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Old Tom

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  1. Good nugget shooting is a lot like good sex. When you are really into it, i.e., focussed, then nothing else comes to mind and it is pure enjoyment -- an end in itself. But when distracting, unrelated thoughts begin to intrude, then forcing yourself to continue morphs into a mere means to an end, i.e., it becomes work and the fun part goes away.

    Amen.

    Old Tom


  2. Oh he'll figure it out, he always does. I don't know if you fellas know that his hobby is repairing F-16s at Luke Air Base. He is a first class mechanic, I tought him all he knows. (Ha ha ha.) I offered to use my Ford PU this weekend but he just has to get that mule fixed. He just can't rest with a broken machine. I'll go over and help him by washing parts for him, that makes it go a little faster. Used to be the other way around some years ago.

    Old Tom

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  3. How good of a shot are you? You had better be off quite a ways when you attempt to do that. The shrapnel from that bugger flys a good distance and tears the body up pretty badly. Looks like a tank round to me and it's better to let a sleeping dog lie, but it should be reported and the military will despose of it properly least someone else runs accross it.

    Old Tom

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  4. You opened yourself up for a few good ones but I'll try and be nice and respond tactfully. LSD stands for 'Little Santa Dimingo' wash. It emptys out not far from where Bill lives in Morristown. It's pretty hard to score there as it has been pounded very hard in the past. The old pros still manage to get a few now and then with some good equipment. If we ever get another hundred year flood Bill might passing us by floating down the Hasayampa river he lives so close.

    Old Tom


  5. Ron, us older guys don't have much time left so we have to get out there sooner. Seriously though I didn't have any damage to my heart and that's a good thing. This thing took me completely by suprise as I was feeling just fine when they told me I had two blocked at 90%, one at 80%, and two at 60%. Doc says I have another 10,000 miles left in me.

    Adam, The gold bug went right over one of those dinks and Tom came along with the mine lab and scooped it up. He is really getting to play that thing like a fiddle. That machine take a little time to fine tune, makes one wonder just how many you did miss while putting it all togeather.

    Really was a great day out. You guys here in the desert have no excuse now to get out there and start beepen. A little chilly at the start but by nine the jacket came off and the brow was moist. Looking forward to many more.

    Old Tom


  6. A while back my son and I along with a neighborhood lad came accross a dump I guess was situated in back of the mess hall of a mining camp. The area was so overgrown it was really difficult to get to. The brush would just rip your clothes apart. The dump was so deep in tin cans it was up past your waist in parts. Bottles were not very common but the cans were all the soldered kind. We did come out with a few somewhat more modern ones of the Log Cabin veriety. They were in the shape of a log cabin with the logs printed on them. The youngster got the better one of the day and was thrilled to this day with his find. I remember them at the table in the thirties. We also found a three oz. nugget below in the creek soon after.

    Old Tom


  7. Rabbit, I look at your picture and I swear that I'm looking in a mirror. The one next to the dog I mean.

    I think that 50 years form now the guys aren't going to have a place to hunt anymore. Better take advantage of it now things are a changin.

    Old Tom

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  8. I think most of us that use the outdoors do suscribe to the idea of 'pack it in and pack it out'. We usually bring out more then what we brought in because we were tought respect for the land by our elders. The one's that are the offenders are usually the occaiosnal users that didn't have any direction in use of our wilderness.

    I first started in the boonies in the 1930's and my father was very adamant in not leaving an imprint on the land. Picking up fired shell casings to bringing out extra junk. People in those days wern't as disrespectful as what we have in the field today. There are more toys and contraptions to be used and tested in the field today and brings out a remanint that doesn't belong there. It is not going to change until peoples attitude changes towards each other and nature. Yesterdays shenanagins is a good example of where we are heading in that direction.

    Old Tom


  9. Yeah but do you know just who told him there was gold under that tree in the first place? We passed that tree many times and I wanted to lasso it and drag it away and detect where it was. But no, was I ever listened to? Nature or some ailens took the tree away and he finds the gold when I'm all laid up, it aint fair.

    Old Tom


  10. Great outing! Sorry I woke Bill up from his nap at his home before the trip. Left for Mn. Tue at 12:30 got home Wen at 10 PM about 34 hours, had to rest fot 2 hours in Nb. 2041 miles door to door. Hope to do many more but witrh a base somewhere in Az.. Mike in sunny Mn.,have snow in my back yard.

    Mike, is this you that sat between Bill and me at the fire when we swapped all those stories? Can't remember having a better time around a fire with a bunch of diggers. Beer and lots of blarney, can't beat it.

    Old Tom

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