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We recently made the trip out to Edison, NJ to attend the 2017 NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show. We have been a few times in previous years, and I love going so much. There are many great deals to be had, there are mineral and fossil displays to enjoy, and the people-watching is great too!

The whole convention center is full!

You can purchase gemstones in all manner of preparation – cabochons, uncut specimens, minerals still in the matrix, and fully faceted stones.

Opened geodes and a rose quartz point.


A very large chunk of what appeared to be an interior piece of an enormous geode.

The fossil displays were a bit weirdly placed during this show. I don’t understand why they don’t separate the fossil displays from the gem and mineral dealers.

These quartz anatomical models were in multiple places. Some believe that they can help to manifest masculine energy.

I am upset with myself for not having purchased one of these cathedral geodes. Next year!

Salt lamps! If you are into salt lamps though, they are available on Amazon.

I purchased a smoky quartz point and a clear quartz point.

Over the past few years, I have assembled a collection of gemstone skulls.

I got a great piece of amethyst, similar to these.

It turns out that you can also buy amethyst specimens on Amazon. Why am I surprised by this?

If you attend a gem and mineral show in the future, I highly recommend touring around to many vendors before making purchases. The differences in prices for very similar items was quite significant.

One of my favorite parts of attending the show is getting to see stones I’ve never heard of before.

A celestite geode, next to a skeleton bear foot.

I highly recommend you take a look at the next gemstone, mineral, and/or fossil show that comes to your area, if you are so lucky. They are really interesting and fun.

Happy trails!






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Rihanna at the Izod Center (Photos and Recap)

by Jamie Sanford on July 25, 2011

Rihanna at the Izod Center

My weird streak of winning things on the internet continued when I got an email last week telling me that I’d won a contest on to win 2 tickets to see Rihanna during her New Jersey concert stop.  The tickets I won were VIP tickets so that my friend Craig and I watched the show from on the stage! They’ve added 2 areas to the stage setup where there’s a depressed section on each side for additional attendees, and we were in there.

DSC03941You can see here our VIP bracelets, and we also received the black bracelets after being carded. Unfortunately, it was for no other reason than we are both old enough to drink.

DSC03945DSC03976DSC04085DSC04102DSC04110DSC04167DSC04213We were wondering if we would have an encore surprise since Kanye West had appeared at Rihanna’s earlier show at Nassau Coliseum, but we had JAY-Z which was amazing.

DSC04267DSC04281Rihanna put on a great show.  She sings live, which I can get into.  She isn’t a major dancer, but she works it, and she cranks out the hits that everyone loves, and those are my favorite kind of pop shows.  Jay-Z was a really fun bonus.

The entire set of my photos (90 in total) from the Rihanna show are here on Flickr.

Thanks again to Idolator for holding this contest – I had a wonderful time!

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Get Lost in front of the television

by Jamie Sanford on July 5, 2010

Since it is brutally hot in my neck of the woods this weekend and I’ve been hiding out at home, I thought it was a good time to present items that would make for a good day in front of the television!

Now that Lost is over, I think I might actually watch it, since I never got into it while it was on.  However, from what I understand of it, Lost fans will be all over these items.

Lost: The Complete Collection DVD Box Set. Including one full disc of never-before-seen content, special edition collectible Senet game as seen in Season 6, custom LOST island replica, exclusive episode guide, collectible ankh, black light, plus all episodes and 30+ hours of bonus from Seasons 1-6.

The box set is available from Amazon for $148.99.

To go along with the DVDs is the Lost Encyclopedia.  Touted as the complete guide to everything, everyone, etc in the Lost universe, it is available on Amazon for $29.70.

Both items are available for pre-order and will be released in August. Go on, get Lost!

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