Beware! "Rock Pox" has been detected!
It's symptoms...You can't stop thinking about rocks and minerals,
you start thinking about all the specimens you don't have yet and you just have to get more rocks!!!

Welcome to our "Rock Talk" Page 2
A  collection from Numerous sources...
You Might be a Rockhound If....

Mel Albright, editor of Osage Hills Gems (Osage Hills Gem and Mineral Society, Bartlesville, Oklahoma) says, "You might be a rockhound if ..."

You think road cuts are built as tourist attractions.

You describe your vacations by the rocks you brought home.

The rock pile in your garage is over your head.

Your screen saver on your personal computer features pictures of rocks.

You find rocks when you empty your pockets at night.

You went to a rock festival -- and you hate music.

You gave rocks, tumblers, or rock tools as Christmas gifts.

When friends say they're going to Tucson, you assume it'll be in February.

You can find Quartzsite on a map in less than 5 seconds.

Richard Busch, editor of Lithosphere (Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society, Fallbrook, California) says, "You might be a rockhound if ..."

When someone mentions "Franklin" you think of New Jersey rather than Ben.

You can pronounce "molybdenite" correctly on the first try.

The polished slab on your bola tie is six inches in diameter.

You examine individual rocks in driveway gravel.

You shouted "Obsidian!" to a theater full of movie-goers while watching The Shawshank Redemption.

Your children have names like Rocky, Jewel, and Beryl.

The bookshelves in your home hold more rocks than books; and the books that are there are about rocks.

On a trip to Europe, you're the only member of the group who spends their time looking at cathedral walls through a pocket magnifier.

Dan Imel, editor of The RockCollector (Rochester Lapidary Society, Rochester, New York) says, "You might be a rockhound if ..."

Your company asks you not to bring any more rocks to the office until they have time to reinforce the floor.

Your wife knows you are down in the basement sorting rocks but can't quite find you.

Your local rock shops send you get well cards when you don't stop by in more than a week.

The local jewelry stores and libraries give out your name for information on rock clubs.

The baggage handlers at the airport know you by name and refuse to help with your luggage.

The local university's geology department asks permission to hold a field trip -- in your back yard.

The city sends you a letter informing you a landfill permit is required to put any more rocks in your back yard.

You get excited when you find a hardware store with 16-pound sledge hammers and 5-foot-long pry bars.

Bob Keller, editor of Bob's Rock Shop (World Wide Web site) says, "You might be a rockhound if ..."

They won't give you time off from work to attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, but you go anyway.

You begin fussing because the light strips you installed on your bookshelves aren't full spectrum.

You've spent more than ten dollars for a rock.

You've spent more than ten dollars for a book about rocks.

You still think pet rocks are a pretty neat idea.

You have amethyst in your aquarium.

You associate the word "hard" with a value on the Mohs scale instead of "work."

You know the location of every rock shop within a 100-mile radius of your home.

You're retired and still thinking of adding another room to your house.

You're planning on using a pick and shovel while you're on vacation.

Your spelling checker on your computer has a word list that includes the words "polymorph" and "pseudomorph."

You know where Tsumeb is.

You think Franklin, New Jersey might be a cool place to go on a vacation.

You put a Web page about rocks on the Internet.

Your car hasn't seen the inside of your garage for ten years.

You associate the word "saw" with diamonds instead of "wood."

You begin wondering what a complete set of the Mineralogical Record is worth.

You decide not to get married because you'd rather keep the rock.

You make a backpack for your dog.

You have mineralogical database software on your computer.

Betty Commean, editor The Slate (Northwest Illinois Rock Club, Freeport, Illinois) says, "You might be a rockhound if ..."

You think you KNOW how to pronounce "chalcedony."

You are thinking about giving out specimens for Halloween.

You planted flowers in your rock garden.

You purchase things like drywall compound just to have another nice bucket to carry rocks in.

The club you belong to uses rocks for centerpieces for the annual Christmas dinner.

The first thing you pack for your vacation is a chisel and a hammer.

You spend hours and hours in the ugliest room in your house.

You give directions like, "turn right at the green farmhouse ..."

You bought the ugliest boots available because they were waterproof.

You know what "findings" are for.

You watch the scenery in movies instead of the actors.

Jack Rowland, editor of The Garnet Gazette (Mid-Hudson Valley Gem and Mineral Society, Poughkeepsie, New York), says, "You might be a rockhound if ..."

Local science teachers plan field trips to your back yard.

You have a two car garage and your 4WD pickup has to sit in the driveway.

The preceding article was published in the April 1996 issue of Lithosphere, the official bulletin of the Fallbrook [California] Gem and Mineral Society, Inc; Richard Busch (Editor). The material is in the public domain, and may be republished freely.

Dan and Chris of Spiritrockshop say "You might be a Rockhound if...."

You get rocks in your Christmas stocking and you are happy about it.

You have difficulty remembering that the room that holds your "Rock Display" was supposed to be the living room

You have been to Deming, New Mexico and heard the phrase..."not another one like it in the world" at a rock shop

You can tell "Herman" apart from Wally Marks at the Highway 50-95 Rock Shop in Fallon, Nevada

When you think .."its time to change my oil" you are thinking about your slab saw instead of your pickup truck.

Your license plate number is "ROKGITR"

You have a sign in your yard that says "Rock Slide Area"

You are removing yard vegetation and putting in rocks and you hadn't heard there was a water shortage.

Your yard rocks are arranged by classification groups

You married a woman named Rocklady