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.
-----¨ 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
-----¨ The first thing you pack for your vacation is a chisel and a hammer.
¨ 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
¨ 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
-----¨ The baggage handlers at the airport know you by name and refuse to help with your
-----¨ 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
-----¨ You can't remember the last time your car still fit in the garage.
¨ 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
¨ 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
¨ 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.
-----¨ 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.
¨ 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
¨ 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
Contributors included Mel Albright, Richard Busch, Betty Commean, Dan Imel, Bob Keller,
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