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Friday, November 1, 2013
“GOLD RUSH” FEVER
“GOLD RUSH” FEVER
channel has done it again.First they
get me totally hooked on “The Deadliest Catch,” now they have given me “Gold
is in its fourth seasonand I cannotkeep from watching.The first season was all about this bearded
dude Todd Hoffman, his father Jack and crew, mining for gold in Alaska.It was intriguing because they did not know
what the frig (Todd’s favorite word) they were doing, but they did not let that
Todd and Jack Hoffman
first year the show now covers three groups of miners.Along with Todd’s gang there is this cranky
old dude Fred Hurt and his son Justin (The Dakota Boys), and an eighteen year
old kid Parker Schnabel.
impossible not to like these three crews.The Hoffman’s never quit, and Todd’s dad Jack who is about 75 years old
is tough as nails, plus nothing, and I mean nothing bothers him.
Boys” have an interesting father son relationship.Justin listens to the “Old Man” but they will
fight and cuss each other all the while their mutual love and respect is
is the teenage rock star of the show.He
learned everything he knows from his 92 year old Grandfather who only retired
from mining two years ago.Parker is
a clone of his Grandfather who is wise, tough, and caring.The love these two have for each other is
clear and touching.Parker has a work
ethic reminiscent of what conquered our frontier and made this country great.
Parker and is Grandpa
Every week I
keep waiting for one of these groups to strike it rich and find tons of
gold.Each week it is disappointing as
it seems mining for gold is not that easy.In fact it is hard…really hard.The
conditions are rough, supplies are hours away and equipment constantly breaks
something breaks down, the weather turns, or a bridge is out I think, “that’s
it, show's over, there is no way they can go on.”Most people would quit, but these guys suck
it up and find a way to repair the un-repairable, survive the weather, or just
build a new bridge.
For all this
you would think they would find gold and go home rich.In fact, last year the Hoffman’s found about
1.5 million dollars of gold.
spent five months of backbreaking labor. They leased their mining ground for
20% of their take and their equipment, fuel and miscellaneous costs had
to be at least 500 thousand dollars.
Do the math;
$1,500,000 minus $500,000 expenses, less 20% and they have $800,000 to divide among
ten miners.Eighty thousand dollars for
five months is not bad, but the work is fierce and dangerous, the hours are 12
to 16 hours per day.They are living in
the woods and away from their family, and there is no guarantee that they will
make any profit at all.
the Hoffman’s are trying their luck in the jungles of Guyana while the Dakota Boys
are sticking to Alaska and Parker is trying new grounds in the even colder
north of the Yukon.
I am rooting
for them to strike it big, but I expect they will be lucky to scrape out a
little more than their costs.Gold fever
keeps them all going, but the only one that is really finding gold is the “Discovery”
They strike it rich every week
and I watch them do it.