In my preoccupation of my immediate life I think I missed something. There appears to be a disturbance in the force. For those who will read this and say: “what the hell is this guy speaking about?” – consider standing next to my benevolent wife who readily comforts the delusional, instead of hurling fish with the venomous naysayers.
The following is an uneducated hypothesis to a theoretical circumstance and purely a guess as to what has occurred. (I don’t have the time to catch up on all the blogs nor can I read your mind).
I can only assume you are mortal like I am and would naturally have some preferences as to the traits of the person who finds the chest. I too have my favorites: a person who is described as humble, kind, honest, competent, fair, wise and likes to laugh (not qualities I necessarily have, but at least aspire to).
The following is my dream:
It would appear you recently received a solve from a person (hopefully not me) who does not have those traits which you had in mind for your finder. Now what? You have already stated you will not hint someone away from it. It would appear that you may be resolving the dilemma by bringing in some stragglers for the last lap around the tract thereby decreasing the odds for your ugly duckling.
I must state I do not have total objectivity and there is self-interest at stake: Being comfortable with my progress and wanting a nice distraction to continue, I would rather turn off your microphone or at least turn it down(not literally, figuratively).
Also, some recent insight: anyone who wants to solve this on “their” time schedule has a rude awakening.
Now, gaining a little knowledge or the correspondence from this person, seems to have put a burr under your saddle. Are there possible consequences in making this a Black Friday event? I think along with some of the pretty birds flocking into the circle are at least some vultures. I also think the property owner will take notice of a bunch of circling ravens and maybe remove the carcass. I think the option of winging a couple of the distasteful species with your Red Ryder becomes more difficult the more birds there are. And finally, although everyone looks at an accident or a pile-up, the injuries are rarely worth the momentary boost in adrenaline (especially for the participants).
Are there other options?
Retrieve your dam chest.(I realize I just lost any microcosm of popularity if ever I had any) Yes, I would rather lose my chance of finding it and keep your special place special, then witness a Black Friday event. There is a sure solution to hasten any disaster…… just add more people.
Maybe you could ask the person to politely refrain….maybe give them a little bonus.
Maybe you could leave the chest and just replace the treasure with a note: “They never knew that it was the chase they sought and not the quarry.”?
I fear for the end of this…. The Greeks are not short on tragedies in which the mortals attempt to remain in control. Consider some more of that “Renelle action”. The potentially depressing outcomes were fading compared to the wonderful possibilities to that which you have started. You have spoken about wanting the person to have a “connection”. What are some specific traits you would like to see in the finder? Did I misunderstand your emphasis on trying to do more positive than negative? To treat others as you would want to be treated and to always do your best?(among other things)
If I be the scissortail, kindly inform me and I will quietly leave through the screen door I came in by. And if you are often described as arrogant or mean and you recently emailed your correct solve to Forrest, please email me so that we can corroborate and I can help you become a better person
And by the way…thus far, you have done a magnificent job of navigating through the muck…there is no blueprint for what you are attempting. So far, your message has not been twisted and has remained intact.
If I am way off base, forgive my intrusion….maybe you are simply getting so bored with the ridiculous amount of time it is taking us to understand you that you decided to light a fire under us.