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~LARGO~ last won the day on August 1 2014

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    Findin' MORE big honkin' meteorites, Looking for gold in all the right places...
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    Spanish Dip Needle, ML GPX5000, ML Equinox 800, Minelab SDC2300, ML Gold Monster 1000, Garrett Carrot, Thompson Drywasher, Apex Picks, Impact Slide Chisel/Hammer, Whites Goldmaster 24K

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  1. And there's MORE where that one came from! Great to hear from you, Lanny! Gary Long
  2. I pointed on my screen where the signal was strongest, even told him to clean off the sticks and rubble...lol Finally he listened to me, and dug a nice a big chunk!
  3. I have two pairs of non-metallic boots. One pair is made by Bates, has a zipper for ease of getting them on, the othe pair of non-metallic boots is marked MAGNUM, they are non-metallic as well. I bought both pairs of my boots from Doc's Detecting in Henderson, Nevada. I don't work for Doc, never met the man, but I have bought a LOT of detecting gear from him over many years...
  4. I first saw Smokey when I saw a guy fussing off on a far ridge, with something that turned out to be a brand new Minelab SD2100. Close enough. Later I saw him out on the placers, took the opportunity to strike a new friendship. I said I saw you messing with a new detector, he agreed that was the case. In the coming years which passed, our paths would continue to cross. At one chance meeting, Smokey asked me if I liked poetry, to which I answered, "yes". Somehow his the poetry revolved around a gal posing by an old desrert tree. He had two versions, but I will leave it there... On one occasion, I realized I had lost a little plastic bottle, with some small gold nuggets inside. I would have to drive the 425 lonely miles to again reach home, saddened about losing my gold. A few weeks passed, I had the chance to go back to Rye Patch. Smokey found out that I was back, and made a point to look me up. Smokey said to me "is this yours?" as he held up my little plastic bottle with the small nuggets still inside. He continued with his dry humor, "you know we don't appreciate people littering out here in our desert", as he handed me my lost gold. That is only one instance of my opportunities of my meeting that very special person named "Smokey" Smokey, May you rest in peace...
  5. Geez Gerry, that's news to me! And what did you name the Armstrong's little brother nugget? Yep, I did see the Armstrong nugget in the bank display! Very impressive, as was the story about how many folks walked right over it for years, until the right person found it!
  6. I have somebody else's grandfather's gold scale kit from the California gold rush...says right on the container: Designed for California Gold...
  7. I remember Jim Straight called Lunk "young man" so long ago, when he first saw Lunk meticulously gridding a known gold area in the northern Nevada desert. The first and only time I met Jim Straight, was at a gold show in southern California. At that time he was carrying his tiny new granddaughter in his arms. Great memories!
  8. I agree with my friend Strick! I have been going to the north Nevada desert country since the early 90's, before the big Minelabs, only the vlf's were available at the time. The evolution of the Minelab brand quality has evolved as well. Some of the early searchcoils had to be mended/held together with cloth backed tape... The lithium ion batteries were a blessing, expensive, yes, but lighter than the lead acid batteries of yore. When I got skunked with my first heavy Minelab, bummed as anyone who has left empty handed from the place will know, my only respite and remedy was to get out my old trusty Gold Bug 2, which, had only 5 numbers in it's serial number, to give me tell tale whispers of hidden bits of gold. Now, the Gold Bug 2 serial numbers are in the multi-millions... I believe the old Fisher girl has again been sold by the lucky chap who acquired her from me in a trade...what a sad parting that was for me... Please excuse me while I wipe the tears from my misty eyes. ~LARGO~
  9. The most ignorant...lol...thing anyone has said to me when they saw me metal detecting was, "get a job"... In my mind I think, to myself, "if ONLY those people KNEW just how MUCH this metal detector cost..." In most instances my metal detector cost MORE than their car...go figger...
  10. I received your awesome card, Scott! Thank you very much for your generosity! It will be a very handy reference! ~LARGO~
  11. ...phew... Had my brand new Equinox charging, smelled something burning...turned out to be the wife's microwave popcorn and not my new nox... Hate when that happens... ~LARGO~
  12. Great that you received your new Equinox! Those unexpected items along with your purchases can be as memorable as your new detector for many years. I bought some items over time from Doc's Detecting some years ago. I got a cool kangaroo nugget pouch (ouch), a nice custom stitched Doc's Detecting hat, as a token of appreciation for my purchases, which were significant over time... I helped the Apex pick manufacturer with some photo shoots and he gave me four of his awesome picks...totally unexpected!! This isn't a inexpensive hobby, to be sure. When I was in the hospital with a collapsed lung and pneumonia, my good friend and metal detector dealer Gerry McMullen came to my room and tossed a super nice cordura double zippered detector carry bag on my hospital bed. That was over twenty years ago, and I still can see him today, as if it were yesterday... Sorry for the long post... ~LARGO~
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