When I was a kid, every year I looked forward to getting the J. C. Penney Big Book, their Christmas catalog full of fantastic shiny toys. I pored over it for weeks, possibly even months.
Yesterday I ordered one of the things I always stared at but never got as a kid (mostly because I never put it on my Christmas list, I suspect): a rock tumbler. I plan to collect utterly random rocks and polish them. I also plan to solicit rocks from people and polish those and label them with the name of the donor.
Other people go out looking for specific rocks, or really cool rocks of one variety or another. Me, I’ll just be asking people to go grab the first small rock they see and send it to me.
(For the record, other childhood dreams that have been fulfilled: Dobermans and a black German Shedder. Still no pony, though.)