Monday, June 23, 2008

Having fun with LTCs

When the weather got too cold through the winter of 2007-2008 I was wondering how I was going to get my letterboxing Jones on. As it turned out, back in January, at a mini meet in Nashville, I watched several people swapped these little cards in plastic baseball card sleeves. I picked one up off of the table merely to look at and was noticed by the recipient of said card, who promptly snatched it out of my grubby, large paws. My first thought was to eat them, but they have since become one of my favorite trading buddies. I recon it was a good thing I didn't make a snack out of them. Then my thoughts turned to getting another glimpse at some more of those little cardboard morsels in the plastic sleeves. I found the LBer who was passing the things out and asked her if I might look at one. She handed me one and said I could do more than look at it, I could keep it. She didn't wait for me to take it, she just threw it at me and ran. Turns out it had a bag of green tea in it, and I went home and relaxed with a nice hot cup of tea. I looked at this little card for some time, reading the info and admiring this lovely lady's carving prowess. As soon as I logged onto my computer to log the finds of the days event, I found this little card listed as an LTC. Later I found that it was a whole new ballgame, and a way for me to continue boxing without the weather getting to me and without having to pay through the nose everytime I received a new PLB. This was just what I was looking for. It allowed me the opportunity to continue carving through the winter without stockpiling stamps and it merited a pay off. I received back as many as I sent out. After a few short months I had collected my first 500 LTCs and sent off somewhere near 1000. Something didn't balance here. Then the swap packages started coming in. These were swaps that I had joined and forgotten about and they were piling in. I was rolling in LTCs! WOO_HOO! Oh by the way, the jest of this post is to try it. If you are looking for something to do while laid up from an injury, or during nasty weather, or just some way to stay up on hacking techniques, try this. One word of warning...OK two. First, log them when you get them in the mail because they will back up on you till you have a butt load. Second, this stuff is habit forming.

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