September 2010 Newsletter

SRGD Nugget News for September

Hey again,

First, I will remind everyone that the meeting will be held on September 15, 2010 at the Veterans Memorial Bldg, on Maple , across from the main pavilion of the Sonoma County Fair Grounds.  Meeting officially starts at 7:00 PM, but members and guests alike start arriving at around 6:15 Pm to visit, hash out plans, etc

Ben Conrad has asked me to remind everyone that the raffle for the White’s Metal Detector will be this month,  just before the regular Raffle.  Tickets will be sold up to the time of the raffle; they are $1.00 a ticket.

I was also asked to remind everyone that the next Bear River outing is to be held next month; that’s October 22nd at 2:00 PM through to noon on the 25th.  The gate to the campground will be opened at 2:00PM on Friday the 22nd, so if you plan to arrive early be warned that you will not have access until 2:00pm.

We need someone to volunteer to research prices and colors as well as styles for new t-shirts with the club name and logo on them.  Someone volunteered, but as yet we haven’t heard from them; if you have done the research, please let us know, and I apologize for asking for more volunteers.  We will discuss t-shirts at the Sept. meeting.

I will take this time to also apologize to any and every one that  I was supposed to contact or mail information to.  Buck has been VERY ill, and I was living at the hospital.  I made the copies I said I would, but did little else.  He has recovered enough that he is home for a while, but I have been remiss and apologize to everyone that I let down.  Copies of the map Frank supplied will be ready at the meeting; new phone lists will also be available.  You can also phone me and remind me if I am supposed to bring something for you.  Thanks for your support and good wishes during this stressful time.  I so appreciate it.

August meeting reviewed:

Ben was back in Michigan doing historic work, so Danny again filled Ben’s shoes as President.  He welcomed  new people as well as the members.  Pete Riley mentioned all the helpful things he brought to share, as well as another black light rock show.  Pete, thank you for being so generous with all the information you have collected.  You are really appreciated!

Danny reminded all that the Metal Detector Raffle was to be held in September.  James Conrad told us about Ben and the Zap Car.  It seems some people were so impressed with what Ben ( and the crew he’s with)  have done with their ZAP CAR  that they are being urged to get a Gov’ment  Grant and do something with their design that will help the rest of us in the future.  Way to go Ben!

James also talked about his BAD experience with PLP, and why he will not be sending them any donations for a very long while, if ever.  James has also been researching new outing sites.  He shared the story about his ShirtTail claim, his hi-banker, his snorkel and a 5.3 grain nugget.  He also talked about  classifying, and then re-classifying, and finding so much more with his hi-banker that way.  Henry Henry taught him this technique, and more.  He says he learned so much from Henry.  Many of us can attest to that.  James gave quite a “lecture” and gave lots of  helpful information. Thank you James for sharing the knowledge!  He also encouraged members to share their experiences and knowledge with the rest of us.

Roger Proett reminded us that Ben’s “story” was featured in Popular Mechanics, and said those interested could find a copy at Barnes and Noble.

Pete “Knee-Pads” asked for black sand as he is trying some things and needs the sand.  Danny Laborin volunteered to give Pete his sand, but with one condition: any gold Pete recovered was Danny’s!

We asked Rose Klemenok to share one of her funny jokes, and as usually it was a great success.

Mike Clark talked about finding gold in the Iowa Hills.  In 6 days, using just his mats, he got 16 Penny wt in gold.

Dan Hougen  told us about his ‘mini’ metal detector.  It was very interesting , but then Dan is an interesting man.

Danny was unable to check out Eric’s claim as expected but was scheduled to go a few days after the meeting.   Hopefully he will have news at this meeting.

Pete “Knee Pads” talked about gold panning, and brought a panning DVD to share; I volunteered to make copies and bring them to the Sept meeting.  I guess I had better get started!!!  Pete also talked about finding interesting equipment in the Mining Journal.  He showed us the Pyramid Pan he purchased and said it really works.    It has ‘ripples’ that catch the gold in the black sand.  He was very excited about using it.  Bring us the results Pete!

Norman  brought rocks contain minerals and gems.  He told about where he found them and about the rocks themselves.

Martha told an amusing and interesting story about a trip she took and her experience in Denver.  It was so funny, and many people added their experiences too.

Danny Laborin and Laith went to Laith’s claim in Indian Valley, near Fiddle Creek.  Danny said they had a really good time, and he enjoyed the outing very  much.  Danny is a gifted story teller, so the tale of the work they did and the searching for gold had many of us really laughing.  He did say he found a spot that was maybe good for 10 – 20 people, using both camp grounds near the site.

Cecil Perkins also talked about Fiddle Creek.  Years ago while stomping around in the river, he found a historical piece of equipment.  When he tried to report it to the people in town, no one seemed interested.  He would like to find the place again, see if the equipment, dated 1918, is still there, recover it, and donate it to a museum in the club’s name.   Many members expressed interest, and Cecil was going to put together an “expedition” of sorts to check this piece of California history out.  Maybe he will have more news at the meeting??

We wrapped up the meeting, had the raffle, and wished everyone a save return home.

Lance Thompson has given me full link information to locate his son’s travel web; check it out at:


Richard Giddens has a scuba suit for sale; 6.5 mm wet suit, Bib pants (farmer johns) Size large, waist size 33-35 inches, step in coat in XL, chest size 39-41 inches,. Never Used, never worn.  Cost $390.00 will sell for $200.00.  For more info call me at 707 575 8915.  If I have the phone on DND, leave a message and I will return your call when I turn the phones back on.

You have probably heard this one, but it is one of my favorites.

After 17 years of marriage, a man dumped his wife for his young secretary.  His new girlfriend DEMANDED that she live in the couple’s multimillion dollar home. , and since the man’s lawyers were a little better, he prevailed.  He gave his now ex-wife just three days to move out.

She spent the first day packing her belongings.  The second day she had the movers come and collect her things.  On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of fine wine.

When she finished, she went to each and every room where she put the half eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods.  She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.

When the ex-husband arrived with the new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days.  Then slowly, the house began to smell.  They tried everything; cleaning and mopping and airing the place.  Vents were checked  for dead rodents, carpets were steam cleaned.  Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which the couple had to move out for several days.  They even paid to replace the very expensive wool carpets.  Nothing worked.  People stopped coming to visit.  Repairmen refused to work in the house.  Even the maids quit…..

Finally they could take it no longer and decided to move.  A month later, even though they cut the asking price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house.  Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls.  Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.

The ex-wife called the man, asked how things were going, and he told her the saga of the rotting house.  She listened politely, and said that she missed her old home terribly, and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back.. ……

Knowing his ex had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/12 of what the house had been worth….but ONLY if she would sign the papers that very day.  She agreed, and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.

A week later, the man and his new girlfriend stood smirking as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home………including the curtain rods!

I love a happy ending, don’t you??

MORE 2010 DARWIN AWARD winners:

Honorable Mention: Paul Stiller and his wife Bonnie were bored driving around at 2 AM., so they lit a stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen.   Apparently they failed to notice the window was closed.

RUNNER UP:  Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge  in the middle of traffic.  The conversation grew more heated and at last ten men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM.  Upon arrival at the mid-point of the bridge they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope.  Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman’s cable lay nearby.  They secured one end around Bingham’s leg and then tied the other(!) to the bridge.  His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened, and tore his foot off at the ankle.  He miraculously survived the fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen.  Bingham’s foot was never found.

AND THE WINNER IS: Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief.  Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded.  The sheer force of the elephant’s unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds on top of him.  It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves ……” Shit Happens!”

And a quick blonde joke….. a blonde was on vacation in Louisiana.  She wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but she didn’t want to pay the high prices the vendors were asking.  After becoming extremely frustrated with the “no haggle” attitude of the shopkeepers, the blonde shouted, “Maybe I’ll go and catch my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes at a reasonable price!”  A shopkeeper replied, “Be my guest!  Maybe you’ll catch a big one!”  and smirked at the blonde.  Determined, the blonde headed to the swamp, set on catching herself an alligator.  Later in the day, the shopkeeper is driving home when he spots the young woman standing waist deep in the water, shotgun in hand.  Just then, he see a huge 9 footer swimming quickly toward her.  She takes aim, kills the creature, and with a great deal of difficulty hauls it up on the swamp bank.  Laying nearby were several more dead creatures.  The shopkeeper watches in amazement as the blonde flips the alligator on its back, and in a frustrated voice shouts out, “Damn it! This one isn’t wearing shoes either!”

Take care ,

Kathe for SRGD