[meteorite-list] I'm so happy! My 1st Post

From: Timothy Heitz <midwest_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 11:01:40 -0500
Message-ID: <244EFD21B2B745C8BCF27D8FBB268A5A_at_hal2000>

Hello Bill,

I got the bug just like you. I even started selling to support my habit and
only for that reason.

My story

Tim Heitz

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Hall" <meteoritics at gmail.com>
To: <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2009 10:18 AM
Subject: [meteorite-list] I'm so happy! My 1st Post

> Hello to all,
> I've tried to post on here over a year ago and
> couldn't get any thru. Thanks Steve Dunklee for the advice. My problem
> was different, but you inspired me to work on it again. gmail has a
> tab you must click to send messages as plain text.
> OK METEORITES. I probably got the bug the same way many of you did,
> watching a show with Robert Haag searching for the Tucson Meteorite.
> This was many years ago, and thanks a lot Robert if you read this. I
> hope your HAPPY! You've created a brand new Addiction all on your own!
> Soon after this I purchased O Richard Nortons book Rocks From Space.
> Great book, but guess what! I found out I lived only 5 miles from
> Richard and Dorthy Norton!. I found myself soon sitting at the kitchen
> table looking at thin sections with Richard, and learning all about
> chondrules, etc. What a treat!! He told me all about the field of
> meteoritics, and this pushed me over the edge. I have a serious
> problem when it comes to meteorites. I'm a bit of a freak I
> suppose,... I take meteorites with me wherever I go, I buy meteorites
> for less than their worth, more than their worth, give them to
> strangers, and pass them out at star parties to the children. I
> constantly think about all the different ways to include them in my
> life, process them, preserve them, make things from them, hunting for
> them, e-bay etc. Its a wonder I get anything done at all!
> Took a trip to Florida in 2003, went to Kennedy Space Center, and
> purchased my 1st meteorite. About 40 grams on Nantan crust for only
> $40!! How funny! I was ( and still am ) so happy to have my Nantan
> crust rust. ( No I don't want to buy any more _at_ $1 gram, but thanks )
> I did go back in 2004 and buy another piece however.
> Oct, 2007 found me heading to Arizona, (I live in Bend Oregon) what a
> ride! I spent 4 month there hunting meteorites, and purchasing
> whenever possible. Made my 1st trip to meteor crater, UN believable
> experience! Met all the guys from Morocco, and purchased several
> kilo's NWA, a few kilos here a few kilos there. Spent most of my time
> in Quartzsite working (I have a mobile RV service business) and
> playing. In quartzsite I met a guy who many of you know I'm sure who
> brings us the Campo's. I spent nearly every spare moment working on,
> and discussing meteorite hunting, preservation, future searches for
> the Esquel Palllasite etc. and a BBQ almost every night. Ended up with
> Campo's running out my ears! Then my new friend had to go to
> Tucson,... how sad.... I had to stay and work. Well he called me
> several times from there, and made several nice purchases for me, some
> of these were purchased from list members.
> #1 I got the nice big Brenham slice, with the L.A. Times newspaper,
> thanks Steve Arnold, I love it!
> #2 I got a big 12 kilo complete oriented chondrite, I think it came
> from Mohammad, but not sure
> #3 I got a 1 kilo Seymchan, and small 40 gram slice from one of you guys.
> and several other smaller pieces, thanks everyone.
> I vowed to make it to Tucson in 2009. I kept that vow.......WOW!
> Even before I went, I had the pleasure to meet Ruben in Quartzsite,
> and be in one of his videos. Oh yea! I forgot, I found a 40 plus gram
> chondrite in the Quartzsite area. My 1st find, I GPS the coordinates,
> and photo in situ, etc. My friend Mark and I had walked for a hundred
> miles before we found it. How cool it was....and Ruben videoed it with
> his new HD camera, and stuck it on You Tube. SO COOL, thanks Ruben!
> Then Tucson: Oh boy......the post is getting long, sorry so exited to
> post.....be calm, breath.......OK 1st stop, the Ramada, and got 8 kilo
> chondrites from a nice boy from Morocco for REALLY cheap! then to the
> Days Inn and found my Campo connection, visited a bit, then Steve
> Arnold walked up and I got to meet him! Almost peed my pants! Then got
> oriented, found a place to park for the day, and headed to Inn Suites.
> Here I met Marvin Kilgore, ( again nearly peed) what a nice
> guy! purchased his book, and talked meteorites for an hour or so, met
> his nice wife Kitty and got some pictures. thanks Marvin and Kitty.
> Then met Bruno Fectay and Corine Bidaut, SUPER nice people. Checked
> out their Mars rock Chassignite, nice......and took their picture!
> Thanks. Then found Mike Farmers booth, WOW how cool is that! What a
> display! The work involved just setting up these rooms must take days.
> There were a ton of people in the room, but Mike went out of his way
> to help me, and was REALLY nice to me. Thanks Mike. Then found the
> Steve Arnold, Geoff Nottkin Room and met Steve again. I got a picture
> of me and Steve holding up a big Brenham. NICE. Thanks Steve.
> Well, before it was over I ended up at the Harvey Awards, and birthday
> party, and met too many more cool people to list. Even got Rober Haags
> picture, (poor guy was being pestered to death, so I didn't meet him,
> last I saw he was running for the back door exclaiming "holy shit!").
> Had a great time, and met tons of great people, and went home with
> many more kilos of meteorite. Special thanks to Carl from South Africa
> for the Gibeon deal.
> I skipped the Auction, tucked tail and went back to Quartzsite, packed
> my stuff and prepared to head home, and WEST happened. But that's a
> different story!
> So happy to finally be able to post, Promise to never break the rules
> on purpose, wont spam or be mean, and will help this be a positive,
> productive, enjoyable, learning experience.
> Have a great day,
> Bill Hall
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Received on Sun 15 Mar 2009 12:01:40 PM PDT

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