Archive for May, 2008

two-fer

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Explorers have just discovered the next-best-thing.  40 miles off the Key West coast of Florida divers have recovered a toothpick/earwax remover made of solid gold.  The artifact is believed to be around 385 years old and part of the famous Spanish gallion ship the “Santa Margarita”.   The “multi-tool” was found 22 feet below the water surface, has a weight of approximately 1 oz. and a value of about $100,000.  The search for “Santa Margarita” artifacts began more than a quarter-century ago by the late treasure hunter, Mel Fisher.  In the general vicinity of the “picker/puller” divers also recovered spikes, rigging elements and 2 skeleton keys.  Not quite the haul that was found on the trail almost one year ago.   At that time divers found gold bars, gold chains and a lead box that contained thousands of pearls.  The estimated value of the booty was nearly $2,000,000.  Not too shabby.  The  “grooming stick”  sounds like a great idea, something everyone could use, but I’ll bet it stinks if you accidentally use the wrong end as a toothpick.

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two-fer

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Explorers have just discovered the next-best-thing.  40 miles off the Key West coast of Florida divers have recovered a toothpick/earwax remover made of solid gold.  The artifact is believed to be around 385 years old and part of the famous Spanish gallion ship the “Santa Margarita”.   The “multi-tool” was found 22 feet below the water surface, has a weight of approximately 1 oz. and a value of about $100,000.  The search for “Santa Margarita” artifacts began more than a quarter-century ago by the late treasure hunter, Mel Fisher.  In the general vicinity of the “picker/puller” divers also recovered spikes, rigging elements and 2 skeleton keys.  Not quite the haul that was found on the trail almost one year ago.   At that time divers found gold bars, gold chains and a lead box that contained thousands of pearls.  The estimated value of the booty was nearly $2,000,000.  Not too shabby.  The  “grooming stick”  sounds like a great idea, something everyone could use, but I’ll bet it stinks if you accidentally use the wrong end as a toothpick.

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Yo Mama

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

I forgot to write my annual thanks to mom’s, for all they do for us, so here it is. I hope that on Mother’s Day that you did not forget to give your mom a hug and a kiss, or at least a phone call, and thank her for all she has done for you. After all we all know that dad’s are wimps and it was good ole’ mom that birthed you, feed you and (dare I say) wiped you little tushie when you were just a baby. As you grew older mom was always on your side when nobody else was and took up for you even when you were wrong. She could always tell when you lied, even when you thought you got away with it. And yes, she has eyes in the back of her head and saw all the “crap” you did. Support, Love and understanding were always given freely through those difficult “teen” years when all you were was a walking hormone. Graduation, college, work and marriage, all these things come and go like vapor while our mom’s stand on the sidelines cheering us on, encouraging us to succeed. Remember and honor your mom not only on Mother’s Day, but every day. Thank you to all the MOM’S for being our best friends!!!
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Yo Mama

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

I forgot to write my annual thanks to mom’s, for all they do for us, so here it is. I hope that on Mother’s Day that you did not forget to give your mom a hug and a kiss, or at least a phone call, and thank her for all she has done for you. After all we all know that dad’s are wimps and it was good ole’ mom that birthed you, feed you and (dare I say) wiped you little tushie when you were just a baby. As you grew older mom was always on your side when nobody else was and took up for you even when you were wrong. She could always tell when you lied, even when you thought you got away with it. And yes, she has eyes in the back of her head and saw all the “crap” you did. Support, Love and understanding were always given freely through those difficult “teen” years when all you were was a walking hormone. Graduation, college, work and marriage, all these things come and go like vapor while our mom’s stand on the sidelines cheering us on, encouraging us to succeed. Remember and honor your mom not only on Mother’s Day, but every day. Thank you to all the MOM’S for being our best friends!!!
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Yo Mama

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

I forgot to write my annual thanks to mom’s, for all they do for us, so here it is. I hope that on Mother’s Day that you did not forget to give your mom a hug and a kiss, or at least a phone call, and thank her for all she has done for you. After all we all know that dad’s are wimps and it was good ole’ mom that birthed you, feed you and (dare I say) wiped you little tushie when you were just a baby. As you grew older mom was always on your side when nobody else was and took up for you even when you were wrong. She could always tell when you lied, even when you thought you got away with it. And yes, she has eyes in the back of her head and saw all the “crap” you did. Support, Love and understanding were always given freely through those difficult “teen” years when all you were was a walking hormone. Graduation, college, work and marriage, all these things come and go like vapor while our mom’s stand on the sidelines cheering us on, encouraging us to succeed. Remember and honor your mom not only on Mother’s Day, but every day. Thank you to all the MOM’S for being our best friends!!!
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Pearls of Wisdom

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

retail_main1.jpgHow rare are South Sea pearls? I must admit when it comes to pearls, I’m not the man to ask. My wife, Ginny, knows much more than I do about these living stones. So for the sake of not seeming like an idiot, I’ve done my homework and this is what I learned. Pearls are the only gems created by a living organism and require no shaping or alterations from their natural state. The rarest of all pearls, South Sea pearls, are found only in Australia along the North-west coastline in small pockets. These pearls are formed in the “Pinctada maxima” oyster, the rarest of all pearl oyster species, and count for only 1% of the world’s total cultured pearl production. The Pictada oyster will only produce pearls in their natural habitats and usually grow as large as dinner plates. It takes an average of two to three years of growth before the pearls can be harvested and the oysters must be nurtured and “babysat” the entire time. South Sea pearls are measured by five key characteristics known as “the five virtues”. The virtues are luster, complexion, size, color and shape. The short and sweet version of these five characteristics coming up!! #1 Luster is the most important and is described and the radiant beauty created from the light traveling deep into the pearl’s layers of nacre’ (outer candy shell). #2 Complexion refers to the flawlessness of the pearls surface. #3 Size is the diameter of the pearl and usually ranges from 10 to 15 mm in size with some rarer pearls reaching up to 20 mm. #4 Color is the dominant body color of the pearl. The colors range from gold through silvers and whites. All pearls have overtones that create large ranges of color making it difficult to match into a strand. Finally #5 Shape is the overall roundness or out-of-round area of a pearl. Pearls are NATURAL BEAUTIES that must be worn and loved to keep them lively!!
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Pearls of Wisdom

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

retail_main1.jpgHow rare are South Sea pearls? I must admit when it comes to pearls, I’m not the man to ask. My wife, Ginny, knows much more than I do about these living stones. So for the sake of not seeming like an idiot, I’ve done my homework and this is what I learned. Pearls are the only gems created by a living organism and require no shaping or alterations from their natural state. The rarest of all pearls, South Sea pearls, are found only in Australia along the North-west coastline in small pockets. These pearls are formed in the “Pinctada maxima” oyster, the rarest of all pearl oyster species, and count for only 1% of the world’s total cultured pearl production. The Pictada oyster will only produce pearls in their natural habitats and usually grow as large as dinner plates. It takes an average of two to three years of growth before the pearls can be harvested and the oysters must be nurtured and “babysat” the entire time. South Sea pearls are measured by five key characteristics known as “the five virtues”. The virtues are luster, complexion, size, color and shape. The short and sweet version of these five characteristics coming up!! #1 Luster is the most important and is described and the radiant beauty created from the light traveling deep into the pearl’s layers of nacre’ (outer candy shell). #2 Complexion refers to the flawlessness of the pearls surface. #3 Size is the diameter of the pearl and usually ranges from 10 to 15 mm in size with some rarer pearls reaching up to 20 mm. #4 Color is the dominant body color of the pearl. The colors range from gold through silvers and whites. All pearls have overtones that create large ranges of color making it difficult to match into a strand. Finally #5 Shape is the overall roundness or out-of-round area of a pearl. Pearls are NATURAL BEAUTIES that must be worn and loved to keep them lively!!
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