The Munich Mineral Show!

Warning!: This show was in Germany, which means that there are some pictures I took that are probably Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Those pictures are at the very end, though.

Hi guys! I had a crazy two weeks. I had my large presentation that I had to complete (more posts on that later) and then I went and spent 5 days in Munich at the Munich Gem and Mineral Show. It was a blast!

I went for a variety of reasons, including networking and helping out at the small gift shop stand we ran. Just for posterity, we broke the record for selling at the show!

The first thing we did was set up. It took about 9 hours with all 6 of us working. A lot of that was setting up our banner, covering our table, and jury-rigging thing when they went wrong. Putting up the banner took an hour!

mineral show, banner, gift shop
You can see the other three diligently working while I took pictures.
I had to raise the table to match another. Duct tape and wooden blocks!
I had to raise the table to match another. Duct tape and wooden blocks!
Backstage at the show! You can see all our stuff laid out and ready to go.
Backstage at the show! You can see all our stuff laid out and ready to go.

Here is our final set up. I am pretty happy the way it turned out. It took using a lot of skills I’d learned working for the Opera.

Ho the gift shop!
Our shop after we got it organized.

We also had a table set up next to us to do the GeoRalley, where kids (and adults!) could come and learn about quartz and all it’s cool properties.

You can see all the kids gathered around! It was a lot of fun to watch, and often time they had a dozen or more people trying to learn about quartz.
You can see all the kids gathered around! It was a lot of fun to watch, and often time they had a dozen or more people trying to learn about quartz.

I was also fortunate enough to be able to go around the show. I managed to stay under budget, but just barely. There were 4 huge halls, each filled with different stuff. We were naturally in the mineral section, but there was a fossil section, a jewelry and gem section, and an esoteric section.

Just one of the many loose stone displays. I resisted running my fingers through them more than once.
Just one of the many loose stone displays. I resisted running my fingers through them more than once.
A look at one of the halls filled with jewelry.
A look at one of the halls filled with jewelry.

There were some other displays outside which were pretty cool too.

I loved these outside. There were raptors and other dinosaurs too.
I loved these outside. There were raptors and other dinosaurs too.

A lot of what I do collect is fossils (which I then have to schlepp across the world). The fossil hall was pretty much my favorite place. I got to feel like Dr. Grant in Jurassic Park.

I managed to stay under my budget. Barely.
I managed to stay under my budget. Barely.

The best part of the decorations for me was this guy.

Think he would look cool on top of the house?
Think he would look cool on top of the house?
I forget what this was, some sort of diamond I believe.
I forget what this was, some sort of diamond I believe.

Remember that NSFW tag earlier? The Germans definitely have a more relaxed attitude to sex. We showed up in Munich and I saw that there was a box of erotic calendars there. I thought it was a joke, but no. We sold 50! All the pictures were of pretty young women in various sections of one of our local mines sitting on equipment in the buff.

An erotic calender of pretty young women sitting underground.
An erotic calender of pretty young women sitting underground.

There were also several quartz phalluses on display for sale. Many of them were used for spiritual healing ceremonies, but not all of them.

Healing stones or not, I found myself smiling when I saw tables of these.
Healing stones or not, I found myself smiling when I saw tables of these.

Each day was a lot of work, but I made some good connections. I hope I get to go next year!

Be kind to each other and until next time!

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