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  1. UPDATE ON CV19: it's been almost 10 months since I had the CV19 and some of it is still with me. About once or twice a week I start the cough again but one or two sprays of the throat spay stops it in it's tracks. Finally got my taste and smell back but in the months that have followed I've lost 17.7 lbs. I wasn't fat so the weight loss has been in my muscles.The Doc's here don't know how to stop the loss only to say eat more and lift weights. Saturday a couple here bought their first detector, a Minelab Gold Monster 1000. they brought it by my house
  2. FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2011, file photo, Harry E. Johnson Sr., left, president & CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation, takes Tuskegee Airmen, including Theodore Lumpkin Jr., center, and Dabney Montgomery, right, on a tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Lumpkin has died from complications of the coronavirus, it was announced Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Lumpkin was just days short of his 101st birthday.
  3. About two weeks after the gold buyer was arrested and was in the Brasilia Federal cross bar hotel (jail) a man shows up driving a big new pickup with Minelab logos all over it. After about another week here the gold buyer shows back up in town, guess the Minelab guy had some stroke to get him out of the Federal jail. I got a quick glimpse of him heading to his house. Then the day after he did three illegal very low less then 100 feet buzzes over his office in his airplane. Now yesterday I heard his wife has the big very nice two story house for sale
  4. Since the Gov. here owns all the minerals in the ground, that includes gold, if I'm breaking the law when I dig a nugget. Most people here say yes. It's also against the law to sell gold nuggets, especially out of the country. If I ever find another nugget and the Feds tag me I hope I can convince them it's a meteorite!
  5. I first arrived here in Brazil in 1996, one of the interesting people I met was the local gold buyer. Don't know how long he had already been in business but he's done pretty good through the years. When a prospector sells him gold the buyer pays 70% of spot. A pretty good job, he sits in his AC office all day while prospectors sweat, fight killer hornets, big snakes, mountain lions and bad prospectors with guns. About a week ago things took a turn for the worse for the gold buyer. Early one morning two Federal Police cars stopped at his office while
  6. For about a month now the fires have been burning in every direction, a lot of smoke and big black airborne cinders landing all over the place. I thought about taking all my detector equipment out of the truck so if I got stopped I could have a problem. So instead of that I decided to just leave my equipment where it is and stay home. No chance of getting pulled over, caught with the fires in front and back like last year and save a bunch on diesel, still R$3.98, a LITER! That's R$14.72 per gal or the exchange rate right now is 5.65 =$2.60 USD a gal. I
  7. This week I drove three different directions from my house and I saw big columns of smoke in every direction. I've learned not to get near the smoke sites especially since I have detectors and coils in my truck. Also always a chance of getting caught in the middle of a mile long brush fire. CV19 UPDATE: this month Sept. is six months since I had my bought the virus and some of the small stuff is still with me, like a little cough now and then. Soon as the first cough starts I grab the throat spray that I always carry in my left cargo pocket and three spr
  8. Virus or no virus here goes a new page on prospecting, at least new to me. For all the years I've always carried a GPS with me in the field one of the ways I use it is when I dig a nugget I always put my left foot in the hole and take a GPS fix, then fill the hole and make it look like a hole was never there. So now I'm putting the coords of my finds for many years on Google Earth. It's a great way to see how many ranches have changed over the years. Roads, herds of cows, fields being cultivated now when nothing was there before when I was finding gold there. Another big problem I realized bef
  9. RD a bulldozer here starts at $500.00 per hour. A few years ago I hired a road grader for a strip of land that was great for a grader to work. The agreement was $200.00 per hour while it worked the site, no charges for travel time. You guessed it, he tried to charge me the travel time, more than the work time. He didn't win. This time of year the only thing that works great is fire, if you don't get caught.
  10. RD the mask checks have let up a little although to enter all bldgs a mask is necessary. When I could use them the brush burners are mostly 1500 km to the North doing their thing there. This afternoon I saw a smoke cloud to the East so I guess a few burns are going on, don't know who.
  11. RD I went a couple of time in Aug to two of my old patches. Problem is the brush and weeds are higher than my truck. Impossible to detect.
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