Read Board: State: Texas
I think I am the only active boxer in Wilson or Guadalupe county. However, I would be glad for someone to prove me wrong!
I have boxes ready to plant in Panna Maria (that one will be the first box in Karnes County), Seguin and somewhere in Bexar county, maybe it will happen this weekend.
I am one of a very few boxing in the DFW metroplex. However, we get down to San Antonio about once a year so I'll be sure to check out your boxes next time I am in the area!
Good to hear from you. I have been taking note of all the boxes you are planting in the DFW area. I almost never get to that part of the state. I guess that will have to change!
The Sprite & The Highlander
I thought it would be time for a little roll call, to see who from Texas uses AQ.
We (Gramatrick) are based in Houston. Our group consists of Asterix, Dewberry Batrick & Gramapillar. We have been letterboxing about a year, but got much more into it this fall/winter. How much time we spend letterboxing depends on what kid sports are going on and how busy we are with work/volunteer activities.
We letterbox primarily as a family activity and enjoy it very much. The only one of us who keeps records of his F count is Batrick, aged 7, a math-mad kid. According to him, we're somewhere around 130 found, 30 planted, 11 exchanges.
So that's us. What about you?
Hello! Thanks for the roll call idea Gramatrick!
We are from the "big" town of La Vernia (east of San Antonio) and have been letterboxing about a year and a half. You will find us on the trails as Corazon, Navigator and SunSnake. Sometimes when we are placing or maintaining boxes our pooch Domino (yes, he has his own stamp) will come with us. Boxes in our area are few and far between, so we usually try to snag a few while traveling to see Navigator's mom in Mississippi. Because I teach school, summertime is a prime time for a "letterboxing only" road trip. Calico Rose and I have been trying to schedule one this summer, but due to conflicting activites we haven't come up with a date yet.
When we started letterboxing I felt like I wouldn't need to "keep score", but I found myself wrong. Right now I am at F54, P17, and many, many wonderful exchanges mostly thanks to the two Lb Events we have attended.
TeamKing in Houston. Family of 4, but I am the only one who actually does the stamps and stamping, so no individual names yet. . .I'm sure we'll have them before too long though. Mostly caught up with the stamps in Harris Cty so trying to spread out to some other areas. I also do postal letterboxing and have tackled some virtual boxes.
(raising her hand wildly from the back northern row while the big Irish guy next to her shakes his head) Ooo-ooo...do we count, too? Call on us! Ooo-OOO!
This is the Sprite (of the Sprite and the Highlander). Technically, we're upstate NY boxers, but my (the Sprite's) family still lives in the Dallas area, so we plant and box when we come home for Thanksgiving. We don't have a separate stamp, just one sprite sitting coyly on a claymore (thinking of recarving it myself for the summer!)
Since we actually live in Medina, NY, most of our boxes are between Rochester and the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area, but I'm pretty proud of our two TX stamps, Once a Year ('cause that was a tough hide!) and Coming Home ('cause I do miss my family and was delighted to find a hiding spot within eyeshot of the house). I teacher school as well, so I'm now frantically planning our letterboxing summer (at least the weekends and some long holidays...the Highlander still has work!). This give us all of July and August to carve for the two gatherings up here and box Rochester, maybe even Canada (which is like the distance between Dallas and Ft. Worth from us). And yes, I do keep track of our counts...I just number as we go! Currently, we're at 85 plants, 307 finds, and 168 exchanges, but we've been to 4 gatherings and a mini-meet, so the numbers tend to spike after one of those (especially the Monster Mash, which TRIPLED everything we had and blew our minds for the entire month afterward)!
Hope to join y'all for a gathering someday...if not, look us up if you visit Niagara Falls!
The Sprite and the Highlander
See y'all soon....
Are you thinking of doing a kids' event? Somewhere with a good playground, for the littlest brothers and sisters would be ideal.
Still F1 to D6, but
the NE corner.
"adios mofos" (yep, even here in KY, I know who said it)
I am hoping The Kinkster amuses me, if nothing else. . .for the first time since I became eligible to vote, I am not going to vote in a primary so I can sign the Kinky petition. Like many states, Texas has some tough issues facing it--they need to be talked about and addressed rather than seeing who can spit the furthest and wrap themselves up in the biggest flag.
I admit to not knowing beans about Kinky. . .but then they had a big article on him in the Houston Chronicle and I must say, he's a breath of fresh air.
Oh good, I've done my job then. Listen, sometimes it's not easy being blue in a red state and humor saves us all. Texas has a long tradition of eccentric politicians, odd celebrities, and quirky murderers. The Kinkster is the anti-politician, he's an off-beat semi-celebrity and he's written some pretty good, but quirky, murder mysteries. If that's not a recipe for success (esp. if we start with low expectations), I'm not sure what is. . .
The bumper stickers are great:
Why the Hell Not?
My Governor is a Jewish Cowboy
are two of my favorites.
I am not telling anyone what to do. But, if you don't vote in the primary and you are a Texas registered voter, you are eligible to sign my petition.
is there a good way to learn more about the terminology (like cootie boxes) without having to inconvenience one of y'all by walking me through the abc's of letterboxing?
The same thing happened to me shortly after I started letterboxing! I was so upset. There are still a few I haven't replaced yet.
TeamKing (in Houston!)
I'm going to be in the Fort Worth area for a week during FEB and would love to hit some letterboxes. Any favorites? How IS the boxing in Texas during Feb? I'm speaking at a bunch of elementary schools until about 3 everyday so couldn't begin boxing until sometime after that.
I'm in Houston, so that's a bit further South. It can be cold here or 75 degrees and sunny. In general, there's rain in the winter, but it's pretty unpredictable.
Love anything by Celtic Lions or Kantexan. There are newer boxers too like Viewfinder and Stargazer who have been busy planting all over the area. We were holed up north of FW during a hurricane evacuation and we enjoyed finding Viewfinder's Keller boxes.
also, i would be open to meet on one evening for an exchange. just email me.
We'll be down in D/FW with family for Thanksgiving ourselves, but only staying a few days. We'll be replanting Once a Year and maybe adding another, but we'd like to find some boxes as well. We'll take any suggestions, too. Crappiefisher, if you're in town that same weekend, contact us offlist!
The Sprite & the Highlander
So to that end, let me introduce myself:
I'm Dewberry, located in Houston. We letterbox as a family (on LBNA our plants are listed as Gramatrick)--the boys are 8 & 4--generally. The boys are native Texans, the parents are not (St. Louis, MO for mom, all over the world for dad). For now, at least, we seem rooted here in Houston. But, we've enjoyed letterboxing around the state thanks to many great plants and hope to travel to even more places in Texas, combining travel and letterboxing of course.
I like puzzles and riddles and visual puns--often times the stamp in the box is part of the joke. The oldest son likes math, so we have a few math boxes and are working on a few more.
Any other Texas folk out there? Introduce yourselves!
I will end with my usual plea: If there are any boxers lurking around in the San Antonio area, please, please, please make yourself known! It's lonely out here!