Went to the mineral fair today. Not entirely for the love of the rock (although the snail fossils were quite good), but because this is the place you want to be when you want to score some cool beads and shiny polished silver. Spent over 100 bucks on coral, lava and bronze. Good deal really. There is not one single bead shop in town, so bead fans order their goodies either online or frequent these fairs and stock up on clasps, roundels, spacers, hooks and wires. Also if you happen to be a precious gem collector you can make deals with the gem merchants who use those tiny scales to weigh their goods brought all the way over from Madagascar. And here I was thinking, skewed by days in criminal trials, those scales were only good for dope.