Hunting the “Camouflaged” by James
(Has such a wide variety of meanings)
A discussion on exactly how hard it will be in finding
the Treasure Chest “Indulgence”
First order of business is to put on here “This is all IMHO…”
Camouflage – is the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, this is called (crypsis), or by disguising them as something else, called (mimesis).
My personal opinion is MIMESIS ! ( the TC doesn’t look exactly like itself anymore. Same basic size and same basic shape though. )
Does anyone really think that solving any of this is simple? Forrest said his target market was any Redneck from Texas who was unemployed with a pick-up truck, wife and 12 kids. I have to say that statement is really perplexing. Most people presumably associate a “Redneck” with “not so smart”… But I consider myself “an educated Redneck from Texas, Born and Raised”. And I’m getting pretty good at this stuff. Hahahahaha!
Stay with me through the end of this and maybe you will have a better understanding of why Forrest said, “sometimes it’s better for the fox to dress like the hound!”
As far as me, my solve and thought process behind “Camouflage”;
I have made only 2 trips and I have only one location that I give my efforts to. Each time with a little more emphasis and narrowing down the exact spot. It’s the very one I first started with.
Let me get very particular. Although I have figured out the correct way of finding and analyzing the clues and hints that Forrest has put out there for us… I will go ahead and take a step out to give you something to think about. (Maybe some have). One has to seriously ask themselves… When Forrest decides to pick and choose things to talk about, why pick the ones he does? He has so many memories, artifacts and knowledge to make mention of… yet he selects particular ones for a reason? Or do you really think that his brain is randomly spitting these things out and just getting it done? Some people believe so but I do not.
1. A Ladies Sewing Kit ( Vignettes )
The sewing needle was made from a yucca leaf but was hidden/protected by putting it in a blob of mud.
2. Olmec Jadeite Mask ( Vignettes )
“Such mask were considered images of transformation.”
3. Prehistoric Thoughts ( Vignettes )
The 5-1/2 inch chert knife. ” I guessed it had been stored in the dead ashes to …”
Why 4. Reliquary and 5. Falcon Mummy? Transformation and Concealment ?
Ok, OK… A few more for y’all to think about.
6. Scrapbook #115
Does anyone remember the original post? There was a picture of the same Forrest on the left but the right picture was Forrest grinning showing his teeth (then changed to Brad Pitt grinning and no teeth). Why? Have you asked yourself that question? The answer is the same. (there’s another reason too but I’m not gonna tell.)
7. The word “Well” (multiple use in TTOTC) – I posted this on the blog and virtually got no responses. If you go back and listen to Forrest in ANY audio or video and listen, Forrest doesn’t talk like that. So why write it? For effect? As a normal written word that would be passed right over, however have a different meaning?
8. The word “Middle” – The MOST important word, snuck in. I will let you ponder on that one. But I will say everything is in the middle of something else (DUH!). (poem and book.)
So now your mind is thinking in a different way possibly. Forrest, remember, he’s a Master Foundryman. Although he will not admit to that, maybe, being as humble as he is. If you don’t know that fact then you are way behind in “The Chase”. And what does a guy like that do? He creates!!! Read the Scrapbooks on the subject of Bronze. Read all of them. What you’ll find when you read them and more is just how cunning Forrest really is.
He’s so good he can even make bronze jars that have screw on lids that are pretty much water tight. Now ask yourself, “why would he challenge himself to such a feat?” Ask yourself another question. “How much would the odds go up in NOT finding the TC if Forrest “camouflaged” it. Maybe a 1000 or 10,000 yrs. Forrest has told us he has thought of everything. Hmmmm! Was he counting on that?
So, take the people in California a while back that were just walking a trail, the same trail they been walking for years on there property, and just happen to notice an old can (happened to have mucho $$$$$$ worth of gold coins). Hey it looked like a can, that’s why they noticed it, right?!?! Now what if that (maybe) 49er (the one that squirrel-holed the gold) had the time and forethought to tuck those coins in a hollowed old brick that he made or packed a bunch of mud-plaster sunbake around that can… Let’s say. I doubt those guys would be rich today and that gold stash would still be there in the same spot looking all natural. A guy at work and I were talking this same conversation and he said, “but it was the rain and wind that uncovered it.” “It also was all rusty and falling apart!”, I told him. He was correct and exactly proved my point. It was eventually uncovered and was seen in its original form, a round flat edge.
Yes, yes I know the chest is bronze and that it will patina in one form of color or another but it is perfectly shaped. The odds of anything 100% NATURAL being perfectly shaped is what? Almost zilch!!!! So if Forrest camouflaged the chest to look like a rock or other… that “shaping” would make this hunt even more difficult wouldn’t it? So now what you may ask is “Why?” He had to… To make it look natural by the way of Mimesis, to extend the odds of it being found. That’s one reason he says “it will not be stumbled upon!” How can he guarantee this without this being true? Everything (treasure) that has been “stumbled upon” really hasn’t been “hidden by mimesis” now has it.
And, here’s one of your biggest clues. Scrapbook 111. The picture of “Crayton next to a provocative treasure chest off the Salvador”. Hmmmm looks like a huge stone, not a wooden chest. I believe if I got the story right, Forrest picked the pictures and Dal was asked to write about them and the project. So again, out of all the pictures that were available to Forrest, why pick this particular one?
How many of you guys and gals are on board?
Theses are just a few things that Forrest has put out there. I am just interpreting these things my way. I haven’t made up some kind of weird, off the wall story now have I? We all better have more to go on than just hunches. I do anyway.
Now go out there and find your “Indulgence”!