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Re: Wildlife
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597323 by TrailTroll
Apr 5, 2011 10:48am
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Why do you say hunters (whether they're sport hunters or paid sharpshooters) kill the strongest and healthiest rather than the sick and weak? I'm not a hunter, but wouldn't the sick and the weak make good targets for human predators too? Or is it because trophy hunters want big healthy specimens?

The trophy hunters want the biggest, most impressive specimens, and the gun doesn't care, it can kill the 12-point buck just as readily as the weakest doe. The food hunters -- and there are a lot of them around here -- typically will just shoot the first deer that enters the clearing, but guess what, the first deer that enters the clearing is normally the leader of that group, the strongest and fittest.

SWMBO and I refer to the "redneck mentality" that is prevalent in our area of FL. Basically, it's the conviction that rules and regulations are for other people, not for them. We went fishing this past weekend because it was Free Fishing Weekend here in FL, the two days of the year you can fish without a license. We mentioned that to several other fishermen we met, and at least two of them told us outright they didn't know anything about free fishing weekend, they had never bothered to get a license anyway! Likewise, the redneck hunters around here don't give a rip about hunting season, or the fact that it's illegal to hunt from a public highway, or that hunters are only supposed to shoot male deer, shooting females is extremely limited. Basically, they see a deer, they shoot it, wherever they are, whatever date it is, and "we don't need no stinkin' license, we've been shooting deer around here since forever." Then they dress the deer and dump the carcass off the side of a dead-end road somewhere so it can stink up the area real good.

And don't forget that they seem incapable of holding onto an empty beer can or bottle, it falls wherever they happen to be standing. These people are incredible slobs. Any good fishing spot or picnicking spot invariably requires a half hour spent filling a couple of trash bags before it's habitable by regular human beings.
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597423 by BBStacker
Apr 5, 2011 11:37am
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I planned a special trip for mine: the only box within 150 miles that had Devil in the name.

http://letterboxing.kelsung.com/journal/011610.htm

Kelsung
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597438 by Kelsung
Apr 5, 2011 12:00pm
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Unfortunately there was no planning for mine. I needed a book at the library and there just happened to be a box I haven't found yet in that branch. Couldn't turn down the opportunity. Noticed my find count when I got home and logged in.
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597424 by Goofy girl
Apr 5, 2011 12:52pm
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Did you pick it up when you were visiting Hell?
Re: Happy AQ anniversary, Dartmoorseeker!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597106 by LyssaGirl
Apr 5, 2011 2:00pm
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Thank you so much everyone! (:
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597423 by BBStacker
Apr 5, 2011 3:34pm
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A new library box went live yesterday!
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597496 by Casa del Sol
Apr 5, 2011 4:11pm
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Sure sol... AFTER I was there
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597496 by Casa del Sol
Apr 5, 2011 4:16pm
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A new library box went live yesterday!

Trust me! I know. But I have to take my time and savor these jewels.
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597507 by BBStacker
Apr 5, 2011 6:27pm
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Wow! Thanks for the compliment! :)

Planting on Sat... and maybe (fingers crossed) on Mon.
Re: Need help
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597353 by 3 Blind Mice
Apr 5, 2011 6:42pm
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I think you live to goat me.

Yeah, pretty much. ;)
Re: F666
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597456 by koalacat
Apr 5, 2011 8:21pm
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why of course!

GG
The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 5, 2011 11:23pm
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This poor little box has been languishing since November, 2008. I figured it was lost, since I hadn't heard, and since it is on the Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island, I have not had the opportunity to check on it. (Great location, though -- I don't know why nobody visits there.)

The ironic thing is that it was found by someone I introduced to letterboxing -- She was on holiday in New Zealand, and we picked her up as a hitchhiker while on a letterboxing trip ourselves. She came with us to hunt for one of the boxes we were looking for (and found!), and now, it sounds as if she may be hooked.
Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597580 by 55 Steps
Apr 5, 2011 11:59pm
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Hip! Hip!

Hooray!

Hip! Hip!

Hooray!

Hip! Hip!

Hooray!

Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597580 by 55 Steps
Apr 6, 2011 12:01am
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Well, now you know what you gotta do to get more finders!
Re: Family Fun again
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597194 by Hart x6
Apr 6, 2011 5:29am
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[Family Fun] did a few years ago (which I know led several of us to the hobby!)

Mine was a FF article 8 years ago!
Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 6, 2011 9:00am
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I found this hitchhiker by The Remarkables (in Key West, FL), but can't log it in. Owner/box unknown. Says on the log book to go to letterbox.org--found no such site on the internet.
Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597642 by FL Traveler
Apr 6, 2011 9:35am
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[this] is probably what they meant.
Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597642 by FL Traveler
Apr 6, 2011 9:36am
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Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597654 by Dizzy
Apr 6, 2011 9:56am
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Thanks Dizzy. I am on my phone and couldn't get LBNA to load on it.

SFF
Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597659 by Silva Foot Family
Apr 6, 2011 10:20am
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I have trouble getting LBNA to load on my phone, too. It takes FFFFFFOOOOORRRREEEVVVVVEEERRRRR but it *usually* loads after a few minutes. There have been times that it wouldn't load at all.
Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597580 by 55 Steps
Apr 6, 2011 10:32am
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What's the latest on your recovery from the earthquake? I'm sure we're not the only ones wondering.

wishing you well
RJ
Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597667 by Dizzy
Apr 6, 2011 1:29pm
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What kind of phone? It loads on my iPhone just fine.
Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597668 by Road Junkies
Apr 6, 2011 1:35pm
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What's the latest on your recovery from the earthquake?

Not much to say there -- we are in limbo. We cannot start repairs for our house until we find out whether we even get to keep it, and that waits for a geotechnical report, and they haven't even decided what the criteria for that report are, much less started it. I think the *&%&*$%& insurance company is using this as an excuse to stall payouts, because they cannot afford the magnitude of the claims.

The central city is still cordoned off, with soldiers everywhere. Businesses are really hurting. The streets are full of lumps and chasms, with repairs going on constantly. Parts of the city lack basic infrastructure (water, sewer, power). Christchurch is now the chemical toilet capital of the world! We personally have water, although it has to be boiled, and the sewer is constantly getting clogged with silt and then we have to avoid using it for a few days until they water blast it out again. Internet goes down periodically.

I lived through the Loma Prieta quake in California, which was of similar magnitude, and I am struck by how much faster and more efficiently the repair and recovery went. When we first moved to New Zealand, I remember getting frustrated by how inefficiently so many things were handled, until I realized that if I think of it as a third world country, then I am impressed at how modern and efficient everything is. I guess this is more of the same, only more so.

And yet, life goes on. I go to work every day, and it is pretty normal there. Every once in a while I think -- let's go to xyz restaurant, store, etc -- and then realize -- oh yeah, it was in the part of the city that is closed off, we don't even know if it is still there. It's like having a huge blind spot.
Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597685 by Kelsung
Apr 6, 2011 1:42pm
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Blackberry, which is notoriously slow but that website is way worse than any other website in the world. AQ loads fairly fast, just a few seconds, but LBNA seriously takes long enough that my backlighting will time out and I'll just set the phone down and come back to it a few minutes later because it's not worth turning the backlighting on again. I tried that once... the backlighting timed out 3 or 4 times before it ever loaded.
Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597687 by 55 Steps
Apr 6, 2011 1:42pm
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Oh yeah, another thing to add:

I contributed a square to the Earthquake quilt, which is being auctioned off to raise funds for earthquake recovery : http://www.trademe.co.nz/Crafts/Quilting/Other/auction-366775412.htm
Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597689 by 55 Steps
Apr 6, 2011 2:10pm
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The quilt is beautiful, I wish you all the best!
Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597688 by Dizzy
Apr 6, 2011 2:32pm
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I was boxing by blackberry for awhile. Then switched to a droid and boxing has never been easier!
Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597687 by 55 Steps
Apr 6, 2011 4:17pm
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An update: My insurance company just reported that they have gone bankrupt, due to the earthquake! The government is stepping in, at least for now, with a bailout package, but it looks pretty bad.....
Re: The first box I ever planted has finally been found
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #597712 by 55 Steps
Apr 6, 2011 4:29pm
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Oh no!!! I hope it works out for you! or maybe you need to move... like to the US!

GG
Lake Padden Fallen Trees Mystery Box
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 6, 2011 5:02pm
All my fellow Bellingham,WA boxers are well familiar with Lake Padden. The thing is, I stumbled upon a mystery box at the fallen trees at that park the other day. It's clearly a letterbox and not a geocache (it says it's a letterbox, though the writing is faded due to rain), and I think some kids put it there for their grandparents' 50th anniversary.

Now the thing is, it's not posted on AQ or LBNA so I can't log it. It's just sitting there in a Wonderbread sandwich box with no protection or covering (aside from not being directly visible from the trail). I figure the owner should post it, or someone ought to adopt the box for them.

Someone named "Travis" logged in in late March, 2011 with a pen, but there were no signature stamps.

Any help here?