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Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011
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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 00:55    Post subject: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

Dallas was a nightmare of ice and freezing temps as we made our way to the airport today. Jim and I managed to get there early and settled in as the plane arrived. We had originally planned to drive, but after our son mentioned that the first 125 miles of road was pure ice, well...we figured we would make our way to Tucson without all the stress and hassle.

Got to Tucson and picked up our SUV rental. Made our way to the Westward Look and unpacked, tidied up and called our son to join us for dinner in the Gold room.
While waiting for him to join us, well...we were amazed at the fountain in front of our room...

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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 01:00    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

The fountain...


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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 01:04    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

Photos from tonight. 30s during the day, lower than 20 degrees F. tonight.


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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 01:09    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

Off to dinner at the Westward Look...


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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 01:15    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

And inside the restaurant...


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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 01:19    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

And see who comes strolling by....


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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 01:28    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

Tucson has a certain magic...


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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 03:54    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

Hi Gail,

Nice to see you have finally arrived safe and sound, I've been waiting for your report, keep taking pictures please; lots of people will only see what's going on Tucson thanks to your lovely pictures and comments. :-)

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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 07:50    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

Thank you Arturo! It is the first day of the Westward Look show and we will roam from room to room looking at wonderful minerals and greeting many friends! Truly so much of the experience of Tucson is the people.
I will try out my new camera, Nikon D90, and see how well I can master the new lenses as well.
Cheers!

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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 13:58    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

Colder in Tucson than most of Europe!!! Here is a heat wave, spring in the air and birds are singing! Deep snow is gone. Have fun for us too!!!
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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2011 14:55    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

I have taken a great deal of wonderful shots and can't wait to load photos tonight. Day one of the Westward Look show is proving to be busy, and profitable, as many dealers have mentioned. Most rooms are crowded and lots of excitement is shared over stories of newly added pieces to everyones collections!
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 01:59    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

478 photos taken today! We started with breakfast with Dave Wilber, Dave Waisman, and other friends. We then went to the show, managed to visit with lots of folks and buy quite a few nice minerals too. After all that we went to the University of Arizona's museum to see Dudley Blauwet's talk on Pakistan and look at minerals on display from Dudley, Gene Meirien, and Herb and Moni Obodda.
Went to dinner with Gene, Evan Jones, Ralph Botrill, Jolyon Ralph, Mark Meiterman and Rob Woodside. Jim too!
Let's see how far I can get this evening....



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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 02:05    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 02:18    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 02:28    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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A very nice fellow! We have met "online" on Mindat.Frank Imbriacco
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 02:38    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 02:45    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 02:53    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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JIm and Tom Gressman, Mineralogical Record.
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 03:09    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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Tim Sherborn, California collector.
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Dave Waisman, show promoter, Westward Look.
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2011 03:19    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Version of a Tucson show report 2011  

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Our son Tom has a room here, Mineral Masterpiece.
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