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Re: Magnifying Lamp
Board: Tools of the Trade
Reply to: #976338 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jun 14, 2019 12:03pm
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Seconding this. I have this one too, I can’t say enough good about it.
Re: Caveman's event was a big success!
Board: State: Illinois
Reply to: #976358 by caveman-80-inc.
Jun 14, 2019 12:52pm
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We actually started thinking about 2020 possibilities.

I was incredibly impressed with your massively huge ambitions, until I realized the "2020" was a year...
Re: Ignored boxes
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #976359 by Green Tortuga
Jun 14, 2019 2:52pm
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I said I had not seen or heard of ::some:: of the boxes that came up in the search. I didn't say this particular series. It's actually remained on my to-do list for years and I just found two of the boxes.

But thanks. I'm sure you're right.
sleeping giant box updates
Board: State: Connecticut
Jun 14, 2019 3:43pm
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I'm going to start this list of boxes that have been checked on at Sleeping Giant. I didn't see the earlier post today about people going to the park to check boxes or I would have joined in, but I did go and start checking some boxes. I think it would be helpful if, once checked, we add to the list of boxes at the Giant. I hope you'll all agree and list boxes as you check them.
Box Q5 of the Q series AQ Box #88610 checked and available
Box Q6 of the Q series AQ box 88610 checked and available
Box Q 9 of the series AQ box 88610 missing
Texas State Stamp LBNA 13472 checked and available
Ogham hole plug C AQ Box #202518 checked and available
A very good year AQ Box #3794 checked and available
Charlotte's Web hitchhiker hostel box 182734 available (with a hitchhiker too!)
Box 3 of the 12 for 12 series AQ Box #211642 checked and available
Hobbomock's BBQ part of Sleeping Giant LbNA # 9217 series is available
Say It With Flowers LbNA # 12632 area is so covered with blowdowns I could not find the box.
Re: Ignored boxes
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #976347 by Janila
Jun 14, 2019 4:39pm
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Well, the ignore button is perilously close to the watch box button. Sometimes I ignore a box, and later I question why after it showed up on Box Radar or something that drew my attention to it.

This is called "53 and tired."

I go to find it and realize it had a million attempts on LbNA when I'm home logging finds.

Or I reread the clues, "take your smelly hiker rear into the business, announce to the counter person why you are there. They will or will not fetch the box for you, and after you're done stamping, it will get awkward while you try to feign interest in the tchochke merchandise and pretend you're not going to leave without buying anything -- because you sorta owe them."

Or my favorite to date, true story: "go to such-and-such apartments. On the patio, under the big plant, is the box. Don't let the cat out, and the dog isn't nearly as scary as he looks. Try not to look toward the sliding glass door, or my grandpa, though blind, will see your shadow and shoot you without even leaving his easy chair." I may have made up the grandpa, but does it really matter?
Re: sleeping giant box updates
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #976363 by DevilinDog
Jun 14, 2019 4:57pm
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Cooledcoyote and I were at the other end. The top of the head is surprisingly fine. A few blowdowns but not much. But along the Tower Trail at the higher elevations there are areas where a LOT of trees have blown over, so much so that the view is actually much better as you're walking along the trail. I rather liked it.

Toonces the Driving Cat: Couldn't find, but not related to the storm damage. Overgrown vegetation. EDIT: Found, relocated.
Eye of Canada: OK, but one of "two trees hugging" is down.
Sky 2015: Little Green Sprout - buried under new boulders at the edge of the Tower Trail (anything on the edge of the Tower Trail is likely to be lost)
Sky 2015 Memories (bonus): Couldn't find, but it's likely there buried. Large tree it was next to was uprooted.
Re: sleeping giant box updates
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #976365 by Trailhead Tessie
Jun 14, 2019 5:11pm
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Moana 1,2,3 ok although 2’s tree has fallen and box is now at base of tree at waist level. Box 4 major tree damage and what I believe was the ; sister split apart on ground, did not find box, did not attempt box 5 at this time. Quiet on the Set Funnymen missing, QOTS Columbo, Sleeping Giant Hobbomock Wandering Mind and Singing Harp ok, Brain Freeze is missing but not storm related. Pixie Hollow Clank also covered in rubble debris on side on trail so retired.
Re: FLAG DAY is today !
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976352 by ArnoldZiffel
Jun 14, 2019 10:52pm
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We fly the flag every day at our house and so do a lot of other people in our neighborhood.
Stamp Tracker Set Up
Board: Event News and Planning
Jun 15, 2019 5:45am
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As per someone's suggestion on Fb whose trail name I do not know, I set up a tracker for the Things We Are Afraid Of stamps. We could still use stamps, so please check it out! Thank you.

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10249
Re: FLAG DAY is today !
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976367 by QueenMother'n'CloudWalker
Jun 15, 2019 7:17am
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We also fly a flag daily but no one else in the neighborhood does.
Re: Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #976313 by Trailhead Tessie
Jun 15, 2019 1:11pm
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I just did the Moana series on the orange trail. I couldn’t find #4. I think I was at the right tree but it was uprooted. I looked all around it but never found a box. The others are in good shape!
Re: Safari Man Quest
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #975603 by Angel Winks
Jun 15, 2019 1:27pm
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Thanks so much for the maintenance work and glad you had a good time. I am SUPER jealous about the first find, I must have been among the masses that missed it! I took a niece to find some of his plants at Mountwood Park east of Parkersburg, W. Va. yesterday and several had been "relocated" out in the open. Grrrr!
BTOTP!!!
Board: State: Ohio
Jun 15, 2019 1:57pm
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Every time I think you guys have reached the apex of your spectacular events, you prove me wrong! I seriously don't understand how you manage to move the bar up each and every time! Thank you so much for all the hard work and excellent planning that went into it and thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out to make this a reality!
Re: sleeping giant box updates
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #976366 by cooledcoyote
Jun 15, 2019 2:25pm
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Moana box 5 is also alive and well.
Re: BTOTP!!!
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #976372 by Public Hand
Jun 15, 2019 2:43pm
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Agreed! What a tremendous fun time. Boxes galore, food enough to fill up an elephant, wonderful friendly people from seems like everywhere. And most importantly some of the bestest hostestess and volunteers one could ask for.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Thanks so much for the tremendous venue. It's such a beautiful location.
We had a great time even with the little rain we had. It was an excellent weekend.
Revival of long ago boxer?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Jun 15, 2019 2:46pm
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Is it really true?

Compass Points. A new box planted, too...
Welcome back.

OD
Re: BTOTP!!!
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #976372 by Public Hand
Jun 15, 2019 2:56pm
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YES! This event was amazing! Everything was perfectly matched to the theme right down to some of the foods and those in costume.
The hospitality was incredible as well. A great group of ladies did an extraordinary job. Hats off to you!!!
new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Jun 15, 2019 3:18pm
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Do you guys ever re-cut yours? I made mine three years ago, the very first stamp I ever did, out of a pink eraser using an old blunt x-acto knife. I've gotten a LOT better at linocuts and I like the artform a lot! (Thanks letterboxing!) But I still feel kinda attached to my first one ever. It's got a simplicity - because I couldn't do anything complicated - that makes it a good on-the-go stamp. It stamps pretty cleanly because there aren't too many delicate lines. Also, it's now me! It's my symbol. So I don't know.

What about you? Have you changed your stamp?
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 3:20pm
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Well now I want to see your carve.
Where is it?
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 3:40pm
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Have you changed your stamp?

Jabber changes about every month. Why not keep the original and carve a new one and use as the mood strikes you? I've got my original, a small one for small logbooks, and one with Semicolon for when we box together, which is most of the time.
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 4:17pm
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My first dog stamp was a store bought, used it for about 3 months before I carved my own which is now about two years old and has been stamped literally thousands of times now.

I plan on carving a mini-sig stamp for tiny logbooks but otherwise plan on using mine til it can’t be used no more. Also its a carving of my dog which makes it more personal to me.
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976379 by Wronghat
Jun 15, 2019 4:31pm
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We have 3 in our boxing box - small, medium and biggest. Also, about half of the time we produce an LTC we carve a new sig stamp for it.
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976378 by BinoBoxer
Jun 15, 2019 4:33pm
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Ha ha, looking at your sig stamp I JUST now got your trail name.
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 4:43pm
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I have been using the same pink eraser stamp for 17 years (though I don't find many boxes so it hasn't been used all that much). As long as it holds up, I'll keep using it for the same reason you stated: I'm attached to it.

I did carve a fancier one years ago and I think I used it on a couple of postal letterboxes, but it didn't feel authentic. I don't even know where it is now.

You could always carve another stamp and try it out. Maybe it will feel more "you" than the old one. If not, just go back to your original. :)
Re: BTOTP!!!
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #976372 by Public Hand
Jun 15, 2019 5:04pm
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So well said. Thanks to not only our fabulous hosts, GypsyLadybug and Cookie Cutter, but also all the extra hands involved. I thank you, and my grandchildren thank you for all the clowny fun we are going to have together!
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 5:15pm
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Do you guys ever re-cut yours? I made mine three years ago, the very first stamp I ever did, out of a pink eraser using an old blunt x-acto knife. I've gotten a LOT better at linocuts and I like the artform a lot! (Thanks letterboxing!) But I still feel kinda attached to my first one ever.

My first two carves were on pink erasers; I wanted to try out carving before I committed to using other material. I used an X-acto knife, but not a blunt one. My first carve was for a geocaching letterbox hybrid, which is too far from any landmarks (except sagebrush) to list here; it must be found using a GPSr.

My second carve was my (first) signature stamp. However, I used it enough that it had lost too much detail. I still have it though. I keep it with the other carves of my signature stamps. They are all the same image because I started with an idea I like and I haven't come up with anything I like better.

My second signature stamp carve I messed up too many of the details on the lettering. I flipped it over and carved on the other side because the outline has mirror symmetry. It is much better, and I carved it before my original stamp gave out. I used it for a while, but decided that I could carve better.

My third signature stamp carve is my best. Besides getting the lettering better, I also added my home town at the bottom of my stamp. It was good enough for me to mount it on a wooden block, so that it is easier to stamp.
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976382 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jun 15, 2019 5:19pm
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I didn’t carve my sig stamp myself but after reading this thread I’m inspired to make a mini sig to carry along.
Happy Cake Day karmakat
Board: State: Georgia
Jun 15, 2019 5:35pm
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You and your meow buddies have a great day!
Re: BTOTP!!!
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #976372 by Public Hand
Jun 15, 2019 5:39pm
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Thank you for a wonderful weekend of your creativity in a beautiful park!

TeachJR
Re: new personal stamps
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #976377 by coldsnap
Jun 15, 2019 5:41pm
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I used a store-bought stamp for about a year, then carved my own. A few years later, when my carving skills had improved, I made a new 2 part stamp. I still use it sometimes, but it got to be too putzy to have to ink up 2 stamps in 2 different colors every time I stamped in. So, I carved stamp #3, which is the one I use most of the time, now. It has an updated image that includes my trail name.