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PURSE DOOR STOPS/BOOK ENDS 

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GOOD FRIEND Cyndi De Boer in Nevada has designed a line of door stops (that can also be used as bookends).  They are easy to place anywhere in the home, the fabrics go with any decor, and/or they make a terrific gift!

Heidi reports: We have two ourselves, and use them both!

HOW THEY'RE MADE

The brick is padded, then covered with a sewn cover of tapestry fabric (here is Cyndi padding the brick, sewing the cover, sampling of fabric choices below).

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The synthetic purse handle with brass findings is attached securely to wood glued to the brick, to complete a VERY sturdy item.

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It measures 8-1/2" long x 3" wide x 5" without the handle, with handle up makes it 7-1/2" tall, weighs 6 pounds 7.5 ounces. 

A special creation by 

SPEED OF LIGHT LLC

whose mission is to provide unique quality products which add to our lives through functionality, beauty and the gift of laughter.  Each item meets their high standards for quality, creativity and originality.  They pride themselves on building their reputation one customer at a time, with their individual needs in the forefront.

Worth every penny, a great functional item and a perfect gift for the PURSE COLLECTOR in your life.

 

Friends Laura and Bob here in South Carolina took this photo of a yellow Weaver Spider near their home

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Here is a water scorpion that can sting with its nose, they found swimming in the pond in their back yard.  Weird or what?

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This cool customer, Lama Milkweed Augustine, purchased a great white shark tooth from us, and shared her incredible story of lifelong courage with us in August 2007.  We hope you are edified by it as well:

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This is me, LAMA MILKWEED L. AUGUSTINE. The 'dying author who speaks for the world." Born with lung disease and bone marrow and blood diseases, this brave woman is rapidly dying, as she has been terminally ill since the age of 32; she is now 40. Soon to receive another porti-cath to replace the PICC line in her left arm, note the white "claves" on the table as they are attached to her arm with dual ports so she can be fed, hydrated, and receive life sustaining treatments. A courageous woman born with her marrow's inability to not only absorb iron, she must receive constant blood transfusions and treatments of iron infusion via IV now her said marrow is no longer being manufactured by her dying body, as she goes to the cancer center monthly to sustain her. The porti-cath will be her 3rd one and is implanted into the chest-an internally implanted intravenous port. She is a Catholic, earning two DOCTORATES in religion. A woman for all people; for all faiths. She is soon to die. THIS IS THE AUTHOR. Possibly the bravest one you will ever meet or read about.

Dear Heidi Reed;

 I want to sincerely thank you for your kindly and informative letter to me. I thank you as well for sharing your information as a fellow cancer survivor, as my own mother was also a cancer survivor of malignant melanoma and nearly lost her entire foot, her leg, and very surely, her life. There is no cure for my terminal condition, but I am a woman of God as well as a well acclaimed Buddhist Lama who was recognized twice by the Dalai Lama.

One of my books, THE MILKWEED PROPHESY; EPITAPH OF THE APOCALYPSE is in the VATICAN and just might receive the PULITZER PRIZE next year.  I am a Professor of religion and a human rights activist, but if you buy any of my books, you will most certainly learn much about me as a survivor of far worse things than cancer of the colon-torture-forced starvation that lapsed into complete famine.  ETERNAL I.V. POLE-  the initial book published in 2003, is a true story like the above, and will change your life. 

I will share the story to you NOW about the GREAT WHITE SHARK.  AS A CHILD OF CANADIAN CREE ANCESTRY AND DESCENT FROM MY MOTHER, I DREAMED ABOUT THE GREAT WHITE SHARK AT THE AGE OF ONLY SEVEN IN 1974.  WHEN IT APPEARED TO ME IT SPOKE LIKE A HUMAN BEING, WHICH AS A PROFESSOR, I CAN EASILY CONCLUDE THIS IS ALSO CONSISTENT WITH HELPFUL STIRRINGS FROM THE UNCONSCIOUS. ACCORDING TO MY GRANDMOTHER AND MY MOTHER, I WAS TOLD THAT EVENT WAS A MIRACULOUS EVENT AND PROVES THAT I AM BECOMING A SHAMAN, WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE TRUE.  BESIDES THIS, THE SHARK IS MY SPIRITUAL ANCESTOR, AS WELL AS MY ANIMAL TOTEM THAT ABSORBS THE TENSIONS, AS IT TALKED THE 20' GREAT WHITE SAID, "MILKWEED, I AM HERE TO PROTECT YOU; MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WILL FOREVER BE HERE FOR YOU AND THOSE ENEMIES THAT CONDEMN AND HURT YOU WILL BE DEALT WITH."  THEY CERTAINLY HAVE AS THESE SHARKS LITERALLY ATE THEM ALIVE BEOFRE MY EYES IN DREAMS, BUT IN WAKING LIFE, THESE SAME BRUTAL PEOPLE WHO TORTURED ME, ETC, LITERALLY DIED IN MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AND CAR ACCIDENTS.  ALL OF MY LIFE I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FEEL THE GREAT WHITE SHARK NEAR ME AS BOTH A PROTECTOR AND AS A COMPANION AND I HAVE BEEN NEVER ATTACKED. IN FACT IN ACTUAL LIFE, THERE WERE MANY TIMES WHEN I SWAM "WITH" SHARKS IN THE WILD AS I PRACTICALLY LIVED IN THE OCEAN AND I WOULD PRAY DEEPLY FOR THE ELUSIVE GREAT WHITE TO COME TO ME PHYSICALLY, AND ALTHOUGH IT NEVER HAS, I BELIEVE IT IS THERE WITH ME, BECAUSE ONE SPECIAL AFTERNOON BACK HOME IN FLORIDA THE SUN WAS GETTING READY TO SET AND THE OCEAN WAS SERENELY CALM. I SWAM AROUND FAR PAST THE BREAKERS AND I FELT THE ACTUAL "SPIRIT" OF A DECEASED GREAT WHITE THAT LIVED FOR OVER SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AND HAD GROWN TO A STAGGERING THIRTY-ONE FEET IN LENGTH.  IT SPOKE TO ME AND SAID, "I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU, MY FRIEND; MY SWEET CHILD-OUR ONLY ANCESTOR IN THE HUMAN WORLD. BECAUSE WE DON'T PHYSICALLY COME TO YOU DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE DO NOT CARE FOR YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND FREEDOM WITH US, MILKWEED---FRIEND OF THE GREAT WHITE."  I CEASED SWIMMING AND MERELY FLOATED ON MY EMACIATED BACK, AS I HAVE BEEN THIS WAY ALL OF MY LIFE AND HAVE EATEN THROUGH A PERMANENT PORTI-CATH, OR INTERNALLY IMPLANTED INTRAVENOUS CATHETER, AND I WENT INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FRAME OF CONSCIOUSNESS, I WAS EIGHTEEN AND A BATTERED CHILD AS A YOUTH, BUT FAR AWAY FROM HOME AS SAID.  I LAMENTED HEAVILY ON WHAT THIS 'ELDERLY" AND WISE GREAT WHITE SAID TO ME, AND I FELT A PROFOUND LOVING EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT MORE THAN I HAVE EVER BEFORE.

NOW TODAY I HAVE PICTORIAL SHRINES IN MY ROOM, AND IN MY OWN HOMES PRIOR TO MOVING BACK WITH THE FOLKS TO DIE.  WHEN I WEAR THE SACRED TOOTH OF ANY SHARK, BUT IN PARTICULAR THE GREAT WHITE, I FEEL ASSIMILATED AND LITERALLY BONDING WITH THE ENERGIES OF BOTH THE ANIMAL AND MYSELF. I RECALL WHEN I ATE THE MEAT OF A BLACKTIP SHARK A FRIEND AND FELLOW INDIAN SERVED, ALTHOUGH RELUCTANT TO EAT THIS SACRED MEAT, I IMMEDIATELY EXPERIENCED A FANTASM OF DREAMS AND IMAGES AS I ASSIMILATED THE POWER AND ATTRIBUTES OF THE SHARK INTO MY OWN HUMAN BODY AND LIVING SOUL. NOW THE SACRED ANIMAL, THE BEAUTIFUL GREAT WHITE SHARK, CONTINUES TO REMAIN MY SPIRITUAL ANCESTOR. IN FACT, IN HAWAII THE SHARK IS ALSO AS SACRED TO THEM AS IT IS TO ME, WHICH INCLUDES THE ACTUAL WORSHIPPING OF THIS SAME ANIMAL.  IT IS CALLED A "KAPUA," OR TOTEM. A HAWAIIAN FRIEND OF MINE I HAD MET BACK IN FLORIDA AS A TEENAGER SAID I WAS A VERY SPECIAL INDIVIDUAL AND SHOULD BE CANONIZED AS A PRIESTESS BACK IN HAWAII, BECAUSE I CAN ACTUALLY "SPEAK" WITH ALL SHARKS, BUT IN PARTICULARLY THE ELUSIVE AND BEAUTIFUL, AND EVEN "GENTLE" GREAT WHITE. I AM A PRIESTESS IN THE BUDDHIST FAITH, AS WELL AS A PROFESSOR OF BOTH RELIGIONS-BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY-BUT THERE STILL EXUDES AN ANCIENTNESS AND A RARE, BUT VERY POWERFUL CONNECTION WITH THIS VERY SACRED ANIMAL THAT IS SO OVERZEALOUSLY FEARED. ALSO AS A GENUINE "SHARK WHISPERER" I CAN EASILY SAY AS TO WHY THESE SHARKS ARE SO FEARED. MAN'S GREATEST FEAR IS BEING EATEN ALIVE, BUT THIS IS MAINLY DUE TO WE AS HUMAN BEINGS, FROM A LONG AND SLOW EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS BROKE FREE FROM OUR SUBCONSCIOUS, AND THIS IS WELL SIGNIFICANT OF BEING SWALLOWED BACK UP FROM WHICH WE CAME. HOWEVER WHAT ELSE I LEARNED FROM THE GREAT WHITE SHARK ITSELF AS A WOMAN OF TWENTY-NINE, NOW FORTY, IS THAT THE SHARKS AND ALL OTHER ANIMALS OF THE WORLD HAVE NOT YET PITTED THEMSELVES AGAINST THE VERY WILL FROM WHICH THEY DERIVE LIFE, HENCE ANIMALS AND SHARKS ARE MORE SUPERIOR TO WE AS HUMANS. THIS IS MY STORY, ALTHOUGH CRYPTIC AND RARE IN NATURE, OF THE GREAT WHITE SHARK; BEAUTIFUL AND SO VERILY MISUNDERSTOOD, BUT NOW IN THE ELEVENTH HOUR, MAN HAS FINALLY DECIDED TO PROTECT THEM-I THANK YOU, AND SO DOES MY ANCESTORS-THE GREAT WHITES. PRAISE BE TO GOD. 

LAMA MILKWEED L. AUGUSTINE PHD AUTHOR

View her numerous publications of autobiography and fiction on Amazon.com by Google search "Lama Milkweed Augustine".

Photos by Lama Milkweed taken with a 35 mm camera inside a sealed heavy duty zip-lock plastic bag of sharks she swam with, though not great whites:

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Customer Siriphong in Thailand sent this photo of his child holding their new meteorite from Argentina, purchased from us in June '07. Note the Where on Earth website open on the laptop in the background. Thanks for sharing!

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Customer Vince shared with us the spectacular use he has made of one of our tailcoats.  Be safe, Vince!

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The birthday party was great!  The birthday girl thought the kangaroo scrotum pouch was hysterical. So did everyone else! Here's Chris showing off her most unusual gift for her 'memorable birthday' celebration in South Carolina...

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LITTLE GREY MEN

Talented customer Steven has created a series of alien cartoons with the above name, which has not yet been syndicated.  We will feature a new strip every Sunday (below).  Here's his background:

Heidi, I've been drawing since I was three years old, but, I literally had to teach myself to cartoon, starting back in '98.
 
As for "Little Grey Men", That's kind of a long story-- but, if you have time...
 
I was living in San Diego and I was at a local Denny's with my sketchpad, just contemplating the irony of what I knew about the Roswell incident. I mean, how can super-intelligent beings from another galaxy make it here only to crash their ship in the desert, right?
 
Well, I whipped out a couple of penciled rudimentary cartoons; one depicting two aliens having locked the keys in the UFO while it was running, hovering in the background; and the other one showing a UFO stuck in the mud on a farm, having just landed, with the occupants fighting over who was going to go hypnotize the farmer to pull them out (click on the cartoon below to up-size). 

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In the end, I was content in my little bubble of satisfaction when, out of nowhere, this girl came up to my table and asked if I was an artist and if she could see what I was drawing. I said "..sure". She laughed.
 
I was onto something, I always like to say. I'll never forget that moment I made a total stranger laugh with my art. It was an awesome feeling!
 
So, anyway..., that's kinda it. Couple all that with the fact that I saw something when I was eleven, and this is what you get.

I'm single, a Union ironworker out of Local #86 in Seattle, WA; I work 60 hours a week and I'm hopelessly in love with the ethereal, angelic vision of a woman named Tracey.. Oh..., I have two cats: Rent-a-Cat and Pi.  Below is the first of many I will send, one each week, in sequential order.  I hope the viewers enjoy every one!

 Steven
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I was browsing your site and I was really inspired by what you do for the troops! I'd like to do something like that for our guys out of WA (see Week 6 below). The Strykers are from here. I was driving home one night from work, and there was a convoy of  Strykers, about 20 of them. I passed them all just over the speed limit and honked. The crews were all riding outside the vehicles, which is pretty uncommon to me. Finally, I caught up to the lead vehicle and a solitary crewman popped out of the hatch and waved... Seems I was being talked about over their radios....Peace Out!

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Feel free to email us your feedback comments at: 

whatnext1020@gmail.com

Inquiries about these cartoons or about syndication can be sent directly to Steven below:

syzygy@foxinternet.com

Here's Steven, kicking back with his favorite gourmet coffee, surrounded by his movie posters and Asian art.

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Cool customer and talented artist Sandra writes me on 8/14/06:  I have won 2nd place at this years Beatle Fest in the Professional category with my "Beatles for Sale" painting. It is acrylic on plywood, and is 5 feet by 3 feet. 

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 Pretty darn realistic, Sandra!

 

Dear Heidi.

Thank you! The shark stuff we bought for Mason's birthday was a HUGE gift, quote: "the best present I've gotten in my whole life!"  Thanks for the extra teeth, he loved them and could name most of them! THANK YOU!!!!!

Photos of Mason and his "new" megalodon shark tooth, and mako shark jaw. Another life-long shark enthusiast!

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Submitted by Dean Martin impersonator in Great Britain:

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Updated photo as of 3/8/07

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Here is a photo of me, complete with my gold lapel pin, duly displayed on my tuxedo during my Dean Martin impersonation act Mid-May 2006 in Swansea, Wales (UK). I would just like to thank you for the speed with which my order arrived and the quality of the mic pin (gold). It will be worn at every one of my performances!  Should any of your customers care to listen to me, and perhaps put a message on my board, I would be delighted for them to visit my website:

www.geocities.com/thevoiceofbillbennett

Many thanks once again.
Kind regards.
Bill Bennett

 

Hello Heidi,
 
I purchased a couple sharklings last year, am very happy with the one I kept, but drove off the friend I gave the other to. C'est la guerre.
 
Your site is a lot of fun, weird and wild, and you sometimes post customer's pictures.
 
I needed a desk lamp, so I made one. Since I'm very much into alien-esque stuff, I decided to call my lamp "Alien Artifact".
 
Al, Kent OH

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Another visit by long-time friend & customer Harry from Canada and his family & friends to our home in March 2006.  We are always enriched by their visits.

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Cool Customer Theresa in Nova Scotia, Canada made these two beaded spiders as a gift for me, they are incredible:

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She has made one for herself as well.  Here is a story she tells about it:

Last week - the end of November 2005 - there was a pesky fly buzzing around the house (must've missed the memo that said fly season is over), and then it disappeared. I was doing some cleaning in my room the other day and found some fly wings in front of a blue spider. Hmmm - maybe she made them a little TOO lifelike !!

And here's a picture of red spiderlings in a branch of one of our trees.  We thought they might be black widows.  Any clues, folks?

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Friends Nancy & Rainer sent the following photos of petroglyphs in Caliente, Nevada at Rainbow Canyon, and a spectacular view of the mountain there:

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This haunting image within a natural tree is also found in Caliente Nevada at Rainbow Canyon.  Photography by Nancy:

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This photo inspired her husband Rainer to complete a linocut of it (below) which he has entitled "Spirit Tree"...inspired is right!

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And two other trees photographed by Nancy in Rainbow Canyon

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Nancy's husband Rainer been doing linocuts for many years. "Window Dreams" (below) was his first woodcut.  He's really an accomplished block printer and is just recently been inspired things to start working again. 

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He has joined the City Lights Art Gallery in Henderson NV (link below) which is featuring his bio(which we have reprinted below), and more photos of his work:

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Rainer Bertram was born in Germany in 1944. He's lived in the United States since 1954 and is an Internationally recognized watercolor artist and accomplished linocut block print maker. He currently resides in Nevada and is looking forward to creating artwork which reflects his affinity for the beauty of the Desert Southwest.  Here's another Rainer has done of Einstein:

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This is a school class that received gator teeth & skutes, and an upgraded gator skull than the one the teacher purchased.  Nice to see such teachers that help children above and beyond the call of duty:

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Dear Glenn,

What wonderful gifts!!  Thank you so much!  Your package arrived today and I opened it first thing when I got home.  The skull is fantastic!  I know it's going to make a major impression with my students.  They know we are going to investigate reptiles next week and that I have something special planned, but they have no idea just how great the surprise is.  The fossilized skute you gave us fits perfectly into our study of the history of reptiles and how successful they have been, changing little over time.  A perfect gift.  How did you know?  And the teeth!  I'm going to send a tooth home with each child when we're done and I know they are going to be very excited.  Your generosity is deeply appreciated.  I thank you in advance for my current and future students.  I wish you and your family well.  You have chosen a wonderful path in life.  Thanks for helping me to touch the lives of children a little more deeply.

Please know that your generosity makes a difference in children's lives.  Hope you continue to live a fulfilling and joyful life.

Sincerely,
John Ecklekamp
St. Catherine's Montessori School
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John,

We are very glad that the skull pleases you and that the goodies will be put to good use. Its our intention when we do things like this that the items will be used to the fullest of their abilities. You would be surprised how many donations we make and never hear back from the recipient ever. Sometimes I get the feeling that our donation just ended up in a private collection.

Yet, at the same time we get many classroom pictures and thank - you's from the students. These we publish on our cool customers pages. It makes the picture complete. But in the end we feel better for what we did.

I spent many years in the classroom environment, and know only too well the thankless, thoughtless people out there that didn't consider what I was doing for their children. Teachers are not baby sitters, contrary to the popular opinions of many in our respective communities.

Please excuse my long tirade about the lack of respect toward fellow teachers, but at times I  do have a relapse, then remember why I got out of the educational field.

Enjoy, and if ever we can be of help again please don't hesitate to ask.

Kindest Regards, 

Glenn & Heidi Reed

 

Here is a young customer that used to come to our Myrtle Beach store, showing off on the family's collectible car:

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His mother Roxie tells us: "He loved
visiting your store.  We've been coming there for
several years, going through your old
coins and dino poop every time we came to the beach".

 

For those of you traveling to Europe and particularly to the UK, the folks that brought us the link for discovering fossils in the UK which we posted among the ammonites in England on our Fossils page 4: www.discoveringfossils.co.uk 

has also recommended the following Adventure Experiences site that reviews fun & more extreme sports for you to experience while you're there, including the "Zorbing Experience" which particularly appeals to us (think ORB and you're halfway to figuring it out - and see below -  woohoo!!)

www.adventureexperiences.co.uk 

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Cool Customer SIMON from England is posing with his black tailcoat, and the white tailcoat & pants (for use in his role as a Teen Angel in the production of "Grease") purchased from us.  Watch out, Simon's ARRIVED and he's SMOKIN' HOT!!

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and his latest theater production where he played Simba from The Lion King at the Palace Theatre in Manchester:

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Cool Customer Paul purchased one of our taxidermy gator heads for a theater production "The Butler Did it, Again".  They wanted the alligator (they named him Charlie) entering one of the scenes to be as realistic as possible, and built a costume around the head.  I'm sure quite a few were surprised at the great result!  Nothing like keeping the audience entertained! Paul, a volunteer director of this theater since 1981, has worked in movie & TV productions in Los Angeles for Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, and received ARPEE awards for this play in 2004.  Thanks for sharing with us, Paul!

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Shark Enthusiast Jennifer sent us these pictures of her two Shark boys (pictured here together, and separately).  Nicholas (the oldest, wearing a shark tooth necklace, plus a red shark shirt their mother bought elsewhere), and Lawrence (wearing the resin shark jaw necklace), along with big grins:

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Customer Tom sent us a photo of his shark jaw driftwood piece he just completed.  He's working on an alligator skull sculpture also.

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Sunrise in Nevada, almost an alien experience!

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Customer Tom in Cupertino, California bought numerous alligator teeth from us to replace wooden carved teeth in a Freshwater crocodile head (Crocodylus Novaeguineae) sculpture he purchased in New Guinea, it came from the Sepik River. These decorated skulls are used in ceremonies in place of traditions such as head hunting which was banned in the 1960's but documented as still occurring in the late 1980's!  The skull is 33 inches long and has been embellished with shells.

It took a stack of paperwork to clear customs, as saltwater crocs are endangered and customs had to make sure this was a freshwater species.  Imagine this behemoth in their 500 square foot apartment!

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Customer Michelle found these shark teeth & other fossils in Charleston, SC on a recent visit there, and a single photo of the largest, a gorgeous Auriculatus tooth:

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Jeweler Gary Olt custom designed this spectacular necklace of five great white shark teeth with 14 k white gold shark designs and encrusted with various precious stones, on a 14k white gold necklace.  The largest tooth is 2-3/16", the next largest are 1-1/2" teeth.  He purchased the largest, and one of the matching 1-1/2" great white shark teeth from us.  We're proud of the end result!

Valued at: $9,700

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Contact: GaryOlt@aol.com if you wish more information, or:

Gary Olt
Strauch Jewelers, Inc.
228 Mamaroneck, NY  10543
914-698-2581

Photography by Robert Cattan

 

Cool customer Kelley in Wisconsin has submitted photos of his car in the Hot Import Nights Chicago, IL Car Show (2005):

 

Note the alien head he purchased from us:

And the alien embryo showing in the back of the engine here, purchased from us also:

And a friend has since Photo-shopped this interesting eyeball reflection of his car in the Alien photo:

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They are in the process now of building a new interior in the car with alien themed figures and faces set in fiberglass...more to come!

His entry drew a WHOLE lot of attention, which meant lots of picture taking and fun conversations.  He's been invited to bring his car for a calendar shoot in August. Thanks for sharing, Kelley!

 

Here is our COOL CUSTOMER

JOSE MERCURY CAVA

who travels the world to climb mountains in many unusual costumes with his associates.  He purchased a tuxedo tailcoat and tuxedo pants from us, with piano keyboard designs hand-sewn by Heidi, to wear while climbing the mountains in OREGON on June 9-10, 2005. It's the best view any of her work has ever seen!

This is the mountain...

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This is Jose and his tuxedo piano suit...

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And the view from the top!

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He has other climbing adventures he shared from Arizona, Joshua Tree California, Lost Arrow Spire in Yosemite, Mexico, Nevada and New England, equally challenging and with amazing costuming in each.  He has another design in mind using a WHITE tailcoat and pants, THAT will be a challenge to keep clean, I'm sure!

What amazing and fearless men, we are proud to know them.

 

This is our cool customer Kim in South Korea with his wife Yemo, Koo and son Yeonwoo, Kim.  This is a special party of his 100th day since his birth.  What a colorful celebration of family and happiness! 

Another welcome addition to the Where on Earth "family".

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Here are updated pictures of the proud parents with their son, 10 months old, after they returned from a visit to Los Angeles and Disneyland July 13, 2005:

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and in San Diego in July of '05:

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2/8/05

Hi Heidi, I got a Great White tooth from you a while back. I was going to have a goldsmith do a cap with an octopus on top. The cost proved prohibitive. I got in touch with a premiere Makau (the old Hawaiian fishhook) carver and had him do a traditional Hawaiian lashing. I love it it's more natural than a hunk of gold on top. Take a look. Mahalo, 

 Patrick

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We think it's a great design too, Patrick.  Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your new heirloom!

 

Our friend Earl in western North Carolina has a serious hobby of photographing ITTY BITTY rocks and crystals that he collects.  It takes a special kind of guy!  Here's his description:

The set-up with a film camera is a bear.  Look at this mess...That's a Minolta Maxxum 5000 with 3 extension rings and a Prinz bellows attached. The lens is a Voss 50mm enlarger lens. All of that is sitting on a focusing rail mounted on the tripod.

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BUT the results are worth it.  This is an anatase crystal in mica, came from about 18 miles from here. The crystal actually measures 2.5 x 4.5mm or about 1/10 x 3/10 inch.

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And here's his website.  Once you choose to load slow or fast, choose "My Rocks", and anything else that you fancy!  Thanks for sharing, Earl.

http://home.nctv.com/earlrock/index.html

 

This is a Stilbite from #1 Quarry, Granite Mountain, Little Rock, AR.Field of view approximately 5mm, taken with a new Minolta 7D that he's very pleased with:

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This is Jim from Texas, a mild-mannered white collar worker...until HALLOWEEN when he morphs into your worst nightmare!  He won best costume, of course, the office staff was too frightened to do otherwise.  Wouldn't you?

Jim...before...

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Jim...after... holding his favorite cobra...

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This is our new Shark enthusiast Jim from Michigan who knew exactly the kind of shark tooth necklace he wanted...and just got it!

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He asks:  "Excuse the model but the PRODUCT LOOKS GREAT !"  No, we think it's the model that makes the necklace.

Wear it in good health, Jim.  Here's what he wrote when he saw himself on the website:

Had no idea you guys would do that, just got enthused, took the pic and thought the necklace showed well.  First problem is with the cops, this pic is only a little better than the one on the P.O. wall but maybe they will see I'm hiding in MI. Secondly was having a BAD (no) HAIR DAY and don't have a rug to put
on.  Maybe can borrow your mink stole that you torment the kids with. I could picture that stunt and sure got a chuckle. Poor kid was probably scared ----less ) It's ok that you put the pic up, just surprised in that the purchase wasn't significant except in the value to me. Geez even wore it to bed last nite, middle son was concerned I'd wake up dead in a pool of blood from slitting my throat.  Fooled him, survived.  Thanks again, still like it. 

Jim

 

Cool Customers Roberta and Robin Blankenship performed their marriage vows in the month of October 2004.  They purchased a set of amber jewelry from us for Roberta to wear for her wedding.  We wish them a long, happy, and healthy marriage.  Robin is a musician, feel free to check out his lovely Reiki Fusion music at the website link below:

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Music CDs by Robin Blankenship

http://robinblankenship.com/


"I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree
of responsibility that comes with his freedom."
- Bob Dylan
"When our eyes see our hands
Doing the work of our hearts,
The circle of Creation is complete inside us,
The doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth
To heal everything in sight."
~Michael Bridge

 

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Meet The Last Hombres - a good rock-and-roll band

Cool Customer Paul Schmitz (right) volunteered this picture of himself with the rest of the band, Michael Meehan, and Levan Helm, drummer.

 

Below is Harlan's shark tooth collection that is enviable:

left to right: 1.75" paleocarcharodon, 2.75" auriculatus, 2.6" angustiden, 1.25" chubutensis, 1.5" megalodon, 3" great white, 2.44" gwt. other notables include: 3" mako, 2.25" mako, 1.12" bull, 2.12" great white tooth, & assorted lamniforms from Macon,Ga (very rare location).
 

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 And his collection of the biggest  teeth:  6", 6 1/8", and 6 1/2". The lighter colored teeth are megs from Aurora NC and are 4" and 5 3/8". The little tooth is an auriculatus that is 2 7/8" long:

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And finally, an action photo of Harlan himself holding up an anemometer in Jacksonville Beach, FL during Hurricane Jeanne on Sept. 26, 2004, in the middle of nature's fury, though the worst damage was further south from him.

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This is Linda and Charles, customers that came to our home and had a field day in the jewelry!  Linda so resembles Glenn's grandmother it's uncanny.  Behind them are our original oil paintings of parrots we treasure by Lew Genge of Nevada.

 

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The significance of this photo is an example of our Third Generation of loyal shark enthusiast customers/friends, Grandmother Becky, mother Kristin (proud father Patrick) and now Ryan, born May 2004

 

Friend "RUNNING DEER" 

1909-2007

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Superb Painting of Running Deer, by Tamara Geddes

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"Running Deer" was born in 1909 on the Crow Reservation in Montana.  He's been active in both Native American and veteran affairs, having served in Europe during WWII.

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A drum ceremony was performed for his birthday by members of the Crow, Cherokee, Ojibiway, Chumash and Southern Paiute tribes

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A weekly visitor to our Nevada store, quite a friend to have - Native American, former pilot and actor, now an artist and all around scalawag - we look forward to every visit.  But don't get on his bad side - you're liable to get scalped!  Below is his picture taken in 2001 in our store

Jack Kreis, known as Running Deer to his friends, was recently painted by artist Tamara Geddes who received accolades for her work, though the 95 years of accumulating experiences and wrinkles is still the original work of art.  We're proud to call him friend.  He recently celebrated his 95th birthday in this world.  Experiences include being a war veteran, pilot, actor, proud leader of Native American causes for the Paiute Tribe, to name just a few.

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Below, Glenn with Running Deer...

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With his birthday card:

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A few of his more interesting guns (reproductions)

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Breakfast at the Boulder Creek Golf Course (Boulder City, Nevada) where he's an honorary member, he treated us to breakfast there:

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His own skunk caps:

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  Running Deer and his savages, bearing peace gifts to the store we had in Boulder City (we were getting ready to move back to Myrtle Beach, 2002)..don't just go away mad, just go away, huh?...also his awesome taste in art in his home, plus a python skin that's I-don't-know-how-many-feet long - thanks for the honor of seeing your treasures, Running Deer!  "Missing you all" just doesn't cut it.

11/1/09  Reminiscing about Running Deer

 I will start with some very basic knowledge and thoughts that I have and know about Jack and then the longer stories of our time together as Heidi and I recall those many visits to our shop in Boulder City from March 1999 thru Oct 2004 for his birthday visit. 

 
From what we know Jack was born the second of May 1910 on a Crow reservation in Montana and died Nov.10th 2007, in Boulder City. We know that he was cremated and his ashes were spread around Native American territory, but not just where. He  would have made him 97 years old. He had strong ties to Kentucky, Indiana, possibly attended the university of Kentucky, went to aviation school in Dallas, TX. was a pilot for TWA, was also a pilot as a volunteer with a group called American Field service volunteers in the late 1930's thru 1945 I think. He told us that he served in Europe during WW II .He was a movie stunt man, actor, stand in double, played in several John Wayne movies,played a pirate in one movie, I can't remember the name at the moment, and was a very close friend Lucille Ball, who's son little Ricky lives in Boulder City, and was a very dear close friend of Debbie Reynolds.
 
In fact Debbie for years would drive out from Vegas on his birthday in her big limo and bring his a cake. I understand that this use to cause a real stir in the neighborhood when this happened. There were several pictures of the two of them on his walls at his trailer.
 
I have often wondered what happened to all his stuff, if there was no family that he had contact with to claim it all.
 
Jack impressed us the first time we met him at our shop as a very caring and sharing person. He had read about the opening of our store on main street and saw us on the local TV station explaining all the weird stuff that we had and the reason why we were locating here. Which wasn't the real story that the whole community was told.
 
 Jack , as we learned later was the unofficial greeter from the mayors office, as he and Mayor Bob were very good friends and Jack would do his bidding, so as to protect the mayor in case things went wrong and this way he wouldn't be embarrassed about any contact himself. Bob was a real user as we would learn over the next several years, and was not to be trusted. Yet, Jack trusted and believed in the good of all people and looked beyond the political aspect of people and their gamesmanship. To this day, I never did figure which party other than "MOTHER EARTH " that Jack belonged to.
 
I always felt that Jack's convictions toward the earth and it's preservation was truly not only his religion, but his politics. He really loved this Earth, and did what he could to help save.
 
When the political machine got started to but a road block to the new Hoover Dam bypass, that will eventually kill the town of Boulder City as we know it. Jack got the local Indians and many tribe through the 3 state area to voice their concerns as it related to them. Please check out this link about the bypass and you will see why we were all against it.
 
 
You will better understand a lot about Jack and who he was.
 
The bridge project got real nasty at the end as the mayor played us all for suckers by leading us to believe that he was on our side, when all he was doing was gathering information for the other side. This really burned Jack to the point that he had nothing to do with Bob after this. Not until Bob put on this big Birthday bash for him and the whole town basically turned out for this one. Jack had a real nice relationship with the community as he was always getting involved with project to help any worthy cause.
 
That is why he was so involved with the St. Judes program for so many years. He would donate many hours there  in exchange for merchandise that he could donate himself to several tribes throughout the 3 state area of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. It didn't matter which tribe needed help, he was always there to do what he could. He would gather blankets by the hundreds for all the resale shops in Vegas and the surrounding area.
 
 Yet, his biggest score was a 40 ft trailer load of shoes for the tribes. The sad part of this tale is that the shoes turned out to be store sales samples and all were left shoes only. Nothing of any use for anyone to wear. When word got out that this company had taken a big tax write off for the donation, Jack put the heat on them and they then donated several hundred pairs of shoes to him. Only this time Jack had a long list of particular sizes and styles of what the tribes really needed. He didn't take crap from anyone when it came to messing with his people .
 
Jack often spoke of the Southern Paiute Tribes as being his people of choice as they needed his help the most.
 
I use to joke with him all the time about his being a " REAL INDIAN ". I would say to him , " How can you possibly be a real Indian when you have this polish/German name of Kreis. I don't think he was ever able to explain that one to me. Yet there was never a moment that I didn't believe in his convictions when it came to the Indian nations. This man was a true believer that we whites had done them wrong and would to his dying day defend his people to the last breath that he would draw.
 
It was with amusement that I teased him so about all the "WHITE MAN INDIAN TRINKETS" that he would make and sell from his trailer when he had visitors. They would buy this stuff by the box full, because of all the stories that he would attach to them. It's was so pitiful the Bull stories he would tell these people. After a time I came to see Jack as a powerful , very insightful person that you just enjoyed his stories for they were and understand the man for what he was. Here was a very compassionate person that give you the shirt off his back if need be. Sometimes basically because it wasn't even his shirt. HA HA.  Jack "Running Deer" was a special person during a very special time of our lives.

 

This is the work of our cool customer Sandra who took our website photo of our sunset (see the "About Us" page) and did a painting of it.  See the photo below the easel to show what she was working with.  Lovely stuff, Sandra!

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Here is another painting of winter trees...

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And the fun Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band mural she did - That's Sandra waving, she's NOT part of the mural (smile).  Thanks for sharing your talent, Sandra!

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This is "The Teacup Club" for ladies to enjoy the finer things of life - their friends!  Our Cool Customer Gina purchased a quantity of jewelry pins we make with mini teacups on them that were a smash hit!  Thanks for sharing, Gina.  May you enjoy many more tea parties together.

 

Bet this is the first Hula rat you've ever seen?  Compliments of good customer Kathryne...

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Here are Ibi and Wysi, more than just pet rats to customer and friend Kathryne.  Ibi recently passed away from mycoplasma causing respiratory infections, I'm sure Wysi is missing his partner in crime. We're thankful for critters like these that warm our hearts even with their short lives.

 

Cool customer b0b gave us this insight into why he bought three of our Taylor miniature guitar tac pin items of jewelry that he will be keeping and giving away:

One of our friends and financial advisors plays guitar, and has a band.
My wife and I saw on TV the documentary on the Taylor 'Liberty Tree' guitar the other night.
We both were very touched.
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Taylor 'Liberty Tree' guitar.
Made from the last 'Liberty Tree''  
Thanks, b0b, amazing what one last question to a customer can mean.

 

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This is my son Trevor Berry, a 6 year old boy that has been collecting rocks since I can remember.
His interest grew when he was 3 years old and now his collection is getting bigger. This is Trevor with some of his favorite rock, jewels and fossils. He loves to play and of course loves to go to WHERE ON EARTH. "We are very lucky to live only 5 minutes from WHERE ON EARTH," because it is the best store on earth "Trevor says. And I have to say Glenn and Heidi Reed are the nicest people you can meet and we are very lucky to have them here in Myrtle Beach.

 

mvc-032s.jpg (68014 bytes)MVC-912S.jpg (38391 bytes)  This is Dr. Pete, a chiropractor/acupuncturist from NC that enjoyed our store.  Besides being good at his profession, Pete x-rays shells and sells them as fine art photographs. Here are some of the matted prints on temporary display in our store, and below is a link to his website where you can purchase them directly from Dr. Pete!  What a find!

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This is Brian who just purchased our set of moose horns, though he's not sure if he'll display them or carve them.  This is one happy man!

 

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This is Dalton (believe it or not, he's only FIVE years old, 50" tall, 100 pounds all heart!  Glenn made him this megalodon necklace on a chain that suits him well, now he's the Mr. T-Jaws.

 

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And here's his sister, Heather who certainly couldn't be left out of the fun!  Glenn wired this special megalodon necklace for her too.  What a great visit to the beach!

 

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This is a MYSTERY item brought in by our customer Doris - WHAT IS IT?  We're guessing it's a Victorian utensil holder of some sort, Doris thought it might be a urinal for a leprechaun, other opinions we got were:  A pipe holder, a bed pan for ailing gerbils, a gynecology utensil receptacle, and a bath oil container...

MYSTERY SOLVED:  Because of the word "Selb" in the backstamp (third photo), I did an internet search and found the town of Selb in Germany is where this type of porcelain is made.  An expert in that town informed me that it is a circa 1953 style of a flower bud vase by Heidenreich called a "duck vase" (Ente vase) because of the unusual shape!  We're glad to have been part of the fun!

 

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This is our customer Ken with Glenn.  Ken acquired a huge arrowhead collection from a lady here in Myrtle Beach, this is only a small portion of it, he's got some beauties there!

 

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This customer (Lisa) whose friend Louise has a book to be published soon "Grace by the Cup", took the custom book brooch I made for her and added a tiny actual book cover that matches her friend's book.  Clever!

 

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Our customer, Gail Hawthorne, makes greeting cards of floral blooms such as the iris you see here - AWESOME!

 

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Here's our latest young customer, Hunter, that was introduced to our mink wrap in Glenn's usual "terrorist" manner - he clipped it to Hunter's shorts - when Hunter caught sight of what was "tailing him" he took off screaming around and around the store, with the family following behind trying to catch him!  Needless to say, it defined our day!  He did make "friends" with the mink later, bribed with a sucker of course!

 

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This is Joey, one of our loyal little customers, his Mom brings him in almost every week for a dinosaur jelly pop at the very least.  I'm afraid what would happen if he didn't get to bite those dinosaur heads off every week!  He's showing off his new T-rex t-shirt for us today, I'm not sure which is more fierce, Joey or the T-rex!

 

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This is Maverick, who owns 7 of these 1948 Anglia Streetrod cars.  He shows this one and even drive it a bit.  He also owns a replica of GrandPa Munsters "Drag u la" coffin race car (a real head turner), an original 1880's Horse Drawn Hearse in mint condition, and a 1976 Corvette Stingray, among others.

 

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Surprise, Glenn!  Bet you can't guess who I know?  And I was told it was a MUST that I stop and see you.  That was a direct order from MISS GRACIE...wife and Leader of the Haskin home, Castile, New York.  (This is Carol Bruyere who lives just a couple of doors down from Gracie). Gracie is responsible for the addition to the fossil section of Sharks Tooth Cove in 1990 and the consequent success of our business since then.  Through the trials and tribulations, Glenn took an immense amount of *&%#@ (what he's holding), but finally he understood what Gracie was trying to tell him, and he THANKS her from the BOTTOM OF HIS HEART.  Thanks to you too, Carol!

 

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This is Tom & Rosemary with their two children, Eric (the anorexic, just kidding) and Erin (shark bait..long story!)  They were previously customers of Glenn when he had his store here in the 1990's, of course the children are a little bigger now!

 

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We set up a great display of our Weird Museum items, another of gemstones with finished jewelry of the same gems, another of identified fossils, and a fourth of just jewelry available in the store, as part of the Shell Club show in the Inlet Square Mall here in Myrtle Beach.  Glenn brainstormed the creation of this new alien that debuted here, creating an instant photo op for many new customers.  See the "Latest Travels" pages for the rest of the Shell Club Show that was most interesting!

 

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Our latest, cool, REPEAT customers from Glenn's old shop back in 1994 visited our new shop today! (Feb. 9th, 2003), whose names we can't mention because the AUTHORITIES may still be looking for them (just kidding!).  Thanks for the visit!

 

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This is Glenn with our newest COOL CUSTOMER - Jade, who is 7, found when he got home from our shop that he had one more shark tooth than he had paid for.  So he came in with his family and presented Glenn with the dime and 'fessed up.  Oh, so it's you! Glenn said...I KNEW one was missing because I just counted them last night (there must be 200,000 teeth in the bin).  I think Jade saw the twinkle in his eye and caught on to the spoof.  He was well rewarded for his honesty.  Wish all our customers were like you, Jade!

 

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Here's what our cool customer Robert from California  made -- a garden bench using shark tooth fossils as accents all around - I called it the "Bite Me Bench".

 

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  The ULTIMATE COOL CUSTOMERS, Frank and his dad Andrew have just returned wonderful drawings that used to hang in Glenn's old Shark's Tooth Cove Shop in Surfside SC that they purchased when he closed that shop in 1994.  (I know, the head drawing DOES look like an alien!)  The last picture is a single whale baleen from its mouth that allows it to sweep plankton from the water as food.  Along with the drawings are many bones from a real baleen whale found on the beach here, and ultimately we'll have shelves to position the bones, with pointers to show where on the skeleton drawing they belong.  Very educational!  Like getting an old friend back under our wing.  Thanks, guys!  We can't tell you "THANKS" enough!

 

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This is a poem written by one of the young men from the Joanitis Home group of young men that "ransacked" our shop with their gift certificates last Christmas.  We had as much fun with them as they did!  We're looking forward to their visit this week again!  Two thumbs up to you guys!

 

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Above is our cool customer and friend, Danielle, a professional photographer who used to work for the Venetian Casino here in Vegas, now living in the heart o' Texas.  She happens to be wearing one of my jacket designs for her Christmas picture this year - GREAT JACKET, DANIELLE!!!

 

Sharks Help Out at Ground Zero

(below)  Our cool customer, Beth Nugent, sent us this photo of her and her team mates who are a PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S FOOTBALL TEAM in the Big Apple. You can read more about them at www.nysharksfootball.com. SHARKS Hoo-rah!


 "the NY Sharks took some time to serve and prepare food for the emergency crews at Ground Zero on Sunday, October 28th at Nino's in Lower Manhattan. We met some wonderful people and dug in... whether it was rolling meat balls, breaking eggs, cooking, or serving food. It was a very gratifying experience for us all!" - Dana Sparling (tight end)

 

First Anniversary Cruise photos of "Formal Night" for good customer Tom and his wife.  He chose the #T-2 Music Series design to wear to surprise her.  We're pleased to share photos of this beautiful couple with all of you...

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Our dear friends-who-started-out-as-customers, Rainer and Nancy, FINALLY DID IT!  We got this email at 3:32 a.m.  November 7th - what an all-nighter!  A Vegas special!  Congratulations, you giggling kids!  And here's Rainer's latest watercolor as well, Desert Dream.  We cannot describe the exceptional work they have hanging in their home, all by Rainer.  We salute you special people!

 

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Here's my favorite little person, Emma - who started out as a customer and stole our hearts!  Her family just moved to Texas, and things have not been the same since.  She's holding our Hunka Burning Love Gorilla stuffie.  Love ya Emma!

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