Radiogurl a la Carte

Monday, Jun. 20, 2005
The Twilight Zone

All righty then. It's a fun start to the week, cannot get two words out without flubbing them. It's not the end of the world - EVERYONE has those days, including radio pros - but I really do prefer being able to actually speak and not sound like I've been smoking my breakfast!

This weekend was definitely one for the record books. While I won't go into the details here, I will try to give a brief synopsis.

I bought a box of rocks.

Okay, aside from everyone scratching their heads and wondering why the witless wonder would pay for something you can pick up from the yard - nyet, not that kind of rocks. I bought a box of a dozen faceted semi-precious gemstones, including garnet, iolite, etc. Very pretty and honestly very inexpensive. I paid less than $6 for the glass-topped box, gemstones and all, and hope to have one or two of them set into jewelry, especially the iolite, which is an indigo-violet jewel a little lighter than a sapphire. (In fact, iolite is also known as a water sapphire.) Though there's a smoky quartz trillian that's pretty darned cool, too, along with an imperial topaz and... well, you get the idea.

Now, I should expound on the fact that I collect various stones not only because they're pretty, but because of their metaphysical properties. Even if I don't entirely buy that a bunch of rocks can make you rich, famous and popular, they're good reminders - literally touchstones - to keep goals foremost in the mind.

For example, labradorite is an opalescent stone that's supposed to help with weight loss. I know that bottom line, the only thing that'll really make me lose weight is to stop stuffing my face and to watch what I eat when I DO stuff my face. But having that little rock staring me in the face evokes just enough guilt to keep me from cheating, at least most of the time.

I'd gotten a stash of other things for a friend who's in dire need of some self-love, and who is really big on crystals (among other things.) I don't spend a fortune; most of the time I get little tumbled rocks that are 5/$1.00, so not a big expenditure. This time, including the box of goodies, I spent about $7, which is unusual. The garnet in the gemstones is a "love stone," which is supposed to particularly encourage and/or enhance romantic love, among other things. (For details on the meanings and reported affects of several crystals, this is a really good site to check out.)

I also picked up one pebble that just looks neat, and for the life of me I can't recall what it's called, nor have I found any pictures that resembles it. If and when I get a chance to go back to the rock shop, hopefully I'll have the presence of mind to write it down! It's pinkish-beige, translucent, with lighter and darker veins and with tiny metallic flecks that seem to float within.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

While granted, I DID sign up for one of those online dating services, I didn't expect nearly the number of responses I've gotten. Almost too many, actually. We go from famine to feast, so to speak. What may be MOST ironic, though, is that I went through the questionnaire on eHarmony for kicks, but wasn't about to pay $50 for a month of membership. However, I will say that their screening is by far the most exacting, and they supposedly found my perfect match - in the town from which I just moved!

I'm still not paying $50 to reach him, screw that. (Or I suppose more accurately, DON'T screw that.) For starters, I don't have the extra cash to spend. For another, I already KNOW what that town has to offer, and I ain't impressed...

Ack... Gotta get back to work, break's over. Stay tuned for The Twilight Zone, Part II: Radiogurl Explores The Weird World of Men.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )