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Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
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Reply to: #970028 by Dawnkey
Jan 5, 2019 7:02pm
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Interestingly, my sources agree that Saugatuck means "Mouth of the River," but they claim it's from a Potawatomi (indigenous to Michigan) word. Hmmm.

The Town of Westport, CT was called Saugatuck from 1640 to 1835. I've seen maps from the 1630s that show Saugatuck in CT. A lot of Connecticut farmers moved west in the 1800s after the Erie Canal opened because the land was so much better, and they took their place names with them. In the same way that so many Connecticut names are from England.
Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 8:22pm
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Found 4 on December 31st. Then since New Years Day we have found 18 and planted one. Days and days of cool wet weather I think is what got us out of the house some. Plus we had off work this first week of the New Year.
Today we boxed and the sun was shinning!!
Safe boxing to all...
Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 9:03pm
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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?!
Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
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Reply to: #970028 by Dawnkey
Jan 5, 2019 9:24pm
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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.
Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
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Reply to: #970001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 5, 2019 9:45pm
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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.
Re: Friday Distractions: How Many Boxes ...
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Reply to: #970078 by wassamatta u
Jan 5, 2019 9:55pm
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A mere paper cut usually suffices ;)
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Reply to: #970078 by wassamatta u
Jan 5, 2019 11:26pm
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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! ;-)
Hellooooooooo!
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Jan 11, 2019 6:31am
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Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970182 by dingus dufus
Jan 11, 2019 7:09am
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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.
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970185 by Rocklun
Jan 11, 2019 7:40am
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Too quiet in New England...since September I've planted 11 boxes in three states and not one has been found yet.
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970182 by dingus dufus
Jan 11, 2019 7:52am
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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
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970187 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 11, 2019 7:53am
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Yeah, even plan B of going for some if yours were ixnayed today.
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970187 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 11, 2019 11:37am
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That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970185 by Rocklun
Jan 11, 2019 12:01pm
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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
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970185 by Rocklun
Jan 11, 2019 12:21pm
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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.
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970193 by Rubaduc
Jan 11, 2019 3:35pm
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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.
Today's observation
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Jan 11, 2019 4:32pm
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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 ...
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970214 by speedsquare
Jan 11, 2019 5:05pm
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Dead letter office?
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970193 by Rubaduc
Jan 11, 2019 6:53pm
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That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)

But people are still enjoying your plants! :)
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970217 by Nature Hikers
Jan 11, 2019 7:40pm
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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?
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970214 by speedsquare
Jan 11, 2019 8:55pm
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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?
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970228 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 12, 2019 5:24am
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Jinkies! It’s the Ghostal Postal! 👻
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970231 by cooledcoyote
Jan 12, 2019 7:03am
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So that's where our lost trackers and postals have been going!
Bonnie Springs / Las Vegas Boxes
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Jan 12, 2019 1:10pm
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.
Tiny baggies
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Jan 18, 2019 11:46am
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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.
Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Jan 18, 2019 5:43pm
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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?
Re: Tiny baggies
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Reply to: #970420 by Kirbert
Jan 18, 2019 6:36pm
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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.
Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Reply to: #970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 18, 2019 6:52pm
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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.
Re: Tiny baggies
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Reply to: #970420 by Kirbert
Jan 19, 2019 4:34am
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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.
Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Reply to: #970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 19, 2019 7:24am
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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.

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