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Re: Have deniserows phone number? Text her please.
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Reply to: #977218 by deniserows
Jul 13, 2019 9:27am
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Most phones have a port for a memory card. Plug in a memory card and store your contact information on that. Next time your phone gets bricked, just unplug the memory card and plug it into the new phone.
Re: Have deniserows phone number? Text her please.
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Reply to: #977218 by deniserows
Jul 13, 2019 1:35pm
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I have all contacts and photos backed up automatically to my google account since this has happened to me more than once in the past.
Re: Wish Upon a Star loops - Lannon, Wi - take 2
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Reply to: #977186 by SeerMeesh
Jul 14, 2019 9:51am
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Did you have a day in mind?
Re: Wish Upon a Star loops - Lannon, Wi - take 2
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Reply to: #977271 by Guinea Pigs
Jul 14, 2019 1:21pm
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Any day this week or upcoming weekend - except Monday. Let me know.
I work until at least 3pm weekdays.
Planting at a Business
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Jul 17, 2019 11:19am
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After the brutal winter we had I'm looking at approaching a few area businesses to see if they would be willing to host a letterbox to keep the enjoyment going for folks in the area during the arctic winter months. Anyone out there have any words of advice on this topic? Thanks in advance!
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 17, 2019 12:31pm
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My biggest suggestion would be to find a place that is open long hours, like a coffee shop. Weekend hours would be especially great so that the FTE boxers amongst us could get to your box.

I also think you need to have a plan for making the box accessible even if no one "in the know" is manning the business when you stop by. (Example: putting a box on the games shelf at a coffee shop.) The longer the box is around, turnover in staff means the more likely it is the staff will be clueless. Or if you really want to have the business keep the box behind the counter, put a label on the box and note in the posted clue what the box looks like. Then you can ask the staff person for the "blue box with the picture of a cow on it" and they may be able to find it even if they weren't previously informed of its existence.

Just some ideas.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 17, 2019 1:08pm
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Put it in a location where people can get it without asking an employee. Personnel changes.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977376 by MissMoon
Jul 17, 2019 1:44pm
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IMHO, one thing to avoid like the plague is the scheme where the finder is supposed to research a bunch of answers to questions that some employee is supposed to ask before handing over the box. *Every* time I've run across those, I've spent a half hour researching the questions and then the employee just handed me the box without asking squat. It's frustrating to have wasted all that time.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 18, 2019 5:26am
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Restaurants and gift shops are often willing since it may bring in new customers.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977370 by Origami Hen
Jul 18, 2019 8:55am
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One problem I have run into is where there has been renovation work. This has happened at a coffee shop and at least one library that I tried. The boxes were planted so an employee didn't need to be "in the know", but the box was moved because of the renovation and no one knew where it was. One the owner hunted all over for the box and found it, but the library one was not found
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 18, 2019 9:11am
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I haven’t planted any indoors, but the ones I have found indoors were: at a small town pharmacy. I had to ask at the pharmacy counter & fortunately one of the three employees knew what I was talking about.; in a library. The boxes were magenetized to the back of book shelves. No issues there because I could just act as if I were looking through books to find box & replace.; & at a visitors center. This one was just in a corner under a bench. Employee knew about it & just pointed me to it.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977409 by lightbearer
Jul 18, 2019 9:28am
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Problems I've run into with inside business plants:
"It's behind the cashier on the shelf, just ask for it."
Okay, so I asked. I could see it. Cashier was oblivious. Me, "the plastic box on the top shelf. Yes, that one." He pulls it down and I take it saying, "I'll be right back with it." Leave the building and go to my car to do the deed. The cashier seemed a bit stunned when I took it and left, but didn't try to stop me.

"Go up the stairs to the clothing department and ask the manager for the box."
Okay, up the stairs, "May I speak to the manager please?"
"I'm the manager" She said she's been the manager for 20 years and had no idea what I was talking about.

Go to this inn, ask for the letterbox.
No one was there, but the front door was open.
I went to the reception desk, looked around without getting too nosy, found the box in plain sight, took it to the car, brought it back to where I found it. Never saw an employee.

"Ask for the tie-dyed pouch."
Staff had no idea what I was talking about. Sat in a booth, ordered lunch and after a few minutes one of the staff brought a tie-dyed pouch to our table.
They went out of their way to find it for us.
Falls Diner in Hoosick Falls, NY. Good food (onion rings, mmmm) and great staff.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977368 by Vintage Vixen
Jul 18, 2019 10:27am
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I have one box in a business that I have been going to for years and know the owner. She knows the box is there hidden in the shelf in her bookstore, but not all her employees know. It has been there for a few years, and it has survived a rearranging of shelves.
As a finder, I prefer to find things in a business and not have to ask for behind the counter boxes.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977413 by MysticzGal
Jul 18, 2019 11:01am
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This has all been really helpful advice! Thank you to everyone who has shared an opinion. If anyone else stll has one, I'm open. Thanks again to each of you!
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977411 by Grrly Girl
Jul 18, 2019 12:19pm
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The cashier seemed a bit stunned

That's hilarious.

She said she's been the manager for 20 years and had no idea what I was talking about.

Same thing happened to me in RI. Manager for two years.....no clue. And I *was* able to go get it without asking but she happened to notice that I was doing something so got nosy. :)

took it to the car, brought it back to where I found it. Never saw an employee.

That's also hilarious. lol

Sat in a booth, ordered lunch and after a few minutes one of the staff brought a tie-dyed pouch to our table.
They went out of their way to find it for us.

Awwww, that was nice. *And* onion rings.
Re: Just . . . .DON'T!!
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Reply to: #976821 by Kelsung
Jul 18, 2019 7:19pm
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I often say that a SPOR (suspicious pile of rocks) is a bad idea. I now prefer to use an ISR (inconspicuous single rock).

Like these single rocks?
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977410 by LadyRisa
Jul 18, 2019 7:37pm
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The boxes were magenetized to the back of book shelves. No issues there because I could just act as if I were looking through books to find box & replace.

That is a great advantage of a library. Other places, people who linger around one place bending and stooping looks suspicious. At a library this is normal behavior.
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977392 by KatieKat
Jul 19, 2019 4:06am
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I planted a box inside a Schakolad Chocolate Factory which is a delicious and wonderful smelling home-made chocolate store with owner's permission. Placed the box on shelves with merchandise for sale. Here's the clue:

This is a HIPS box. Find it, stamp in, and replace it.

Please be very careful with merchandise on display.

Also, please identify yourself as a letterboxer because I've given the owners permission to heckle you.

I've had several comments that boxers do get heckled by staff when it's obvious they can't find the box among the merchandise. But everybody eventually finds it.
Beer for Life!
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Jul 19, 2019 9:19am
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977413 by MysticzGal
Jul 19, 2019 10:18am
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As a finder, I prefer to find things in a business and not have to ask for behind the counter boxes.

I wholeheartedly agree!! And I do like library boxes. Most of them have worked out well especially on a rainy or frigid day. I have found some interesting ones at a wine store, a yarn store and a pie shop, just to name a few ;-)
Re: Planting at a Business
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Reply to: #977453 by BBStacker
Jul 19, 2019 10:26am
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I've had several comments that boxers do get heckled by staff when it's obvious they can't find the box among the merchandise. But everybody eventually finds it.

Maybe they are taking their time to find the box so they can enjoy the aroma of chocolate longer ;-)
Buried in Beach Sand
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Jul 21, 2019 2:48am
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I know it's considered a no-no to bury a letterbox, but does a beach constitute an exception? First off, you wouldn't need to bring a shovel; it's easy to dig beach sand with your bare hands. Second, it's often difficult to hide a box any other way on a sandy beach. Interestingly, buried on a beach would make for the most traditional "treasure hunt" experience ("Pace off 7 steps N from the palm tree.")

What do we think? If you think it'd be OK to bury a letterbox on a beach, hit [interesting]. If you think such a hide is bad form, hit [educational].
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977539 by Kirbert
Jul 21, 2019 3:42am
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It has already been done.
"x" Marks the Spot
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977539 by Kirbert
Jul 21, 2019 3:50am
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I did it too
Shoreline "Paradise".
The quotes were once for the keyword for the cipher clue but I've since eliminated the cipher.
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977539 by Kirbert
Jul 21, 2019 6:06am
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I don't have a philosophical problem with burying in sand, more of a practical one. It seems to me that the wind or critters would be able to uncover the box and leave it exposed. I've found boxes before at the beach where they were supposedly hidden well but a storm came though and rearranged the beach and let the box on the surface.
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977539 by Kirbert
Jul 21, 2019 7:10am
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Living near the coast, I’ve seen a variety of sand buried boxes. Things to avoid -

burying it in the sand under a boardwalk - there is zero chance of recovering it in stealth mode

burying it anywhere near water - sand and water shift dramatically with no provocation whatsoever

burying it anywhere near local critters - they will dig it up, especially seagulls!

You also run the risk of having finders digging a deeper and deeper (or shallower and shallower) hidey hole.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Warrior Woman
by the sea by the sea
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977539 by Kirbert
Jul 21, 2019 9:14am
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I don’t have a problem with it. It’s not geocaching after all. I haven’t buried one but I’ve considered it.

My idea was to find 4 relatively non-movable landmarks (trees, boulders, etc) and require finders to bring string and tie off to them forming an X where there box would be buried.
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977552 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jul 21, 2019 12:10pm
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I found a box with the help of two friends where we each had to stand at a different fixed location, train our compasses to specific degrees, and had to take X numbers of steps walking toward each other and the box was where we met up.

Warrior Woman
good times good times
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977552 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jul 21, 2019 1:58pm
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I don’t have a problem with it. It’s not geocaching after all.

Back before the rule where you could not move any sand or soil, I "buried" two geocaches. What I did was to use a section of 4" pipe. I dug down a few inches, put the pipe on the ground, pulled out a few inches of sand and tapped down the pipe. I repeated this until the top of the pipe was level with the starting level of the sand.

The first one was a multi-cache. I covered the end of the pipe with a piece of concrete. I had to move the second stage when it was raided. I had to finally archive the cache once the location of the first stage was surrounded by a fence.

The second one is still there. I found a piece of wood, cut it so that it would only go in a few inches and act as a plug.

Either of these ideas could be used to hide a letterbox. This would make the letterbox easy to retrieve and re-hide.
Re: Buried in Beach Sand
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Reply to: #977539 by Kirbert
Jul 21, 2019 3:19pm
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I buried one in the sand (a limited time box for an event weekend).
After the weekend, I could not find it!
I needed to return with a rake - it was several feet away from the clued location.