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Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970185 by Rocklun
Jan 11, 2019 7:40am
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Too quiet in New England...since September I've planted 11 boxes in three states and not one has been found yet.
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970182 by dingus dufus
Jan 11, 2019 7:52am
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It's quiet .... too quiet!

Ooooo, this was one of my favorite finds, second only to Rubba Bugga! It would've been my top favorite, but the excruciating noise there was almost painful!!! Either way, both carvings are worth searching out... IF you can decode the clues AND muster up the courage!!! ;o)

Pete
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970187 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 11, 2019 7:53am
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Yeah, even plan B of going for some if yours were ixnayed today.
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970187 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 11, 2019 11:37am
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That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970185 by Rocklun
Jan 11, 2019 12:01pm
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I'd like to liven things up by saying that the very first letterbox planted in the U.S. was the Prayer Rock box

I humbly disagree
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970185 by Rocklun
Jan 11, 2019 12:21pm
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I agree! I'd like to liven things up by saying that the very first letterbox planted in the U.S. was the Prayer Rock box, but I'm sure that won't generate any discussions.

Snopes: WRONG!

Correct Answer:

The United States Post Office Department began installing public letterboxes in the 1850s outside post offices and on street corners in large Eastern cities. U.S. letterboxes were initially designed to be hung or supported, and were mounted on support pillars, lamp-posts, telegraph poles, or even the sides of buildings. By the 1880s, these letterboxes were made of heavy cast iron to deter theft or vandalism. As letterbox volume grew, they were replaced with other free-standing models. After the late as the 1960s, most letterboxes were replaced with a rigid plastic variety that could be more easily placed in any desired location, such as "Prayer Rock". The rest is history.
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970193 by Rubaduc
Jan 11, 2019 3:35pm
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That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)

So true. And now that I think about it, Wanda and Pete have probably found most of them, just not logged them.
Today's observation
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Jan 11, 2019 4:32pm
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I saw a postal worker driving his truck out of a cemetery today! What could he have been doing?

Things that make you go hmmmm ...
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970214 by speedsquare
Jan 11, 2019 5:05pm
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Dead letter office?
Re: Hellooooooooo!
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Reply to: #970193 by Rubaduc
Jan 11, 2019 6:53pm
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That’s because I’m not boxing anymore:-)

But people are still enjoying your plants! :)
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970217 by Nature Hikers
Jan 11, 2019 7:40pm
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I saw a postal worker driving his truck out of a cemetery today! What could he have been doing?

Dead letter office?

A post mortem?
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970214 by speedsquare
Jan 11, 2019 8:55pm
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I saw a postal worker driving his truck out of a cemetery today! What could he have been doing?

Was he working the graveyard shift? Maybe he thought his mom was buried alive there and he was trying to letter out?
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970228 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 12, 2019 5:24am
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Jinkies! It’s the Ghostal Postal! 👻
Re: Today's observation
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Reply to: #970231 by cooledcoyote
Jan 12, 2019 7:03am
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So that's where our lost trackers and postals have been going!
Bonnie Springs / Las Vegas Boxes
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Jan 12, 2019 1:10pm
For those of you who have boxes at Bonnie Springs, it’s been sold to a developer. He plans to build 20 homes and a motel while “keeping the land as natural as possible” but no plans have been released to show which boxes will be in peril. I assume all of them. Destruction should start in March once all the animals have found new homes. I’ll get your boxes for you if you’re not a local. 😞 Lemme know.
Tiny baggies
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Jan 18, 2019 11:46am
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For larger baggies we use ZipLoc freezer bags because they're tough. For smaller baggies we use craft bags because they're cheap. The other day in a Wally World I found another type of tiny baggie, a pill bag sold in the pharmacy area. It looks to be about 2" x 3" but the closure is along the long side rather than the short side as on craft bags. It also has a place on it to write on it. In a package of 50 it comes out to less than three cents per baggie.
Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Jan 18, 2019 5:43pm
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I'm currently in a micro-postal ring; a postal sent in a regular letter envelope. I have done regular postals (the Mystery Postals in particular) and LTC trackers. I like these kinds of letterboxing because, especially during the winter, there isn't enough time after work to go letterboxing.

Do you do non-traditional letterboxing? What attracts you to it?
Re: Tiny baggies
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Reply to: #970420 by Kirbert
Jan 18, 2019 6:36pm
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It looks to be about 2" x 3" but the closure is along the long side rather than the short side as on craft bags. It also has a place on it to write on it. In a package of 50 it comes out to less than three cents per baggie.

That's what I use as spare logbooks when doing maintenance on boxes. I fold strips of paper. They stay flat and take up no room in my backpack, and they fit every size container that I've encountered so far, including pill bottles and film canisters.
Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Reply to: #970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 18, 2019 6:52pm
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It’s not just the weather, it can be lack of available boxes in general. We have found all of the (few) physical letterboxes in our area and all of the ones in the surrounding areas. The Central Valley of California is kind of a no-man’s land of letterboxing. As such, we have come to really embrace LTC trackers because it’s a way for us to exchange carved stamp images with other letterboxes. I think it’s fantastic.

We value the LTC community as a way of staying active in this hobby.
Re: Tiny baggies
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Reply to: #970420 by Kirbert
Jan 19, 2019 4:34am
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A while back I ended up with a slew of these pill baggies. Being the letterboxer at the time in the house they were given to me with the thought that I might be able to use them. One of the projects I did with them was make some hitchhikers like this one.

I too used them for miniature logbooks as well.
Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Reply to: #970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 19, 2019 7:24am
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When I first started letterboxing, my kids were young, and we had just moved to NY due to my husband's job. It was a new place that we wanted to explore and we knew we would only be there for a few years, so letterboxing was great for that, and NY is a great state for letterboxers. After a few years we moved back to Louisiana. We had already lived for many years in Louisiana, so the impetus to get out and explore wasn't as great, and the kids were older and had more activities of their own that took up my free time. LTCs were a great way to keep improving my carving skills, as well as a way to see carves by people whose work I might never see in real life. The same is true with postals, plus postals can add other levels of creativity with logbooks and containers.

dp
Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Reply to: #970427 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 19, 2019 4:14pm
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used to until postal rates became so high and too many were ending up in black holes... I do LTCs when the stamps warrant it - but hardly ever join a swap.

While we don't do lots of winter boxing - we do some - and I carve for many events in the future... wait - I have 400 boxes to plant for next weekends event that 200 people are attending... who doesn't box in the winter???

Come to Maine - we do!
Re: Friday Distraction: Non-traditional Letterboxing
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Reply to: #970451 by mudflinginfools
Jan 19, 2019 6:47pm
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So, so jealous! I’ll make it there one day... and I expect a guide when I do!

😁
Lucky coincidence
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Jan 23, 2019 7:45pm
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Jeopardy had a commercial so I checked on A.Q. and saw that lost sailor had found one of my boxes out in the middle of nowhere while he is on a long cross-country trip. I sent an AQ message asking if he got the bonus box as well and went back out to check on Jeopardy. Next commercial I checked again and he'd sent a message that he had not noticed any bonus box clues because it was getting dark and it was cold. He had left and continued his journey. I told him the name of the bonus box and said he could find the clues by checking that box on AQ now that he'd found the parentbox. He had immediately recorded finding the parentbox on his iphone, the bonus box is about thirty miles down the road and so he was still able to score the bonus box. There were so many chances for this to have gone wrong.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970626 by Wronghat
Jan 23, 2019 9:20pm
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You planted a bonus box thirty miles from the parent box?
Raisin' 'em right
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Jan 23, 2019 9:33pm
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A few of my students have stayed after school to carve sig stamps and learn about letterboxing. One of them has planted two boxes in the neighborhood, but what really made my day was the way he asked his letterboxing friend to our middle school dance.
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970628 by Kirbert
Jan 24, 2019 2:49am
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The definition on AQ for a Bonus Box is "similar to a regular letterbox, except that the clue is planted in another nearby letterbox." I always thought NEARBY meant within a very short walk. What do others think??
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970630 by Elle
Jan 24, 2019 3:18am
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I think AQ’s not the boss of me 😂😂😂
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970631 by Sheba
Jan 24, 2019 4:28am
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AMEN to that!!!!!!
Re: Lucky coincidence
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Reply to: #970630 by Elle
Jan 24, 2019 6:30am
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I always thought NEARBY meant within a very short walk. What do others think??

Nearby is relative. There are places in the western US where 30 miles down the road is still the middle of no where. My wife and I stayed at a KOA once outside of Chugwater, Wyoming. Turns out that it was on the property of a large ranch, west of town. From the gate at the edge of town to the ranch house was at least 15 miles of dirt road. Interesting side note - 5 miles along that dirt road was this strange square plot of ground with high fencing and light towers and surveillance cameras. The sign on the fence read something like this..."The base commander has determined that the use of deadly force is justified in defending this property."