Hey again!

I want to start by telling you that the SB670 extension passed the first leg of its journey to Gov. Brown’s desk by 2, that’s TWO, votes!!  WE NEED TO WRITE letters and stop this bill before the next vote!  I have  three web sites that you can go on and state your opinions and comments if you have a computer and are not a snail-mail person, but do something!  PLP has sent me information and they’re pleading for our help; it’s really to help US, the people who want to use dredges for more than lawn ornaments.  Do something about this issue!  PLEASE!

Ok now;  off the soap box.

Remember that membership fees are due this month; since the County raised the rates from $105.00 a meeting to $137.50 we AGAIN had to raise the dues.  Single is now $35.00 and family is $40.00 a year.  Those of you whom have already paid the $30 and $35 fees will not be re-billed, and if anyone has trouble paying their dues, please let me know and we’ll work it out.  I will keep all discussions confidential.

James Conrad is also raising the rates for the hot dogs he will be selling at the meetings; seems he is barely breaking even on $2.00 a dog.   Since the whole purpose of the sale is to raise money for the club, he needs to increase the price to $3.00 a dog.  Please remember, the hot dogs he provides are excellent quality; they’re not those scrawny dogs but the good, fat ones.

At the meeting last month there was a lot of discussion about dredging, and reasons for the ban.   One of the major reasons is Mercury.  Call Frank Matyus for more information on the Mercury and what to say about it in your letters.

Bill Lieberman talked about “booming”,  explaining what it is and the regulations that go with it.

Several members went looking for gold and shared their stories.  Although the water was WAY up, it seems everyone had a good time.

At previous meetings, Charlie Cockle had mentioned local spots that were said to have gold, and how he was going to check out those places.  He let us know that he’s found some gold in Fairfax.

Frank Matyus brought a metal detector and gave demos on how to use it at the break.   Frank has also asked me to let you know that he is selling his business, and if you are interested, see him at the meeting this Wednesday night, or give him a call.

James  Conrad suggested more metal detector outings, and one was planned for Salmon Creek the following Sunday.  Hopefully we’ll hear about it at this meeting.

Lance Thompson donated some copper nuggets he won on the internet.   THANK YOU Lance!  You are so appreciated!

Rose Klemenok again had us in stitches with jokes.  It’s good to finish a meeting with a smile. Thanks to Rosa for her care and thoughtfulness.

I hear from Jolene Dusseau  often, and she keeps us up-to-date on Doug.   The mercury chelating is a long process and makes a person almost as sick as the mercury.   Jolene is an amazing woman, and I am thankful to hear from her.  I’ll keep  you updated on Doug; see me at the meeting.

This is a short letter, but I’ve been busy playing Nellie Nurse again.  I hope to have more time next month.   And thanks for the jokes you’ve been sending.

Here’s hoping to see you at the meeting this Wednesday night, 6:00 in the parking lot for ‘Hot Dogs by James’, or at the meeting at 7:00 pm, Lodge Room of the Vet’s Memorial Bldg here in Santa Rosa, California. And, AGAIN, I’ll remind you that by bring food to share at the break gets you a free raffle ticket.  Participate in the Show & Tell, and get a free ticket.  Donate something YOU would want to win in the raffle, and receive a free ticket.  But most important, join us and help keep our club strong and a great place to be.

JOKES sent by members:

Linda B., 23, was visiting her in-laws and while there, went to a nearby market to pick up groceries.  Later, her husband noticed her sitting in her car in the driveway with the windows rolled up, her eyes closed, and both hands behind her head.  He became concerned and walked out to the car.  He  noticed that Linda’s eyes were now open and she looked very strange. He asked if she was okay, and Linda replied that she had been shot in the back of her head and had been holding her brains in for over an hour.  The husband called paramedics, who broke into the car because the doors were locked and Linda refused to remove her hands from her head to unlock them.  When they finally got in, they found that Linda had a wad of bread dough on the back of her head.  A Pillsbury biscuit canister had exploded from the heat, making a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot, and a wad of the dough hit her in the back of the head.  When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains.  She initially passed out, but quickly recovered.  Linda is BLONDE.

A blonde lady was driving about 2 hours from San Diego when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down.  The man walked up to the car and asked, “Are you going to San Diego?”  “Sure,  do you need a lift?” asked the blonde.  “Not for me.  I’ll be spending the next 3 hours fixing my truck, but I’ve got 2 Chimpanzees in the back and they need to go to the San Diego Zoo.  They’re already stressed so I don’t want to keep them on the road all day.  Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me?  I’ll give you $100 for your trouble.”    “I’d be happy to!” said the blonde.  So the Chimps were put in the back seat, the seat belts fastened, and off they went.  Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of San Diego when suddenly he was horrified!  There was the blonde, walking down the street holding hands with the two chimps, much to the amusement of a big crowd.  He pulled off the road, and ran over to the blonde.  “What the HELL are you doing here?” he demanded. “I gave you $100 to take these chimps to the zoo!”   “Yes, I know you did,” said the blonde, “but we had money left over, so now we’re going to Sea World!”


As  was conditioning my hair this morning in the shower, I took the time to read the shampoo bottle.  I am  in SHOCK!  The shampoo I use in the shower that runs down my ENTIRE body says “for extra volume and body”!  Seriously!  Why have I not noticed this before?  NOW I understand why I am so full-figured!  Tomorrow I am going to start using “DAWN” dish soap!  It says right on the label “dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove!”  It pays to read labels, my friends!

See you at the meeting!

Jim and Maryann, where are you???????

Have fun!