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Re: Praying for all of you
Board: Region: Northeast
Reply to: #957470 by TeachJR
Mar 3, 2018 5:53am
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So very kind of you. Many, many folks here in the Northeast are having a horrendous time this winter.
Re: USPS Tips To Speed Up Mail Delivery
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957465 by Beetle
Mar 3, 2018 6:12am
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To add to this:

I was told that if the mailing and the return address are the same the mail could be destroyed- considered suspicious mail. That even if I am mailing the envelope back to its original location that I should be putting my return address on it.

This may be why I didn’t receive a package back and it never went back to the sender. Some very time large consuming carves gone.
Re: What activities do you want at L&B?
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #957094 by Open Space
Mar 3, 2018 6:51am
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I have been taking self-defense-only martial arts (hapkido) for years and would love to share some of what I know with my fellow hikers. My guess is that lots of people would be interested in learning some defensive strategies. I have found that many people think they know some stuff but it either is not accurate or wouldn't work if not applied correctly. For instance, "my boyfriend has a gun" or yelling "fire" are not the best options and "kick him in the nuts" can have serious repercussions if not done, shall we say, "thoroughly".

However, I am not quite a black belt (I'm blue 1st or level 8, BB1 is 11), so in my organization I'm not allowed to teach technique. (The basic thinking behind that is that since the goal is to defend your life and not be a sport and since the techniques are very specific, if I were to teach you incorrectly I could be jeopardizing your confidence and/or life.) Yet I have assisted in many self-defense clinics and am actually more comfortable teaching large groups than my instructor :-)

I know a Master in Helotes, TX, which is an 1.5 hours away. If there is a lot of interest, I could inquire whether he (and probably some of his students as assistants) would be willing to come. We'd probably need to pay him a fee (or at least for his gas!) but we could charge those who attend the class. It would only be 1 hour (or 2 tops) and I would prefer it to be in the evening when I'm back from the trails anyway, but I'd be willing to do a right-before-dinner time, too.

I'll also ask my instructor here if there are any parts I would be able to present by myself, since most of what we show in a basic class is not limited to hapkido, anyway.
"Dancin' in the Streets" Stamp requests!
Board: The Grateful Letterboxers!
Mar 3, 2018 6:59am
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Hello my Grateful Friends!

Plans are well underway for fun times in Andover this July! The stamp trackers are listed below. We would REALLY appreciate your help and would LOVE to see your creative contributions! All stamps are needed by June 1st so we can box, plant and formulate the best clues. If you're willing, please sign up for multiple trackers!!! ;o)

"Dance Steps & Styles" will be the main series of planted carvings:
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?trackerId=9760

The "Peanuts Dance Party" stamps will be used for Grateful Row boxes:
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?trackerId=9756

We will have two night box sets - "Famous Street Signs":
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?trackerId=9757
...... and "Grateful Signs":
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?trackerId=9758

EVERYONE who is camping should sign-up for the "Dancers or Dancing Cartoon Characters" series. Boxes will be planted and clued your after arrival. Please list your box as a Traditional planting and add it to this tracker:
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?trackerId=9761

If you have any questions, just let us know. Have a Grateful Day!!! ;o)

PS - Have you booked your campsite? Hope so! If not, now's the time as things are filling up! https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/harold-parker-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32608
Re: Dean Koontz suggestions please
Board: Reading Room
Reply to: #957477 by Amyrica
Mar 3, 2018 7:10am
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I really enjoyed Odd Thomas too. But, I only read the first one in that series because I heard the others weren't as good.

They weren't.
Re: Astrology/Zodiac Carving for event
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #957463 by Una Marlee Sue
Mar 3, 2018 7:11am
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I have a full set of Tribal Zodiac Tattoo stamps that I carved and used as a box of the month several years ago. You're welcome to them and can plant them permanently. There's even a logbook to go with them.

I think I still have a set of stamps that we used for night boxing at a camping event I organized 5 or more years ago too. They were themed around Astronomy and Astrology. They were stamped in Silver on black paper, which I have plenty of to send along with them if your interested. I also wouldn't need these back, so you can plant them to be found after the event.

AQMail me privately, and we'll make arrangements. Ergh! My hubby was just in Allentown for training last week, too!

Jiffy
Re: USPS Tips To Speed Up Mail Delivery
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957481 by tie dye sue
Mar 3, 2018 7:40am
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I was told that if the mailing and the return address are the same the mail could be destroyed

Sounds like the hosts should start extending the tape that goes under the stamps, all the way to the left edge. Then, in addition to stamps, put their own return address label on the tape. Hopefully, that would prevent the "suspicious mail" problem.
Re: Little bit frustrated
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #939973 by zinni
Mar 3, 2018 9:27am
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We just moved to the west Houston area. We have only been out boxing a couple of times without any luck. And even looking on AQ for boxes makes us sad. So much flooding has washed the hobby away. Are there any areas where boxes are still alive and well? We plan to venture out this afternoon to Cypress where it says there are 20+ boxes. None have been found recently, but here's to being optimistic. :) Any other helpful hints for locations would be appreciated!

Also seems that all my desires to start planting need to actually start happening....but planting off the ground. :)

TIA.
Re: DEEP Sky's the Limit Challenge 2018
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #957454 by Kit Kat 61
Mar 3, 2018 9:48am
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Hooray for Western CT! I look forward to a few shorter drives to make these hikes.
Re: USPS Tips To Speed Up Mail Delivery
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957472 by Linden Leaf
Mar 3, 2018 9:59am
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six digit zip codes . . . . . and I officially have one lost envelope.

I think I know which envelope went astray . . . 😁
Re: Little bit frustrated
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #957488 by FiveOaks
Mar 3, 2018 10:44am
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Welcome to Houston! Unfortunately you have discovered the tragic state of boxes is this area. With several years of storms and flooding, many boxes have been washed away. Before that we had a nasty drought which killed pine trees throughout the area and pretty much destroyed Memorial Park (originally one of the best boxing parks in Houston).

You might want to try Glenwood cemetary. It's an amazing place to visit even if the boxes are long gone.

If you have time, make a road trip to the Austin area...people are actively planting there and the boxes have survived better.
Re: What activities do you want at L&B?
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #957483 by MO UR4Me
Mar 3, 2018 10:52am
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Thanks for the offer! I'll run it by our planning team at the next meeting.
Re: USPS Tips To Speed Up Mail Delivery
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957490 by Wise Wanderer
Mar 3, 2018 1:06pm
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Lol...hey now. I'm sick. And I prefer art over numbers.
Re: USPS Tips To Speed Up Mail Delivery
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957472 by Linden Leaf
Mar 3, 2018 1:21pm
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Six digit zip code? I only use a five digit one! ;-)

I use printed labels for all mail and haven't seen any noticeable increase in missing mail this year.

I never received several postcards from the Halloween swap, but several I did receive had stickers, glue, and plenty of other "banned" stuff on them, so the missing ones might have been worse and either unreadable or got stuck and destroyed along the way.
Re: Speaking of Scream . . . What's Your Favorite Scary Movie???
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957456 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 3, 2018 8:58pm
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I love the Saw series, not sure anyone else does :/
Return to letterboxing
Board: State: Ohio
Mar 4, 2018 1:41am
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My name is JenW.
My hubby and I did some letterboxing in 2009-2010 but life got in the way and prevented us from doing so for many years. However this year we have been able to get back into it. We are located in Muskingum county OH close to the Perry county line. We are trying to go boxing every chance we can. There are several new boxes planted since we first started so there are lots of new carves to find. I see myself quickly becoming readdicted to this hobby but I don't mind because I love finding them.
Anyway I just wanted to to reintroduce myself and say Hello to my fellow boxers and I look forward to getting to know you.
JenW~
Re: Return to letterboxing
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #957504 by The Wentlands
Mar 4, 2018 3:11am
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Welcome back!

Life has a way of happening for sure, lol!

I look forward to hearing about your new adventures. Let me know if you ever head down to the SW corner of Ohio

Mama Stork
Re: Return to letterboxing
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #957504 by The Wentlands
Mar 4, 2018 3:43am
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Welcome Back Jen!!
A Great Time to start back! There are a lot of events coming up this year! You might want to check out the GLG ( Great Lakes Gathering) Tiki Time Luau in Boonville, IN coming up this June! Sounds like BIG FUN!!
Re: Astrology/Zodiac Carving for event
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #957486 by Jiffy
Mar 4, 2018 4:05am
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How did Hubby's training go? I could have made the pickup and handoff.

LB
Re: Little bit frustrated
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #957491 by Open Space
Mar 4, 2018 4:57am
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I recently went LBing in Texas , east of Dallas. Many boxes are in great shape. My seven year old grand went along. We had a blast. Such a fun family time although his attention span is much shorter, he does enjoy following the clue and "finding the prize". Look before heading out to make sure that most of them have recent finds. Best wishes.
How do you make bold text?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Mar 4, 2018 6:02am
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I thought I used to be able to do this, but can't figure it out now: Make a heading in the AQ-hosted clues bold. How is this done?
Re: How do you make bold text?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #957510 by Trailhead Tessie
Mar 4, 2018 6:10am
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Click on the Wiki Help link under the "Boards" menubar option. It shows how to make text bold--as well as how to make it a header (which aren't quite the same thing) as well as lots of other potential options. =)

-- Ryan
Re: Mystery Postal #410 is now open
Board: Postals
Reply to: #956989 by IrishRef
Mar 4, 2018 6:29am
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Two correct answers. Hopefully others will soon see the light.

Clue 8 = Double decker
Re: How do you make bold text?
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #957511 by Green Tortuga
Mar 4, 2018 6:43am
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Thanks! I knew there was a link somewhere, but I kept looking under "letterboxes" and "toolbox."
Re: Return to letterboxing
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #957504 by The Wentlands
Mar 4, 2018 9:01am
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Hi Jen,

Welcome back!! Be sure to check out the upcoming fall event - Ohio - The Heart of It All in Springfield. A great chance to meet or reacquaint with Ohio boxers! Hope to see you there!
Re: USPS Tips To Speed Up Mail Delivery
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957465 by Beetle
Mar 4, 2018 9:32am
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One thing that might help deliver the mail faster is to teach the delivery person to read!! MANY times I have gotten mail supposed to go to an other street, but with the same house number as mine. I put it back in the corner mailbox, and a day or two have have the same piece of mail delivered to me again.
I had been waiting for a letter for a couple of weeks lately and when I finally got it someone had circled the street name and written that the letter should go there. Obviously delivered to the wrong place.
And trying to find out about missing mail at the USPS site did not work for me, looking for a plain letter was not a choice.

Bokmal
Re: USPS Tips To Speed Up Mail Delivery
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #957516 by Bokmal
Mar 4, 2018 10:17am
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MANY times I have gotten mail supposed to go to an other street, but with the same house number as mine.

Here in Utah (and probably many other places) most addresses are like this (made-up) address: 5677 West 2500 South. With this address on the envelope they have delivered it to 5677 South 2500 West. These two addresses even have different zip codes (and the correct zip code was on the envelope) so there is no excuse. So I have received their mail and they have probably received mine.

But it is not just the USPS. On two occasions that I know of my package was delivered to the other address, including an expensive one I was waiting for. I had tracking on those and when it was marked as delivered but it wasn't here I contacted the shipping company (one UPS and the other a company I'd never heard of before) and told them about what the USPS has done. Each package then really arrived the next day.
Re: Personal logbook preference
Board: Tools of the Trade
Reply to: #957444 by Open Space
Mar 4, 2018 7:13pm
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I am going to optimistically (or delusionally) assume I will back in my Harvey Hovel by then and can bring my bind-it-all.
Tester Results Round One
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Mar 4, 2018 7:30pm
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I just did a blog post for the first four testers whose prints have arrived at my door. I couldn't stand waiting any longer and I thought people might be a little bit curious. If you are, here's the link:

One of Those Really Long Material Testing Posts

Many, many thanks to these first four testers (Baqash, dancing pecan, Linden Leaf and Foraych) who took the time to try the material and do such a fantastic job of giving me honest, detailed feedback. It really helps me with trying to improve the material.
Re: March 17- Save the date!
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #957301 by Munkeybee
Mar 4, 2018 7:39pm
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Alright alright. I was planning on pulling them since St Patricks is just one day, but I'll look at making the public part (for the muggles) the whole weekend, too (Saturday and Sunday). :)

That's definitely a busy day. I'm supposed to be doing like 3 other things that day too! I'll be in Raleigh both days actually... HA! But I should be able to arrange the leprechauns there for 2 days. They'll have to back to Ireland on that Monday though!