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Re: Mystery Postal #418
Board: Postals
Reply to: #969811 by IrishRef
Dec 31, 2018 12:38pm
Thread Board
Can't wait to try again!
Re: Oregon Trail Event in June
Board: Region: Pacific Northwest
Reply to: #969807 by X Marks The Spot
Dec 31, 2018 12:52pm
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Thank you so much! We look forward to both your contribution AND seeing you again.

Hugs,
Maiden
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969783 by Angel Winks
Dec 31, 2018 1:04pm
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How do you all decide what deserves a 5, 4, 3, 2, and a 1?

This is an interesting question, and there are probably almost as many answers as there are letterboxers. When this was discussed on the boards several years ago, I remember one person saying something along the lines of she awarded 0 points or 1 point in each of 5 categories, something like hand-carved stamp, handmade logbook, good container, good clues, and interesting hike. She then tallied the points to arrive at her rating. My thought was, "wow, I don't do it like that at all."

My ratings are more subjective. I definitely will rate higher for hand-carved than store-bought, and I can't imagine ever giving a 5 to a store-bought stamp. But if the store-bought stamp has clever clues and at least ties in to the surroundings I'll rate it higher than I would otherwise. I'll also rank boxes that involve an experience higher than a drive-by. Again, I rarely will give a drive-by a 5 even if it's an amazing carve.

I see that currently my average rating is 3.16, with a distribution of 7% 5s, 24% 4s, 47% 3s, 21% 2s, and 1% 1s. I'll give a 3 to an average box. For a 4, the box has to have something special--a really good carve or creative clues or something. Fives are the remarkable boxes that bring everything together, the ones I'll always remember. A two would be a subpar box--not much effort went into it. Ones are rare, but I might give a one if I thought the box was placed where you might hurt yourself retrieving it (e.g. a lumber pile with exposed nails), or if it was just disappointing all the way around, like a random store-bought stamp placed behind a dumpster.
Re: Letterboxing New Year's resolutions?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969800 by PiggyJaunt
Dec 31, 2018 2:08pm
Thread Board
Let's see... I'm planting over 400 for Final Flight... How about that😂😜😂
Re: Replace, two-in-one, or new box?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #969746 by AdventurousAcorn
Dec 31, 2018 2:23pm
Thread Board
A Bonus Box is a Excellent idea,with a A New Log Book!
Re: Replace, two-in-one, or new box?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #969779 by PI Joe
Dec 31, 2018 2:27pm
Thread Board
Anything after the box with the logbook should be a bonus. Just my thoughts.

I usually have the box with the logbook be the final box, but not always. Sometimes I find a spot that I think might be better (e.g. a larger hiding spot, if I'm using a bigger box) earlier on in the series, so I'll plant it there.

I only use one logbook when I plant a series. And I almost always use black ink for the stamps in my boxes, unlike a certain pair of planters who I'll call "Team WetDirtMug" to hide their identities.
Re: Letterboxing New Year's resolutions?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969803 by paper trail
Dec 31, 2018 3:00pm
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do they have to be permanent traditional plants? I always do a holiday series in Missouri which is only planted through winter.
Re: Letterboxing New Year's resolutions?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969800 by PiggyJaunt
Dec 31, 2018 3:06pm
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I just planted my third one today.

Honestly without the challenge, I don't think I'd push myself to get one out there. I got this one ready with a two day notice.
January BOTM
Board: State: Florida
Dec 31, 2018 3:19pm
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January Box of the Month will be out tomorrow AM!

Santa Mickey and December BOTM will also be here!

Stop on by!

BB
Re: Oct 2005 DUNE FLYER
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969813 by dixie darlin
Dec 31, 2018 3:46pm
Thread Board
So cool!
Our first plant has already gone missing.

Here's to many more years for your box!!
Re: Mystery Postal #418
Board: Postals
Reply to: #969811 by IrishRef
Dec 31, 2018 3:58pm
Thread Board
Sorry that my Orange beat up on your Mountaineers!
Re: Oregon Trail Event in June
Board: Region: Pacific Northwest
Reply to: #969807 by X Marks The Spot
Dec 31, 2018 4:12pm
Thread Board
Ditto what Maiden said.
It will be great to see you again and your boxes are legendary.
Re: Letterboxing New Year's resolutions?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969823 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Dec 31, 2018 4:36pm
Thread Board
Since the goal is to increase our permanent plants in the state, these boxes should be permanent, not temporary or just for events.
Re: Letterboxing New Year's resolutions?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969797 by Angel and Demon
Dec 31, 2018 4:40pm
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I've decided to aim for at least 1 plant each month during 2019. I need some sort of deadline or something to get me moving, too many stamps sitting in a pile (next to the containers so I don't really have an excuse).

I though of inviting others to join me, and was about to post asking for advice for how I could do that (tracker, etc)? - sort of like a letterbox-hiding-support-group. I wasn't aware of the Power Plant Challenge; so glad it was reposted in this thread. Thanks!
Re: Sign him up
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #969793 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 31, 2018 5:04pm
Thread Board
Maybe we could get him to plant rubber stamps in Britain, so they will have letterboxing like we do

Isn't that where boxing started??
Re: Letterboxing Conversations
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #969181 by Angel Winks
Dec 31, 2018 5:33pm
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Happy New Year, Michigan and followers of the Michigan Board!

I just put 3 grandchildren to bed after a night of playing and it's going to be an early night for me. No watching the ball drop at midnight.

However, I wanted to pass on what I've been reading about on the Letterbox Chatter board. I have to say that I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE if there were more letterboxes planted in Michigan! So who is up for the challenge of getting 10 boxes planted by April 30? Of course, you could be an overachiever and try for 50...

Anyway, I thought I'd throw it out there.

Angel Winks
*who loves letterboxing in Michigan

"Nov 17, 2018: Power Plant Challenge
Calling all letterboxers: It's time to plant more boxes!

On the looooong ride back from L&B, fellow boxers and I were discussing the future of letterboxing in North Carolina and decided:
1. We want to be able to find more letterboxes in NC
and
2. Newer letterboxers would be attracted to letterboxing if they don't strike out on their first few searches due to older MIA boxes

Therefore - we have created a Power Plant challenge! We challenge all letterboxers to plant 10 traditional boxes in the next six months. Imagine - if even 10 boxers accepted the challenge - that would be 100 new boxes. If 40 boxers did it, 400 new boxes in the state for everyone to enjoy! Even if planting is not your favorite part of letterboxing - the only way to get new boxes (and boxers) is to plant - so let's all plant together!

~ Of course, there are prizes ~
Participants who plant at least ten traditional permanent plants between Nov. 1 and April 30 will receive a Power Planter Patch.
Participants who plant at least 50 traditional permanent plants between Nov. 1 and April 30 will receive a Power Planter Path tag.
There will be special recognition and a grand prize (TBD) for the participant who plants the most traditional permanent plants during this six month period.

~ Quality is important ~
While this is a planting challenge, it's important to still think through your permanent plant - don't just toss boxes out and hope for the best. Plant boxes in locations you would be able to check on, are safe from muggle meddling, and will hopefully be around for quite a while. Drive by, long hike, easy clue, challenging puzzle - and all shapes and sizes of letterboxes in between - those details are up to you. You could do a series or individual boxes. Since the goal is to increase our permanent plants in the state, these boxes should be permanent, not temporary or just for events.

~ Other details: boxers and boxes everwhere are welcome!
Anyone can participate - even boxers in other states
You can plant anywhere - even other states (letterboxing while traveling is a grand adventure)!

~ OK - you're IN - how to participate:
1. Send me an AQ message to let me know you want to participate! You can contact me at any time during our six month challenge.
2. Plant at least ten boxes (or way more) over the next six months (Nov. 1 through April 30, 2019).
3. We will recognize all participants at the big GeekFest event in Raleigh at the start of May. You do not need to be present to participate (but we know you want to come to this huge event). We will share all the participants who qualify for the patch and pathtag, and announce the grand prize winner. If you are not able to attend GeekFest, we will send you your patch/path tag through snailmail.

Let me know if you have any questions, and plant on, NC! (Super Hedge Hoggie)

Power Plant Challenge brought to you by:
Airstream Dreams
Bluebird
Mouse Nanny
Sudoku Crazy
Super Hedge Hoggie"
Re: Letterboxing New Year's resolutions?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969830 by Bon Echo
Dec 31, 2018 7:20pm
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I though of inviting others to join me, and was about to post asking for advice for how I could do that (tracker, etc)? - sort of like a letterbox-hiding-support-group.

Planting day in West Austin
The Orville, Season 2 Episode 1
Board: Television: After the Show Ends
Dec 31, 2018 7:31pm
Thread Board
Received 12/31/2018

To: <Name Redacted>
From: Corporate HR
Re: Restroom Etiquette


Mr. <Redacted>:
It has come to our attention, via numerous complaints, that we seem to be having an issue regarding common restroom etiquette. Several employees whose cubicles are near the Men's Restroom have emailed us regarding "loud yelling in a foreign tongue" coming from said restroom recently. These complaints, according to eyewitnesses, seem to revolve around your visits. To be blunt... please stop yelling in the restroom once you have done your "business". It is distracting and, frankly, perplexing. What exactly does "Ja-Loja" mean, anyway?
Sincerely, HR
New techniques tracker for making LTCs
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Dec 31, 2018 7:49pm
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https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10054

Here's an idea for several trackers to be posted in 2019. Participants agree to watch an instructional You Tube video together and we will all experiment and try something new. The main objective is to learn and have FUN!
Happy New Year to our Eastern Coasters!!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Dec 31, 2018 9:01pm
Thread Board
Happy 2019 to you! May all your boxing dreams for the next year come true!

FORAYCH - Western Coaster...still in 2018 :)
Re: Happy New Year to our Eastern Coasters!!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969836 by FORAYCH
Dec 31, 2018 9:10pm
Thread Board
Happy New Year-to-be from the East Coast to you and the folks in the other time zones!

(Hubby and I can't believe we're still awake...)
Re: Happy New Year to our Eastern Coasters!!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969836 by FORAYCH
Dec 31, 2018 9:24pm
Thread Board
We've been celebrating for two days "Down Under".... Close to 500 boxers from 8 countries NOT including the US....

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!!
Re: Happy New Year to our Eastern Coasters!!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969838 by Public Hand
Dec 31, 2018 10:17pm
Thread Board
What a wonderful way to celebrate New Year's. I'm sitting here watching Indiana Jones and Zentangling.
Re: Happy New Year to our Eastern Coasters!!
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #969838 by Public Hand
Dec 31, 2018 10:28pm
Thread Board
We are tremendously jealous, Public Hand. That sounds like quite the gathering!!
Re: The Orville, Season 2 Episode 1
Board: Television: After the Show Ends
Reply to: #969834 by wassamatta u
Dec 31, 2018 10:44pm
Thread Board
Great show
Reading Challenge Anyone??
Board: Reading Room
Jan 1, 2019 5:34am
Thread Board
Is anyone else doing a reading challenge this year? I've decided to try one that is 52 books in 52 weeks--simple enough for me-- but has 52 different categories, which is what will be the challenge! I feel I am stuck in a cozy mystery rut and want to expand out a bit, so hopefully this will give me some impetus and direction.

I found several good lists but settled on [www.mommymannegren.com]

Would love to share the experience!

Mama Stork
Re: Reading Challenge Anyone??
Board: Reading Room
Reply to: #969848 by Mama Stork
Jan 1, 2019 5:45am
Thread Board
I love reading challenges and I try to do one every year. I think I want to read 75 books and 55 picture books this year :)
2019 BOM
Board: State: Minnesota
Jan 1, 2019 7:36am
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I need to make the log book, but it is ready to go. If You stop by today and it’s not in it’s normal spot- knock on the door.

Happy New Year 🥳
Goofy Girl???
Board: Yakking It Up
Jan 1, 2019 7:59am
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Re: Sign him up
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #969831 by shutterbug2012
Jan 1, 2019 9:47am
Thread Board
Isn't that where boxing started??

My understanding (certainly up for correction) is that they aren't into rubber stamps in letterboxes as much as we are. Isn't it here in the US that adding rubber stamps to letterboxes started? I know they originally had postcards in letterboxes, but have rubber stamps made their way back across the pond? They probably have.