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Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925486 by Rocklun
Apr 29, 2016 10:12am
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An online comment would have prevented nearby squirrels and chickadees from hearing some really bad words.

Though you have helped yonder camping Girl Scouts to earn their Foul Language merit badges ;)
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925495 by Rocklun
Apr 29, 2016 10:16am
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I have an aversion to those jumping frog and smiley face stamps.

What would you think if someone were to carve a replica of a store-bought stamp?
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925508 by dingus dufus
Apr 29, 2016 11:56am
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Though you have helped yonder camping Girl Scouts to earn their Foul Language merit badges ;)

I helped my GS troop earn that badge after I stepped on a hornet nest during a night hike and got stung 7 times. They heard a bad word every time I got stung. I feel that repetition is key to learning.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925478 by Sir Braemoor
Apr 29, 2016 1:21pm
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Your motivation for playing the game answers the question. Everyone's motivation could be different, so everyone's answer could be different.

I decided to count the find while I was out there, after sitting there for a moment or two pondering. I FELT like I found the box. Well, sort of. This particular box was a pretty good hike, so I needed the reward. At the same time, the original stamp, although store-bought, was a big, beautiful detailed stamp that fit the theme of the box and of the park perfectly. So I took a photo of it with the idea of printing it out and gluing it into my logbook next to the replacement stamp. I've done that before when I forgot my entire backpack and couldn't stamp in. But it sort of leads me to the question of if there was no stamp, but there's an image of a stamp I can photo and glue into my logbook, would I count that? I really don't know.

I would not want anyone to replace my stamp like that without permission. My boxes usually are themed to the location and I put a lot of thought into the stamp design. I wouldn't want someone to open up the box and find a random stamp that has no relationship to what I hid, and think that I put that there. EDIT: If they put the stamp in a baggie clearly marked "this is not the original stamp" and noted this comments, I guess I wouldn't care. I'd actually prefer that the entire box was removed so I can retire it and not worry about retrieving the litter.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925487 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 29, 2016 3:28pm
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"Zombie box" ain't quite right. What's a good word for someone who's dead and their body has been occupied by an alien or something?
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925497 by crosscresent
Apr 29, 2016 3:31pm
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Aaaargh! At one time there were a bunch of boxes hidden around the Corvette Museum, but all but a couple had reportedly gone missing. So someone asked me to carve a few, and I did, and they got planted there. Then that sinkhole happened, but fortunately apparently my stamps survived. I hope it's not one of mine that's been replaced with something squiggly.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925534 by Kirbert
Apr 29, 2016 3:45pm
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"Zombie box" ain't quite right.

What about a doppelganger?
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Reply to: #925534 by Kirbert
Apr 29, 2016 4:45pm
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Fortunately for you, I watched Lost Girl last night and the fae in this episode was a dead body jumper (occupies dead bodies and walks around in them). The correct term for this type of fae is 'Hsien'.

Warrior Woman
ever helpful
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925534 by Kirbert
Apr 29, 2016 4:46pm
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"Zombie box" ain't quite right. What's a good word for someone who's dead and their body has been occupied by an alien or something?

I'm kind of thinking Frankenstein or Robocop, but I don't know...
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925509 by Oberon_Kenobi
Apr 29, 2016 4:46pm
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What would you think if someone were to carve a replica of a store-bought stamp?

Don't even go there!!
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925541 by Rocklun
Apr 29, 2016 4:53pm
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Carving a replica of a store-bought stamp can't be all bad. The Great Green One took on my store bought sig stamp as a carving challenge and sent it to me - and I'm still using it to this day.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925535 by Kirbert
Apr 30, 2016 7:04pm
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Kirbert-
It was the boxes that were actually planted by the museum that does not have your name or Road Junkies' attached to it. I think the name of it was National Corvette Museum.

NCM: Hall of Fame
&
NCM: Rocking Out to the Little Red Corvette

Those are the boxes that had replacement stamps.

We found these in 2013. No clue what is going on today.
Re: Replacement stamp: Is that a found or attempt?
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Reply to: #925457 by Trailhead Tessie
May 1, 2016 7:21pm
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Unless I'm dead, I really, really don't want people taking it upon themselves to replace the stamp in my boxes; it's just impertinent, like rearranging my cupboards or something. Just tell me and I'll replace or retire it. In the case of inactive boxers, why not adopt or toss the box, as all bets are off in that case. I think there needs to be some responsibility on the planter for maintenance, yet some "helping" seems a bit much. The idea that just any old stamp will do, for example, isn't the way most people plant. On the other hand, if I'm in my own box, well, pillage away.
Forgotten ink
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 3, 2016 6:19am
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So, we were letterboxing the other week about an hour or so from home. We find our first box on our list and excitedly get put our logbooks to stamp in, we were first finders!
It was then, we realized we forgot our bag of ink at home... And our signature stamps! What were we to do?

Luckily, my daughter had her old signature stamp in her daypack, and I just so happened to have a pink highlighter in mine. We were saved! Otherwise, it would have been off to the nearest store for some markers and a simple stamp....

Anyone else have any blunders?
;)
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925718 by photopam
May 3, 2016 6:22am
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I've often forgotten my sig stamp. I just draw a simple version of my sig stamp image instead. That's more personal than going to the store for a stamp!

I've also huffed, when I've forgotten ink. Amazing how well that works with some inks.
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925718 by photopam
May 3, 2016 6:36am
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I don't think I've ever forgotten my ink, but I've forgotten my signature stamp once or twice. On that note, I need to make a new signature stamp... mine broke in half, and I forgot all about it!
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Reply to: #925719 by heartsquare
May 3, 2016 6:41am
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That works when there is ink on the stamp! But it's hard to get three impressions even if there is.... (my kids insist on having their own logbooks)

I wasn't too worried about the forgotten signature stamps though... We wrote our trail names.
It was just the, "oh we don't have our supplies!" sinking feeling, we drove all that way... But it all worked out! :) I'm glad we at least had our log books...
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925718 by photopam
May 3, 2016 6:45am
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I once found a box in Harvard Yard on a day when I had no boxing supplies (I wasn't planning to box, but when I saw that there was one there, well, you know.) I ended up dabbing a little water on the stamp and stamping it on a brown paper shopping bag that I'd gotten earlier that day. It worked! I did write my trailname and date in the logbook.

I also trudged through nasty, shoe-sucking mud to get another box, only to find that I'd left my ink in the car. Huffing didn't work, so I ended up taking a picture of the stamp, printing it, and gluing that in my logbook.
Feeling elated!
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May 3, 2016 6:56am
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So fun when someone/team find your boxes and big bonus when they comment. :)

Oh happy days!
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925718 by photopam
May 3, 2016 6:58am
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I'm like the Boy Scouts. I have a designated small back pack and all of my stuff is in there. Around here, there are so few boxes, I have to plan to letterbox, so I know to get my bag first. Lucky you-all who happened upon random letterboxes.
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925722 by photopam
May 3, 2016 6:59am
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My kids usually only bring their own logbooks to events. But last week they wanted to accompany me, & they found their own logbooks & sig stamps - it was so cute, I couldn't say no. :)

And yeah, I totally understand that sinking feeling. It usually happens to me on vacation, when I've redistributed my stuff into different bags than usual, that something gets forgotten. I usually just throw a few things in my purse for a sneaky urban box, but then I forget to return it to my hiking bag!
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925723 by Rocklun
May 3, 2016 7:03am
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Huffing didn't work

Then...
so I ended up taking a picture of the stamp, printing it, and gluing that in my logbook.

That comment made me smile. Love your spirit!
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925728 by Team Mac
May 3, 2016 7:07am
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Thank you! I'm pretty resourceful when I need to be. ;^)
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925718 by photopam
May 3, 2016 8:07am
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I did that on the way to an event 4-5 hours from home & I was over halfway there. Left the bag sitting by the back door. Fortunately a friend gave me some pink stuff and let me use her freshly sharpened gouge to carve a new stamp before the event.
Re: Forgotten ink
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Reply to: #925718 by photopam
May 3, 2016 8:28am
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The rare few times I've been caught without my Sig stamp, luckily there was ink and a pen around. I just make a thumbprint character by, obviously, stamping a thumbprint, then decorating it with an ink pen when it dries. You can turn it into anything you like, a face, a bug, a small critter. Then just sign your trail name and you're done! In a way, it's even more personal than the Sig stamp. I learned about this when finding a box that had just recently been found by a Girl Scout Troop. Some of the girls had stamps, but about half of them had just made the thumbprint stamps.
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Reply to: #925718 by photopam
May 3, 2016 8:37am
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Anyone else have any blunders?

I had a somewhat similar experience a few years back, which I wrote about in my old "Boxers 'n' Briefs" Blog.
Re: Feeling elated!
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Reply to: #925725 by Team Mac
May 3, 2016 9:48am
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Absolutely!
Nice signature stamp =)
Re: Feeling elated!
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Reply to: #925745 by Cecilia57
May 3, 2016 1:39pm
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Thanks Cecilia57 that means a lot, especially today! I'm also feeling a little sad today too. Mac was our Lab and was with us even on our first find though this winter we had to say goodbye to him.
This is one of the first days I've logged in over the Winter. With Spring here we are getting the urge to go LBing but just feels wrong without Mac and calling ourselves Team Mac with no Mac.
Re: Feeling elated!
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Reply to: #925761 by Team Mac
May 3, 2016 1:47pm
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I'm so sorry about your Mac, Team Mac. Furbabies are part of the family and they take a part of our heart when they go. We take my rat terror (That IS the correct spelling.) when we travel. She likes to letterbox on a trail, but, other than us, is a grumpy people hater. And that's the truth.
Re: Feeling elated!
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Reply to: #925725 by Team Mac
May 3, 2016 1:55pm
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Totally agree with that feeling and the excitement! The Letterboxer community is awesome!