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Overheard at the Tucson Show

Posted by Jim Allen  
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Jim Allen January 30, 2018 02:45AM
"Oh look, here are some hermaphrodites!" while checking out a flat of Ojuela Mine hemimorphite at the Kino Sports Park Show.
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Paul Brandes January 30, 2018 02:58AM
Are you sure you're at the right show, Jim......?? ;-)
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Russ Rizzo January 30, 2018 03:12AM
Thanks for the laugh... I needed it today.
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Harald Schillhammer January 30, 2018 12:40PM
Made my day! LOL
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Kevin Conroy January 30, 2018 01:39PM
That's impressive!

It's been a few years ago (the American Mineral Treasures themed main show in 2008), but I was looking at one of the major mineral dealer's fine specimens when a German friend of mine walked up. He looked at the pieces and said: "Are these prices or phone numbers?"...
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Matt Courville January 30, 2018 04:25PM
too funny! A few years ago I was looking over minerals at the yearly Ottawa club show and overheard:

'well...they are pretty small, but they are Really Powerfull! '

I don't think they were talking about sling-shot ammo, but I might be worng;)
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Rolf Luetcke January 30, 2018 06:52PM
Matt,
Bet they were "crystal healing" people, they talk like that. We used to get them in our place too. When they asked me about my point of view, I said I was a scientist and that pretty much ended their questions but didn't offend.
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Keith Wood January 30, 2018 08:14PM
Mexico is getting stranger by the year.
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William W. Besse January 31, 2018 05:09PM
My favorite, from long ago when the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show had a wholesale section upstairs in the old part of the building, was a fellow (obviously somebody's guest) who asked how we cut "this." He was staring at a 20 kg, cubic, Huanzala pyrite. He would not believe when told it was natural.
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Tim Jokela Jr April 01, 2018 04:04PM
This thread could be awesome. I occasionally write down stuff I hear at shows, but then invariably lose my notes, lol.

An Asian woman asked me if I carry the stone that "win lottery."

I didn't know what to say.

A sadly common question, always from white women of a certain age, is: "Do you know the properties of this stone?"

I waste my breath expounding upon the chemistry, locality, hardness, cleavage, or whatever, whereupon they say: "No, I mean the healing properties!"

It's taken years for me to learn to simply grit my teeth and walk away.

Two of these crystal power whackos bought Red Cloud wulfenite crystals, and announced that they were just the right shape for them to wear inside their bra... I still feel dirty for selling them... am I a bad person?

If I ever find my notes I'll post them.

Tim Jokela Jr.
tjokela@execulink.com
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Gary Weinstein April 02, 2018 10:01PM
Tim, et. al.,
When they ask me which stone will win the lottery (or bring them money) I tell them that if there was one I would have won it years ago and would not be here now (for you to ask the question). And back in the 80s, during the beginnings of the metaphysical movement, a guy purchased from me a fine, half inch, Hotazel Rhodochrosite crystal and after the transaction asked me what the best way was to crush it. I almost swallowed my tongue.
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Norman King April 02, 2018 11:13PM
Well, going to a guru or doctor isn't cheap, either. Actually, I think shaman is the right word for practitioners crystallography (isn't that what it's called?).
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A. Mathauser April 03, 2018 02:10AM
It is sad, today, in 21 century... For them the elementary science is dead.
Yes, the rocks are healing - they bring joy and relaxation to eye of beholder, they are like wonders of nature. They are not get crushed, eaten, hung in bra or else.
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Ed Richard April 16, 2018 06:12AM
Happened a few times at shows.... "Are they still growing?"

Classic one is with my Mesolites.... Can I touch that? , I say NO, , and BANG they do it anyway.
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Gary Weinstein April 16, 2018 10:00PM
The one I have heard for many years is " do you get all these from the ocean?" Even though they have locations on the tags.
As for the still growing, I simply tell them that it is the same as plucking a flower or chopping down a tree.

Once saw a dealer who had a 12 x 18 inch Pune, India Okenite alone in an allstate case at a show, with 4 signs saying DO NOT TOUCH and he turned around just in time to see a little old lady reaching over the glass to pet it. When he yelled, she jumped and her reasoning was that it looked so soft, like a kitten, and she just wanted to see if it was.

Our school system needs to spend more time on reading!

Ed, One should not use negatives when dealing with these public. Just tell them that when they do touch it and break some of the crystals off that you will charge them for the broken specimen. Too many negatives cause the healing powers to turn off ;>} .
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Ed Richard April 17, 2018 03:47AM
I do Gary, I tell them how Mesolite needles stay stuck in your fingers for days and keep hurting...
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