Rocks In My Head
These pics show citizens' reactions to the ruling (and a lawsuit) that says you can't sell rocks off your property in Helga Township (Hubbard County, MN). My own reaction was to post a Genuine Helga Township Field Rock For Sale notice on my Facebook.
According to the book I have resumed reading, Minnesota Geology, the Cenozoic was the era when Minnesota began to achieve its status as the “icebox of the nation”. The Rocky Mountains had formed, changing the climate. Dinosaurs had disappeared and small mammals predominated. Remains are found in the Badlands of South Dakota which unfortunately are not found in Minnesota. Glacial drift covers evidence of activity. Of course, subsurface exploration may one day reveal some of the specifics.
I haven't done much with my rock business this summer. I was flea-bitten (or something) and I didn't print up new business cards as planned, or place ads in the local shopper. I did, however, sell a couple of articles on birthstones and I made a handful of infomercials in the virtual world called SecondLife. Those were fun to do! I also acquired inventory through purchase and trade. I chose stones with an eye to jewelry making next winter. And the trade was great! Also, I now market Thunder Bay amethyst.
Some day, when I have time, I’m going to take up a fun hobby like this. Maybe after I retire.
Allow me to throw a bucket of cold water on your life too.
Do you polish your own rocks or do you just buy and resell?
I have all the equipment to do the processes but there wouldn’t be enough hours in a day to create this much inventory. Not that it’s any of your business.
Do you find all of these rocks around here?
Sure. We live in an area that abounds in precious metal ores, azurite and malachite, aquarmarine, rubies, emeralds. Just dig right in.
I should stop in and take a look at your rocks.
I’ve been here for decades. Why bother now?
I’m bringing the kids over to look at rocks. Kids just LOVE rocks.
This isn’t a toy store.
Do you have a rock polisher?
Yes I’ve got an all-in-one machine that tumbles, makes cabochons, facets and does the whole operation. You just press a few buttons and let ‘er rip.
Are these rocks basically what was left over from your grandfather’s business?
Are you a rude SOB who never learned any manners?
What is this specimen?
It’s an ugly gray rock. Why do you want to know?
Do you buy rocks?
Leave your number. If I want your damn rocks, I’ll call you.
My uncle used to polish rocks.
Where do you get all these rocks?
I pick them off from trees.
Have you been to Duluth? They have a nice BIG rock shop over there.