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    Default NSN Traveling Mystery Box "Story" Thread

    OK, the Mystery Box is about to embark on its journey. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, here check out the Rules and Signup thread.

    I'll post the official list of participants in the next post, so I'll be sure to be able to edit it.

    Anyway, when you receive the box, check in here and let us know it's safe. OPTIONALLY IF YOU WANT you can post something about what you did with what you took from the box.

    BUT... part of the point is for it to be a "mystery box" ... so please DON'T post anything about what is in the box or what you added. Keep it a secret, and preserve the surprise.

    Now, here's the "bad" news. The stuff barely fits in a Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box. And it weighs 5-1/2 lb (2.5kg)! If I ship it by weight (instead of flat rate) it will be $21 instead of $12.

    Anyway, I'll get it in the mail tomorrow. Have fun!
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    Here's the official list:

    TEAM A:

    1. @MooseID
    2. @absnut
    3. @vikingservices
    4. @pmh
    5. @3751
    6. @pwh70
    7. @coffeeman
    8. @Silent1961
    9. @YellowBeard
    10. @Sean Barry
    11. @PW&NJ
    12. @MystRacing


    TEAM B:

    1. @epumph
    2. @dcswift
    3. @BNSF733
    4. @zosimas
    5. @sticky.widget
    6. @RailKing50
    7. @Trainman19
    8. @Tred
    9. @REM37411
    10. @russtrnman
    11. @warnerj01


    YellowBeard and pwh70 have graciously volunteered to be our "exporters", covering the Canadian cross-border shipping. I would suggest that each person before them drop a dollar in an envelope in the box to cover the extra cross-border costs for them. We'll go on the honor system about that.


    Any new Canadian participants will be added between Silent1961 and YellowBeard. Further Americans will go after YB. Other countries... well, we'll figure something out.
    Last edited by TwinDad; 21st Nov 2014 at 07:34 PM. Reason: Added 3 more people
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    YellowBeard and pwh70 have graciously volunteered to be our "exporters"
    I'm an exporter!! It makes me sound so.... Heisenburgish (Breaking Bad).

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    As usual I'm a bit confused!

    Sean said in the other thread that a second box was on its way...
    Are we each getting two boxes?

    Sorry for my stupidity,

    oh, and maybe this should be posted in the other thread? If so, mods please move it.
    Thanks,
    Yours,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainman19 View Post
    you forgot me TD. I signed up.
    Sorry, TM. I'll add you. Be sure to PM me your addy, in case I missed it.

    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    As usual I'm a bit confused!

    Sean said in the other thread that a second box was on its way...
    Are we each getting two boxes?

    Sorry for my stupidity,

    oh, and maybe this should be posted in the other thread? If so, mods please move it.
    Thanks,
    What I had planned to do (and did, but...) was this: Sean sent me a second box of goods to add to the first. I combined both boxes into ONE Mystery Box to be sent around. So there was only going to be ONE box.

    BUT... last night I got to thinking... the one box is packed to the gills with no cushioning. And it's heavy. It literally barely fits in the Medium flat rate box.

    So instead, here's what I'm going to do.

    I will split the goods into two approximately equal amounts of stuff... the nature of the stuff means that the makeup (types of stuff) will be essentially identical in both boxes, just half as much.

    I'll then split the list into "Team A" and "Team B" (or whatever), and send one box to Team A and the other box to Team B.

    Everybody will (at least at first) get (roughly) the same stuff, there'll just be half as much of it, will weigh less, and will fit better in the box(es) with more room for cushioning materials.

    I'll post the new lists in a little while.
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    Sounds good to me. I had a thought! Maybe onces it make it up into Canada, it could go through out Canada to be more cost effective. And the same goes for our NZ/Aussie members down under. Again, it's just a thought, IF someone hadn't thought about it before.
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    I am very excited for this. This will be a lot of fun!

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    AND WE'RE OFF!!!

    Both boxes are in the mail.

    If you look back at Post #2, you'll see I've split the list into Team A and Team B. One box is headed to each team. I split the "loot" as evenly as possible right down to weighing some of the bits & pieces and putting the same weight in each box. I didn't get it perfect, but hopefully close enough. And of course the contents will diverge as they go along anyway.

    Here's the revised lists, though the list on Post #2 will be the official one. All the Canadians will be added to Team A, and all the Aussies and other nations will go onto Team B. Otherwise, any new entrants will be alternately added to keep the lists as even as practical. If anybody actually wants to see both boxes, let me know and I'll put you on both lists.

    TEAM A:

    1. @MooseID
    2. @absnut
    3. @vikingservices
    4. @pmh
    5. @3751
    6. @pwh70
    7. @coffeeman
    8. @Silent1961
    9. @YellowBeard
    10. @Sean Barry
    11. @PW&NJ
    12. @MystRacing


    TEAM B:

    1. @epumph
    2. @dcswift
    3. @BNSF733
    4. @zosimas
    5. @sticky.widget
    6. @RailKing50
    7. @Trainman19
    8. @Tred
    9. @REM37411
    10. @russtrnman
    11. @warnerj01
    Last edited by TwinDad; 21st Nov 2014 at 07:35 PM. Reason: added 3 people
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    TEAM A:

    1. @Moose2013
    2. @absnut
    3. @vikingservices
    4. @pmh
    5. @ATSF3751
    6. @pwh70
    7. @coffeeman
    8. @Silent1961
    9. @YellowBeard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    I joined? Moose confused ... Excited, but confused... http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/arti...e_he-moose.gif
    Yes, I'm sorry. I meant MooseID.

    Fortunately, I put the correct name on the box!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    The stuff barely fits in a Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box. And it weighs 5-1/2 lb (2.5kg)! If I ship it by weight (instead of flat rate) it will be $21 instead of $12.
    Over 1lb, Flat-Rate is the way to go... there is no domestic limit to the weight, it just has to fit in the box... you could send it full of lead billet for the same $12 (~128lbs).
    I use to regularly send steel components I made in the 16lbs range.
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    Alright! I am part of The-A-Team!!! I call dibs on being Hannibal!
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    I'm "Face" then. Who's BJ?
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    Oops my bad. That would be B.A. I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YellowBeard View Post
    Alright! I am part of The-A-Team!!! I call dibs on being Hannibal!
    Ya' better get plenty of nice Cubans if you're Hannibal ... I've seen pictures, and you're definitely not Face...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent1961 View Post
    I'm "Face" then. Who's BJ?
    Holy crap. The coffee that squirted out when I read this nearly took out my iPad. Lol. Now to clean the floor and change my shirt.
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    Allrighty then. Glad to see the boxes are in motion. I now have a strange request. I included several Atlas crossing pieces. If possible I would like to get 2 20 degree and 1 15 degree back (if in fact they are in the boxes?). I have an eBay customer that wants 2 of each and I only have 1 15 left. I guess this makes my a Native American giver It's only $25 but every penny counts. If anyone does have these items and does not have use for them I would pay shipping of course. I will not make any further requests of this nature, thanks.
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    I think they were in the box I had and already shipped to dcswift.
    hope this is helpful
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    Hey, Moose thought that telling what was in the box was against the rules?
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