September 2017 – Cacher of the Month

Caching Name: screamingmeme
Real Name: Maria Sebelist

1. How did you become involved in geocaching?
Corey and I (Corkskrew) kept hearing the word being bounced around. We put it in the back of our minds, then I eventually decided to look it up. Looked really fun! We got into it, then became preoccupied with other things, but now we are back in, stronger than ever.

2. How did you choose your caching name?
Meme is my nickname. To have the “screaming meemies” is to be in a state of hysteria, nervousness, or anxiety. Totally fits. Ms. Nerves over here. So, I became “screamingmeme”

3. What type of cache do you prefer seeking – traditional, multi, and puzzle, virtual?
Puzzle caches! When I have time, I will choose a place on the map and just work on some puzzles… even if I know I will never get there any time soon.

4. Which caches were the most challenging, either physically/mentally?
Mentally– I tend to over-analyze things in puzzles. I will work myself into a tizzy because I am looking for answers that are simply not there. Sometimes, it is right in front of my face, but I am looking over in Guam. Hm, I was supposed to look for the number of letters in their name?! Ohhhhhh, I thought you wanted their 2nd illegitimate cousin’s blood type divided by their shoe size! Silly me.

Physically– water caches. I am deathly afraid of deep water, but some of you encouraging cachers have piqued my interest in kayak caching, assuring me it is safe. Therefore, this may not be an impossible challenge for me anymore if I get up the courage!

5. What are your current geocaching goals?
To explore as many places as I can! Of course I want to get smileys, but even if I DON’T find something, I enjoy being brought to a place I probably would have never sought out on my own. My goal is to just have fun.
6. Where have you always wanted to go caching but haven’t?
Back to where my family is in Appling, Georgia. Not many caches there, but I know there is plenty in nearby Augusta. I haven’t been back down South in years! I would also like to experience the worlds that are WV Tim and Geo Woodstock.

7. What is your most memorable caching experience?
My first event was memorable! I was so freaking scared! The event showed me how nice and friendly other Delaware cachers were, and gave me some confidence to keep at it. (Thank you for that!)

My more-recent memorable experience was opening the caches near the PA/DE border that had been glitter bombed and getting blue and gold glitter all over my hands, shirt, and in my eye. I had been out in the woods earlier, and I was dirty, and had ripped my pants. Post-glitter bomb, I looked like a ripped-up dirty, but oh so sparkly and glittery hobo. Lesson: Don’t get over-excited, and open containers more cautiously!

8. What do you like about geocaching?
It has helped me get out and about. I’ve spent days-months-years cooped up due to anxiety and other issues, and I want to try to do better, be better, and spread my wings like I used to. This is literally the best thing to ever happen to my health and psyche.

9. Do you have some favorite caches in the area?
I had never been to Alapocas, so my cousin (blootx) and I decided to go cache there. Mike Ott’s Earth Cache in the park made me all teary and gooey. Looking up at the rocks was just so lovely. I couldn’t believe it was so close to where I was living and I had never seen it before.

I also enjoy Waypointed’s Bamboozled cache a lot. Sooooo satisfying to get! And, I love anything that is made to look like something else!

10. Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I love horror movies, even though I know 80% of them are total garbage. I try to put on one every night when I am going to bed, as strange as that is. They really are an escape from the real world horrors out there. I actually really just love movies in general. I also love to read, and I can swallow up a good book pretty fast. Dominion and other board games are pretty high on my list, too.

Cooking is also pretty fun for me– I like to try to veganize/vegetarianize common dishes. It is nice to have an alternative when you are the only non-meat eater at a dinner or event! One day, I will write all this stuff down.

Finally– I recently, I really have enjoyed MAKING puzzles and have about 30 Google docs worth of stuff I wanna put out as caches, and about 5 ammo boxes ready to go.

I also ramble way too much when I am excited.

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