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09/02/06
under the weather
Mood:  suave
Topic: some days are pretty good
I've been under the weather and ended up in ER. Nothing life threatening. But I don't feel like reading in books of science. So I will relate an anecdote of something that happened yesterday.

I went to an art show. The featured artist was a watercolorist, but the gallery also carries the work of a friend who makes gemtrees. She buys her rocks from me. This elderly lady, who I will call Wilma, asked me, "Where do you get your rocks?"

Fair enough. I thought of all the ways one can obtain rocks. We can buy them, trade with someone who has excess, go out into the field and collect, inherit them from family....

I gave her a hasty answer and she asked, "Do you have a place you can go and gather them?"

I hesitated, because I really didn't know how to answer that. I suppose I should scout out some locations and go for it. When I have time.

She must have read into my hesitation some reluctance to share my "secrets" for she quickly reassured me that she had no interest in going there and taking all the rocks.

If only it were that simple. I didn't explain that you can't get all varieties of rock in one place. Right offhand I have access to one mine because a friend in the industrial stone business has a claim on it, and a ranch out west. It's owner wants to make a little to subsidize his farming operations. He has two or three varieties, one of which I don't think is salable. The friend with the mine claim has quite a few varieties of jasper.

I don't mind answering questions but I feel people carry around some basic disinformation or misinformation about the rock business.

Posted by oh5/ojhoff at 5:19 AM CDT
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