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Saul R W

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  1. Well done, bro -- keep remembering to mention "meteorite" in every post, and we can't be accused of derailing the thread. It's kind of like sitting in the back of the class and shooting spitwads at the teacher's head just enough to get a reaction, but not often enough to get sent back to the seventh grade for the third time. So it's not books, eh? That explains a lot. For my next academic excursion, I'll sit on a stack of Shakespeare out in the quad, playing a Dylan compilation on a Gibson with a cocker spaniel tied to my Birkenstock thong. That'll be just the trick. It's funny that you should mention guitars, because one of Future Wife Four's first questions was whether I played the guitar. When I said no, and then started talking about accordions, she changed the subject and asked about my bank accounts. Meteorite.
  2. A word or 294 of explanation. It was late when I posted last night, and by using "gunk" I was attempting to dejargonize a subject that all too often becomes too technical for we novists (or is it novistas?). As for grinder gunk -- and the above mentioned chopsaw gunk as well -- I used to break chunks of the gunk off my cutting table and work bench, drop them on the steps outside my shop and stomp hard on them. It's nice gritty stuff, and provides instant traction on the ice, at least until the next snow. Also, tracking it in on the carpet is useful for irritating wives, if you happen to want to give one an excuse to leave with the titles to your house and truck. I see that Bob rejargonized for us. Silicon carbide/slag concretion, indeed. As for the bud on (and the bud in) the ashtray, I was attempting to be polite and gentlemanly and diplomatic. The ashtray and contents are potentially highly germane to this discussion. Such finds under such influences have engendered new religions with almost predictable regularity throughout history. First they fall from the sky (thrown by a deity, it usually turns out, although sometimes they are just knocked accidentally off a deity's kitchen table, where, presumably, the stones sit for decoration), and then they start talking (the stones, not the deities, but sometimes both at once, rudely). I suggest reading Annie Dillard's Teaching a Stone to Talk for more information (and tell me about the book when you're finished, because I was a crib-notes man in college, and only carried real books around to attract coeds -- books are better than puppies in some crowds).
  3. Aha! Everything is becoming clear now. I just spotted the ashtray in the first photo. I meant bench grinder debris, not the gunk that builds up in weed grinders.
  4. It's a little difficult to see detail in your photos, but the piece is sparkly. In photo number 2 it appears distinctly foliated, which I'm pretty sure is 100% indicative of Earthly origin.
  5. Yeah, I really was serious, but I've been wrong before -- just ask anyone here. Still, I'd bet my next bacon double cheeseburger that your specimen isn't from space.
  6. Sorry, but I quit the bootlegging biz decades ago. There are guys here who actually know something about space rocks, though. I will defer to their expertise, as I'm only an expert in grinder gunk.
  7. It reminds me of the foliated gunk that builds up on a workbench under a grinder.
  8. If anything wasn't vaporized, and someone did handle it, would that be indecent exposure?
  9. There's a ton of wisdom in that post. My path in life was similar, just in a different part of the world, and I raised daughters on my own, instead of a son. I suspect a son would have been less complicated, but I'm satisfied with my lot.
  10. And some of us don't have many feathers left. I molted in my late 20s and never grew a new crop on my head. I blame it on too many wives and daughters.
  11. Jack, I like your contraption. I ran across those bucket-top dust settlers on eBay, and have been thinking about building something similar to yours. I haven't yet looked at one of the units up close and personal, and have been wondering about the plastic used, what kind of plastic, how thick it is. I used to install new PTFE strips on a girlfriend's dog sled runners every year, and those little 1/4" strips of Teflon lasted for thousands of miles, sometimes being dragged across pavement while training, and over rocks and gravel in river beds, so some plastics can take a ton of abuse and impact and abrasion. Maybe you'll get lucky and the thing will last way longer than you think it will. Anyway, great idea for saving your vac fan from being destroyed by gravel.
  12. It's "How's about dem Bears" to the few Chicagonians I know.
  13. Yeah, I'm sorta getting creeped out by this whole scene. It's gonna take more than bay and tobacco to clear the air.
  14. This has turned into a good thread, a bunch of stinky prospectors lounging in a goat-soapy hot tub smoking Cubans. I'm afraid I never graduated from pipe to cigar. I did pinch snuff for about three years in my teens, though, and even today, many, many years later, I still occasionally dream I have Copenhagen in my lip, and I've even woke up a time or two after spitting on my pillow. Am I the only one? This worries me a little, that I might spit in my sleep when the new wifeling is sharing my pillow, and appear uncouth, when in fact I am indeed a very couth fellow. I really must get a ring on her finger before she discovers I'm foibly human.
  15. Bob, I'll watch that last one later when the satellite cooperates.
  16. I went to an impromptu concert/jam session in a little cafe in Jerusalem last month. Except for me and the musicians, the place was packed with 20-somethings. The main attraction was a bluesy-folksy-rocky-folk musician who goes by the stage name Lazer Lloyd (his real name is Lazer Blumen). If my internet connection wasn't throwing fits tonight, I'd post a couple of his YouTube videos here. He's pretty darned good on the guitar.
  17. Backing up a few weeks, Tedeschi reminds me a bit of a bluesy Suzi Quatro, but with talent.
  18. That's what I was thinking. So, Ssams88, if your find streaks red or reddish brown, possibly hematite; if black, possibly magnetite. And Bob, leave all the colorful streaks alone.
  19. Geez, I'm having trouble coming up with a family friendly retort for that one, and it ain't often that I'm stumped. I meant the specimen. It reminds me a little of a black hematite, which I think is found in Maryland. So, if the streak is red (the specimen's, not yours), it could be hematite. Then again, I could be way off.
  20. We are all humbled by your humility, Bob. I'm wondering what color the streak?
  21. Some of us never grow up. One of these days I hope to at least act like a 20 year old.
  22. Yes, this isn't the first time. It will be my fourth remodeling. I'll ease her gently into me having a beard, an inch or two at a time. The pipe, I'll probably have to sneak a few puffs now and then, hiding behind the garage like a 10th grader.
  23. Unless it hit one of those interstate power lines and slingshotted back the other direction. Such things can really happen. I eyewitnessed it on the Roadrunner cartoon.
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