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Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843772 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 6:21am
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I don't put a brick on them. I just write a very polite, "No, thank you!" in magic marker on the applications, stuff them back into the envelope and send them back. I hope that works for the post office! I've been thinking it might just help save a job or two, given the volume of junk mail. It also seems as if I have been taken off a few of the lists since I started doing that, because I don't get as many junk mail things in my mailbox -- of course that could also just be because they've moved to email spam, instead! :)

Webfoot
Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 1, 2014 6:35am
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We lowered the quantity from 20 to 12 for lack of signups, hopefully to encourage sign ups.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844164 by Webfoot
May 1, 2014 7:49am
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My husband switches them around and sends them each other's offers.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844164 by Webfoot
May 1, 2014 10:24am
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I just put a "no circulars" sticker on my mailbox (called a "letterbox" here, but if I said that on these boards, I thought it might confuse people). The post office here doesn't deliver junk mail to you if you have a "no circulars" sticker.
Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844168 by SeerMeesh
May 1, 2014 12:39pm
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where is the link/
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843674 by LuLaHe
May 1, 2014 12:41pm
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That is what we, in the counseling profession, call Criminal Thinking. It may not hurt a lot of people, but it isn't right just the same. I am one to have it every now and then.
Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
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Reply to: #844233 by Sea Maid
May 1, 2014 1:15pm
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Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
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Reply to: #844244 by Raven
May 1, 2014 1:39pm
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Thanks. I was having difficulties typing with a troublesome 3year old getting into things.
Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844249 by SeerMeesh
May 1, 2014 1:54pm
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Nap time! Even if it's for you, lol!
Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 1, 2014 2:20pm
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Hubby sent this (food for thought) to me today, reckon is because I have been mumbling yet again about planting a rest area series on our yearly I-95 FL/CT road trip.

http://fox8.com/2014/04/30/treasure-hunt-prompts-bomb-scare-at-i-90-rest-stop/?hpt=us_bn9

Three Flamigos
Reading about Postal Packages...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 1, 2014 3:10pm
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Oh my Dear Friend Wry Me... I received your postal package in the snail mail and handle the item inside. Still find it amusing, and the thought of what you did with it still puts a smile on my face,... but it is back in the zone where it was intended, the owner was happy that it was back and thankful. I will get with you at next meeting of great minds and settle the postage bill with you =P : name your poison to which we will drink to a creative solution's demise...lol

Yours truly, truly what the voice in my head have not told me.

~Stormie~ aka DustySandStorm
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844262 by Three FLAmigo's
May 1, 2014 3:10pm
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I understand the State Highwayman's concern, but "not to do this in a public place"?? Where does that leave us? - private property? Maybe the person who threw the package behind the tree needed to be a little more discreet, although you can't really see truckers if they're sitting in their cabs.

Thank goodness geocaching was named as the culprit, not us (wink, wink). :D
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844262 by Three FLAmigo's
May 1, 2014 4:06pm
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Geocachers.......... {{{Sheesh!}}}

Pete
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844291 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 4:14pm
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You make some very good points!
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844262 by Three FLAmigo's
May 1, 2014 4:26pm
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I read that article and also thought "where does that leave us to plant?"

If not public places then where?

Certainly schools are not good places to plant, one would never want to look suspicious anywhere close to a school.

In the good ol' days, it was kinda fun to be a renegade. Nowadays, not so much.

right
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844291 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 5:28pm
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attached to bridges or railroad trestles, attached to mail collection boxes in major cities with major pedestrian traffic around, etc. These are also places where lunatics might plant bombs. And incredibly small bombs can do incredibly major damage

I have been thinking of removing two boxes I have at a large bridge near a defense plant. They are actually just stamps in a very small magnetic keyholder in the bridge joints. Any chance these little keyholders could be viewed as threatening? Otherwise, the locations are perfect and there really isn't anywhere else to hide them.
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844297 by airstream dreams
May 1, 2014 6:57pm
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Certainly schools are not good places to plant, one would never want to look suspicious anywhere close to a school.

Are you kidding? I've found literally a hundred boxes or more at city parks that border elementary and high schools planted by experienced boxers and novice brownie troops alike. There are tons on college campuses. Don & Gwen have a series of three at Cal State Long Beach that have been there for over ten years. There was one years ago in the math building at UCLA where you had to do a series of higher math problems to work out the floor, room number, locker number and combination to a padlock: still one of my all time favorites. In fact, someone called The Collegian just maxed out the new boxes list just today.

And as for:
In the good ol' days, it was kinda fun to be a renegade. Nowadays, not so much.

...may I point out that 99 percent of letterboxes and geocaches have been planted post-9/11. So to what good ol' days do you refer? There is no need to be paranoid or frightened of everything. This is an innocent arts-and-crafts, puzzle-solving, outdoor activity. If you are intelligent enough to use discretion and common sense, relax and enjoy the fun.

K
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844277 by KO
May 1, 2014 7:39pm
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although you can't really see truckers if they're sitting in their cabs

I found a box at a rest stop once that was on the truck side. I went into the woods with my pack and my daughter, who did not want to get nature on her, said she would stand on the sidewalk and "stand guard." I went in, stamped, and came out. I did also wonder if there were any drivers in their cabs. Later I also wondered if they thought I was using the bathroom. I wonder if they had a good laugh.
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844369 by Book Hoarder
May 1, 2014 8:02pm
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I also wondered if they thought I was using the bathroom

It's good if a muggle thinks that when you come out of the bushes….they definitely won't go near to investigate!
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844209 by 55 Steps
May 1, 2014 8:16pm
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That's brilliant, 55 steps!
Re: Reading about Postal Packages...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844276 by DustySandStorm
May 1, 2014 9:25pm
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I will get with you at next meeting of great minds and settle the postage bill with you =P : name your poison to which we will drink to a creative solution's demise...lol

Yours truly, truly what the voice in my head have not told me.

I am so glad you enjoyed my little joke. Well, since the postage was a whopping $2.32 cents or something like that, give my 2 cents to the cacher in question and make sure they know not to put that crap in letterboxes. Oddly, they both claimed to be boxers.

Wry Me
keep the change

P.S. When it's my round, I'm only buying for one of you. :)
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844291 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 9:27pm
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And places like churches, schools, libraries,etc should pose no problem if the planter takes the time to get permission so that the powers-that-be know the box is there.

All it takes is one person who doesn't know what's going on, and in comes the bomb squad. Once they get wound up, almost nothing will wind them down.
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844277 by KO
May 1, 2014 9:29pm
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I understand the State Highwayman's concern, but "not to do this in a public place"?? Where does that leave us? - private property? Maybe the person who threw the package behind the tree needed to be a little more discreet, although you can't really see truckers if they're sitting in their cabs.

Thank goodness geocaching was named as the culprit, not us (wink, wink). :D

At last. An irrefutable argument for stealth. Neener neener.
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844376 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 11:00pm
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We may not agree on some details, but I think we sit along the same spectrum. Intelligence, common sense, discretion and stealth are important parts of both planting and finding. Thank you for a well-thought-out and level-headed response.

K
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844351 by Kelsung
May 2, 2014 5:15am
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No I'm not kidding, I personally do not want to look suspicious close to a school. But that doesn't make me paranoid or scared of everything. I often hike miles of trails by myself.

By "close to a school" meant really up close , like the bushes lining the sidewalk, ect. A trail close to the school should be ok if planter uses good judgment.
I kid you not. :)
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
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Reply to: #844290 by The Merry Pranksters
May 2, 2014 6:52am
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Geocachers.......... Sheesh!

I've seen plenty of letterboxes that looked like bombs... and this can (should) be avoided. Don't camo your boxes, use clear containers so the contents can be seen. Or at least keep them small so they aren't threatening. Otherwise plant them in out-of-the-way locations, this is also a good strategy for a long lasting box.

Old Blue
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844376 by Early Risers
May 2, 2014 7:45am
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planting boxes in those types of places WITHOUT PERMISSION comes with risk.

From the geocaching forums regarding the Ohio incident:

"As Keystone pointed permission was obtained. This should highlight, underline, italicize, or what ever you want to do, that getting permission does not mean the bomb squad will not visit your cache. Getting permission simply means you had permission. The truck driver or the little old lady with a cell phone and some time on their hands and no knowledge of geocaching and first responders not knowing about geocaching trumps permission every time. "
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
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Reply to: #844413 by Lone R
May 2, 2014 8:30am
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I think intelligence and training has a lot to do with this also. I have had a bit of training with bombs, and also have a friend in the bomb squad that works for the PD. Even planting in the woods can scare someone, where do you think home grown terrorists test out their trials? People don't think about the other factors surrounding the item, and nor should they have to, that's what the professionals are for. Way to many people get upset saying what a waste of taxpayers money, but would you rather nothing be done and nobody take anything seriously? Quite a lot of intelligent officers and first responders know what a cache is, doesn't mean that a properly marked box of any kind is going to be less of an issue because of these loser terrorists that have nothing but time to come up with less suspicious looking items. I agree with the clear box method being a less scary way to go, but then you lose your camo. There really is no solution to this situation besides not planting/hunting. It's the world we live in now. And I pity the planter in this situation because they will probably be the ones hit with a felony and the throwing finder might never be found.

Even DH (also a cop) mentioned on this that it's funny that someone calls for this and yet a backpack on the side of the road across from a church is passed by for days. But seriously, even your overnighted fedex tax papers could be a bomb.
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844277 by KO
May 2, 2014 8:56am
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Thank goodness geocaching was named as the culprit, not us (wink, wink). :D

I know, right. I have some boxes hidden at rest stops. Sure don't want anything like this to happen.
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844290 by The Merry Pranksters
May 2, 2014 9:06am
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Geocaching is in a different situation than letterboxing. When you want to plant a letterbox anywhere outside of Connecticut, it's usually a pretty simple matter to find a suitable park to plant one in. Geocaching is so popular that they long ago established a rule that you couldn't plant a cache within 1/10 mile of an existing cache lest the world would end up buried in geocaches. If you want to plant a cache these days, finding a spot that isn't within 1/10 mile of an existing cache can be challenging! And clearly some of these cachers are so determined to plant that, once they find such a spot, they're gonna plant whether it's wise or not.

Enjoying geocaching is increasingly difficult. Pick any square mile, especially in a populated area, and you have to wade through a hundred worthless and stupid cache listings to find one or two that show any promise at all of being an interesting hide in an interesting location. The "power trails" were bad enough, where some dipstick would plant micros every 1/10 mile along some highway. Now they have "land wars" where groups compete to see which one can saturate the most land area at micros every 1/10 mile in every direction.