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Re: Happy AQ anniversary, Dartmoorseeker!
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Reply to: #597106 by LyssaGirl
Apr 5, 2011 2:00pm
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Thank you so much everyone! (:
Re: F666
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Reply to: #597423 by BBStacker
Apr 5, 2011 3:34pm
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A new library box went live yesterday!
Re: F666
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Reply to: #597496 by Casa del Sol
Apr 5, 2011 4:11pm
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Sure sol... AFTER I was there
Re: F666
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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"
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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"
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Reply to: #597642 by FL Traveler
Apr 6, 2011 9:36am
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Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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"
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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
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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?
Re: Found "Pass It On Hitchhiker"
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Reply to: #597642 by FL Traveler
Apr 6, 2011 6:40pm
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Don't worry about it, not everything needs to be logged online. It was in good hands and was moved along, and that is what really matters in the end.
on the subject of exposing others to letterboxing
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 7, 2011 6:08am
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I took the side of disagree on the subject of a recruiting icon giving kudos for how many boxers you've recruited. I'm not against exposing others to letterboxing, I'm against wholesale give it to the world who may or may not enjoy and respect it and turn it into a contest.

That said, I've shared my enjoyment of the hobby with friends, most of whom aren't interested but enjoy my enjoyment of the adventures and collected art. In that, I've probably recruited only one person (already a geocacher) and get to see the fruits on of it. Three years ago, at an RV rally a geocaching seminar was held. The attendees were there because of their interest in the subject and were traveling folks, mostly in the upper half of age. On a whim I carved what I would call a not so good stamp and planted it, handed out clues at the geocaching seminar and sat back to see what would happen. (No other input was given other than to state it was similar to geocaching, the clue listed guidelines about leaving the stamp in place and such. After all, it was a geocaching seminar, not a lettergboxing one.) I snagged one person I know of (a geocacher) who went out in the dark that night to find the box. He was hooked and is now a lesser known but not less loved member of the AQ/letterboxing community.

Recently a previous finder asked if the box needed maintenance. Since now, three years later, is the first time a similar rally by the same organization is gathering in the same town, I decided to carve a new stamp for the box to honor the the current year's rally, and retire the old one to the status of bonus in the same box. (the old crappy stamp was specifically for the rally 3 years ago). So to the carving table and into the mail went all the innards for a new box listing in the old location.

I emailed my recruitee to let him know there would be a new box listing in the old location and asked if he is going to the rally. Not only is he going, he is slated to do a seminar on the subject of letterboxing. I like this and feel somewhat proud of the outcome of that whim plant.

All attendees will be there because they are interested in the subject and will have a chance for hands on, question and answer, preparation for their own adventures. After July, there may be some new faces hanging around the boards who found their first box in Wyoming of all states.

As an aside, I never expected the box to last. It is in a vulnerable public place, subject to children and high wind. One just never knows.
How many times a day do you Log in to AQ?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 7, 2011 10:48am
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How many times a day to you Log in to Atlas Quest?

For me I'm probably 2-3. Sometimes 4.

Anyone else obsessed with the website, chatter, checking to see if your boxes have been found, etc.?

Eric
Re: on the subject of exposing others to letterboxing
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Reply to: #597832 by Baqash
Apr 7, 2011 10:52am
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Good for you!

What an interesting way to spread the word...
to an already Target rich group of individuals (that may naturally be interested, respectful, etc.)

That's life...you can't predict it sometimes.

It's always nice to give back and help others.

Thanks for spreading the word to a great group of people.

:o)