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Re: Lock n Locks and Pouches
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Reply to: #933786 by Kirbert
Aug 30, 2016 12:22am
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There are more options other than just L&L's vs. pouches, y'know.

Are we talking Skippy or Jiff?
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #933790 by Wry Me
Aug 30, 2016 4:13am
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If you don't want to restrict via puzzles or restrictions, you can always plant in an area with a recent unsolved murder and then mention it in the
clues. That'll keep people away. :^(
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
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Reply to: #933784 by MudPuddlers
Aug 30, 2016 4:16am
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Well said. I am relatively new to this was well and so is my niece. We box together alot and have had similar situations where I had access to the clues on certain boxes and she did not. She just keeps record of these boxes and when she is able to post she does so. We have also come across numerous boxes that were not rehid well or were in bad condition and we always repair, clean up and rehide better than we find all our finds. Just because someone is new at something doesn't mean they are not capable of setting a good example and doing the right things. We were all new at this once. I believe that finding a restricted box as a newbie and seeing the exquisite carving, logbook detail, packaging and great care put into some of these boxes makes a new letterboxer appreciate the importance of the box to the planter.

I'm not so much worried about the number of my finds; however I do log box that I find, but I do get frustrated when I check on one of our plants and there are 20 stamps in logbook, but only 1/2 of those finders have bothered to log the find on AQ. I think it kind if defeats the purpose in the whole process. Seeing those posts let's us all know that our boxes are still alive and getting activity. But that's just my opinion on that subject.
Re: Lock n Locks and Pouches
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Reply to: #933786 by Kirbert
Aug 30, 2016 5:55am
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Haha. Yes, I do know that. LNLs have been the best for me for duration. If you can suggest another, easy to find and not expensive, option, then I am.certainly open to suggestions. :-)
Re: Lock n Locks and Pouches
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Reply to: #933750 by RDHG
Aug 30, 2016 5:58am
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Thank you all. I will look at those options.

I do have some from the Dollar Tree that we spray painted. They will serve us for some of the boxes. Thank you again!
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
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Reply to: #933816 by Una Marlee Sue
Aug 30, 2016 6:48am
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but I do get frustrated when I check on one of our plants and there are 20 stamps in logbook, but only 1/2 of those finders have bothered to log the find on AQ. I think it kind if defeats the purpose in the whole process.

Many of the old timers letterboxed before AQ. They sing the praises of the time when the only way to see who had visited a letterbox was to revisit it and read the logbook--that's the reason for the logbook. There's something to be said for a veil of mystery and surprise.
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
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Reply to: #933815 by Rocklun
Aug 30, 2016 6:57am
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you can always plant in an area with a recent unsolved murder and then mention it in the
clues. That'll keep people away. :^(

Brilliant. I can see the headlines: Various Body Parts of Non-letterboxers Washing Ashore In the Gulf: Muggles cautioned not to ransack boxes alone. Boxers Encouraged to Use Stealth
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
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Reply to: #933825 by Wry Me
Aug 30, 2016 7:15am
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We felt that it was important to mention the crime at the top of the clues. We don't want women boxing alone in that area until the murderer is caught. But I'm sure the warning is scaring people away (not surprisingly).
Re: Lock n Locks and Pouches
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Reply to: #933750 by RDHG
Aug 30, 2016 7:17am
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If you have a local large Asian market, check there. I've found large quantities and good deals in the past.
My apologies and enormous gratitude
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Aug 30, 2016 8:04am
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Hello there friends. I would like to apologize to those of you who are about to get bombarded with emails stating that your LTC's, PT's, boxes, and exchanges have now been found. One thing that I am absolutely horrible at is logging my finds. If my mother (musicpals, who would be so ashamed of me to know exactly how back-logged I am) were with me, I would log my finds right then and there, because she is so amazingly wonderful at doing things early or on-time (clearly I missed out on that gene). So, be prepared to see finds from 2014 on. I may not comment on everything just because I really do have hundreds of things to log, but know that I admire all of your creativity and really do love everything that I have found or that has been given to me. Thank you for your patients, for your inspiration, and for putting up with my tardiness. I promise to do better. :)

P.S. I would like to personally thank Gypsy Lady Bug, Cookie Cutter, Topcollector, Jabber, Twofreetimers, Musicpals, Maude, and Linden Leaf for the most gorgeous LTC's that were made for a surprise wedding tracker that was put together for my bridal shower (and the AMAZING stamps that I was given and that I used on our thank you cards!). I am so so so so so sorry for thanking you this late but I absolutely love the cards and am so touched that you would do something like that for me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. They are proudly displayed in the case that also holds my bouquet and my husband's boutonnière. :)
are lock n locks really all that?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Aug 30, 2016 8:32am
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I hear/read so much about Lock n Locks being all that and more. So a question: If LnL are all that why would the stamp inside need a plastic bag and the logbook need it's own plastic bag which is then put in the stamp's plastic bag, all sealed, and then secured in a LnL? I get not wanting the logbook to get wet, but come on! Isn't this overkill especially if LnL are all that? ;)
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 8:35am
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I don't think they do need a baggie and I often leave them out.
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
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Reply to: #933790 by Wry Me
Aug 30, 2016 8:37am
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I sometimes want to hide my plants from vigilante park rangers that predated their rules. or mostly did. There. I said it. Let the pelting begin.

A part of me supports the idea of blacklists, say for the person who posted, "I just LOVED everyone's letterboxes in this park!!!" --- on TripAdvisor!

I'd love to argue about this, but I have to finish my letter to Niante demanding they promote me to level 20.

Even if AQ were Willing&Able to restrict HLLOLB (HighLevelLaborOfLoveBoxes) from non-Premium members is the trade-off worth it? Never-the-less i REALLY do feel for those HLLOLB by Premium Members that have achieved a skill level higher than 10 and close to if not quite yet at 20 =:).

Actually, i'm thankful that my carving skill level is closer to 5 out of 20, even though my stealth level (as needed) for retrieving, rehiding and commenting on a recorded find are higher than 5 being somewhere between 10 to 20. Closer to 20 than 10, although DD may differ =;)

The main reason i paid to enlist your help and that of four other high level elite carvers for that "Bridging ... Series 4" and Linus and Goldy at the UofM was that: The monetary cost of out-sourcing the stamps outweighed the emotional trauma i would've had to endure having spent hours and hours carving those 5 stamps myself only to see some of my boxes/carves eventually removed/disappear. As DD posted recently with one of her UofM finds ... "You have ballsy locations" which i took as a compliment, but deleted her public comment as some might get the wrong impression =;)

Arguing is restricted at AQ
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 8:44am
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If a bear chews the box after a geocacher sticks a Slim Jim inside (that is, inside the box, not inside the bear), those extra baggies might protect the logbook. A little, anyway.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933833 by Fiddleheads
Aug 30, 2016 8:45am
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I don't think they do need a baggie and I often leave them out.

Going commando!
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 8:48am
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I get not wanting the logbook to get wet, but come on! Isn't this overkill especially if LnL are all that? ;)

I'm obsessive compulsive. I like that extra bit of safety for my logbooks.

LnL's are probably the best out there, but not 100% effective. Flaps do break off over time, dirt gets in the seal, plastic does get brittle over time.

Oh, and then there was that person who boxed in the rain, and left water drops in my LnL.
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
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Reply to: #933790 by Wry Me
Aug 30, 2016 8:58am
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I'd love to argue about this, but I have to finish my letter to Niante demanding they promote me to level 20.

Niante or Niantic? Very big <G> if you meant Niantic. What happens at level 20? I'm almost at 16 myself.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 9:06am
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Yes. And a bag of chips.
Re: Being a "tag along" on restricted boxes
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Reply to: #933775 by MissMoon
Aug 30, 2016 9:13am
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Wondered what Shaggy has been doing since his Mystery Machine Years.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 9:15am
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Well, I like using baggies. Sometimes people don't put the covers on properly. I once came across an intact box that had damp leaves in it, even though it was closed. I have no idea why that happened. At least the baggie had no leaves in it. Also, even a lock n lock can get cracked if someone hides it under some pointy rocks.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933848 by Penfeather
Aug 30, 2016 9:23am
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I prefer duct taped baggies but they often do not hold up well particularly in the woods. Starting to rethink this practice if going into the woods. The are easily damaged and tend to be wet either from leaks or condensation. Of course if people don't reseal them it is the same as an open box. No solution for disrespectful boxers. However, a baggie does well in some areas when not on the ground or under rocks. Also like that they will fit in smaller hiding spots.

Just me two cents
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 9:51am
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I have come across Lock n Locks that have been broken (flaps broken) or holes in the side (I think from beating ants off). In those cases the baggie is just an extra precaution (like double bagging logbooks).
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 9:52am
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Yeah, I think 3 baggies is annoying. And they are usually 3 cheap baggies, too. One high quality bag for the stamp and logbook to share should be all that's necessary if you're using a good container and have planted in a reasonably dry location.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 10:00am
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Had anyone else experienced leakage with new LnL boxes that have not even been planted yet?

I was considering going baggie-less on some upcoming plants, so I did some water testing on a couple of LnL boxes last night. These were brand new LnL, direct from LnL, with a few scraps of paper placed inside, not near the seals, and both test boxes leaked. After only 15 minutes immersed in a sink of water they had water inside and the paper scraps were wet. They were not filled with water, but enough that when I tipped it to empty a few drops came out. I have had wet LnL boxes in the woods before and have just chalked it up to poor closure, weather-worn seals or dirt/baggie corners compromising the seal, but now I am wondering about that.

I may need to rethink my dedication to LnL, especially considering the cost!
Re: Tagalong on Restricted and the problem is logging on AQ?
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Reply to: #933840 by JampersandJ
Aug 30, 2016 10:10am
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Niante or Niantic? Very big <G> if you meant Niantic.

One of the downsides of being a smartass is that sometimes you don't know what you're talking about. Heh. I asked my son who owned Pokemon Go! Musta misheard him. :)
What happens at level 20?I'm almost at 16 myself.

No clue. I'll ask him. Lovin' that edit button.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933852 by SpringChick
Aug 30, 2016 10:21am
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I may need to rethink my dedication to LnL, especially considering the cost!

They (overseas) don't make them like we (USA) used to make them. Vote for Trump. He's decided to have his brand of ties made in the USA =;)
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 10:31am
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I hear/read so much about Lock n Locks being all that and more

Not so much in the arid hot southwest. Those flaps break off after a season. We're better off with nut containers and my new favorite talenti gelato containers with screw on lids. Still need baggies though.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933854 by Frenchie
Aug 30, 2016 10:40am
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Just as I suspected.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933830 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Aug 30, 2016 10:51am
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I took my baggies out of the LNL because they took up so much space and people didn't close the lids properly and the boxes got soaked. I personally hate baggies, and if a box is too full with multiples of them, I will take them out. One is plenty.

The downside of LNL is in Florida, if I plant with not enough shade, the snaps break. But Tupperware has gotten wet for me. No perfect solution. People in Florida have taken to no logbooks, they have given up on trying to keep the boxes dry.
Re: are lock n locks really all that?
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Reply to: #933850 by Topcollector
Aug 30, 2016 11:09am
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yes, I've heard of "double bagging." ;)