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You Might Be a Rockhound If . . . . .

.� You think road cuts are built as tourist attractions
� You describe your vacations by the rocks you brought home.
� The rockpile in your garage is over your head.
� Your PC screen saver features pictures of rocks.
� You find rocks when you empty your pockets at night.
� You went to a rock festival and you hate music.
� You gave rocks, tumblers, or rock tools for Christmas.
� When friends say they're going to Tucson, you assume it'll be in February.
� You can find Quartzsite on a map in less than 5 seconds.
� When someone mentions "Franklin" you think of New Jersey rather than Ben.

 

2.
-----� You can pronounce "molybdenite" correctly on the first try.
-----� The polished slab on your bola tie is six inches in diameter
-----� The bookshelves in your home hold more rocks than books; and the books that are there are about rocks.
-----� On a trip to Europe, you're the only member of the group who spends their time looking at cathedral walls through a pocket magnifier.
-----� You think you KNOW how to pronounce "chalcedony."
-----� You are thinking about giving out rocks for Halloween.
-----� You planted flowers in your rock garden.
-----� You purchase things like drywall compound just to have another nice bucket to carry rocks in.
-----� The club you belong to uses rocks for center-pieces for the annual Christmas dinner.
-----� The first thing you pack for your vacation is a chisel and a hammer.

 

3.
� you spend hours and hours in the ugliest room in your house.
� You give directions like, "turn right at the green farmhouse..."
� You bought the ugliest boots available cause they were water proof.
� You know what findings are for.
� You watch the scenery in movies instead of the actors.
� Your company asks you not to bring any more rocks to the office until they have time to reinforce the floor.
� The local jewelry stores & libraries give out your name for information on rock clubs.
� You examine individual rocks in driveway gravel.
� Your wife knows you are down in the basement sorting rocks but can't quite find you nor does she remember that pretty wall down there.
� Your local rock shops send you get well cards when you don't stop by in more than a week.

 

4.
-----� The baggage handlers at the airport know you by name and refuse to help with your luggage.
-----� The local university's geology department asks permission to hold a field trip - in your back yard.
-----� The city sends you a letter informing you a landfill permit is required to put any more rocks in the back yard.
-----� UPS has a regular pickup and delivery schedule for your house.
-----� You can debate for hours on the differences between spectrolite and labradorite.
-----� You shouted "Obsidian!" to a theater full of movie-goers while watching the Shawshank Redemption.
-----� Your children have names like Rocky, Jewel, and Beryl.
-----� You get excited when you find a hardware store with 16 pound sledge hammers and 5 foot long pry bars.
-----� You debate for months on Internet about whether vibratory or drum tumblers are best.
-----� You can't remember the last time your car still fit in the garage.

 

5.
� Local science teachers plan field trips to your back yard.
� You have a two car garage and your 4WD pickup has to sit in the driveway.
� They won't give you time off from work to attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and you go anyway.
� You begin fussing because the the light strips you installed on your bookshelves aren't full spectrum.
� You've spent more than ten dollars on a rock.
� You still think pet rocks are a pretty neat idea.
� You have amethyst in your aquarium.
� You associate the word "hard" with a value on the the Mhos scale instead of "work".
� You know the location of every rock shop within a 100 mile radius of your home.
� You're retired and still thinking of adding another room to your house.

 

6.
-----� You're planning on using a pick and shovel while you're on vacation.
-----� Your spelling checker has a vocabulary that includes the words "polymorph" and "pseudomorph".
-----� You know where Tsumeb is.
-----� You think Franklin, New Jersey might be a cool place to go on a vacation.
-----� You put a web page about rocks on the internet.
-----� Your car hasn't seen the inside of your garage for ten years.
-----� You associate the word "saw" with diamonds instead of "wood".
-----� You begin wondering what a set of the Mineralogical Record is worth.
-----� You decide not to get married because you'd rather keep the rock.
-----� You make a backpack for your dog.

 

7.
� You've spent more than ten dollars for a book about rocks.
� You have mineralogical database software on your computer.
� You send your family on ahead into MacDonalds so you can check the gravel in the flower beds.

� You have 137 empty squeeze syrup bottles washed and ready to use as squeeze bottles on the next field trip.

THIS LIST WAS WRITTEN BY MEMBERS OF THE GMEDITORS E-MAIL SWAP GROUP.
Contributors included Mel Albright, Richard Busch, Betty Commean, Dan Imel, Bob Keller, Paul Kline

***Permission to reproduce these is given for non-profit use with attribution.

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