n.— «Among the regulars, the sense of community is very real. By late afternoon each day, the prospectors gather—beers in hand—to compare notes on the day’s haul. They pull out glass vials full of glittering dust and show off their “pickers “— pieces large enough to be picked up by hand. “I got three nice pickers out today,” Stevens tells McGrath. “Yesterday I got four and last week I got a big one—maybe a quarter gram.”» —“It’s a lode on their minds” by Ashraf Khalil Los Angeles Times July 14, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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