Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This benchmark and waymark is near the Dekalb County Courthouse. Kinda neat. It's not the normal disc benchmark and it is by the IDNR instead of the usual groups that do benchmarks. The other neat thing it that we only had a description of the location instead of the coordinates. Makes for a different hunt. Changing up the game is getting more important to us. We are not the top finders but we have been around long enough that some elements of the hunt is getting too familar. Notghing wrong with that but just needs to be spiced up and changed around to keep interest.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
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Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
This is a waymark write up on the monument we were at last weekend.
N 39° 46.111 W 086° 09.483
This monument is large. City-block large. It occupies the entire center of a fairly decent-sized roundabout. Fountains, statues, the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum (since 1999) (closed when I visited) - all in a 342 foot diamater circular plaza.
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is built of Indiana Oolitic limestone from Terre Haute Stone Company quarries at Stinesville, IN. Its total height is 284 ft. 6 in. (15 ft. shorter than the Statue of Liberty). 32 flights of stairs with 330 steps lead to the observation deck. An elevator was installed and began carrying the public to the top in April 1894. The museum is in the basement of the monument, and tells the story of the Civil War, including that of the 1st German regiment (32nd Volunteer Infantry). There is also a glassed-in observation area near the top of the monument, and an elevator to get you there, should you visit when the Civil War exhibit is open.
The monument itself was completed in 1901. It has held up admirably well through time - the carvings and statues are still crisp, clean, and very readable. While it was, in fact, dedicated to all of Indiana's heroes who died in war before 1902, it was "Erected as a memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the War for the Union..." I found the wording of the memorial interesting - I usually don't see the War Between the States / Civil War referred to in that way, but that's exactly what it was for so many people.
It's primarily of German construction, having been designed by Bruno Schmitz, one of Germany's foremost architects of national monuments. The limestone sculptures were designed and created by sculptor Rudolf Schwarz, of Vienna.
The bronzework above the main part of the "base sculptures" is called an "Army Astragal sculpture band". It was designed by Nicolaus Geiger of Berlin, and was manufactured in Berlin along with the eight candelabra around the memorial.
This monument, while primarily dedicated to commemorating the War for the Union, also commemorates the War with Mexico (1846-48), Indian and British Wars (1811-12), War of the Revolution and the capture of Vincennes from the British on February 25, 1779. The wars it commemorates are engraved on two side panels, one on the North side of the monument, with sculptures representing Artillery and Navy, and honoring soldiers of the War with Mexico, Indian & British Wars, Revolutionary War, and Vincennes, and the other, with the Civil War plaque and 2 sculptures representing Infantry and Cavalry, on the South side. The top bronze band of the monument contains two dates - 1861 and 1865, obviously commemorating the start and end dates of the Civil War.
The West side has a large "statuary group" representing "Peace". In the center of the group, Liberty holds the flag, with the angel of peace above, holding the wreath of victory and an olive branch. Soldiers are returning, and a former slave holds up broken chains. In front of, and below, the "Peace" display is a limestone sculpture called "The Return Home".
The east side statuary group represents "War", with a battle scene showing cavalry, charging infantry, and artillery. In the center the goddess of war urges on the charge, while Columbia in the background holds high the Stars and Stripes. Below, and to the front, of the "war" group is again a limestone sculpture, this one called "The Dying Soldier."
The Astragals (there are 3) are, from bottom to top, representing the Army, showing the implements (and carnage) of war; representing the Navy, 12 feet above the Army astragal; and the 3rd, 80 feet above the Navy Astragal.
Topping the monument is a statue of "Victory". She holds a torch in her left hand, a sword with point resting on the globe in her right, and an eagle is perched on her head. The Torch is emblematic to the light of civilization. The young eagle atop her head represents freedom. Her right hand holds a sword, the point rests upon the globe, symbolizing the army to which victory was due. Victory faces south, supposedly to look over the vanquished battlefields of the South.
Monument Circle also is host to 4 bronze statues: Gen. George Rogers Clark, Gov. William Henry Harrison, Gov. James Whitcomb, and Gov. Oliver P. Morton commemorate four historical periods of Indiana development.
George Rogers Clark represents the War of the Revolution and the capture of Vincennes from the British on February 25, 1779. James Whitcomb represents the War with Mexico (1846-48). William H. Harrison represents the Battle of Tippecanoe and Indian and British Wars (1811-12). Governor Morton's statue represents the Civil War for the Union.
Each year, the monument is decorated at Christmas and becomes a giant "Christmas Tree". It is a very festive place year-round, however, and is a significant tourist attraction, landmark, and meeting place in Indianapolis.
Much of the information on this page was found on an IUPUI webpage dedicated to the monument.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
We saw some neat things when we went down to Indy. The soldiers and sailors monument which is a benchmark. The Boone county courthouse which is a benchmark and on the national historic registry. (Just like the Noble County Courthouse). Went by the Hardrock Cafe in Indy. We also saw the moon tree which was grown from seeds taken to the moon and planted by the state capitol building. I really like seeing that the Boone County Courthouse had the ten commandments out front. Makes me think that there is hope of decency in the world. The best thing was seeing Tina, Tony, Katy, Torry and Paul. It was fun cachin, waymarking and socializing.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Matt Kelty, a fort Wayne mayoral nominee was charged on 9 campaign finaince charges. I don't know if he is guilty of a crime, guilty of a poor choice in reporting or innocent but the whole thing looks fishy. he was said to be innocent by one person only be be b rought up on 9 charges. It just looks like another case of people eating their leadership. You are truly a leader when people go after you. Sadly, I think that is a law of human behavior. Everyone wants things done their way but they want to change things from the back seat because they don't want to get chewed up by people like they want to do.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Why-o, why-o, why-o are you so bland? Despite being in a fairly
interesting location with a fair amount of potential, most people are struck by how
little about you is noteworthy. Of course you know there's nothing wrong with being
average, and that's where most folks are anyway! You do have a flair for rock-n-roll,
though you mostly prefer the old stuff. You have the unique trait of, at times,
experiencing air as a brown solid. One of your names undoubtedly starts with the
Take the State Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
You're I, Robot!
by Isaac Asimov
While you have established a code of conduct for many generations to
follow, your demeanor is rather cold and calculating. Brought up to serve humans, you
have promised never to harm them, to follow orders, and to protect yourself. Living up
to this code has proved challenging and sometimes even drives you mad. If you were a
type of paper, you would be pulp.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Monday, August 13, 2007
4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
I think it was very wise for this verse to be in scripture. How anyone runs and treats their family says alot about them. This area is really important for a pastor to get right since he has to deal with people well and also looked to for help. however, I do not want to stop here. This verse should not stand in vacuum. This is aimed at the leaders of the church but I think it is something universally true for all. Church leader or not, christian or not, we need to do the best job with our families we can.
The thing that bugs me though is when well meaning Cristians use this verse as a weapon against the pastor instead as a qualification for a pastor. The pastor and his family live in a glass house and with some good reason. However this can be unfairly hard on the pastor and his family. Every child is going to act up and just be a normal kid who gets into trouble. Leave this normal everyday family alone. If there are some chronic issues, then steps need to be taken. If it just a matter of parenting styles, keep you r trap shut. Some will breast feed their children and some won't and both will stand just as well before God. Parents will have tons of equally valid choices for their children which can have so many different answers. I don't care if it how many kids you have, whether they watch tv or not, go to the movies or anything else activity that affects how children grow up, be informed when you go after the pastor or anyone else on how they raise their children. Ask why they do it before you judge. you may just learn something.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
There is also a lot of medical conditions that feel just as private as sex or is on the nastier side of life that need to be discussed. I am not going to name them here because they are too many. Even though I do not want to hear all of someone's medical problems or announce mine to the world, there still needs to be a way of having a conversation about the ickier things of life.
The most unfair thing we need to grow up about is how we treat handicapped people or severely injured people. How do you engage them without staring or looking away? We are back to being not used to seeing a mother breast feed but in a more cruel sense.
There has got to be a way to deal with the more sensitive things of like in a mature way. I realize there are a lot of things in life that make us uncomfortable. We need to be better.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I think I need to come back to this one. There is too much to say on this and none of it is clear for now.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
No one binds me to listen to a live speaker. There is an off switch and tuner on the TV and radio and there are plenty of pages of the internet to view. You don't have to read my blog if you don't want. I hope to be entertaining and make some good points but all in all, you can still move on and ignore this blog. I also challenge you to do that to all means of entertainment and media sources. There are so many sources for news and entertainment that it is silly and almost stupid not to take advantage of every source you can. Yes this requires money and you won't be able to necessarily able to afford them all or want to pay for them all but you can get alot for very little money. A radio is cheap. One that is a shortwave is not that much more and can be gotten for about the same money. Newspapers and internet access is free at most libraries anymore.
The freedom of speech at least to me, means the freedom to choose which of the million voices to listen to. Somewhere in there, hopefully, is something worth listening to.
Monday, August 6, 2007
One thing I like hunting for with my gps are benchmarks. One of the ones pictured is a cement monument that marks where Indiana, Michigan and Ohio meet. That's kinda neat. For one thing, it is not the standard disc benchmark and where three states meet are not everywhere. Another benchmark I have run across is the top of a high building. It can be a church spire of the dome of a county courthouse. The dome pictured is that of the Steuben County Courthouse in Angola, Indiana and it is one of this type of benchmarks.
The third picture is of a spike and tag benchmark by the IDNR. It is close to the Dekalb County Courthouse in Auburn, Indiana. Each one was easy to find but offered something unique for the gps hunt. That's why I do the hunt. To see things I would not see otherwise. Kinda simple but not every cacher would agree with me. Thanks goodness the game is big enough for all to play.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
1) When a sign says high water across the road, beleive it regardless of the vehicle coming from ahead.
2)Ford Explorers float at least for a short time. (see rule 1)
3) You have not really cached Michigan unless you have been on a two track.
3b) During winter, if even the locals are not using the two track, then you better stay off too.
4) Cold is sitting on a vault toilet in Michigan on Thanksgiving weekend.
6)You might be a cacher if your conversation on how to get somewhere invovles coordinates.
7) You might be a cacher if it has ever taken you 11 hours to drive a trip that normally takes only 5.5 hours.
8) At least for me, caching is about seeing neat places, neat people, and neat things. When that stops, I am ebaying my gpsr.
9) Always follow the trial as far as you can. The shortest way is seldom the best way to get to a cache. It amazes me how often I forget this.
10) If someone in your caching party has a problem with your plan of attack, listen. You may save the running board of your car that way.
11) Take the time to get to know your local dnr and other land managers. No gurantee if it will work out and you never know when you will be included in an INDNR program and get to feed an owl in the wild. That is worth more than any smiley that I could ever log.
12) It's the character of a cacher and not the find count that inpresses me most about someone.
13) No matter where you go or what you do, you run the risk of encountering a jerk. Stick to your guns - abandoning your path to either avoid one or BECOME one merely allows the jerk the victory.
14)The ice that holds up your 65 lb dog is not guranteed to hold up an adult. The water underneath is pretty darn cold and a killjoy for caching. It is a good reason to get a new pair of socks and shoes.
15) When looking for a cache, beware of your assumptions, they may hinder you finding the cache.
16) If you don't want to leave a hint for your cache page on the cache page, then leave it blank, there is nothing more annoying than manually trying to decipher a paragraph of nothing to get a non-existant hint. Your momma must be so proud.
17) When placing a cache (especially a micro), ask yourself what is so special about this particular street lamp in the walmart parking lot? It's not a requirement but I like caches that show me somewhere or something I would not necessarily see in my regular rounds of errands. A nice walk ( especially in the woods) also scores big points with me.
18) Nobody likes every type of cache the same. It's not a comment on the cache just each person's preference. If you say you like them all, I probably won't listen to you because you haven't thought about it. If we disagree about types, then I can judge if I will do it based on your style of caching. Thankfully geocaching is big enough for several different styles of caching styles.
The thing that bugs me is when companies go overseasto get cheapergoods with the implications that are equal to the domestic product and they wind up inferior and useless. China seams to be taking the front in substandard products. They are by no means the only ones guilty of this practice. I would like to challenge buyers, both individuals and business, to become informed when you buy. More important, hold those sell substandard and shoddy goods accountable. The producstdon't always need to be the top quality but if they don't meet even the lowest standards of economy part or unsafe, then we have a problem.
With chronic problems like China seams to be, let us refuse tosupport their business until they prove the can meet our standards. This does not require legislation. It takes the buyers to vote with their money if that company gets reewarded with business or not.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I laugh, I cay and I try to enjoy the things of this world while still livng consist with my beliefs. It is not eaasy. No one ever said it would.
The other story I would like to address is on in the local Fort Wayne media. A fifteen year old counsellor in training took a seven year old camper aside and a sexual incident happened. One of the local radio stations mentioned how the reports of juvenile on juvenile molestation is up and how some think that means the rate of it happening is going up. I am really split on this one. On the one hand, I truly believe that kids (not all) have been checking each others bodies out since the beginning of time. Not that it is right, but most of it is the result of children's natural desire to know. The behavior is not right but it is usually not malice in nature. On the other side, considering how sexualized society is getting, I would not be surprised if the molesting is on the rise and not always the more innocent wonderings of each other bodies. Between the content on TV, movies and internet and the sex ware being sold as children's clothes, it would not be a surprise it is on the rise. The children will think they need to get it on as early as possible.
What I am trying to get at is I think it is hard to say how much the rate of reproting this incidents reflects on the real rate of this happening. The other thing is that even though I don't think kids should be getting it on, but it is not always criminally punishable. In the case of the fifteen year old and seven year old, I am glad the fifteen year old was charge. He was enough older to be taking advantage of the seven year old.