Big Toe met up with us while we were in San Francisco. Before he came to Inkstain, he worked for some time for a jade importer in Chinatown, and he spent a few hours showing me around and introducing me to some of his old friends. The whole thing is a bit mysterious to me, but I have my suspicions. Big Toe’s copious knowledge of paleontology remains unexplained, but is entirely consistent with the possibility that the “jade merchant” was really a front for illegal importation of Chinese dinosaur fossils.
Sometimes it’s best not to ask.