Scrapbook One Hundred Six…

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NOVEMBER 2014

 

Dal, this lady is a beautiful, petite, medical doctor and intellectual who takes her two dogs into the mountains searching for the treasure. She brings a different flavor to the chase. Maybe your bloggers will enjoy her slant, slightly edited and forwarded with her permission.f

 

Dear Mr. Fenn,

How have you been?  I hope you and your family are healthy and happy.  As always, there is too much I would like to tell you.  Half are stories about my recent adventures.  Half are thoughts that I believe pop like balloons into my consciousness, inspired and inflated by your subliminal airs.  Lucky for you that my memory is that of a brain damaged caterpillar’s rather than an elephant’s (or so my sister has informed me).  I may have told you already that I have been prioritizing actual exploring over writing of my roamings.  Tengo prisa for so many reasons. Winter will be here too soon and access to my favorite hunting grounds will be difficult.  The reliability of the 4 runner has been in question and hippo-worthy mud puddles have made for some interesting moments. JCs gray-gowned patience is exhausted despite my efforts to spare him from my daily “discoveries” within your riddle.  And I’m afraid that the heft of reality and repeated failures may tip my scales, outweighing the lightness of imagination and hope. The best laid schemes oft go awry, at least for this mouse.  Such an imbalance would fill my tramping boots with cement and drown desire.

Orion has found his way into my sky again!  Another year chases its quarry around the solar system without gaining ground but gaining experience.  Just now he appears to be reclining against the Sandias in silhouette, marvelling at the Milky Way.

I am enslaved by my habits.  Only recently have I been exploring all the alternate routes to my destinations.  The latest path takes me past a different quarry.  For the  most part, however, I ask for advice and direction but kind words go in one deaf ear and out the other without leveraging me out of my rut.  And my perspective is as focused as from a fixed periscope, only seeing 10 degrees of the horizon through one unblinking eye, missing the other 350 degrees above and everything below.  With such sensory deficits I have to rely upon my dogs’ noses that much more to guide our search.  But Kiva’s olfactory skills are blunted by time and Sombra’s are blunted by the deer droppings.

I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Perhaps that is my MO.  Surely this contributes to my inability to write.  And of course, there is the issue of plausibility.  It is not because I could ever be clever enough, but because I have such dogged perseverance, that I hope to understand the web you weave.  It is a daunting prospect.  JC was out of town this weekend so I researched and fanangled explanations that might tie some loose ends together.  Piles of information.  Where will all of these hours lead?  Oddly, I am considering this time as meditative, brain wave frequencies harmonizing with the universe.  well.  In the past few weeks I have searched along the sharp edge of Shakespeares blade, red-eyed and relentlessly, over hills and vales, far from the arroyos where I started, going full circle.  I have made multiple trips to criss cross the web space and pace the curves of this “holy field.”  I’ve incensed myself and gone around and around and around, chasing the wrong tail.  Its like motorboating in a morass, frustrating.  But at the end of each day, its not the pot at the end of the rainbow but the rainbow’s kaleidoscope, which was the treasure.  I fed ruby red Fuji apples to horses through barbed wire fences.  The last of the aspen’s gold shone against sapphire skies.  Dark emerald evergreens gave shade to Kiva and Sombra.  You’ve heard all this before. To give you hints as to the piece of peace I seek, tiny slice of my heart, miniscule portion of eternity, is the only way I can show you my appreciation.  So I carry on almost incessantly.

Tangentially, you have inspired me to check out some books from the library today.  Prior to reading your memoir I had not read any biographies nor autobiographies.  Now that I am trying to write my patient’s photobiography, it occurred to me that I better study the art.  My intended subject was Van Gogh but I found books on A. Earhart, Oppenheimer, Ben Franklin, Keith  Richards, and Houdini instead!  I think I wish (I’m always careful about how I wish for things) that I was a speed reader with a photographic memory.  But I wouldnt wish that if it was at the expense of my health or happiness.  To some small degree, maybe ignorance is bliss.  Who knows?

sincerely,

E

55 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Six…

  1. Beautifully written E,
    I thought about writing a book about the revolutionary war and how aliens came down and showed G Washington why America had to win/help them win because a few hundred years later an old man would hide treasure and someone would search for it and it would become the final battle of good vs evil…..maybe you could ghost write it for me( I think that is what I mean)….

    • Oops! This was suppose to have posted in the next scrapbook. Sorry about that.

      I was just being silly.

      This is a very nicely written letter.

      Jan

  2. ATREYU !!
    MOONCHILD !!
    WHITE LILY !!

    old fester (sun) fenn…
    New Forrest Fenn….
    AURYN !
    Orion

    MR. KNICKERBOCKER !
    I name her Michaelray

    I’m calling the name OUT LOUD…here, there, and to the home of Brwn. Listen to Fal
    SAY MY NAME

    With pure heart I BOLDLY
    claim the title to the gold

    I wish for the map, to retrieve the chest with my father, and for the the memory the look on his face at that moment to be the one to remains eternally safe and guarded from the Nothing. With this I am ready to do my gardening with a silver spade…
    And to all..
    DO WHAT YOU WISH!!!

    DO WHAT YOU DREAM!!!

    I’d shout it louder if I could or knew any other way

    **
    I hope this bears a familiar sound of the hornless honk and rings a bell in a little heart (or two)

    • Jamie – I don’t understand most of what you just said. However, What does resonate, are your bold words “WHAT DO YOU WISH? WHAT DO YOU DREAM?”

      I’m middle age, and by this point in life many adults have set aside or given up on dreams. Even if dreams don’t come true, Forrest has reminded me how important and fun dreams are. They are what keeps my imagination fresh and my countenance joyful.

      Thanks for shouting. No one’s home tonight, so I shouted out one of my dreams right back to you, “I want to find Forrest Fenn’s treasure and do some good with it!”

      • Hi Lia,
        That is a great idea. But if I had Forrest Fenn’s Treasure it would be up to him what he wanted to do with it. I am sure he has a special place he would like it to go but I don’t know where that is only he does. So I would have to ask him. As for what I wish and want I would love to emulate the simple homestead life my great grandparents have lived together the last 72 years. Simple but beautiful and rewarding. Every one has a dream.

        • Spallies, I agree with you. If Forrest is alive, what a great joint-venture to see his dream for the treasure fulfilled. It was always his money anyway. If its found 100’s of years from now, we can all hope his spirit of generosity would be honored by the finder.

  3. Marvelously written post. You must have been a flower child in your past life or maybe Cleopatra lolling among the reeds and lilies of the Nile. Keep up the search as we all should. Only by searching, can we find the treasure within ourselves.

  4. Yes, I would love to have the depth and scope of this lady’s writing ability. And if I did, would I write in that style ? No; and here’s why…. The written word is a form or method of communication with others, and what ever the intended meaning or hint of that message is, or the audience delivered to, it should be understandable at as many levels of intellect as possible. A prime example of a good communicator in the written word, was Mark Twain, one of the best. Words should reach out and grab you, not you reaching out to grab a dictionary to look up the meaning of a word such as “Tangentially”. Ask yourself what is the purpose of using such dusty unused words, do they convey more meaning to the message than other more commonly used descriptive words ? Or maybe using such words brings you into the realm of “poets, but they don’t know it, but their feet sure show it, their Longfellow’s.”

    • sharpsburg, You stated;

      “A prime example of a good communicator in the written word, was Mark Twain, one of the best. Words should reach out and grab you, not you reaching out to grab a dictionary to look up the meaning of a word such as “Tangentially”. Ask yourself what is the purpose of using such dusty unused words, do they convey more meaning to the message than other more commonly used descriptive words ? ”

      Wassup with this comment? Didn’t The Author, Mark Twain, himself do just that? Use Dusty words from the more commonly used.

      This leads to why I asked so long ago…why write a poem and not just hide clues in the book TTOTC itself. Poems allow the use of words for interpretation from the author to the reader. So what fun would it be to just use straightforward meanings…

      Oh, “Wassup” is now in the dictionary. I wonder, a hundred years down the road, if someone will need to dust it off has well.

      • A writer can pare down complex concepts into single words creating concise simplicity in meaning. Not all concepts can be summed up with a common word.

        Also, words that are synonymous by definition vary greatly in meaning due to nuance. If the intent is to be precise in your meaning, using the right words is important, regardless of how common or obscure one believes it to be.

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    • I am. Consider: one dog is named Kiva (cross reference to San Lazaro Pueblo), “E” never came forward to comment on the Scrapbook, and as you pointed out the writing style and word choices are quite similar to someone near and dear to us. Throw in “I fed ruby red Fuji apples to horses through barbed wire fences. The …”: the first letters of those last five consecutive words should be familiar. Finally, what does this sound like to you:

      “For the most part, however, I ask for advice and direction but kind words go in one deaf ear and out the other without leveraging me out of my rut. And my perspective is as focused as from a fixed periscope, only seeing 10 degrees of the horizon through one unblinking eye, missing the other 350 degrees above and everything below.”

      To me it sounds like Forrest (through his pseudonym “E”) is lamenting that people plead with him for hints or clues, and he has delivered over and over, but most are blind and deaf to them and remain locked into their own unfortunate paths. All in my opinion of course, but I think I’ve at least made a case that something is fishy.

      • Heck Zap, for all we know, YOU might be Forrest. Your writing style and his seem to match up fairly well also.
        (Just kinnin’) 🙂 JDA

      • Zap,
        I see what I would call hints in several ( not all ) of the SB`s for the way that I see the poem. Rarely do I see anyone bring them up in discussions so I tend not to say anything mostly because should anyone else see what I see and their solve is based on these hints…then I would not want to give anything away.

        I do agree that the writing style does favor someone elses.

      • I will have to agree that you are correct, Zap. This seems to be exactly what is happening here – he is literally yelling from the mountaintops, hoping someone is paying attention. I did not pick up on the Kiva piece, but I haven’t spent much time focusing on the SLP. Good catch with BTFTW – your pattern recog skills are legendary my friend.

        • imajin ~”This seems to be exactly what is happening here – he is literally yelling from the mountaintops, hoping someone is paying attention.”
          reiteri ~”Assuming it’s Forrest, It’s funny to me how he tried to give credence to this ruse with the short backstory sent to Dal.”
          Zap ~”To me it sounds like Forrest (through his pseudonym “E”) is lamenting that people plead with him for hints or clues, and he has delivered over and over, but most are blind and deaf to them and remain locked into their own unfortunate paths…”

          Forrest Fenn ~”Occasionally I forward parts of emails to Dal for use in his blog to add human interest for others who are in the search, but I never would if it made a difference or in any way might point someone toward or away from the treasure. Dal is also a searcher. I am determined to stay aloof of providing any additional clues that are useful. Everyone has the same information to work with…”

          Of course, someone will try and give themselves wiggle room to the word “clue” and not the use of “hints” or fenn only gives us 85% of the truth, So this particular e-mail doesn’t fall into fenn’s comment above.

          Just saying…

          • “I am determined to stay aloof of providing any additional clues that are useful. Everyone has the same information to work with…”

            IMO- Everyone does have the same information to work with.

          • Seeker: you are exactly the sort of searcher that Forrest (as E) could be referring to in this SB. You don’t seem willing to accept that he could conceivably do something like this. You seem open-minded about so many other possibilities; why such resistance here? And please don’t trot out a bunch of Forrest quotes. I know them all and they don’t help your case. Make a logical argument against my premise using your own words. All I ask is that you accept one possibility: that a hint (in Fenn’s world) will not help you *solve* a clue. I know you don’t like that paradigm, but play Devil’s Advocate for just a second and consider the possibility.

          • Zaphod73491. I think you may be a person that understands the wording structure of that FF Quote:

            “I am determined to stay aloof of providing any additional clues that are useful. “

          • Zap ~”Seeker: you are exactly the sort of searcher that Forrest (as E) could be referring to in this SB. You don’t seem willing to accept that he could conceivably do something like this. You seem open-minded about so many other possibilities; why such resistance here? And please don’t trot out a bunch of Forrest quotes. I know them all and they don’t help your case.”

            The facts here, Zap is I’m not making any case… fenn made the statement about the use of e-mail, which this SB is { an e-mail he forward with permission }. There is no debate on my part at all. If you choose to dismiss fenn’s comment{s} I can’t help that. Maybe you should be asked…why are you so dead set against posting relevant quotes?

            Zap~” You don’t seem willing to accept that he could conceivably do something like this.”

            No I don’t accept that as remotely possible… to do so would say fenn deliberately lied about his intent with e-mail postings.

            Tangentology; Study of, the color sky in your world.

    • HA! Zap apparently you have too much time on your hands turning E into Fenn. You’ve gone off the deep end and taken a few others with you. This is a great example of the crazy tangents folks get in their heads.

      You obviously don’t remember, or maybe you hadn’t started yet. E had a long running feud with another female member here. E was a prolific poster and got kicked off just about every blog she commented on.

      I nuked both of them.

      BUT WAIT!!!!!! Maybe you’re Fenn trying to mislead everyone.

      DOUBLE BUT WAIT!!!!!! Maybe you, Alsetenash, imajin, reiteri, and JD are all Fenn, and he’s talking to himself trying to revive E.

      OMG!!!!!! Maybe I’m Fenn and nuked my other personality for giving away too much. I can finally see clearly now. This staggering epiphany has mind blowing ramifications for the chase. Thank you so much.

      Wait! Did I just thank myself.

      • Just for the record- I was in no way agreeing nor thinking E is or was FF. That is not even a consideration on my part. I was just talking about SB’s being insightful by FF imo. Nothing more than that.

      • Hi Goofy: I know nothing of any past (nuked) poster that went by E, but I’ll take your word for it. That said, if *this* E is *not* F, then I think she has most of the clues figured out.

        • Maybe so Zap, but then she went off on just about every tangent you can imagine. She was very smart, but man, she lived in a different world.

          You should do a little research before flying off the handle saying things like E is Fenn. To me that’s as ridiculous as someone saying Seeker is Fenn, and he’s trying to tell us we are looking at it all wrong.

          WAIT!!!!!! Seeker is Fenn. Man, that messes with my head.

        • Goofy, respectfully, opining that E might be F is hardly flying off the handle. I thought I made some reasonable arguments for why it might be the case. Forrest loves to end posts with questions, just like E did. Who names their dogs Kiva and Sombra? Did the original E ever reveal this? And if E was nuked, why in the world would she be allowed to have her own Scrapbook entry?

          I take a bit of offense that you think I haven’t done my research. I doubt there are 5 people who have visited this blog that know it better than I do. I have read every Scrapbook at least 5 times, every Vignette, every Nine Clues, every Odds -n- Ends, every Speed Bump, and all the posts by searchers that have appeared under them. If E was a regular poster, she was either unmemorable or was on here a very long time ago. And you know as well as I do that researching a poster with the name of the most common letter in the alphabet is ridiculous. Maybe I should change my name to “the” to gain some anonymity?

          • Well Zap, respectfully, your justifications for E being Fenn was beyond silly to me.

            I nuked her after this post. If you read all the comments like you said I can’t imagine E not standing out to you. Like I said she was a prolific commenter, here and on other blogs. At least until she got banned everywhere.

            There’s been several searchers that seemed “normal” at first. The fellow that claimed the chest and blaze was missing, and he had the pictures to prove it comes to mind off the top of my head. He said Fenn knows he is right but won’t admit it because Fenn doesn’t want the chase to end. He went to the papers, facebook, and every place else claiming Fenn is not being honest. He couldn’t accept the fact he was wrong.

            Fenn said he had coffee with him and his brother and he seem like a nice guy. That’s the scary part. These people look like everyone else and seem nice until they go off the deep end. You never know who you are dealing with.

          • Zap-
            And I take offense that you would call Forrest a liar. Since you have read all that material on the blog you must have read where Forrest stated that he has only ever commented as Forrest Fenn and Forrest Fire.
            That just got you moderated..

      • To be fair in characterizing the situation, most everything posted on this site is pure speculation and the comments made in this section were qualified as such. I have to say, now that I’m reading what Goofy wrote, this whole situation has me amused in a silly way. And E sounds like a crack pot intellect, no matter who it is.

  5. I am not going to enter the discussion of whether Forrest does or does not offer up hints in his various posts here via BS’s etc., or posts on other blogs.

    All I want to say is that I try to look closely at ANYTHING that is posted by ANYBODY on ANY of the blogs that I look at.

    To me, a piece of information is a piece of information. I do not care who or where it comes from. If that piece of information can get me closer to Indulgence, I will gladly take it, and not question where it comes from.

    I think that this approach is just smart. Do not deliberately close a door that might lead to the treasure, just because it says “Do not enter”. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Who knows, maybe that padlock isn’t really locked – a gentle tug may be all that is needed.

    Eyes and ears open at ALL times – One never knows when a “Whisper” on the wind will carry a vital piece of information.

    Just the mutterings of an OLD fool – JDA

  6. You know what I find interesting? The fourth paragraph, 8 lines down. There is a sentence with a period. Then the word “well” followed by a period. Very strange. A little “well” in the center of the letter. There is a lot of talk about “going in circles”.

    I find this very interesting indeed.

    • Sparrow. Nice notice of “well”. I looked at it and it looks like maybe, just maybe, that it is a “cut” a sentence out error. Perhaps just a word was left in the cut out of a sentence prior to sending it in. I have done that before many times typing. Just IMO of a possibility of. interpretation.

      • Alsetenash—
        Thanks. That is very possible. I appreciate your pointing that out. well. I guess we need to think of all the possibilities. 🙂

        • For sure Sparrow. It is best to be open minded to all things. Being dogmatic in all things equates to the similarity of the definition of insanity haha. I was recently typing in a Word document and decided to completely rewrite a sentence and cut it out but left the last word in : I noticed it during the edit lol.

  7. Zap must not be as sure about his solve as he claims if he is resorting to making assumptions such as this. It seems as though he may be circling the drain….If he has truly absorbed Dal’s entire blog worth of info…he would be more certain of matters such as this…I remember times when this blog was clogged with “E” comments…it was frustrating to say the least. The cycle continues….

  8. In Zap’s defense, the entire post is F’s whether he wrote it or not. He said at the start it was slightly edited, which I found peculiar, and then forwarded. His name is at the top then signed -E at the bottom. Sometimes writers use pen names. Since he is the one that forwarded it could he still be telling the truth by saying he only comments as FF? I guess it depends on how one reconciles it.

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