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Old 12-21-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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Default Gold Rush: Alaska

A new show about some guys from Oregon who were not doing too well business wise... they sold off a lot of their equipment of their company and made some custom machinery and moved it all to Alaska to mine gold.

It seems so easy to find gold in small amounts in many places in Alaska, and with the price of gold as high as it is, these guys bet all their worth on striking it rich.

Interesting... they found a claim from an old friend, and now will move in to mine it. They will have to defend it, and no one gets paid until they make money... if they make any money. So all these guys are paying their own way, using their own money for the venture.

Talk about a gamble. This one seems more interesting than, let's say, Bama Belles, cancelled only after two episodes! let's see how this one fares. One guys needs morphine for his pain in his ankles, I'd like to see how this guy does in the wilderness around heavy machinery... 'wonder if he'll be taking his morphine then?
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:18 AM
 
Location: East Sacramento
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Gold Rush was way interesting. And you dont have to listen to Sarah Palin's
annoying comments either.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Keep in mind that Alaskans, who have gold mined before, think these guys are idiots the dangerous way they are doing things. There is concern that people will watch this show and think this is the way it is done and people will get hurt.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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Default Yes...

^^^ When I saw that excavator, I wondered just how badly they were going to tear up the surrounding area, and if they would put it back the way the found it. I see nothing but trouble. We'll see.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:37 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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I really like the show myself but also see them making so many mistakes.

Guess they need to hire a few more mechanical type people to make better decisions.

The previews of the next show in Jan show us someone getting hurt and one of the pieces of equipment falling over into a hole.

I hope it all works out well for them as I for some reason believe they will find gold as the guy next door has and they said he is a multi millionaire from finding the gold.

Curious about something. I wonder why the owner of the land has never attempted to do this heavy digging himself? If there is truly 15+ million in possible gold why would he not have done this?
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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Sunny Days90, I am not at all surprised that someone gets hurt and a piece of equipment falls into a hole.

I thought the premise of the show sounded interesting and watched a few episodes. Never have I seen such strutting macho incompetence by the foreman and a couple others. If anyone tries to suggest a safe way to do something to the foreman (or his dotty old dad), he blows up, gets in their face, yells, jabs a finger in their chest.

Insulting the "safety guy", insinuating that he's some kind of pansy? Ugh. Stupid.
Too much testosterone in this series for my comfort. Does not bode well for their success. Even of they do find some gold, what price will be paid in pain and reputation?
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I can't believe they are bringing the kids and whole family. I mean, seriously, they're only going to be there for a couple months so concentrate entirely on the task at hand. I say, stay focused and find the gold and get out before winter sets in. See if it's worth the while to return. Hmm @ made for tv drama.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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I watched one episode and it looks like a total clusterhump. None of these guys seem to have a clue at all and if anything are dangerous. I just can't even believe they would be dumb enough to put that shaker on a mound of dirt and expect it to sit still. Unbelievable stupidity.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Just moved to Lehigh Valley, PA from So. Calif.
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And seriously, what are they thinking bring those little boys with them??? It's not the safest operation!
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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Well since this was probably concocted right from the get go to be a tv show and that is the primary and original idea for making money - so I'm assuming that they don't care so much about the gold, they are just doing it to have a show and the show is the money maker.
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