i did end up figuring out something that is so glaringly obvious that i am kicking myself in the pants for not doing it earlier. my game improved about halfway through the 2nd, but not enough. i am hoping, however, that this particular thing helps me not send my average into the shitter.
jeremy's dad called me into the lanes office and said he had something to give me. these:
he said his family brought it from the old country. those are garnets, i think he said. he said that its probably older than me and him combined. heh.
i want to take it to some kind of antique dealer or something to see if i can find out any more info about it. any history/fashion/whatever buffs on my list [bee/ yosa?] that might be familiar with ye olde ancient jewelry, feel free to provide me with any information.
but seriously, im extremely touched by this. these are hefty pieces of jewelry here, and i'm so touched that dad would give them to me.