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Everything posted by garimpo

  1. At least this week I guess the Mayor has let things more or less go back to normal. Guess no spikes in the virus deaths. Hope this smooth sailing last awhile.
  2. Here it is Sunday, went to the restaurant this morning to have another great lunch but got stopped short just as I was getting out of my pickup by one of the waitress', it seems like their back to call in orders and delivery only but she took my order and had me return to my truck and wait. Five minutes later she delivered my order to me in my truck. Hope to find more tomorrow from the owners.
  3. Now the wife of my friend that passed away has CV so bad she has to hold on to something to just walk to the bathroom. Yesterday our third week of lockdown ended so today we got to eat in a restaurant like nothing ever happened. Freedom sure feels good.
  4. Covid took a good friend yesterday, he was 88 years old, a retired police Lt.
  5. HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLD TROOP! :oregonian_winesmiley:

    1. El Dorado

      El Dorado

      Thanks Amigo, we have certainly become official grumpy lad men......

  6. RD now three down and out, only one left. We just entered our third week of lock down. Yesterday I called a Sheriffs deputy in a town 20 miles North of here and she said the town was still free. So I headed there and bought four cases of beer, then today they went to lock down, WHEW. Went to my restaurant today now the new rules are NO BODY INSIDE THE RESTAURANT, call-in orders only and then they deliver. So I stood outside and told them what i wanted, then went and sat in my pick-up until they "delivered" my food. After lunch I cleaned out all items related to prospecting from my P/U.
  7. Just found out that two of the four people I know that came down the last two weeks with the virus is dead. All about my age.
  8. Just finished today a eight day lock down but it also started a new eight day lock down today. Under the old rules I go into a restaurant and fill my styro foam container then take it out to eat somewhere else. New rules today if I get caught inside the restaurant I get fined almost $1,000.00 USD. No beer sales under lock down rules, may have to cut back one beer a day to stretch my supply.
  9. Three more arrested this week, all equipment seized. That makes nine in just two weeks.
  10. Today the Mayor issued a total lock down of this town. All restaurants closed except for carry out, no alcohol drinks, all business' close at 18:00 except grocery stores and drug stores and bakeries. This lock down will end March 8th, maybe.
  11. First of this week five prospectors were beeping a large ranch East of here when the Federal Police arrested them and confiscated all of their equipment, don't know if they were also given a fine. Then just 50 KM East of here is miles of Eucalyptus trees planted in a perfect spacing and one prospector was arrested there and his equipment also taken by the Federal Police. Tomorrow taking all of the coils and other prospecting equipment out of the Toyota. Here they don't ask you if they can search your vehicle, instead they just say get out of your car and stand in the front of it. Been there done that.
  12. The subject of "mineral rights" seldom comes up on nugget shooter but there I think they are a right and that's all I know about the subject. Here in Brazil the one and only "mineral rights" owner is the Gov. so all minerals are owned by the Gov. and that for sure means gold. Remember two or three months ago the gold buyer here was arrested by Federal Police for not issuing a receipt when he bought gold. Folks connected to that arrest have sure been quite. Not paying taxes I think was one of the charges. Now just last week four men were arrested for digging for gold with a bobcat type of machine on lake property. I guess that means the Governor is the owner of the land and mineral rights. I guess digging a hole with a pick to retrieve a gold nugget makes you a criminal. Now I wonder if those are the same men that about three years ago hand dug on lake property and took out two kilos of gold.
  13. Yesterday 18-02-2021 a big setback on the covid, the mayor made new rules. Now all nonessential business will close at 18:00. No more alcoholic drinks sold period. Since I don't read Portuguese there's probably more so I'll have to ask my grand-son who does.
  14. Skip I've been trying forever to log into nuggetshooter but I keep getting this warning, what's going on? Your connection is not private Attackers might be trying to steal your information from www.nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID
  15. 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 and I gave them about two hours of ground school, now have to find a day we can go give it a test run.
  16. 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.
  17. 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. I'll try to find out if he's back in his office doing business as usual.
  18. 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!
  19. 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 another one was at his nice big house. They arrested him for not giving a receipt to the seller. No record,no pay taxes! For about a week now he's in the Federal jail in Brasilia waiting for his hearing to take place. I don't know if they have a bail system here or not.
  20. 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 hope that's right!
  21. 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 sprays stops it. Also this week I'm tasting food again, six months no tasting food and I've lost 11 lbs. Now I'm wondering if this stuff ever completely leaves.
  22. 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 before starting is the new owners. Most now are totally against anybody on their land. At least it should be fun.
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