November 2011 Nugget News

It’s time again to remind you the monthly meeting will be this Wednesday, November 16th at 7 PM, Veteran’s Memorial Building, on Maple Avenue across from the Main Pavilion of the SoCo Fairgrounds.

AND, before I forget, I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and hope you have things for which you are truly thankful, especially in these hard times.

In the last newsletter I mentioned that I had been interviewed by a reporter from the Bohemian, a semi-local news paper.  From what I have heard, he did a great job describing our club.  I missed the edition, but have heard it was well written.  James is supposed to bring a copy to the meeting, and I would ask anyone with a copy to please bring it to share with other members.  By the way, the reporter’s name is Joe Rosen and he is very interesting, honest and intelligent.

The meeting last month was again full of interesting people and news.  We had a good showing from the Gem & Mineral Show, and I again thank Randy, Charlie, and Lance for the effort  they expended.   I have heard from event planners and guests alike that our booth was one of the hi-lights of the show.   Way to go, guys!

James Conrad and a few others went looking for new “outing” spots last month.  James (and friends) will share the information at the upcoming meeting.

David Yoch reminded me that the Christmas Party is NEXT month!  I will be either asking for,  or appointing,  ‘volunteers’ to help put it together.  And,  Pick-Of-The-Litter has again donated a box of ‘goodies’ to put out as gifts from Santa.    Many of our members  frequent the thrift store, and it is their way of thanking us for the loyality.

October meeting minutes:    We had several new people come to the meeting.  James welcomed them and asked a little about each person.   Cecil Perkins spoke about his visit to Roaring Camp and Murphy.  Mike Clark spoke about the American River, El Toro Rd, and water levels.    James Conrad spoke about Yankee Jim Rd, the water levels, and mosquitoes .     Frank Maytus  spoke about his claim, the North Fork of the Yuba, and how much gold he found in a little over 4 hours.   Some of the members saw Laith when they went to Coloma; he joined them for a while and they had a good reunion.   We discussed having an outing at the American River Campground.       Next topic at the meeting was the success of the Gem & Mineral show; Randy talked about his experience as the “master-of-ceremonies’ along with Charlie Cockle.  They seemed to have had fun teaching the spectators how to pan gold.     Bill Lieberman spoke of getting a group together and having an outing near Coloma on the American since he has found gold there.      James Conrad wants to have impromptu outings  each month.  By impromptu I mean  the “hey, let’s all go to————– this month”.   Not something that is planned months in advance but  the ‘throw your gear in your car and let’s go’ type of outing. So if anyone has suggestions for places to go and or when to go, please talk about it at the meeting.       Roger talked about the raffle, and upcoming special raffles.      Ben still has t-shirts; if you want to special order anything you can talk with him about it.      Our ‘resident technical engineer’ ( as we call him) Dan Hougan brought his machine and showed it at break.    When we came back from the break, Frank Maytus and James Conrad  brought up hi-banking, dredges, rules and regulations; the Fish and Game, water quality, booming, suction, the Big Catch-22’s, and hands and pans.      We had the raffle after which Rose Klemenok read us a funny story. A BIG thanks to Rose!  It’s nice to end the meetings with a smile and a chuckle.  The meeting was adjourned.

Here’s hoping to see everyone at the November 16th meeting.  Those of you who don’t come anymore really are missed.  That means you too Joe!  Please think about coming to the Christmas Party.

Jokes sent by members:

In light of the rising frequency  of Human/Grizzly Bear conflicts, the Montana Dept of Fish & Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fisherman to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field.  They advise that you wear noisy bells on your clothing so as to not startle bears .   They also advise you to carry pepper spray with you in case of an encounter with a bear.  It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity.   You should be able to recognize the difference between Black Bear and Grizzly Bear scat (poop).  Black Bear scat is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur, while Grizzly scat is larger, has bells in it and smells like pepper spray.  :):):):(

In this life I’m a woman, but in my next life I’d like to come back as a bear.  When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate.  You do NOTHING but sleep for six months.  I could deal with that!   Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid.  I could deal with that, too!  When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are about the size of walnuts) while you are sleeping, and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs.  I could DEFINITELY deal with that.   If you’re a mama-bear, everyone knows you mean business.  You swat anyone who bothers your cubs.  If your cubs get out of line, you swat them, too.  I could deal with that!   If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling.  He EXPECTS  that you have hairy legs and excess body fat.  Yup, I’m gonna be a bear when I come back!!!!

Of all the blonde jokes, THIS one actually makes sense!  A guy takes his blonde girlfriend to her first football game.  They have great seats right behind the team’s bench.  After the game, he asks her how she liked it.  “Oh, I really liked it, especially the tight pants and all the big muscles.  But I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents!”    Dumbfounded, her boyfriend asked, “What do you mean, 25 cents?”   “Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was….’Get the Quarterback!  Get the Quarterback!’  I’m like ….’HELLOOOOOO?  It’s only 25 cents!!!!!”

See you at the meeting!