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Re: Costly Box
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Reply to: #501959 by Seagull
Mar 30, 2010 11:26am
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Texas doesn't have a right on red law?I wonder which states do. It could be confusing to travelers.We have right on red here in Maine.

Right on red is usually allowed unless posted or its a red arrow, but you do have to stop! Right now the departments are hurting for money so there's a lot of "silly" tickets going around. Watch out for cameras too, quite a bit of those going up for speeders and red light runners.
Re: Costly Box
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Reply to: #501940 by Oliver and Company
Mar 30, 2010 12:05pm
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I know the feeling - I went out the the professional Art Supply store in the city to pick up an order of Pink Stuff - got a deal buying it by the box, I could have had it shipped but I figured I would "save even more by saving on the shipping" only to end up with a $30.00 parking ticket - Arghhhhhhhhhhh!
Re: Costly Box
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Reply to: #502006 by knit wit
Mar 30, 2010 12:16pm
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There are some intersections around here where I don't feel comfortable myself making that right--visibility issues and higher speeds on the roads and what-have-you.

It's just like unprotected lefts. Some people aren't comfortable, some people have terrible depth-perception. It happens. It does annoy me being behind them, but it's not the end of the world.

However, there was an intersection at home in California where people felt perfectly comfortable ignoring the "No Right Turn on Red" sign. It was onto a road with 4 lanes in each direction, with a posted speed limit of 50 mph (so obviously people were often going 60+), with a hill to your left as you sat waiting to make your right turn. Doing *that* could be the end of your world, and I never understood why so many people felt the need to do it.
Re: Costly Box - WI twists on traffic issues
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Reply to: #502005 by deniserows
Mar 30, 2010 1:28pm
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WHAT is this Red Light everyone is speaking of?

In WI, you can have a green light at an intersection, but the right turn may have a stop sign - and yes, you must stop at the sign.

Also, in WI the drivers routinely pass on the right shoulder on county highways, such as when the driver ahead is stopped for a left turn. Um, in IL I did that to get to an exit and got a hefty fine.

- Sunny
Re: Costly Box - WI twists on traffic issues
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Reply to: #502049 by Sunny Side Up
Mar 30, 2010 1:31pm
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WHAT is this Red Light everyone is speaking of?

There is a whole district in Anchorage right of Spenard Road. Seriously! I remember once when I was little and my mom took a short cut through that neighborhood and I asked her why the houses had red lights....
I don't remember what her answer was. Needless to say, when we visit, I don't take my son through the area because I have no idea what I would say either! :)
Re: Costly Box - WI twists on traffic issues
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Reply to: #502051 by Seattle Bound
Mar 30, 2010 7:02pm
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WHAT is this Red Light everyone is speaking of?

The light I got my ticket at is in Texas on 183 & Belt Line Rd. The sign was small so I didn't see it, not to mention the other cars that went before me. When I asked the officer what did I do, he said "If you be quite, I'll tell you when I'm done". what a jerk. My dad was a police officer for over 25 years and he always told me that if a cop walks up with an attitude - Don't argue or say anything that will cause him to write more tickets or make him think you are being unreasonable.

OC
Re: Costly Box
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Reply to: #502006 by knit wit
Mar 30, 2010 7:21pm
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There are some intersections around here where I don't feel comfortable myself making that right-

An intersection near my house has new traffic lights - including a new left turn flashing AMBER arrow.

I'm not real comfortable with it.... the oncoming road meets the intersection at a slight angle, so that oncoming traffic turning left blocks the view of the oncoming through lane.
Re: Costly Box - WI twists on traffic issues
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Reply to: #502051 by Seattle Bound
Mar 30, 2010 8:44pm
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WHAT is this Red Light everyone is speaking of?
There is a whole district in Anchorage right of Spenard Road. Seriously! I remember once when I was little and my mom took a short cut through that neighborhood and I asked her why the houses had red lights....

Now if we are talking red light districts Amsterdam takes the cake for sure!
I was just amazed when we visited there... and NO we did NOT take a camera.
I understand using a camera might get you arrested there!
Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Mar 31, 2010 4:37am
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What started out as simple idea to have some fun with my kids has become an obsession! My silly kids (DD15, DS9) do not share my interest in LBing, so I thought I'd hide an Easter basket LB in a nearby park with the clues in the box for them to find their baskets back home. I figured I'd try to get them into LBing by hook or by (shepherd's) crook. An Easter basket LB is a simple enough project, right?

Welllll, now the idea has blossomed into the whole big concept of Eggopolis. While walking on the bike trail, I filled 5 pages of notes on my cell phone about Punny Eggs (Eggstra Special Delivery - egg being delivered by a stork), Tribute Eggs (?Green Tortuga egg?), eggs for every holiday, 10 Most Wanted List (Whisk, Egg Beaters...), character eggs (Sponge Bob Square Eggs, EggBert and Ernie), colored eggs , foods (sunny side up eggs, duh) and on and on. This morning, probably inspired by an MLIA the night before, I came up with "Walker Texas Free Ranger", a Chuck Norris egg.

- Sunny
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502175 by Sunny Side Up
Mar 31, 2010 4:59am
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I wish you had shared this idea with us sooner. So close to Easter, I have no time to throw together some boxes for the children to find this year. I love the idea! Time for me to get working on next year!

David (Team New Hampshire)
Re: Costly Box
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Reply to: #502128 by WalkinOrange
Mar 31, 2010 5:36am
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so that oncoming traffic turning left blocks the view of the oncoming through lane.

Yep, a clear line of sight is important and, living in the mountains where I do, visibility is key. :-) This is why I usually don't get upset at certain intersections where I know the driver ahead of me may be worried about lack of visibility and that's why they aren't making their right on red.

Knit Wit
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502179 by Team New Hampshire
Mar 31, 2010 6:04am
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I wish I'd thought of it sooner, too! I'm starting small - just the basket and a bonus box so people can have at least one egg.

- Sunny
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502175 by Sunny Side Up
Mar 31, 2010 6:09am
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LOL -- I've been doing a series of clues for the kids to find their Easter baskets ever since I started boxing. Both kids love it. They will awake to find a card from the Bunny obliquely directing them to some location, at which they find another clue directing them to another location, and so on. Every year the kids ask for me to do it again (they are older now and know where these clues are coming from).
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502175 by Sunny Side Up
Mar 31, 2010 7:57am
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What a great idea! Very creative! And who wouldn't LOVE a Chuck Norris egg??

Just as an aside, my mom has been writing clues to our Easter baskets since we were little (and I'm a 30something now) and she still does it today. I know when I get to the parents' house on Sunday there will be an index card with a poem a few stanzas long directing me in cryptic fashion to the location of my Easter basket. I hope she never stops!
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502207 by Red Barn Photos
Mar 31, 2010 8:19am
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And who wouldn't LOVE a Chuck Norris egg??

And just think... You wouldn't have to find it, it will find YOU! LOL
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502175 by Sunny Side Up
Mar 31, 2010 8:49am
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Wouldn't that be a "Cluck" Norris egg?
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502217 by knit wit
Mar 31, 2010 9:01am
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And who wouldn't LOVE a Chuck Norris egg??

And just think... You wouldn't have to find it, it will find YOU!

Yeah, but once found, nobody is tough enough to crack it!
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502234 by wassamatta u
Mar 31, 2010 9:59am
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Chuck Norris does not color Easter eggs. He roundhouse kicks them until they bruise.
Re: Letterboxer's Worst Nightmare
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Reply to: #499353 by shiloh
Mar 31, 2010 11:10am
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when woodland animals can open a tupperware or lock and lock and re-close it after urinating into the box I think I will stay out of the woods forever!

I wouldn't be surprised if a racoon could do that.

I would almost guarantee that they can. At Acadia National Park a raccoon unzipped my pack, took out a granola bar I had accidentally left in there, unwrapped it, and sat on the picnic table calmly eating it. The rest of the food was in the car; glad I didn't leave the keys out...

Sunny
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502207 by Red Barn Photos
Mar 31, 2010 12:50pm
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Gosh, you're lucky! When I was a teenager my mom declared herself FINISHED with Easter baskets. Too much trouble for her -- and somehow she missed comprehending that you're never too old for candy.

When I was 19, my boyfriend's mom crocheted an Easter basket for me, filled with candy, and I smugly told my mom, "see... SOMEbody agrees that I still need an Easter basket!"

So cool that your mom still does this for you.

Hansenclan
Re: Help! I'm Obsessed With an LB Idea!
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Reply to: #502234 by wassamatta u
Mar 31, 2010 2:37pm
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Thank you all for understanding - and for cracking me up! I SO have to use some of your ideas! THANKS!

- Sunny
How many times is too many times?
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Mar 31, 2010 4:05pm
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I have a question about re-using a stamp. I'm in a postal ring right now and when I get my stamp back I want to use it as an event box at Maine's Nautical Past. After the event I would like to plant in the wild in the same town that is mentioned in the story about the stamp. SO the stamp itself could be logged into 3 different times, in 3 different categories. So is this too many? Just wondering what folks opinions are.

Jiffy
Re: How many times is too many times?
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Reply to: #502318 by Jiffy
Mar 31, 2010 4:56pm
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Hey girl! Just plant it. In the clues state that is was postal and the event it was at. If someone wants the image again they'll go look for it. If they don't they won't. i say Good on You for getting lots of ink mileage out of one stamp.
Just change the name of the stamp so if someone does get the image 3 times at least they can record it 3 different times. i had that very problem when a stamp from an event went traditional. i had to log it as unlisted. i didn't realize that it was the same image until i found the box.
Was i disappointed i already had the image? Sorta. Was i disappointed when i couldn't log it? Yeah but i figured it out. Was i upset by the fact the planter hadn't said it was an image from an event? i considered a big shrug was appropriate. Some people might be upset
...but in the big picture. Its rubber in tupperware with paper and ink.

deniserows
with advice
Re: Letterboxer's Worst Nightmare
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Reply to: #502261 by sunnyside seeker
Mar 31, 2010 5:55pm
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I would almost guarantee that they can. At Acadia National Park a raccoon unzipped my pack, took out a granola bar I had accidentally left in there, unwrapped it, and sat on the picnic table calmly eating it.

A-Yuh, even da racoons are s-mart up he-ah in Maine!
Re: How many times is too many times?
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Reply to: #502318 by Jiffy
Mar 31, 2010 6:24pm
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If you think the stamp works 3 times go for it Jiffy!
Re: How many times is too many times?
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Reply to: #502318 by Jiffy
Mar 31, 2010 6:26pm
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I look forward to getting it in August....

GG
Re: Letterboxer's Worst Nightmare
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Reply to: #502261 by sunnyside seeker
Mar 31, 2010 10:21pm
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I wouldn't be surprised if a racoon could do that.

I would almost guarantee that they can.

Did anyone read about the octopus that was on the lam for 5 days in New Zealand last year? They've been captured on video opening nearly every container imaginable and can solve complex puzzles. Raccoons are smart buggers but it's a darn good thing octopi don't live in the woods, we'd all be in trouble. ;)
Re: Letterboxer's Worst Nightmare
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Reply to: #502382 by OhanaTribe
Mar 31, 2010 10:30pm
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Yeah -- pretty scary stuff. I saw the video of the octopus getting out of its tank and eating the critters in the next tank over....
Re: Letterboxer's Worst Nightmare
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Reply to: #502382 by OhanaTribe
Mar 31, 2010 10:39pm
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it's a darn good thing octopi don't live in the woods, we'd all be in trouble.

Apparently you haven't been to the Pacific Northwest!
Re: Letterboxer's Worst Nightmare
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Reply to: #502387 by wassamatta u
Mar 31, 2010 11:54pm
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it's a darn good thing octopi don't live in the woods, we'd all be in trouble.

Apparently you haven't been to the Pacific Northwest!

Oh, now that's just not right, lol. You're not playing fair at all! I'll admit I was excited there for a second... I'm SUCH a sucker for bizarre science, sigh.

But hey -- they *are* able to stay out of the water for brief periods, like the one caught slinking around the offices. That must have been a bizarre day at work... who really wants to be the one to ask, "Did you just see an octopus go into Murphy's office?"

~O