Yesterday I went to see my jeweler friend and had a very good time there.
Today the plan is to go to Pinellas county and check out an orchid store (hope they have nepenthes or something cool) and then go to a shell shop. I never cared much about shells as they are just everywhere here and boring. So common. Except for one. The Nautilus. I have always loved Nautilus shells and when would go to Tarpon Springs I would always see them in a store. Always wanted some but they were expensive. I finally bought one years ago and told myself I'd get a white one and two half ones. I kept putting it off because they were expensive. When I took Peregrine this past June I asked about them at the store and found out that what they have is it and they won't be able to get more in because of stupid laws. I hate it when something you think will go on for ever suddenly goes alway. Now I'm kicking myself for being cheep and not having bought them all those years ago. I did get my goal though and bought one white, one normal and one half white and one half normal. But since they are going to become rare I am now collecting them when money permits. So that is why I specifically want to go to shell stores. The first nautilus I bought I remember going through the whole store to pick the perfect one. It's big and beautiful and I think they are hard to find at this size and a decent price. So it's another reason to collect them as they will probably become very valuable. Again if I had known I'd have bought them in the past. The white ones are polished and pretty but they are not like that in the wild. I kinda don't like that they are more common as I'd prefer realistic ones as they are in the wild.
I found out that Mattel has finally made a John Hammond figure from Jurassic Park. I've only been wanting one since 1993. The bad news is he's a San Digeo Comic Con exclusive and limited numbers. You have to preorder and pick up at the show. They're already ransomed on Ebay before they are even out. I already paid a ransom to get one. Birthday gift to myself. I also hope to get a replica of his cane. Been wanting one of those for years now too just like the replica of the cryocan.