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PostPosted: Feb 09, 2019 00:30    Post subject: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Jim and I drove 16 hours yesterday to arrive at our favorite show! We managed to run into someone special!


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PostPosted: Feb 10, 2019 09:15    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

I have no way to describe how crazy busy we have been, thus I have become way behind on my postings! Tucson is a whirlwind of meetings, meals and mayhem.


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PostPosted: Feb 10, 2019 22:50    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Yes, I think it IS a Trojan Horse. Does it have minerals inside? Oh well, if not, I'm sure you will find many near by...
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PostPosted: Feb 11, 2019 08:58    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Been so far behind on the show report, but our dinners and presentations are numerous and sleep is calling in the late hours.


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PostPosted: Feb 11, 2019 09:07    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Hoping to load a few more photos..


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PostPosted: Feb 11, 2019 10:22    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Gail, thanks for taking the time every year to provide an insider's view of the mineral mekka for people like me who don't have the opportunity (yet?) to go there. I'm always looking forward to your Tucson report and being able to follow along with your trip by virtue of your photos.
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PostPosted: Feb 12, 2019 02:28    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

I'm also looking foward for the Gail report - the report that brings Tucson to those who are not there!

By the way, did Jim already manage to enter Troy? ;-)
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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2019 14:51    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Hello there.


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PostPosted: Feb 18, 2019 11:02    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

I have so much to post!!! We are driving 991 miles home today. But I took fabulous photos.


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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 22:51    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

And now that we are home...I have TIME!
Jim and I drove the 16 hours to get to the show, arriving on the evening of Feb 7. After a quick meal we hit the bed as we had to get up early for "Breakfast with Minerals" and the University of Arizona folks. Thanks to Dave and Kathy Waisman and Bryan and Mae Swoboda for helping Jim and me make this possible.

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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 22:57    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:03    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:07    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

...At the Westward Look. Breakfast with minerals coming up. University of Arizona Museum board and friends.


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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:09    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Great interview with Terry Wallace, Alex Schauss, Bob Downs, Robert Hazen, Robbie McCarthy, and our friend, Melli Rose Rosenblatt. ( Rocko's daughter )


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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:13    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

Jim and I finished interviewing all these fine people and had to rush off to downtown to do an interview with JTV ( Jewelry Television ) as they had given us a call to see if we would join them for a You Tube session. It was remarkably fun. Jim did most of the interview as they only had room for one guest at a time, but later I did squeeze in and we had so much fun!


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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:18    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

So...recap. We drove 16 hours and unpacked. Ate. Slept. Got up early for the interview for Minerals with breakfast and then drove downtown to interview with JTV. So...what's next? Well, had to see a man about a rock! And in a new place for us to go, the 22nd street show of course!!!


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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:27    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:29    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

...We left and roamed into the very long tent, 1/4 mile we are told, of the 22nd street show.


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PostPosted: Feb 19, 2019 23:37    Post subject: Re: Sunny Tucson, Gail Spannís adventures. 2019  

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