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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 8:16am
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I have my pens, a black ink pad, my logbook, sig stamp, my carving tools, and an extra piece of the pink stuff.

~Ruby
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 9:00am
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Water bottle and extra ziplock baggies. A place-holder stamp we rarely remember to put in place.
Plus all the usual accouterments.
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Reply to: #917734 by Uncorny Acorns
Jan 13, 2016 9:11am
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Whats a placeholder stamp
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 9:12am
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I don't carry around much. My logbook, sig stamp, some HHs I've picked up, markers, a stamp pad, and a compass.
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Reply to: #917735 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:00am
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It's something you put in place of the actual box while you're logging in in case a boxer comes up right behind you.
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:02am
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I use a small makeup bag. I have: sig stamp, stamp pad, index cards, pan, compass, and any hhs I have found.
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:25am
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ID incase I'm found unconscious or dead. Cell phone in case someone is after me. Water. Everyone needs constant rehydrating. Food in case I get lost. Lighter in case I'm lost overnight. Silver blanket in case I'm lost overnight. Antibiotic salve and bandages. Oh, and replacement stuff for needy boxes and index cards to stamp on. Crayola markers to color stamps with. Pen to write about the box and who boxes with me. Actually, I do carry this stuff. You never know if you hike places like Devil's Den. Plus, the weight of this stuff helps a bit for longer hikes. Actually, if you're a diabetic-and I am-You need to take care of even small injuries so they won't bet infected. You need food in case you blood sugar goes down. And diabetics are always thirsty. Did I mention toilet paper. Diabetics always have to tinkle.
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Reply to: #917744 by zinni
Jan 13, 2016 10:26am
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And compass and money.
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Reply to: #917738 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 10:33am
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It's something you put in place of the actual box while you're logging in in case a boxer comes up right behind you.

Interesting! I've never heard of that or seen one in use. I can't imagine a circumstance where I'd ever use a placeholder stamp, but I guess there must be one?

I thought maybe a placeholder stamp was this or this: you know, store-bought stamps that some people carry with them to replace someone else's missing stamp so that they can list the box as a find. Because smiley-face or jumpin'-frog stamps are always appropriate replacements that any planter would want in their box! :^|
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:37am
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I have the stuff you need like siggy stamps, black ink pad, colored markers and logbook. After those I have: tissue paper/moist wipes cause you never know when nature will call, a first aid kit, one of those portable phone battery chargers, scissors cause even tho I wear my hair up it enjoys getting stuck in random thorn bushes, hand sanitizer, gum, water, a snack, extra hair ties, a pocket knife and light.I guess nothing all that intiresting lol
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Reply to: #917746 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 10:41am
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Because smiley-face or jumpin'-frog stamps are always appropriate replacements that any planter would want in their box! :^|

Are you being sarcastic?

Make sure you type more slowly so I can follow along with your playful sarcasm ;)
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Reply to: #917746 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 10:41am
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can't imagine a circumstance where I'd ever use a placeholder stamp, but I guess there must be one?

I can't think of any reason why one would ever be needed. That's a big "huh?" from me.

store-bought stamps that some people carry with them to replace someone else's missing stamp so that they can list the box as a find. Because smiley-face or jumpin'-frog stamps are always appropriate replacements that any planter would want in their box! :^

I assume you tell the planter you replaced their stamp? Since that affects the attributes of the stamp. It's no longer a hand carved stamp and probably no longer reflects the theme of the box if there was one. I've actually never known anyone to do this.
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:48am
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We have our logbook and signature stamp for me and my husband and our three year old's signature stamp. Markers, pens, and a compass. We need to get some ink pads. For our three year old we have snacks, change of clothes and usually an extra toy that gets dragged along by him. And then for the seven month old we have diapers, wipes, change of clothes and a nursing cover in case he needs to nurse. Oh and of course a first aid kit in case of any boo boos. I've been trying to get better at carrying things for boxes that need help. So mommy carries the backpack with everything and daddy carries the baby on his back and our three year old hikes right along with us. :)
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Reply to: #917723 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 10:52am
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Yes-all of this stuff, plus, I carry HH's that I need to move along, and extra logbooks, plastic ziploc bags, and a few cammo pouches in case a box I find needs some first aid. I always try to take care of every box I find as if it were my own <3
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Reply to: #917750 by MissMoon
Jan 13, 2016 10:56am
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I assume you tell the planter you replaced their stamp? Since that affects the attributes of the stamp. It's no longer a hand carved stamp and probably no longer reflects the theme of the box if there was one. I've actually never known anyone to do this.

Nah, this isn't something I'd do. And I'd definitely never recommend that people do this!

I've found my share of crappy replacement stamps that have nothing to do with the theme, so there are obviously people who do it. I'd be very unhappy if someone stuck a stamp in one of my boxes without my permission. Okay, except for the one time that someone added a hand-carved piece of cheese stamp to a box with a rat stamp. I still don't know who did it, but I thought that was really funny and left it in there! :^)
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Reply to: #917755 by Gypsy Fiddler
Jan 13, 2016 11:00am
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zinni you should add glucose tabs
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Reply to: #917749 by Captain Obvious!
Jan 13, 2016 11:02am
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B e c a u s e s m i l e y - f a c e ...okay, you've got the picture!! ;^)
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Reply to: #917756 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 11:05am
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bahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I missed the sarcasm Captain Obvious so obviously pointed out!! I didn't even feel the breeze as it sailed over my head.

bahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I wondered........I was like.....nahhhhhh......no way.....bahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

But the whole thing about using something to hold the place of the box while stamping in still totally escapes me.
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Reply to: #917738 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 11:13am
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It's something you put in place of the actual box while you're logging in in case a boxer comes up right behind you.

I just gotta open this can of worms and ask............Could you explain this? Cuz in all the years I've been boxing I have never heard of such a thing or seen anyone do this. Like Ever. Why do you do this?
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Reply to: #917738 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 11:18am
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Do you mean that you have a stand-in that you temporarily put in place of the letterbox while you whisk away that box you found to do your stamping and logging? Like a seat holder of sorts or a ball marker on a golf green? Interesting if that is the case. We've missed boxes that were out being stamped into in the past.
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Reply to: #917761 by MissMoon
Jan 13, 2016 11:21am
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I missed the sarcasm Captain Obvious so obviously pointed out!! I didn't even feel the breeze as it sailed over my head.

LOL!! I obviously need to practice my sarcasm skills!! I thought they were pretty well-honed. ;^)

But the whole thing about using something to hold the place of the box while stamping in still totally escapes me.

Agreed! I hope someone can explain! I've run into plenty of letterboxers on the trails without ever having a problem. Maybe if someone was doing a tor?
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Reply to: #917765 by dingus dufus
Jan 13, 2016 11:23am
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We've missed boxes that were out being stamped into in the past.

Really? Maybe at an event? I'm trying to think if this ever happened when we were boxing in Andover but can't recall.
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Reply to: #917765 by dingus dufus
Jan 13, 2016 11:27am
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Even if that were the case, (Which sounds like it is) I wouldn't want to have any stamp put in its place just so I can say that I found it- I'd rather come back another day.
Would it technically count as "found" if you found the box but the stamp that was meant to be there wasn't?
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Reply to: #917768 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 11:28am
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This has happened in the busier locations where a stamping boxer would try to hide from the general public. Several times in ME around the Portland area for us. But a little token that said "this box is currently being stamp in and will be back shortly" could make a neat personal traveler to come across
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Reply to: #917769 by StampingIsMyForte
Jan 13, 2016 11:32am
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Would it technically count as "found" if you found the box but the stamp that was meant to be there wasn't?

If there's no stamp in the box, I don't count it as a find.

I will count mostly crumbled stamps (*#^$ MasterCarve!) as well as stamps completely enclosed in a block of ice, however.
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Reply to: #917769 by StampingIsMyForte
Jan 13, 2016 11:32am
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Even if that were the case, (Which sounds like it is) I wouldn't want to have any stamp put in its place just so I can say that I found it- I'd rather come back another day.

This is exactly what it is for (as mentioned, like a "Seat Holder"). But the purpose is not to have a REPLACEMENT, but simply to let you know "it isn't missing, be patient a few minutes and it will be put back". If you go to find a box and it isn't there.. you would naturally assume it is missing. But if you find one of these, you know the box exists, and will be replaced momentarily.

I have seen these used to VERY good effect at events. It makes a lot of sense. It is probably not as big an issue (unless your timing is incredibly bad) on regular boxes in the wild.
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Reply to: #917773 by wassamatta u
Jan 13, 2016 11:39am
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darnit, Mr. Wassa, you use your keyboard prettier than a twenty dollar editor.

Thanks for clarifying my muddled message
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Reply to: #917774 by dingus dufus
Jan 13, 2016 12:06pm
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Let me throw this wrench in the program-since we're on the subject of placeholder stamps why not put a cute little place holder card in there instead? You know the ones where they have them hanging on the door at restaurants or businesses saying be back in 10 minutes .... You could make a really cute card with a stamp you have carved And laminate it. I could see how these we come in super handy for events ! Just food for thought
Oh and even better food for thought how about making LTC's out of them ? That would always be fun to !!!! But the rule would be if you take the LTC you have to replace it with another " right back " ltc !
Oh what fun
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Reply to: #917746 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 12:12pm
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I can't imagine a circumstance where I'd ever use a placeholder stamp, but I guess there must be one?

If you came upon an extra stamp that explained you found the right spot but the box was in use; wouldn't you want that stamp (and maybe an exchange as well?) Sometimes in urban-y settings we head down trail for awhile before stopping to stamp in.

As I said, we often forget to use it. We've missed a stamp only to realize when trying to log an attempt that another boxer must have been stamping in stealthily. And probably thought we were muggles enjoying the view. (Klutzy muggles, with untied shoes and slippery sets of keys.)
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Reply to: #917777 by System
Jan 13, 2016 12:12pm
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