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Ways to Tell if You're a Letterboxer
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Nov 26, 2006 2:35am
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I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be A Redneck” jokes. They made me think of some ways to tell if you’re a letter-boxer.

1. If you set the alarm for 4 am so you can retrieve a box from a rather public location before anyone else is around…you might be a letter-boxer.

2. If you plan trip routes around places where letter boxes have been reported…you might be a letter-boxer.

3. If the smoke detector goes off and the first thing you grab is your letterboxing journal…you might be a letter-boxer.

4. If you carry a backpack and hiking shoes everywhere you go…you might be a letter-boxer.

5. If family and friends smile indulgently whenever you tell them of your newest finds…you might be a letter-boxer.

6. If the news of a new box in your area is met with the same enthusiasm as the birth of a new baby in your neighborhood…you might be a letter-boxer.

7. If you have a group of friends whom you’ve never met but with whom you share secrets of letter box locations…you might be a letter-boxer.

8. If your idea of a quiet evening at home involves carving a stamp for a new letter box…you might be a letter-boxer.

9. If you’ve come to view nature through new eyes---eyes that look for possible box hiding locations…you might be a letter-boxer.

10. If someone asks you the date of your anniversary and you tell them the date you went looking for your first box…you might be a letter-boxer.

11. If your small children begin to cry when they hear the words “letter box,” “adventure,” or “treasure”…you might be a letter-boxer.

12. If, when asked whom you most admire, you respond “Wanda and Pete”…you might be a letter-boxer.

13. If the day after Thanksgiving you plan a letterboxing

Can you think of some others?
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Reply to: #52871 by MRSHAT
Nov 26, 2006 3:36am
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Quote 13. If the day after Thanksgiving you plan a letterboxing


LoL! How about the day before and two days after? I am SO restrained... ;-)

How about?

14. If you happen to wake up at 5:45 on a weekend morning and the first thiing you do is go online to check AQ mail?

Six Ps
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Reply to: #52873 by Six Ps
Nov 26, 2006 6:42am
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No NO! That's what my hive of five DID to celebrate Thanksgiving! Between box hops... we DID stop in (to a fellow LBer's house!) for a slice of pie =) It was a VERY enjoyable way to celebrate all the many things we're thankful for... like family, friends, nature, and time to explore it...LETTERBOXING!

Queen Beeloved
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Reply to: #52871 by MRSHAT
Nov 26, 2006 6:42am
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14. If you've started clipping coupons for tupperware containers ... in bulk... you might be a letter-boxer.

15. If you can't wait for the Back-To-School sales on erasers and notepads ... and you don't have kids ... you might be a letterboxer

16. If you see a neat new movie / novel and start thinking about theme boxes... you might be a letterboxer

17. If you carry a contact lens container with you and you don't have contacts, but need an excuse to be searching on your hands and knees ... you might be a letterboxer.

18. If you find yourself talking to empty air on your cellphone as an excuse to stay in the area ... you might be a letterboxer.

19. If your fingers are so ink-stained people assume you work in a print shop... you might be a letterboxer.

20. If you have a compass clipped to your keychain ... you might be a letterboxer.

21. If your glove compartment is full of city maps that all have little X's throughout... you might be a letterboxer.

22. If you keep a flashlight, extra batteries, small notebooks, poison ivy lotion, and pens in your fanny-pack, 'just in case'... you might be a letterboxer.

23. If you find yourself in a historical city and instead of planning to attend all of the typical tourist attractions, you start planning hikes to obscurely located parks... you might be a letterboxer.

24. If the salespeople in the local craft store all know you by first name or trailname... you might be a letterboxer.

25. If you find yourself signing an e-mail message with a trail-name instead of a real name... you might be a letterboxer.

26. If there's a tear in your eye when your kids make their first find / signature stamp / trailname... you might be a letterboxer.

27. If you're reading over this list and nodding your head because you've done these things... you might be a letterboxer.

-- Dagonell the Pirate
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Reply to: #52883 by Dagonell
Nov 26, 2006 6:46am
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OHHHH #17 is a good one... do you think I'd get some strange looks... I wear glasses!

I do carry a camera... and try to take pictures of "elusive species" of some sort...

Yes, I've been nodding away=)

~Queen Beeloved
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Reply to: #52884 by Queen Beeloved
Nov 26, 2006 7:25am
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I've done #25 many times....sometimes with amusing results!

LW PhD
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Reply to: #52883 by Dagonell
Nov 26, 2006 9:19am
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Here's one I've posted before.

28. If you use the GOOD baggies and containers for Letterboxes and use recycled cottage cheese containers and whatever baggies are on sale for leftovers.....you might be a letterboxer.

Shiloh *who's neck is getting sore from all the nodding*
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Reply to: #52898 by shiloh
Nov 26, 2006 10:44am
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31. If you're carving a stamp and your hand slips, but luckily you discover that you've "only" just cut your hand, not ruined your image...then you exclaim..."whewwwww THAT was close" ... you might be a letterboxer.

preboxed
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Reply to: #52907 by preboxed
Nov 26, 2006 11:00am
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I love it! -GLad to know I'm not alone=)

~Queen Beeloved
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Reply to: #52907 by preboxed
Nov 26, 2006 6:43pm
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Quote 31. If you're carving a stamp and your hand slips, but luckily you discover that you've "only" just cut your hand,

or 100 year old secretary thats been in the family for generations

Quote not ruined your image...then you exclaim..."whewwwww THAT was close" ... you might be a letterboxer.


six stars **nodding and winking** after carving 5 large stamps over thanksgiving at the old homestead (oops!)
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Reply to: #52976 by six stars
Nov 27, 2006 5:32pm
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If you lay down the tiles P Z C U T on the Scrabble board and insist it IS TOO a word...
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Reply to: #53281 by Ish
Nov 28, 2006 12:46am
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If your fingers automatically type < quote > at the beginning of a formal email, you might be an AQ addictied letterboxer.

YT
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Reply to: #53384 by The Yorkshire Tortoise
Nov 28, 2006 7:26am
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If you switch brands of instant coffee to Taster's Choice even though you don't like the taste, because the containers make *great* letterboxes, you just might be a letterboxer!

P.S. My MIL drinks Taster's Choice. She's been saving the empty containers for me since my last visit. Now, I guess I'll just have to carve some stamps to put in these letterboxes. :D :D
-- Dagonell the Pirate
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Reply to: #53433 by Dagonell
Nov 28, 2006 7:53am
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If you spend hours looking for a box even in the dark because you know its there
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Reply to: #53440 by Rock
Nov 28, 2006 9:31pm
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Quote If you spend hours looking for a box even in the dark because you know its there


Oh, my gosh--we just did this in freezing cold wind and snow over the Thanksgiving weekend. My fingers were screaming OUCH! at me the whole time.

Another way to tell is when you PLANT in the freezing cold--I did that, too, right before Thanksgiving...I'm surprised I still HAVE fingers.
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Reply to: #53433 by Dagonell
Nov 29, 2006 11:04pm
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Quote If you switch brands of instant coffee to Taster's Choice even though you don't like the taste, because the containers make *great* letterboxes, you just might be a letterboxer!


If only they had taste, and not just a LB container.

Mystic Dreamer
who loves good coffee almost as much as letterboxing
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Reply to: #53674 by Pied Piper
Nov 30, 2006 9:15pm
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Quote Oh, my gosh--we just did this in freezing cold wind and snow over the Thanksgiving weekend. My fingers were screaming OUCH! at me the whole time.


See, ya gotta learn to delegate authority. Catbead and I supervised the excavation of several snowbound letterboxes in Syracuse one day. The Highlander was such a BABY about it, too...all "My fingers are cold" and "Can't we just come back in the spring?". Like I wasn't WATCHING his fingers get cold! Can I BE more supportive? (rolls eyes)

The (filing her nails and supervising is hard WORK!) Sprite & the (ready to replace the snowbound boxes with the Sprite this winter) Highlander
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Reply to: #52883 by Dagonell
Nov 30, 2006 9:28pm
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Whoo, I am WAY late on this thread,huh? Darn, and I made my hubby throw all of his old contact thingys away after he had lasik!

We just switched over to new cell phones, and I'm keeping the old one for a "distracttion" when we go boxing. That way, I can throw my old one ( whoops, I tripped and it flew out of my hand and landed somewhere in these bushes! ) without worry!

moonshowr
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Reply to: #54257 by Sprite and Highlander
Nov 30, 2006 9:50pm
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So THIS is the way you've made it to 300 plus boxes! I should have known I was missing something.

Thanks for the laugh--PP
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Reply to: #54257 by Sprite and Highlander
Dec 1, 2006 4:58am
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Quote The (filing her nails and supervising is hard WORK!) Sprite & the (ready to replace the snowbound boxes with the Sprite this winter) Highlander

ha ha, wait, no!
no sprite gives me tinkerbell stamp-not allowed. (you let me stamp, no i am on your side forever :)

but then again, you know your a letterboxer when you say you just want stamps for christmas (and forget the food too)

kwm
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Reply to: #52871 by MRSHAT
Dec 3, 2006 10:58am
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Quote 10. If someone asks you the date of your anniversary and you tell them the date you went looking for your first box…you might be a letter-boxer.


*raises hand sheepishly*
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Reply to: #54713 by ClioMouse
Dec 3, 2006 12:19pm
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Quote 10. If someone asks you the date of your anniversary and you tell them the date you went looking for your first box…you might be a letter-boxer.

Quote *raises hand sheepishly*


Wait...that isn't what people mean when they ask you when your anniversary is? :D
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Reply to: #52907 by preboxed
Dec 3, 2006 12:28pm
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ROFL. That totally sounds like something I would do!
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Reply to: #54723 by Joe and Carissa
Dec 3, 2006 1:12pm
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You have your GPS, and coordinates, but can't understand why the box is full of toys and no stamps... you might be a letterboxer.
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Reply to: #53674 by Pied Piper
Dec 3, 2006 6:32pm
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We just did that again today... Going after I'm Late I'm late... We didn't research it befor hand so when we arrived at around 3:30 we expected it to be a easy hike up.... .................... Well 3.2 miles later we got to the top and found the box and started to head down in the dark... I thank the lord that there was a full moon tonight otherwise I would be bruised by tripping all over the roots that were sticking out.
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Reply to: #52976 by six stars
Jan 12, 2007 8:32pm
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Here is a list I collected from a similar post a while ago when I realized I was addicted.
Of course, now I have to add one more to the top:

You know you're a letterboxer when...

#98(ish) You have been collecting all these funny ways to tell if you're a letterboxer and you now have a four-page document.

You offer to make your first grader her own valentine stamp instead of buying the boxed valentines "to save her from having to write her name so many times".
You buy an institutional size of Heinz Steak Sauce for the container
You are German, but you still purchase a jar of styling gel for African hair so you can use the cool black container
You buy cat litter but have no cat (it’s for deoderizing food containers)
You ask your spouse to save the fish food container
It takes you 3 hours to shop for groceries because you're really scouting for containers
Your Christmas list consists of erasers, markers, knives, plastic boxes and camo tape
You're considering buying Citrucel, even though you're not old enough to need it yet
You're trying to muster the courage to ask the pharmacist for empty pill bottles
You get SO annoyed when you have to use containers for actual leftovers from your boxing stash.
You sniff the newly opened package of PZKut from the mail
You insist on using hand-carved stamps to grade student papers
Your babies are asleep in the back of the car and you’re beating on the glass doors of "Hobby Lobby" to OPEN UP!!
You check AQ email before your own personal email
Your babies are 10 and 15 years old, so you buy baby food because you read on AQ that the containers might be good for mini letterboxes!
You count how many days you have missed in class and wonder if you can get by with another one...
You yell at your 17 yr old son for putting leftovers in a brand new lock n lock. What are you, crazy????? A 17 year old put something AWAY and you're complaining?!?!
You eye EVERYTHING as a potential container or logbook...wondering "how could I make that work?"....
you have logbook envy and stamp envy
you already have mustered the courage to ask for the empty pill bottles
your 4 year old son reminds you to "please double bag" when you actually DO use a ziploc for leftovers....
You go to Wal-Mart, and after getting a battery for your watch, and checking the price of a mini-fridge for your son's teacher, you look at the Lock n' Lock selection, and leave.
You are late for the elementary school bus dropping off the cherubs because of boxing
Your 7 year old says her prayers and ends it with "and thank you God for letting it be pretty outside so we could find those letterboxes"
You are on the way home from a full day of letterboxinb, and KNOW you are going to pass a "drive by" and decide that just because it is dark, and you don't have a flashlight, you will do it anyway!!! Rumaging around in the dark! WHo knows what is that whole you just put your hand into!!!
Co-workers start to comment on the ink stains ever-present on your fingers.
You strategically place your finger over the carved image in a tricky spot so if the tool slips it will cut your finger rather than the carved image.
You start to buy those cheap containers for leftovers because you just can't bear to use the lock-n-locks for food.
You make plans to move SOUTH so you can letterbox all year 'round!!!
You don't stop on your way home from work for groceries or other essentials so that you can get home in time to get to the apt. complex office before they close just in case you got a postal (or 5).
You use carrot or banana baby food in breads so that you can use the container.
You know you should go to bed because you have to work in the morning, but you just want to finish that one last section of the stamp....and maybe that one....and that one too...
your husband stops calling it the "scraproom" (scrapbooking) (or craproom, depending on what it looks like at the time) and starts calling it... THE RUBBER ROOM
...you are picking a color to paint your craft room, and you pick BRIGHT WHITE because it will make it easier to carve at night...
You buy three Altoids tins, empty them into zip locks, turn them loose as cooties at an event, then plot on how you will get rid of the mints, so you can do it again...
You use the super extra heavy duty zip lock bags for boxing and use whatever is on sale for leftovers.
...your christmas list consists of:, PZ Cut-grade B white, a magnifying desk lamp, a new logbook , (leather cover!), lock-n-locks, ziploc bags, and camo tape
you wake out of a sound sleep thinking "that would be a great place for a letterbox" and then can't remember where it was the next morning.....
driving along the road and looking at places and saying there is another spot for a letterbox....
you see an old path that leads into the woods and you think "Where does that lead to and is this a good spot for a letterbox".
You tell your family at the risk of getting them fat, "There Will Be No Leftovers Ever!!!!!!!!"
You forget your "real" name and only respond to your trail name.
While traveling you stop to look for a box at 7 am in the morning in the rain while it is still dark outside in a strange city, in a park that you have never been to before, using flashlights on the clues and the compass.
Your first impulse is to sign all e-mails with your trailname, even when writing to family and friends.
Your 6 yr. old walks into a new store, finds the container aisle, and yells.... "Hey, Mom! They got lots of Locknlocks here!!!! "
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Reply to: #62824 by MO UR4Me
Jan 12, 2007 11:35pm
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Your non-letterboxing family members get you storage containers and camo tape for Christmas.

LL