Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas then took us to Key West Florida, Belize, Cozumel, and back into Texas. I loved Dallas. It was one of the prettiest cities I have ever been in. The company that made the little foot shaped dirt holder has since gone out of business. BOO. I would have liked to gotten feet with dirt in them from everywhere! If you know of anyone that makes these little treasures still, hook a sister up!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Grandma Elza, Jerry and I will never forget our experience in Mexico. The Mayan Ruins have so much history behind them and I still have reading more about them on my list of things to do. Until then, I will enjoy my dirt while sitting in the COOL breeze back here in Utah.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Port Angeles, Washington
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tokyo, Japan Venice, Italy Sienna, Italy
When October rolls around, a few things come to mind. Fall in Utah, halloween birthdays, my friends Clayton Jensen and Nick Cottle, (both who love the color orange), college football games and DOBA DAY, an annual event held at my oldest daughter's place of employment. Jeremy Hanks, co- founder of DOBA, and my daughter's boss, has the greatest job! In addition to activities such as DOBA DAY, Jeremy has the opportunity to travel to all kinds of places. Fortunate for me, he always remembers to bring me a little "something" from wherever he goes. His latest adventures have taken him to Japan and Italy. Located in the left of this picture is dirt from Japan. Tokyo to be exact. I am amazed at how rich and dark it looks. The dirt from Venice, Italy he was particularly excited about because it is from the city built on water. Finding dirt there was somewhat a challenge. He got this sample in the middle from a planter box next to the gondola rentals! The other location in Italy named Sienna, was the inspiration behind the crayola crayon color. When I held the dirt next to the crayon, the colors were almost identical. Check here often. You never know when Jeremy may be back from another trip and ready to share some exciting stories behind the dirt he has collected. Thanks Jer!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
With a collection like this, there are always lots of questions that I get asked. Here are just a few:
What kind of dirt do I collect? ANY! I have it from states, countries, famous tourist attractions, hometowns, beaches, ballparks, amusement parks, mountains, just about anywhere.
How do I know it is authentic? Well, unless I collect it myself, I don't. BUT the person giving it to me knows. How 'bout a little faith in others? Ultimately, I put my trust in them.
How can I send you some? That's easy! Check out the address in the side bar. Just send it in the mail.
What will I do with duplicate dirt locations? No 2 spots are exactly alike. I keep 'em all, even if I don't post them on my blog.
How much do I want? Just one tablespoon. 1 teaspoon for the bottle, and one for the extra I keep in storage. It shouldn't cost more than just a first class postage stamp. Place it in a zip lock bag to be safe. Some folks have also sent me dirt in a film canister but it does cost a little more.
When did I start my collection? Read my first post.
If you send me dirt, will I give you credit for it? DONE!
How do I keep track of it all? Well, in the beginning it was easy but over the years, as I have accumulated more, not so much. I now have a system and label all of the bottles as I go. I also only keep minimal amounts of the dirt and let the rest get donated to a good cause. The beach samples go in my salt water fish tank, the others in my garden!
What is my favorite dirt? I have 3 that I really love. One for it's looks, one for it's location, and one because of the person that sent it to me. (You know who you are.)
Where will the dirt go when I am gone? The bottles will continue to be collected and journaled about. The daughters are in charge of that. The rest will go with me where other than...In the ground!
Got another question? I do...GOT DIRT?
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Take me out to the ballgame
Got to get some dirt now
Just pick a base it don't matter to me
I'll be happy if I get all 3
So just put some soil in my jar
I'll be grateful you know
for it's GOT TO GET me some dirt
Or why bother go?
That one's for you JULES!
Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim Angels)
Shea Stadium (New York Mets)
Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)
Candlestick Park (San Francisco Giants)
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta Braves)
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
The Kingdome (Seattle Mariners)
Marco Albano Arlington, Massachusetts 2005
Anthony Sullivan Arlington, Massachusetts 2005
Tadd Brewer Sturgis, Kentucky 2006
Barret Browning Jesup, Georgia 2006
Scott Knazek Browns Mills, New Jersey 2006
Christopher Garcia Bronx, New York 2007
Rian Kinary Davie, Florida 2007
Andrew Romine Lake Forest, California 2007
Christopher Rosenbaum Albany, New York 2007
Trevor Pippin Peach Tree City, Georgia 2008
Buddy Boshers Huntsville, Alabama 2008
Beau Brooks Huntsville, Alabama 2008
William Smith Newnan, Georgia 2008
Michael Wing Rancho Cucamonga, California 2008
Los Angeles, California
Pleasant Grove, Utah
Idaho Falls, Idaho
This photo shows the very first samples of dirt I collected.
Mount St. Helen ash, and Loomis, California.