Now that I don't, it's a bit liberating.

I too got burned out on it, have a more difficult time to run out due to the way I work now (more group vs individual) and can't afford the gas!

One of the biggest things that made me burned out on it is the number of people that would log "Woo-hoo FTF! I beat so-and-so, I can't believe it!" and go on and on and on about how great their FTF was, and didn't say anything about the cache itself. I admit that I'm guilty of those types of logs in the past. Wheely has nice logs for his FTFs as he often doesn't even say anything about being first, and if he does it's a minor note in the overall note.

I no longer have the instanotifies forwarding as a text message. I just got my first FTF last week for 2011, and only have a few in 2010. After over 200 FTFs I think I'm pretty much done.

On the AYTE, WTH, and OC challenges I would try and go out, not necessarily for the FTF but to join the group as if I went later on some difficult hides by myself it would be likely I wouldn't find it by myself!

FTFs can be fun, but they like all the park-n-grabs can also contribute to degrading quality of the game.
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TazD
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chilehead wrote:
FTFs can be fun, but they like all the park-n-grabs can also contribute to degrading quality of the game.

I presume you mean this from the perspective of the person going after the FTF. When going after a FTF you don't necessarily take the time to enjoy the cache as intended by the CO.
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Paleoman



Joined: 08 Nov 2007
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Location: a cave in Castile

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a good topic for you of all people Taz to bring up. You were one of the hardest to beat FTF Hounds I ever encountered, (other than J-Dog and Ducky in their prime). I am a bonifide FTF hound if there is such a thing and my favorite FTf's to get are on deep wood hides or really challenging puzzle and multi caches. My most favorite one to date is Szuchie's The hike, Expedition to Paradise. That was a 7 1/2 mile hike on the Letchworth Trail on the East side of Letchworth Park. I shared FTF honors with Butterflyguy. We made a 7 1/2 mile hike into an 8 1/2 mile hike by making a wrong turn, then backtracking to where we made our error, then we headed off in the right direction. We worked for that one and the scenery we saw along the way made it all worth it. Yep, if there is an FTF out there waiting to be found, you can bet I will try my best to grab it, just another fun part of this game for me, and there is nothing better than finding a cache hidden just the way the CO hid it and then seeing an empty log book!

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sno_man



Joined: 04 May 2009
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TazD wrote:
... When going after a FTF you don't necessarily take the time to enjoy the cache as intended by the CO ...

I will agree with this whole-heartedly Taz. When I am on an FTF run, it is usually all about best parking and shortest path (including bushwacking). I have gone back to more than one of my FTFs to redo it the slow and easy way, as I assume the CO intended.
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Death Walker



Joined: 12 Oct 2010
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Location: Chili, NY

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I am in the area, I might try for FTF. Usually though, I don't care because I am to far away from them.
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nekendrick



Joined: 05 Aug 2010
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Location: Hilton

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listed myself as a hound, but it really only applies when I'm <10 miles AND don't have something going on with Kids/Sports/Fire Dept/Work.
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