Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Picture of the Day - My Bumblebee Jasper

In my previous POST I stated that in my next post I'd show what Diana March original wire-wrap necklace pendant I acquired last weekend at the 2nd Annual Spring Cambria Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show and here it is. This is not the best image I can take but I got a wild hair to take this as the sun was setting using the sunlight of that time of day. In fact, this was the last sunlight of Spring 2017 as Summer Solstice 2017 arrived at 9:24 p.m. PDT tonight. This is a gorgeous pendant made of Indonesian bumblebee jasper (which features arsenic-bearing orpiment or realgar depending upon if yellow or red-orange), my very first piece of this material to own and it is not a mineral specimen but rather in a piece of jewelry. This signifies the change in my character and tastes from purely collector of specimens to more and more a wearer of stone jewelry. Diana created this piece to sell at this show and it was the first thing in her booth that jumped out at me and it made the strongest impression of anything she brought and she brought many amazing things. What's next on my list of things I saw in her booth I'd like to later add to my nascent collection of wearable stone can be seen HERE. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Picture of the Day - My Diana March Wish List

For several months now the idea of acquiring a Diana March original piece has grown in my mind as a higher and higher priority in life. She is my favorite wire-wrap jewelry artist and until the past year or so, I have not really been a jewelry-wearing kind of guy. A few years ago I commissioned her to create a custom wire-wrap around a stone I provided which finished product you can  see HERE. However, that is not the same as a Diana March original wherein she selects the stone or fossil or artifact and creates custom jewelry around it with her amazing eye for design and respect for the stone or fossil or artifact. Her motto is "Always honor the stone" which she does with religious conviction and faithfulness.

After missing a few Cayucos/Cambria shows, she and Max were back this past weekend for 2nd Annual Spring Cambria Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show. Nobody was happier to see them than me. In my next post HERE I will show you what I acquired today. For now, here in the photos above and below is the short list from which I desire to acquire (God-willing) one such piece (and yes, those are meteorites) when she comes back into town at the end of next October. All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Picture of the Day - Flood Line 1995

Today as I helped one of our dealers load up their vehicles following the end of Day Two of the 2nd Annual Spring Cambria Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show, I noticed for the first time this sign on the side of the western exterior wall of the Cambria Vets Hall referring to the historic flooding in Cambria's West Village in March, 1995. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Picture of the Day - Oyster Ridge View

This afternoon into this evening I worked The Big Taste At The Big Event charitable fundraiser hosted by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. It was a hybrid parking/alcohol control gig and ran 3:30-8:30 p.m. That means my partner and I worked in the heatwave today. Fortunately, the sea breeze arrived fairly early although it was slow in cooling down and was actually a warm wind when we arrived. It was in the upper 90s when we arrived but felt hotter than that in the direct sunlight. I captured this event sans people in the image as it was too hot to sit here and the auction was taking place nearby and everybody was there. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Picture of the Day - Four Degrees of Tobin James

This afternoon into this evening I worked parking at Calcareous Vineyard on Peachy Canyon Road west of Paso Robles, CA. While sitting in a garden chair resting in the shade near the end of my shift near the front of the operation where I commanded a view of any incoming or outgoing autos, I was met by Tobin James as he left the event. We struck up a charming conversation for a few minutes where we discussed how perfect things were in that time and place with the only thing lacking being some nice-looking ladies sitting at the table next to me (and he was sooo right). As a parting comment I jokingly yelled to him as he walked away that I would buy a bottle of TB on the way home. (Degree of Tobin James #1)

 A short time later at Smart & Final in Paso Robles, I actually purchased a bottle of his "Dream Weaver" sparkling wine as well as of his "Chateau Le Cacheflo" (a red wine "Mediterranean Blend") pictured above. (Degree of Tobin James #2)

While in the checkout line loading my groceries onto the checkout conveyor, the bottle of the red wine (pictured above) accidentally slipped out one of the gaps in the child seat of the shopping cart as I had neglected to flip up the plastic guard. The bottle shot to the floor and exploded leaving a gory mess that quickly ran across the floor towards the lowest point (under the Cosmopolitan Magazines), filling the immediate environment with a strong aroma that was "On the nose, fruit forward casis, blackberry, jammy, spices like nutmeg, vanilla, tobacco box and cedar." (Degree of Tobin James #3)

Of course, not willing to accept defeat, I grabbed a replacement bottle of the aforementioned red blend and headed home where I am currently imbibing the blend as I write this. (Degree of Tobin James #4)

Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Picture of the Day - My Most Precious Possession

In the coming days I shall share some of the delights contained within this tome. It cost me $85 and some of my fellow student teachers were not willing to shell out that much coin for it. At times since slapping down the money for it late last year I have wondered if it was an excessive splurge on my part given my student starvation status. However, today, the last day of my student teaching career, I am so incredibly overjoyed I acquired this volume and that I invited all my kids to sign it, of which most did. There are many beautiful, charming, poignant, humorous, encouraging, inspirational, et al, things penned within its precious pages. Some of these things I intend to share within the coming days. Wherever life takes me next and for the duration, one thing will remain unchangeable: I met some amazing young people and they touched my life and from their comments it is clear I touched some of their lives. I am humbled and thankful and blessed beyond measure or words.
Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Picture of the Day - Last Student Teaching Sunset

Tonight was my last night staying late grading papers and inputing grades onto Aeries. This upcoming finals week won't require I do that as I have now done all the remaining heavy work wrapping up grades for the semester apart from the finals they take this week and their history notebooks. I had a ball this year, so much so I feel a bit of melancholy as the end nears and I must leave. It was an amazing experience coming back to my old high school in my mid-40s and student teaching.... the experience far-exceeded my expectations on every level.
Photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Picture of the Day - Nocturnal Wedding Carriage

Today into tonight I worked an almost 9-hour shift at a barn wedding at Santa Margarita Ranch. The concluding events of the night were rather picturesque and this iPhone-4 image captures it at least partially. The young newlyweds left the property in this carriage which was a sweet touch. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Picture of the Day - Eyewitness To Rich At Rest

Local magician/mentalist Rich Ferguson whom I previously mentioned HERE and who was in attendance to entertain at last night's San Luis Obispo High School Grad Night event at Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo, CA, wanted me to capture for evidence and share this grainy image (much like a typical UFO or Big Foot image) of him actually relaxing and enjoying himself and not working for work, but rather working for fun. Grainy iPhone 4 image by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved.... and just remember that Google Images!).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Picture of the Day - Rich Tricks Kids

Tonight while working the San Luis Obispo High School Grad Night event at Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo, CA, I encountered a familiar face from my high school daze, er days, to wit, Rich Ferguson who has made quite a name for himself as a magician and mentalist and is nationally/internationally acclaimed. Rich being the kind of stand-up guy he is (literally and figuratively), once again this year entertained Tiger teens in their last night of childhood and put on his usual amazing show. Notice in this image the thrall in which he holds these otherwise hip, slick, and cool teens. See more of Rich tonight HERE. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved). 

Picture of the Day - Night-Zorbing

Tonight I worked the annual San Luis Obispo High School Grad Night event held at Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo, CA. The event is awesome for the kids and adult volunteers alike and went smooth as silk this year. It was nice for me to be back working it after missing it last year due to suffering from Whooping Cough at the time and having finals at Cal Poly to study for. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Quote of the Day - Emerson

I saw this posted on a high school classmate's Facebook page earlier this week and it has stuck with me since then.
"The dice of God are always loaded."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Picture of the Day - Rally Tug-o-War

Today, Atascadero High School held its first rally of the entire year. It was nice seeing the tradition return given that for several years in the recent past there were no rallies all year long which I feel is a cryin' shame. Back when I was attending this school in the second half of the 1980s there were several rallies a year. Today's rally was a proper step in the right direction and a fun time was had by all. In the above image, the four classes are competing in a four-way tug-o-war competition. The juniors won this year. The location of each class has changed from when I was attending AHS as the junior and sophomores have changed places relative to the 1980s configuration. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Templeton Biconoid Core In Four Frames

I purchased this Templeton biconoid core at the recent Rockhounds Roundup gem and mineral show in Paso Robles last April which item was amongst a selection of spoils I picked up at the show which I shared HERE. A few days ago, a friend of mine mysteriously asked me to take some details images of it and send them to him which I did today. They turned out better than I expected given I have a mere iPhone4 so I'm sharing them here as this gives more detail and a better color perspective than the image I shared of this stone previously.

All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Favorite Humorously Oddball 80s Music Videos

Several weeks ago I started a very popular thread on my Facebook wall regarding quirky or even bad music and/or music videos. At another time I'll share the best of the worst from that collaborative thread but here I am sharing my favorite funny/quirky/oddball music/music videos with an emphasis on the 1980s.
*NOTE: Weird Al Yankovic songs do not count as they would dominate any such list if allowed.... he was and is amazing and I will later do a Top Ten favorite songs/music videos by him.

Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science from Mad Hatter on Vimeo.

Boys Don't Cry - "I Want To Be A Cowboy"

"Taco - Puttin' On The Ritz"

Murray Head - "One Night In Bangkok

Men Without Hats - "Safety Dance"

Falco - "Rock Me Amadeus"

Devo - "Whip It"

Billy Crystal - "You Look Marvelous"

Rick James - "Superfreak"

Frank & Moon Unit Zappa - "Valley Girl"

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Meme of the Week - RIP Pepe?

Image by Matt Furie (all rights reserved)

The creator of Pepe the Frog (born 2005) which became a popular internet meme in the years following has officially declared Pepe dead as of earlier this month. This is in response to Trumpistic Alt-Right netizens of the chan-worlds appropriating the formerly laid-back "Feels good man"-exclaiming party frog (2008). 
"Feels good man" metamorphosed into a more existentialist Pepe with the subsequent incarnation exclaiming "Feels bad man" (2009).

 More recently, Pepe metamorphosed into a smugly-smiling frog known as Smug Pepe (below).

 Many more incarnations (some referred to as "Rare Pepes") followed in subsequent years such as the one below referring to the Dirty War in Argentina but also being a variant of Smug Pepe.

 Pepe's most recent evolutionary form has been that of an yellow or orange-haired amphibian champion of Trump (or amphibian representation of same) starting in late 2015 (below is a Trump Tweet) and enduring throughout all of last year during the U.S. Presidential election campaign season as well as since then in 2017.

However, I would argue Pepe is already evolving beyond and past Trump. I would even argue Pepe was many other things during the campaign season but only the Trumpistic versions of him got noticed by the hysterical Liberal mainstream media and political hacks. However, some hyper-sensitive SJW hypochondriacs of politically-correct virtue insist Pepe is now permanently corrupted and to some is even an anti-Semitic symbol of hate.... as if one use of such a widely popular symbol represents all such uses or at least "trumps" all other uses of the meme. That is the sort of broad-stroke-painting that Liberals/Progressives are so eager to condemn when others do it.

Of course, things never die on the Internet. Pepe is still alive and well and continues to rapidly evolve as often as somebody needs him to communicate their ideas, whoever they are, whatever those ideas be. The latest Pepe incarnation I have noticed is "Comfy NEET Pepe"(below) which seems to have appeared in just recent months.

A more recent (as in just weeks old) variation of Comfy NEET Pepe above is his smug-in-the-apocalypse NEET Pepe (below). BTW, NEET stands for Not in Education, Employment, or Training and comes from Great Britain and refers to "losers" to use a Trumpian turn of phrase.

Perhaps the most significant development of all regarding to Pepe the Frog is the ironic/satirical tongue-in-cheek religious cult called the Cult of Kek that has formed around the character based on an oddly cool sequence of coincidences starting in late 2015.

Extraordinary Ordinary World

I first heard the 2000 Aurora trance cover of Duran Duran's 1993 rock gem "Ordinary World" featuring the haunting vocals of the incomparable Naimee Coleman in one of the many electronica mix compilation CDs I picked up in the early 2000s, many of which feature this original track featured above or the Above & Beyond progressive trance remix of it featured below, both of which are utterly amazing and take me back to the Golden Age of trance in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I had the privilege of discovering this genre of electronica in early 2001 in a now-defunct Wherehouse in Atascadero as I previously shared HERE.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Covfefe Coverage

Enough already with this covfefe thing.... I can't stand the guy either, but for chrissakes haven't we all mistyped before? Hell, I'm as bad a pedant as there is on earth and even I sometimes send something out across social networks that my fingers or finger-brain connection garbles. There is plenty to mock about this guy without nitpicking nits. This kind of autistic fuckery on the part of the smug and snarky "progressive" Left is how Trump came to power in the first place.... please don't help him remain in power by seeming to validate the decision by Trump voters to be Trump voters. 

*Note: I have made a few snarky posts here and there myself on social networks about "covfefe", but that did not last long and I do that regarding just about anything containing any humor value.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Picture of the Day - Always a Guard, Never a Groom

Today/tonight, I once again worked a beautiful and romantic wedding, this time at Four Sisters Winery, northeast of Paso Robles. For some reason tonight I found myself thinking about my continued solitary journey through this life and wondering if this is merely temporary or the shape of things to come. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Picture of the Day - Dead Deodar

This 90-year-old Deodar Cedar is the oldest tree in the Atascadero Sunken Gardens. According to THIS article the City of Atascadero notes it is in decline and plans to fell it. Today, while I visited the Atascadero Farmers Market, it sure seemed the tree was more than merely in "decline", but rather entirely dead, as in kaput. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ali's Well Scene All Right

Today I played this "Ali's Well" segment from the 1962 cinema classic Lawrence of Arabia to show my students both the tribalism of the period as well as the first rumblings of Arab Nationalism as well as the physical climate and geography of that part of the world as well as the cinematic portrayal of British involvement in Arabia (and subsequently Palestine) in World War One in the context of the current Middle East Conflict unit for my tenth grade world history student teaching placement at Atascadero High School. This is undoubtedly one of the best movie scenes of all time.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Explosively Good Landing

Earlier this month in Mukilteo, Washington, this dramatic small plane crash at a busy intersection was captured on a passenger vehicle's dashcam. It shows the single-engine Piper PA32 careen over the intersection and one of its fuel cells rupture and ignite as it leaves the field of view. Amazingly, the plane did not burn and the pilot and passenger walked away from the crash-landing with no serious injuries and no people on the ground were injured. The old saying, "Any lan

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Picture of the Day - Miron Masks

Next month, long-time Atascadero High School teacher John Miron is retiring from teaching science and having started the nationally-recognized robotics program at the school. He began his career in the 1984-1985 school year at AHS and retires at the end of the 2016-2017 school year having served his entire career at the school. Retiring employees were honored at the faculty development meeting after school yesterday. These masks were being handed out as party favors at the short celebration at the end of the meeting, replete with yummy cake. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Wall-Falling Wackiness

These people watched the Berlin Wall fall. These are their surprisingly quirky and humorous stories and back-stories. I shared this with my students the last day of the Cold War unit. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

First Fire Chase of 2017

Late this afternoon on the way home from student teaching in Atascadero, I chose to detour and head past my home in Paso Robles and check out a raging wildfire burning on the post of Camp Roberts whose smoke I had been observing late this afternoon from the campus of Atascadero High School. I had assumed it was a second day of prescribed fires on the base following a previously-announced 500-acre prescribed fire there yesterday. While visiting my mom in Atascadero after school I watched the headline of the local television news and watched a live report on a wildfire raging at Camp Roberts that was NOT a prescribed fire but later turned out to be caused by a live-fire exercise on the post of the base. I captured the following images during this, my first fire chase of 2017, whose official name was the Range Incident which at this late hour is reported to have burned about 5,000 acres. I saw a lot of open flame fronts and even sheeting on the west side of the fire adjacent to and just east of the San Antonio River.

View from northbound Highway 101 onramp at south end of Camp Roberts.

View from northbound side of Highway 101 just north of Nacimiento River overcrossing.

View looking southwest from southbound Highway 101.

View northwest from East Garrison Road showing a finger of the fire burning into the wind as a firing operation commences at bottom of screen obscured by the trees.
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved)

Thursday, May 18, 2017


This 2001 trance classic "Mr. Sams' The Space Between Us Remix" of Delerium's "Innocente" featuring the haunting vocals of Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer fame  was one of my early favorites when I began listening to trance in 2001. I found trance incredibly therapeutic to what ailed me at the time. I found this rare track on the amazing Delerium remix collection Odyssey: The Remix Collection, the same year. Back in 2012 I shared the Tiesto version of this song HERE.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Faith & Survival

Today I began showing this amazing documentary short to my students as we begin the final unit of the school year. In it we will be discussing the origins and course of the Arab-Israeli conflict including Zionism and the four major Arab-Isreali wars as well as the War on Terror and how European Imperialism and decolonization as well as the Cold War figure in this story. I will ultimately tie this into decolonization and the Cold War and not failing to mention the Treaty of Versailles.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Criminally Good Vibes

I have not shared new music in this space in quite a number of weeks. I'm breaking that drought in grand fashion. I discovered this 2009 progressive house remix of Italian electonica duo Criminal Vibes' 2009 track "Caribe" remixed by Italian deejay Matteo Marini. It keeps growing on me to the point I am now currently obsessed with it. And yes, that unusual instrument you hear being used is an actual mandolin in an actual progressive house track... who knew that could work so well?!
Note: the image in the video is Natural Bridges State Beach near Santa Cruz, CA

Monday, May 15, 2017

Picture of the Day - Alone At Night In The "B" Building

Tonight I worked alone late until the 9 o'clock hour at Atascadero High School in my classroom on the second floor of the "B" Building. It was formerly known as the Virginia Black Union High School Building (built in 1921) until the middle 20th century. As I previously stated HERE this building possesses a subtly odd vibe after hours when nobody is around.... if I didn't know better I'd say the place "shines." I got that feeling again tonight when working there after the clerical staff had left for the night and I was there alone. I was utterly unafraid and yet picked up a vibe that the place wasn't entirely vacant of any consciousness apart from my own; something there was aware of me and I could feel it. NOTE: this structure is slated for demolition by decade's end.
Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cow Parade Finale

Today from 1:30-7:30 p.m. I worked parking and security at the San Luis Obispo County Cow Parade. This two-part artistic and fund-raising event started last year at Madonna Inn which I also worked and shared HERE. Today's finale was held at Oyster Ridge Barn in the Ancient Peaks Winery section of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Friday, May 5, 2017

Picture of the Day - Big Bone Finally Home

This afternoon after school I made a quick jaunt over to the coast to pick up a necklace repair made by a friend in Los Osos and to attend an estate sale which included some rocks once belonging to a 90-year-old recently deceased gentleman. By the time I got there most of the best stuff was already gone but I did manage to snag a few things for myself and for friends. I encountered this large chunk of petrified whale bone which I was told by the family was discovered decades ago in the Paso Robles area. In the image above it just came home. I gave it to some dear friends living in the Paso Robles area. The mid-Miocene stonied bone came home. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Sweet Surrender

Today I rediscovered this trance gem while listening to parts of the mix tape Party Time: 2002 Continuous Mix by DJ Escape which parts I had not listened to in years. This cd was released in 2001 and thus the music contained therein is from 2000 or earlier, or in other words, the golden age of trance before it got over-commercialized and raves became less and less a thing. In this track which is a remix of Sarah McLachlan's 1998 hit single "Sweet Surrender", Tiesto or rather his ghost producers DJ Dennis and H.W. Mallon created trance magic for the relatively short but magical time they collaborated. Ignore the prologue and start listening to the magic at about the 1:38 mark and turn up the speakers.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Scripture of the Day - Paul (Corinthians 9:24)

Today after school as I was working my way off campus at Atascadero High School where I am student teaching full-time now, I noticed that there was a track & field meet going on here on campus involving many different local high schools. One race in particular grabbed my atttention as I watched from the top of the bleacher section on the home side of the stadium: the woman's race that involved at least four sprints around the football field all-weather track.
"Don't you know that all runners in a race, run, but only one person wins the race? You, too, should strive to win!" ~ (Kimicus ad Aburdum translation)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Picture of the Day - Amazing Afghan Aquamarine

This past weekend at the 26th Annual Rockhounds Roundup Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show at the Midstate Fairgrounds in Paso Robles, CA, I encountered this fabulous aquamarine specimen in the booth of Afghan dealer Saleem Rehman. I reminds me of an even larger specimen I once owned, having both purchased and later sold it for $4,500. At least I broke even! Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Picture of the Day - Earthquake Pyrite

A friend, brother in Christ, and fellow rock enthusiast, whom I first met way back in the late 2000s at a gun show at the Midstate Fairgrounds at which I was selling rocks (go figure, but it was worth it as I had no competition) told me about these stones at that time and showed me some images on his smartphone. I figured I'd never see him again but then later met him at Band of Brothers. He offered to share some of this material gratis. I countered that I'd give him a meteorite in exchange which I did (he got a Canyon Diablo specimen). This past weekend at the 26th Annual Rockhounds Roundup Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show at the very same Midstate Fairgrounds in the very same building, he dropped these off for me. They are pyrite pieces that broke off of an outcropping on this man's ranch along the inland margins of the Santa Lucia Range in northern San Luis Obispo County during the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Picture of the Day - Muh Spoils

These are my spoils from the 26th Annual Rockhounds Roundup Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show.... I spent more than I intended but still stayed within my means and picked up killer deals in each case. See if you can spot each of these: Ocean Jasper (Madagascar), two lone red quarter crystals (Morocco), red quarter crystal cluster (Morocco), biconoid core (Templeton, CA), smokey quartz scepter (Hallelujah Junction, CA), three doubly-terminated quartz crystals (Tibet), petrified dinosaur bone (Utah), lapiz lazuli (Afghanistan), petrified coral (Florida), and Roman glass bottle fragment strand (Afghanistan). Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Sunday, April 23, 2017

26th Annual Rockhound Roundup Display Cases

Here are the competitive display case offering from the 26th Annual Rockhounds Roundup Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show hosted by the Santa Lucia Rockhounds at the Midstate Fairgrounds in Paso Robles, CA, this weekend. To see the dealers and other elements of the show go HERE.

Outer space gemstones..... olivine (peridot) inside slice of pallasite meteorite from Russia.... and behind it is a backlit chunk of Libyan Desert Glass.... this was in my favorite booth at the show.... it is also featured in the next two images below showing more of the booth.... but it did not win most popular.... there is no accounting for taste I suppose! Note: I am not sharing the name of the owner so as to protect his collection!

Jim Mills' fossilized pine cones are awesome!

I love collecting shark teeth like these from the very geologic deposit from which these came.... Bakersfield area northeast of town.

Nick Sherwin's agate beautiful slices.

This was the winning entry in the display case competition.... the Rock Mafia Dons won again!

David Nelson once again brought his florescent minerals to show off and they looked as great as ever.

I was shocked to learn today that Orcutt Mineral Society member Sandy Berthelot recently died.... I am so saddened by this.... what a sweet soul. RIP!

More amazing meteorites.... really BIG ones! Note the Widmanstatten pattern within the sliced specimen.

All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).