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Happy Cake Day Snake Doctor
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Nov 26, 2018 6:57am
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Happy Happy Cake Day to you!!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968691 by PiggyJaunt
Nov 26, 2018 7:14am
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I guess I feel like if someone told me no three times about something, especially three big noes that, be they misperceptions or not, will diminish their enjoyment of boxing, I'd just let it go.

This. Some people have a hard time giving an outright "no", this sounds like someone trying to nicely say "no". If explaining Letterboxing doesn't spark any curiosity, then they aren't interested.

GremLandS
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968684 by NandJ
Nov 26, 2018 7:30am
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I think there is no question that there are some in letterboxing who are elitists - and elite things are, well, elite. Perhaps Geocaching has a greater following than letterboxing because they aren't elite. No one says you have to find the stamps that aren't handcarved - or look for boxes that don't require you to climb Mount Kilamanjaro - but I do think it would be easier to get people interested in the hobby and the craft if they had an easier entry point.

I suppose where one lives must make a difference. In my area, there are MANY boxes that are good for an easy entry point. Granted, several of those are mine. In fact, all my boxes are either urban or drive-bys. I'm not a hiker (or even much of a walker these days), so I suppose I'm not in the group you consider the "elite". So, I plant boxes that I would like to find, the kind of boxes I found when I first started. If it's an easy find, make it an interesting place to find it. If the place isn't as interesting, make it a challenge to find. If you want to make some easier boxes to try to attract new people, by all means, do so. But I suggest you make something about them intriguing enough to keep people interested in continuing.

GremLandS
Re: Happy Cake Day Snake Doctor
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Reply to: #968736 by jlsd0218
Nov 26, 2018 8:00am
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Happy Cake Day!
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968733 by Rocklun
Nov 26, 2018 8:05am
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I've encountered wasps/bees in guardrails on multiple occasions.

About a third of the time there seems to be a nest, old empty one, or a geocache.

Btw, we all randomly check guard rails at interesting locations right?
Re: Sock swap tracker
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #967925 by Trekkie Gal
Nov 26, 2018 8:41am
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Gotta read message boards more regularly! Missed out on this one! Boo. have fun all!
Re: Happy Cake Day Snake Doctor
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Reply to: #968736 by jlsd0218
Nov 26, 2018 8:58am
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Happy AQ-versary! We are hoping to get down to at least one event so we can see you again!
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968709 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 26, 2018 9:26am
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...neologisms with "scare quotes".

What the heck are "scare quotes"
then I Googled it
The Chicago Manual of Style says: Quotation marks are often used to alert readers that a term is used in a nonstandard (or slang), ironic, or other special sense. Nicknamed scare quotes, they imply, “This is not my term” or “This is not how the term is usually applied.”Jan 28, 2013

Can I go home now? I've learned something new.
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968713 by Rocklun
Nov 26, 2018 9:29am
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I'm generally wary of light poles because where there's a light pole, there might be a camera, where's there's a camera, there might be someone watching who just might wonder what's going on.
Re: Our 13th annual event - Andover, Ma: July 2019
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #966663 by roo
Nov 26, 2018 10:11am
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It looked like Harold Parker was in the process of installing electricity to some of their sites. I am curious if anyone happens to know if there will be electricity at some sites in 2019.

I'm answering my own query. ReserveAmerica now has that the sites on the road with the 100s + site 48 have electricity (20/30/50) $23/night. Some of the "tent only" sites accommodate RVs.
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968696 by MissMoon
Nov 26, 2018 11:02am
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Just for the sake of the conversation - I have been boxing for close to 20 years. I just didn't come to AQ until this summer. Really, no need to be snarky. It was just a simple thought.
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968708 by MissMoon
Nov 26, 2018 11:06am
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i think the original post was a off season proxy for one of wassa's april fools jokes and you were all taken in by it
Re: Velcro advice
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #968669 by Angel and Demon
Nov 26, 2018 12:07pm
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Thanks, everyone, for the advice. My box is a small tin, but I'm hoping to plant on a wooden surface, so I'm going to try tacking/nailing it down. I wouldn't have thought of that, but it's a great tip.
A new Land Conservation Preserve that welcomes letterboxes
Board: State: Connecticut
Nov 26, 2018 12:44pm
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The North Branford Land Conservation Trust will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new Preserve this Saturday, December 1st, with a hike at 9:30 and the ribbon cutting at 11:00. This new preserve is the Harrison Farm Preserve, 95 North Street, North Branford, CT. I planted a box! Check out AQ#300361.
I wanted to pass the word along that the Harrisons and the NBLCT will be delighted to have letterboxes planted in this woodland. I hope you will come visit and possibly plant!
Re: I cant even contain myself!
Board: Travel the World, Eat Some Cow Lips
Reply to: #569392 by wassamatta u
Nov 26, 2018 1:07pm
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Oh yes this is mom; there is a STRONG facial resemblance. Lucky Wassa
Mr. Grinch Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Nov 26, 2018 1:27pm
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Good afternoon all! There are still spaces available for the Mr. Grinch LTC. Hope you can join this fun holiday tracker!!!

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10028

Happy Holidays!
Jlsd0218/Lindsey
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968750 by NandJ
Nov 26, 2018 1:33pm
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Below is my initial response
https://www.atlasquest.com/boards/message.php?msgId=968707

Now that you've revealed that you have been boxing for almost 20 years your original post is pure troll or a gag. 30 commercial stamp light post boxes in parking lots? Fess up! There are not many 20-year boxers in circulation!

:)
Re: Happy Cake Day Snake Doctor
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Reply to: #968736 by jlsd0218
Nov 26, 2018 1:48pm
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I agree 100%!
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968750 by NandJ
Nov 26, 2018 1:53pm
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Really, no need to be snarky.

It's not being snarky to express the opinion that I don't feel it's necessary or a good idea to dummy down boxing in order to entice not particularly interested people into doing it. It's not snarky to point out that your impression of all boxes being buried deep in the woods is incorrect. It's not snarky to point out that there are tons of easy boxes for people to find.

And one would wonder why, if you've been boxing for 20 years as you say, you didn't point that out in your original post???? If it's true it would have given a totally different impression of your intent. It would not change my opinion and probably not the opinions of several others *about* the idea of planting the 30 easy boxes to entice people into boxing. But a 20 year boxer offering an idea like that is quite different than a newbie offering it up. Not better, just different.

I find it interesting that after these 20 years you have all of a sudden decided to plant three boxes and ask where to buy stamps. And if you've been around for 20 years you should *know* there are lots of easy boxes and be able to communicate this to potential boxers.

Your response to Kelsung......
Are you depressed because people new to the hobby maybe don't see it the same way you do? - isn't that true of nearly any hobby?

Since you say you haven't been able to entice anyone into boxing it gives the impression that you are new.

Geocaching has a greater following than letterboxing because they aren't elite.

Ok, they have a greater following....so what? And I think that boxing for 20 years.....if it's true ......and not joining AQ and the rest of the messy crowd is a lot more elitist than any of us ever could be.

Like someone just said while I was typing this......troll or gag. Pick one.
Re: I cant even contain myself!
Board: Travel the World, Eat Some Cow Lips
Reply to: #569516 by CraigInCT
Nov 26, 2018 2:07pm
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Craig???
Re: Happy Cake Day Snake Doctor
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Reply to: #968736 by jlsd0218
Nov 26, 2018 2:09pm
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I agree 100%!
Re: Looking for a Challenge?
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #968732 by Sagacorn
Nov 26, 2018 2:09pm
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I don't know, hence the scrolling. :)
Re: Looking for a Challenge?
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #968732 by Sagacorn
Nov 26, 2018 2:19pm
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The finder will have to answer but a
little digging on LbNA . . .

;)
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968679 by NandJ
Nov 26, 2018 2:22pm
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I’m predicting the much-maligned newbie smackdown, as most of us have had this very lament and postulated to the boards all kinds of ways to improve the hobby. You are in very good company.

This is the first time I’ve seen someone post every, single letterboxers’ pet peeves all in one fool-proof solution -- except maybe suggesting people shout “Rah-rah” while conspicuously and badly rehiding the box with a ten-foot pile of – oh, wait. We’re in the parking lot. Nevermind.

I’ll be as gentle as I can. It’s easy to defend those who prefer/need short hikes over long, don’t particularly care about the artistry of the boxes, (i.e. store-bought stamps and lamp skirts in parking lots), aren’t interested in planting or carving (it’s always been fine to box and not plant a blessed thing – come find my boxes!), cannot tolerate disappointment (box might be missing), and cannot or will not invest any time pursuing hobby, and probably don’t much like walking at all. Any of those are pretty fine, but what you have when you have all of them? Someone who just gave you the, “I can’t go out with you on Saturday because I’m washing my hair.”

Do you really want this? I try to plant something I myself would like to find. Am I supposed to stop handcarving stamps, seeking out suitable/interesting/pretty or at least safe places to plant, start buying stamps and planting places where retrieval is effortless and guaranteed – essentially going backward skill-wise -- to accommodate people who need a simpler form of letterboxing?

We have to further dumb down a hobby that at its basic level is essentially reading while walking? Do YOU want to go letterboxing with those folks? I guess every shampoo bottle has its lid.

I would say that the dearth of letterboxers is perhaps already related to the unlathered mass’ antipathy toward sweat equity. I’d say there’s room for all kinds for sure, but why work so hard swaying the uninterested? Let them lather, rinse, repeat.
Re: Turkey Carving?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #968606 by Wronghat
Nov 26, 2018 2:25pm
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What?!!! This is the first year I haven't escaped my family to go boxing. Not too terrible, though. They were here helping me get my house livable after Harvey. Who thought painting baseboard could be so relaxing? Probably the fumes.
Forest themed stamps?
Board: Stamp Swap
Nov 26, 2018 3:04pm
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We are looking to borrow a set of stamps (anywhere between 10-20) to place temporarily (just for the day) on a 2 mile loop on a trail in the Ocala National Forest in Florida.
Don't need them until the beginning of March but am doing a shout out now to get on the wait list in case they are being shared regularly.
Am happy to pay the shipping.
Thanks,
Three Flamigos
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968740 by dingus dufus
Nov 26, 2018 3:26pm
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Btw, we all randomly check guard rails at interesting locations right?

Oh, man. That was you? Sorry about the puddle.
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968766 by Wry Me
Nov 26, 2018 3:37pm
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Oh, man. That was you? Sorry about the puddle.

By “puddle”, you mean ‘brown spot’?
Heathen!
Re: Looking for a Challenge?
Board: State: Massachusetts
Reply to: #968762 by dingus dufus
Nov 26, 2018 4:21pm
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Not a bad thought, but you might have to go further back than that. Wayback, one might say...
Re: A new Land Conservation Preserve that welcomes letterboxes
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968753 by R
Nov 26, 2018 4:22pm
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Great news! And thank you for planting this new letterbox for the Illinois Bicentennial virtual event. We need about 40 more to reach our goal of 200 boxes -one box for each year Illinois has been a State! R and I have something in common- both of us grew up in Illinois!

TeachJR