Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tucson Gem Show 2010

My Mom, her boyfriend Dave, Grandpa, and his wife Alisha paid me the honor of a visit two weekends ago (see how I'm slowly catching up here?). A pending snowstorm chased them out earlier than expected but we still had time for a dinner, a brunch, and some terrific conversation about the past.

Last weekend Matt & I headed for Tucson. The annual gem show there is always a unique backdrop for a Rose family reunion. Dad looked good despite his recent heart scares. Mom was chock-full of energy. My favorite piece this time: A fossilized mammoth femur, with mammoth ivory carvings of a smilodon VS. the woolies. Two adults are hurrying a baby out of the cave away from danger. Of course I didn't have the $4400 to take it home, despite the seller's offer of a payment plan (!). My sisters Nancy (black opal & mammoth ivory rabbit playing a flute by Steven Ruse - his ears bend down along the back of his head) & Mary (gold & silver peridot ring) each generously treated me to lovely shiny prezzies. There was the usual complement of giggling and rolling our eyes at Fox news (to which Dad is weirdly addicted). We watched awful movies and ate Chinese too late and had a great time. I was absolutely neglectful in terms of family portraits, but here are a few snaps of rock and pearl sections of the show. I really wanted to get pics of people but I kept forgetting I had my camera. That's the only downside to my pocket-sized Casio.

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