Here's where to direct communication to John Banister

SMail: 26828 Maple Valley Hwy., PMB #257, Maple Valley, WA 98038-8379 USA

Please use this address for letters, magazines and other thin flat things that fit into envelopes and also larger packages when I'm around to pick them up. Please note that the Post Office likes to call that part of Route 169 as "Maple Valley - Black Diamond Road SE." If your computer system uses the USPS for physical address validation, that's the street it wants. Mail to "Maple Valley Hwy" comes to the same spot, and the words actually fit in most address entry forms.

Their phone number is 425 433 1440
Their fax number is 425 433 1443
Their email is

SMail: 29500 Green River Gorge, Enumclaw, WA 98022-8719 USA

Note: UPS, DHL or Fed-Ex packages sent to this address should be sent c/o Carter Lift Bag as that's where the trucks stop, and I'm seldom down at the bag shop when they do. This is my physical address, but mail to all residents at here at Green River Gorge Resort goes into one big mailbox, so mail sent to me at this address reaches me in a less private and reliable manner than mail sent to my UPS Store box (which is why I rent that box).

SMail - Packages Only: c/o Enumclaw Self Storage Unit 285, 810 Blake St., Enumclaw, WA 98022-9382 USA

When I'm not at home, please use this address for packages. They will put the packages in the little storage unit I'm renting to await my return.

Their phone number is 360 825 4143.
Their website is, and
their email is


Home+1 360 886 1042
Cellular+1 206 200 5670
No Iridium+ I misplaced the phone for a few years and allowed the service to lapse. I doubt anyone who reads this page will care.

Please note that I almost always use caller ID to screen calls to my cell phone. I let my voice mail pick up the calls from numbers I don't recognize or show up as out of area. Many calls made using prepaid calling cards show up as coming from 800, 877 or other area codes that telemarketers also use a lot. The chance is very small that I will return such a call or know that someone other than a telemarketer attempted to make contact with me if the person who calls doesn't leave a message. Also, I usually figure that if it wasn't worth leaving a message, then the call probably wasn't that important, anyways. Finally, I have a gsm booster operating here, but the cell phone reception (my provider is T-Mobile) is still hit and miss for voice. It's usually ok for making the phone ring and for text messages, but not always.
Note also that with the start of 2017 T-Mobile had a change of roaming partners, and my cell phone will no longer connect to a tower at all when I'm anywhere in West Virginia (where my parents live).

The Current situation, July 2011: My land line hasn't been connected for more than a couple of days for about a year and a half.
The Current situation, May 2014: I have transferred my land line number to I get an email from them when someone calls that number and the voice mail picks up. I have a Virgin Mobile Broadband2go hotspot that lets me see email at home, but the data rate here isn't consistently fast enough for me to use the voip adapter with it. So, these days I only use my "land line" home phone when I'm not at home.
The Current situation, October 2017: A Verizon JetPack with prepaid data is now providing my internet connection. Virgin Mobile seemed to go downhill for me after they were bought by Sprint. I now have a Wilson weBoost 471104 signal amp, and if I set the JetPack to "CDMA only" the 3G signal is strong enough for a VOIP voice connection at home (as least, if it's raining and I turn the equipment off and back on again just before making the call) with the VOIP adapter connected via Netgear WNCE2001 and a VOIPO port forwarding rule set up for the IP usually assigned to that adapter by the JetPack. I sometimes get faster data for web pages and update downloads if I allow the JetPack to also try for 4G, but then the connection becomes too unreliable for calls. If I get an unreliable call while 4G connected, it'll take me a few minutes to change it all back and reboot it. The most common failure mode for my VOIP calls is for one party to hear the other, but the other party to hear nothing. My cellular situation hasn't changed - perhaps when T-Mobile brings their 600 MHz network online in this area, but I may also have to get a different signal amp for the lower frequency.
Note to thieves: While sketchy communications to emergency services my make me appear vulnerable, understand that I defend my personal property with my life. If you threaten my life and I can't get through to 911, I won't hesitate to shoot you with jacketed hollow points.

email: Email to me as or or will autoforward to my Tx3 address. Note that Tx3 changed to be Linxure and then became owned by Skynet Broadband. Email addresses and websites at and and at are all the same, but they differ from those at Please also note that if I send you an email from the webmail system rather than from my computer, it will come from instead of You can address your reply to either one (or any of my above addresses). They're all the same at my end.

Note also: Email coming to my Tx3 mailbox (the one I check) is filtered by Skynet's excellent spam filter system (provided using SurgeMail). Mail from senders who are not on my allowed senders list gets fed through a spam filter. If they score low enough in the spam checking (and lots of actual spam does) then they get a challenge reply (challenging you to prove you're a person and not an automated spam sending system). If you properly reply to the challenge, then your email gets through. If you're on my allowed senders list, then your email gets through unchallenged. Sometimes, when I am someplace where I have 40k or faster internet access, I look at my quarantined emails that did not get through and haven't yet been automatically deleted, but I wouldn't count on your message being spotted this way. I apologize for the hassle, but this is currently an amazingly effective way to stop the spam.

This address is also mine. It doesn't autoforward. I primarily use is when Skynet has technical difficulties with my regular mail service or when I want to use Gmail credentials to log in to a forum because I'm being too lazy to make up a new username & password database record in the Password Gorilla. I don't check it very often.

A final note about capitalization:
For email addresses and the domain name (first part) of web site addresses, capitalization (within the 128 character ascii character set) doesn't matter. = QAZWSX@EDCRFV.COM = Qazwsx@Edcrfv.Com = qAzWsX@eDcRfV.cOm etc.
also: = http://wWw.EdCrFv.CoM/ = http://WWW.EDCRFV.coM/ etc.
However, after that third slash, it depends on whether the server runs Windows or Linux. Modern Windows file systems preserve case, but don't care about it. File systems used by Linux care about case.
So if the server uses Windows, = =
But, if the server uses Linux, !=
For Linux servers, case changes are still ignored in domain names, but not in file names or directory names.

For those who prefer to send their email in an envelope, below is my PGP public key.

Version: PGP 8.0.2


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