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Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 26, 2014 6:41pm
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Wow! You made 34 boxes? Amazing.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 26, 2014 8:43pm
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I'd much rather find those over an empty letterbox full of pee, at least there was a stamp involved with yours! Still seriously wicked cool, and eevil.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 27, 2014 4:59am
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Sigh. And if anyone else is like me, once in a while, I have had the pleasure of needing to stick my hand into a real toilet bowl to retrieve some sort of needed object. And I never received a stamp for doing that! Thank goodness those days are mostly past!!

bluebirdlover
I'll take the clever stamp and the watered down contents, thank you very much!
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
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Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 27, 2014 5:13am
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Seems to me the concentration of pee in that fountain couldn't be any where near that of a public pool during kids swim! And I'd take some highly diluted pee over anything with more than 8 legs any time!
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843412 by airstream dreams
Apr 27, 2014 5:36am
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I've been told several times that urine is sterile.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843352 by Fiddleheads
Apr 27, 2014 7:50am
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Add to clue listing: "Bring a towel."
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843467 by bluebirdlover
Apr 27, 2014 7:55am
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I have had the pleasure of needing to stick my hand into a real toilet bowl to retrieve some sort of needed object... Thank goodness those days are mostly past!!

In my case it was usually a comb that had flipped out of a back pocket. Now my hair is gone, so I haven't carried a comb for a decade.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843468 by LuLaHe
Apr 27, 2014 7:57am
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Need a good concentration of chlorine or bromine.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843419 by The Wolf Family
Apr 27, 2014 9:41am
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other people might like the idea and can use them where they like.

I don't know if she got the idea from you or thought the evil thing up on her own, but an unnamed boxer did the same and tossed the penny/stamp into a stream, laden with hundreds of naked pennies, running through a downtown mall in Salt Lake City. You had to nonchalantly (with absolutely no cover) sit by the stream and diddle your hand into the water searching for the correct penny, all the while dodging the suspicions of the overly-aggressive mall security. Very difficult to be inconspicuous as a 60+ gray-haired woman, who should know better, in the stream right in the middle of the mall! Talk about E-V-I-L! I guess I could have used one of my granddaughters, but they are really well-behaved and I doubt their parents would have appreciated me corrupting them in the name of letterboxing.
Re: Floating and/or Underwater Boxes
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843491 by Boxer Lover47
Apr 27, 2014 10:12am
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You had to nonchalantly (with absolutely no cover) sit by the stream and diddle your hand into the water searching for the correct penny, all the while dodging the suspicions of the overly-aggressive mall security.

Hehehehe... I love it.
Tracker still has tons of openings
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 27, 2014 11:07am
http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?gTrackerId=7588

If anyone doesn't know about Percy Jackson, it's a great book series that has been made into movies and graphic novels. It's about a Demi god named Percy Jackson. He's a kid in a modern world going through Greek battles. It's fun and entertaining, Lots of great things to carve! Any level of carving is welcome, as Super Gav is only 8. (granted, I will be helping his carve along. LOL)
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 27, 2014 5:38pm
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Fantastic! Have a great trip!
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 27, 2014 5:43pm
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Too bad there's not a "jealous" button! Have a great time!
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 27, 2014 7:47pm
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Are you going to be in SoCal? Let us know so we can meet and greet. : ) and look for your new boxes!
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843569 by ClueSo
Apr 27, 2014 8:19pm
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We will spend one night in Redlands, after a very long drive. Since we have to be up and out early the next day, we won't have time to visit. We hope to plan a few days in SoCal later this year. Thanks.
Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 28, 2014 2:16pm
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If someone sends you LTCs or other letterboxing items, and the post office doesn't cancel out the stamps, can you consider that postage still good, or would you peel it off and put on the new postage? Has anyone had things not arrive because of it? And I am talking about regular stamps and not printed postage.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843668 by Early Risers
Apr 28, 2014 2:37pm
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I am sending out in the same package. There is no peeling and re-sticking
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843664 by SeerMeesh
Apr 28, 2014 2:41pm
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If you are unfamiliar with LTCs, The boxers send them to you in an envelope completely covered in tape with tabs where to peel things off and re-use the packaging with the least amount of cost/hassle involved for the host of the tracker. This includes sending new postage inside. With the first postage (the stuff that was sent to me) in perfect order with no marks or curls or anything, it looks like I just put it on.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843669 by SeerMeesh
Apr 28, 2014 2:45pm
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It's still used postage. The service the postage was paid for was performed. Not paying for new postage is essentially stealing the service from the post office.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843673 by Early Risers
Apr 28, 2014 6:35pm
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Of course, getting away with it doesn't make it right or ethical. Ultimately, that's on you.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843722 by BfloAnonChick
Apr 28, 2014 6:41pm
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Of course, getting away with it doesn't make it right or ethical. Ultimately, that's on you.

Not only that, but consider also the fact that the USPS is deeply in the hole financially. It only costs a couple of bucks to send that package anywhere in the US, involving who knows how many people doing their job just to move that package from point A to point B. Multiply that couple of bucks by all the times stamps gets reused, and I'm sure that's one of the big reasons the USPS is in the red.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843668 by Early Risers
Apr 28, 2014 7:42pm
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I am not at all saying I am doing this ;), but what about stamps that have been put on an envelope, that was meant to send back a charitable contribution in? I am not giving any money, should I just throw away those 4? cents? Don't even know what it costs to send a letter these days, except "forever"

Bokmal
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843740 by Bokmal
Apr 28, 2014 9:32pm
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If it's anything like Canada, these days most charities purchase an "inducia" from the post office. That is essentially a number in a postage-like rectangle that gets printed on the "postage paid" envelope. The purchaser of the inducia (the charity in question) only gets charged for those envelopes that are actually put into the mail. So if you use their envelope to mail something other than what was supposed to go into it (ie a donation to the charity) you are stealing from the charity. Are there still charities that put actual stamps on envelopes? Possible, but doubtful.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843747 by Water Lily
Apr 28, 2014 9:42pm
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Are there still charities that put actual stamps on envelopes? Possible, but doubtful.

There are still a few that do. My father-in-law, who lives with us, gets them occassionally. He cuts them out, puts them in drawer, then never uses them. Go figure.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843740 by Bokmal
Apr 29, 2014 12:23am
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In "Steal This Book" Abbie Hoffman suggested this method for dealing with junk mail: The junk mail invariably includes a return card or envelope marked that the postage will be paid by them. Just slap that card on a brick and drop it into a mailbox. After the s-mail spammers have to pay for shipping themselves a few bricks, maybe they'll decide to use more acceptable methods of promoting their products.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843668 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 4:53am
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I asked at my post office about the stamps that are NOT cancelled. And I quote "If the carrier is too lazy to cancel them, then yes you can reuse them. Just don't put tape on the stamps." I rarely get packages where the stamps are not cancelled. I have made LTC's with stamps that come on letters or packages used or not. So you can reuse them just work them into your LTC's. Then everybody is happy.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843772 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 5:39am
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Sounds like you know what you're talking about.

My dad was a postal clerk for over forty years. I think he started when he was in Korea; after he was wounded, they put him in the postal service, and when he came home, that is what he did.

When we were kids, my sister and I would walk up to the PO and just walk in the back doors to see dad, and all the other clerks and carriers would wave and say hi. Now, we'd probably get arrested.

Jaxx
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 29, 2014 8:22am
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Oops... you forgot to ask if I had my bags packed to join in....

Bags packed.... check

Wendy :)
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843804 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 10:27am
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And they are all completely understandable, but sad. The world has changed alot, from even when I was a kid..... It's funny; my sister and I were talking just the other day about how we used to visit the PO when we were kids. We'd stop at the German Deli, get some free bologna, cut through the deli and out the back door and then into the back door of the PO. Sometimes, we'd play on the "boats".

And it's not like we lived in Mayberry!!! LOL

Jaxx
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843772 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 12:18pm
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Abbie Hoffman should have done a fact check with the postal service before publishing.

Oh, well, it made for a funny suggestion anyway. Personally, I just toss junk mail in the trash.