Friday, June 13, 2014
MINING "GOLD' IN A GOLD MINING TOWN
"GOLD" for me is interesting people, ideas and experiences. Come walk around with me in Pioche Nevada and I will show you how to mine "gold".
I roll into town and find it's heart----that is the place to start.
Park my rig, get out and walk-- activating my "noticer".
The first thing I notice is this---town pride in their softball team.
Then this! I'm guessing it's the buggy whip trading post.
Inside a very large room filled with junk on the left---
junk on the right--
and junk down the middle.
This damaged player piano catches my eye and stirs memories---we had a functioning one of these in our home. You pump the pedals and the thing would play---surprisingly well.
Songs are encoded on paper rolls. We had that song: Bill Bailey and about 50 others.
Lots of fun playing it.
And we had one of these. It's an ironing machine---supposedly speeds up the task--don't remember it working very well.
And then I found the owner--far in the back---80 plus years old and obviously a gun enthusiast.
I introduced myself and asked a seminal question: Do you enjoy owning all this stuff? Immediately he responded: "I HATE IT!! I HATE ALL OF IT!!" I let that soak into me---then said: Why then??......He said: "because I'm too old to do anything else----and I can't live off my social security." He said it amazed him that people would actually buy this stuff---but they do.
Because he was hard of hearing, I resisted the urge to give him a pep talk. I left with a heavy heart--a living being chained to dead stuff.
Continuing my walk I notice these dilapidated steps leading to a second layer of this town.
At the top of the steps, this quirky structure---did not learn its secrets.
But up top were the better houses and maybe the towns' "sweller" folks. I walked the street--left and right.
Till I happened across these busy fellows---very serious about their digging. The larger one's pants slipping down. When they noticed me, I asked (of course). They said they were looking for old bottles. I didn't believe them. I think they were looking for treasure---likely inspired by a recent find of gold coins buried in a coffee can---worth 4 million.
Someone in this building is a friend to us RV travelers---and for countless years has provided something wonderful for us behind it.
Here it is---A FREE RV PARK--with water, trash service and electricity for 2 full weeks. Don't know why---didn't find out.
Noticed this! Can you guess what its about? It is the result of a hole drilling contest. Not surprising, when you think about it-- for a mining town amusement.
I was leaving town---feeling complete---when this fellow---literally yelled at me in his muley way--to come over and say hi. I gathered up some carrots and had a nice visit with him.
Then headed off to a different town---a real doozy-- you will find hard to believe till I show you proof.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: The most glittering "gold" I gleaned in this town was from the junk shop: Dead things holding a live man prisoner. Now that I think about it--It's perhaps the most common type of imprisonment. And when I think about it more deeply it is almost always dead things that imprison us: MEMORIES-----THE PAST. ( I can almost hear my friends Wayne and
Brad say to me: Amen Randy---by jove I believe you've GOT IT)