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Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260590 by Mama Stork
Aug 1, 2008 6:01am
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I have a really busy evening, so I am going to post this early. That way Mama Stork won't have to put me on the naughty chair.

Our last day in CT was a whirlwind before leaving on the evening flight. We focused our efforts on one set of boxes Noah’s Ark (29 boxes, 5 or 6 add ons and the ever present CT bonus boxes). Each stamp carved by a different carver around the country – some whose stuff I had encountered in my travels. There was the ark, noah and then animals in pairs of all varieties. BPD utilized his superhero power of finding boxes that we had no clues for – in this case Brother Cadfael. I have NO IDEA HOW HE DOES THIS!!! Just a great concept for these boxes and BPD and I thought it might be fun to organize one of these for the Cinti area – the theme – favorite childhood vacation. Probably colored by our trip to the A&W for the FLOAT ON DOWN box. BPD and I both have very fond memories of the A&W drive-ins while on family trips to MN. (But secretly - not as good as the Hosmer Mtn stuff).

We got an unplanned exchange when we came across a family of 5 who were OBVIOUSLY also looking for Noah and not being stealthy. We introduced ourselves and asked if we could exchange stamps. Stampede -5 had never heard of exchanges or gathers. Huh? Philistines! And they had been boxing for 3 years! So we explained about AQ which they had no knowledge of. It was fun. Stampede mom told us that she had a T shirt that said 'Recovering Letterbox addict – hide your Tupperware'. I WANT one!!!

At this point we have pushed the time limit to the last moment and head to Providence for our return flight - smelly, hair full of leaves and twigs. Your worst nightmare for a seatmate on a plane. We return the car and slide in just in time for FLIGHT DELAYED. Ronald Reagen where we are connecting is closed due to weather. Teeth grinding at the fact that we could have gotten a couple more boxes. But we eventually leave only an hour or so behind schedule. We are probably gonna miss our connecting flight in DC, so we adapt our plans and decide it would be fun to get a cab and tool around DC at night and look at all the monuments lit up. We fly all the way to DC. The pilot comes on with what we think are gonna be the usual landing announcements. But NO!!! Dude says that Ronald Reagan has a curfew of 10:30 and we are going to miss it by 15 minutes. This just seems ridiculous to me that a major airport in our nation’s capitol has a curfew like a teenage girl??? So we are going back to Providence. BPD and I just bust out laughing – it is so like an episode of Groundhog Day. Our fellow passengers, none too happy with our aromatic bouquet and sunburned faces give us the hairy eye ball. We just laugh harder - like hyenas.

We are the last off the plane. Last in line to re-book a flight. It is 11PM and the clerks are soooo slow. We have hiked all day. Missed a couple more meals. Someone is kinda getting crabby again ☺. So we grab a seat and just people watch. Not like we are gonna get any more last-er. The gate agents and passengers all just stressing, tired and BITCHING at one another. So BPD and I start cracking jokes and making each other laugh. We are a little sleep deprived and one of us also has low blood sugar so it isn't very hard to be entertained. BPD is very good at this once you get him going. Our antics seem to annoy every one - that we aren’t behaving in the prescribed way for delayed passengers. In other words acting like THEM. Quite sure they thought there were some strange fungi in our backpacks (overstuffed and now bleeding out clue papers everywhere) that were the source of all the hilarity.

But we both notice that the glares eventually turn into smiles as we continue to clown and goof around. We listen as flight after flight fills. Looks like we will be leaving on the red eye tomorrow night at the same time. So we are pleasantly surprised when the agent FINALLY gets to us. She smiles bc we are still cracking each other up. Maybe she also recognizes that we made her job a little easier over the last 2 hours by volunteering to be the airport clowns. And she routes us back to Columbus thru Charlotte. Good news. We leave at 8 AM. Bad news. It is now 2AM and it seems silly to get a hotel for 4 hours. BPD and I camp out like some homeless folk, who we are starting to resemble more and more with each passing hour. We entertain ourselves with the photobooth on my laptop – will be posting those too bc they are exceptionally hilarious. We sleep on the airport floor (YUCK) and eat crap out of the vending machines. BPD is still in possession of some Hosmer Mtn Soda that he wants to take home to Kanga-Sue and the girls. I know he is holding some birch beer and I want it! Luckily I fell asleep before it got ugly.

The rest of the trip is uneventful. We both are out cold from PVD to Charlotte, and again from Charlotte to Columbus. BPD returns home to the wife and girls. And I make my regular monthly massage at 7PM.

Final box count 50 (not quite our 100 dream boxes). We managed to get only one of donutz716 whose stamps are phenomenal. 1 little HH came home with us. But we had fun as always.

Now about next year……..
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260633 by antimony
Aug 1, 2008 6:08am
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Good Morning Antimony!

Thanks for the wrap up--and thanks for a nice reminder of how to roll with the punches :)

See you around soon, I hope!

MS
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260639 by Mama Stork
Aug 1, 2008 6:11am
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Will be out on the trail w/ Sno at the BCOD tomorrow. So you never know.

And then it is back to my cave until the end of August. :-(
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260633 by antimony
Aug 1, 2008 7:09am
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Okay---this time last week, I was completely caught up on all AQ boards I follow and my IN box was down to a key 5 messages. I have fallen SO far behind on the Ohio board and it only seems to be getting worse.

So I will say this for now....antimony, I am now reading your posts in reverse order and part 4 is hilarious! I skimmed others' responses to you and you have provided not only great
airport clown
entertainment----but I would say that you have managed to do that same here as well! Well done!!!

Does BPD know you have shared all this?? =D

Happy belated birthday!
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260680 by Trailtracker
Aug 1, 2008 8:06am
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baby brother doesn't keep up with the boards - giving me free reign to say what please w/o repurcussions
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260633 by antimony
Aug 1, 2008 8:46am
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Quote Stampede mom told us that she had a T shirt that said 'Recovering Letterbox addict – hide your Tupperware'. I WANT one!!!


After a quick google search, I didn't get a hit on that phrase, but I DID get a hit on the phrase, "I'm a member of Letterboxers Anonymous, hide your Tupperware" - http://www.dixiegraphix.com/shop/letterbox/shirts/main.html

I personally love the camo "You can't see me, I'm letterboxing" one.

Doodle Bug.
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260741 by Doodle and Deedle Bug
Aug 1, 2008 8:52am
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doodle bug

how FUN!!! thank you for finding those. gonna have a hard time limiting my selection to one or two for my personal collection.

bonus - it looks like a couple christmas gifts can be crossed off too and it is only August.
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260745 by antimony
Aug 1, 2008 3:13pm
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Do you know my size?
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260944 by Lindsays Snowman
Aug 1, 2008 3:17pm
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Do you know my size?


Funny, I was gonna ask her the same thing. I want the camo one!
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 the PHOTOS
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260946 by Mama Stork
Aug 1, 2008 4:07pm
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OK all the photos are up in an album called Birthday LB 2008.

make sure you see the last 2 or three - they should help set the tone for the WHOLE trip.
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260741 by Doodle and Deedle Bug
Aug 1, 2008 5:39pm
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"I'm a member of Letterboxers Anonymous, hide your Tupperware" - http://www.dixiegraphix.com/shop/letterbox/shirts/main.html


Adding this to my favorites list and calling it "Buy me these for Christmas or Birthday!" :)
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #260713 by antimony
Aug 13, 2008 7:03pm
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OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH REALLY!!!!!!

baby brother???? is watching :{>
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #267166 by bigpoppaduz
Aug 13, 2008 7:12pm
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oops!

i stand corrected.

welcome back bigpoppaduz!!!!

big sista
antimony
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #267166 by bigpoppaduz
Aug 14, 2008 5:41pm
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BPD,

Where did you come from? Your sister tells us that you are too busy to join in the Ohio board fun.

Sounds like you had a great BD trip to Connecticut and RI. We enjoyed the four part story over four days.

LS
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #267604 by Lindsays Snowman
Aug 14, 2008 7:03pm
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I just don't have enough time to do this like I used too. Lots of stuff going on. Things I let slip for too long.

I had to correct Sis on some things. just like every trip it has its ups and downs. But it was totally beautiful. my favorite part of CT was how the mountainous rocks just pop out of nowhere.

just remember I am watching :)
Re: Birthday LB'ing 2008 Part 4
Board: State: Ohio
Reply to: #267642 by bigpoppaduz
Aug 15, 2008 5:08am
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look BPD has a HAT now!!!

hahahahaaaa happy birthday lil brother. belated.

antimony