about (counting fingers…) eight years ago, I was fairly fresh off
the Boat from Germany, and in that phase of life, where one tries to
figure out what to do with oneself. I was also traveling The
Legendary West by the means of my thumb and backpack. One late
evening in January, I arrived in Tucson AZ. It was the warmest I had
been for many days! So I decided to stay for a few and regroup my
energy, maybe try to sell some shells I had collected at Ocean Beach
in San Diego. As I connected up with other people I heard about the
Gem show that had just happened. I was bummed! even as a small kid I
loved to look at pretty rocks, and the full color pages showing gem
formation in my Parents were all dog-eared and abused because I had
looked at them so many times.
Anyway,…a few days go by, and I sit outside a coffee shop (in
JANUARY) soaking up the suns rays along with a double mocha and
one of my new friends walks up triumphantly, puts an about two
fist-size velvet Pouch loudly on the mnetal table before me. “HaHAA!
There you go!” As my thoughts, so crudely awakened from their musings
about golden light and sunshine, returned reluctantly back to Earth,
here and now, I looked confusedly at the bag, and the guy, which I
really didn’t know all that well, raised an eyebrow and
intelligently remarked: “Huh?” answer to that:“this is for you!!” so
I opened the bag, and out come Rocks, tumbled, any shape, most of
them some milky brown translucent color with beige solid colored
circles in it, some chevron amethysts, some other stuff, and a
irregular coil of previously used copper wire…
a few months later I went back to Berkeley (Telegraph Ave, not the
University) and became Michael Thomas’ Apprentice.
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