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Re: What ever happened to the secret sign??
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #5787 by Alyson Wonderland
Jul 1, 2005 4:57am
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i did notice someone has a personal traveller (and personal stamps to give out) if you answer her when she asks you which way is north with "up".

Check out CapeCodLetterboxer's new HH traveller listed here on AQ (under Travellers) and also LBNA (under regular boxes, I think). They have been started here on Cape Cod so it may take a while to make it out your way. She did a really nice job!

Mumma & Bunny Boy =D
Re: An item of great worth
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #5784 by Get Smart
Jul 1, 2005 5:06am
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Excellent way to post about a mystery box! I just wish it were somewhere I could have actually gotten to! Maybe one day. : )

Shell
Knights of Columbo
Visiting NC
Board: State: North Carolina
Jul 1, 2005 5:48am
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Hello all, I am from PA and will be visiting NC next weekend, specifically the Outer Banks, does anyone from this board have any suggestions for me? Thanks, Lotus from PA
Re: What ever happened to the secret sign??
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #5786 by Get Smart
Jul 1, 2005 5:54am
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Re: Visiting NC
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5790 by lotus
Jul 1, 2005 6:20am
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Welcome to the Tarheel state. It is relatively safe for yankees to enter these days. Depending on how you arrive, I suggest you try to take in the outdoor drama of "The Lost Colony" on Manteo (MAN-tee-o) Island. It depicts the story of the first colony to settle in the new world only to disappear with onty the word "Croatan" found carved into a tree. They do a great job! Bring insect replent as the island is a bit marshy etc.
Also the Wright Brothers Memororial in Kill Devil Hills. It is almost mandatory to bring a small kite and pop it up on top of the hill at the memorial as a tribute. But see the exhibits and grounds first, just in case Ranger Rick frowns on that activity. Finally, Hatteres light house and how it was moved inland 1/2 mile - plus there are three other lights close by. Take your time as you drive down route 12 through Duck, Corolla etc. and stop at the various places with plaques that tell about the various pirate exploits and ship wrecks along the coast. If you are planning to take the inter island ferries, you will need reservations in advance. Enjoy yourself. The water is colder than you might expect. It is much warmer down the cast in Cherry Grove, SC and Myrtle Beach, SC. OH, yeah,,,, alswyas accent the first syllable as in HO-tel and MO-tel and YOU-all (plural is ALL-u-alls) that way it will take longer to catch on to the yankee accent!

Get Smart - Max
Speed of dark?
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Jul 1, 2005 6:25am
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If the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second.
What is the speed of dark?

Get Smart - Max
Re: What ever happened to the secret sign??
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #5791 by CapeCodLetterboxer
Jul 1, 2005 6:31am
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Well Shucks! Guess I missed that one entirely. Thanks for the update and it is a neat idea, plus a lot of work on your part.

Even though I was way off track on "Which way is North", it could certainly serve as a "sign -counter sign" authentication for fellow LBers. I have asked folks on the trail and none have responded "correctly" as of yet. However, it would seem that anyone that has read this board and related threads would respond with "Nort is UP!" So I will continue to try that and see what happens.
Just in case, anyone know where I can get a deal on bail money?

Get Smart - Max
Re: Speed of dark?
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #5793 by Get Smart
Jul 1, 2005 6:45am
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That is like asking the speed of a unicorn. Darkness does not exist, it is nothing (no photons).

If you say darkness is "light leaving," then it would be the same speed as light.

Love,
Scheherezade
Re: Speed of dark?
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #5795 by Scheherezade
Jul 1, 2005 7:25am
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No, no, according to Dr. Science (he's smarter than you, he has a doctor's degree...in Science!) the speed of dark is merely broken, so it sits around the house until someone fixes it. Another one that he addresses is

Do you have to patent a cow to have patent leather?
Re: An item of great worth
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #5789 by KnightsofColumbo
Jul 1, 2005 7:29am
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OK you are all right, it IS legite!!!! Too bad I can not get to the box!

Dee
Re: An item of great worth
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #5797 by Dee and Abby
Jul 1, 2005 7:42am
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Getting to that box doesn't seem important to me as there are still clues to follow beyond that...
Re: An item of great worth
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #5798 by Eidolon
Jul 1, 2005 8:00am
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I guess I'm not seeing it Eidolon! Will keep looking though!
Thanks!
Re: An item of great worth
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #5799 by Dee and Abby
Jul 1, 2005 8:43am
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Quote I guess I'm not seeing it Eidolon!


Me, either. But then, I've never claimed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to mysteries. I love 'em, but I'm not all that great at the nuances of them.

DebBee
Re: Visiting NC
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5792 by Get Smart
Jul 1, 2005 8:46am
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GS- Max,

You accent the first syllable...but not in theater. It's Thee-AY-ter

;-)

This mid-westerner was in the Asheville area for five years

S~N~K
another ponderous question
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #5795 by Scheherezade
Jul 1, 2005 8:57am
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Ok...not a stupid question, but a real head scratcher.

I remember it from the tv show "Different World". A professor in a physics class asked:

Why does a mirror reverse things left and right, but not up and down?

phew...glad I was an art major

S~N~K
Re: Visiting NC
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5801 by Sits N Knits
Jul 1, 2005 10:39am
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SNK-- In Greensboro, we always said "THEE-ay-ter."

And Y'all was never "You-all." Always "yawl."

DebBee
Re: another ponderous question
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #5802 by Sits N Knits
Jul 1, 2005 10:43am
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Ooh, it never occured to me to wonder about that, but it's a poser.

I'm guessing it's due to the same thing I experience in karate class when I face someone and they're supposed to punch me, only I can never figure out which is their right and which is their left, because their right is on my left and vice versa.

I finally gave up, and now I just point. "Punch me with that arm, whichever it is."

DebBee
Re: Visiting NC
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5790 by lotus
Jul 1, 2005 11:15am
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Hi there Lotus,

There are many places to explore in the outer banks. What particular area are you looking at visiting? I have lived on the east coast all my life.

One of the most fun things to do here is deep sea fishing. You can hop on a charter from most any island on the banks and the prices are pretty reasonable if you do your research.

Be wary of swimming in the ocean to far off the shore of many areas of the banks. We have very nasty rip tides.

The lighthouses are interesting. Be prepared to walk, none have elevators, in the heat and humidity up the stairs though if you want to go in one. Some are part of the national park service.
Have you heard of the national park passports?
http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/4434/passport.html
http://www.atlasquest.com/boards/message.html?gMsgId=1181&gBoardId=328
http://www.lighthousestickers.com/uslhs_passport.htm
http://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm
http://www.nps.gov/calo/index.htm

Nags head/kitty hawk are ok. Alot of walking again just to see a large monument, but hey, maybe you're into that. Same sentiments with Jockey's Ridge. Alot of walking just to see a bunch of sand, and that sun reflects highly off the sand. Wear max protection sunscreen. http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm

Don't be afraid of hole-in-the-wall restaurants. They are usually way better than chain restaurants and much cheaper.

This aquarium is nice and a good break from the sun. Not very expensive either.

Here is a link for camping information, if you're camping. http://www.insiders.com/outerbanks/main-camping2.htm#Heading2

Take the ferry from island to island. Most are free. Bring bread to feed the seagulls, the follow the boats. You must feed the gulls only off the back of the boat though. Here is the link for schedules and prices. http://www.ncferry.org/

Wild ponies roam Shackleford banks, Ocaracoke Island, and Corolla. You can camp with them at Shackleford Banks. http://www.shacklefordhorses.org/ http://www.corollalightresort.com/attractions/ponies.htm
http://www.moreheadcityinfo.com/_ponies.html
http://www.corollawildhorses.com/

Manteo offers the Lost Colony outdoor drama. It is neat to see, but hot and buggy, go late and wear insect repellent. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is at the same place as the Lost Colony. http://www.nps.gov/fora/index.htm

For a good laugh, even in PA, check out http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/nc.html
If you're driving, this is bound to warrant a few stops along the way.

To relax in Corolla, http://www.spaatcorolla.com/ , there is even a letterbox here.

Some local links...
http://www.currituckchamber.com/
http://www.ocracokevillage.com/
http://www.ocracokeisland.com/
http://www.outer-banks.com/lighthouses.asp
http://www.townofnagshead.net/
http://www.jockeysridgestatepark.com/
http://ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/jori/home.html
http://ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/foma/home.html

Hope your trip goes well. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Liz
of Penguin Patrol
Re: Visiting NC
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5803 by DebBee
Jul 1, 2005 11:17am
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I've been here forever, it's definatly said YAWL and spelled ya'll.
item of great worth
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Jul 1, 2005 12:13pm
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Hey check out item of great worth guys profile. He filled in a little.
Bad Luck
Board: Writer's Workshop
Jul 1, 2005 1:56pm
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After flying to NY and actually acquiring a literary agent with a very reputable agency I had the unexpected happen. My agent wrote me an e-mail saying that he was no longer with the agency!!!
Now I expected to be rejected by agencies and I expected to get rejections from editors and publishers. I did not expect an agent to suddenly leave! He also did not join a new agency. He did leave a phone number and new e-mail address since I'm supposed to decide if I want to stay with him. The whole point was to be part of this literary agency (I really didn't care about who the agent was so much). *Sigh* I need to call him, but I really don't know what to do in this situation!

I'm leaving town on 7/4 for a week. Maybe I'll just pretend it didn't happen for one week more...
Re: bogart?
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5751 by Sits N Knits
Jul 1, 2005 2:22pm
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Amanda is correct, however, we here in the south tend to use it to mean both. Goodness I can create quite a little stir can't I.

HA HA HA
jen
Re: Visiting NC
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5801 by Sits N Knits
Jul 1, 2005 4:23pm
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You accent the first syllable...but not in theater. It's Thee-

Max: yes'm - dat id b finer dan frog hair!
Smiling Face has been replanted
Board: Region: Southeast
Jul 1, 2005 5:35pm
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There is no more evidence of homeless or camp-related activity near the hiding spot, so Smiling Face has been replanted. :-)

Amyrica
Re: Visiting NC--appropriate use of y'all ;-)
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5801 by Sits N Knits
Jul 1, 2005 5:45pm
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Well, this is definitely OT as concerns letterboxing but I beg to differ on the spelling of y'all. As a contraction of "you all," the apostrophe replaces the "ou". The pronunciation is definitely "yawl"--the more drawn out the better. However, there is no plural of y'all because it is already plural.

If it is used in conversation with a single individual, that is merely because it is understood to refer to that person and others not necessarily present (e.g. "I hear you and your family are taking a vacation in Florida. How are y'all getting there? Drivin' or flyin'?") Can y'all tell that this point really gets to me??? ;-)

The singular of y'all is YOU!

In the mountains of NC, TN and KY, y'all is sometimes replaced by you'uns.

Knit Wit
Born in Athens, GA, now living in Asheville, NC
Re: Visiting NC--appropriate use of y'all ;-)
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5812 by knit wit
Jul 1, 2005 5:59pm
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I wasn't going to say it, because I tend to drive people crazy by being the grammar police, but since Knit Wit brought it up, yes, the apostrophe has to go between the Y and the A, even though an awful lot of people put it between the A and the first L.

I knew a guy from Pittsburgh once who used to say "yuns" as the you-plural. (He marride my friend from NC, which resulted in some interesting linguistic comparisons.) It's funny how many areas of the country have come up with a word to serve this purpose, since English doesn't really have an official one, the way some other languages do.

DebBee, still OT, so smack my wrist if you must! <g>
Re: Visiting NC--appropriate use of y'all ;-)
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5813 by DebBee
Jul 1, 2005 7:23pm
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Quote It's funny how many areas of the country have come up with a word to serve this purpose, since English doesn't really have an official one, the way some other languages do.


In Michigan, we used to say "you guys". Didn't matter what gender the folks in the group were, either. It was always, "Do you guys want your stuffing on top of or next to your turkey?" or "If you mess up the frosting on that cake you guys won't get to eat any."

Which brings up more regionalisms... is it stuffing or dressing? frosting or icing? soda or pop? chili dawg or coney island?

Ah, memories...

-Red
Re: Visiting NC--appropriate use of y'all ;-)
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5813 by DebBee
Jul 1, 2005 7:24pm
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Ha! I don't normally visit this board, but saw the subject and totally agree that the apostrophe should be between the y and a. However, most people I know write it ya'll, which drives me nuts.

In Miami and Cleveland (my childhood residences) the plural of you was "you guys" or "you people".

Since working with midwesterners for 16 years, I've tried to remove the y'all from my vocabulary and resort back to you guys since non-southern people always comment about the y'all. (I never did like "you people".) But, the y'all sneaks in occasionally anyway.

Amyrica
Dartmoor Radio Show
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Jul 1, 2005 8:13pm
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If you have Real player goto Mark & Sue's blog and follow the link to the BBC website. There's a british radio skit about Lb'n that is great for anyone that gets Letterboxing.

Boxdn
Re: Visiting NC--appropriate use of y'all ;-)
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #5814 by Red
Jul 1, 2005 9:18pm
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Ok. I stand corrected, but I will still spell it ya'll, even if just to annoy ya'll. LOL

For us, it is stuffing, icing, soda, and chili dog. But don't forget the miracle whip (no mayo.) Hehe...

Liz