Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36226] Exchange 37 and temperature (Andy English)
  2. [Baren 36227] Exchanges update! ("Maria Arango")
  3. [Baren 36228] RE: Exchange 37 and temperature ("Maria Arango")
  4. [Baren 36229] Re: Exchanges update! ("Barbara Carr")
  5. [Baren 36230] Re: Exchanges update! ("Ellen Shipley")
  6. [Baren 36231] postal regulations ("Maria Arango")
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Message 1
From: Andy English
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:24:02 +0100 (BST)
Subject: [Baren 36226] Exchange 37 and temperature
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My exchange #37 prints were posted at the weekend and should arrive pretty much on the button, if recent mail is anything to go by. I think that parts of this engraving are as good as anything I have ever done, which is appropriate considering its dedication to Wanda. I am looking forwards to seeing the rest of the collection.

It is very hot here in my part of England - but nothing compared with where many of you live. I love the idea of hot places but don't really function in them, aside from sitting in a shady spot with a tall, very cold drink. I don't know how I will survive in Chicago next August. I'm sure that NASA make suits that pump coolants around.



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Message 2
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:31:20 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36227] Exchanges update!
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Good catch at the mail box today!

Exchange 37 or 37a Prints received from:

Renee Ugrin

Kolene Dietz

W. Joel


George Jarvis

Still a bunch more to go and only 4 days to send them or contact me with
your printing-like-a-mad-person and mailing schedule.

Exchange 38 is open for sign ups for the waiting list for only a few more
days; sign up form will mysteriously disappear by the week's end and the
"tally-ho!" to all participants will ring across the lands. Only two are in
the waiting list so it would be good to have just a couple more participants
as reserves.

Thank you all very much for your nice words on the Cairn project. I kept all
the emails! has generously picked up the tab for the deficit of the
project so the next one starts out with some reserve.

A revised financial disclosure report on the Cairn project page.

Cut! Print! Sign up! Rejoice!


Maria Arango
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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:38:50 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36228] RE: Exchange 37 and temperature
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107 F officially in Vegas, that would be temperature in the shade. Out in
the sun an ice cube melts in my hand in about 28 seconds. I'm afraid a cool
drink just isn't enough. For those of us lucky enough to have a backyard
pool, that would be the only cool place for hundreds of miles around and the
water temperature is around 87 F. By the end of the week, the prediction is
112 F, just 8 degrees short of what many consider the ideal temperature to
slow cook beef jerky.

Now our winters.ohhhhhh, our winters are to die for. Highly recommend a
visit to the heart of the Mojave desert in the wintertime.

I am looking forward to your prints, Andy, always such absolutely incredible
craftsmanship and feeling in your engravings!


Maria Arango
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Message 4
From: "Barbara Carr"
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:53:24 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36229] Re: Exchanges update!
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Maria, my exchange #37 prints should be in the mail by tomorrow, or possibly
Wednesday at the latest, if those last bits aren't completely dry tomorrow.
I'll e-mail you my colophon as well as sending a hard copy with the prints.
Barbara C
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Message 5
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:24:47 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36230] Re: Exchanges update!
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Ooh! You did post to me that you'd received my prints for #37!


Ellen Shipley
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Message 6
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 15:16:17 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36231] postal regulations
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Many of you have mentioned this so just to clarify the new U.S. postal
regulations and some conveniences offered by the USPS online.

If a package or envelope BEARING STAMPS is over 13 oz. it has to be taken
personally to a Postal Office counter and hand-delivered to a postal

The reason is that if you purchase a label/postage through the website, the
USPS has a way to track you as the sender. When a package or envelope has
stamps, the return address can be fake and the package can be dropped off
anywhere and there is no way to track the sender.

This new 13 oz. rule does not apply when the label/postage are purchased
through the USPS website, which is how I usually send all my packages.

For future exchanges, the easiest way to send packages for the coordinator
is through the USPS website. The USPS will even come pick up the packages at
your door at no charge, and the postage is cheaper when purchased online
versus at the counter.

This privilege is not limited to coordinators, next time you have something
to send out, just plink plink plink, click click click at and
schedule a pick-up, which will come with your daily mail. No trips to the
post office, valuable drops of fuel are saved, nobody gets strip searched,
no bomb alarms go off.Just a suggestion!

Another suggestion, if you are confused as to how much to send for return
shipping, please do the coordinator a favor and, once more, go to and estimate more exact shipping by entering your address and
the coordinator's address. Poof, like magic! There is the amount to send the cookies.

If you do not have a postal scale with which to weigh your package, the
smaller paper size exchanges weigh usually just over 1 lb. or around 18 oz.
including return envelope and packing materials. The larger exchanges can be
around 2 lbs. often exceeding that by a couple of oz.

Domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes and International Flat
Rate Envelopes and Boxes are by far the most economical way to send packages
these days and you get free boxes and envelopes from the USPS, you can even
order those online and have them delivered to your door at no charge.

If you are estimating, estimate high because postal rates have gone through
the roof right along with the price of oil.

I hope all this helps sort out (HA!) the mailing conundrums (or is it


Maria Arango