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Msg: 21226
Pied Piper Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: Pied PiperProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 12:17 AM
P-2F-263M-723Inactive > 1 month
Reply to: Msg 21220 by Team MooseTracks
Quote I wonder how many parks I've been to recently that I never would have gone if it wasn't for a letterbox in the area.


Ditto here. There are a lot of great parks I've been to that I wouldn't even have HEARD about if it hadn't been a letterbox planted there.

They must have REALLY had to pull out all the stops to find a regulation to prohibit boxes there. You have to really be looking for a regulation to warp that one into fitting the bill.

I bet it would be pretty interesting to find out what was edited out of the regulation that was stated. It would also be interesting to find out if anything like orienteering or something similar has ever been done in the park that pulled the boxes.
Msg: 21227
Subject: Re: Cinco de Mayo!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: speedsquareProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 4:16 AM
P-58F-1782M-4662Premium
Reply to: Msg 21213 by Infinity
I use punctuation too! I have a mac and the keystrokes are pretty easy. When I had a pc, I could do it too, but I had to use more keystrokes, using the International Character set. Google it. For example í, might be, ALT+CNTL+0233, or some other number. On a mac, it's OPTION/alt+e, i; give it a try.

¡Mira! ¿Cómo estás? and for my genealogy obsession, Grüß Gott!
Msg: 21228
Eli and Aubrey Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: Eli and AubreyProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 5:11 AM
P-64F-1165M-182Inactive > 3 months
Reply to: Msg 21226 by Pied Piper
Atlas Quest: International Letterboxing
Ryan,
They are both boxes in this series:
Scooter Visits New Manchester

Scooter's Mom is the placer. I bet she will be sad to hear the news and we are as well since we haven't found these yet.

I wonder how many GA State park annual passes have been purchased by letterboxers who had never purchased them before.

Eli
Msg: 21229
Mn8X Subject: Re: Cinco de Mayo!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: Mn8XProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 5:32 AM
P-48F-1104M-4483
Reply to: Msg 21227 by speedsquare
If I must tell the truth...

I do speak Spanish, but my grammar is not the best. So I double check most of what I write on freetranslation.com

So for what I wrote on the AQ board, the translation site put the upside down exclamation points and question marks, tildes and accents on for me. I just copied and pasted.

When I type things "free hand", I do just what speedsquare said. Or I go into the "Insert" drop down menu, choose symbol, the scroll down until I find the one I want.
Msg: 21230
Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: EidolonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 5:49 AM
P-233F-5931M-4589Premium
Reply to: Msg 21228 by Eli and Aubrey
At least the official policy implies is that it is ultimately up to the park manager to decide if they will allow the "non traditional" activities and to what extent. So there is always hope in Scooter's Mom asking when she picks them up to see if there is a better location still in the park for them to be planted. I know I tried that approach with the confiscated Skidaway Island box in Savannah.

I did not get to meet with the park manager since she was out of town while I was there but we did trade some emails and she said she thought boxing or caching is a 'great hobby for people to get out and enjoy' but wanted to make sure placing them were 'in line with the goals and vision of the park'. Since I have not been down that way since September I have not followed up any further on this. *makes note to self to do just that, soon*
Msg: 21231
markandsuepepe Subject: Re: Rental Cars
Board: Money and Investing
Author: markandsuepepeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 6:12 AM
P-199F-1498M-694Premium
Reply to: Msg 21223 by TeamKing
Hi!

I use a variety of websites for travel hotels, airfare & car rentals:

www.qixo.com
www.travelhero.com
www.mobissimo.com
www.kayak.com

For hotels, we like travelhero since it has reviews and great pictures, nearby attractions, etc.

We booked our June OR trip airfare on qixo since they were the cheapest in September.

To get a gauge of good airfare prices, you may want to try www.bestfares.com. While this is a member site - it offers a Quick Fare Finder on the left that lets you enter your home airport and the destination. You are then brought to a page with the top section being non-member pricing and the next section for members. Don't forget to click on the individual fares to get exclusion dates and how long before leaving you must order.

Hope this helps,

Mark

PS. If you want to get real aggressive with car rental - take the lowest price you find on the net and call to see if they can better their price or are running any specials.
Msg: 21232
Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: drgdlgProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 6:38 AM
P-177F-805M-835
Reply to: Msg 21230 by Eidolon
I have several boxes in state parks here in Georgia. I do know they frown on it, but I don't think my boxes are bothering anyone. They are very close to trailside and finders don't have to trapse through the woods to get to them. I just wrote my clues in code so that they cannot be found if the parks service does a search. If they want to work hard enough to figure out the clue, then at least I didn't just tell them right where to go take it from.

Desi
Msg: 21233
Norasta Subject: Re: Rental Cars
Board: Money and Investing
Author: NorastaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 7:07 AM
P-105F-273M-175Inactive > 3 months
Reply to: Msg 21223 by TeamKing
We recently needed a 2 month rental and it would have cost us $2000+ if we had picked up the car at the airport. Saved almost 1000 by going just outside the airport, same car, same agency - Enterprise. Seems some airports charge a premium on rentals picked up on site. Look around for a rental pickup in the burbs or away from the city center. Take a cab to get your rental or in some cases they will come and pick you up. Nor
Msg: 21234
ArchimedesScrew Subject: Re: there may be difficulty with snoozing snakes...
Board: Suggestion Box
Author: ArchimedesScrewProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 7:54 AM
P-157F-504M-1087Premium
Reply to: Msg 21125 by lisascenic
Quote
Quote
Quote The mental picture of a snake snoozing on a letterbox made me chuckle out loud....too funny.
Z


Teehee...yeah, for me too, until i thought about what i'd do if i were a snake and some letterboxer came along and disturbed my sleep...
probably the same thing I do already.
*half-bite* "Hissssss! Go away! Five more minutes."

-CQ


Y'all think I'm kidding? Take a close look at Archimedes Screw's profile:
http://www.atlasquest.com/people/profile.html?gMemberId=1168

I had nothing, I repeat nothing, to do with that particular reptile!

Lisassssssssssscenic


Yes, being a Cape Codder, the largest snakes I have run into are garter snakes. So I fearlessly pick up the rock and see several reptilian coils. I quickly dropped the rock and immediately thought, "oh, I hope I didn't hurt him."

Sadly, we kept poking around for the box for quite some time trying to not further disturb the snake.
Msg: 21235
Subject: Re: Hispanic recipes wanted
Board: Food For Thought
Author: MoonduckProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 7:55 AM
P-1F-17M-870Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 21215 by Amyrica
Flan. We made it back in High School for spanish class. You can buy a Jello mix.

I thought it was gross tho, lol!!!

Moonduck
Msg: 21236
Don and Gwen Subject: Re: Hispanic recipes wanted
Board: Food For Thought
Author: Don and GwenProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 8:27 AM
P-210F-216M-2376Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 21215 by Amyrica
If you are in Los Angeles you might head to Wilshere Blvd. in down town today (Monday) and ask anyone walking about. You would probably need to use your Espanole though.

Donaldo
Msg: 21237
Pied Piper Subject: Re: Corn in our food
Board: Health and Fitness
Author: Pied PiperProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 8:52 AM
P-2F-263M-723Inactive > 1 month
Reply to: Msg 21163 by orion
Quote My brother makes his own spaghetti sauce and like he said, can you imagine making sauce and then pouring in corn syrup- Not me!!!


This reminds me of this great commercial spoof that was on Saturday Night Live a number of years ago. It was when the cola companies were making "clear" versions of their products--in other words, they didn't add any coloring, so the soda looked like 7-Up or Sprite in the plastic bottles. The spoof they did was for "clear" gravy. They used corn syrup, of course, to show on the food. So they show people pouring corn syrup on beef and mashed potatoes and gravy--you get the idea.

The one part that made me cringe when I saw it (laughing, too, of course) was when Julia Sweeney dips a chicken drumstick in the corn syrup and then takes a big bite of it, with this look on her face that says it is the best thing she's ever eaten.

It was hilarious.
Msg: 21238
Subject: Re: Hispanic recipes wanted
Board: Food For Thought
Author: zoemommaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 8:57 AM
P-105F-547M-1504
Reply to: Msg 21235 by Moonduck
Flan. We made it back in High School for spanish class. You can buy a Jello mix.

I thought it was gross tho, lol!!!


Flan is just egg custard with a brown sugar sauce on it..... that is yummy!
Msg: 21239
Pied Piper Subject: Happy May Day!
Board: Yakking It Up
Author: Pied PiperProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 9:01 AM
P-2F-263M-723Inactive > 1 month
Looks like it might rain a bit here today, but the sun is shining and it looks wonderful outside. (And I like rain, anyway.)

Happy May Day everyone!
Msg: 21240
DebBee Subject: Re: Hispanic recipes wanted
Board: Food For Thought
Author: DebBeeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 9:40 AM
P-23F-223M-1579Premium
Reply to: Msg 21238 by zoemomma
What about yellow rice? You can get a box-mix thingie at the grocery store. Or is that Cuban, rather than Mexican? I can never remember.

DebBee
Msg: 21241
Green Tortuga Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: Green TortugaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 9:44 AM
P-257F-1761M-20822Premium
Reply to: Msg 21228 by Eli and Aubrey
Quote They are both boxes in this series:
Scooter Visits New Manchester


Ah, well, that explains why I couldn't find the boxes on AQ. =) The park ranger only told me the names of the individual boxes of the series rather than the series name, and when I did a search with the name of the park in the clue it also didn't help because the park's name wasn't in the clue at all.

For awhile, I was thinking maybe the boxes were listed on LbNA, but I couldn't find them there either and I got scratching my head--where the heck ARE these clues listed?!

-- Ryan
Msg: 21242
Green Tortuga Subject: Re: Rental Cars
Board: Money and Investing
Author: Green TortugaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 9:44 AM
P-257F-1761M-20822Premium
Reply to: Msg 21231 by markandsuepepe
Quote I use a variety of websites for travel hotels, airfare & car rentals:
....
www.kayak.com


Kayak.com? For car rentals?! Hahaha!! Who would have guessed?! =)

-- Ryan
Msg: 21244
Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: Runs For BeerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 9:58 AM
P-77F-2182M-1878Premium
Reply to: Msg 21243 by The Wolf Family
Quote
Quote and when I did a search with the name of the park in the clue it also didn't help because the park's name wasn't in the clue at all.


That's rather disturbing-- it makes you wonder how they found the box at all!


My thoughts exactly. I just read the clues - and it doesn't seem like these were boxes you'd stumble over unless you were looking for them??

MM/123Family
Msg: 21245
TeamKing Subject: Re: Rental Cars
Board: Money and Investing
Author: TeamKingProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 10:35 AM
P-105F-963M-124Premium
Reply to: Msg 21231 by markandsuepepe
Thanks Mark & Norasta for the info. I'm going to dig around and see what I can some up with. . .

:)
TeamKing
Msg: 21246
TeamKing Subject: Stock Fun
Board: Money and Investing
Author: TeamKingProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 10:46 AM
P-105F-963M-124Premium
This is an interesting board. . .here's something to see who's out there. . .the category is Stocks:

1) Favorite stock to buy right now and why?

2) Best source of current financial information?

3) Favorite financial guru? (I can see Dave Ramsey is an answer here already . . .who else?)


TeamKing
Msg: 21247
Warrior Woman Subject: Re: Hispanic recipes wanted - You want SIMPLE?
Board: Food For Thought
Author: Warrior WomanProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 10:50 AM
P-154F-905M-637Premium
Reply to: Msg 21215 by Amyrica
Okay, Warrior Woman here, first generation Cuban American, born in Miami, FL just before the Batista/Castro revolution.

I can give you a BAZILLION easy, medium, hard, and impossible authentic ethnic recipes, but here's one that contains two ingredients that I make that fakes out even authentic hispanics:

Arroz con frijoles negro (black beans and rice)

Go to the grocery store. Buy two cans of GOYA brand BLACK BEAN SOUP. Not the black beans. The BLACK BEAN SOUP. Buy some white rice. Get serving accessories (plastic spoons and some dixie cups). Go home.

Make about two cups of cooked white rice, but add a teaspoon of canola oil and a teaspoon of salt to the cooking water. Set aside, covered, so it doesn't dry out.

Open the two cans of Goya brand black bean SOUP. Plunk the contents into a small sauce pan. Heat until hot.

Dump the rice into an appropriate sized pot-luck GLASS dish. Dump the hot black bean SOUP on top. Mix. Yes, it should be wet.

You are done.

Serve in dixie cups with a spoon.

Want to get so fancy that you can't even stand it? Put a few sprigs of fresh cilantro on it for garnish (in place of the ubiquitous parsley).

Now you are done and you look like Martha Stewart.

Arriba!

Warrior Woman
Msg: 21248
Subject: Re: Hispanic recipes wanted - You want SIMPLE?
Board: Food For Thought
Author: Lock WenchProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 11:03 AM
P-391F-1125M-2956Premium
Reply to: Msg 21247 by Warrior Woman
I love it! I make my famous Indian Curried Meatballs much the same way.

Buy one bag frozen meatballs. Put in crockpot. Add one 16 oz. jar of Chef Shaiek ( or other) medium hot curry sauce. Refill empty jar with water. Add to crockpot. Heat through and accept compliments.

I brought this to the Finger Lakes gathering last year and it was a big hit!

Lock Wench
Msg: 21249
Amyrica Subject: Re: Hispanic recipes wanted
Board: Food For Thought
Author: AmyricaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 11:15 AM
P-20F-781M-1746Premium
Reply to: Msg 21215 by Amyrica
Thank you all! I love flan myself, but the recipe I have isn't simple enough for the time I'll have next week. :-)

Great ideas! I really appreciate it!
Amyrica
Msg: 21250
Green Tortuga Subject: Re: Stock Fun
Board: Money and Investing
Author: Green TortugaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 11:17 AM
P-257F-1761M-20822Premium
Reply to: Msg 21246 by TeamKing
Quote 1) Favorite stock to buy right now and why?


I've been considering either Wal-Mart or Microsoft at the moment. Both are solid, very profitable companies which have been beaten down quite a bit from their heydays. Microsoft I think might get a boost later this year when they release the Vista operating system. Or was that postponed until next year? Whenever. *shrug* The point being it could be a catalyst for better times. =) Sure, Microsoft might not be growing as fast as it did in the old days, but they do have a monopoly and will be very profitable for a long, long time. *nodding*

Wal-Mart I think is also beaten down, but I don't really see any catalyst that might bring it back up in the near future. But in the long run, I think it'll likely do very well.

Quote 2) Best source of current financial information?


Annual and quarterly reports. =)

Quote 3) Favorite financial guru?


Me. =)

-- Ryan
Msg: 21251
Scooters Mom Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: Scooters MomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 12:08 PM
P-41F-1555M-375Premium
Reply to: Msg 21228 by Eli and Aubrey
Quote Scooter's Mom is the placer. I bet she will be sad to hear the news and we are as well since we haven't found these yet. Eli


I just learned that I didn't have Letterboxing Georgia checked as a favorite board. I thought I did, but wasn't getting the posts about the New Manchester boxes. :( I did get several emails about it today and want to thank everyone for letting me know. I called the park but the ranger wasn't in and the person who answered the phone didn't know anything about it. I left a message for him to call me and will be going out as soon as possible to either talk them into letting me replant them somewhere else in the park or at least get them back. I'll let you know what happens.

Quote I wonder how many GA State park annual passes have been purchased by letterboxers who had never purchased them before.


We bought our first annual pass last April while out letterboxing.
Scooters Mom
Msg: 21252
Subject: Re: Stock Fun
Board: Money and Investing
Author: MoonduckProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 12:10 PM
P-1F-17M-870Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 21246 by TeamKing
I don't buy stocks myself, at least not right now. Here's some ideas however.

1. Boeing and/or Lockheed. Boeing is now pulling ahead of Airbus b/c of Airbus' late deliveries and problems. Boeing is developing or has finished their 787 Dreamliner and they have orders booked for all planes from 717 up. Lockheed is finalizing the JSF project, which will supply jets for years to come, replacing all of our militaries current lines of jets. Another would be Goodrich Aerospace (not completely sure of the name, sorry) as well as Pratt & Whitney, as they are both supplying major parts for these.

Another good one is Honeywell Aerospace, they are posting record profits, altho I have not heard whether or not they are involved with either Boeing or Lockheed, chances are extremely good.

2. For these companies, myself. I work in the industry and keep an eye out (more money I make my company, more goes in my pocket). I know that I have personally sold a few parts specifically for these projects. Most recently last week when I got a huge fee plus extra for doing it sooner for one of them, and I was told "money is no object, how much do you want so I can get them in a few weeks instead of a few months." It is fairly rare in this business to be told "money is no object" and I have had it happen two times in the last two years.... meanwhile, some people will tell me that they're not paying 60 cents for some wire and terminals.

Moonduck
Msg: 21253
Subject: Re: Happy May Day!
Board: Yakking It Up
Author: MoonduckProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 12:12 PM
P-1F-17M-870Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 21239 by Pied Piper
I am so tickled, we're going for a walk along the canal tonight and to circle around by the bay! It'll be wonderful b/c it's so sunshiny and the wind is just right to get a little wave action on the bay, and oh, just something to really look forward to after a bad day at work!!

Happy May Day indeed!

Moonduck
Msg: 21254
castles16 Subject: Re: Illegal "Gaming"
Board: State: Georgia
Author: castles16ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 12:43 PM
P-59F-236M-261PremiumInactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 21251 by Scooters Mom
I called the 'GA DNR Division of State Parks & Historic Sites' back in Nov.

John Thompson
GA State Parks
(404) 656-6564

After explaining letterboxing, I was given permission to plant in any state park. The only restriction is that you must let the park manager know that you are planting in his park.



And for the record, check this out:
http://www.legis.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/gl_codes_detail.pl?code=12-3-10

GA Code 12-3-10(n) states that 'NO ELECTRONIC DEVICE' can be used to search for hidden treasure.

It doesn't say anything about a compass!

GA Code 12-3-10(c) states that no person may 'mark on, deface, injure, displace, dig, excavate, remove, or construct on any real or personal property on any park, historic site, or recreational area, except when done with special written permission granted by the commissioner of natural resources or his authorized representative.

It says nothing about hiding! Okay, so maybe we are displacing some leaves and sticks, so what.

When you do speak with the park manager, you might also suggest he browse through the logbook to see where people have come from to visit this park because of the letterbox. I came from Griffin, more than an hour away.

I'm getting off my high horse now,
castles16
Msg: 21255
Dixie Subject: Bald Eagle's nesting UPDATE
Board: Critter Corner
Author: DixieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 12:53 PM
P-232F-189M-8645Inactive > 3 months
Ok...I have tried for 3 days to get a video feed and can not...however, I did find the forum where others have been posting screen shots etc.

This morning...only 1 egg remained! There is one egg with hunks of shell mssing and the other egg must have hatched because there are parts of the shell left but NO baby. What has happened?? I feel so bad!!! :-(

Please... cross your fingers...I sure want this next egg to produce a healthy baby. The Eagle's have been such good parents.

*fingers crossed, begging...please, please, please make this baby eagle be ok*

DixieKin
Msg: 21256
Subject: Re: Bald Eagle's nesting UPDATE
Board: Critter Corner
Author: MoonduckProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: May 1, 2006 12:56 PM
P-1F-17M-870Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 21255 by Dixie
You know, I thought it was just me being at work, but I haven't been able to look since last Thursday, all I get is a black screen, even when I try refreshing and hold down my control button. I'm so curious as to what's going on out there with these beautiful birds!

Here I was thinking the IT guy figured me out and did something to my computer, lol!!!!

Moonduck
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