Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Getting caught up on writing stuff.

It's amazing to me how every day things can get backed up over the years. The treasure hunt came first in so many ways. I felt a real responsibility to make each and every year's game the best I possibly could. I don't have to do that right now. Deep breath here. Now I look at the pile of writing I've done and think, "How will I ever get it published?" the stories I've written are for children and parents to enjoy. Definitely not Dr. Seuss material but to me a bit of a legacy to my folks and thousands of other parents that took the time to make up tall tales of imaginary situations and then sit their kids down and bring them into the world of fantasy, whimsy and happy and surprising endings while in the company of loving family. My folks, particularly my dad had a story to tell when I wasn't quite settled for bed or needed a slight nudge toward the spirit of the season on a cold night. I will never forget that loving time spent listening and dreaming.

I wrote "Joe's Story" because I felt I received that memory back for a reason. There is a lot of good in the book and the people in it. We need to hear good things about everyday people don't we? When it comes to our kids, I believe to the bottom of my heart that there are few gifts as great as sitting down and telling a story to our kids. Be it from a book or from our own imaginations. In light of that I have recorded several of the stories I told my own kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces. Along with some silly stuff too. Kids need silly stuff to help them laugh when they don't feel quite so good. I can think of no greater way to honor my caring and loving parents and the hundreds and thousands just like them.

I do have a few problems along the way to the publisher though and that's what I'm working on at the moment and for the foreseeable to future maybe.

One: I'm not the best writer. I need help there......Two: I am not an artist. No way. Need help there and so far have not found the right one to accept an agreement.....Three: Knowing it takes real talent to "get" published, I doubt that will ever happen by a legitimate publisher so my alternative is self publishing. That takes more money than I have at this time so I am looking into somehow doing it on a computer.

All of that seems to be almost insurmountable if taken in one pill. However, having more time now I hope to, one step at a time, find the answers and get something into book form as quickly as possible. that's my plan and I'm sticking to it.

That's what's going on in my life right now. As you can see, never a dull moment.....I wish you well!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thank you all you treasure hunters!

It's been a couple weeks now since Robert Lyon and his two grandkids located the medallion and traded it in for the 33rd and final Annual Silver Treasure Hunt Riddle highlighting the ever present danger of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Even with all the cold and snow hundreds of hardy, dedicated  people sought and dug and scraped and moved to another area and started all over again. Even Robert took months to move around the corner to the correct location. It has been a tremendous pleasure to have met and spoke with so many wonderful people. You've been great and helped me move on from amnesia in many ways.

In these past weeks my mailbox has been filled with hundreds of letters of gratitude and stories of searching and sharing with family and friends. The over 6300 emails were totally unexpected but brought me hours and hours of humorous tales and fruitless search and incorrect conclusions and close calls. There is no way I can express how much I appreciate all of them except a huge Thank You!. 33 years is a long time but now it seems like a flash in time. That's the way life is I guess. I only provided an excuse for all of you to have a good time. I believe that if it hadn't been me you would have found some other way to enjoy the winter months. But I'm glad I was there. What surprised me then and now as the number of people from around the world who played the game from wherever they were only for the mental challenge even though they could not possibly win without retrieving the medallion. And, on top of that just how close they came using only a map and whatever information they could glean from the Internet. so many people became much more than treasure hunters too. My life is richer because of all of you.

Although the annual Silver Treasure Hunt is done and over there are a one or two ideas mulling over in my head. Some time in the future I'll be sharing them with you. The treasure hunt may be over but I'm not dead. Right?

Many thanks to all you wonderful people who have made the last 33 years a fantastic experience.

Joe Cramer AKA? "The Wyoming Riddler"

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Treasure hunt winner

Robert Lyon found the medallion by a sign post on 56th street in Wyoming. Betweeh Haughey street and a bicycle path very near Buchanan Ave. He exchanged it for a treasure trove of silver collector's edition coins spanning 100 years of American history, as well as the coveted winners mug. It's been a wonderful 33 years and I hope to bring another challenge to you in the future.

Joe Cramer
AKA The Wyoming Riddler

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Treasure hunt clue #4

Due to weather conditions and a general desire for fairness the treasure hunt has been extended and another clue issued.

"Between hints in the riddle, it's there. Amongst the clues, even closer to where. 156, but not all together. To keep it fair: two mean him, two mean where."

Good luck! More info available on www.Mlive.com and Greg's site www.wyomingriddler.com

Someone is going to find this thing. Maybe you?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Treasure Hunt Clue #3-Rule change

Due to the constant snowfall the game will be continued beyond February if necessary. We do want someone to win don't we? After all, some people have been digging and digging and digging through the snow and ice in search of the medallion. It has not been found yet and I checked to make sure in preparation  for clue #3 just to make sure. I had to do some digging too and I know where it is. Here is the clue:

"You can get there either way. Number one and two others between two and nine will help in two ways. But, never all three together."

More info available on www.Mlive.com and Greg's website, www.wyomingriddler.com

Good luck to you!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Treasure hunt and the weather

The winter weather this year is quite an issue when it comes to finding the medallion. Weather has played a part, either large or small in each and every one of the 33 games. Some years it was snow, some it was rain and some it was simply warm weather and grass and leaves. It's all part of the game itself. If it was easy, it wouldn't be such a popular game now would it?

I would like to reinforce one particular aspect or rule regarding this treasure hunt. In no way can I answer any question that in even the smallest way result in an advantage to anyone. That wouldn't be fair. I've held to that rule all these years and I am not about to reveal any extra information now. No hints! No acknowledgement of whether you are getting close! No acknowledgement of whether you are even in the right area in any way whatsoever. No anything other than what is already stated in the rules.

Because this is the last of the Annual Silver Treasure Riddle Hunts, and the fact that so many persistent people are out there every day digging and scraping and searching so thoroughly, I believe that the medallion will be found as it always has. I regularly check it's location and no one has found the medallion and brought it to me to claim this year's prize. It is still there for the taking. Do not be dismayed, bring it to me when you find it.

As promised, there will be another clue issued on Tuesday February 18th 2014. There is a warm up predicted for next week too. Good luck!.................Joe

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Treasure hunt clue

Here is the next clue. I hope it does it for you. Lots of snow and cold but that hasn't swayed hundreds from digging through to find the medallion.

"Eventually did come change but his end came first. It's good to remember: Near means by, not at!"

So there you have it. Good luck, the treasure and silver awaits the winner.

More information and rules available on www.Mlive.com or Greg's site www.wyomingriddler.com
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