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Topic: Janet's Sticker Train 18: Has Begun!

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Subject: Janet's Sticker Train 18: Has Begun!
Date Posted: 10/4/2017 5:28 PM ET
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Sticker Train 17 is finishing up, so it is time to post a sign up for Janet's Train 18 that Nancy is kindly starting :) Janet has requested a cool variety for her train of snowmen, owls, and cats! :) Remember, all stickers are welcome. The themes have made the process more fun for me and I hope that has been true for all of you as well. ETA: A reminder that this train is also in celebration of Janet's upcoming November half birthday!

Same operating procedures, fun for everyone, welcome to all, and a reminder to please try and keep cargo flat to save on postage. I did last week bring to the PO a small manila envelope that had 50 sheets of stickers stacked inside along with a card plus two pieces of printer paper folded over to simulate our passenger list. The total cost to have mailed this across country was $2.45. The PO clerk said it was not heavy enough to be considered a package so it definitely was envelope rate. As this train gets underway, I will post a separate future train talk thread, so we can all come together and plan for 2018 :) Our trains tend to run 2 1/2 months at a time so this Train 17 will probably be our final one for this year. As always, any suggestions or questions, please ask or PM me :) 

Thank you Kimmy very much for the friendly reminder to all passengers to please try for quick turnaround time. We understand delays happen! We do ask as a rule that you mail the train onward within 3 days of receiving. Also, and this to me is so important, please take a moment to let us know when you both have received and mailed off the train! This way the process is kept active and fun and receipients also know when to listen harder for the train whistle. 

Please sign up for this train 18 by Sunday, October 15th. Remember, if you are NEW to our trains, welcome aboard! Please remember to PM me your mailing info! I would also appreciate (for new riders only) your birthday as well. This is in pre-planning for 2018 :) thanks so much. 

God Bless All of You and a hug, too :)



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Date Posted: 10/4/2017 7:20 PM ET
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Im in!  Perhaps add something Mona about having everyone understand that getting the train back out on the tracks as quickly as possible would be good. I know the person at the end waiting for the train has to wait a really long time. So if everyone can tryt to get the train back out ASAP it would be good for the person in the caboose waiting for 2 months or longer.. :)

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 7:37 PM ET
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I would like to join please :-)

Subject: I am boarding the train.
Date Posted: 10/4/2017 7:40 PM ET
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Please include me.  I will PM my information to you, Mona.

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 8:38 PM ET
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Thank you very much Kimmy for that reminder, I did update my opening post. So glad you are coming aboard, too :)

Welcome also to Michelle and new rider, Fleur! I did get your PM thanks so much. 

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 9:06 PM ET
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Please accept my ticket for another ride Mona. I had so much fun on my first trip! I can't wait for another one :)

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Date Posted: 10/4/2017 9:08 PM ET
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:) i am so happy to hear that Heather! 

So far we have 7 passengers, #1 being Nancy and #7 being Janet :) Riders 2-6 are of couse NOT in route order at this moment: Michelle, Kimmy, Fluer, Heather, and Me. 



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Date Posted: 10/4/2017 9:38 PM ET
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Choo choo! I wanna ride! cheeky

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 10:45 PM ET
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#8 is Sara! 

Date Posted: 10/4/2017 10:53 PM ET
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I would like a little spot on the train...I have some owls begging to come along for the ride!

Date Posted: 10/5/2017 12:07 AM ET
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:) Amy thanks for the Lol. We welcome aboard you and your friendly owls! Amy is now #9 :) 

Date Posted: 10/5/2017 8:54 AM ET
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Count me in!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/5/2017 10:42 AM ET
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10 is Melissa (I was keeping an eye out for your ticket, Melissa) and 11 is our friend and rider of previous trains, Jacqueline, welcome back :)



Last Edited on: 10/5/17 10:42 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/5/2017 11:26 AM ET
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Woohoo!! A full train makes for an awesome party!! Getting excited to start this train for Janet! So excited that it's bag is PACKED (yes I've packed that envelope so that even the 1st person has selections to bring some smiles) and it's ready to roll out from the Texas Depot. Which is interesting cause College Station, TX during the last 141 yrs has been the Train Depot for the Texas Agricultural & Mechanical College, (Texas A&M University** today) hense; College Station. Welcome aboard everyone!! 

Date Posted: 10/5/2017 9:17 PM ET
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Hey Mona!  I'm back & ready to ride the train with ya'll!

Date Posted: 10/6/2017 11:38 AM ET
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:) Nancy, I enjoyed your post, thanks.Excitement is in the air for sure. Thank you for making sure the first folks will have some stickers to enjoy. 

Wow! What a Blessing of a surprise! Welcome back, Sandy T! (Rider #11)



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Date Posted: 10/7/2017 9:44 AM ET
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I would like a seat on Train #18.  Thank you!

Date Posted: 10/7/2017 11:14 AM ET
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:) I was going to PM you, Lisa, this morning to say sign up was up. Rider #13 is you :) This train already has such an awesome crew! Anyone else want to join in? :)

Date Posted: 10/7/2017 11:18 AM ET
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Hold on Mona, I am hoping I can get this one person to come over.. Should know by the end of today.

Date Posted: 10/7/2017 2:36 PM ET
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Hi Mona!  smiley

Please save me a seat.  I would LOVE to take a ride on the train.

Thanks!!!

Jennifer

Date Posted: 10/7/2017 3:47 PM ET
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There is room, Kimmy! Let me know. Sign ups are still till the 18th. :) P.S. Lol, if we hit 20 before then, I may close it off! 

Jennifer, always a spot for you! Rider # 13. 



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Date Posted: 10/10/2017 9:12 AM ET
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Good morning, Everyone! Just checking in. Hi, Mona. Thanks for thinking of me when this Train was getting started. I so look forward to it. Have a great day!

Date Posted: 10/10/2017 11:42 AM ET
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You are so welcome, Lisa :) Thank you my friend and also for being a loyal sticker train rider! Lisa, is #14. 

Do we have a rider 15? :)



Last Edited on: 10/11/17 11:22 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/10/2017 4:15 PM ET
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Mona & all train riders; 

I just learned this morning at my local PO that the First Class large envelope rate has been increased for 3-13oz weight in size is now a standard minimum rate of $3.00. So from 3oz up to 13oz will be allowed in a large envelope (still can't be more than 1/4" thick) and after 13oz it goes to additional rates. I mailed out a few items in large envelopes expecting to pay $1.61 @ 6oz but as of today, it's now minimum $3.00 postage! Ouch!! I looked all over the USPS web page and sure enough on the page for First Class large envelopes only a few words listed under First Class Package Services; " From $3.00 for retail pricing".   a huge jump from my normal $1.61 packages I ship out for PBS wish/wants! The word also was that the PO hopes to increase First Class letter rate as well as other retail rates starting in Jan 2018. But starting in stages NOW with other types of First Class. Quietly across the counter since very few people mail enough things to notice the increases. This is exactly why I'm very friendly with my small town postal lady, I get the "scoop".  

Not sure if this will be a factor for any train riders who are watching their postal budget since as of this week it will cost a minimum of $3.00 up to 13oz then over that price if package goes over 13oz. Interesting since the USPS online calculator I used this morning isn't showing the increased changes yet.  

The envelope I have ready to start train #18 is 3.5 oz (greeting card/envelope & 14 sticker sheets) so she informed me that would be the minimum rate; $3.00.  



Last Edited on: 10/10/17 4:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/10/2017 7:03 PM ET
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Thanks for that report Nancy. Wow, that is a huge difference :( That is not fair that $3 is a set rate. As I have posted, not long ago, I took an envelope with 50 sheets of stickers plus one card and that was only $2.45. I may try that again sometime soon (or if any of you have time and would do that that would be awesome) and see what the cost would be. I chose 50 simply because that has been our max number of sheets.  If $3 is going to be the minimum, I am guessing that would be and up should it turn into a package? :( 

I did not like two trains at all as all of you know. I also know a lot of you did not either. We may need to discuss other options sooner than later to cut back on cost. :/ Meantime, I hope you got your train 17 today Nancy!  



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