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Topic: A New Year Untraditional Traditional Offering (33 msgs / 684 lines)
1) From: Lynne
Well, I think we need some good cheer, here in our homeroast family.
I know I do - so I want to make an untraditional traditional offering!
I managed to have what will go down in my family history as the worst
Christmas ever. Well,
actually, we didn't even have one - we had our own Series of Unfortunate
Events (one son got
stuck in Maine for the holiday, other son insulted one daughter, who walked
out right when I
was putting the lasagna in the oven - and the remaining daughter left a
short time later (right
after she arrived to the House-of-Insanity.)
(Oh, and I also tried to walk to church that evening, to an area in my city
that is not good - but
turned around when I could see quite a bit trouble ahead .. which was rather
fuzzy, since I was wearing my
reading glasses - I'm have both near & far sighted glasses, my regular
glasses had just broken in
two the day before..[my lovely city has more than it's fair share of gangs
in some areas of town
 - wasn't going to take a chance])
All of the stress here was all so much more disappointing since we had so
much to be thankful for -
since little Sammy is doing so well!
But despite it all, we survived. And we just finished a week's worth of
leftovers.. mmm, lasagna
for breakfast... lunch.. dinner.. The kids are even still talking to each
other, even though they
haven't resolved their differences...
Yeah, personalities in our families can really get on each other's nerves...
Hmm.
So - here I am - I want to do something GOOD for my homeroasting family. You
guys have given
me SO much, and I really want to do something in return.
My offering is a flat rate box filled with my delicious homemade biscotti. I
know it's delicious, not
just because I like them, but I have friends and neighbors who practically
beg me to make them.
: > } )
I've hesitated to make the offering for only one reason - I can't afford the
shipping. To say that I am
broke is an understatement. I fully expect moths to fly out of my pockets at
some point...*
*
So - I need to ask the recipient to pay for the shipping.
I was hesitating about this because I kept hoping that my financial
situation will suddenly improve -
unfortunately, looks like I'm in for the long haul here, so I decided to
make my offer, as humble as it is.
But - I'll fill the box with a variety of delicious flavors - some flavors
I've baked have been:
Dried cranberries and coconut
Anise (I use anise oil - can be quite strong if you want)
Anise and finely ground SM coffee (this is a *wonderful* combination!)
Walnut & nutmeg (almonds are too dear around here right now)
Dried peaches
Peanuts, peanut butter & chocolate (this one is messy, but my daughter's
absolute favorite)
- or any flavor you wish, as long as I can get the ingredients.
I even just made a batch with an usual combination of dried ginger, dates &
a tiny bit of walnut. Not
sure about that one, though - it was/is delicious, but a little too strange
for most people.
I also throw in a smattering of brandy, too, just for good measure. These
are a bit softer than other
biscotti you may have tried, and I try not to make them too sweet - if you
like them crispier, just
leave them out on your counter, exposed to the air for a day or two.
Send me an email with your name & address and I'll take each name, crumble
each in a ball,
and let Sammy, Emma or Shiloh pick the winner (which ever is first - they
are quite competitive,
so it could get ugly - or, they'll all just look at me like I'm nuts ;>})
(Stole this idea from Lucky,
Linda Reese's very smart cat!)
.
The canine gang make their decision in a week - next Sunday, January 6 at 4
p.m., Eastern Time.
Lynne

2) From: Michael Wascher
Lynne,
That's a wonderful tradition, I love biscotti!
Put my name in the running please.
--MikeW
On Dec 30, 2007 2:12 PM, Lynne  wrote:
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"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm
beginning to believe it." --Clarence Darrow

3) From: Brett Mason
Please put my name on the list too Lynne.  I would be happy to pay for
shipping and throw in $10 for some of your supplies.  I can never buy
your wonderful culinary skills and kindness - so my name is in the hat
for that part...
Brett
On Dec 30, 2007 1:12 PM, Lynne  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

4) From: Jerry Procopio
Lynne,
What a great offering.  Please put my name on in the hat.
I know that Brett has offered to pay for shipping, but I will offer 
another alternative.  Accept the donation from Brett for supplies and 
whatnot and I'll send you my DHL account number offlist and you can ship 
DHL and have it billed to me.  Just turn the flat rate box inside out 
(it cannot say USPS Priority on it going DHL Ground).  My DHL rate is 
less expensive than the same size package going USPS.
Happy New Year,
Jerry
Lynne wrote:
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5) From: Lynne
Just wanted to send a quick note to everyone - a neighbor who is a good
friend of mine asked me to stay over tonight - she had a disc replaced and a
fusion, both in her spine, about two wks ago - she's been in the expected
amt of pain, & she doesn't want to be alone.
So I won't be able to access my computer til tomorrow - I'll write back to
everyone then.
Lynne

6) From: Michael Wascher
The newer priority mail boxes are printed inside too.
On Dec 30, 2007 4:44 PM, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm
beginning to believe it." --Clarence Darrow

7) From: peterz
You could wrap it in kraft paper or butcher paper?
PeterZ
Michael Wascher wrote:
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8) From: Marc
Lynne,
What a nice 'untradition' - yes put my name in the hat and I'll gladly pay
for shipping and ingredients!
-Marc

9) From: Lynne
Jerry -
You are so very generous!
I've had some time to think about this - I really wanted to send something
to Sean
over in Iraq. I know he mentioned that he isn't crazy about sweets, but I
was thinking
of sending some to him (he says he shares with the rest of his unit), along
with some
roasted coffee & maybe some dried meats from Boston's North End (don't know
if he
likes stuff like salami, but it travels well...)
Someone else besides Brett has also offered to help with my shipping, so I
was thinking
that with the help from you guys, we can send an extra package over to him,
besides my
offering.
Don't know how much DHL would cost to send over there, and if it's too much,
or if your
acct. doesn't include overseas shipment, I can accept your offering for my
'traditional offering'
& use someone else's for the shipping to Iraq...just as long as we can get
something over to him!
(I hope I don't sound like the Abbott & Costello skit - who's on first...)
Lynne
On Dec 30, 2007 4:44 PM, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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10) From: Jerry Procopio
Lynne,
The DHL rates for international shipping are stifling and I do not know 
if they deliver to APO/FPO addresses.  I would recommend sticking with 
USPS for shipping packages to Sean.  BTW, you might check with Sean to 
see how long it is taking packages to get to him.  I believe he is 
scheduled to return in 30-some days.
Jerry
Lynne wrote:
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11) From: Lynne
Just like me - a dollar short and a day late!
I will check with him first - and I thought that the shipping might be more
(hence
my Abbott & Costello skit like thought!)
I'll let you know...
Lynne
On Dec 31, 2007 11:53 AM, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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12) From: Lynne
Crap I did it again!
All of this was SUPPOSED to be via private email. Just noticed what I did...
Well, Sean - if you are reading this - you already know my surprise plan!!!
Ha - this is why my family never tells me any secrets...
Lynne
On Dec 31, 2007 12:01 PM, Lynne  wrote:
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13) From: Barry Dryden
I found this about APO/FPO rates, seems the rates are like US addresses.http://tinyurl.com/2vfsgytrying to help,
BarryD

14) From: Lynne
Thanks, Barry - that's very good info.
Lynne
On Dec 31, 2007 12:08 PM, Barry Dryden  wrote:
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15) From: Rich
The APO/FPO address is a US location where the military pickc up the 
mail and moves it to the final destination.  The rate should be to the 
US destination, other than that is suspect....
Barry Dryden wrote:
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16) From: Sean Cary
USPS is pretty much the way - but with it taking 3 weeks or more to
get stuff here (sometimes much quicker, sometimes much longer!) it may
come as I am wrapping up here!
I do appreciate the thought...that means more then the gift!  I am in
the process of trying to run out of everything, I time how long a tube
of toothpaste lasts so I can leave with just enough...same with all
the rest of my goodies.  I am metering out all of my remaining snacks
and such to make it to the end.
30ish days until I depart Fallujah... I am DYING to eat air line food
after we depart Kuwait.  They feed us till we just about pop on the
way home - and if we are lucky enough to stop in Liepzig I may be able
to score a beer!  mmmmmm beeer.....you never realize how much you miss
stuff until you are not able to get it.  My wife is lining up a few
new types of rum (another serious vice for me...I love expensive rum)
for me, and will have a cold twelve pack of Rolling Rock Green Lite
for me, she knows the drill now after three deployments in as many
years.
Miss my kids the most...would pass on beer for another year if I could
have had Christmas with them this year.
Oh well
Please take care, and thank you and all of you who have sent me stuff
or just wished me well while I have been here.
Hope the dog is healing well!
Sean
On Dec 31, 2007 8:01 PM, Lynne  wrote:
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Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori

17) From: Michael Wascher
Lynn,
Nothing with pork. Not only is it a religious issue to some countries, but
almost every other country controls pork products from the Americas to stop
the spread of trichinosis. Cooked pork products are OK but could cause
delays while it is verified.
BTW, I happen to know that Sean likes Pfeffernus, in case you have a good
recipe.
I'll cover cost of a flat rate box using my USPS account. I think I can save
a pdf of a shipping label & email it to you.
--MikeW
On Dec 31, 2007 11:17 AM, Lynne  wrote:
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"About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends."
--Herbert Hoover

18) From: Rich
FedEx, UPS, and DHL don't care for packages that are over wrapped with 
paper or tied with string.  They will take the big ones with plastic 
banding so they have handles.
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19) From: Jerry Procopio
Yes, of course it can be wrapped!  I've gotten so used to using DHL or 
USPS pre-printed boxes that I forgot all about wrapping them.  Duhhh!
Jerry
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20) From: miKe mcKoffee
Indeed wrap the USPS Priorty box for DHL shipping use. That will hide the
statement the box is the Property of the U.S. Postal Service provided soley
for use in sending Priority Mail and the warning on the box that using USPS
Property for non USPS use may be a violation of Federal Law. Similar
continual theft of USPS Property is why they no longer provide Priority
packing tape like they did in the past.
Fascinating that no one else on the List finds this type of theft wrong...
Think about it the next postage rate hike. Everyone who mails anything pays
for the thefts.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
www.mcKonaKoffee.com
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21) From: Jerry Procopio
See what happens when I try to think *outside the box*?  Good gotcha miKe!
Jerry
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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22) From: Brett Mason
I agree with you Mike - anybody get any boxes lately?  Wow, we have
tons of them from the last month....
Brett
On Jan 1, 2008 11:02 PM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

23) From: John Despres
Are these boxes from the USPS free or do we pay for them? One can't just 
walk in, get one and leave, can one?
JD
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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John A C Despres
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24) From: Brett Mason
One can certainly walk in, take one.  They are free, for the purpose
of shipping by USPS Priority Mail.
If you use one of those boxes for non-Priority Mail, they will charge
you Priority Mail anyway.
If you use one of those boxes for non-USPS mail, no worries - we'll
pick up the cost in our individual taxes.
Would prefer not to though...
Brett
On Jan 2, 2008 7:21 AM, John Despres  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

25) From: Rich
YES, there is no charge.  You can order them by the pack of 10 and there 
is also still no charge.  They are not free however.
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26) From: John Despres
Got it! I imagine since they "give away" the boxes, the USPS can 
certainly attach restrictions. I thought there might be a box fee and 
*then* a mailing fee.
JD
Brett Mason wrote:
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John A C Despres
Hug your kidshttp://www.sceneitallproductions.com

27) From: Rich
The post office CHARGES for the regular mail boxes, if they have them. 
There is no charge for the Priority or Express mail boxes, but the use 
is restricted.  Anyone can order the Priority or Express mail boxes, no 
charge.
John Despres wrote:
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28) From: John Despres
Good day to get out of bed; I learned something. Thanks.
Off to play with my new plasma cutter. YAHOO!
JD
Rich wrote:
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John A C Despres
Hug your kidshttp://www.sceneitallproductions.com

29) From: Rich
John, are you building a super high powered roaster by any chance?
John Despres wrote:
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30) From: Angelo
I think that whether a person believes this is "theft" or "recycling" 
paper products is up to their conscience. I, personally, don't 
believe that it has any effect on the rates except for the USPS to 
use this as an excuse...If everyone used the boxes as proposed by the 
USPS, the rates would still go up.
I remember all sorts of notices in a local coffee purveyor and 
roaster, a few years ago, that told about some bad weather that 
affected the coffee production in Brazil, and how they, regrettably, 
had to raise their prices...
The next year there was a bumper crop of coffee in Brazil. Were there 
notices about this good news, along with a price drop?? Yeah, right.
Of course, this is just the cost of doing gouging, er, business, and 
is not considered theft...
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31) From: miKe mcKoffee
Re-using/recycling previously used USPS Priority boxes could be considered
one thing for sure, using brand new ones for purposes other than Priority
Mail is another... 
Analogy doesn't hold up in my opinion. Company A charges X for Y product.
Regardless the company's cost of Y product Company A may charge whatever
they choose. Consumer has the option to buy at X cost or not to buy and
visit Company B for a better deal. Consumer walks into Company A and hides Y
product under their coat and walks out without paying, that would be an
appropriate analogy. Rationalize it anyway you want, it's still theft IMO.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
www.mcKonaKoffee.com
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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32) From: Angelo
I personally wouldn't take those things only because if I can't pay 
for it I don't buy it. I don't take what's not earned.  However, the 
reason you gave was that it raised the price of a stamp for the rest 
of us and I say that that is patent bs. In most cases one could just 
go somewhere else to buy an item, and I do... Where do I buy a stamp 
at a more competitive price... ? Where do you get gas at a better 
price? I guess you could just not drive....
This is gouging, which seems to be ok with a lot of people... 
Companies have no responsibility, only individuals do... god bless amerika
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33) From: Floyd Lozano
go in and ask for the box the Priority mail boxes came in.  they will
probably let you have that, no problem.
-F
On Jan 2, 2008 3:47 PM, Angelo  wrote:
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