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Saul R W

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  1. Saul R W

    Gas Vac and new vortex separator

    Jack, I like your contraption. I ran across those bucket-top dust settlers on eBay, and have been thinking about building something similar to yours. I haven't yet looked at one of the units up close and personal, and have been wondering about the plastic used, what kind of plastic, how thick it is. I used to install new PTFE strips on a girlfriend's dog sled runners every year, and those little 1/4" strips of Teflon lasted for thousands of miles, sometimes being dragged across pavement while training, and over rocks and gravel in river beds, so some plastics can take a ton of abuse and impact and abrasion. Maybe you'll get lucky and the thing will last way longer than you think it will. Anyway, great idea for saving your vac fan from being destroyed by gravel.
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    Prospectors Soap

    It's "How's about dem Bears" to the few Chicagonians I know.
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    Prospectors Soap

    Yeah, I'm sorta getting creeped out by this whole scene. It's gonna take more than bay and tobacco to clear the air.
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    Prospectors Soap

    This has turned into a good thread, a bunch of stinky prospectors lounging in a goat-soapy hot tub smoking Cubans. I'm afraid I never graduated from pipe to cigar. I did pinch snuff for about three years in my teens, though, and even today, many, many years later, I still occasionally dream I have Copenhagen in my lip, and I've even woke up a time or two after spitting on my pillow. Am I the only one? This worries me a little, that I might spit in my sleep when the new wifeling is sharing my pillow, and appear uncouth, when in fact I am indeed a very couth fellow. I really must get a ring on her finger before she discovers I'm foibly human.
  5. To misquote Mark Twain, rumors of my demise are only slightly exaggerated. I've been overseas, first in Israel for a few weeks for minor surgery and to spend the High Holy Days with cousins, and after that I spent a few weeks steaming my nuggets in Cebu, Philippines. I've done a lot of whining about the humidity in Missouri, and now I take it all back. I left the States without giving anyone any advance notice, because last time I left the country for a while I came home to find that my youngest half brother had burgled me blind in my absence. One thing I discovered is that there's gold all over the Philippines, and that foreigners can end up in some really nasty third-world prisons, or worse, just for thinking about panning any of it. My fiance's family over there owns land on the Cotcot River near Cebu City, and I carried a few buckets of riverbank mud into the house to pan it out using a cast iron pot lid. There was good color in every pan, even though it was just random material, nowhere near bedrock or hardpan. I wish it was legal to use a dredge there. We b*tch and moan about government here in the States (and in Israel, too), but we have it so good here. A country like the Philippines has amazing natural resources, and hardworking people, but the place is a dump because of corruption (deriving to a great extent from the Catholic Church). That country could be as rich as Japan, or richer, if not for corruption and the Church and Muslim rebels. Anyway, I'm back, and only a few days after returning to the U.S., I made a solid gentleman's agreement to buy a couple of very nice claims in Arizona. I'm looking forward to getting dirty and sunburned.
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    Friday Night Tunes

    Bob, I'll watch that last one later when the satellite cooperates.
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    Friday Night Tunes

    I went to an impromptu concert/jam session in a little cafe in Jerusalem last month. Except for me and the musicians, the place was packed with 20-somethings. The main attraction was a bluesy-folksy-rocky-folk musician who goes by the stage name Lazer Lloyd (his real name is Lazer Blumen). If my internet connection wasn't throwing fits tonight, I'd post a couple of his YouTube videos here. He's pretty darned good on the guitar.
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    Friday Night Tunes

    Backing up a few weeks, Tedeschi reminds me a bit of a bluesy Suzi Quatro, but with talent.
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    Anyone know what this is??

    That's what I was thinking. So, Ssams88, if your find streaks red or reddish brown, possibly hematite; if black, possibly magnetite. And Bob, leave all the colorful streaks alone.
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    Anyone know what this is??

    Geez, I'm having trouble coming up with a family friendly retort for that one, and it ain't often that I'm stumped. I meant the specimen. It reminds me a little of a black hematite, which I think is found in Maryland. So, if the streak is red (the specimen's, not yours), it could be hematite. Then again, I could be way off.
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    Anyone know what this is??

    We are all humbled by your humility, Bob. I'm wondering what color the streak?
  12. Saul R W

    Keene 151 Drywasher For Sale $900

    If it's still available, I'll take it.
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    Shalom, shalom, ladies and germs

    Some of us never grow up. One of these days I hope to at least act like a 20 year old.
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    Shalom, shalom, ladies and germs

    Yes, this isn't the first time. It will be my fourth remodeling. I'll ease her gently into me having a beard, an inch or two at a time. The pipe, I'll probably have to sneak a few puffs now and then, hiding behind the garage like a 10th grader.
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    Incoming!

    Unless it hit one of those interstate power lines and slingshotted back the other direction. Such things can really happen. I eyewitnessed it on the Roadrunner cartoon.
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    Advise please

    Yes, panning is good. I'd also recommend scuba dive sniping, especially in the deeper arroyos. Jack H, in an earlier post I mentioned Adam and Boulderdash's YouTube videos, but I neglected to mention the name of their YouTube channel. It is We Break Our Glockenspiels. Rumor has it they suffered a difficult prospecting trip in the Alps some years ago.
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    Advise please

    Preferences matter much less than the geology of a given area. The condition of your spine is a deciding factor, too (for an example, watch some of the YouTube videos filmed by whippersnappers like Adam and Boulderdash, who dig, vacuum and carry 3,792 five-gallon buckets of material a day to feed their drywasher -- that kind of labor would kill an old geezer like me, so even if their method works very well for them, it ain't for me). I'd advise you to prospect an area that best fits your existing skills, and then expand as you learn more. I mean, a fellow could spend a century detecting an area with boatloads of micro gold, and come up empty handed every day forever, so matching your tools to a particular area is important. And research, research, research. The more you know, the better your odds of finding enough gold to cover the cost of tire repairs.
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    Arizona mining claims for sale

    One of my great uncles had a claim on a tributary not far upstream from the BCGold claims. I worked for him as a kid (nowadays he'd be prosecuted for child slavery, but I loved almost every minute of it, mainly because he fed me well and put up with my hijinks), and if it weren't for all the gully washers in intervening years, my boot prints might still be visible all over the satellite view in the OP. There might even still be a few shrubs and cacti there with the knife-cut initials RSW in Hebe script, if some critter hasn't erased my fine penmanship.
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    100 year old artifacts?

    BOB not bob, I'm still learning the English alphabet, and am almost to the halfway mark. It will be a proud day when I get past m, n, o and p, and I plan to celebrate by holding a goat roast feast for the neighbors, provided they bring the goat. As for The Dictionary, I also found it amusing that someone would offer you a ~200-year-old dictionary filled with more typos than an Alibaba ad in hopes of educating (or converting) you. You're a capable wordsmith, and don't need no steenkeeng dictionary. Speaking of languages, the capacity of the human mind to learn new ones amazes me. My fiance, who has spent most of her life in a village with so little access to the outside world that she had never heard of eBay until a few months ago (and who, until last week, thought that Australia bordered California), is fluent in Cebuano, Tagalog and English, and is conversant in Spanish and Japanese. She's learning Hebrew and Aramaic. Most of her village is fluent in at least the first three mentioned languages, and these are people who live so simply that five or six houses share a 14-gauge electric cord -- a single fan in the bedroom is the extent of their appliances (and the bedroom is also the kitchen). Not one household in that village owned a book until I brought a Dr. Suess collection for my future son, and yet they all speak multiple tongues. And I remember kids in high school here in the States whining about being forced to learn to spell in their native English. As for my own small knowledge of a few languages, I'm a humble fellow. When you grow up in a Babelish cacophony like I did, you're bound to pick up a word or two.
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    How's the weather Skip?

    I always wonder why people who live in areas with frequent flooding don't erect fences on their roofs to keep the cows off. And I, too, hope that our friends on the East Coast remain safe during the current storm.
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    100 year old artifacts?

    Thanks much for the generous offer, but I'd be concerned that that the money order might have been created on the same Xerox machine that printed your license plates in the same shop that also produces meteorites. Knowingly presenting a funny MO to my bank might land me in the slammer, and I'm too old to take up the fine arts of tattooing and body building. Besides, I own several hundred dictionaries already, and very likely have more etymology stored in my pinky finger than Webster had in his entire bald, misinformed early-19th-century pumpkin. Linguistics, for me, is both a lifelong hobby and a profession, and I have degrees from several Seaweed League Caribbean universities to prove it.
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    Incoming!

    And would a dead hearing aid battery transform a 200-decibel bolide into a mere wannabe? And if whales hear it but people don't? So many pressing questions.
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    100 year old artifacts?

    I've had practice.
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    Loaded on the Flatty

    That's a tight squeeze, but it looks secure. I once fit a 16'6" backhoe on a 12' truck bed. It took a bit of finagling, and the addition of an over-the-cab rack for the loader, but it worked. Loading and unloading was a bit of a cheek clencher, though.
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    Incoming!

    From a purely linguistic point of view, all of the above is the correct answer. Bolide is not a particularly precise word. I blame Noah Webster for failing to chisel the word into his 1828 stone tablets. From the point of view of you meteor hunters, who knows? Folks who spend so much time chasing stardust are bound to suffer effects from breathing in all that ether.
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