As is standard when I'm going to author these introductory paragraphs, I normally start on the cacher's profile page so that I can get to know them a bit better. This time was no different. I've known J&R_2003 for some time now, meeting them (mostly him) at events and sometimes on the trail. Always affable and approachable, and always will to talk about caching. When I first met him (R), I thought he was a new cacher. Little did I know that he had already amassed over 1,000 cache finds and had cached in many countries, including Afghanistan (ed: Holy Cow!). As a member of Canada's Armed Forces, R has had an opportunity to move around Canada, having several home bases. As I'm looking through their stats page, I noticed something odd. They don't have any North Dakota or Minnesota cache finds! We must remedy that! Who's up for a road trip once the weather warms up! Keep reading to find out about the Cacher of the Month...
600: Carl the cat, AF girl
1,800: 0011mixam, goldfinch99, myst354
2,000: Kimmykaze, devildawg
3,000: J&R_2003, missionMode
3,500: T S K, Bike_4_me
4,000: trag_cachers, bevro
500: WpgAdventurers, Moose623
800: wpenner, meemomydog, Raven 87
1,000: Shebaz Jenkins
1,300: Evans Hideaway (EH)
1,700: Clan Lonewolf, jabbywockyz
1,800: Derivative, beancakes
1,900: joust gezzin, Lynda L., GroovyPinkSocks
6,000: Trove Chasers, Wagonmaker
I met JB shortly after he started caching when he went by JBrandt36. At first, he only came to the occasional event, but now he's coming more frequently. Perhaps it's because he loves to talk caching with others, or perhaps it could be to help him with his challenge caches, maybe it's both. I didn't get to know him until we were part of a group who went to Churchill this summer. I found him to be upbeat and gregarious, which made for a fun trip.
As most of you know, I'm a bit of a stats freak. And I always find it interesting when I see someone's numbers in their GC profile. I've been at this game for almost 12 years now, and I'm a few shy of 4,000 cache finds. Then I see statistics like JB.'s, and it blows me away. He is, currently, the top Manitoba Finder, sitting at 18,328 finds. I'll wait a second for that to sink in. ... ... 18 thousand 3 hundred and twenty eight finds. He started just over 5 years ago, so what that boils down to, on average, is 9 cache finds a day since he started caching!! On his best caching day, he found 933 caches! That's 933 in one 24 hour period. One cache every minute and a half ... assuming he didn't sleep that day. I don't think I've ever achieved that number in a year, let alone in 1 day. Maybe we should get him to bottle his energy, he'd make millions!
Congratulations to JB. for being the MBGA Geocacher of the Month for November!
When I was working on my Cacher of the Month's stats spreadsheet at the beginning of the month, I was thrilled to see who came to the top of my list. This cacher is the only Manitoba cacher that I know of who has his own entry into Wikipedia. Why? Because aside from his hobby as a geocacher, he is a former member of the band, "The Guess Who". That's right! This month's Cacher of the Month is a genuine Rock Star (yes, capital R, capital S). I have been to several geocaching events where he and his current band, Wallace, Creasey, and Gardner, has played. The most memorable to me was the event at the TurdleEggs' Jenga Ranch, "Rock the Turdle". The music was amazing and people were up and dancing for most of the evening. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University. (editor's note: A member of The Guess Who *and* a doctor? Does that mean we can call you Dr. Who?) Along with his musical career, beancakes has taught at West Kildonan Collegiate covering the "Guitar", "Concert Band Ensemble", and "Geography" (all very appropriate for our musical geocacher). You'll notice that the format of this month's page is a little different from the previous ones. I think I like how he managed to answer our entire questionnaire in only a few short paragraphs. Read on to learn more about the Manitoba Geocaching Association's Cacher of the Month, beancakes.