Never Get So Busy…

…that you lose track of friends.

I received an email the other day from Rosalie Ray. Rosalie was the first secretary of the FMDAC and her husband Archie was our legislative chairman. The email said “Dick,  I don’t know if this email address is right for you.  If you get this please let me know”. Continue reading


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Musings & Mumbo Jumbo…

Yesterday the door bell rang and when I went to the door I found a package lying on the porch. A package from my good friend Randy Bradford and inside was Volume 3 of the series “Selections from the National Prospector’s Gazette & Treasure Hunter’s News (Karl von Mueller)”.  Continue reading


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Perish the Thought…

My Doppelganger

One of the perks of writing Stout Standards has been getting to know other writers/bloggers. One in particular stands out – John Winter. Continue reading


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Old Problem – New Idea

Amazingly you get a pretty good feel for what’s going on simply by perusing social media, club websites and a few of the major forums. New detectors, accessories, equipment malfunctions, extraordinary finds and hunts tend to receive the most attention but one topic however is constant – finding places to detect. Continue reading


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Here’s to 2020!

Well it’s the “take the tree down – return the  gifts – swear you’re never going to put lights on the roof again – afraid to look at the credit card bill” time of the year.  It’s also the time for penning New Year’s resolutions. Take my advice and make a few copies. It saves you having to write the same thing year after year.

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2019 – A Look Back…

The mere fact that I’m still alive and kicking means the year has been a good one. You see I’ve lost a few good friends of late and realize more than ever that we only go round once. 

As far as detecting goes the year has been a bummer. I have the equipment and the time but I’m missing the motivation, the get up and go and the prospect of  finding anything really old.  It’s obvious too that comparing the number of blog posts over the years to 2019 I’m slowing down here. I will try and do better in 2020 but make no promises. Thanks for reading, following and commenting in 2019….I appreciate it. Continue reading


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Merry Musings…

Still busy with a few things but I did see this and I’m not sure what to make of it.  I like the idea of a USA version of Detectival but who will run the show and will competition/greed ruin things?  Let’s hope not.

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A Repeat and a Reminder…

I’ve been busy working on a project and decided to share an oldie from 2017.  It’s also a reminder that my lack of offering anything new and exciting is not such a big deal…..

And yes I know I harp on the same ole, same ole….it’s what I do. I drink and I know a lot. Continue reading


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December Daftness…

The holidays are upon us and shoppers are going bonkers, spending money they don’t have, buying gifts for people who won’t use them or who will return them. The older I get the crazier it gets. Ho ho ho… Continue reading


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What’s it Worth?

We had an unusually warm day yesterday and I decided to take the car to the car wash. Once I got there I realized I didn’t have any small bills and inserted a ten dollar bill into the changer, receiving a lot more quarters than I needed. In fact after putting them in my pocket I tilted to the left. Continue reading


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