Late Night FDL: Miscellany

 

I am in Tucson, Arizona for the huge gem, mineral, fossil and precious stones and whatever else expos/shows, and to visit Occupy Tucson which is staging several anti-bank rallies this week. I love gems and minerals, geodes, agates, and fossils, but it kinda bums me out to see so much of Nature’s beauty churned for a buck.

Today we just visited the fossil motel. Room after room in a two story building packed with stuff: A complete pterodactyl skeleton, small to giant ammonites, ichthyosaurs, and box after box loaded with small fossils. Many were dug up in South Dakota, Morocco, China and parts of the UK. Crates of ancient shark, horse and other critter teeth, sliced mammoth bones–I mean really, like what kinds of losses to science and the environment had been done by digging and dredging these things up just so someone could hang them on a wall?

And meteorites–absolutely insane chunks from 2 millimeters to many inches in diameter, weird metals and anhydrous balls of glass from the Libyan desert formed when meteors struck.

Two older guys, a dealer and a customer, were discussing a robbery that had occurred the night before in one of the rooms. Three carved stone dealers over from China were robbed at gunpoint by “a Mexican” who took all their cash. A fourth man stepped out of the bathroom and was robbed as well. This is one of the few times in anyone’s memory a robbery has happened at one of the gem and mineral shows. Consensus: Darn lucky none of the victims were armed because it could have gotten messy fast.

I ate lunch today in a cafe with a sign posted that read:

No firearms allowed inside

 

On a lighter note, here’s a quiz:

Which of these is not true:

A. Sean Penn has been named an ambassador.

B. Dehydrated, homophobic, really rich comic Tracy Morgan won’t pay $25K to save his mom’s house from foreclosure.

C. Brad Pitt has blocked his kids from Googling him and Angelina Jolie.

D. Mitt Romney was caught drinking hot coffee–but he claims it was Sanka.

 

Speaking of Mitt, according to the National Enquirer, three dozen of his extended family who live in Colonia Juarez, Mexico, have been targeted by the cartels:

Inside sources told The ENQUIRER that Romney’s advisers fear he will be scarred by a blood-soaked scandal if any of his kin are slaughtered due to their ties to the presidential candidate.

“These relatives of Mitt lived quietly until now, working hard as farmers and cattle ranchers,” a top political source told The ENQUIRER.

 

107 Responses to "Late Night FDL: Miscellany"
Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:03 pm 1

True or false: McDonald’s drops “pink slime” from burgers


Elliott | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:04 pm 2

I love rocks – gems – minerals ETCETERA too – never been to the Tuscon show tho

Here’s a beautiful site


Elliott | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:04 pm 3

true


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:04 pm 4

Lisa!

A couple more days and I could be on display there with the rest of the fossils. ;-)


Suzanne | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:05 pm 5

lisa! i love tuscon — used to visit when my sister lived there


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:07 pm 6

Hey, Lisa.

Enjoy the Tucson show. It’s really great.

Trick question. They all appear to be true.


Elliott | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:07 pm 7
In response to DrDick @ 4

Happy Almost Birthday?


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:08 pm 8
In response to Elliott @ 7

I turn 60 on Thursday.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:10 pm 9
In response to Elliott @ 2

Oooh, pretty!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:11 pm 10

Happy early birthday, dr Dick!


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:12 pm 11
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 10

Thankee! Not bad for the boy who at 19 was voted least likely to see 30.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:13 pm 12

Lisa !

Raising a Glass of Bushmills to my friend, Dr. Dick !


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:15 pm 13
In response to Petrocelli @ 12

And to you my old friend, Petro!


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:16 pm 14

Congrats, Dr. Dick.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:17 pm 15
In response to DrDick @ 13

I was just having some great Tandoori delights and remembering you …


Sharkbabe | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:18 pm 16

rocks rock


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:18 pm 17
In response to Petrocelli @ 15

That reminds me, I have to fix some Tandoori Chicken again soon. Not as good in the oven as on the grill, but it is a tad chilly out for the latter right now.


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:20 pm 18

Speaking of weird food, Ron made Hunky/Thai soup today.


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:21 pm 19
In response to DrDick @ 17

Okay, I’ll bite. How do you make tandoori chicken without a tandoor?


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:21 pm 20
In response to marymccurnin @ 18

What’s in it … the Old Spice Guy ? *g*


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:22 pm 21

Greetings! Happy early birthday to Dr. Dick, and congratulations to Lisa on finding a gun-free lunch venue.


Elliott | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:23 pm 22
In response to DrDick @ 11

!! – then you done good.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:23 pm 23
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 19

You get a bucket of KFC to convert to Hinduism …


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:24 pm 24
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 19

You can get most of the flavor with the seasoning/marinade and cooking it on a charcoal grill. Pretty close to the same flavor.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:24 pm 25
In response to marymccurnin @ 18

really–lots of paprika?


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:25 pm 26
In response to DrDick @ 24

So I’ve been conned with the line about ultra-high heat being a necessity?


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:26 pm 27
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 25

no. Russian dumplings and coconut with lemongrass stuff and ……I just ate it. I don’t make it.


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:27 pm 28

Aloha, Lisa…! Ironically, ya don’t hear too much of Madame Pele’s creations being marketed…! She has truly put a curse on all who attempt to abscond with any rocks…! The Volcanoes N.P. has a huge wall dedicated to the many horror stories that have occurred…! Everyday, they’re receiving packages directing them to where they’d picked up the rock…! ;-)


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:28 pm 29
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 26

It might make a bit of difference, but in my experience most of the flavor comes from the marinade and the smoke. You do not really want to slow cook it, however.


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:28 pm 30
In response to Petrocelli @ 23

If it’s extra crispy I’m in…


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:30 pm 31
In response to DrDick @ 29

I love tandoori chicken, but I’ve never bothered. One of Mrs. Dr. Countertenor’s classmates was from India. She was the one who told me you had to have the right gear — and made some to prove the point. I guess I will give it a try.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:30 pm 32
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 26

The high Heat does sear the meat and keep it moist inside while charring it outside, but that can be done on the BBQ quite nicely.

Lots of Indian Restaurants use a fake tandoor[oven] and paint the meat with red coloring to make it seem real.


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:31 pm 33
In response to CTuttle @ 28

Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:34 pm 34
In response to CTuttle @ 28

Very true. I have heard some accounts of Mama Pele’s curses. Thursday I am going to dinner with some bone dealers form Berkeley, and will be hanging out wiht some emerald dealers. Should be a blast. Plus I am doing some shopping for me and mine–beads and rocks.


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:34 pm 35
In response to Petrocelli @ 32

Yeah. I like to sear it directly over the charcoal for abut 5 minutes on a side and then move it off to the side a bit to cook for another 20 minutes. Normally. I use either a split or quartered chicken.


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:35 pm 36
In response to CTuttle @ 28

Funny. I have a fair amount of obsidian from Hawai’i, some Pele’s hair and tears. Of course, none of it came from VNP.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:35 pm 37
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 34

If you’re into Gems & Astrology, I know quite the expert …


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:36 pm 38
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 34

I would really like to get a source of beryl rough.


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:37 pm 39

Mittens gets SS protection? WTF? Is he down to his last set of magic underwear?


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:37 pm 40
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 36

Perhaps you are one of her chosen.


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:39 pm 41
In response to ratfood @ 39

It only protects you from sin and sense, not bullets.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:40 pm 42
In response to ratfood @ 39

Here’s what I’d like to know … how the heck will Man-on-Dog & his Evangelist friends endorse Mitt ?

After sledging Newt, Rick can’t now roll with him …


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:40 pm 43
In response to ratfood @ 39

I don’t want to think about Mittens in his underwear, magical or not. I bet he is boring in his underwear.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:41 pm 44
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 38

I’ll look around for you and grab some business cards. I am fielding equests for chalcedony and iolite(Viking’s sunstone)


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:41 pm 45
In response to marymccurnin @ 43

I won’t take that bet. Mittens is born to bore.


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:42 pm 46
In response to DrDick @ 40

We were at a Christmas party in Hilo in must have been 1967. My dad went out to have a cigarette, and when he came back in, he said he’d spoken to an old woman outside who said there was going to be an eruption tonight.

There was a small eruption on Chain of Craters Road that night, maybe the early harbinger of the current eruption. All my parent’s friends started looking at Dad very differently…

It’s amazing how superstitious folks on the Big Island are about Pele.


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:42 pm 47
In response to marymccurnin @ 43

Mitt Romney: So bland he makes vanilla seem exciting!


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:44 pm 48
In response to marymccurnin @ 43

Mitt will stand in the Straits of Hormuz while Super F-18s launch from his Shoulders, bombing all enemies of Murkah !


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:44 pm 49
In response to DrDick @ 47

I kinda like vanilla. Mitt is more like plain yogurt.


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:44 pm 50
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 36

*heh* A recent episode for my eldest, She’d asked her Significant Other on the tarmac in Hilo, if she’d snagged a rock, She told her, ‘yeah, but I put it in your luggage’… midflight from Honolulu to LAX, the plane lost all electricity for about a half hour…! Then, they got stranded at the airport in Cleveland, headed to Toledo…! ;-)

Needless to say, I’d received a package from her shortly after She finally got home…! ;-)


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:45 pm 51
In response to marymccurnin @ 43

Au naturel for Mitt is probably dress shirt, white briefs and black socks.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:46 pm 52
In response to Petrocelli @ 37

I lovethat stuff, I work with stones in that way.


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:47 pm 53
In response to Petrocelli @ 42

I thought his nick was Rick “Frothy mix” Santorum?


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:47 pm 54
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 49

Hey now! Don’t be dissing plain yogurt like that. It at least has taste and a bit of bite to it.


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:47 pm 55
In response to Petrocelli @ 42

What? The Man-On-Dog-On-Car-ticket is a no-go? Bummer…


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:48 pm 56
In response to ratfood @ 51

Not briefs — magic Mormon underwear, complete with tears and secret symbols.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:48 pm 57
In response to ratfood @ 39

Herb Cain got Secret Service protection as well, but then he dropped out.


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:49 pm 58
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 56

Like this.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:49 pm 59
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 52

There are some great stories behind many of the precious stones. Are you seeing any Iranian Turquoise in Tucson ?


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:50 pm 60
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 57

Do they really call him Herb (stop trying to make me like him). “g”


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:50 pm 61
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 53

That’s not a nickname, it’s a translation.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:52 pm 62
In response to ratfood @ 55

Jeebus … ROFL !

I dunno how the Evangelists align themselves with the Mormon. Anyways, I’m hoping this freak show goes on and on …


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:52 pm 63
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 49

Mitt is more like plain yogurt.

Mitt is more like plain, low fat yogurt that has expired.


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:53 pm 64
In response to BargainCountertenor @ 56

I was able to track down a photo of the Mythical Magic Mormon underwear. Looks pretty cozy actually.


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:54 pm 65
In response to ratfood @ 64

Brain Bleach…! Stat…! ;-)


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:55 pm 66
In response to ratfood @ 64

oh Lardy!


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:56 pm 67
In response to Petrocelli @ 62

No way the Talibangelicals back a Mormon, whom the consider a devil worshiping cult. Mittens wins and most of them will simply sit out the election (Yay!).


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:57 pm 68
In response to ratfood @ 64

O.M.F.G. !

Be warned about click RF’s link …


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:57 pm 69
In response to CTuttle @ 65

Protects the wearer from everything but bikini waxing, apparently.


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:57 pm 70
In response to DrDick @ 67

Was America always secretly stupid and weird and somehow the secret got out?


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:58 pm 71
In response to DrDick @ 67

I don’t see how Mitt will win in the South and the Bible Belt … it’ll make for great comedy down the stretch.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 31, 2012 08:59 pm 72
In response to marymccurnin @ 70

No secret. Old Europe knew exactly who they were sending over here.


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:00 pm 73
In response to DrDick @ 67

You know, Dr. D, the all-embracing Baha’is have a similar view…! Mormonism is truly a questionable ‘Religion’ en toto…! *g*


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:00 pm 74

Time for me to toddle off. Have to try to explain the bare essentials of evolutionary processes to the little heathen in the morning.


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:01 pm 75
In response to Petrocelli @ 68

Definitely NSFW.


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:01 pm 76
In response to Petrocelli @ 71

Conservatives are banking on caucasian-ness carrying Mitt in the Bible Belt.


BargainCountertenor | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:01 pm 77
In response to DrDick @ 67

From your lips to God’s ear.


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:02 pm 78
In response to DrDick @ 74

Pleasant dreams, Dr. D…!


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:02 pm 79
In response to DrDick @ 74

DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:02 pm 80
In response to Petrocelli @ 71

I have said all along that Mittens could not win the South outside of Florida and maybe Louisiana (lots of Catholics there). Maybe some of the Border States as well. He will win it in the Midwest, Northeast, and West.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:03 pm 81
In response to ratfood @ 64

Much cuter than the cotton polyester blend normally sold.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:03 pm 82

Night doctor d!


ratfood | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:04 pm 83
In response to DrDick @ 74

Nighters. Think I will follow. Thanks to Lisa for LN duty. Petro when can I expect my bucket of KFC? Splendid evening to all.


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:04 pm 84
In response to DrDick @ 80

The Catholics won’t vote for Mitt. At least, not the New Orleanian ones.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:04 pm 85
In response to ratfood @ 76

I meant during the Repug race … but you bring up a great point. How can they diss Mitt now without helping PBO in the GE. Methinks they will implore Jeb to step up, at the Convention.


DrDick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:04 pm 86
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 79

Yeah. First thing I tell them is that there is no controversy. This is the only scientific explanation and is the most thoroughly tested and widely accepted theory in all of science.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:08 pm 87
In response to ratfood @ 83

As soon as they renounce J.C. and take Shiva as their path to sure destruction savior !


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:08 pm 88
In response to ratfood @ 83

*heh* Once again, Petro, is about to miss out on another Marleyfest here…! *sigh*


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:11 pm 89
In response to CTuttle @ 88

I’ll get there as soon as humanly possible, dude !


Suzanne | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:11 pm 90
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 49

mitt’s tofu…. he can become any flavor


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:12 pm 91
In response to Petrocelli @ 89

Ya need a new Publicist…! *g*


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:14 pm 92
In response to Suzanne @ 90

Unlike soy products, Mitt doesn’t increase estrogen or related hormones.


Petrocelli | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:14 pm 93
In response to CTuttle @ 91

What I need is an Agent … or an Angel ! *g*


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:16 pm 94
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 92

*heh* Mitt truly suffers from a Low-T syndrome…! ;-)


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:31 pm 95

Goodness, Lisa…! Did I kill another thread..? 8-(


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:34 pm 96

not at all, I had to step away for a couple mins and since I am in a cafe, closed my computer


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:35 pm 97

there is no internet where I ma staying and barely any cellphone coverage. But there are bunnies and cactus and geodes


marymccurnin | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:44 pm 98
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 97

bunnies! I luvs bunnies.


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:44 pm 99
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 97

*heh* Ya gonna go Stand on the Corner, M’dear…?

Take it Easy…! ;-)


openhope | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:52 pm 100

Great post, Lisa. I love gem shows, I admire the true Rockhounders, I was raised hicking the upper Rockies and semi-precious gem hunting for kicks.
I also would have hit on Mark Lindsey and offered him my tween virginity.


openhope | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:54 pm 101
In response to openhope @ 100

do we get graded on spelling?


CTuttle | Tuesday January 31, 2012 09:55 pm 102
In response to openhope @ 100

I also would have hit on Mark Lindsey and offered him my tween virginity.

*heh* Now you’re too easy, open…! *g* (ducking…)


openhope | Tuesday January 31, 2012 10:05 pm 103
In response to Suzanne @ 90

Mitt’s a compound all to himself. One minute sucking it up,….the next spewing and purging.
Not a sponge, he’s not organic. No sense of Community Infrastructure.
Definitely a compound substance. I heart Applied Science.


openhope | Tuesday January 31, 2012 10:07 pm 104
In response to Petrocelli @ 93

Yes, you do.


openhope | Tuesday January 31, 2012 10:13 pm 105
In response to CTuttle @ 102

No need to duck,dude! I am not interested in sexual connotations reflecting an invasion of the languages after the genocide of the Maternal Culture that somehow reflect on my character/morals as a female.
So, in lay man’s terms, uh………..scanning…………scanning………scanning………


openhope | Tuesday January 31, 2012 10:30 pm 106

Oh hey, a shout out about my ongoing saga of ordering a Netflix DVD… Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove: Readings from Voices of a People’s History of the USA”
I just got the 7th replacement in another perfect red envelope, snapped. I’ve been ordering this movie since January 9th,2012 and still haven’t been able to see it.
We’re in the Seattle/North hub. Someone needs to put it on their queue in a few more hubs and see what happens.
Someone needs to tell Matt Damon that Netflix or Others are fucking with censoring their most excellent work. I think. I haven’t watched it yet but, I read the book and Bill Moyers’s interview with Howard Zinn. Matt Damon grew up next door, knowing that the light on in Howard’s study meant he was writing his book.
Matt needs to know.


tejanarusa | Tuesday January 31, 2012 10:40 pm 107
In response to openhope @ 106

Wow. That’s interesting. The envelope doesn’t say what the movie is, right? Which lets off the postal carrier. Hunh. Seven times does argue against accidental snapping.


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