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The Kinzua Kid is Peter Kraatz, a member of the WNY diaspora living in Southern California with an addiction to silly games like Geocaching.  My real name is my handle on Geocaching.com (peterkraatz).  I’ve decided to post some of the more useful tidbits I’ve learned about the game for my caching friends in San Diego County.  This just seemed a LOT easier than writing a weekly newsletter and dropping it in the mail.  😉

If you’d like more mail, I can be reached via e-mail.  peterkraatz at cox dot net.

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Telephone Poles on the Moon were some of the favorite stories we grandkids heard told by my grandfather.  They were amazing tales of the triumph of ingenuity, perseverance and imagination over boredom and poverty.  There were no life lessons, just a great retelling of a man’s childhood fun and some jokes to boot, keeping us at rapt attention for hours.  Also, they were completely false.

These were great stories because they demanded an incessant string of questions about how, when, why and by what logic could each story make sense.  Stealthily, they taught us critical thinking and the admission of fiction would not come until all the details were worked out.  Then it became a game.  What new story could the man craft, rich with detail, comedy, and plenty of half-truths to keep you guessing?  What really was true about the stories and what was not?  And for goodness sake how DO you get telephone poles on the moon?

Sometime I’ll tell you how to find those telephone poles.  Until then all I’m finding are little mint tins with scraps of paper inside.

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