I'm usually trying to "trade" them in a fair manner...
...one TB out, one TB in... one coin out, one coin in.
Most times I'm not going to even read what their mission is,
but am certain that the owner will be happy enough to see it move at all!
Sometimes bugs will accumulate, that's when I drop a whole bunch of them
into the next empty cache i find (this has a lot to do with the size of TBs as well).
On the other hand I sometimes will not have a TB to trade, but still will pick up
a TB out of a cache:
- if the cache looks in danger of being muggled or is soaked
- if the TB looks very interesting
- if the cache isn't being found a lot
- if the cache is too full and hard to close
Since the introduction of "discovering" trackables, I've - I admit it - done a lot of that instead.
When do I help TBs on their mission?
If I happen to have them still in my posession (a lot will move just from one cache I found that day to another cache I found that day) and their mission is easy to fulfill.
Some TBs, that want to travel to specific far away locations, I try to relocate towards
an airport or to a TB-hub/hotel, but not always get around to it and just drop them again in just another cache.
I will especially go out of my way to help a TB, if I can complete their mission or atleast a stage of it.
For instance I remember very well still, a TB which I had found sitting outside a cache-container in Victoria in it's "own" cache-container. The TB wasn't logged into that cache at all, but rather was thought to be MIA by it's owner. The next stage was to reach the Canadian Pacific! Well, Duh! I brought it down to the waterfront and made a picture.
Mission success and of it went to it's next goal down the coast into the U.S.
(left it close to the Coho-Ferry terminal).
With coins it is much different:
I'll specifically will go after a coin, if I don't have it's icon yet
Their goal is generally being ignored, but rather I look for another coin I can trade it with.
Even so, I noticed, that, as long as they do not get "washed away" or in any other way muggled, or as long as they don't get abducted (one of my TBs is in the hands of a newbie cacher, who since seems to have "given up" on the sport, for over 1 year now!)
they all somehow, over the long run, will fulfill their goals.
It is just as it was until up to a couple years ago with regular Post:
your letter just might get stuck to one, which is headed for Indonesia or South Africa and goes along for the ride... once there, their post office will realize the mistake and send it back "on track".
Has anybody had that happen to their letters recently?
I'm not sure that I would write anything else into a TBs "diary" other then date of find and my cacher-name, but others might be more willing to write stories...