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Msg: 970076
Super Hedge Hoggie Subject: Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
Author: Super Hedge HoggieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 5, 2019 9:03 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
No finds or plants for me yet. I started 2019 with an explosion of carving! I've carved 23 stamps this week and have 10 more to wrap up tomorrow. I hope to do some actual planting in the next two weeks!

I'm working with a new carving medium that is firmer than pink stuff - so more pressure needed... resulting in my second serious carving wound (and fifth overall letterboxing related injury in ten years of this aggressive sport). I gouged the crap out of a finger tip... no stitches, just a band-aid and ton of whimpering. Luckily (?) it was a brand new blade, so I don't think I'll need a tetanus booster...

Who knew letterboxing would be so dangerous?!
Msg: 970077
Subject: Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 5, 2019 9:24 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970028 by Dawnkey
Interestingly, my sources agree that Saugatuck means "Mouth of the River," but they claim it's from a Potawatomi (indigenous to Michigan) word.

The Algonquians live(d) in both Michigan and Connecticut areas. They speak Algonquian languages, so they may very well mean the same thing.

The Wikipedia article on Saugatuck, Connecticut says about the neighborhood of Saugatuck, "Saugatuck originates from the Paugussett tribe meaning mouth of the tidal river." The Wikipedia article on Saugatuck, Michigan does not give an origin for the name.
Msg: 970078
wassamatta u Subject: Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
Author: wassamatta uProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 5, 2019 9:45 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Just got back from a last second funtrip with my daughter and her friend to Reno. While making the requisite visit to The Spy Shop (because how could one NOT go to a place called The Spy Shop?), a quick check on ClueTracker showed a letterbox nearby. So, off we went. The look of astonished joy on my daughters' friend's face on finding her first letterbox was worth the trip. However... we soon realized I had left all my boxing stuff in my suitcase at the hotel! Not to be daunted, I figured we would at least sign in the logbook.

As one would expect, a thorough search of the car came up with not a SINGLE writing implement! No pens, pencils, chalk, crayons, markers, or quills. At this point, as I was contemplating biting the tip off one of my less important fingers, daughter's friend said "I have some makeup, will that work?"

So, if you are in Reno and come across a logbook with 3 Sephora Foundation roughly-thumb-shaped smudges... that's us!

This girl is gonna make a great letterboxer.
Msg: 970079
Mu Subject: Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
Author: MuProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 5, 2019 9:55 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970078 by wassamatta u
A mere paper cut usually suffices ;)
Msg: 970081
Subject: Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 5, 2019 11:26 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970078 by wassamatta u
As one would expect, a thorough search of the car came up with not a SINGLE writing implement! No pens, pencils, chalk, crayons, markers, or quills.

This girl is gonna make a great letterboxer.

Well, if you consider a GREAT LETTERBOXER sometimes forgets ALL of their letterboxing stuff, including something to write with, then YES! ;-)
Msg: 970182
dingus dufus Subject: Hellooooooooo!
Author: dingus dufusProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 6:31 AM
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Msg: 970185
Rocklun Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: RocklunProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 7:09 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970182 by dingus dufus
I agree! I'd like to liven things up by saying that the very first letterbox planted in the U.S. was the Prayer Rock box, but I'm sure that won't generate any discussions.
Msg: 970187
Trailhead Tessie Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: Trailhead TessieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 7:40 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970185 by Rocklun
Too quiet in New England...since September I've planted 11 boxes in three states and not one has been found yet.
Msg: 970188
The Merry Pranksters Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: The Merry PrankstersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 7:52 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970182 by dingus dufus
It's quiet .... too quiet!

Ooooo, this was one of my favorite finds, second only to Rubba Bugga! It would've been my top favorite, but the excruciating noise there was almost painful!!! Either way, both carvings are worth searching out... IF you can decode the clues AND muster up the courage!!! ;o)

Pete
Msg: 970189
cooledcoyote Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: cooledcoyoteProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 7:53 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970187 by Trailhead Tessie
Yeah, even plan B of going for some if yours were ixnayed today.
Msg: 970193
Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: RubaducProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 11:37 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970187 by Trailhead Tessie
That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)
Msg: 970194
Maxwell Patch Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: Maxwell PatchProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 12:01 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970185 by Rocklun
I'd like to liven things up by saying that the very first letterbox planted in the U.S. was the Prayer Rock box

I humbly disagree
Msg: 970196
The Merry Pranksters Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: The Merry PrankstersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 12:21 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970185 by Rocklun
I agree! I'd like to liven things up by saying that the very first letterbox planted in the U.S. was the Prayer Rock box, but I'm sure that won't generate any discussions.

Snopes: WRONG!

Correct Answer:

The United States Post Office Department began installing public letterboxes in the 1850s outside post offices and on street corners in large Eastern cities. U.S. letterboxes were initially designed to be hung or supported, and were mounted on support pillars, lamp-posts, telegraph poles, or even the sides of buildings. By the 1880s, these letterboxes were made of heavy cast iron to deter theft or vandalism. As letterbox volume grew, they were replaced with other free-standing models. After the late as the 1960s, most letterboxes were replaced with a rigid plastic variety that could be more easily placed in any desired location, such as "Prayer Rock". The rest is history.
Msg: 970212
Trailhead Tessie Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: Trailhead TessieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 3:35 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970193 by Rubaduc
That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)

So true. And now that I think about it, Wanda and Pete have probably found most of them, just not logged them.
Msg: 970214
Subject: Today's observation
Author: speedsquareProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 4:32 PM
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I saw a postal worker driving his truck out of a cemetery today! What could he have been doing?

Things that make you go hmmmm ...
Msg: 970217
Nature Hikers Subject: Re: Today's observation
Author: Nature HikersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 5:05 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970214 by speedsquare
Dead letter office?
Msg: 970222
MissMoon Subject: Re: Hellooooooooo!
Author: MissMoonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 6:53 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970193 by Rubaduc
That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)

But people are still enjoying your plants! :)
Msg: 970226
wassamatta u Subject: Re: Today's observation
Author: wassamatta uProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 7:40 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970217 by Nature Hikers
I saw a postal worker driving his truck out of a cemetery today! What could he have been doing?

Dead letter office?

A post mortem?
Msg: 970228
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Today's observation
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 11, 2019 8:55 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970214 by speedsquare
I saw a postal worker driving his truck out of a cemetery today! What could he have been doing?

Was he working the graveyard shift? Maybe he thought his mom was buried alive there and he was trying to letter out?
Msg: 970231
cooledcoyote Subject: Re: Today's observation
Author: cooledcoyoteProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 12, 2019 5:24 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970228 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jinkies! It’s the Ghostal Postal! 👻
Msg: 970233
4 J's Subject: Re: Today's observation
Author: 4 J'sProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 12, 2019 7:03 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970231 by cooledcoyote
So that's where our lost trackers and postals have been going!
Msg: 970240
Trishee Subject: Bonnie Springs / Las Vegas Boxes
Author: TrisheeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 12, 2019 1:10 PM
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For those of you who have boxes at Bonnie Springs, it’s been sold to a developer. He plans to build 20 homes and a motel while “keeping the land as natural as possible” but no plans have been released to show which boxes will be in peril. I assume all of them. Destruction should start in March once all the animals have found new homes. I’ll get your boxes for you if you’re not a local. 😞 Lemme know.
Msg: 970420
Kirbert Subject: Tiny baggies
Author: KirbertProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 18, 2019 11:46 AM
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For larger baggies we use ZipLoc freezer bags because they're tough. For smaller baggies we use craft bags because they're cheap. The other day in a Wally World I found another type of tiny baggie, a pill bag sold in the pharmacy area. It looks to be about 2" x 3" but the closure is along the long side rather than the short side as on craft bags. It also has a place on it to write on it. In a package of 50 it comes out to less than three cents per baggie.
Msg: 970427
Subject: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
Author: Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 18, 2019 5:43 PM
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I'm currently in a micro-postal ring; a postal sent in a regular letter envelope. I have done regular postals (the Mystery Postals in particular) and LTC trackers. I like these kinds of letterboxing because, especially during the winter, there isn't enough time after work to go letterboxing.

Do you do non-traditional letterboxing? What attracts you to it?
Msg: 970428
Wry Me Subject: Re: Tiny baggies
Author: Wry MeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 18, 2019 6:36 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970420 by Kirbert
It looks to be about 2" x 3" but the closure is along the long side rather than the short side as on craft bags. It also has a place on it to write on it. In a package of 50 it comes out to less than three cents per baggie.

That's what I use as spare logbooks when doing maintenance on boxes. I fold strips of paper. They stay flat and take up no room in my backpack, and they fit every size container that I've encountered so far, including pill bottles and film canisters.
Msg: 970429
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 18, 2019 6:52 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
It’s not just the weather, it can be lack of available boxes in general. We have found all of the (few) physical letterboxes in our area and all of the ones in the surrounding areas. The Central Valley of California is kind of a no-man’s land of letterboxing. As such, we have come to really embrace LTC trackers because it’s a way for us to exchange carved stamp images with other letterboxes. I think it’s fantastic.

We value the LTC community as a way of staying active in this hobby.
Msg: 970434
BBStacker Subject: Re: Tiny baggies
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Date: Jan 19, 2019 4:34 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970420 by Kirbert
A while back I ended up with a slew of these pill baggies. Being the letterboxer at the time in the house they were given to me with the thought that I might be able to use them. One of the projects I did with them was make some hitchhikers like this one.

I too used them for miniature logbooks as well.
Msg: 970435
dancingpecan Subject: Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
Author: dancingpecanProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jan 19, 2019 7:24 AM
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Reply to: Msg 970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
When I first started letterboxing, my kids were young, and we had just moved to NY due to my husband's job. It was a new place that we wanted to explore and we knew we would only be there for a few years, so letterboxing was great for that, and NY is a great state for letterboxers. After a few years we moved back to Louisiana. We had already lived for many years in Louisiana, so the impetus to get out and explore wasn't as great, and the kids were older and had more activities of their own that took up my free time. LTCs were a great way to keep improving my carving skills, as well as a way to see carves by people whose work I might never see in real life. The same is true with postals, plus postals can add other levels of creativity with logbooks and containers.

dp
Msg: 970451
mudflinginfools Subject: Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Date: Jan 19, 2019 4:14 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
used to until postal rates became so high and too many were ending up in black holes... I do LTCs when the stamps warrant it - but hardly ever join a swap.

While we don't do lots of winter boxing - we do some - and I carve for many events in the future... wait - I have 400 boxes to plant for next weekends event that 200 people are attending... who doesn't box in the winter???

Come to Maine - we do!
Msg: 970455
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Date: Jan 19, 2019 6:47 PM
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Reply to: Msg 970451 by mudflinginfools
So, so jealous! I’ll make it there one day... and I expect a guide when I do!

😁
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