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Around the world in 8 micros, Box Number 3

Posted by Eddy Vervloet  
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Eddy Vervloet June 20, 2009 08:22PM
Hi all, box number 3 will be en route shortly, keep track of it here.
Here is the route for this one:

Mark Willoughby AU
Horst Windish SA
Maggie Wilson CA
Bill Lechner CA
Jacques Valverde FR
Rui Nunes PT
Michel Blondieau BE
Edward Johnson US
Mark Willoughby AU

Enjoy,

Eddy



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/21/2009 07:52AM by Eddy Vervloet.
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Mark Willoughby June 21, 2009 05:29AM
Howdy Eddy,

Isn't my name also meant to be the last one too...LOL

Cheers Mark
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Eddy Vervloet June 21, 2009 07:53AM
Lol Mark, I thought that was obvious enough, hehe. But I put you at the finish anyway!
Have fun!

Eddy
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Mark Willoughby June 27, 2009 07:45AM
Howdy all,

Box 3 will be in the post on Monday heading to Horst.

Cheers Mark.
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Mark Willoughby July 11, 2009 12:18PM
Howdy All,

There has been a delay on box 3, it has been returned to me, as part of you address has been destroyed along the way.
I'm not sure what they did to the box in order to to do it though???
It has been re-boxed and is back on it's way to Horst.

Cheers Mark
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Eddy Vervloet July 13, 2009 09:07AM
Hehe, maybe an elephant stepped on it?
I once sent a small box to the USA, and my friend used the same box to send stuff back,
so this box had gone over the atlantic twice. It came back to me looking like a soccer ball,
with no corners left at all!
I really don't know what they do with these sometimes!
In the postoffice here, I give my box to this guy, with 3 stickers saying 'fragile' on it, and he
tosses it in this huge box 3 meters away from him...

Oh well...

Greetings from France,

Eddy
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Fred & Linda Elsnau July 13, 2009 11:28PM
I used to work in the post office and they do toss boxes while sorting mail. But it isn't just that they toss them...they bounce them off the wall first and then the boxes drop into the bin!...Then they toss more, and most likely heavier boxes, on top of your "fragile" package. This type of handling will happen every time your box is routed while on the way to it's addressee.

I strongly suggest packing anything you are concerned about with the "box in box" method. That is, pack the mineral just as you normally would for shipping. THEN, pack that box into another larger box with packing material (paper, foam, popcorn, bubblewrap, etc.) between all sides, top and bottom of the two boxes. If the inner box is heavy, use firmer packing and a larger outer box. We have received things packed this way where the outer box is virtually smashed into a ball and the inner box was untouched. Of course, if the mineral is truly fragile, it needs to be adequately supported to protect it from the shock of sudden stops when the box lands!

Hope these suggestions help with your future shipping ventures.

Linda



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/13/2009 11:29PM by Fred & Linda Elsnau.
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Mark Willoughby July 14, 2009 11:30AM
Howdy All,

Well the box is back on it's way, this time instead of being just boxed, it's boxed and then inside a 'tough' envelope, which itself is quite hard to break open, and the address is not on a label sticker, but actually written on envelope so they can't loose part of it!...lol

Cheers Mark
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Eddy Vervloet July 27, 2009 10:33AM
Horst, no news from your end?

Greetings from France,

Eddy
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Bill Lechner July 31, 2009 03:32AM
What's the news on box #3 ?
Bill
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Mark Willoughby August 01, 2009 05:01AM
Howdy All,

I got an email from Horst today to say that the box has finally arrived, I'm sure he'll fill us in more.

Cheers Mark.
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alans August 03, 2009 01:00AM
Dear Mark Hi please add my name to your aound micros in 8 worlds please. I hope you all are felling better. Alan s
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Edward Johnson August 27, 2009 01:31AM
Can anyone give us an update on Box #3? Where was it last seen?
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Bill Lechner August 27, 2009 06:11PM
The last I heard was that Horst has it and will eventually send to me.
Bill
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Bill Lechner August 29, 2009 05:47PM
Hi All,

To everyone below me on list #3, please know that Horst posted his parcel to me today from SA. As soon as I receive it here in Canada and process it, I'll send the parcel to the next person on the list.

Bill
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Mark Willoughby September 23, 2009 02:47PM
Howdy Bill, and all others,

Just wondering as to how our box is going? I hope it's enjoying it's trip!

Cheers Mark
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Bill Lechner September 23, 2009 05:17PM
Hello Mark, et al,

I received the parcel from Horst last week, I took out three pieces (all 8 were from Tsumeb) and replaced them with three Canadian specimens from the Francon quarry in Montreal. I plan to post the parcel today or tomorrow to Jacques in France.

Bill
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Edward Johnson September 23, 2009 07:49PM
Hurray! Glad to see that the box is on the move again.
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Rui Nunes September 23, 2009 10:28PM
Look forward to wellcome the box in Portugal :)
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Bill Lechner September 25, 2009 03:27AM
Jacques, et al,

I put the parcel into the mail to you today Jacques, so you should receive it in a week or two. I left in 5 pieces from Horst from Tsumeb and I put in three from the Francon quarry in Montreal. Please let us know when it arrives.

Bill
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Jacques Valverde September 30, 2009 04:21PM
Hi all,

the box arrived this morning in France.

I'll check the samples and prepare the parcel this week-end in order to send it to Rui in Portugal next week.

Best regards,
Jacques
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Bill Lechner September 30, 2009 05:02PM
Hello Jacques,
That was fast - less than a week ! I'm glad it arrived safely.

Bill
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Jacques Valverde October 03, 2009 09:32AM
Hi all,

all samples arrived safely.
I've changed 3 sample and the box is now on the way to Portugal.

Best regards,
jacques
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Rui Nunes October 08, 2009 07:54PM
Dear friends,
Have been noticed that the box # 3 arrived home safe and sound. Thanks Jacques.
Just Monday will have the opportunity to open the box and will send it to Michel Blondieu very soon.
All the best
Rui
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Bill Lechner October 09, 2009 03:27AM
Box #3 is moving nicely now !
Bill
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Rui Nunes October 11, 2009 06:54PM
Dear friends,
Tomorrow will put the minerals into the mail to Michel Blondieau (BE) and hope he should receive them very soon.
Have exchanged one specimen from J Valverd for one self collected at Preguiça mine, Portugal.
Michel, please advise us when parcel received.
Cheers, Rui
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Michel Blondieau October 12, 2009 02:54PM
Thank you Rui for the box. I am waiting and I'll let know when I'll get it.
Best regards,
Michel
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Michel Blondieau October 15, 2009 03:35PM
I have received today the package sent by Rui.
I changed 4 specimens and I'll be able to post it tomorrow to Edward Johnson (USA)

Best regards,
Michel
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Edward Johnson October 16, 2009 01:51AM
That's great news! I'm really looking forward to seeing the selection of minerals that has resulted, after having passed through six countries. I guess there is a benefit to being the last (or next to last) person on the list.

Ed
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Mark Willoughby October 16, 2009 03:30AM
Howdy All,

This is great going guys, do you all realise this box started late, got held up on it's first juorney and yet it is currently on track to be completed before the other box's...!!!
(It must be the turbo we added, it just need to get past the lag first...lol)

It's going to be great to see what is in there when it gets back here after it's world wide trip!

(spoken with a rather bad deep english accent taken from a hollywood movie) Well done 'ol chaps, well done, I say...!

Cheers Mark.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/16/2009 03:31AM by Mark Willoughby.
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Michel Blondieau October 16, 2009 09:23AM
Hi Edward and others,

Box 3 was sent today to Edward.
I hope he'll get it soon but the box has to go oversea and it'll need a bit time.
Edward, let know when you'll get it.

Regards,

Michel
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Edward Johnson October 21, 2009 03:03AM
Greetings all,

Well, the package arrived today. Not bad, Belgium to New York in 4 days! Looks like I'll be taking 5 specimens, so give me a day or two to mount up replacements & they'll be on their way to Mark in Australia.

Ed
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Michel Blondieau October 21, 2009 05:56PM
I am really surprised; only 4 days... It was really fast.

Michel
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Edward Johnson October 22, 2009 06:32PM
Just got back from the post office; box #3 is now on its way to Australia. Let us know when you get it, Mark.

Ed
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Mark Willoughby November 03, 2009 07:19AM
Howdy all,

"we win..we win...!" lol
Oh hang on, it wasn't a race was it?

Can you guess, I'm in a happy mood!
Box 3 made it's return to me today after nearly 4 months of travelling the globe.
The specimens I received appear to come from 3 different collectors and I must say that that are all quite nice.
I look forward to doing this all again soon. If you all want to do this again just let me know, we'll re-arrange the list so we all send to different people. I know there is talk of all the boxes doing the trip again, let's hope so!

I'll post again soon, hopefuly with some photos to go with it all.

Cheers Mark
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Eddy Vervloet November 03, 2009 09:58AM
I will send over the champagne! Hehe. Well done, box number 3!

Like I said in the mail, Mark, I will reinvite people soon. And of course I will reshuffle the groups.
Still with the fact in mind I would like to keep the groups as international as possible.

Cheers,

Eddy
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