Despite the fact that I’ve been detecting for many years I still enjoy reading about what others are finding and what it is that excites them the most. It seems a few tekkies will flip out over things that I might not think twice about…dog tags, tokens, badges, horseshoes, hinges and other similar items. I guess I tend to relate everything I see to my small world of coinshooting. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s a collector for pretty much everything under the sun. I remember finding out years after the fact that the late Joe Cook, a detectorist and good friend, collected spark plugs and unbeknownst to me, was a well known authority on them.
No doubt everyone’s goals and expectations are different. I know that as I’ve gotten older (and more achy) my expectations are much lower. I am pretty much happy now with just one nice find each time out, whereas a few years ago if I didn’t come home with at least a half dozen silver coins it was a bad day. Such were the early days of detecting…
I’ve also noticed that a lot of hunters today are better versed on dating and identifying their finds no matter what they are. Items that I casually threw in junk boxes are now being given a closer look and a better pedigree. As a result I’ve learned a lot about croatal bells, buttons, spoons, bullets and miscellaneous hardware pieces. Now I need to get busy and sort through all those junk boxes to see if I may have passed over a gem or two.
So what do you consider a good day of detecting? What makes you happy? Obviously we all want to bring home the gold but realistically that’s not going to happen, and yes I know just being out of doors hunting with friends is in itself a good thing, but hell so is a cold beer. Leave that out and tell me what you consider a successful outing? Do you have a goal each time you head out? A preconceived idea of what you want to find or hope to find? Curious too if you have another hobby…
Nothing tricky here, just want to see what floats your boat, tickles your fancy, butters your biscuit, etc., and John Howland keep it clean….
HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED
Not sure that this means much of anything, but I was reading the latest edition of Western & Eastern Treasures magazine and their standard listing of advertisers really startled me. I dug out some older issues and the changes within the industry are striking. The 47 different advertisers on the left is from 1984. The 2006 ad in the middle lists 21 and the March 2014 issue only 12. Seems our choices are dwindling….
WALLY IS ON A TEAR..
Well apparently Wally has another bug up his ass. So far today? SEVEN blog posts, all pretty much anti-detecting and surprise, surprise, I even got a mention. I really do think he likes me! Wally…there’s an old saying that goes like this:
“In order for you to insult me, I would first have to value your opinion”
So keep banging away at that ole keyboard. You’re knocking em dead in Peoria…..