7/01/01: We fixed breakfast at the dugout, and headed for the laundry to wash up our mining clothes. As they washed and dried, we classified and cataloged some more of our purchases. Upon returning to the dugout, we began some additional paperwork for our business.
We had heard of a buffet at the Desert Cave that serves from noon to three on Sundays, so off we went. We met up with a miner that we had done business with last year, and arranged to meet with him and his wife at their home later in the day. Before attending that date, we had another parcel to look at (no sale). We walked over for our coffee date at the Dunstan’s (just the next dugout over from the B & B), and had an enjoyable visit. Needing a walk…understatement…we walked around town a bit and ended up at a restaurant for supper. While dining, the cell phone rang (modern technology at work in the opal trade), and we had another parcel to look at. Walked back to the dugout, picked up the vehicle and looked at the parcel…almost bought it…will have to think about it a bit. I’ve found that it’s best for me to sleep on it, after looking at a parcel, so that the flash and brightness of the opal doesn’t cloud my business judgement. Our bodies are very tired again, and we needed to catch some sleep.