The Armchair Genealogist posted Monday Madness - The Craziest Thing You've Done in the Name of Genealogy?
Thinking about it, I've done a few mad things too. On a trip with a relative in her 80's to Wellington a few years ago, we went past a fruit and vegetable sign on the side of the road called by the family name I'm researching. On a mad impulse, I screeched to a halt, turned the car around and searched for the shop. It turned out to be a farmlet and the lady (our family) was so helpful, we got afternoon tea too. My relative still reminds me about it regularly, it was quite an adventure.
Taking my husband to Kuaotuna cemetery about ten years ago while we were holidaying in the area was an adventure, the graves were scattered in the bush, I'm sure we didn't find many of them. He was not impressed.
I've sometimes taken to white pages to look for clues and phoning odd people. To date, the response has been very good. But I have refined my sales pitch to lessen the chance of being a nuisance. I guess my call might be a welcome change from tele-marketers!
What a shame some people leave such a sour taste in one's mouth that the memory hangs around far longer than is warranted. One lady I phoned who was a family member and had a portrait hanging in her home of our ggrandmother but was in another city, said in a snooty voice. "Oh no, I can't have strangers in myyy home photographing myyy relatives!" I hope you haven't one of these in your tree. I've been trying to find someone in the family who is farther up the food chain to get a pic for me without success so far.
Overall, I would recommend being a bit adventuresome laced with respect for other's privacy of course.