January : Flick
This month we speak with Flick, one of Ontario’s venerable cachers having joined way back in 2001. Flick’s caches are often used as a measuring stick in the geocaching community. Flick has the uncanny ability of having super accurate coordinates using an Etrex yellow. If you are doing a cache by Flick you know it will be exactly where he says it is. It is not surprising, with his history of hiding and seeking, there are few that can match his quiet involvement in the activity of Geocaching. Having personally wheezed up a number of hills with Flick and used a number of his caches for milestones, I can tell you there are none finer. We caught up with him on the eve of finding his 1000th cache.
Q and A with Flick
Q: Where do you call home?A:Welland, Ontario. In the 50’s-60’s, it was known as the town where the cops robbed the post office and the fire hall burned down. In the 80’s, it gained international press when the mayor and one of local parish priests were discovered to be skimmin’ money from the church Bingo Hall to maintain an apartment in Buffalo, NY. Yeah, my kinda’ town.
Q: Where does the name Flick come from?
A:For about 3 years, I was “Mr. Flick”, one of the movie trivia experts on our local radio station, Since a lot of my friends still called me “Flick”, when I gained internet access, I’ve used it as my screen name on several web sites.
Q: When you are not caching, what do you do? (work and/or relax?)
A:I’ve worked at Welland Forge for 34 years producing automotive parts. It ain’t somethin’ I run around the neighbourhood braggin’ about.
Q: How did you find out about geocaching?A:I read an article in GAMES magazine in the late 90’s about the game, which was in its infancy, and, I thought, “Wow, searching for hidden treasure!” I was hooked! Although I didn’t have internet access until a couple of years later, it was one of the first sites I checked out.
Q:Have you gotten anyone else involved in the sport?
A:I am proud to say that I’ve gotten both my daughters, KDKK17 and Marmalang, hooked on the game. Locally, I count a friend and former co-worker, Girth, as one of my recruits. Because of my close relationship with friends from MysteryNet.com, I have also introduced “Spiderlady” from Eugene Oregon, “Chrebet” and “Mask” from NYC, and “Aleja” from Astoria NY. Addictive, ain’t it?
Q:What gear do you use for caching?
A:A Garmin 60C and printouts. Nothin’ fancy.
Q:Tell us some of your caching milestones. (First, most memorable etc.)
A:When I first gained internet access, I checked out the site, and without a GPS, logged my first find, “Baden Powell Cache” (now archived). When I got my income tax refund the following spring, I bought an Etrex, and went out hunting for “Deer Bait”. It took me two days to find it, and I almost quit the game. I wrote a long email to my daughters about my experiences over those two days, They’re still laughin’…….
Q:What are your favourite caches?
A:Anything on flat ground!!!! Seriously, early on, I completed Olar’s “Nothing Better To Do” (archived) and I fell in love with it! Part “road rally”, part “information scavenging”, part “treasure hunt”! Yeah, gimme more o’ dat! “Flick’s Tours” were born. Thank you, Bill, you are “The Master”.
Q: What are your least favourite caches?
A:Anything that involves hills, heights, bridges, thorns, brambles, climbing trees, or TrimblesTrek. Pretty much all of ’em. I gotta find another hobby.
Q: Any recent highlights you would like to share?
A:I’d like to, once again, offer my sincere congratulations and thanks to BQ and everyone else involved for “The A”Quasing” Race” What an incredible job!! That was an unforgetable weekend! On the horizon, I’m very close to my 1000 cache (which is gonna be my kid’s “Side Two). Lookin’ forward to the milestone.
(Editor’s Note: Flick, let us know when you do Side Two, we’ll have the local EMS standing by with plenty of oxygen. Your gonna love it.)
Q: Any thoughts on caching you would like to share?
A:I entered this game assuming that it would be nothing more than that. Just a walk in the woods. I never dreamed that I would uncover, not just caches, but new aquaintances and treasured friendships. Stay safe out there, geocachers, and remember…….you’ve always got a friend.
One question we forgot to ask Flick was about his favourite colour, I think it would be safe to say that his answer would be “pink”. He has been known to sport his favourite coloured shirt to geocaching events. His fashion statement even spawned his own support group FTF – Fashion Trends by Flick.
Thanks to Flick for taking time out to share a bit about himself with all of us and allowing me to poke a little fun at him, I’m sure he will get his payback when the next Flick’s Tours cache finally comes out.