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Douglas Merson
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It has been sometime since I was active here. I had a fall skiing last March and injured my left shoulder. Finally had to have surgery 27 October to repair a badly torn rotator cuff. Knowing Inwould be restricted in using the arm for sometime, I converted my photo setup to a vertical system which I could operate with just my right hand. I also upgraded my optics to Mitutoyo infinity corrected M plan apo 5 and 10X objectives. Like them a lot as I get better image quality. Another plus is the working distance of 34 mm for both. The old Nikon objectives had 25 mm for the 4X and 5 mm for the 10X working distances. Much easier to illuminate specimens with the added working distance.

In late December I photographed a couple of micros for a friend. He is submitting as part of an article upcoming in the Mineralogical Record. Today I received a box of minerals from him as a thank you. He sent some great kleinite, much better than any Inseen before. Very nice crystals to 6 mm.

The only collecting in recent years has been our annual trip to Washington Pass with the Friends of Mineralogy chapter here in the northwest. Due to the shoulder injury, we did not make the last two Noerthwest Micro Mineral Study Group meetings or last years Northern California Mineralogical Association meeting. We will make the meetings this year.

We lost our two old llamas, both 23 years old. We now have a three year old gelding that we keep at our daughters place with theirs. The three granddaughters are involved with the llamas. Late this year they will have a baby llama. This will be exciting for the kids.
Mike Streeter
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Hey Doug,

It has been a while since I've seen you post - always glad to hear from you.

But, sorry to hear about your shoulder and llamas.  As those of us on the upper side of middle age know all too well, the march of time can take a toll on one's body, especially rockhounds like me who have spent decades digging and busting far too many holes and rocks, respectively.  Chrissy and  I lost our beloved dog, Opal, about 3-1/2 years ago, so perhaps we can relate to the loss of your two llamas.

Anyway - it's late for me here in the eastern time zone, but I just wanted to give you a shout back before I packed it in for the night.

All the best!

Mike


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