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The Jewelers Pouch
By Martha Williams, El Paso, Texas

Reprinted from July 1990

A jewelry dictionary defines a jeweler’s pouch as a small flannel bag for string jewelry objects. But “pouch” also has another meaning - it’s what my jeweler husband has around his mid-region and refers to as his “table muscle”.

The way it used to be

Across The Counter

By Martha Williams, El Paso, Texas

Reprinted from June 1990

Dear Diary…

June 16:  Flo dropped by today. Gee, she really looked bad! Haven’t seen her for a couple of months now and she told me she’d been having all sorts of marital problems with Ted. I think they are going to split up. She drank a lot of booze and stayed until 11pm and wore me out completely. But, what are friends for if not to help others in times of crisis?

The way it used to be

Across The Counter

By Martha Williams, El Paso, Texas

Reprinted from April 1990

People who meet little green men from Mars don’t have anything on the jeweler who meets strange situations on a daily basis. Here are just a few cases of strange encounters, which have taken place around our store over the past few years.

The way it used to be

Across The Counter

By Martha Williams, El Paso, Texas

Reprinted from March 1990

What is happening to our world? Where have our customers gone? There once was a day when a jeweler learned his trade at the bench and when the children came along they were integrated into the store’s operation and taught the business from the floor up. Where have the customers gone? What are we doing wrong?

The way it used to be

Across The Counter

By Martha Williams, El Paso, Texas

Reprinted from February 1990

To the finely tuned ears of a jeweler, little phrases set the hairs on his neck into vibration. The most irritating phrase to me is “Say, I want to ask you a little favor.” This of course means, “I want you to do this for nothing and I want it quickly, immediately if not sooner and with a smile on your face.”   Another phrase is, “ I have a little job here, I could do it my myself if I had the proper tools.”  This of course means, “I have a complicated job, I want it done now and free and if I had all the tools you have I could not possibly do it myself.”  Another is, “Just hook this back together.”

The way it used to be

Across The Counter

By Martha Williams, El Paso, Texas
Reprinted from January 1990

Somewhere around 4 B.C., the planets Jupiter and Saturn formed a spectacular conjunction, which was interpreted by astronomers as heralding the arrival of a great leader. The Bible tells us wise men from the East (or from the Orient) set out in search of this king. It is not said how many wise men made the journey, but tradition has reduced the number to three.

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